Thursday, September 17, 2015

Packing for Paris (and Bruges!)

As promised, thought you might be interested in what I'll be taking with me when I leave for Paris in a few days.

This was a bit challenging. There are some warm days, and cool days, at least one day of rain, and even when the days are warm my experience here is that it cools down quickly in the evening in September.

But I am always up for a challenge and am very happy with my choices!

Colour stories are sensible for trips and mine is mostly navy, creams and green.

First up: jackets.

I am taking two jackets: a lightweight navy anorak with hood and my old H&M fatigue jacket.

Can you bring too many t-shirts on a trip? T-shirts take up no space and they are wonderfully comfortable, able to be dressed up and down. I'm bringing whites and navies, one navy sequin tank, a pale grey and a striped t-shirt.

I like pant options. I have a pair of fancy green lace pants for dressing up, a pair each of navy and black cigarette pants, comfy jeans that end at the ankle and one full-length pair in case it gets cool in Bruges as threatened.


All very lightweight. A knit maxi dress, a short dress, an Eileen Fisher black jersey dress and my gold knit skirt.

On silk broderie tunic blouse:

Sweater: navy cashmere cardigan for the plane (layer, layer, layer on the plane I say - I am always freezing in the middle of the night!), a creamy pullover, a green cardigan and a lightweight flax sweater set from J Crew that I bought on sale months ago.

As for accessories, I am bringing three pair of fun earrings and some inexpensive bracelets

Three scarves: a chambray one, an iridescent green one (hard to tell from the picture) and a heavy black one that will double as my blanket on the plane:

Given the latest weather forecast, I am iffy on taking walking sandals. I do need some bling, so I will pack these oldies, but goodies:

I will have knit gloves, a little knit beanie and an umbrella with me as well. For the plane I am bringing cozy socks and slippers to change into (and the cutest blackout mask):

Basically, nothing over the top, and all things that can roll to become very small. I will need room in my suitcase for gifts! 

I reserve the right for last minute substitutions, but I hope they are few!

I will be posting pictures and stories on Instagram and Facebook, so by all means, follow along!
Talk to you as soon as we are back!  Am I missing anything?

xoxo wendy



  1. Wow Wendy, you have become a very gifted packer. Great, easy care, comfortable and chic choices! The silk tunic is so pretty.
    Have a wonderful trip!

    1. I should have said that Jennifer's packing list made it sooooo much easier!

  2. Barry! You forgot to pack Barry! Oh, how could you!

  3. Please do be generous with the dispatches. Safe travels!

  4. I can't think of a thing to add or change. You're going to have such a great trip! Can't wait to hear about it. I was such a baby when I went to Paris and Bruges. Have fun!

    1. I'd like to say I was a baby when I first so
      Paris, but no luck! Am excited because we have never been to Bruges!

    2. I wasn't a real baby, just a very young 20-something :) We rented bicycles there, fun way to see the place.

  5. Forgot you were going to Bruges-- that silk top looks v.Bruges to me. I think you will be stylish and comfortable walking the streets of Paris! I can't see you've forgotten anything here. Even bling, impressive.

  6. Enjoy your anniversary trip. I'm sure Barry will enjoy being there with you looking so good in these outfits. Will we ever get to see what he packs?

  7. Great choices Wendy, can't wait to see some photos. Bon voyage!

  8. Safe travels and have a blast. I love that blackout mask :))

    1. Isn't it a hoot? Couldn't find a simple one anywheres!

  9. Have a great trip, Wendy!!! Great choices! I hope you left some room in your suitcase to bring back some small treasures ;-)

  10. Wishing you a wonderful trip, Wendy. The weather is set fair in this part of the world at the moment and I hope it will continue for your stay. Get Barry to take LOADS of pics of you in all your outfits!


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