Last day here, which means that everything we've been wearing for the last month has somehow to squeeze back into our carry-ons. The Eagle Creek packing cubes we bought for this trip, at Sue's recommendation, are a huge reassurance to me that this will work. I tend to get anxious about whether I'll be able to zip the case up again, but the cubes do some solid compression and organization work.
I'm not sure how much, or whether, I'll post this coming week, although I'll certainly be Instagramming. Our son, daughter-in-law, and their baby girl are in Rome as well, staying with our daughter, son-in-love, and their little girl. Blogging might just have to wait....
But I thought before I pack up, I might share some photos of What I Wore to show you how well the "Seven Weeks, One Carry-On" project is going. Remember, we have a washing machine here, and the weather has been warm for most of our trip, although it's been dipping down into the low teens, Celsius, lately, and we've had a few heavy rainfalls.
|I know you've seen these pics in our Paris hotel room mirror before, but I'm trying to show multiple uses of a piece, as here with the JCrew graphic navy-white shirt (a cotton-silk blend as light as cotton lawn.|
Since we have a washing machine and the weather's been such that clothes dry quickly, I've been able to wear white quite a bit. My Gap jeans, above and below (with a favourite black Vince sweater, tissue weight merino, aworn with one of the three scarves I brought) and a white linen J Crew top, below, worn with a pair of floral khakis my daughter handed down to me when she had to edit her closet for her move to Rome. These pants (Joe Fresh, probably the least expensive pants I own) have been amazing for travel. Brilliant weight, enough give that I've cycled for hours in them, and they do not show dirt. Brilliant!
You've probably noticed another item that's doing yeoman duty: my black Vince moccasins. I do sometimes wear the nude Vince pointed-toe d'Orsay flats for a dressier look, but we walk through the park waily, and the gravel paths are tough on shoes...
This navy J Crew (I know, I know, they seem to have become a mainstay for me lately) merino sweater, with a swingy silhouette, has been a really useful piece as well. Part of their Spring line year before last, it's a good transitional weight, so if the temp isn't going above 23 or 24, it's not too hot, and it helps take the chill off on those days that don't go above 19. Left, above, I wore it with my wild-card piece, a jean-cut skirt in a light cotton print. I haven't worn this much the last year or two, and it may not come home with me, but it offered a bit of variety, and it might get another outing. Pairs okay with my white t-shirt and even better with the long-ish black Vince sweater.
We've even managed to get a little bit dressy for dinners or jazz nights. I also wore that gold lamé dress with my blazer and a scarf for the opera, same black ankle boots, nude sheer stockings. My navy Vince dress has also gone out for dinner, but was apparently too shy for a photo.
|Another wild card, this (yes, J Crew) tank top plays well under my Bompard cardi to add some variety to a neutral capsule. It goes well under the blazer as well and is sharp with the white jeans|
Not sure yet what I'll wear for this morning's concert at the Grand Théâtre, but I'd better go sort that out soon!
As I say, I'm not sure when/if I'll be blogging from Rome, but meanwhile, perhaps you'll find something worth reading or looking at in these Bordeaux posts. I'm surprised how much I managed to write and photograph here (and I must warn you, I have posts galore to write and to polish up and to finish when I get back home)...... I will continue to read your comments and do my best to reply, but I know you'll understand if I spend most of my time with family for the next week or so. Do follow along on Instagram--if you don't want to add another platform to your Social Media roster, you can have a peek at my latest IG posts at the top of the column on the right.
Thanks for reading!