Monday, March 13, 2017

Packing for Nashville

Well, I made it back from Nashville! It was crazy busy to say the least. And I'm talking busy from 8am to midnight. I had two posts scheduled to go live last week and I was hopeful that I would have just a little bit of downtime to be able to put together a post throughout the week that I could then schedule for Friday. As you can see, that didn't happen. I was a bit foolish to think that I would have time, but oh well. Sorry for not preparing you for my absence! I hate not having a normal schedule for you guys, but things happen that aren't in my control, so i can't stress out about that! As promised, I do still want to give you a thorough recap of last week's festivities including what I wore and what I did. That would make for quite a lengthy post, so I am going to split them up into two posts. This post is all about my logic for packing - why I packed what I did based on the agenda I was given.  This also serves as a nice spring time capsule type post. I've done others like these in the past, but this one was geared towards fall and this one was geared towards winter. I've been wanting to do a similar post for spring, so let's get started!

packing for 6 days, packing capsule, packing remix, what's in my suitcase

The pieces: 
Anorak jacket (option) | Neutral blazer (option, option) | Dress coat | Denim vest  (option) | Cocktail Dress (exact) | Chambray top | Moto cardigan (exact) | Flyaway cardigan (exact) | Peplum top (exact) | Camo tee (exact) | Grey scoopneck top (exact) | Stripe tank tunic (exact) | Olive floral top (exact c/o CS Gems) | Black tank | Solid black leggings (exact) | Camo leggings (exact) | Grey skinnies (exact) | Black skinnies (exact) | Skinny jeans (exact) | Tote (exact) | Gold clutch | Wine colored cross body (similar) | Grey boots (exact style in other colors here) | Leopard booties (exact) | Neutral pumps (exact) | Converse (exact) | Gold drop earrings (exact) | Gold cuff (exact) | Simple gold pendant (exact) | Adjustable silver pendant (exact)

Ok, first a disclaimer. Some of the items that are pictured above are not the exact items that I physically own, and that's because the stock photos for the exact item I do own is either no longer available, or it's worn on a model which does not make for great outfit building graphics I created for this post. However, if the item I own is still available, I've linked to it above and identified it as "exact." So basically, the items pictured above and below are for rough representation and design intent only!! 

Second, here is some weather and destination info. The convention was set in Nashville, TN at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. We were staying from Saturday morning through Friday morning, driving not flying. The weather was supposed to be lows in the 40s with highs in the 60s.

What were we doing there? HUGE company convention. I'll get more into the details of that in my second post, but I knew there would be TONS of walking because these Gaylord properties are no joke. The attire was "cafe casual" which means we are, in fact, allowed to wear jeans. There was only one event that was formal, but for the most part, everything was pretty laid back. I knew I would spend the bulk of the first half of our trip working on our booth, so I needed clothes I could sweat in. I planned on doing some Pilates while I was there, so I wanted to make sure I brought clothes that I could work out in, too, if time allowed.

packing for 6 days, packing capsule, packing remix, what's in my suitcase

I didn't really try on any outfits in advance like I normally do, but that's a) because I've worn some of these outfits for the blog already so I knew they worked (like this and this). I really just wanted to make sure that the pieces from those two outfits would easily mix and match with other pieces. For example, each top needed to pair easily with each pair of bottoms I brought. Each shoe needed to work with all tops and bottoms as well - for the most part anyway. I certainly wasn't going to wear my Chucks with a cocktail dress!

packing for 6 days, packing capsule, packing remix, what's in my suitcase

The cocktail dress and the dress coat were the only two pieces that I knew could only be worn for our formal dinner. I did want to make sure my pumps were neutral in case I needed to be in heels for any other outfit. The weather was going to be in the perfect "light layer" zone, so I could get away with not having to bring a heavy jacket, but I did want to make sure my cardigans and anorak jacket would basically coordinate with everything I brought. The chambray is also a good alternative for a light layer and acts in the same way a denim jacket could, which is great because a denim jacket was one less thing I needed to pack!

