Packing List: San Francisco and L.A.

Packing List - San Francisco & LA One of the best things about being a freelancer is that I can work from anywhere. This week, it’s San Francisco and L.A., as I tag along on one of my fiancé’s business trips. See, he travels so much for work that he achieved this insane status on Southwest called “Companion Pass,” which means whenever he books a ticket, he gets a second one for free. I know: WHAT? It seems to be good to be true, but I’m here to tell you it’s not, and I’m reaping the benefits. ANYWAY, as I said, this week we’re on the west coast. The first half of the week is in San Francisco (one of my all-time cities and home to much of my extended family – but more on that another time), and the rest of the week and weekend in Los Angeles, where Andy’s sister lives and will play host to us.

Packing for two different cities and two different climates in one carry-on suitcase causes me major stress and minor heart palpitations, but I somehow managed to do it. For the slightly cooler, fog-prone San Francisco, I included layers, like these lightweight pants I bought from Athleta two days ago and am already obsessed with. For the LA heat (it’s going to be in the high 80s!), I loaded up on tanks and breezy pieces, like this skirt and jumpsuit, which I’m still getting used to wearing. I’m also ridiculously excited to break out the white pants, white watch, and super summery lip color because, OVER THIS WINTER. (BTW – I swear by Sephora’s lip stain—it stays on for ages.) And in an attempt to exercise while here (and hopefully go for a hike in LA), I squeezed in my pair of lightweight Nikes.

Pleione Racerback Tank // GAP 1969 Resolution True Skinny Skimmer Jeans // DKNY Ceramic Bracelet Watch // Athleta ‘Aspire’ Ankle Pant // Lo & Sons ‘The Pearl’ Crossbody Bag // Franco Sarto ‘Grip’ Sandal // Nike Flex Supreme TR3 // Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Watermelon Slice //  H&M Circular Skirt // Lulu’s ‘Learning to Fly’ Jumpsuit

And in honor of packing breezy pieces because, obviously:

Packing List: Weekend in Florida

Weekend in Florida

In a couple days, Andy and I are meeting his parents in Florida for the long weekend. His plan is to golf as much as possible; my plan is to soak up as much sun as possible (golf and I do not mix). Though the forecast right now is looking grim (highs in the 60s, what?), I’m holding out hope that this week’s 75-degree weather will ultimately extend into the weekend. And my packing list reflects my denial. The trip is going to be a laid-back, casual one, which makes the packing pretty easy: No need for excessive jewelry, any form of heels, or dressy clothes. If the weather holds up, my uniform will be a bathing suit (I have this one from Victoria’s Secret in two different prints; it’s the most flattering bikini I’ve ever owned–both top and bottom), shorts and a loose-fitting crop top. For cool nights (or days??) I’m packing my favorite, light-weight versatile scarf, a pair of trusty Keds, and a jean jacket. My beach bag is actually a kitschy bag I bought at Harrods in London many, many years ago. It folds down completely flat in my suitcase, holds all the necessities (with a zipper top), and its waxy finish keeps it waterproof. And I cannot go anywhere without my Kindle (currently reading: Eightysixed by Chicagoan Emily Belden); with this waterproof case, it’s completely beach-friendly.

What are your vacation necessities?

Gap Denim Jacket // H&M Double Layer Tank // Old Navy Denim Cut-Off Shorts // Franco Sarto ‘Grip’ Sandal // Tildon Metallic Straw Hat // Ted Baker Biotime Sunglasses // Victoria’s Secret Getaway Halter // Victoria’s Secret The Ruffle Cheeky Bottom // Harrods Pretty City Shoulder Bag // Tasha ‘The Ringer’ Infinity Scarf // Keds Champion Washed Stripe Sneaker // Felicity & Coco Stripe Scoop Neck Maxi Dress // Trendy Digital Waterproof Kindle Case // Kindle Paperwhite