Traveling with Stray Pt. 1

I recently traveled to Europe for the second time and went to Amsterdam! Amsterdam is beautiful. If you haven't been yet, go! It's probably one of my favorite trips so far and I feel like I could totally live there. Can you guess where my first trip in Europe was? 

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I thought it would be nice to share one of my favorite looks from this trip! 

We traveled from August 13-20th with a quick day trip in Iceland which was dope! The photo of me in the header photo was when I was in Iceland. It's just as beautiful as the Justin Bieber's "I'll Show You" video made it out to be lol. 

I wanted to make sure I packed options for multiple occasions. I may have went a little overboard but it's good to have options. One time I under-packed for a trip and I ran out of clean clothes and wasn't looking the cutest. Never again! When home is miles and miles away the last thing you want to be thinking about is how you could've, should've, would've packed something, but you didn't. Everyone is different but I say pack as much as your luggage can hold. The more the merrier, as long as it's not past the weight limit lol. I usually travel with a backpack and my brown leather duffel bag because it's easy. Checked baggage fees can really add up! We did have to pay for one of our carry-on's which was a little annoying BUT I had to bring 3 shoe options (which was necessary lol) and it was impossible to fit everything into one backpack. So, yea, you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes especially when you're traveling internationally. 

I packed simple summer fits: shorts, short sleeve shirts, long sleeves for the chilly days and pants options. I also packed going out clothes and mix and match options so that essentially everything I brought color wise could work together.

I remember briefly viewing the forecast a few days before we flew out of NY and I saw an average high of 70's. I knew it would be cloudy but nothing prepared me for the extensive lack of sunshine. I'm a huge sunshine girl, it helps my mood but I wasn't going to let the clouds and lack of sun ruin my trip. I would say 80% of my wardrobe was dedicated to warm weather and I didn't really get a chance to wear a lot of it. It was a little too cold for just shorts and a t-shirt so I wore a light denim jacket most days and pants. I'm so glad I brought a jacket! It's very important to pack multiple options for all weather occasions because mother nature can sure be a sneaky little thang and sometimes weather people are wrong! lol Thankfully it didn't rain once while we were there, so I was happy about that!

I'm the type of person who tries on all of my outfit combos before a trip to see what looks good together. Am I the only one who does this? You can put stuff on your bed and lay out your looks too, but I need to see things on my body and how they look and feel in the present moment. I want to make sure the outfit is worth packing and if I can picture myself wearing the outfit based on my plans for my trip. I'll even go the extra mile and take a photo of myself in my various looks. When I get to my destination I find it REALLY hard to remember what I paired together when I have a bunch of clothes to unpack. It's easier to just flip through my camera roll to refresh my memory. Try this out for yourself! Let me know how it works for you!

Let's talk about these pants! To be honest, I haven't made pants in the longest. I think the last time I made a pair of pants was in December of last year. Sometimes you have a hobby that you really love and you work on perfecting that hobby every single day. Then there are days when you have zero motivation/energy to practice your craft and it stops being fun. After December, sewing wasn't giving me the therapeutic feeling that it gave me when I first started. It was stressing me out and my sewing machine was not cooperating. I decided to take a break. 

In early August, I had a sudden urge to make pants before my trip to wear in Amsterdam. I started to miss sewing. I was bored with the pants I already had and felt uninspired by my wardrobe. I needed to feel excited about a piece of clothing again but I didn't really want to go shopping. Even though I hadn't sewn in 8 months I was able to get back in the groove of things and managed to make some pretty decent pants. I found the fabric in Walmart while I was shopping with my mom for things for her new place and I couldn't take my eyes off of this fabric. I could already picture myself wearing the fabric as I held it in my hands. So dramatic..I know! lol The material is perfect for the summer/fall because it's lightweight. I feel like I say this about a lot of the pants that I make or buy — If the material is lightweight and I'm making the pants, it's always  easier to sew and almost 99% of the time going to be comfortable to wear. 

I was really excited that I got these pants done in time for the trip and decided to pair them with a basic tan t-shirt that compliments the gold accents in the pants. I added a light blue button down as well that I bought from Urban Outfitters. I'm wearing my favorite platforms and I tried something new and put on a bandana, Tupac style lol. I usually wear my bandana at night to keep my hair cute after a fresh twist but this day I decided to put on the bandana because I've always wanted to wear it with any outfit. I looked in the mirror and was like, "yass, this is a look" so I decided to incorporate it into this outfit. 

I wish I had more photos to share with you from Amsterdam! I'm not a photographer so I snap a few photos here and then when I get the chance! Let me know if you're interested in seeing more photos from my trips besides my outfits. I can try to be better at taking more pictures to share with you all in the future. 

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