July 28, 2016
You know I rarely post on Thursdays. However, I've started planning my summer trip to the Greek islands so I thought I'd give you a peek into the things I'm packing. Even though I'm a just-in-case packer, I try to keep my luggage as light as possible. I also take with me cute and comfortable pieces that will allow me to walk around the sites for hours without looking like a total tourist. The first thing I always do before travelling to a new destination is research. I create a secret Pinterest board where I pin all useful information that I can find including photography and outfit inspiration. Then I create an outfit spreadsheet to decide what I'm going to wear every day. For Greece I'm packing a lot of blue and white to blend in with the surroundings.
Dresses: my favorite piece all year round. They can be worn all day long, you just need to switch your accessories if you are going to a fancy place for dinner. My 4 favorite styles are off-the-shoulder, embroidered, lace and gingham.
Shoes: keep it as comfy as possible. Something I've learnt from experience is to never take new shoes on vacation, you don't know how they are going to work for you. I've got endless stories of blisters and nasty cuts. During my research I've found out that the streets in the Greek islands are frequently made up of cobblestones and there are many stairs so flat sandals or espadrilles are advisable. However, I never forget to pack a pair of strappy high-heeled sandals just in case!
Bags: a beach tote, a straw basket, a crossbody bag and a clutch. I take all four in neutral colors so they'll work with every outfit (same thing goes for the shoes).
Tops & shorts: cute tops and tees are always a wise choice. I pair them with denim shorts or scalloped ones if I'm looking for something more formal. Top #3 (long sleeve and stripes) is the cutest thing ever, the back is made up of a string of bows, see it here.
Cover-ups: these Star Mela cuties double up as dresses or beach cover-ups. So if one day we decide to skip the beach I'll still be properly dressed to explore the town.
Sunscreen and moisturizers: you know how important it is to protect your skin from the sun. After sunbathing keep your skin moisturized with these creams from La Mer and Caudalie. I've also added a self-tanner from Clinique. Personally I'm not a fan of tanning products and I've never tried one but I've suggested this one from Clinique because you know I'm a huge fan of their products and I know they never disappoint.
Swuimsuits, beach towels and hats: I've suggested some swimsuits from Kate Spade because I'm completely obsessed with the bow tops.
Duffel bags and suitcases: I always carry one of each if I'm away for a week. In my duffel bag I carry toiletries and other essentials that are allowed in cabin. Also some clothes in case the luggage is delayed.
Well, I think I've covered pretty much everything. I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have so don't hesitate to leave one on the comments below.
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