Travel Style: Thanksgiving in SoCal

Sooooo the weather was WAY hotter than we anticipated which normally isn’t a problem for us Floridians but it is when you don’t bring that many 90-degree weather options. We made it work but my travel style for this trip was not what was expected. Because I didn’t use like half the stuff I brought, I’m only going to go through what I actually wore (plus mentioned a few things I’m still glad I toted around as a just in case).

I am so exhausted in this photo: up since 5:30 am, worked all day, flight at 5:20pm (Eastern), and landed in San Diego 8pm (Pacific)

Our Flight Over

This was a low-key outfit because of our flight but I totally forgot to take a full-body photo so here’s my description of what I wore: navy linen pants, a loose shirt, green/blue/tan scarf and navy sandals (I wore these sandals to death the whole week).


My shoes

So I packed 4 pairs of shoes (I know, I know too many!). Quiet honestly, I could have just brought the navy sandals and the sneakers. I wore the navy sandals literally everyday (except to the San Diego Zoo & Joshua Tree National Park).


The (Unexpected) Heat

It was not supposed to be in the mid-90s so we were totally unprepared to deal with the heat, meaning half my travel wardrobe went unused. Luckily I packed basics to compensate; however some days it was still too hot for even a light scarf.

Here are the things I wore to death over the week:


Workout Wear

I always bring at least one outfit to workout in (although I rarely workout on vacation! lol); especially useful this trip since we were spending a day hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. I wasn’t sure how much the weather would fluctuate so I brought layers. I ended up going with a long-sleeved white moisture wicking shirt (perfect for the intense sun), grey leggings, athletic headband (so I didn’t have to work about my hair), my not-so-white sneakers, & a dark grey ¾ zip up.



Christmas Photos

One of goals for this trip was to take our Christmas card photos (to be fully revealed at a later date!). This meant that we had to pack something still travel friendly but sharp for photos. My happy medium consisted of a super cool wrap skit I got second-hand but originally from Banana Republic with a long-sleeved white shirt I tucked in and a gorgeous turquoise necklace that my mom brought back from her honeymoon in Greece. No surprise, I’m wearing the same navy sandals and my diva sunglasses to kick it up a notch!


The Accessories 

Accessories don’t take up that much luggage space and can really spice up an outfit in a jiffy. I also try to make sure they are bold yet versatile. This trip I brought:

  • 2 scarfs (two different weights)
  • 3 long necklaces (turquoise, sea green, & grey)
  • 1 short necklace
  • 2 pairs of earrings (silver hoop & see green dangling)
  • 1 grey felt hat
  • My diva glasses

What I would have done differently…

Well the weather worked against us and most of my clothes were too fall/wintery, so I wish I brought items that could be more versatile (skirts, t-shirts, light cardigans). I would test out my shoes ahead of time because I could have left the ballet flats at home. But we were able to fit all of it in our shared checked bag so I guess it wasn’t that bad!


P.S. all the links are to SIMILAR items to the ones I own, I buy a lot second-hand so its hard to find the exact product online.

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I can receive some compensation. 

TEMPLATE_ Packing List


2 thoughts on “Travel Style: Thanksgiving in SoCal

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.