1. Mackage coat
12. Chelsea boots
Now that I will be traveling more between Minneapolis (where I am) and Dallas/Fort Worth (where Alex is) I will be doing a lot of pared down packing. I will usually only be visiting him in Texas for a weekend here and there so it would feel a bit ridiculous to bring a checked bag every time. I've saved myself a bit of hassle in potentially overweight luggage by leaving most of my toiletries and beauty products at his place. A few months ago I read an enlightening (for me at least) Michael Kors quote from this original article here. Michael Kors stated, "70 percent of the clothes you own should be meat and potatoes. 30 percent should be icing and fluff - that's color, pattern, shine and accessories. Too many women get the proportions the other way round, then can't figure out why they can't get dressed." It seems so obvious, but it finally clicked. Whenever I would pack for a trip, I would want to bring all of my favorite and special pieces. Like that bright coral hued top with multi colored beading I purchased specifically for that one time I would lounge on the beach on that one island in the Mediterranean. I did make it to that island in the Mediterranean, but I ended up consuming too many adult beverages to even care about lounging in anything other than a simple black bikini. Le sigh. After enough mishaps with not bringing the correct proportions of basics and "fluff", which resulted in having to impulse purchase cheap basics, I finally figured out what works for me. I bring as many quality basics as I can, maybe one or two special pieces and stick to a color scheme. That way, if I'm struggling with indecisiveness, at least I can mix and match what I brought and something will work out. I also choose outfits that will transition well from day to night, so that if we've been out sightseeing and then want to head straight to dinner I don't have to worry about changing. This new method has worked wonders for me, my wallet (overweight baggage is not cheap), and my peace of mind. I don't have to think about choosing outfits when I'm on vacation anymore. I did all of the thinking and planning back home so I can throw on some basics, look put together, and go.