Greetings from beautiful Wisconsin! After an eventless** day of travel, the littles and I touched down safely and soundly! This was actually my first time flying with all three kiddos, solo, and you know… well, just read the rest.
One of the hardest things about going away for almost 4 weeks is the packing. I am a notorious overpacker. Even when I keep things in mind like, “I have to be able to carry this alone,” or “You don’t need that party dress,” I still pack far too much.
This year I decided to challenge myself. For this trip I packed only 12 articles of clothing for 25 days. Crazy, right?
Actually it’s not that bad, in fact, it might be too many. But I had a hard time even narrowing it down to 12 pieces! In addition to the 12 pieces, I have a few accessories and 1 piece of outerwear. My goal is to make 25 different outfits with these 12 pieces… I think that’s doable, right? We’ll see!
Before I even started packing, I made note of the types of events that we would be taking part in while “up Nord.” We have a few birthday parties, an anniversary party, Father’s Day, a Day at the Zoo, a baseball game, the 4th of July, and countless trips to the park, beach and around town. The main criteria was that everything needed to have the ability to be mixed and matched with other items. I wanted more of a neutral color palette with pops of color coming in with accessories.
The Packing List
1. Chambray Shirt
3. Sleeveless Cowl Neck Tunic Top
4. Black 3/4 sleeve wrap dress
5. Sleeveless shirtdress
6. White Skirt
7. Red Striped Shorts
8. Blue Striped Shorts
9. “skinny” Jeans
11. Asymmetric Zip Front Cardigan
Wait, Where’s #12?
I thought long and hard about my 12th piece. I wanted something versatile and easy to pack. something that could go from day to night effortlessly. Something that could double as a blanket on the plane. So I decided on this:
My chiffon long shawl from Shawl Dawls! I love the pattern and the chiffon is so light and breezy. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw this shawl being worn as a scarf over the teal tunic top yesterday at the airport!
Here are the accessories that I brought along to complete these looks, top to bottom, left to right-ish:
1. Old trusty Birkenstocks
2. Red Tieks
3. Yellow Tieks
4. Leopard print Infinity Scarf
5. Tribal (?) Print Scarf (Whole Foods)
6. Gold Leaf necklace (Target)
7. Floral Necklace (Lia Sophia)
8-10. Panorama Necklaces in three tones (Lia Sophia)
11. Skinny Brown Belt (Target)
12. Wide Brown Belt (Macy’s)
13. Star Scarf (Gap)
14. Pearl Cluster Necklace (Target)
That’s about it! Now, I did pack undergarments, Pajamas and a swimsuit, but I don’t consider that to be part of the capsule wardrobe. Make sure you follow me on Instagram and/or Twitter to see the Outfit of the Day (#BestBibOOTD) or just wait for my weekly recaps here on the blog!
Until Next Time!
**Imma be honest here. I wrote this post on Tuesday afternoon, before we even left for WI because I wanted it to publish on Thursday. I assumed that we’d have easy travels and God thought, “Um, not so much.” I’ll be frank, I was not terrible, but it was a little more stress full than I’d like.
We got to LAX without issue, said good-bye to Daddy as he headed to his flight to Atlanta and got ready to go. Then, it started when we pre-boarded. I had the car seat for DS so we got to get on board early. As we find our seats, I notice that DD1 and DD2 are both seated in an exit row. No bueno. I let the flight attendant know and it turns out that they switched planes last minute and the seat configuration of the new plane did not MATCH the seat configuration of the original plane. So they had to reseat 75% of the flight. Needless to say, we left LAX an hour late.
That meant we got into MSP an hour late and we had only an hour and 40 min layover there. If you have ever been to Minniapolis/St. Paul, you know that the airport is HUGE and of course, we had to book it from Concourse F to Concourse C. On foot. No trams. No moving walkways. And less than 10 minutes before our plane was to begin boarding. With three kids, carry-ons, a violin and car seat, there was NO WAY I was missing pre-board.
Oh, did I mention that one of my girls had an “accident” during approach into MSP?? Nothing like hearing “Mama, I have to go to the bathroom really badly!” when you are bouncing around in turbulent skies getting ready to land, only to hear “I had an accident!”
But all in all, DD got changed (I always have the kids keep an extra change of clothes in their carry-on) and we made our connection to Green Bay with a few minutes to spare. We are in Door County and life is good.