I was such a lucky lady for Christmas! One of my treats was the Too Faced Grand Cafe Collection! 😍 Another was a trip to Paris with another gift I had to bring with me (turned out to be the Kailijumei lipsticks!! 😍😍)
As a Lymphie, I was stuck as to how to look stylish, with limited luggage, in the cold!! I decided on a capsule wardrobe to make the most of my luggage space! I took 2 pairs of shoes and wore a pair! 2 pairs of jeans and wore a pair! Took a fur coat and wore a padded coat! Then followed 2 dresses and a top for each day (nobody likes a sweaty sweater after a day of sightseeing in the cold and being wrapped up!) I took only my curlers (sadly these packed in on NYE! 🙈) and limited jewellery that was versatile … thank you Stella and Dot! I wore 1 scarf for the duration of the trip, same for gloves. I did take 2 fur hats but wore just one. Wore 1 bag for daytime, 1 for evening.
So how did I ensure that everything would match? I planned my outfits before hand and what could be mixed and matched!
Below is an overview of the items I packed!! This process of deciding took about 2-3 hours in total. I had to be cut throat and harsh. It pained me not packing ‘extras’ for ‘just in case’ moments. BUT. To decide on my final items I did originally start with ‘just in case items. Hence the 2-3 hour cutting process!! I also TRIED ON ALL THE ITEMS!! This aided the idea of what looked good together. I also tried on all outfits with my coat… to ensure I looked stylish with and without my coat!! 😂 Fashion lover problems!!
Firstly, shoes!! Originally I wanted to take about 4 pairs! Ridiculous! I decided to wear the converse trainers to travel in, these would be perfect for daytime walking and sightseeing. The Zebra sparkle Carvela shoes were packed for New Years Eve for our River Cruise dinner and dance. These could be worn with black jeans too! Lastly, I decided to pack my Moda in Pelle knee high boots. The gold zip detail down the back adds a dressy feel. These could be worn with dresses or jeans!!
Jeans were the next decision! I whittled down to basic colours that would go with everything! I wore my Khaki H&M jeans, I packed Blue jeans from Zara and Skinny Black jeans from George at Asda!! I really have to thank another Lymphie for the introduction to Wonderfit jeans at Asda! They stretch with you to fit perfectly AND go back to normal when washing!! I was a little wary at first about washing them, but they wash really well!! I’m starting to look for them in other colours ready for spring!! All of these could be worn during the day, but the black can be doubled up for a night outfit!!
I was aware that Paris would be freezing so I packed mostly jumpers! I again chose Colours that could be mixed with any of the jeans! Camel off the shoulder is from H&M, 3 others are from New Look. The black jumper is 3/4 sleeved and was worn to the airport to travel home!
I packed 2 dresses for any nights out!! They are both off the shoulder. The burgundy dress is knitted and from Miss Selfridge which I wore to the Moulin Rouge with the black boots. The black dress is from Missguided which I wore with the zebra heels for the NYE dinner dance.
Lastly, 2 blouses. The grey cold shoulder blouse is from Miss Selfridge and I wore this to travel, especially as our plan was to head from the airport to see the sights then stay out for dinner rather than going back to the hotel and go out later! The black blouse was packed for an evening out, to be worn with black jeans and EITHER boots OR shoes!!
As you can see, I tried to stick to complimentary colours!
When you visit Paris, I highly recommend the street artist JC Maxim found in Montmartre. He is so talented. My other half treated us to a portrait by him as an anniversary gift! 😍
Hope this aids your packing!! Enjoy your trip!!
Lots of Love
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