Regular outfits will return following these two features on my recent travels to Texas.
I hesitated about these posts because I'm not consistently looking or feeling my best in what I had on, and they are mirror-portrait-heavy, but such is actual life. Plus you get to meet my parents! Contrary to my usual approach, I packed in a hurry the night before I left, though with my secret weapon of previous years' packing lists it worked out fine. Whew!
|striped scarf that goes with everything: Lupita's, Harlingen, worn here|
long open-front cardigan: Shana K, Becky's, South Padre Island, worn here
grey pleather jacket: Coffee Shop, Haute Look, worn here
leather cross-body bag: Kenneth Cole Reaction, shown here
striped maxi skirt: Kiora, Winners, worn here
green suitcase: Traveler's Choice Sienna, Beyond the Rack
sneakers: Nike Free
The customer reviews on Amazon tipped the balance in favour of this suitcase when it came up at a good price, here is my favourite: "... I was able to fit my suite [sic] and two button up shirts in the luggage along with the Mrs. Brides Maids dress. (She had one of those poofy God awful ones too)." I felt like I knew that person - and that dress.
Thanks to Onebag.com, despite preparing for any weather from ice storm to +30s C / 80s F, I'm getting better at travelling with just a carry-on. However, I clearly need more practise at leaving room if I'm going to be shopping - I had to use the bag's expansion feature and check it on the way home. Again.
Speaking of people I know, and my FAVOURITE-favourites, here are my parents:
Practical, ultra-casual looks are so NOT my favourite:
|button-front shirt: Reitman's, worn here|
green scarf: Lupita's, Harlingen, a gift from my mother
striped tank: Joe Fresh, worn here
jointed leaf necklace: Tradewinds (local shop), worn here
This ensemble got a lot more milage:
|faux red coral necklace: Lupita's, Harlingen, a gift from my mother|
maxi dress: Damoa, Beyond the Rack, worn here
red leather obi belt: Elizabeth Kelly London, etsy, worn here
flip flops: Joe Fresh
While flip flops use little suitcase space, I'm still on the hunt for walk-able, non-orthopedic-looking actual sandals. How can it possibly be that I have a gap in my shoe collection?
I have a hard time with fit in summer shoes, so can't order online and must shop in person where the shoe selection in my size (10-11) is crud. Further, shoes that are gorgeous in small sizes suffer terribly from the vagaries of pattern translation, which equals serious fug by the time they hit size 10. I'm envious of countries that have free-shipping-free-returns! I'd rather not pay just to try something on.
On a spectacularly brighter note, check out a couple of outfits
by my beautiful and glamorous mom:
|I love the intentional shot of green in her ring|
Some travel photos and, even better, things I didn't buy, are tucked below the jump. Part 2 of 2 in the Travel Capsule in Action series coming up, stay tuned!
|No, I really didn't buy these Old Gringo Boots (please join in admiring my restraint), but wish I'd snapped a pic of them on.|
|Island landscaping, architecture, and sand-castle-scaping|
|My annual visit to the wee blue duckie. If she waits another year, she may yet have to come home with me.|
|Taking photos is an integral part of my mom and I corralling our mad fits of passion and being able to love-and-leave things. A very effective strategy - except when it results in ongoing pining. Case in point, fish necklace!|