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Packing: 12 days in Europe

I am not sure why I love creating packing posts so much, but they are definitely my favorite. I love the challenge of efficiently packing in general. I am always amazed at the pins on Pinterest that proclaim you can travel for three weeks in Europe in a carry on. Sure, that's impressive, but I don't want to wear the same black leggings for five days in Paris. I want to look fashionable and still pack efficiently! Of course, it won't fit into a carry on, but I am fine with a larger suitcase. I mean is there some sort of prize I don't know about if you fit everything in a carry on?

Anyways, my friend Nicole arrived in Florence this past Friday, and Saturday evening we boarded our night-train to Paris. We will be spending a total of 12 days traveling around Paris, London, and Dublin. Of course, I was tempted to pack all of my favorites (I mean who doesn't want to look fashionable in Paris and London?), but I tried to be as efficient as possible while still getting my chic on. I always advise people to splurge a little when packing coats. Yes, one will do, but then you look like you are wearing the exact same thing every picture, in every city.

I also try to consider the types of activities I will be doing. In Paris and London we will stay in the city centers and enjoy all things cultural. In Dublin, however, we have plans to explore the countryside. So I had to pack more casual and function items for the last portion of our trip.

You may have noticed some dresses in this capsule that were not a part of my original packing capsule (winter here and spring here). Well, that's because I met a designer in Florence whose work I fell in love with! Suite by Jennifer Diederich is a whimsical line of party dresses and "escape coats." I've had the pleasure of getting to know Jennifer and we have become fast friends. I love all of her designs and after an evening of fabric shopping together I ended up commissioning three dresses! 

I am definitely a whimsical dresser (I blame Kate Spade and now Jennifer). I can't resist sporting my petite beret and Bonjour Monsieur clutch in Paris, my red wellies in London, and my plaid skirt and green ballet flats in Dublin (I mean we will be there for St. Patrick's Day!). 

Here are the outfits I am planning on wearing in each city. I have said it before and I will say it again, planning out each outfit visually really helps you avoid overpacking. I don't usually change for dinner (too much effort and too many clothes to pack lol), but I do pack one dress for going out or for an unexpected fancy evening.

Stay tuned for lots of pictures from Paris!

And remember you can follow along in real-time on Instagram!

Ashley B
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  1. I love your packing posts, they're my favourite too! You have great outfits chosen. I've never really thought that way about coats, I've always been one to skip the extra coats because they take up so much space, but if you're traveling somewhere that you'll be wearing a coat every day, all day, it really would look like you're wearing the same thing all the time. I'm going to have to keep this in mind in the future!

    Have a great time!
    Sweet Spontaneity

  2. I've been following your blog for about six months ago and I feel like we are so kindred. With that in mind, I have a recommendation: you HAVE to check out a bakery in Dublin called Queen of Tarts. They have the most delicious brunch and are located in the Temple Bar area, so they're pretty central. They are so SO perfect and are very HiHH-esque. I was in Dublin for St. Patrick's Day last year and it was one of the best experiences EVER. Have fun!

  3. I like the coats idea! I always take 2, especially to London, because one will inevitably get so wet from the rain I have to let it dry!

  4. This is great, lovely choices. Which areas of the Irish countryside are you exploring? I went to Sligo when I was there and it was glorious. I am not planning a European excursion any time soon, but I am a consummate purveyor of packing lists. Totally a voyeuristic guilty pleasure that helps assuage my wanderlust.
    xx Abby a geek tragedy

  5. Ooh you're going to be in Dublin! I'm an Irish reader and live in Dublin :) Be sure to check out Trinity College the oldest university in Ireland (and my university). The buildings are incredible

  6. I love your packing posts! I am currently studying abroad in London and have been taking a few weekend trips. I find these so helpful! Thanks!

  7. Believe it or not your packing posts have been super helpful to me, it's made me more creative with mixing and matching items and has helped me cut down on overpacking.

  8. I agree. Who wants to be frumpy in Paris? I love your whimsical labeling of outfits. Is the Bonjour Monsier clutch from KS? Have a glorious time, Ashley.

  9. I love the line "is there some sort of prize I don't know about for fitting everything in a carry on?", girl that is exactly what I'm thinking whenever I here someone boasting about only using a carry on. I hope you're having the most wonderful time and I know you're looking fabulous doing it!


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