Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Vacation wardrobe

Yes, that is my dog at the top of the photo :)

Since Josh and just I returned from our vacation last week, I thought now would be an appropriate time to share what I packed and all the outfits I made out of those clothes. I love reading packing posts on other peoples' blogs, and was actually quite excited to put together my own!

I knew I needed to pack lightweight clothes, since we would be in the desert for six days. I did bring some slightly warmer items - a pair of jeans, a sweater, a cardigan, and a chambray button-up - in case it got cold at night (which it definitely did at the Grand Canyon - down to freezing), and the cardigan especially came in handy for covering up my arms and shoulders when I didn't feel like putting sunblock on them.

Here's my official packing list:

Pink shorts
Black and white shorts
Patterned tank top
Black tank top
Floral tank top
Pink blouse
Purple sweater
Gray cardigan
Chambray button-up
Striped dress
Green floral dress
Pink belt
Sun hat
A few pieces of jewelry (2 bracelets, 2 necklaces, 2 pairs of earrings)
Tennis shoes
Brown sandals
Black espadrilles
Blue and green wedges

In retrospect, considering how much hiking we did (a lot), I should have swapped the nicer black and white shorts for a more athletic pair. I could have left both the espadrilles and the wedges at home, since I only wore them once each. (I tend to be really energetic and hike or walk a lot on my vacations, so instead of trying to look fancy, next time I should probably just bring all sensible shoes instead of dressy ones!) And I definitely could have done with more shirts - I sweat a lot (TMI, I know), and it was absurdly hot down there. Other than that, though, I think I did a decent job packing.

Here are my outfits in the order that I wore them. Sometimes I changed multiple times a day due to the heat - that's why there are eight outfits for only six days of travel. (And I didn't include the super boring outfits, like the ones I wore on the flights.)

Worn for: driving from Las Vegas to the south rim of the Grand Canyon, and going on an evening hike along the rim

Worn for: a three-mile hike into the canyon (apart from the tennis shoes, I liked this outfit - but the tennis shoes were, of course, a necessity)

Worn for: an afternoon stroll along the rim at Grand Canyon Village

Worn for: a sunset visit to the Watchtower at Desert View (twenty-five miles east of Grand Canyon Village)

Worn for: driving from the south rim to the north rim, and short hikes along the north rim (I borrowed Josh's hat that day, because my sunhat kept blowing off my head and I didn't want it to blow right into the canyon!)

Worn for: driving through Zion National Park to Las Vegas

Worn for: an evening stroll to the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas

Worn for: a trip up the replica Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas, and some gambling :)


  1. Your evening stroll at the Venetian outfit is my favorite, but I think that's because I'm obsessed with that dress. Also, you look really great for being on vacation. I usually look less good and somehow stickier. I don't know.

    1. I'm obsessed with that dress, too.

      And these were the best of MANY photos of me - there are dozens more where I do look, as you said, "sticky" :)

  2. I think you did a great job packing and remxing - and i love those black and white shorts!

    1. Thanks! Those shorts were one of those $18 pairs from Loft. Such a steal!

  3. You did a great job remixing! I always leave at least one thing behind or pack just one extra pair of shoes...can't seem to get it down to an exact science :) Love the brown sandals in your last pic, those looks super comfy!

    <3 Cambria

    1. Thanks, Cambria! I've gone on far too many vacation with multiple suitcases, and then a few in the opposite direction without enough clothes, so I think I've finally reached that happy medium with my packing!

  4. I love how you mixed and matched! When I pack I always seem to end up with either too many pieces or too few, but it seems like you chose just right!

    1. It took a lot of deliberation to come up with that packing list! Probably far too long than it should have :) But yes, and least I packed satisfactorily.

  5. I like all outfits but mostly the sunset one!

  6. Saved as a favorite, I like your blog!
    my page: Vacation Rental Guide

  7. thanks! I love the photos too, really helpful!

  8. I don't know how I got here, but you are hot! I think I would enjoy you in any wardrobe.


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