A Carry-On Vacation

Posted on January 15, 2015 by Brianna Moteberg | 2 Comments

A Carry-On Vacation


          My Mr. likes to surprise me, and last week's surprise was a gem. Twenty-four hours in sunny southern California. Absolute bliss. The catch: He gave me less than 16 hours notice to get packed and ready for the fun in the sun. Planned so that I only had so much time to freak out on what to pack. Well played mister, well played.

          Here is the breakdown:

  1. One carry-on suitcase for us both. Yes both of us! And I had to be "hands-free."
  2. I had to transition from negative temps to low 70s seamlessly.
  3. I wasn't made privy to the plans...only the temp of where we were going and to pack a swimsuit. (Yup, I had no idea. Nice dinner? Casual dinner? Sporting event? no clue)


          Hands Free: I took hands free to mean I couldn't bring one of my bigger purses. So, even though they can double as an overnight bag (see picture below for my favorite winter bag) and they carry my work tools so well , I had to leave them at home and bring something smaller. What did I opt for? My Louis Vuitton fanny bag I bought so many many years ago while visiting my sister-from-another-mother in Japan. Do I sell this or other fanny bags at my store? Nope. But, this isn't always about The Bootlegger because, let's face it, I can't carry everything. And even if I could, I wouldn't. That's not what we are about. But, I do have a great selection of bags/purses/clutches and wallets. So come by and check some of those out.

          Transitions: I learned about 7 years ago that even though 70 is cold to some people its officially a heat wave for me. So how did I go from negative temps to 70? Easy. First, I had to figure out a color pallet I was going to wear, and I went tried and true and kept it black/gray/green. Then it was time to figure out my best shoe option for tights/jeans/dresses. Although I would love to always travel with heels, sometimes it's just not possible. My Frye Diana booties fit the bill. They are a worn out black color that goes great with the tights I wore on the flight out, the jeans I wore on the way back and the LBD (little black dress) I brought that doubled as my dinner dress and swimsuit cover up the next day. See how I did that? 1 pair of shoes for everything except beach time, where instead of rocking boots I had a pair of Haviana black flip flops.

          Clueless: For me, I'd rather be overdressed than underdressed without exception. If I feel confident in what I'm wearing, I just simply have a better time. There is not a lot of things worse to me (at least in regards to fashion) than being underdressed or uncomfortable in my attire. Thus, the color pallet of black. Although it's not what I think of as a beachy color, I think it works. I paired my outfits with a few key jewelry pieces that I seem to wear on repeat. My feather style Heather Hawkins is one of my favorites of all times. It moves effortlessly from casual to dressy and can help move an outfit whatever direction you want it to go. Having items pull double duty really helps save on space. My oh-so-comfy Autumn Cashmere cardigan in charcoal worked well for the plane and the late night beach strolls. And the dress that went from night to cover-up? One of my best buys from last summer from Bella Luxx (we have one left ladies!). It's a cotton tank dress with just enough ruching to not require any type of shape wear underneath. Perfection!

The pack as it looked from my closet floor. There are a few items not mentioned in the post such as that non matching swimsuit from Target and VS.

From left to right: A Fine Line V-neck T $80; Frye Diana $378; DL1961 Emma in Riker $168; Heather Hawkins Necklace $160; Autumn Cashmere Drop Pocket Sweater $385; Bella Luxx dress $98 (italicized items online and in store)

My favorite winter bag by Ellington, Natalie $239

And, my make-up which is my other addiction.




PS: can we go ahead and skip out on doing comments on the rather shoddy level of my photo skills, please?


Posted in 2015, Blog, dl1961, dreams, fashion, Frye, Heather Hawkins, Winter


2 Responses


January 18, 2015

Love the blog! I am anxious to read more and hopefully gain some helpful tips in the process! You have amazing style….both writing and fashion!


January 15, 2015

You are an amazing, talented and beautiful woman who packed very well and you looked amazing (as always). … Your picture skills were pretty good too… I love you!

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