Great travel capsule Suz! I'm very jealous. Layers are key. It cools down at night so you may want your leather jacket, but you have been in the sub zero snow belt so the warmer weather is going to feel extra warm. I don't know about you, but for me 38 degrees F felt like no coat weather yesterday, but in the fall I would bundle up and wear gloves and a hat.

Woohoo for trip to Israel and meet up with Shevia! Your travel capsule looks great. Have a wonderful trip and keep us posted.

I love packing posts- just a question- are you doing carryon? frequent packing/unpacking? train/bus travel? Those are usually drivers for me re what to bring.

I love packing posts! I like how you have the option to layer your items for more warmth if needed. I hope you have a fab trip and take lots of pictures.

OH, SUZ. (((HUGS))). Sorry about your hectic day. Hope today is a much better one. Best of luck.

WOOOHOOOOO. WE LOVE ISRAEL, and have been a few times. You will eat very well too. Your capsules are stunning, and I expected nothing less. All outfits are amazing and as stylish as they are practical.

I noticed the fun shoes in #7 - Killer.

Are the killer shoes in #8 new too? You do love your black shoes, Suz. Why not. Works for you. Gorgeous.

I have a few more thoughts:

  • Your coat is for Canada when you stay with Mama, right?
  • Glad you're bringing a denim jacket. Very good for Israel.
  • Bring both a leather jacket and denim one.
  • You do wear t-shirts, and you see lots of people in Israel wear jersey, so yes - pack more tees.
  • Are the shoes in #8 comfortable to walk in - or are they more going out shoes for your trip?


What a fun post (well, except for the bad day part). So happy for you to be taking such an exciting trip and to get to meet up with Jaime makes it extra super special! Great input and decisions here, you look great in all your outfits and I can't wait to see the pics!

Have a safe and wonderful trip!

Before I head out with a client, chiming back in about the food in Israel (can't remember if you are a foodie Suz, but I can't help myself):

  • Israel makes the best frozen yogurt in the world, along with the best tahini, hummus, pita and falafels. You probably knew that.
  • Head to the special jewish bakeries and try the savoury stuff - sublime.
  • The cheeses and Mediterranean brekkies were my BEST - and I am so NOT a breakfast person.
Okay. And we also had the best Shabbat dinners with friends and their families. Prepare to eat yourself into a frenzy. Much love.

Sorry I didn't get in before you left to wish you a wonderful holiday! What a fantastic trip you are taking - and to get to meet Jaime too!

I can't comment on a travel capsule but I will say I am really drawn to the floral J Crew top you have there. Is it new this year? Says sold out on their website. Such a pretty pattern and I love the black! I'm also intrigued by the Shannon sandals - because I see you are wearing them with a VC tube skirt.......and I have that skirt and want something else to wear with them. I've had the higher heeled version of the Steve Maddens but didnt' find them all that great . When I first saw this lower heeled version I wasn't attracted to them - the shape looked a little clunky, but now that I'm seeing them on.......and how cute they look with the tube skirt.....sorry for rambling. Have a wonderful holiday !!

p.s. I immediately clicked on the golf shoe picture first - how could I not? What on earth are you doing with plastic golf shoes?? lol

Ooh, I have to get out my cropped summer sweaters. It's great the way you've done them.

Ok, I need to be disciplined and tell you *special wow* for 7 & 8.

I'm late here but Bon voyage!!! I love your travel capsule - perfect!

I can't believe I missed stuff about those Steve Maddens. So funny because I bought them too! I ordered my usual size (7.5) and could barely jam my feet in. I swear they were a 7 marked as a 7.5. I reordered the 8's and my left foot rattled around in there so much that I sent them back. I SO wanted them to work! I'm happy you are happy with yours. Great minds think alike

Safe travels and can't wait to hear all about your trip!!!

Have a great trip! Your travel capsule looks great!

Suz, so sorry I missed this before you left but want to say you look AMAZING in every pic. Wow. My travel motto is, if it fits & I can carry it, it comes! And I always believe the old stage actor adage about bad dress rehearsal, great opening night: When we have lousy days it means really great stuff is around the corner. That means your trip will be incredible! Enjoy!

What a horrible day you had...but it's over, and clear sailing to Israel! Fabulous capsule, you look gorgeous in everything. Safe travels!!

Thanks so much everyone -- at my mother's now all safe and sound. Needed that leather jacket today, so even if it doesn't come out in Israel, it's required. It's still cold here!

Thank you all for your kind compliments and thoughts. A few quick responses before I go to bed.

Aliona, I love that idea!! Thank you for that bit of theatrical wisdom.

Jackie, I ended up in the smaller of my two sizes in the Steve Maddens, but it was almost a bust. I didn't think I could get them done up. They fit elsewhere but were hard to snap. But I was swimming in the larger half size. So I kept at it and managed to figure out a method, and now they work okay. Cross fingers for me!

Lisa, J. Crew top is last year's -- everything except the shoes is last year or before. And yeah, I know, the golf shoes are nuts! But they are so comfy! And I read the reviews from golfers who said they are brilliant in slippy conditions!

Angie, I am a total foodie and eating is a big part of the trip for sure. We have family there and will be eating well. It is my third trip to Israel.

