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Location: Rapallo, Italy…

I need to take a short travel break and talk about something else, LOL.  I always try to keep variety on the blog, but suddenly I feel like it’s only travel.  But then again all I’m doing is traveling and I love sharing it, so what can I do?  I have had clothes on my mind a lot the past few days.  First let’s discuss the obvious.  The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, yeah I’m pretty much dying on the inside, I’m trying to power through it though.  I’ve tried to look for great sale items, but honestly I can’t… I’m not in the right frame of mind, plus I won’t be home until after the sale. Have you gotten anything good?

I still want to catch up on some other travel posts, I have Bruges and Dublin that we’ve already been to that I need to sort out.  To break up the travel pattern I thought I’d do an outfit round up.  The black dress above is really old, there is one left in green on Amazon, but I did find a black dress with similarities here.  When you’re going to be traveling for long periods of time it’s all about the basics, that’s all you can do.

Packing the basics has really paid off on this trip, but I did pack some snazzier (I hope that’s a real word) for Paris, and then there were times in London & Bruges that it totally slipped my mind to get a photo.  On one evening I wore my favorite camisole top tucked into this pencil skirt with a statement necklace and it was really cute.  Having an honest moment though, wearing the same articles of clothing literally over and over is kind of getting to me.  When I was in Ireland I went to H&M and bought a sweater, a t-shirt, and pair of earrings for around 40 pounds and it really helped my clothing boredom.

Location:  Milan…

Dress | Bracelet | Sunglasses

When it comes to Europe in the summer, especially Italy where it’s so hot, a light weight stretchy dress is essential!  It’s so breezy and cool, doesn’t wrinkly hardly at all, and it washes like a dream.  I can wash it in the sink, roll it in a towel, and hang it to dry and it’s good to go in 3-4 hours.  I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve worn this dress.

The big square sunglasses I bought on the first day in Milan, I can’t get enough of them.  I can be tired and dirty, with frizzy hair looking like a sweaty sausage, then I put on these sunglasses and I feel like a glamorous fashionista!

Location:  Lake Como, Italy…

Camisole | Denim Skirt | Sandals | Earrings | Cross Body Purse – (sold out, similar one)

I love this camisole top with just about everything!  This denim skirt I’ve had for years in my closet and I’ve worn it maybe once over the years.  For whatever reason I had the urge to pack it and I’ve worn the heck out of it, and I can’t believe Nordstrom still has it for sale!  It’s lightweight and washes up well.

Another travel essential for me is always a cross body bag.  I specifically like ones that have credit card slots and detachable straps so they can be carried like a clutch.  To save space I’m also using this clutch as my regular wallet inside of my larger black purse.

Location:  Kensington Palace, London…

Location:  Notting Hill, London…

White Tee | Belt | Earrings | Jeans | Black Flats

My simple go to casual look, nothing but essential items: skinny jeans, a white tee, and black flats.  I always feel like a French girl when I wear these black flats, getting in and out of cabs and trains has been hard on them though.  They’ll need some TLC when I return home, I’m going to try to get another year out of them.

Another winning star, my black Givenchy bag, I normally baby all my bags but I feel like I’ve beaten the Hell out of this one and it still looks new.  Because of neck and shoulder issues I’m usually into hand-held purses but the shoulder strap has been such a lifesaver!

Pink Blazer (actual one)Similar One Here | Black Tank | Bracelet 1 | Bracelet 2 | Earrings 

I’m really bummed out that this pink blazer is out of stock except for a few sizes.  I have a feeling it will be restocked, and I know Banana Republic sells matching pants for it, so I’m holding out hope they will.  I did find another cute pink blazer, it’s a more of a hot pink, still really cute.

The pink blazer I’m wearing though is the Classic Fit Wool Blazer and I found it was narrow in the arms & shoulders so I went up a size.  I love BR blazers, they come is such great colors and cuts.  I love this red version, and this pretty lilac one.  I also have the long and lean black blazer and I love the cut so much, it’s more flattering and slimming than the pink, and it’s cut a bit looser so I bought my regular size.  You can never go wrong with purchasing a good blazer, they go with everything.

Location: Stonehenge, England…

Location:  Bath, England…

Dress  | Sunglasses | Flip flops

This poor black dress is working hard, I’ve worn it so many days.  I’ve dressed it up with heels and a clutch, I’ve worn it with a denim jacket, and I’ve washed it in the sink countless times.  It’s been a total champ.  Unrelated, I’ve given up on having my feet look nice.  I have tired, swollen, flip flop feet lately.

Location:  Temple Bar, Dublin…

Denim Jacket | Scarf (similar)

Same jeans, same tank, and denim jacket but ta-da… I added a scarf.  Can you tell I’ve been drinking Guinness and look 4 months pregnant?  Probably not, thanks to my Rebecca Minkoff scarf, it’s sold out but this one I found is very similar.  It stays in my purse for when I get a sudden beer belly or if I get dirty or cold.

Black Sweater | Jeans (similar) | Pink Earrings | Polka Dot Sunglasses

I’m sure you’ve been hearing about this Europe heat wave, the entire planet seems to be sizzling, so it was so refreshing when one day I was so cold in Ireland that I had to stop and buy a sweater.  I had to buy some authentic Ireland fashions at H&M – ha!  But that store has pretty awesome stuff, like these pink earrings below, they are so lightweight and come in a ton of colors.

My computer is flipping out with this whole time zone thing, everything is being so weird!  Even now when I’m trying to link things it’s listing the prices in pounds and euros, so hopefully things make sense when you click on them!  My next travel post will be on Bruges, it’s seriously dreamy and it’s going to be a 2 part, the first being the FOOD!  Currently we’re exploring some smaller towns outside London and this weekend we’ll be in Paris.  Other than the heat I’m loving every minute here, except I miss my kiddos.  Have a great weekend!