Yes, we’re headed back to Paris!! We leave in a week, and will be staying for a full two weeks this time, finishing up with a few days in London.
Over the last two years, we’d booked some trips months in advance (to be able to use frequent flyer miles) thinking, “well for SURE, things should be opened up by then.” 😆 We kept having to push travel back due to Covid, and this is a trip we’d originally intended to take last spring.
We’ll be taking the same precautions we do at home: masking indoors in public, avoiding tightly packed crowds and dining outdoors whenever possible.
Changing how we travel
Our trip to Italy last fall was fabulous, but we agreed that bouncing around from location to location every few days is just too wearing, and feels more rushed and frenetic than we like. And driving in Europe can be stressful (not to mention expensive).
We’re going to try a different approach this time. We’ve rented an apartment for two weeks to use as a base. We can do some day or overnight trips out from there (using trains or other public transport) without having to pack everything up and change locations. And we can eat some of our meals in, which will save a little money too. We booked the apartment through VRBO this time, will let you know how it all goes.
And of course I’m working on a travel wardrobe, will share next week!
Busting some blogging myths
Every now and then, I feel like I need to clear up some misconceptions about blogging in general, and what I do specifically. The beauty of blogging is that it’s so individualized. Each person I know who blogs as a business goes about it a little (or a lot) differently. So what I say here may not apply to other bloggers or influencers.
First, my goal and purpose is to help you find stylish and practical wardrobe solutions, while embracing personal style. Getting dressed should be a pleasure, not a chore. I don’t consider myself a “Fashion” blogger. So you won’t find me modeling the latest fashions, with a new and different look every day. (If that’s the content you’re looking for, there are lots of other 50+ bloggers who do this well, check out my Daily Reads page.)
Myth #1: bloggers/influencers get lots of free clothing/designer goods
It depends on the blogger/influencer, their audience, relationship with brands, and their style focus. I rarely receive gifted items (which I always disclose when shown), and don’t have access to a designer fashion closet somewhere to borrow from. I prefer it that way; I’d rather be authentic in what I share.*
My outfits and travel capsules are from my own wardrobe, purchased for my own use. Not everyone is going to want to wear what I do, so I try to use collages and other visuals to provide outfit ideas and suggestions.
*I have no quarrel with bloggers who feature more gifted items, nor do I assume they are being inauthentic. It’s just a personal choice.
Myth #2: bloggers/influencers get paid to travel or get to travel for free
If only. 😉
Some of the bigger (audience-wise) bloggers may do a lot of sponsored travel. We don’t receive (or solicit) free trips, hotel discounts, or any kind of compensation. Nor do we travel with an assistant, photographer, or styling team. We have to be able to manage luggage on our own, and make all of our own travel arrangements. Our trips are usually our vacations, and we’re doing a lot of the same things you may be doing on your vacations: sightseeing, walking tours, museums, etc.
So I don’t pack a lot of impractical clothing when I travel, just to be photographed in. I need to be able to fit everything in a suitcase that I can shlep around an airport, up flights of stairs, on and off trains. The clothes I do pack have to be functional, comfortable, appropriate, and versatile. If that means they’re not as novel and exciting, well, that’s the trade-off.
Ultimately, I think this is more helpful to those of you who travel than showing outfits I’d never wear otherwise while traveling.
Some good sales on now…
Aquatalia – 40% off sale items with code EXTRA40 (I almost always travel with a pair of Aquatalia weatherproof boots.)
Talbot’s – 25% off select styles
J.Crew – up to 50% off “dressy” styles
Thanks for reading!