We lived out of suitcases for almost two months, and kind of missed out on spring in a way. Now that summer is here, we are so excited!
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We PCS’ed from Utah to Germany, beginning in early April and culminating in our moving into our house and receiving our household goods in Germany the beginning of June.
The hardest part of packing for our lengthy trip was narrowing down my shoes to the absolutely necessary ones. I settled on one paired of heeled sandals, my Toms classics, my running shoes, and a few pairs of flat sandals that were lightweight and slim to pack in the gaps.
I had to pack for multiple seasons since it was still quite cold in Utah when we began our journey. I had jeans and layers to keep me warm.
As we road tripped to Georgia, I knew it would be warmer as we crossed the country, so I had some capris and shorts and a couple warm-weather blouses.
After flying from Atlanta to Baltimore to Germany (all in one day), we expected the weather to be cooler again when we arrived. We were surprised by a sudden heat wave with temps in the 90s. I only had a couple outfits suited for that kind of heat. It was rough going for a while until we got settled into our house and unpacked our shipment of household goods with all our other clothing.
Now, it’s back to normal in the 70s and layers are needed once again. Mornings are cool and it warms up to close to 80 at midday, but it gets cool again in the evenings. It makes it quite comfortable since there is no A/C in Germany. We have fans and open windows to catch breezes. At night and early mornings, it’s quite chilly and we bundle up in warm pajamas and blankets. Coffee, hot tea, and cocoa are on our daily breakfast menu.
Some of my must-haves in my spring repertoire are items that pack and travel well and are versatile in different climates and weather. My favorite colors lately are blues and orange.
A lightweight denim dress. Can be casual or fancied up a bit with the right accessories. The sleeves fold up or can be worn down (they’re 3/4-length). I love that this Target dress is knee-length. Scarves or cardigans help if it’s chilly. Chunky statement jewelry balance the ruggedness of denim. Can also be worn with leggings and cute ballet flats or ankle-length boots if it’s really cool out. I wore shiny flat sandals since it was supposed to get warm in the afternoon.
Colored denim capris, T or tank, layered with cotton or linen button-up blouse. I feel so good in this outfit. I love the colors. I love those sandals! I picked them and the aqua print blouse up at the Bass Outlet in Georgia. It’s very versatile. It feels dressy but it’s just so comfortable. I’ve also worn white capris and a salmon-colored ruffled T-shirt with this blouse to great success.
Multi, asymmetric, sleeveless blouse with white capris. Can be layered with a cardigan if it’s cool. I love, love, love this blouse. I got it for like $4 on Clearance at Kohls. It’s a Vera Wang. I love the smooth cotton knit with the chiffon accent and asymmetrical cut. I just feel sexy and really put together in this. Strappy white sandals dress this up. Flats are fine too. The drapey neckline begs for a statement necklace.
Or with a crocheted cardigan:
Striped maxi skirt and 3/4-sleeve boat neck knit blouse. This is a really comfortable outfit and the fabric packs well and doesn’t wrinkle easily. I love this blouse and bought four in different colors at Kohls last year. I wish they had it in orange! I adore this skirt from Kohl’s and I had to even go down a size which was awesome! Fun jewelry or a scarf pull this look together. Play with colors! I love my platform Toms wedges.
A striped knit dress. This is one of my favorite go-to dresses – from Target. Even though it’s cotton knit, it looks and feels really dressy. With heels and jewelry, it can go out to dinner. With flats, it’s casual and comfy for shopping. Toss on a cardigan or lightweight blazer for more looks. And these earrings from Old Navy that perfectly match?!
I also still love my silk tunic that looks great with leggings or capris. It’s dressy and comfortable and makes me look professional when I teach classes.
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