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18 May 2016

more holiday capsule suitcase sharing!

So...I'm just back from a grown-up mini break to France with the DH! Five days of golf and cricket for the boys..... a spot of spectating for the girls. There was plenty of wine tasting over a leisurely lunch or two ;0) We did enjoy a day of sightseeing around St Emilion and a vineyard stop to finish our trip off.  To round off our fab few days there was a gala dinner on the last evening. As lovely as this all sounds and as much as I was looking forward to it.....it gave me nightmares of the packing variety!! Mainly because I had no idea what to expect....the weather forecast looked decidedly iffy and this trip called for smarter stuff than I would normally wear on to a day to day basis! It sent me into a spin I tell thee!

Source - St Emillion

We decided on carry-on luggage only so space was tight....but I do love a packing challenge so here's what I packed. I tried to keep to a rule of three of each thing, but ended up with 5 dresses and 4 tops. I found footwear the trickiest as there was some rain forecast (though it never materialised).

I'll start with the jackets, because of the aforementioned rain I decided on my DKNY leather biker jacket to wear to the airport. I also took a recent purchase, this Mango red jacket and my cherished Zara quilted jacket. I did wear all the jackets but unfortunately there is no pictorial evidence! These are the only colourful items to make the cut....more on that in a minute!


Zara quilted jacket, past season this alternative is gorgeous here
Mango red jacket, here
DKNY leather jacket, past season similar here

For me, the key to easy packing is keeping the colour palette minimal.....so be warned there is a lot of black here. Well......it's good enough for those Parisian chicks isn't it! ;0) 

I took a couple of smart dresses for evening attire. I took two because I just couldn't decide what to wear for the gala dinner.......and I was secretly hoping the opportunity would arise to wear both at some stage! That said, once we got there I made up my mind the Zara midi was just a bit too much for the event once we got there.


Zara midi dress, here
Topshop Daisy dress, similar here

For daywear I went for one short sleeved dress, which was perfect for the cricket match as luckily that fell on the best day of sunshine. I also took one with a bit of a sleeve and a maxi, the latter two could easily be worn for dinner. Phew, I managed to cover all the bases here!


Whistles black cotton dress, ancient similar here
H&M black jersey maxi dress, similar here
Mango dress, here

As for tops, I went for things that would double up as day or evening wear. I bought a lace bell-sleeve top in the sale in H&M which turned out to be perfect for a welcome meal and wine tasting. I had also purchase a lace-insert cami from H&M which was just right under the Mango red jacket and jeans for a more laid back evening look. The Mango peasant top was great with my Zara ripped jeans for a leisurely lunch on one of the days. The Dorothy Perkins shell top was spot on for travelling both ways. If there was anything missing here it was my Zara black v-neck t-shirt as it would have been another option but I managed without it!


H&M cami, here
Dorothy Perkins top, here
Mango top, past season similar here
H&M lace top, here

Bottoms! The Uniqlo (extremely comfy) wide pants to travel in and blue and black skinnies.


Uniqlo wide pant, here
Zara jeans, past season similar here
Topshop jeans, here

This little gem comes on every trip with me as it's perfect as an extra layer under a jacket if it's chilly.


Whistles cashmere blend cardigan, ancient similar here

The headache bit here....shoes!! I'm didn't want to go for a towering heel and it was just as well I didn't! We were staying at a golf resort and there were a lot of gravel pathways and uneven terrain. Fortunately Kurt Geiger Kads with their more manageable block heel and were perfect for the dressier evening events. To travel in I wore my Kurt Geiger Madison espadrilles, these turned out to be brilliant for walking around St Emilion which is very hilly! The New Look Chanel dupes broke up one of the all black outfits and the Topshop tan sandals also came out to play on the sunnier days. As it turned out I made exactly the right choices here!


Carvela/Kurt Geiger Kad sandals, past season similar here
Carvela/Kurt Geiger Madison espadrille similar here
New Look two tone pump, sold out similar here
Topshop tan sandal, sold out similar here

Bag-wise. The Longchamp bag is super light is great for toting stuff around and it came in handy for sightseeing!  The Mango bag was a present from the DH from a recent business trip (he is good isn't he!) and being suede it was great for day or evening.


