keeping it very, very simple

Hello friends! We just got back from a couple weeks in England and a long weekend at Lake Arrowhead with family. We had a fabulous time! But we were gone for three weeks–which is kind of crazy! Traveling is exhausting and traveling with David is, well, it takes everything we have. But it’s so FUN! But it’s so much work. I go back and forth {especially when I’m tired!} weighing the work and the fun. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to travel and he was a trooper on this long trip.

The hardest parts of traveling with David are managing his food and meds. There are certain things he can’t eat and all of his food has to be blended. And of course he gets a variety of medications {many that are prescription} over the course of a day. Everything is slightly different in the UK and we all flex to make sure David has everything he needs. And of course, he has to be flexible too! All of this to say, when I packed for myself for our time abroad, I kept it very, very simple.

Here is a list of what I packed:
2 pairs of jeans
8 black tee shirts {that’s right, eight of the exact same tee}
black maxi skirt
espadrilles, low boots and flip flops
chunky sweater
light jacket with hood

There were a couple other random things I threw in, like a navy striped tee and jammies. And of course underwear. But basically, I wore jeans and a black tee shirt every, single day! We did laundry twice. It may have been a bit boring, but I’m sold on keeping it super simple when I travel. There is just too much to think about–I don’t have energy to decide what to wear!

I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration.

Here I am in my jeans and black tee. This could have been taken on any day of our trip–since this is basically what I wore every day!

I only wanted to bring my very favorite things–the pieces I feel most comfortable in. I already had 4-5 black tees from Target, but I picked a few more before the trip since they are so easy to wear.

I also kept my hair simple–I wore it up with a braid almost every day. I only washed it a handful of times while we were in England.

I brought three pairs of shoes–these espadrilles, flip flops and booties. The weather was very warm, so I hardly wore the boots at all.

Above is the light coat and booties that I wore only a couple times. Usually England is rainy and chilly, but we had unusually warm weather.

I loved being able to streamline getting ready. I reserved my energy for taking care of David and seeing the sights!

I’ve been wearing my hair up a lot more recently and it’s so easy!

Outfit details: Jeans, Lucky brand {I sized up one size to a 10/30}. Black tee, Target {I sized up to a large}. Espadrilles, TJ Maxx. Leather belt, thrifted. Black bag, Target. Classic buckle cuff, my shop.

Would you travel with such a simple wardrobe or do you like to mix it up more?


  1. This idea is transformational for me! I already believe in a minimalist style, but for some reason the idea of traveling with literally one look is so appealing! Thanks for sharing what worked for you. You look beautiful always.

  2. I love this idea, usually take too much and end up wearing the same thing multiple times. Can I ask why you didn’t buy the t-shirt in different colors?

  3. What a brilliant idea–even better than a “capsule” wardrobe. You are so smart! I love it that you include your sizing, so helpful for online orders 🙂 And can you remind me where you got those awesome booties?

  4. I really like the idea of wearing the same thing. I always pack too much, then wear one or two outfits repeatedly anyway. Your hair looks adorable! I’d give anything to not have to wash mine daily. Trade!?!! 😉

  5. This is inspiring and so interesting, Lisa. I’m an over packer for sure. This idea–of basically eliminating that one complication from the trip (of overpacking and deciding what to wear) will give me food for thought for awhile! Also, you look great!!

  6. Wow, this is so inspiring for me. I don’t travel too often,but the few times I do a year I am an over-packer. Seriously, I win the award for the worst packer EVER! I don’t even wear half the stuff in my luggage on most trips. You have inspired me. xo

  7. Good for you Lisa 🙂 I love sticking with a simple good outfit-I need to reserve my energy and brain cells for more important things most of the time too!!

  8. I wear jeans & a black tee very, very often. And I’ve been meaning to mention Go Curlier spray to you – it’s new from John Frieda, and it’s AMAZING for hair like ours.

  9. You look fantastic! I always make it more complicated than necessary when packing. Your black T and jeans look is perfect. Definitely something to remember!

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