what i wore – vacation style

welcome to “what i wore” at the pleated poppy!  share with me your fashion posts and we can inspire each other!  i started this originally as motivation to get out of my daily uniform of jammies or sweats, but now i am encouraged and held accountable to put a few extra minutes aside for myself and try new things.  i’d love for you to join me!

its been a few weeks since our big trip, but compiling all those pictures takes awhile!  i’m sharing all my outfit pictures from our trip to athens & santorini, greece, and monaco, italy and france.  enjoy!


travel outfit for a l.o.n.g. day of travel – i always wear layers and comfy pants for travel.  i keep a scarf and a pair of warm socks in my carry on bag for the plane if it gets chilly.  while these shoes were easy for airport inspections, only one airport required it, and these shoes were kind of a mistake for bringing on the trip.  i’ve had them for years, but never have worn them for a full day of walking.  turns out, they flip flop a little too much for me.

cardigan – forever 21 {similar} //  chambray tunic – target //  shirt – target //  ponte leggings – stitch fix {similar} //  flats – target {similar} // bag – stitch fix


day 1 in athens, greece – on top of mars hill!

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day 1 – walking the whole day.  these sandals ended up being really comfortable and a great choice for the trip.  of course by the end of the day my feet were sore, but they would be in any shoes.  the day was warm then a little chilly in the evening, so this lightweight shirt was perfect.  the sun is super strong in greece, so even with sunscreen, a hat was a good idea during the day.

shirt – golden tote {similar} //  cardigan – forever 21 {similar} //  skinny jeans – forever 21 //  gladiator sandals – target //  hat – urban outfitters {similar} // cross body bag – target //  earrings – nickel & suede

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day 2 in santorini, greece – way warmer than we expected – yay!  we even relaxed on our deck in our bathing suits a couple times!

a dressy tank – forever 21 //  skinny jeans – forever 21 //  gladiator sandals – target // hat – urban outfitters {similar} //  necklace – lisa leonard //  earrings – nickel & suede


first day in monaco, spent a few hours in st. paul de vence, france (about 30 minutes away) – it was a little cooler, and about 10 minutes of drizzle, hence the extra layers.

cardigan – forever 21 {similar} //  chambray tunic – target //  skinny jeans – forever 21 //  ankle boots – charlotte russe {similar} //  earrings – nickel & suede //  necklace – lisa leonard designs //  cross body bag – target // scarf – volcom


i ended up ditching the chambray tunic, but adding my trusty scarf.


since we were on a “work” trip in monaco, we had several cocktail parties and dinners in the evenings, so i got to dress up a few times!


sweater – zara //  leather trimmed tank – forever 21 //  ponte pants – stitch fix {similar} //  heels – target {similar} //  necklace – forever 21 {similar}


day #? (who cares, its vacation!) – after hanging out by the pool for a couple hours, we walked along boardwalk.  i dipped my feet in the water which was  a) super cold, b) filled with dead jellyfish, and c) really uncomfortable because the sand was more like tiny sharp stones.  we quickly went back to the boardwalk!

top (turned bathing suit cover up) – forever 21


top – golden tote {similar} //  skinny jeans – forever 21 //  gladiator sandals – target //  earrings – lisa leonard designs


day trip to san remo, italy.


sweater  – forever 21 {similar} //  moto pants – zara //  jacket – stitch fix {similar} //  cross body bag – target //  ankle boots – charlotte russe {similar}


another day, another cocktail party, this time much more casual.

shirt – zara //  ponte pants – stitch fix {similar} //  flats – target {similar} //  bracelet – stella & dot


sweater – zara //  skinny jeans – forever 21 //  flats – target {similar} // scarf


walked around monaco, the prince’s palace, and the aquarium.


sweater – zara //  black skinny jeans – forever 21 //  running shoes – sports authority //  earrings – nickel & suede


our hosts threw an amazing gala that was really fun to get dressed up for!



dress – forever 21 {similar} //  heels – target {similar}


spent the afternoon in eze, france.

cardigan – forever 21 {similar} //  t-shirt – forever 21 //  skinny jeans – forever 21 //  ankle boots – charlotte russe //  cross body bag – target // scarf – volcom //  earrings – nickel & suede


farewell cocktail party (i told you there were a lot of parties!)

trapeze dress – forever 21 //  heels – target {similar} //  earrings – nickel & suede


travel home – again, comfort for the win!

sweater – zara //  tank – target //  ponte pants – stitch fix {similar} //  running shoes – sports authority //  bag – stitch fix //  glasses – david kind


for al the details on what i packed, see this post!

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may paper works


you guys know i love my paper works!  paper works is a monthly subscription plan with 3 levels – you can print it all yourself or have it delivered to your door.  plus there’s an online gallery of printables and past collections so you can print extras if needed.

my friend emily designs a beautiful new set every month, and every month i say, “ooh, this one is my favorite!”.

i get an email before each new month, reminding me to download and print my new set, which is really helpful to do some prep work for our month ahead, like write out our family calendar.


i keep a more detailed calendar on my phone, but this one is more for the kids to see what to expect each day/week/month.  i’d like to say its eliminated the question of “what are we doing tomorrow?” each night, but no.  at least not yet!


this is absolutely our most used piece of the set:  the chore charts.  we’re pretty big on raising responsible kids, so we implement lots of chores in our house.  plus, mama ain’t got time for all that!  truly, we want our kids eventually to leave our home knowing how to take care of themselves and serve others.  having a regular rotation of chores gives them experience in all areas of domesticity.  i’ll go into greater detail about our chore system another time, but basically, they have set chores each week (different ones each day), and each week the charts rotate to a different child so one of them isn’t, say, always doing laundry.


these grocery lists have been life-changing for us, too.  unfortunately, my pictures are a little blown out so you can’t see the details, but the list is divided up into categories, like dairy, produce, pantry, etc.  it saves us considerable time at the store each week, having everything categorized!  i’ve tried grocery lists on my phone before, but this works so much better for us.  it hangs on the side of our fridge and everyone adds to it throughout the week.  on the weekend, we grab the list and head out the door.  i like having a paper list in hand while shopping better than my phone because i can cross things off and i don’t have to keep turning my phone back on when the screen shuts off.


there are so many other great pieces to the monthly set, but another of our favorites is the verse cards.  we have a whole stack of verse cards on a big ring that we leave on our dining room table.  we’ve also implemented “prayer sticks” as my kids call them – prayer requests on popsicle sticks.  we don’t do them nightly or as regular as i’d like, but we each grab a few sticks and pray around the table with them, then one of the younger kids usually ask if we can read a few of the verses as well.

if you don’t want to print these out on your own, you can also get the full set delivered to your door each month!  i’ve done that in the past, and may do it again.  i didn’t use every piece of the entire set, so it felt a little wasteful to me (not to my friends who got the extra pieces, though!), but the quality of the print and paper is so much better than what i can do at home, so i might be switching my service soon…

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full disclosure, i do get a $5 kickback for every new subscription, but you can too!  this isn’t me trying to make a living selling beautiful paper products, but me supporting a friend’s business that i believe in and use myself, and think you just might love it too!  also, if you click here, you can get $5 off, too!  woohoo!