The Closet Challenge: Weekend Roundup – Week 7

The Closet Challenge Week 7-

Hi all! So, another week has come and gone, and I’ve been working really hard to get my Insta followers up. I’m taking classes toward a social media marketing certificate (gotta keep myself relevant in the ever changing world of communications and social media presence), so with that said I’ve been trying to post more, and be more consistent. And, just like with this blog and finding a niche, I’m having a hard time finding my “theme” so-to-speak on Insta. AND, do you know how hard it is to keep your followers engaged and not lose them?! Wow! I had no idea!

Also, who saw the solar eclipse?! I was here in SF extremely worried that I wasn’t going to be able to see it, but I actually think the clouds and overcast sky helped us see the eclipse pretty easily. I know this is a closet challenge post, but I have so much to talk about this week (I posted a couple of my eclipse photos below too).

Anyway, I digress. Last week was pretty easy to put my outfits together. I did splurge and bought myself a pair of Madewell jeans, that I have to say hold true to their name. I absolutely love them! They are just stretchy enough to be comfortable, but not too stretchy that I need a belt by the end of the day. While I hate paying more than 80 bucks for jeans, I feel like these might have been worth it. Below is the week’s roundup. I’m missing an outfit from Saturday night – but it was a repeat offender anyway 😉 and Sunday was a gym and yoga pants kinda day – not usually photo-worthy hah.



How to pack for a 10 day trip to Italy – in a carry-on!


So, I went back and forth with this. Do I check a bag, or do I just bite the bullet and carry-on? I started thinking about myself and how I would handle having to carry a large bag to multiple places (we didn’t stay more than 2 nights in the same place), and I realized how annoyed I would become with having to lug a huge bag around. So, I decided I would pack 10 days worth of clothing in a 20 inch carry-on bag.

How did I do it? Easy (so I thought)! If anyone knows me, they know that I research and prepare and plan – almost to a fault. So, as you can imagine I read a number of travel blogs and endlessly searched Pinterest for tips and tricks.

I started with 4 basic items: 3 pairs of pants (1 camel denim, 1 black denim, and 1 dark blue denim) and one black cotton dress.

I then added one bulky, comfy sweater, a denim button-up I wore this as a layer on the plane – so it was not added to the carry-on, 2 long sleeved shirts (one striped, and one dusty pink for a little bit of color), one long gray hooded cardigan and one nice black blouse to wear out at night.

It may sound crazy, but with all of these items I was able to put together 9 outfits! See below for the different combinations:

I did however run into some problems. I didn’t pack enough underwear. I know, I know, how the heck did I organize everything else and not include that? Well, simple…I was doing laundry before the trip and forgot to add a few more pairs to my suitcase. Mistakes happen, but underwear are also very easy to purchase, which is what I did 🙂

In the end I had to purchase a small carry-on bag for 20 euros to pack all of my souvenirs – and ended up checking my suitcase on the flight back. I thought that worked out perfectly and I had breakables in the carry-on I had purchased so it was easier for me to control in that sense. Plus, it was super cute:


As for accessories, I purchased a really cute beanie with a pom pom at a store in downtown Livermore, adorable nicely lined gloves from Anthropologie, a beautiful blanket scarf I purchased from Etsy (and it doubled as a great blanket on the plane!), and I wore my rain coat from Banana Republic the entire trip. It was pretty lightweight, but I think it was the perfect coat since you needed to wear layers – cold outside, and then transitioning to blistering hot inside. I put together a collage of the accessories mentioned above – these are not exactly what I took but similar.


For shoes, I packed my Tom’s tennis shoes, my Ralph Lauren brown flat boots, and for a little bit of height – and for going out at night – I packed my over the knee suede boots made by Dolce Vita (purchased via Nordstrom Rack online).

Hopefully this was helpful information. I know that when I was looking for tips and tricks resources such as the one I’m providing were super helpful!

Until next time –