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Rest In Peace

I hate goodbyes :(.

Especially when it’s to a loyal companion, that’s seen me through a lot of my life’s journeys.

Before you start getting the wrong idea, let me clarify :).

I’m actually talking about my JCrew tan sneakers.  They’ve seen their last trip, I’m afraid :(.

I’ve had these kicks for years–since I was living in New York.

They’re my most favorite travel shoes–they’re easy to pair with a lot of my clothes, and they’re really comfy! Plus, I think they look more chic than running shoes, and less typical than the usual Converse Chucks :).

But alas, all good things must come to an end–as the saying goes.  And while I’ve enjoyed our time together (and definitely got my money’s worth out of it!), unfortunately, none of my efforts to resuscitate these sneakers have been successful :(.  From these pictures, you’ll see that while it still looks pretty good on the surface, the soles are beyond repair.  I have lovingly worn them out, I’m afraid :(.

I guess I have to accept that it is time to move on.

And to be honest, these new sneakers have made moving on much easier for me.  Hahaha!

These are Bensimons.  I’m currently obsessing over them!

Don’t they look soooooooo cool? :)

I love that they’re French too!

*Sigh*  I can’t decide what color I want to get :(.

But definitely, I can’t wait to get myself a pair…or two :).  Hahahaha!

Unfortunately, they’re only available online for now and cost anywhere from about $48-$55 a pair.  That means I need to get them shipped to a US address.

Good thing I have several relatives on their way home, so it shouldn’t be a long wait :).  It’s practically Christmas already!  Hahaha!

Ooooh, something to look forward to!

I guess saying goodbye didn’t turn out to be so bad after all :).

Packing Light

The H’s and my first trip of the year is coming up!!!  Woohoo!!!  With all this heat we’ve been experiencing in Manila, I’m definitely ready for some cooler climes :)

Because our vacay is fast approaching, I figure I need to start planning what I have to pack, since not only am I a notorious last-minute packer, but I also tend to majorly overdo it :(.  Hahaha!  I’m one of those gals who loves to dress up when traveling, and I hate it when I have one of those moments where I regret that I didn’t bring a particular piece of clothing.  Hence, my tendency is to overpack and make sure I have the right outfit for the right occasion.  Or in some cases, I’ll even bring extra clothes, just in case.  Most of the time, my suitcase is already filled–and I’ve only just departed Manila!!!

This time around, however, I plan to shop, shop, shop, so I definitely have to leave enough room in my suitcase for my purchases.  Hahaha!  This means I MUST plan my outfits verrrrry well, and stick to those that are practical and easy to mix and match.  I’ve resorted to googling different sites for some tips, and here are what I’ve found:

I love how this guide simplified the picking and packing process into 5 easy steps. The first tip is also very practical, especially when going to a place you’ve never been to before.  In my case, we are traveling to Alaska, Seattle and Canada.  It will be my first time in all those places, so knowing what kind of weather to expect will definitely affect my clothing choices.

This is pretty similar to the first packing guide,  but this one in particular divided the list by the type of item–Basics, Brights, Shoes and Accessories.  I’m already sensing a pattern here.  Definitely, a travel wardrobe should include basics in a neutral palette, then to keep things interesting, a few clothing pieces with pops of color should be thrown into the mix.  It seems that accessories are also key in extending wardrobe looks.  While I’ve always been an “accessorizer”, I tend to not really edit my selection of necklaces, and just bring a whole bunch of them with me.  Not only are they bulky and heavy, but I end up not wearing most of them anyway :(.  So this time around, I will definitely put more thought into my accessory choices :).

Lastly, just wanted to share with you this really neat illustrated outfit list/planner.  When I saw it, I was like, “Hey, this is something I would TOTALLY do!!!  Why didn’t I think of it before?”  Part obsessive compulsive and totally creative, I am super loving it!!!

Images via apair-andaspare.blogspot.com, betweenheandshe.com, underconsideration.com