Confessions of an Overpacker

Been to Hawaii or any tropical destination in your lifetime? If so, and correct me if I’m wrong, you know that casual is the most common dress code. And, from experience, I also know that, if you are there to relax, you spend a large portion of your time in swimsuits, coverups and flip flops. I wish someone would have reminded me of this a couple weeks ago.

I am an overpacker. Always have been, probably always will be. I like options. A lot of options. My packing job for my most recent trip to Lana’i and the Big Island set a new personal record for the worst packing I’ve ever done.

I could go over all the unnecessary clothing items I brought but showing you the shoe situation will give you a clear picture, I think.

I wore these Vince sneakers on the plane. I love them for running around at home but they have zero give and once my feet swelled they were close to unbearable. Noted.

 

These Vince sandals were probably the best sandal and probably the only sandal I really needed. Comfortable and practical as they went with most of what I’d packed. Check.

 

I’d been searching for a neutral wedge to wear out for dinners but couldn’t find any that didn’t have the jute footbed and I find that really uncomfortable so I brought these. I wear them all the time at home. Never made it out of the suitcase. 

 

These were a good find at Nordstrom Rack just a couple days before departure. Loved the wedge and the leather footbed (see above). I wore these a couple times, once with a  long sundress and once with a pair of black dressy shorts. 

These are really some of the most uncomfortable flip flops I’ve ever worn and I feel like I’ve given them multiple chances to redeem themselves. The straps rub on the tops of my feet and cause blisters. I’ve had them a couple years, maybe longer. They will not be making a repeat appearance. In my humble opinion, nothing beats good old Havaianas.

I bought these a little more than a year ago and have worn them a lot. They have basically no support but are surprisingly comfortable. I wore them to the pool, to the store and to dinners. Two thumbs up, Tory Burch! I would have brought the same pair in black but my puppy ate them a couple months ago.

Finally (I think), I brought these Asics for hiking and working out. I didn’t do either of those activities as often as I’d planned but I always bring a running shoe of some type on vacation.

Any shoes I’m forgetting? Let me know what you bring on a tropical vacation.

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Where I Went and What I Wore

Hub and I recently returned from a belated honeymoon in Bora Bora. If you’ve been you know that you can’t describe it in words or photos because it’s even better in person. Coming from Seattle, it’s a long way to go for six nights and I do not recommend drinking a bottle of wine before boarding the 8+ hour flight but that’s another story.

Chronic over-packers, we both decided to lay out our suitcases a week before departure and get started in hopes of avoiding our usual night before/morning of frantic routine of tossing things (too many things) in our bags and rushing out the door. What is it they say about best laid plans? So, needless to say we had to make a quick trip to Nordstrom just 7 hours before our plane was leaving and managed to get what we needed (wanted?) and get out…and did I mention my husband took advantage of 1-hour alterations? We crushed it. Before the packing began, however, I bought these cute mesh bags I found at Marshall’s.

These, along with some others I already owned, would be the key to my organization for this trip! Swimwear in one, underwear in another and things like phone and camera chargers went in the smaller ones My sister and I bought cute matching sun hats in Chelan, WA several years ago and though I still like it, the weave lets a lot of sun through and I am actively trying to fight the signs of aging so I  went in search of other options. I found this one at REI  

My head seems to be a little larger than average but this one fit perfectly. I’m also happy to report I wore it almost constantly during the day and my melasma stayed mostly at bay. I was sadly lacking in cute dresses until  my adorable salesperson, Albert, at Nordstrom brought me this one by Maison Scotch. LOVED it and felt good in it. Digging the tropical floral vibe. AND it has pockets.   

Another cute little item I picked up was a jumpsuit that I also found at Nordstrom. Sooo not my usual style but thought it might work for dinner around the resort. I was RIGHT! It worked so well I wore it for two dinners. The price was something like $68 which was outstanding. The brand is Roxy which I usually think of as a teenager or thirty-something-with-a-great-body brand but I’m neither and it worked.  

Finally, I invested in a pair of Tory Burch sandals/flip flops. My beloved Havaianas didn’t quite look right with my new purchases. Love these. Not much to them, in fact nothing in the way of support, but comfy.  

It’s been a month since we returned and I’m really looking for opportunities to wear my vacation clothes.

Would love to know what everyone has picked up for their holiday wardrobes!

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