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What’s in my (weekender) bag? | Packing for a weekend trip

I’ve done a couple of “What’s in my bag?” kind of posts, including my original handbag post and a more recent evening bag post. When my mom sent me a weekender bag — in time for me to try it out for a Memorial Day weekend visit to my friend Stephanie in Portland! — I thought it would be fun to highlight how I pack for a weekend visit.

Weekender bag

First up, closeups of the weekender bag my mom recently gifted me. It’s striped and on wheels, with a collapsible handle. It also has a zippered bit on the bottom to expand the bag if needed. There are also pockets lining both sides of the bag’s interior.

Librarian for Life + Style | Weekender tote, top view

Librarian for Life + Style | Weekender tote bag side view

Librarian for Life + Style | Interior pockets of the weekender tote

What I packed in my weekender bag

Below is what went into my weekender bag. I like to roll up undergarments inside each outfit, so every outfit is bundled together. Then I just stack the bundles up in my bag or suitcase, and everything is nice and tidy. There are lots of different ways to pack — and I looooooove reading all about different packing tips! — but I have found that this way works for me! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Packing for the weekend

Details:

  1. Outfit for the trip back (floral shirtdress + black leggings, exact outfit previously seen here)
  2. Black sandals
  3. Metallic sandals
  4. Bronze shawl (to layer when cold, particularly on the train)
  5. Toiletries bag
  6. Pajamas
  7. Optional casual outfit (black & white striped tee + red shorts, to wear with black sandals — I didn’t end up wearing this outfit, but I always like to have an extra outfit on hand, just in case)
  8. Casual outfit (grey tee + tan shorts, to wear with metallic sandals)
  9. Travel pillow for my back or neck

And below is how everything fit into the bag, with room to spare:

Librarian for Life + Style | Packing for the weekend

My traveling outfit

Below are details of my traveling outfit, which I wore on the train down to Portland. I wore a grey scoop-neck tunic that my mom also recently sent me, and it’s so soft and comfy — perfect for traveling! I layered the tunic over leggings and my metallic sandals. A fabric belt helped give some shape to the tunic (which is a bit oversized on me) but didn’t feel restrictive.

Below is also a closeup of my accessories. When I travel, I don’t like to wear any jewelry except for one pair of earrings that go with every outfit. These topaz drop earrings are one of my go-to choices when traveling, because they’re so light, and the color is a nice neutral.

When I came downstairs, Sam remarked that it was a perfect traveling outfit, because, as he put it, “It’s cute and pulled together for traveling, and it looks comfy — but when you take the belt off, you’re ready to lounge!” Yep. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel outfit closeup

On the day of travel

And finally, a couple of pics snapped on the day that I travelled down to Portland by train on Memorial Day weekend. (Mom, I knew you’d especially like to see how I’m wearing the items you’ve gifted me — thank you for knowing my style! Love you, Mom ♥ )

And yes, my black + tan + white purse also coordinated with every outfit that I packed. Because OF COURSE. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Weekender bag and purse

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel outfit and weekender bag

What do you include in a weekender bag? Please share!


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Colorful + casual cotton tunic with leggings

Last month in my budget adventures post, I shared that I had bought a colorful tunic from a local vendor during our local street fair. I wore it the next weekend to a visit a local farmer’s market, followed by a friend’s BBQ.

I kept things simple and bold, layering the tunic over leggings and my criss-cross black sandals.

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

This cotton tunic is known as a dashiki, which is a garment with roots in West Africa. This dashiki has such a simple, classic design, the colorful printed cotton folded over and stitched down the sides (leaving room for armholes), with elastic stitched along the middle to give it shape. (I’ve seen other dashikis with ties along the middle to cinch in the waist.)

The dashiki became popular in the U.S. during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, as a symbol of black pride and culture. It then also transitioned into part of the hippie counter-culture movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. You can read more about the dashiki and its political and cultural significance here and here.

To be open and transparent, I have to admit some reservations that, as a white woman purchasing and wearing a sartorial symbol of African culture, it would be interpreted as cultural misappropriation. But please know that is not my intent. My intent is to celebrate and honor culture and diversity — and all different kinds of style. Everywhere I have lived, including overseas in the Middle East, it has felt natural to incorporate bits of local style — perhaps even as a way to remember people and places I have lived and loved.

I bought this gorgeous garment because:

  • I was drawn to the vibrant and colorful print, and y’all know I’m not afraid to wear color!
  • I had a lovely conversation with the vendor, who is herself an immigrant from west Africa. She seemed thrilled and supportive of me buying the dashiki — and actually wanted me to wear it right then and there, to promote it at the fair! I felt like I had her blessing to wear it.
  • I seek ways to support local artisans and small businesses.
  • It is an external expression of my support of ethnic, cultural, and sartorial diversity.

You can see the shape of the dashiki better in the twirling pics below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

We visited the farmer’s market at Point Ruston, and we’ve taken pics along this waterfront view before, as seen recently here and here. It’s just a stunning backdrop of the Sound, so I hope you don’t mind yet another series of pictures along the Ruston waterfront.

