We are away!
We’ll see if you can figure out where we are with a few visual aids.
Today is all about the packing. Because I am writing this post three days into the trip, I cannot say whether I will find success in my suitcase,* but so far it’s going well.
I need enough clothes to see me through fourteen days of travel, in city (museums) and country locations (light hiking).
I am relying heavily on dresses.
Accordingly, I packed:
- four day-dresses with long sleeves;
- 1 denim jacket;
- one “smart” jacket (black, but cotton);
- one pair of khakis;
- one pair of jeans;
- 1 white button down blouse, a white tunic, 1 plain black blouse, 1 patterned black and white blouse;
- 2 camisole /pinafore style tops to wear over the blouses; 1 patterned camisole to wear under the blouses;
- an ivory cotton turtleneck sweater and a black cashmere cardigan;
- a large silk scarf (this one) and a large patterned cotton scarf (this one);
- a down puffer jacket.**
- a white blouse with this top over it,
- and a denim jacket**
- with an apricot-colored scarf.
I relaxed my general restrictions on shoes and allowed myself to pack three pairs (white Doc Martens, black and white cut-out brogues and black flats) and wear sneakers.
I packed three pairs instead of two for reasons of mixed quality. I was worried the Doc Martens would irritate the back of my heels (bad reason) and I was worried that it would be too cold for my brogue cut-outs (sort of legitimate reason).
Both fears turned out to be unfounded, but each should have been grounds for striking the suspect shoes from the packing list. Shoes that cause blisters? Seasonally inappropriate shoes? But in the first three days, I’ve worn both with no problems.***
Now a couple of photos that will: (1) allow you to see the sleevey side of the dress, which is not as flattering as the sleeveless side, but is very interesting and (2) provide additional clues — atmospheric clues — about our location.
Perhaps a photo without me in the way would help?
Finalement, the dress is ready to go out for dinner when the temperature has dropped: with one of the denim jackets and the apricot scarf.
Any idea of where we are?
Dress: Sea Clota Ruched Bow Dress (though I bought mine during Shopbop’s March sale); Jacket: Marques Almeida; Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff; Scarf: Eileen Fisher; Bag: Car Shoe
* You remember Sorrow in My Sample Case? From The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay?
** TWO DENIM JACKETS? Stay with me here. The jackets are different styles and colors; their weight is just right for the middle of the expected temperature range; one jacket can accommodate a sweater underneath, the other looks better with the dresses.
*** I bought some gel pads (for bunions) at CVS and put them inside the heels of my Doc Martens — which are just a little too big — et voila! — chafing/blister problem is solved.