Alternatively titled, "How I wore only dresses from thredUP and packed in just a backpack" ;)
I had so much fun figuring out if I could pull this off-- and I did! Simple, effortless, fuss-free, minimal packing and dressing is my desire and ambition. The more I put these adjectives into practice, the easier it becomes to achieve them. ;)
// my bags//
My trusty pleather backpack ($25 at Ross) that transported all my outfits and my "new" bag ($3? at a charity shop) that carried my toiletries, day planner, book, and two pair of flip flops along with my usual purse items.
// Thursday at Teach Them Diligently + traveling //
Just because our family always finds the most complicated way to do things, on our way to Florida we stopped in Nashville Thursday afternoon and evening to attend the Teach Them Diligently homeschool convention. It was lovely and a great time with friends we don't get to see very often, like Blimey Cow! I also met a few readers which was fun. :) I wore my favorite En Focus Studio dress with leggings and comfortable Sperry's. Easy for the conference and great for traveling through the night.
// Friday morning + afternoon at New Smyrna Beach //
We drove from Nashville straight to sandy shores. Thankfully we found a bathroom to freshen up in and change into beach clothes. I knew I wasn't going to be swimming (too cold!) so I didn't bring my swimsuit. Instead, I threw on this awesome Champion brand dress and a Halftee.
We only stayed at the beach until lunch time then we headed to our hotel to unload and play tennis in the sun. This was the perfect outfit for that and for watching my siblings as they played in the pool.
// Friday evening dinner on the patio //
After a hot day, I showered and changed into this Converse One-Star dress for the evening. We ate our supper on the patio in the perfect weather. This dress has a peep-hole style neckline that needed filled, but instead of wearing a tank (which would have added bulk around my hips) I wore a Cami Secret(flipped so the lace doesn't show) that made this easy peasy lemon squeezy. Plus, no tank saved room in my suitcase.
// Saturday morning breakfast + tennis //
Since the wedding wasn't until 3 in the afternoon, I made sure to take a dress for the morning so I wouldn't hang out in my pajamas or my nice dress until it was time to get ready. Our whole family played in the sun together which was enjoyable and I got even more red (isn't that what you're supposed to do in Florida?) This is another from the Converse One-Star brand. I wore it with a navy blue Forever 21 tank underneath and a long gold necklace. The earrings you can see are the ones I wore Thursday and Friday also. I like them because they're big and cute and easy to find if they fall off in the car.
// Saturday afternoon wedding //
We had the privilege to attend the covenanting together of two good friends and afterwards party in celebration of what God has done in bringing them together! This The Limited dress turned out to be super comfortable for dancing (eeeeeey macarena!) and I loved wearing sparkly jewelry and my favorite silver heels. A Halftee made it modest with ease.
(Yes, I wear headcoverings to weddings, too! They are public services of worship. :))
After the reception, a bunch of us went go-karting. I had never done that and boy, was it awesome! I always throw a pair of jeans and tunic into my travel bag whether I expect to need them or not, and I'm glad I did so I didn't have to worry about my skirts flying up. :)
// Sunday morning church + Publix run //
Bright and early Sunday morning, we attended church at St. Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Florida. Dr. RC Sproul was preaching and it was incredible to hear him in such a pretty building. I borrowed my shoes and headcovering from the day before and threw on this Express black eyelet dress and my favorite Rue 21 Cardigan. I put back on my big earrings and wrapped Saturday morning's long gold necklace around my wrist for a bracelet. This dress was a little low, so I once again fixed that with a Cami Secret.
// Sunday afternoon + travel home //Maxi dresses are the easiest thing to travel in, I'm convinced. I wore this Green Gate dress with an Old Navy shrug and it was comfortable and fuss-free. I left my jewelry on from church that morning and slipped on flip flops when I needed to get out of the car. ;)
Tips and tricks for easy, concise packing:
- Eliminate layers. I only took one tank top on the trip and chose dresses that didn't need a bunch of layers to make them modest. Halftees are easy, take up little space, and are cool for Florida weather.
- Roooooll those dresses. I was a little reluctant to roll my nice dress up and shove it in my suitcase, but I checked the care instructions and it could be ironed, so my mind was set at ease.
- Think about exactly what you'll be doing, and pack just for that. I had a general idea of what we would be doing each day and didn't take anything extra "just in case" like I usually do, with the exception of jeans+a tunic. This allowed my bag to be small and I didn't have to decide between outfits. I just wore what I had and felt collected and confident instead of flustered or unsure of my decision.
- Plan your jewelry as you're packing. That way you don't have to waste time rummaging through your case and like the previous point, you can be confident of your choice. The jewelry I wore is the jewelry I took, with the exception of one necklace I planned on wearing but didn't because I realized it'd give me a tan line. :P
- Be smart and take what you need. I was tempted to wear flip-flops to the homeschool convention so I wouldn't have to drag the Sperry's around with me through the weekend when I didn't think I'd need them again, but decided to do my feet a favor and wear them. I ended up wearing them to go-karting Saturday night and was oh-so-glad I had been smart about comfortable footwear. ;)
- Be thinking about your wardrobe ahead of time. I kind of had this trip in the back of my mind for a couple weeks and kept an eye out on thredUP for the filler pieces I needed, like that gray cardigan (which was only $3.49, BTW).
I hope y'all have an awesome weekend, as well! What are your weekend packing tips? Did you attend Teach Them Diligently?