Mango suede bag, here
Longchamp Le Pliage bag here

All that's left to share now is the accessories. I picked up both scarves in  Primark for £2 each, one is oversized so I thought another handy little extra layer for a chilly day/evening. The straw hat was just in case the sun came out to play.


H&M straw hat
Primark scarves instore
Topshop tan belt, ancient similar here
Gap black belt, similar here 


Dorothy Perkins top, here
Uniqlo wide pant, here
Carvela/Kurt Geiger Madison espadrille similar here
Mango suede bag, here
DKNY leather jacket, past season similar here
Primark scarf, instore


H&M lace top, here
Topshop jeans, here
New Look two tone pump, sold out similar here
Mango suede bag, here


Mango top, past season similar here
Zara jeans, past season similar here
Topshop tan sandal, sold out similar here


DKNY leather jacket, past season similar here
Dorothy Perkins top, here
Topshop jeans, here
Carvela/Kurt Geiger Madison espadrille similar here
Longchamp Le Pliage bag here



Whistles black cotton dress, ancient similar here
Topshop tan sandal, sold out similar here
Mango suede bag, here


H&M black jersey maxi dress, similar here
Topshop tan sandal, sold out similar here
Topshop tan belt, ancient similar here


Topshop Daisy dress, similar here
Carvela/Kurt Geiger Kad sandals, past season similar here
Mango suede bag, here
DKNY leather jacket, past season similar here

All-in-all I was happy with what I'd packed. It all mixed and matched and the accessories were great for ringing the changes. Had there been promise of some better weather I might have added a bit more colour but I played it safe with the black.

How would you tackle your holiday capsule packing.....I would love to hear!

Now this little break is out of the way the high summer wardrobe planning is underway! I'll be back soon with gorgeous holiday clothing I've spotted today.

9 comments:

  1. I'm slightly in awe of your packing skills Michelle! My approach tends to be more of the 'chuck everything I own in a suitcase and hope for the best'!! Looks like a beautiful place, and I'm loving all your outfit choices, particularly the biker and skinnies with your snake espadrilles - gorgeous! Xx

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    1. Believe me when I say I would be exactly the same and chuck everything in if it weren't for the baggage restrictions Becky!! It was actually quite nice to have such a rigid selection to choose from once I got there....it took the agonising out of whether I was wearing the right thing or not! It was a lovely place....gave me some ideas for when we take our main holiday in France in August! xx

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  2. I think you got it spot on Michelle! I certainly would have been at a total loss if I'd been in the same situation and the lovely thing is that most of these items are so interchangeable for day and night. A perfect capsule there.

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    1. Thank you Sue! I think I took just the right amount of things that could be dressed up or down and that was the key since I didn't really know what to expect! Each time I set myself these little challenges I gain a bit of confidence thankfully.....I'd now worry that I didn't care enough if I didn't fret over the packing at least a little bit! xx

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  3. Loved your blog, such a great read, my sort of brands to shop in - love the way you mix everything up. Some good ideas to try on my next weekend away:-)
    www.mummabstylish.com

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    1. Ahh, thank you so much, that really is such a lovely compliment! I do love to share my finds on the High Street and so glad to be of any help at all putting stuff together! I plan on looking at my high summer holiday wardrobe next....also in France but a lot more relaxed kind of holiday, much more in my comfort zone! xx

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  4. You packed so well Michelle...considering you had to go slightly out of your comfort zone, you still looking amazingly chic and cool!I have to say I love all the looks but especially your VB inspired outfit! It Looks like you had a fab time!
    Helen xx

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    1. Mwah! Thank you Helen! It's easier to be confident in your choices if you know where you are ending up and who you are going to be mixing with but when it's all new....gah the panic sets in!! I think I pitched it perfect in the end, I can't think of anything that I ended up missing! I do love that VB inspired outfit, I see me getting a lot of wear out of that especially with this inbetweeny weather we are having! xx

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  5. Wow you managed to pack quite a bit still! I'm very impressed! Love the red Mango jacket, it's just gorgeous. Sounds like you had an amazing time. Jane X

    http://arthursmum.com

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