If you happen to be in LA anywhere between now and December 21st, make sure to check out the photography exhibition Avedon: Women at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills, which spans six decades of Richard Avedon’s mesmerizing career.
When I booked my 3 month trip to Los Angeles a couple of months ago, there was one question that immediately kept me quite busy. Where the h•ll did Mary Poppins get that awesome black bag? How was I supposed to pack enough clothes for 3 months with 23kg suitcase limitations?
I also knew it wouldn’t make my 5 Piece French Wardrobe plan any easier, but when I was complaining about that, one of you suggested to share what I brought and why. And I must say now that I wrote everything down, it can’t be so bad. I have 47 pieces – shoes, bags and accessories included – to work with:
5 JACKETS Black Leather Jacket
This literally goes with everything, plus makes any outfit look awesome. The perfect wardrobe staple.
Black + Grey Blazer
Another wardrobe staple, but a little lighter and more dressed up than the leather jacket.
Black Summer Parka Jacket
I am not completely sure why I brought this one, hmmm.
Sleeveless Denim Jacket
I have always had a hard time styling anything sleeveless (yet I wore it three times in a row here) and even though I didn’t get to chance to wear this yet, I think it is good to always pack a challenge.
4 DRESSES/SKIRTS White Cotton Shirt Dress
Probably one of the very few dresses out there that actually fit my style. Extra good with my leather jacket.
Black Midi Skirt
Out of all skirts and shorts I brought, this is the one that has been lowering its cost per wear like crazy.
Black Ruffled Mini Skirt + Printed Mini Skirt
I am having a love/hate relationship with mini skirts at the moment. They are too sexy with heels and give me too much of a ‘tourist’ look with my Birks. They don’t go well with Converse and opting for boots everyday isn’t really an option. Oh well.
7 SHORTS/PANTS Anthracite Slouchy Silk Pants
One of the most comfy but dressed up pants I own.
Black Suit Pants
My current favorite!
For a sunset stroll down the beach, my boyfriends knit (and arm) to keep me warm, sandals in my hand…
Black Skinny Jeans x2
Apart from that particular midi skirt, black jeans are really all ever I wear.
Basic Skinny Jeans
For that perfect little getaway of all black everything.
I haven’t worn these in quite a bit and I will probably not use them in LA either. Why I packed these? You tell me.
Vintage Levi’s Denim Shorts
For hot lazy days on our roof terrace.
18 TOPS/SWEATERS White, Grey, Navy + Black T-Shirts
The inevitable basics.
Grey Boiled Wool Sweater
Because I could somehow magically sense I would be having a super rainy one night stand with Paris.
I heard houndstooth was a trend.
Black Sleeveless Tops x2
Black Oversized Knit (Hope)
Still a favorite, such a good throw-on for when it gets colder at night.
Black Angora Sweater
To make Christmas feel a bit more like home, I will just have the a/c make it work.
8 PAIRS OF SHOES Heeled Sandals (Céline)
For events/dinners/date night outs…
Heeled Sandals (Zara)
These are pretty painful, but I guess it was the Amsterdam girl in me wanting to bring these. You see, you can’t really go out in fancy shoes in my own city without completely destroying them (think cobble stones and people spilling lots of beer), so I thought I needed a less fancy version of my Céline’s.
For airplanes, shopping and running errands.
Balenciaga Buckle Boots
The ultimate flat-but-still-uber-cool shoe.
To be honest, I haven’t really worn these yet, but I brought them for their versatility on warmer days. They go just as well with boyfriend jeans as they go with skinny’s.
For running and hiking.
Do these count as a real pair of shoes? They’re only for the beach…
YES! These Jenni Kayne flats that I have not been able to track down in simple black leather (size 38 or 38,5). Also maybe an extra pair of ankle boots.
3 BAGS Black Shoulder Bag
Even though I call my Céline my everyday bag, a shoulder sized style is more my cup of bag since I don’t carry too much around on a daily basis. Also, in LA most girls use their cars to hold most of their stuff.
Black Everyday Bag
For when a bigger bag is needed…
This isn’t officially included in the 23kg’s, as it was only added after my flash trip to Paris.
Not really, I am not really a bag person anyway. I guess the car will do…
2 OTHERS Grey Wool Scarf
Everybody kept telling me I would not need this snuggly friend here, but it has actually been serving perfectly as an evening keep-me-warm.
Blue Leopard Scarf
For when I feel like accessorizing…
Something I regret not bringing?
I never ever wear hats, but I somehow feel like wearing one lately.
And of course I brought some bikinis, sports clothes, underwear and socks!
Even though I am currently having a hard time avoiding the shops (I mean they’re online, they’re everywhere!) I don’t think it has anything to do with my packing skills and I think I did quite well.
Now tell me how would you do it? What would you pack? Would you pay for an extra suitcase (it is €100,- with the airline I am flying with)?
Even though I like to only start thinking of Christmas about 5 days prior to the actual happening and then get all stressed out about what presents to get everyone, I got an early ‘snif’ of it during my super quick Parisian love affair earlier this week.
They say time flies when you are having fun and that saying always hits me right in my face when the Holiday season starts. It literally feels like yesterday when I last visited Le Printemps for its yearly Christmas Decorations Inauguration. Where did the rest of this year go so fast?
This time around the luxury retailer is completely decked out in exclusive Prada pieces, while its windows are housing bears dressing up a gigantic Cinderella or flying around in ski lifts.
Like a designer version (or vision) of Disneyland…
A couple of days ago I spent half of my day browsing through thousands and thousands of flea market worthy (and un-worthy for that matter) items, coming home with an old record from The Beatles just because I thought it looked cool.
I mean I do not even own a record player.
Right around the corner of this record stand – accompanied by a guy in two pig tails held together with colored hair ties – I found this Bubble Kid photo in between tons of other great black and white shots (photography heaven!) that I literally can not stop thinking (and talking) about ever since. It is such a random image, but it would look at its best on my wall back in Amsterdam, right? I might have to go back for this one.
And speaking of photography heaven…
PS: I am on my way to Paris now for the quickest flash trip imaginable.
As you all might have read on my Instagram by now, I safely arrived (by boat, how amazing is that) in the utterly romantic Venezia with Disaronno to hopefully rock the red carpet tonight. Wish me luck!
afterDRK was created by Sabrina Meijer in 2009 with the intent of appealing to all fashion seekers, especially the ones that have a slight appreciation for simplicity, but always with some sort of edge.