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).
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).
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:
- grey t-shirt
- cream cami/blouse
- tan chinos
- black low-high t-shirt
- grey duster cardigan
- black body con dress
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.
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!
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.
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