Labor Day – Here I Come

This labor day, I am going to visit Bryan in upstate New York.  Packing will be pretty easy because Bryan is on night shifts for most of the weekend so we will just be lounging – and watching football.

Speaking of football,

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I am packing this outfit for the game.  I LOVE this tank – it’s super soft and comfy.  I purchased it here. And it’s currently on sale for 15 bucks! (also note that I did size up for a more laid back look).

Bryan and I also have a long run on Sunday, so I’m bringing my running tights from lulu and my absolute FAVORITE running socks made by thorlo.  They are life-savers.  I got my first pair during Nordstrom’s anniversary sale a couple of years ago, and now they are the only socks I wear to run.  In fact, at one point Bryan forgot his socks when he came to visit so he borrowed a pair of mine, and he liked them so much that he stole them! And they now live in upstate New York with him.

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Molly wanted to help me pack, so I promised her I would feature her in my blog for all her hard work:

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Since lounging is the name of the game (and after these past two weeks – I really need a good lounging sess), I am bringing these babies with me:

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For all those – like me – that need this weekend – enjoy your holiday!

Packing Revisited – What Worked and What Didn’t

What Worked:

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I fell in love with this purse organizer during my trip. Usually during flights, I am constantly digging in my bag for a book, or cord, or glasses, but this trip – not so.  This little guy saved me from the frustration and stress of finding things while on the go.  I’m sure everyone can agree with me that the less stress during travel, the better.

I am so happy I bought this North Face Raincoat for the trip.  I sized up just in case I wanted to wear something bulky underneath, and I am so glad that I did.  During our hike up to the Old Man of Store, it starting pouring, but I was able to stash my camera under my rain jacket, which kept me and my camera totally dry.

My hiking boots were also a great success.  Despite the downpour, my feet stayed dry and warm. (My friend, who was wearing Sperry rain boots, was not as lucky).

What Did Not Work:

I was not so successful in my pants selection.  During our rainy hike, I wore jeans – a MAJOR failure.  When I was researching what to wear prior to going to Scotland, I found many people suggesting these types of pants, and I decided to go the cute route instead, disregarding their sound advice.  Well the cute route was not so cute after being soaked in the rain for an hour or so.  I suggest either biting the bullet and getting some rain-proof pants, or wear running tights – which I did on another downpour occasion and had a lot more luck.  I forgot that I was in Scotland, and the luck of the Irish did not apply.

 

Pack with me for Scotland

As I get ready for my trip, I thought I would share what I am packing.  I have never been to Scotland before so packing has included some guesswork.  By the end of the trip, I can share with you what worked and what didn’t, but for now, here are some of  – what I am assuming – will be the essentials.

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During our trip, the weather is generally “mostly cloudy” with highs in the low 70s/ high 60s and lows in the 50s.  Rain is also likely.  So item one on the list is a rain jacket.  My rain jacket is the Venture 2 jacket from North Face.  My hiking boots are Oboz Bridger Mid in Walnut.  My leggings are from Lulu Lemon, and I got my sweatshirt while hiking in West Glacier, Montana (a trip that is definitely worth taking if you’ve been thinking about visiting out-West).

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We rented a car for our trip, and I was unaware that Hertz required non-EU citizens to have an international driving permit until yesterday… so I was in a panic.  But, as it turns out, it is SUPER easy to get one.  You just need two passport photos – which i got in about two minutes at CVS – and your license.  Then just fill out this easy form, and take it to your nearest AAA.  The whole process took about five minutes, and I walked out of AAA with a permit – same day.  So if you booked a car and didn’t realize that you needed a permit, don’t panic.  I’m just hoping that this international driving excursion turns out better than my last one…. When I went on a trip to Ireland, I ended up totaling the car.  However, in my defense, the roads there are treacherous.  In fact, when we were returning the car, the lady at the rental agency was on the phone with someone who had crashed within five hours of picking up the car.  My advice – get the insurance.  It is worth it.

On another note, I have recently become a makeup geek – the only other lady at my office is a makeup goddess and she turned me on to the beauty industry; now I can’t get enough … which, if you’ve read my other post, is a ongoing theme in my personality.

In any event, choosing what products to bring with me when I travel has become difficult.  (As one of my best friends would say – what a “champaign problem.”)  I do, however, have a few specific products that I know I can rely on and therefore they come with me on every trip. They include, in no particular order: physician’s formula butter bronzer, Tarte shape tape, Two Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara (this mascara gets sold out very quickly – but it is also available at sephora, Marc Jacob’s velvet noir major mascara, Maybelline Fit Me matte and poreless powder, Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder, and Chloé Eau de Parfum (the scent lasts FOREVER and I am in love with it).

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My current obsession is this new wallet that I bought for this trip from Aspinal of London.  It has dividers for tickets, passport, documents, and boarding passes, along with a little pouch for change.  It seemed perfect when I bought it, but it has yet to stand the test of actually being used – so I will let you know how it worked out.  For now, it seemed like a great investment.

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Finally, choosing a book to come with me is also a challenging task.  I’m currently in the middle of a couple – I tend to read multiple books at once because I never know what kind of reading I will be in the mood for night-to-night – but I don’t usually like to bring one that I have already started when I am traveling.  Bringing a brand new book avoids the problem of finishing one before the trip is over, and having to lug two books home.  Additionally, the book needs to be paper-back so that I can lug it around with me without feeling like my arm is going to fall off.  My problem there is that I am a super for hard-back books, so most of the books that I own that are on my “to-read” list are hardbacks.

The few that I do have are mostly history and include:

  • Allison Weir’s Queen Isabella
  • Peter Ackroyd’s Shakespeare 
  • Lawrence Goldstone’s The Activist 
  • Roger Crowley’s City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas
  • Anthony Everitt’s Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome’s Greatest Politician

I still am up in the air, but I’ll let you know what I end up choosing.