Last night, we arrived home in San Francisco from our European summer vacation. I woke up at 3:45 this morning so that’s pretty good if I pretend I am on East Coast time until I get over the jetlag (there was a 9 to 10-time difference depending on where we were).
If you read my Summer Travel Wardrobe post, you know I tried to pack lightly by mixing and matching and limiting shoes (the hardest part for me). And I succeeded except for a couple of things that I would have done differently which I will explain in a bit.
Here’s a lot of what I wore for two weeks in Europe while packing lightly (and almost ALL of it is on sale now) with some affiliate links at no additional cost to you.
Here I am at the Marché aux Fleurs wearing a sold-out Madewell scarf that I got on sale (similar one on sale here) with a denim jacket (great price), striped tee shirt, and white jeans. It was a little chilly so I was glad for the layers. I also wore the scarf on the airplane.
The white sneakers were so comfortable for the 20k+ steps we were getting in every day. And I love that new crossbody (comes in different colors). After I downsized to a smaller wallet, I found it had plenty of room for different eyeglasses, iPhone, maps, metro tickets, makeup, etc. It still looks like new after heavy use this past month.
Here’s the Pickett family at the Parthenon (I should have been standing uphill)! I got a lot of use out of the versatile J. Crew pleated denim skirt. It was sold out for a while but I see that it’s back online now. I had to shorten it but you may not have to if you are a little taller (and it’s cute as a midi). I’m wearing it with a thicker Michael Stars black tee shirt, Gucci belt, comfortable Sofft black sandals that you will see in the next photo.
This red wrap dress is really on sale (only $39.99 at the Loft). I was able to rinse it out and let it dry in the sun for another use. Packs well, too. I could walk all day in the Sofft sandals. I bought them last year and now they are at Nordstrom Rack.
My flight attendant client said to wait to shop for bathing suit cover-ups in Mykonos. That is just what I’m doing here in one of my Madewell tee shirts (like this) and Banana Republic skinny blue jeans.
Really deliberated showing an unretouched photo of my 62-year-old, feta and rosé filled body in a bathing suit. But it’s to make a point about the Madewell scarf working double duty as a pareo (sold out). I should get this other one, too (on sale–before it sells out, too). I like the red bathing suit (sucks the tummy in) but FYI, I wish I had sized down one size to fit tighter in the rear.
Here I am at the John Lenin wall (used by activists against the Communist party when they were controlled by the U.S.S.R). I’m wearing a white denim jacket, skinny jeans, and a striped tee shirt (on sale). Comfortable.
This floral wrap dress (on sale) was great to wear with sneakers or slight heels out to dinner. It’s from J. Crew and lightweight. This is at The St. Vitus Cathedral in the Prague Castle. Don’t miss it if you go. We really loved Prague.
So to recap… I adjusted my previous checklist just a bit to include a pair of flipflops (wore them a lot in Mykonos). Plus more panties. I still did hand-washing, though for the two-week trip.
I wish I had had one extra bathing suit since we wore in them a lot in Mykonos (so I added one more). I also added two more cover-ups to the list (bought at the destination) as they were worn often during the day. With this lighter wardrobe, I had some room for a couple of bottles of great Greek olive oil and some little gifts to bring home.
Stacked Greek Salad
My last Summer BBQ menu post featured a Greek Salad and the recipe is here. But now I’d like to suggest composing the salad ingredients with a little flair like we had at a restaurant in Mykonos… It’s stacked and the feta is sliced rather than crumbled. We were all saying “lettuce is overrated in a salad.” 🙂 I may do this tonight!
Now back to unpacking, grocery shopping, work, tons of laundry… but I’m still dreaming of…
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