Oh, and I spiked up my pixie even more so today, which was fun for me! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic, closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic, closeup of print, leggings, and sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Weather:  Sunny and breezy

Where:  Weekend BBQ at friend’s house

What:

  • Cotton tunic:  Local street fair, new
  • Leggings:  Spanx via Macy’s — exact pair still available!
  • Sandals:  Lands’ End, old (and sold out)

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Shop my outfit:

brightly colored tunic  //  exact leggings  //  similar black sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful tunic + leggings outfit collage

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White + navy + mint work casual

Another casual work outfit while I was working this summer — ankle pants and cardigans is such a go-to combo for me! Add in some fun shoes, and you’re set. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white work casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white work casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white work casual

Earlier this spring, I realized that my mint-and-navy scarf matched my white cardigan trimmed in mint and navy, which you can see here in this post. And then I realized that this same scarf matched my navy-and-green espadrille sandals, and an idea was born… I love the mint-and-navy color combination. Navy is always a nice neutral, and mint just freshens everything up.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white head scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white scarf + espadrilles

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint espadrilles close-up

We visited this little Japanese rock garden again, which is quite lovely. Sam caught me peeking into the stone lantern below. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white work casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white work casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white work casual

Weather:  Cooler but clear

Where:  Casual work day

What:

  • Cardigan:  Brooks Brothers, thrifted, old
  • Ankle pants:  Alfani via Macy’s, old
  • Espadrilles:  Old Navy, old
  • Scarf:  Vera Neumann, thrifted last fall
  • Pearl earrings:  Parting gift from Abu Dhabi colleagues, old

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Shop my outfit:

white short-sleeved cardigan  //  similar scarf  //  similar navy ankle pants  //  similar striped espadrille wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | White + navy + mint outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: A cup of coffee + a GIVEAWAY

It’s time again for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this time curated by Erin @ Loop Looks. And Erin is hosting a GIVEAWAY for all SIA participants, and there is still time to participate!

How to participate in SIA and enter the GIVEAWAY:

Everyone who participates in this week’s challenge will get their name entered into a drawing to win either this painting or a notecard made from the image! You just need to email your SIA-inspired photo to Erin at looplooks@gmail.com by 7PM Central time tomorrow, Tuesday, September 12th. Selfies, flat lays, etc. are all okay — OR if you’re on Instagram, you can post on Instagram and tag Erin (@looplooks) and use the hashtag #SIAChallenge.

Erin personally purchased the painting below and notecard with her own money and will ship it at no extra cost to the winners. Erin will post the SIA round-up and winners on her blog, Loop Looks, next Wednesday, so stay tuned for the round-up, and for the prize winners!

Inspiration to Interpretation:

Erin chose another piece of art, seen in the collage below, which was painted by one of the GrowARTS participants, Kelly Jo. GrowARTS is a program at Garden Center Services, an organization that provides services and job training for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. The goal of GrowARTS is to have the adults they serve create art that they then sell.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA coffee collage

I have a few different turquoise and teal-colored items, and I decided on my turquoise tunic with black, brown, and white embroidered trim. I kept the vibe casual with my black denim shorts and my black-and-gold flip flops.

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + black casual combo with coffee

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + black casual combo with coffee

I went with my black beaded earrings as they reminded me of coffee beans all stacked up. And my second earrings are my turquoise studs.

And of course, I had to enjoy a cup of coffee while taking photos! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + black casual combo with coffee closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + black casual combo with coffee

As I wanted to take photos while I enjoyed my morning coffee, I decided it would be good timing to take photos in our kitchen and dining rooms, so you could get a glimpse of some additional spaces in our house.

Our house, including the kitchen, had just been renovated when we bought the house, and Sam immediately fell in love with the kitchen, seen above. The cabinets are white with grey countertops (which have embedded metallic bits close-up), with oil-rubbed bronze knobs. Our dining room, seen below, has light grey walls with dark refinished wood floors. We added a dark grey patterned rug and two-tone brown curtains to play off the room’s color scheme. And the picture window in our dining room mirrors the picture window in our living room, as seen in this prior post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + black casual combo with coffee

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + black casual combo with coffee closeup

Weather:  Hot and smoky because of the forest fires in Washington and Oregon (so we stayed in the house as much as we could)

Where:  At home

What:

  • Tunic:  Dana Buchman for Kohl’s, old
  • Denim shorts:  Kohl’s, old
  • Flip flops:  c/o Rhea via giveaway, last year
  • Beaded earrings:  Handmade by my grandmother, vintage

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Shop my outfit:

blue embroidered tunic  //  very similar black denim shorts  //  similar black-and-gold flip flops

Librarian for Life + Style | Embroidered tunic + denim shorts outfit collage

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Adding interest with accessories | Maxidress + cardigan combo

Today’s outfit is not edgy or exciting, and I didn’t originally plan on taking photos of this casual work outfit when I got dressed that morning. Pairing a maxidress and a cardigan is almost like a work version of pajamas for me — sooooooo comfy and easy.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

So why take photos at all? I realized at the end of the day it might be a useful example of demonstrating how much accessories can add interest to an outfit. If you look at the photos above and below, the accessories that add interest are:

  1. at the top, a silk headband in a colorful fern pattern and light pink bead earrings;
  2. in the middle, a striped tote bag; and
  3. at the bottom, strappy metallic sandals in a criss-cross pattern.

The different patterns of my headband and tote bag don’t match, of course, but they do “go” together color-wise, as they tie into the berry-colored cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

The backdrop is a mural at a local community park. The animal heads atop the human-shaped bodies are a little freaky, but I thought the purple tones played nicely with the colors of my outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Portland Park mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Weather:  Sunny

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Maxidress:  Fred Meyer, old
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW, old
  • Headband:  Local boutique in Chicago, old
  • Bead earrings:  Made by a friend in Wisconsin, old
  • Tote bag:  Fossil via DSW, gifted by a friend this past spring

Shop my outfit:

similar print headband  //  berry cardigan  //  similar black v-neck maxidress (I wore mine over a sports bra)  //  same style tote bag by same brand  //  similar metallic strappy sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + accessories outfit collage

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How do you like to add interest to your outfits? Through colorful prints or color-blocking? Through jewelry? Shoes? Other accessories? Please leave a comment and share!


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