Brick Fest 2016

Today we are headed for the annual Brick Fest in Oaks PA, Greater Expo Center with the kids. Honestly it was a letdown – kids were not allowed to touch anything, it was overcrowded and poorly organized but Alejandro was still happy because hegot his R2D2 figurine.

I worn some Lemaire x Uniqlo pieces. The milano rib sweater is perfect for today’s weather over top of the cashmere blend tank in teal. I am also loving my wide leg tappered Lemaire pants. Too bad my size is sold out since those are perfect for the outings with the kids

Packing for the beach getaway with two children

I usually let my husband to pack for himself his own clothes, which he does in just a few short moments – a pair of swimming trunks (we normally end up buying an extra pair at the destination. He must have a pair from all over the world.), 3-4 t-shirts, pair of long linen pants, one long-sleeve shirt, 2-3 pairs of shorts, flip flops, sunglasses, camera, phone charger – he is done. Then in the course of a few days I plan and stress over the vacation wardrobe for myself and our two children. Our last trip I feel I did not do such a goid job since it has been a while since we’ve been to Caribbean – since January 2014 to be exact, over 2 years. So as far as the boys go, I got a lot of unused shorts and catastrophically running out of t-shirts and tank tops. The reason is that bathing suits are often used as bottoms and all one need to change frequently are tops. So here is what I SHOULD have packed for 2 boys for the 8 days 8 nights trip:

-2 pairs of sunglasses
-2 pairs of sandals plus beach shoes for the baby, 2 pairs of loafers for evening outings
-2 swimming devices
-for each child 2 pairs of shorts, 1 pair of long linen or cotton pants, 3 t-shirts, 2 tank tops, 4 pairs of swimming trunks, 3 pairs of socks, 1-2 long sleeve shirt and 1 pair of sweat pants
-24 regular diapers for the baby plus 12 swim diapers
-band aid,children’s tylenol, sunblock, after sun lotion, children’s toothpaste, toothbrushes

As for me:

-pair of shorts
-short denim skirt
-capri pants or linen white pants
-2 tank tops, 2 sleeveless tops
-4 bathing suits
-heels, flats, tropeziennes

Is more than sufficient for 8 day trip

Personal wardrobe essentials

Do you have any items of clothing you simply cannot live without? Not necessarily the widely accepted basics, but your personal wardrobe staples. And I am not talking LBD, crisp white shirt or a pair of good jeans but about clothing articles that are unique to you. There 5 things that I am always in search of and when one gets to worn out, I know I will miss it greatly.

1) Jean skirt – Mid-thigh jean skirt, not too short, and with a nice extra touch, like a small bow inthe back near the slit or a slit in the front, not just plain.

I got a perfect skirt while visiting Israel from the Cannon mall – a chain store called twenty four-seven. The past year or so I started worrying about what will I do when it looses its charm. Thankfully I was able to find my next jean skirt this past December in Paraguay at the Argentinizn brand store Kevingston. My new favorite brand. We get some of their stuff it the US but it is all rugby related. All the Kevingston stores in South America carry regular clothes. I got a whole bunch of cute tops in addition to the skirt.

2) Black t-shirt or tank top with some sort of neck embelishment. Banana Republic has been my top choice for years. Once, years ago, I got a black t-shirt with satin neckline. It was simple, classic yet slightly dressier then a plain t-shirt. It has been my go-to top for many years untill about a year ago when it started getting worn out. I very much regretted not buying more that time.

A few months back I got a new job and was going out to lunch with one of my co-workers. She needed to return something to the new BR factory store and while I was waiting for her I saw some t-shirts and tanks with satin neckline. I got a few in different colors, at least two of each kind in black. I know I will make good use of them.

3) Shirt dress – possibly gingham or solid color. My current go to shirtdress is a gingham dress from Boden – one of my favorite stores. I bought it in navy and grass green but with I have gotten them all!

4) Plain sheath dress in black, navy or grey. Very versatile, practically uniform.
Again my pick was Audrey dress from Boden which I purchased in grey and black. Did not like the one in navy.

5) Pair of good capri pants. My favorite one is a pair of jean capri I bought in Buenos Aires back in 2009. Unfortunatelly I have not been able to either fit into them after pregnancy or find a replacement. Here are some really old pictures taken somewhere in Brazil:

I am really curious to find out what are the top 5 items for others

The last of Lemaire x Uniqlo

Decisions, decisions

Just got my last Lemaire x Uniqlo order in and I swear I am done and there will be no more. Now I have to decide on what I am keeping and what goes back

The truth is all pieces are beautiful and I do want to keep them all but my rule is no more than 2 pieces from each collaboration (Ines de la Fressange, Carine Roitfeld, Lemaire). This year I only got one piece from IDLF – an olive tank, then 3 pieces from CR – ruffle skirt in black and silk tank, and later added a ruffle skirt in camouflage (it went on sale and I could not resist), and so far, no matter how hard I tried, I am only down to 5 pieces from Lemaire – the beautiful olive long sleeve dress, deep V sweater in mustard yellow, navy square sweater from last collection (surprisingly soft and versatile), and 2 flared skirts, one in teal and another in black. I had trouble choosing between the two so I kept them both.
With a heavy heart I am taking back white mesh sweater with black trim (so chic!) but I won’t make much use of it plus it can snag easily, and red flared skirt (it is not as elegant as its black and teal counterparts. It is a little sporty so could look good with some white sneakers but I do not own any:)).