packing for 6 days, packing capsule, packing remix, what's in my suitcase

As I'm tying this, I realized I brought my grey Chucks not the black ones I have pictured. Oops! Black would work just as well as you can see. I am not really sure I had much reasoning around picking grey other than they blended better with my grey skinnies and camo leggings better than the harsh black.

packing for 6 days, packing capsule, packing remix, what's in my suitcase

I decided to go with two good pairs of stack heeled boots. They give me the height I need, but they're comfy for long distance walking. I did add some foot petals to my new leopard boots and I survived walking 5 miles in them. As far as accessories, my Longchamp tote is the perfect carry all bag for travel since it folds up flat but carries a ton of stuff. The wine colored crossbody gave me just the right amount of color pop I needed, and the gold clutch was mainly for the formal night, but I knew I could take it for cocktails, too, if I needed. I kept my jewelry pretty minimal. Just my favorite pieces I already wear all the time for both dressy and casual outfits.

Based on these outfits I threw together for this post, I knew going into it that I had at least 20 outfits I was able to wear for the 6 days we were there. That's a pretty good reserve with enough variety  especially since I wasn't 100% positive what we would be doing in the evenings. Overall, I was pretty happy with everything that I packed! You can see those exact outfits later this week!

We drove this trip, so I didn't have to worry about liquids or carry-ons or anything like that, which helped eliminate just a little bit of stress! However, if you're wanting more detail about what's in my carry on bag when I do have to hop on a plane, you can get that entire scoop here!

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  1. You made a lot of great outfits out of the pieces you packed! :) Hopefully it was a fun week even though it was so busy.

    Thank you for the link up!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  2. Great piece to share, many thanks Carlyee. Jacqui

  3. Really great outfit choices! I love the color scheme that you went with in creating this travel capsule wardrobe!


  4. This is such a great capsule post for a week of travel, every single look is cute and practical.


  5. Wow that is some serious packing prowess! lol. I'm the worst about packing too much and still not having something I want or need.

  6. What an amazing capsule! You packed perfectly and I am definitely inspired to do some of these combos. Thanks for the link up!


  7. This is amazing! Such a great way to pack and virtually plan! Love all those outfits!

    Have a great Monday!

    Xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

  8. Don't beat yourself up about being off track with your blog schedule--it happens to all of us! I love how you shared all the different outfits you put together, as well as why you chose each piece. This is a great way to give everyone new outfit ideas. Hope you had a fun trip!


    1. Ha! I know, I'm my own worst critic! Just hate not being a better planner when it comes to scheduling posts ahead of time! I'm a last minute blogger! Thanks for the kind words. The trip was amazing.

  9. Your planning and packing for this trip was meticulously organized and impressive!! Packing is my absolute least favorite part of travel and I would hire it out (to you!) if I could. I might have to reference this post again for my upcoming spring break trip!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  10. Wow! You are so organized! I've always wanted to go to Nashville!

    xx Leah / www.eatpraywearlove.com

  11. You're a mix-and-match pro! I usually stick to dresses when I travel, which does make getting dressed easier, but doesn't allow too many opportunities to be creative!


  12. I love the red cocktail dress. So fab.
    I hope you have a great trip.

  13. Such a pretty choices. Hope you had a great trip :)
    Thanks for LinkUp

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  15. Wow, you are such an organized packer and I am so impressed! I am terrible. I think having two posts ready in advance is a win. Traveling and blogging is HARD!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  16. Thank you for hosting! Totally pinning these ideas, bc I <3 all these outfits!

  17. Love how green is so prominent in the entire line-up, in all permutations :)

  18. I recently just got back from Nashville and loved it! I love what you packed. All of the denim pieces are perfect! Love how many different outfits you got out of what you packed!

    Trendy & Tidy

  19. You are SO organized! I am ridiculously impressed, and admire your ability to mix and match so flawlessly!
    Glass of Glam