Re: black footwear -- you know, it's so funny -- I honestly prefer lighter footwear. But it is hard to find here and also hard to wear in our in-between seasons while there is still slush on the ground. (Hence my heavy reliance on black, ink, and charcoal boots/ booties in winter!) With the new sandals, I just wanted something that would work with darker bottoms since my other summer shoes are all light coloured. (I owned no dark summer footwear before). Oh - and the golf shoes were the very last pair and they only had this colour and I loved the soles.

The Steve Madden sandals in #8 will very likely work as walking shoes for me in the city. I can't be 100% sure because they're not road tested yet, but they have the feel of something that I'll be able to wear. Chunky heel, about 2 inches high (my ideal height for comfort) and lots of stability because of the high vamp. As long as I don't get blisters, I'll be golden.

Seems like everyone was divided on the leather jacket, but, as I said, I really need it here for today and tomorrow before boarding the plane, so it's with me.

Take care all, and I will send pics!

Suz, my DS suggests adding Shawarma (I hope I am spelling that correctly) to Angie's food list. He spent 5 weeks traveling all over Israel last summer. Teenagers traveling in group programs ignore all the grooming habits their parents have worked hard to teach them. Despite this, his pictures are amazing.

I'm sure you know to pack an extra memory card for your camera, and a backup battery. (Unless you are using your cell phone of course).

I hope you have an opportunity to get to the markets. My DS loved them and he really enjoyed negotiating prices. It was a very new and strange experience that prices could be flexible. A good early economics lesson. If I could only do that with my favorite brands of shoes I would be all set

Safe travels!

Have a wonderful time Suz. I hope you find some special item to add to your capsule that will remind you of your vacay. When you get back, surely it will be spring?

Wow, just chiming in to wish you a very happy voyage, and how wonderful that you and Shevia will be getting together! Your outfits look terrific.

You are looing absolutely fab. And Angie's making me hungry!

Hey Suz... totally missed this in my own pre-travel chaos. By now you're probably on your way, so just wanted to wish you happy travels, and let you know how jealous I am that you get to meet Jamie!

Gut instict on your travel clothes is that there are a lot of long sleeves for 32 degrees... I think I'd be packing tanks and shorts. But if you need that kind of stuff, what a great opportunity to find some unique things over there.

Thanks, Elizabeth -- and have fun on your own trip!! (I am awake now getting ready for the travel day..)

It will only be 32 (maybe) one day in the desert. The rest will be around 16-19. So I think I am good. I do have a few short sleeved/ sleeveless/ rolled sleeve options.

Have a wonderful trip, Suz! Hope I'm not too late to wish you well. I've been so absent lately and then sick for the last week ... but I've been lurking in the background. Your travel capsule looks gorgeous as ever and your trip sounds amazing! I hope you have a terrific time.
PS I want the camo version of those plastic golf shoes. And I don't even golf! But they would be so fun for in the garden. xxx

That's a gorgeous travel capsule, Suz! I esp love your short over long looks in 8,9,and 11. Are the tops in nr 8 and 11 just sleeveless?-looking great!

Also loved seeing the Shannon shoes in action. I bought me some alike, with great expectations, but I do have troubles styling them. First I thought it's the thing you were also afraid of, as we are blonde. But I now rather think it's the heel height faulty. I've just noticed, yours (and Shannon's) have slightly lower heel. I feel myself somehow towering in them when worn with cuffed BF, or knee length skirts- so getting a look not really am after, nor am I comfartable in it. just kept them trying them on with everything I have, and they only seem to work with body con or very tappered AND(!) midi skirts or dresses(like tubes). Now, I am a bit clueless, and they may be returned for some other color or style. I'm a bit dissapointed:-(.

But yours are looking absolutely gorgeous in all outfits, and I wish you a nice holiday-without the need to use of those blister sticks:-).

Your black shoes reasoning makes sense. Both new pairs are killer. (Use body glide for blisters). Cheers to happy feet

It sounds like you will be in very good hands. Enjoy your trip, Suz. We will MISS you. Have extra yummy food for me too, and say hi to Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem. Very special cities. Much love.

Oh stunning. The leather jacket might be warm but it is a lightweight and the white color is so great--so if you can wear it a lot and pack the denim maybe do so. I think knits are just made for travel so wouldn't worry about too many--it's the variety and some different weights and fabrics. If you were worried about being too warm you could take a couple of short sleeves and then with jacket I feel much cooler than jacket over longsleeves--more ability to ventilate and adjust by rolling sleeves and being unbuttoned.

Have fun on your trip!

7 through 12 are very elegant, I absolutely love these. Upscale and polished.

The jeans outfits, especially with the leopard sweater, are fun and cute.

I love the pink sweater on you in 11, it is such a pretty color. I love pink myself, and think it's a great color on us blondes, but it's not an easy color to style due to the sweetness factor. I think your modern and streamlined approach to dressing is what mitigates the sugar here. Some more pink sweater outfit combinations for you to try (if you're still checking this thread.) I'm curious what #11 would look like with the white tee underneath. Or same pink sweater and floral top, with the jogger pants?