travels abroad::lust list

Last week, I introduced a new travel series on SoSo leading up to my trip to Europe at the end of February. An intended Wednesday series that had to be modified this week as a result of Atlanta’s own Snowmageddon. I’ll be resuming next Wed again : ) 

I am still in utter shock that I am even going to be in London and Paris in three short weeks, so let’s just say, there are quite a few pieces missing from my pack list. Not only am I lusting on the below, most of them are pretty essential to my travels.

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1:: Starlet Umbrella by 2PennyBlue /// 2:: Mrs. Maxi Skirt by Bel and Beau /// 3:: Michael Michael Kors Gold Tote via Maple and West /// 4:: Pixie Pant by J.Crew /// 5:: Kate Spade Gramercy Grand Bracelet Watch via Nordstrom /// 6:: Triple C Universal Charger by J.Crew /// 7:: Fleece Leggings by Shopbop /// 8:: Faux Leather Weekender by Forever 21

As you can see, the list isn’t exactly short, but it’s manageable. There are a few things I’m totally torn about.

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the bag:: When we arrive in London, we are literally high tailing it to our lovely host’s house to drop off our big bags, pack a weekender, then high tail it again to catch our train to Paris. That being said, I want a good bag that can (hopefully) be all of these three things: my carry-on, a weekender, my day to day bag. The third qualification is a huge stretch because every carry-on/weekender is too large to carry around the cities all day, but I can’t just use a clutch either because I want to bring my DSLR. I’m trying to avoid buying two bags, but I’m considering the Forever 21 alternative above because it is significantly cheaper than most options and leaves room in my budget to buy an additional day bag. But then, I need to find a day bag. Suggestions? Tips?

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fleece leggings and tights:: I can’t for the life of me find a pair with great reviews. Of tights or leggings. Every single pair I find has awful reviews (not worth the money, pilling, easily tears, etc). Does anyone have a good resource for a quality pair? I’m happy to pay for a good pair, I know they will be life saver, but I am very wary to spend money on legggings and tights that won’t last past the trip.

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pixie pants:: I’m such a J.Crew Factory junkie, so I found the pixie pants alternative-the gigi pant. They are already $40 cheaper (and from what I’ve heard, almost the exact same with the except of zipper placement), but the saver in me wants to wait until J.Crew Factory has one of their amazing sales. I’m starting to cut it close though….

A Little Dash of Darling_Mrs. Maxi_Bel and Beau via A Little Dash of Darling

and as for that Bel and Beau skirt…:: You know that one outfit you always dream of, whether it’s a dress or a skirt or the perfect pair of jeans, but you can never seem to find it? You picture it in your head, but you’re not really sure it exists? I have been day dreaming about what I would wear in Paris, and I had a gorgeous blue-as-the-ocean floor length skirt prancing around my head. Then, I discovered Bel and Beau. The Mrs. Skirt is without fault the most radiant skirt of my dreams. Minus the price tag. I know it theory it is definitely affordable, but considering the price I’ll be paying for even a latte in Paris, I’m hesitant to take this plunge. But it’s so beautiful…..

Desperate for advice and tips over here from all of you well-traveled folks. Any advice is welcomed with very very open arms ; )