Monday, June 14, 2010

My bag is packed, I'm (almost) ready to go . . .

Here's my carry-on, almost packed for three weeks in London, central Portugal, and Paris. Still to cram in there is my netbook, makeup bag, and my knitting. I'm also thinking I'll probably squeeze an old pair of Nike runners in there for hiking in rural Portugal, runners I can discard with no qualms to make room for whatever on the way back. I may also discard my Birkenstocks in favour of more room coming home -- they've made five visits to Paris already and are ready for a rest after this trip.

I'll grab a few paperbacks later which I'll carry in my purse, and I'll wear some layers on the plane -- these black jersey leggings (Julie guermande, a french label, picked up at Ogilvy's, Montreal), a black top by Animale, my metallic grey Smythe jacket over an aqua linen/silk cardi by Club Monaco, and some surprisingly comfortable wedges by Camper. And I'll either carry, roll up in my purse, or wear this great raincoat by Animale that I bought in Paris five years ago.

The cardi also goes well with this animal/tribal print (Tahari) linen sheath which I may also wear with the grey jacket for a different look or on its sleeveless own or with a white cotton-lawn summer-breezy shirt I've brought along.

Also cool and breezy this little cotton sundress by Sandwich

And I have another dress -- black, jersey, sleeveless with some interesting stitchery architecture in the skirt portion, very comfy, Simon Chang -- that came along with me last spring and wants to go back. I'm also bringing my wildly-patterned Desigual shirt which gives the dress a completely different look.

Instead of jeans this year, I'm taking a chance on the black jersey leggings as well as some taupe-y bamboo-silky pants, both of which roll up into almost nothing in my case, and which are v. versatile. Here they are paired with a silk, Simon chang, light-as-a-feather brown-black-white animal-tribal print long-sleeved tunic and an Anne Klein sleeveless, geometric-tribal print silk top, the Campers, and my M0851 bag

Also pairing well with the taupe pants is this tissue-weight Club Monaco long cashmere sweater and a long-sleeved v-necked lightweight T, so I have a few things if we get beset by rain for a few days . . . While I don't have any mauve to match up in any of my garments, these Khrio shoes are so perfect for walking in cities that I couldn't resist them -- IRL, the mauve is muted and works well with both the taupes and the aquas.

Again, instead of the jeans I normally bring, I'm trying out a pair of "city shorts." These (by Sandwich) fall to just above my knee, will do for the light hiking we'll do in Portugal, but also dress up nicely for the city, especially when spiffed up with the leopard-print AK flats and the plaid grey-mustard/chartreuse scarf.
Besides what I've shown here, I've got two white tank tops and a white v-neck T, as well as a white, calf-length cotton skirt (Gap). One wild card: a floor-length body-skimming, sleeveless
dress in an orange Van Gogh-inspired print -- chiffon over lining, pure breezy poolside fun and good for some dinners out in Portugal, at least, if it doesn't play nicely in cities -- we'll see. I couldn't resist it, and it takes up hardly any room.
So to sum up:
three green-grey-khaki-ish t-shirts, two white tanks, one white T, one multi-colour long-sleeved T,
geometric-patterned, multi-colour sleeveless top,
long-sleeved silk, brown-black-white loose tunic,
black leggings,
taupe slim bamboo pants
grey-green shorts
long white skirt
2 shirts: one fine white cotton lawn; one boldly-patterned-and-coloured Desigual
3 knee-length dresses: black/white, black, aqua
1 long dress
aqua cardigan, taupe cardigan, grey blazer
silver Birkenstocks; leopard flats; mauve flats; brown leather Camper wedges
a few necklaces and cuffs/bracelets; silver ball studs; gold ball studs
a dark-green envelope-style clutch (Matt&Nat)
four scarves: the grey plaid one above; a lacy silk handknit--aquatones; v. light silk brown-white; v. light silk tie-dye blues
Looking at the list, I can see that I could get by with one less t-shirt, or even fewer, and I'm debating subbing in a different dress. But clearly, I have abundant choice here, and it all fits in one carry-on bag!
I do still have to pick up a swimsuit or two before we get poolside in Portugal -- that will either happen tomorrow or Tuesday morning before our flight, or we can hit the shops in London which might even make swimsuit shopping more palatable.
What do you think? Any last-minute suggestions? (Ones that won't throw me into a lather of indecision, if you please . . .) Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to book a car rental in Porto and a concert in London . . .