Accessory Jane

Bare Necessities : The Key to Traveling Light

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My brother said it best, “Packing for a vacation may in fact be the most optimistic part of the whole trip.” Your suitcase shows the dreams and aspirations you hope for the trip.

A few weeks ago, my brother and sister-in-law offered to fly Olive and me to New Haven, CT to watch my niece and nephew while they photographed a wedding in Turks & Caicos! (Tough job, right? You can check out her work here). Clearly, we jumped at the opportunity and started busting out our suitcases!

This ended up being a little bit harder than I expected. Judging by my initial suitcase, we were most definitely going to be touring Yale (where my brother is attending), visiting Water Hill Beach, Rhode Island, berry picking at the nearby farms, taking the train into New York, seeing a few shows, riding the carousel in Central Park, and dining at all the finest New York has to offer…all while watching 3 kids. Oh, and did I mention I hadn’t packed any sweatpants? Call me an optimist ;)

My suitcase needed a little revision unless I wanted to pay an arm and a leg in luggage fees. So here’s what I did…pull everything out. Then I found some versatile basics and selected some key accessory players of the week (seen below).

The trick is finding basics that are interchangeable, simple pieces that can easily be dressed up or dressed down (i.e. black maxi dress, silk crop top, jcrew pleated black shorts, and your favorite pair of jeans). Then just let the accessories do all the talking! And the best part? Accessories don't take up much precious luggage space!

This is what made the cut this trip, and did I mention it all fit into one carry on!  (scroll through to see my outfits & how I used 8 pieces and a handful of accessories to get a week's worth of different looks!) 

This week has been the best. Amazing thing is we’ve actually done most of what I hoped for. What can I say, you win some. You lose some….This time I won! 

*** More of our trip to come on Monday! This time I promise LOTS of pictures! :)

"It always seems impossible until it is done." Nelson Mandela