Spring Shopping – What’s In My Bag?

Just when I think spring is here, we get cooler, wetter weather coming in!  But I will be prepared with cute outfits on hand when warmer weather comes back! #priorities
spring shopping guide

I am a big fan of online window shopping – most often I fill my cart then never buy anything!  I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my favorite recent finds, some I have bought, and some still waiting in my cart.

white t-shirt

I love a white t-shirt!  In fact, I love them so much that I have several.  But, being as they are white, they get stained or dingy pretty quickly.  I just bought both of these shirts and really like them.  Being smaller chested, I like a shirt with a v-neck or scoop – it adds a little more interest than a crewneck shirt for me.  I also always buy my shirts with a looser fit because #softmombelly.  The scoop neck shirt is slightly more fitted, and will be perfect under overalls, jumpers and strappy dresses for added modesty.

spring dress

I saw this dress recently in Target and ordered it online to get my size.  I have an extra small – I suggest sizing down for the best fit.  This dress is super cute without the shirt, but I also love it with.

spring dress

Who says spring attire needs to be all pastels?  Not me!  I love a little black in my wardrobe and think this dress is adorable!  I love the apron front and the asymmetrical buttons down the side.  Here is another one that is super similar (but limited in sizes).

spring pants

I think these joggers can go from cozy on the couch to casual dressy – pair them with flats and that v-neck shirt up there.  I love the olive color!  I normally head for neutrals, but this olive really works as a neutral.  Top with a long line cardigan for cooler spring days.

long line cardigan

Speaking of a longline cardigan, this one looks perfect to me!  Kind of an oatmeal color, not too thick, not too thin… just right!

I love the cut of this tank, with a slight a-line shape – super flattering!

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I have this shirt and the neckline is so pretty (this picture doesn’t do it justice) – not quite a boatneck, but wider than a normal scoop neck.  The fabric is really thin, so a camisole is a must for me.  I chose a strappy racerback one because I like the way the straps looks peeking out at the neckline.

I love the color and the shape of this shirt!  The bare back is so pretty – reminds me of a ballerina!

These flats are super fun with the metallic silver and low cut sides.  These would be great with a dress and even with the olive joggers.

I have been searching for a good pair of black flats for awhile, and I love ankle straps!  These laces are so fun!  I have these shoes now and am deciding on which size to keep (I’m in between sizes).

I think you already know my love for these shoes!  I was looking at a much more expensive version of these, but am really happy with these ones from Target!  I will say they are not as high of quality as New Balance, but the price makes them totally worth it!

spring booties

I am so unsure of what I like when it comes to booties!  I really want something fun, but I am kind of scared to go with anything that isn’t super plain or safe.  Which of these styles do you like best? I think the perforations and ankle strap makes these look more appropriate for spring, and I’m hoping one of these would also look great with a dress. Options 1 / 2 or here in a different color / 3

What items are on your spring wish list?  I already have a few of these and am contemplating a few more…

spring shopping guide

Did you come here hoping to link up with “What I Wore”?  No problem – here you go!

Do you wanna join me for “what i wore“?  Yay!  Just follow the rules:

1. Link to your specific blog post, not your blog’s main page. Ex: http://thepleatedpoppy.com/2011/09/what-i-wore-wednesday-fall-inspiration/ not http://thepleatedpoppy.com/blog/.

2. Please only link outfit related posts. Your craft project may be adorable, or that may be a great giveaway, but this linky is for outfit related posts only – thank you!  ps – I WILL delete the super random posts that have nothing to do with outfits

3. Please please please link back here to me so all this wiw stuff makes sense to your readers. and its just nice to do ;)

4. Check out as many links as possible! I am constantly inspired by so many outfits each week! And you will definitely find some new blogs that you’ve never stumbled upon before – so fun!

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packing light in a carry-on

goodness, i am late on running this post!  i started it back in march, so 6 months ago!  sometimes life just gets in the way of blogging and i have just t=had to learn to be ok with that.  but for those of you who were waiting for this post, my apologies!


back in april, sean and i got away for a big work sponsored trip to greece, france, italy and monaco.  here’s a post where i shared how i packed light for a 2 week trip.

but how did i get all of that into one carry-on suitcase?!  creative packing and packing cubes.  my mom got sean and i these packing cubes from ikea a couple years ago and they are so efficient (here’s another option).   stacking folded clothes and zipping them up really packs everything in so tight.  i’ve tried several techniques, from rolling my clothes to laying everything flat, but this works best.


i try to pack like with like, so the dresses were stacked together, sweaters together, bottoms together.  if there was still room in a section, i’d all thinner items, like camisoles or scarves.


2 dresses, 2 sweaters, 2 pants, 1 pair of shorts, 2 camisoles, and a scarf all fit into this cube.


this cube held most of my tops, but also pajamas and workout clothes.



this cube held ankle boots, sandals, and all the socks and undies.  a couple pairs of shoes didn’t fit in the bag, so they were tucked into the suitcase separately.


after filling 4 cubes (the small 4th one held bras), this is what i had to fit into my suitcase:  4 cubes, 2 jackets (i added the lightweight patagonia jacket in the black cube last minute – totally unnecessary in the end), 2 pairs of shoes, an umbrella, jewelry bag, curling iron, power adaptors, and a hat.

the hat and my toiletry bag were carried on with me in my oversized purse.  i also only ended up bringing one of the smaller travel purses (why did i think 2 was a good idea, ever?) and its nice and flat so it tucked easily inside my large purse.


my suitcase is nothing special.  actually, it belongs to one of my daughters!  it is expandable, which is a nice feature if i end up needing more room.  i packed the larger cubes first, filling up some of the off space between the suitcase support in the bottom with small items like the power adaptors and curling iron.


next were the shoes and smaller cubes.  this left some unused space but i filled it with the next layer.


i added the jackets last to fill in those gaps.  obviously, this is way above the suitcase edge, but its amazing how it can all condense when the lid is flipped over and zipped up!

now, time for full disclosure:

my bag was overweight.  like very overweight.  but in all the airports we traveled to, only one or 2 weighed our bags, which we have never experienced before with international travel for carry on bags.  the bag technically fit in US standards for size, but not weight.  and each country has different size standards, almost all of which are much smaller than US standards.

our main reasons for traveling with carry-ons: 1) no waiting for check luggage.  2) we were traveling to a greek town with no streets, only walkways, so we’d have to carry all of our luggage a decent distance to and from our car.  3) we have lost luggage several times during international travel and it stinks!

i didn’t mind my clothes getting wrinkled or creased because each place we were staying at had an iron and board, and really, no matter how you pack, wrinkles are inevitable.

also, i could’ve packed even less!  there were a few things i never wore at all.


if you were counting items, you may have noticed a few missing.  i also wore some of the items on the plane, including my bulkiest sweater, which helped free up valuable space.  i also always travel with a scarf in my bag, for when it gets chilly, if its culturally more appropriate to be more covered up, and to cover my face if i encounter “smells”, which can happen when you travel in tight spaces!