Latest Outfit(s): In Portlandia

En route: J. Crew tee, flats, and bracelet | Benji Frank shades (c/o) | Monk & Lou scarf (c/o Plenty) | RW&CO blazer (c/o) | Banana Republic jeans | Coach bag | Joe Fresh earrings

Dinner and cocktails: J. Crew tee, clutch, necklace (c/o), and flats | RW&CO blazer (c/o) | Banana Republic jeans | Lipstick: Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge #16

Purchases: Colour-blocked silk tank top from House of Lolo, Anthropologie striped dress, J. Crew sequin tee, Saint Laurent 'Belle de Jour' clutch

A full day of shopping and sightseeing: H&M tee | Anthropologie skirt | J. Crew flats | Coach bag | Benji Frank shades (c/o) | Joe Fresh earrings

As I said in this post, I really tried to minimize my luggage for Portland. The desire to pack less had a number of reasons behind it: We were sharing a car with friends intent on doing serious tax-free shopping; I'm always mildly annoyed when I overpack; and the boy and I were sharing the same duffle bag for all our belongings.

As it turns out, some shrewd choices go a long way. A bright, lightweight scarf kept me cozy on the road and added a much needed dose of colour to an otherwise neutral ensemble. The white blazer, soft cotton tee, and cuffed jeans I wore for the long hours in the car were polished enough for an evening out with a sparkly necklace, whimsical clutch, and bright lip colour. A patterned skirt and lace-embellished tee proved perfect for walking around and shopping on a sunny day with temperatures in the mid-twenties. (My outfit the next day was a variation of the latter.) And then, of course, there's the thrill of wearing new purchases, always a fun and clever way to stretch a travel wardrobe. For my last night in Portland, I wore my new sequin tee with the white blazer and jeans.

Are you a minimalist when you travel?

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  1. That clutch in the third photo is just so adorable! I'm also drooling over that striped Anthro dress. I've tried to pack more minimally on trips lately too - my problem is always shoes, I always feel like I'll need way more shoes then I ever end up using!

    1. Shoes are a problem for me too! I was only gone 2 nights, but managed to bring along 3 pairs of shoes. (Not shown: my Latin ballroom heels for salsa dancing.)


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