Learning to travel light(er)

I have no idea why you read blogs (please, do tell!) but I enjoy them for the practical advice. Be it clothing ideas, recipes or lifestyle tidbits, it’s nice to look into the worlds of others and see how they function and maintain. When I stared Oh, Julia Ann, my goal was to make myself write more often and share the handful of things I’m good at with others. I am thrilled to say that, slowly but surely, others have started sharing what they’re good at in the comments. Be it style advice or date ideas, I have appreciated them all.

My name is Julia and I’m only really, really, really good at a handful of things. Please continue sharing what you’re good at with me. Thank you in advance.

Blogger Lady Light Travel obviously good at traveling light, a sincere failure of mine– commented in my last post about travel explaining I should focus on one color group to guarantee everything goes with everything. After an idea like that and some time spent on the blog (which is, by the way, FULL of amazing travel ideas and tips on reducing travel clutter) I felt inspired to try it. As my suitcase is still full of clothes from my last trip– this is why I need the New Year’s resolution!– I decided Polyvore would be a good way to test this out. Polyvore is the answer to many of my questions, especially during this waiting-to-hear-back-from-employers post-grad break… but that is beside the point.

Can I, the take-it-all-and-the-kitchen-sink queen, theoretically pack for an entire trip while staying in the same color scheme?

Proper Packing: Neutrals + Red
To be honest, I couldn’t be happier with the results. The more I look at the items, the more outfit ideas I see. Chambray over the dress, chambray under the sweater, crop tee with black skinny jeans and a scarf… While I didn’t follow the packing lists at Lady Light Travel exactly, it’s still an improvement for me. Finally, I think my medium-sized duffle can handle an entire vacation (assuming I wear the boots, as always on travel day).
If only this included beauty products. Between my crazed skin care routine, the miniature hair dryer and wide variety of cosmetics, creams and brushes,  beauty items tend to take up an additional (smaller) bag. Although I’m sure there are plenty of ways to cut back on cosmetic clutter, I think pairing down the wardrobe would be enough of an accomplishment… At least for a first step.
Thanks for the tip, Lady Light Travel! I can’t wait to actually try packing like this.


  1. January 2, 2013 / 4:10 pm

    This is a great post. Definitely something I need to learn how to do!! xoxo- FF

    • January 2, 2013 / 4:52 pm

      Thanks! Hopefully I can really do it when it comes time to pack. It’s such a hard habit to break.

  2. January 2, 2013 / 5:50 pm

    Such a great tip! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. January 4, 2013 / 2:36 pm

    Thank you for the mention!! And a lovely wardrobe, BTW.

    Your next assignment (should you choose to accept it) is to see what products you can decant into smaller bottles. Also see which ones are available as dry/solid procucts. Can you create a travel/purse makesup set?

    • January 6, 2013 / 5:17 pm

      Eek! A challenge! I love it. Here’s hoping, and I can’t wait to try.

      & of course, your blog was a delight. And so helpful! Happy travels!

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