4/10/17

Black Cami Sundress + Packing Plans

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Today is the first "real" day of Spring Break for my kids  (weekends don't count since you get them off anyway, right?) and hopefully tomorrow we are heading off on a family vacation. I say "hopefully" because as of now we are on the fence about canceling the trip if the weather doesn't cooperate. For us, doing touristy stuff in the rain (no matter where we are) is not really enjoyable, and that's always a chance we take attempting to travel this time of year. I guess that whole, "April Showers..." thing is true! More on the potential trip after today's outfit, part of which I specifically with Spring Break travel in mind!

Duster: Abercrombie | Sundress: Express | Necklace: Stella & Dot (Similar) | Ring: Stella & Dot | Sandals: Target | Nails: OPI "Let's Be Friends" (Similar)

Outfit Details:
I wanted this sundress especially for my Spring Break trip, but it was so comfortable and flattering when I tried it on I figured there was no need to wait to wear it, I just needed to add a layer for warmth. Once again it's true-to-size, and bonus points for the pockets. This style of dress comes in a couple of other options, like this floral print and a denim version as well.

This duster sweater is the same as the one I featured on Friday, different color. It's true to size, very comfortable, and a great weight for spring. It's still on sale for $35 through today, with an additional savings of 10% or more plus free shipping on orders $50. (Normally free shipping starts at $75 for Abercrombie orders.)

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Monday Motivation: Packing Plans
I promise I'm not being evasive about where we're going for Spring Break for any reason other than the fact that it's on the brink of cancellation and it feels even more disappointing to cancel when I've blabbed about it to more people than just immediate friends and family.

That said, I think I'm usually a pretty self-motivated person, but when it comes to packing for a trip, I am the worst. I put it off to the same degree I put off making an appointment to the gynecologist. If we do end up going, I'll be packing this afternoon. And this time I have a new strategy I'm going to try. I'm going to make an "appointment" for myself and set at timer. I have this theory that packing expands to fit the amount of time you give it, whether you're moving house or going on vacation. So I'm going to give myself one hour to pack everything I need for six days, five nights. I think if I can condense the process by just staying really focused on it, maybe I won't dread it so much.

I'm also going to do the same thing with my kids. They are pretty good at packing on their own, but they do need supervision or a very specific list. I can't just write "Underwear" on the list or they will only pack one pair and we have to go shopping immediately after we arrive (true story). So we'll block out 30 minutes to pack for them...hopefully not back-to-back with my packing session because that will do me in. And somehow two boys can pack in about half the time as me. It really does make me think I am over-complicating the process somehow and there has to be a way to simplify.

So if you have secrets or strategies for a fast, painless packing strategy, by all means please share. I am in need of some motivation today and am hoping you all can point me in the right direction!


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18 comments:

  1. aw man, I do hope you end up going. I love the cut of that dress on you it's so cute. OK I actually love packing for a trip lol, I always start with a list, once my list is done I just have to put everything in my suitcase and checkoff the list as I go. easy peasy!

    xo
    Pinksole

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    1. You know, I have a packing list that I keep in my suitcase and it's very helpful. It's just the essentials (pajamas, skincare, etc.), but without it I know I'd forget something every time. The hard part is the outfits because it's hard to narrow down what I need to wear each day for different activities, weather changes etc. That's where I end up overpacking!

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  2. I love black and dresses! So this outfit I like very much.

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  3. Oh I do hope you're vacation plans work out and you go. I'm also really loving this dress/duster/ankle boots look you've been doing. It's a nice look and so smart for the transitional weather of spring. I have no great tip on packing other than I pack the essentials before I pack outfits. I pack underwear, sleepwear, swimsuit, socks and workout clothes first, and then outfits. I do this for both myself and the kids. But that made me laugh about the one pair of underwear. I'm still packing for my kids, but I'll remember to double check their suitcases when they do pack for themselves.

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    1. I LOVE this idea. I usually start with the outfits (the part that I dread the most and that takes forever) and finish up with the toiletries etc. I am going to try it your way this time and see if that doesn't help with the process.

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  4. I love the idea to set a timer for one hour for packing! I'm going to have to try that when I go on a work trip next month. Your dress is really cute! Love your duster layered over it!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. Thanks Jill! I will let you know how the timed packing goes!

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  5. I absolutely despise packing. Hate it so much. I always think about what I'll be doing and try to mentally plan outfits in advance and the keep a mental list of what I want to take so by the time I actually pack I just have to grab it. A written list would work just as well or possibly better if you don't forget to write something down.

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    1. Yes, at this point I have a mental list. When it comes to the actual packing of outfits is when I get stuck because I've found in the past I dress different on vacation than I do for everyday life so I'm not sure if my outfits will really work. I also tend to throw in 25 extra pieces of clothing "just in case we do XYZ...." Can't wait until the packing part of this trip is over with!

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  6. I'm the same way -- weekends don't count as vacation days since they're already freebies! :)

    I am not a fan of packing --it's so time consuming and consists of too many decisions. I typically start a list on my phone a week or so before the trip and just add specific items (i.e. leopard wedge booties, white seamless cami, denim cutoffs, etc.) to the list whenever I think of them. This list is organized by outfit / day, that way it's easy to see if I'm missing something like a cami for layering! That way, when I go into my closet to start packing, I just follow my list and it's a breeze!

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  7. I have set a timer before for cleaning, because sometimes I can really drag it out! I never thought about doing that for packing. I hope you get your trip in and the rain moves out of the forecast! That is so hard! I love that black dress, it fits you perfectly!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  8. I love the idea of setting a timer for yourself! I think I take way too much time packing too. We are leaving for Arizona on Wednesday night and I haven't started packing yet. I think your timer idea is a great way to get started! When I pack I tend to start with shoes and then make mix and match outfits around those. I know I will need nice sandals and comfortable walking shoes so I make sure all my clothes will go and that eliminates a lot of my choices making it much easier from the start!

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  9. Lol to putting off packing like putting off a trip to the gynecologist! I'm dying laughing! Anyway, it's pretty safe for me to say that I'm obsessed with your outfit and wore almost the exact same thing to a wedding reception on Saturday! You look fabulous and I hope the weather cooperates so you guys can enjoy spring break!

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  10. I always put off packing for the last possible minute so I'm not much help. I do keep a little bag of all my traveling necessities (a charger, toothbrush, toiletries, etc) so that I don't have to worry about any of that. Then I just pack a top and bottom for each day and a dress- all that can be mixed and matched so that I never get tired of my clothes!

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  11. Oh man, it's hard enough to pack for myself much less other people! Good luck! And I hope it isn't canceled! Also- the dress is so pretty on you!
    Carylee | http://morepiecesofme.com

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  12. Ha, I'm the worst packer- so I could actually probably learn a thing or two from you! ;) I hope your trip doesn't get cancelled, lady- everyone deserves a spring break!


    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  13. I hope that your travel plans end up working out! My solution for packing is to plan my outfits for each day and make a packing list. I always end up throwing in a few extra things, but it does make everything much easier!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

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