Well I have returned from a
fabulous family trip to Catalina!
Those of you who follow along here
with my online journal
know after every trip
I like to do a
Travel Wardrobe Recap
to decide what worked
what I would do better next trip.
As someone who is highly affected by what I wear
I take packing for a trip seriously.
I have never been one to throw things in a bag
But I truly admire those who can!
When I pack
I try to think through what I will be doing
the feeling I want to wear when doing so.
This was a family trip
so I didn't want to wear anything too over the top
I still wanted to respect my own style
love of wearing clothes.
I wanted to find a joyful middle ground.
I decided on a neutral palette
with a couple of glam pieces
for my birthday dinner
plenty of sports clothes
loungewear for the condo
some all purpose clothes for sightseeing.
Knowing it was a sunny and very warm day
I left in shorts and my spring suede
jacket and booties.
It was a fine outfit
to greet an island
with bygone Hollywood glamour.
Once we made it to Hamilton Cove
where we staying literally … right on the beach
I changed into my caftan for a family dinner barbecuing on the balcony.
Excuse the shots that are less than perfect
I really wanted family time to be the main goal
just snapped a few shots here and there
to remind myself later.
My crocheted caftan
worked perfectly for the occasion
of dining on our balcony.
Comfort and glamour in one simple dress.
For a birthday dinner out the next night
with my sequin shirt and fringe skirt
with some cork platforms
hit the note I was looking for.
Glam with a casual elegance.
Saturday morning found Ellis and I at
This is the hat I let her borrow
because hers was in her room.
Because my blog is an online journal
not a fashion blog
I can be a good girlfriend
show you sometimes my travel wardrobe
didn't work as well as as I wanted.
Ellis and I ended up deciding to sun on the loungers
at the stunning Descanso Beach.
We had left our condo
with thoughts of paddle boarding
while the boys golfed.
while the boys golfed.
But nothing opens there until after 11:00
so we decided to beach it instead.
Although I had a suit on underneath
I ended up in sport clothes
at this most glamorous destination.
Although I did fit right in.
Later when I went back to change
I came back ever so much happier
especially with my huge straw hat by Frank Olive
that I wore over.
that I wore over.
This hat had waited it's whole life for such an occasion!
My huge hat was soon exchanged
for this western version bought from a beach shop.
There was no way I was taking my extra wide brimmed beauty
This hat that I bought just to kayak
ended up to be what I wore the rest of the trip.
It was the perfect fit for the
casual island vibe and sightseeing.
I had no idea that Catalina was primarily
a truly golf cart community.
Each of our condos came with their own golf cart!
Which for the first few days
made getting there half the fun!
Sunday we drove one out to
the Wrigley Botanical Gardens.
It was here I realized a great tip for pictures
in an outfit you are quite tired of wearing by the end of a travel day …
Is simply to pose in a dramatic setting
it brings instant panache and style
even to an outfit that has seen a whole day!
My fringe backpack from H&M
gets high travel marks form me!
The backpack aspect made it so functional for touring around
the dramatic fringe made it fresh and fashion worthy.
Even though by the end of the day
I might have tired of my outfit
(but I always do what ever the outfit)
this ensemble worked sublimely.
I had brocade ankle pants from Anthropologie
with a linen tunic top
finished it with a wrap
that made the changing weather a non issue.
I travel with just a couple of necessities in my backpack
with of course my phone and glasses.
So there you have it.
All in all I was most pleased with my
Travel Wardrobe to Catalina.
And I was still ever so happy to get home
to the rest of my wardrobe friends!
As always my friends
I wish you love and joy
as you style your life