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Monday, 15 January 2018

Packing Light & Chanel Styles.

Hello there lovelies, how are you are doing?
With my skiing holiday within touching distance I'm getting everything ready to pack into my case.  There's not much to plan for this holiday, basically I just take about three pairs of jeans with various tops and jumpers, along with a tracksuit - skiing is quite laid-back so no fancy dresses or skirts will be accompanying me, I'll save them for the next holiday! 😏  Hopefully everything will fit into one case then I won't have to take a cabin bag with me.  I like to travel light now-a-days!  But it never used to be like that, have a read to see why!




This is such a funny story involving my best friend some thirty odd years ago ....


Both teenagers at the time and visiting my father in London.  He was meeting us at Victoria Station. How grown up we felt travelling all that distance on our own! (an hour on the train) lol.  We were dropped at the local station with our rather large suitcases (and I mean large) I'm giggling now as I recall the day.  Yes we had ONE EACH to go to my dad's for the WEEKEND!!!
I remember his face when he met us from the train - bemused to say the least!
We had everything you could possibly imagine packed, jumpers, skirts, shoes, etc, etc.  We were ready for every eventuality, for our month long weekend away.  Do you know what the funniest thing was?  Yes we actually borrowed half of each others clothes so didn't need anywhere near the amount of clothes we packed!  It's not as if we were out clubbing or partying all the time, just a couple of lunches in local pubs, the rest of the time we were indoors - hilarious when I remember, you know who you are Mrs.W !!! 🤣🤣
So now I like to travel with enough clothes, not too many.  Taking one or two extra outfits for just-in-case! Preferably dresses or jumpsuits see my post on one piece packing.

With my best friend in mind - I was out with her on Saturday night, along with our posse (OH's, sister and brother-in-law).  We went to a cook your own steak night at a local pub, you may remember
when I went before wearing floral & green.
I chose a casual but dressy outfit because it was in a pub, a small typical old English pub, that is quite cramped with a low ceiling and wooden beams. 
Trousers just seemed right for the night.
I'd picked these beautiful jacquard trousers, that sit at the ankle to give a modern silhouette.  Choosing my pink ankle boots and pink blouson style top I felt suitably stylish, matched & smart too.  Finishing off with my Christmas present from hubby (that I'd dropped plenty of hints about).  Having wanted a Chanel style jacket for a long time now, hubby was spot on with his pick.
This Hobbs tweed jacket has a mixture of subtle creams, corals and orange threads throughout it, with black braiding that trims the edges.  Nipped in at the waist for a contemporary feel, it added that little bit of sophistication to my overall look.


Let's add another Chanel style to the mix - my Top Shop clutch bag, just big enough for a lipstick and phone.






Trousers from Matalan similar here
Top from Primark
Jacket from Hobbs
Bag from Top Shop
Boots from Primark

Glad you could stop by today, looking forward to seeing you here again, I'd also love you to leave a comment - it's nice to know what you think. x

Until Thursday, it's been fun. X

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  1. Super outfit Jacqui, looking so sophisticated! Liked your reminiscing, from recollection we did only travel with huge suitcases, hence we filled them. To bursting point! Maybe the carry on option has disciplined us and brought about the more sensible capsule travel packing.
    Enjoy your holiday countdown, x.

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    1. I managed to go skiing with one suitcase weighing only 18Kg, when the limit was 20kg!!! I got boots, ski trousers and helmet in too, so pleased with myself, I wore all the clothes I packed and didn't have anything that wasn't needed - boom! Thanks for your comments Mary. x

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  2. Ah! What a great look! Wow! Those ankle boots with those trousers, I love it! And of course that jacket is perfection to the top. Don t know when you are going on a winter holiday but I already wish you a fabulous time!

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    1. Many thanks Nancy, so pleased with the whole look, although I couldn't find the trousers the other day, so couldn't wear them. Found them now. x

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  3. Best dressed at the pub! Love, love the shots of pinks. Thanks for sharing with Vis Monday, xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  4. Wow, so classy and love the soft pink! Eek you must be getting so excited for your holiday!

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    1. Many thanks Andrea, holiday seems like a distant past - and I've returned to a cold!! x

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  5. What an incredible jacket, Jacqui!!
    And I love your story---that's so me!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. It's lovely isn't it Jodie, was just what I had in mind, so hubby got it right. x

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  6. I always used to overpack too, haha! That's a cute story. I absolutely love all the textures in your outfit!
    --Roxanne
    http://glassofglam.com

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    1. Many thanks for stopping over, kind comments too. x

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  7. WOW - your jacket is so wonderful. It would be the perfect IT-Piece for my Business look. XO Martina

    www.lady50plus.de

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    1. Many thanks Martina, I love this jacket and can't wait to wear it again. x

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  8. Your jacket is very chic Jacqui, best dressed lady in the pub! I've learned to pack light. My cousin came to visit from Germany for 10 days and looked like she was moving in. When she was packing to go home again, I asked her if she had worn everything she brought. Of course, she hadn't. :-)

    Have fun skiing!
    ❤️carmen

    https://fashionableover50.wordpress.com

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    1. I've learnt my lesson from previous visits, I've got it down to a minimum now, thank you for visiting my blog, x

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  9. Love the jacket Jacqui I'm a huge hobby fan. I tried a couple of their dresses for the Mail shoot and loved them. Enjoy your holiday xx

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    1. Thanks so much Laurie, I too love the clothes in there. Will be having a peek to see what they have to offer for Spring. x

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  10. What a stunning jacket! I love Hobbs - very elegant Jacqui x

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    1. Thanks so much, kind comments - much appreciate you stopping over. x

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  11. I love your tweed jacket! :) Perfect outfit for dinner with friends.

    While I haven't packed a suitcase for a weekend away I am a frequent over-packer, haha !I always take more than I need, just in case!

    Hope that you are having a nice start to your week :) Had my first day back at work after extended leave today so not the best day for me haha.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Many thanks Mica, kind words indeed. Hope work is treating you well. x

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  12. There's just something so classy about a tailored tweed jacket. Enjoy your ski holiday!

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    1. Thanks so much, glad you like this jacket - I'm so pleased how it looks on. x

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  13. Such a funny story!! Love this look Jacqui, your tweed jacket is fabulous!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for visiting today Elise. It's a lovely jacket that has plenty of options. x

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  14. Great classic outfit and those boots, oh my heavens, those boots!!!!!!!!

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    1. Glad you like Teresa, I felt very sophisticated in this outfit and had a great night. x

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  15. I love the tweed jacket, it's perfect for a night out with the girls or even date night. Those booties are so cute.

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    1. Thank you Laura, i'll be wearing this classic jacket a lot in the coming months. x

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  16. Love that blazer - such a true classic!!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  17. Lovely outfit Jacqui, love your boots :) Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays. Not long for your holiday, have a great time.

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    1. Thank you Claire, I'm smitten with this look, will be wearing it again soon. x

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  18. Love your jacket and brocade pants! You look so chic!

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  19. Jacqui, I am the absolute worst packer! I am trying so hard to get better...maybe someday I will get it down. This outfit is fabulous and those booties are absolutely everything! I love the pale pink patent leather. So much fun! Thanks for linking up with me!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. Shelbee, thanks so much for visiting. I'm getting better each time I go away. Skiing was fabulous I got everything in my case including helmet, boots and ski trousers! Everything I took bar one blouse I wore!! Winner. x

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  20. Very elegant outfit Jacqui! I love your jacket. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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    1. Thank you Emma, I love this outfit and can't wait to wear it again. x

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