I just got back from vacation (almost 2 weeks across Paris > Amsterdam > London) and I walked a lot, saw a lot, ate a lot of vegan food and partook of Paris's free public natural sparkling water. This almost makes up for what a complete nightmare their Charles de Gaulle Airport is...but not quite. The entire airport is like every single circle of Hell combined and it trapped me in Paris for an extra day under undesirable circumstances.
I packed pretty light since we'd have access to a washing machine mid-trip:
- 4 dresses -- 1 and 2, 3 and 4 (below, sweatshop)
- 2 babydoll tops -- gray jersey, black synthetic, both American Apparel
- 2 pair of black leggings -- one Maggie's Organics, 1 American Apparel
- 4 pair of shoes (we'd be walking a lot & had various weather) - 2 sandals, 1 sneaker, 1 oxford
- 2 necklaces - one DIY clay, the other wood/plastic indie designer (these are durable and travel well)
- 2 jackets - one pleather biker jacket; 1 cotton asymmetrical "blazer" of sweatshirt material
CLOTHES FOR TRAVEL:
This is my standard travel outfit - with a sports bra in case I need to sleep on the plane. If I'm wearing slip-on shoes or sandals, I bring socks for the plane. And a black scarf, always a black scarf. (And headphones.)
CLOTHES FOR THE TRIP:
I wore and re-wore most of the dresses across Paris, Amsterdam and London. They're all pretty casual and comfortable but look decent enough to pass as put together with a swipe of some red lipstick. And most importantly, I can eat a lot in them.
This is the sweatshop dress with a built in slip, with the Insecta oxfords.
And this is the least flattering camera-angle but I'm in front of the CAT BOAT in Amsterdam! Also called Poezenboot, it's a cat sanctuary and adoption center on a barge on one of the canals. We played with some cute cats, gave them a donation and bought some logo gear and postcards to help support them. (This is the Make It Good dress.)
And here is me in a Po-em dress and Tevas in London after I said I'd stop wearing Tevas, but totally didn't! I accidentally wandered by Tatty Divine and tried on this whopper of a tiger necklace I've been admiring online for years and is one of the only items of theirs I really like. The necklace had a decent weight and placement and I didn't feel like it was wearing me...so after all this time I finally got it. I refuse to call it an "investment piece" -- it was just expensive but I love it, so there. (I made my boyfriend take this photo of me because I was too short for all the mirrors in the Tatty Divine store and couldn't tell what the necklace looked like on me.)
This Po-em dress is the only dress I got a bunch of pictures in I guess? Again, with Sauconys, the wooden necklace & a Baggu bag. This was in Paris. I made my boyfriend take my photo in front of not one but two pieces of cat street art. I felt like this was my cat lady civic duty.
And here are some trip photos - Paris!
I'll do a separate entry about the food - I know it's helpful to me when vegans write about what they could eat while traveling and what's worth the effort so I'll try to do the same!