Hi YLF'ers! Sorry I've been mostly absent from the forum for the last week, but we were in Southern California for a family vacation and I didn't have time to keep up or post anything. So I'm making up for it now--sorry for the huge post and tons of pics!

I love Angie's wardrobe capsule posts, but haven't really tried to do a capsule before. When I travel, I usually have been wearing casual clothes/gear, like swimsuits, T shirts & shorts or jeans and a hoodie. This is my first attempt at creating a travel capsule. I tried to wear most of the pieces more than once and remix the outfits. I could have been a little more efficient (I only wore a couple of the T shirts, the shorts and the sundress once and yes I brought too many bags and shoes) but overall I'm happy with what I ended up wearing. We went from sunny and hot to cool and breezy, and I was prepared for everything! I wore a simplified color scheme of red, black, white, navy, green, yellow & orange and kept things casual/MOTG appropriate, but dressier than I have ever been while traveling. Thank goodness for Jason Wu and white denim! It was a busy and tiring but fun vacation--the kids and DH and I had a blast! It was a great fashion learning experience for me too, learning how to pack a travel wardrobe!

Here are the pieces I wore:
Tulle navy peacoat
AE white denim cropped jacket
INC red waterfall cardigan
Ann Taylor Loft kelly green sweater jacket

Shirts: Ann Taylor Loft floral blouse
Jason Wu for Target cat tee
Bluefly Casual Couture black/white polka dot blouse
Jason Wu for Target red/navy/cream striped tee
Gap navy and beige striped tee

Kut from the Kloth white skinny jeans
Gap Always Skinny jeans
Jason Wu for Target shorts

Jason Wu for Target blue and white floral sundress

Soybu black and white patterned Wanderlust skirt

Red skinny bow belt
Yellow skinny belt

Red Converse
Yellow Converse
Black Dansko sandals
Orange flip-flop sandals
Black Merrell mocs

Jujube Be Prepared diaper bag
Kate Spade orange slice bag
Jason Wu for Target cat tote
White House Black Market red snakeskin purse

1-2. Sat 4/14: We drove overnight to San Diego Friday after work. That was grueling--the I-5 was closed so we had to detour through the 101 and by the time we got there it was 8 am, 13 hours later! We met up with my side of the family--everyone including my mom and two sisters and one of my brothers and all their kids met there for the weekend. We went to La Jolla Cove where my sister's boyfriend suprised us by popping the question right on the beach in front of the whole family! Actually, they had been engaged for a while already, but waited to announce it to us until the whole family was together. We are all so excited for them! And now DD is going to be a flower girl along with her cousins and DS will be a ringbearer in their wedding in Sedona, Arizona!
3-5. Sun 4/15: San Diego Zoo. Kids liked the panda the best. Thought you'd like seeing my mom and me side by side...I guess our tastes are more similar than I thought! She's wearing red skinny jeans, a Bebe zigzag stripe one-shoulder top and navy Converse type shoes--she's more fashion forward than I am! She even knew that my t-shirt was a Jason Wu for Target!
6. Mon 4/16. Went to visit MIL's house in Irvine. Forgot to get a decent picture that day but I wore black sandals and the red belt similar to #23 without a jacket.
7-12. Tues 4/17. Disneyland! It was the first time for DS and DD. They loved it, and we had a lot of fun too! Neither of us had been there since we were young. We had lunch with the princesses and DD was THRILLED (see #10!) to meet five princesses, including her favorite Belle (she wore two different yellow Belle dresses to match). It was hot, so I ditched the red cardigan and DD and I enjoyed some Dole Whips. I was so glad I wore my comfy Merrell mocs instead of the Converse--our legs/feet were sore by the end of the day from all that walking!
13-16. Wed 4/18. Played at the park with Grandma. It was hot again, so I wore shorts. DD and DS had lots of fun climbing.
17-19. Wed 4/18 eve. Went to visit FIL in Diamond Bar. I wore a dress and orange sandals and my orange bag. DD and DS were so cute together, especially with their matching PJ's and Mickey and Minnie stuffed mouses. Then we drove overnight to Monterey for a little "just our family" time.
20-22. Thurs 4/19. We went on an afternoon sailing trip on Monterey Bay with the kids. They both promptly fell asleep with the rocking of the waves and we ended up holding them in our arms the entire two hours. We both had sore arms! I wore a red, white and navy "nautical" outfit.
23. Thurs 4/19 eve. I changed to a skirt and we went out for dinner. It was only to El Torito, and we were with the kids, but it was still nice to dress up a bit.
24-25. Fri 4/20. Went to the beach with the kids in the morning. I swapped white jeans for blue jeans, but otherwise it was the same outfit as #1 (I guess it's the beach outfit).
26-29. Fri 4/21 eve. We visited Monterey Bay Aquarium in the late afternoon--it was just before closing and was nice and uncrowded. Afterward we walked back along the beach and the kids had fun jumping from a big rock while holding our hands. The JWT cat tote was a good smaller diaper bag substitute. The Jujube is a behemoth and DH complains everytime I bring it, because I usually stuff it to the gills--I do like to Be Prepared! I hook it on the back of the double stroller (see #30).
30-33. Sat 4/22. DD took the pic of me in #30. Went back to the Aquarium. It was much more crowded today so it was nice that we got to see a lot already yesterday. We took a picture in the exact spot (#32) where DH and I held hands and took our first picture together, on our first date twenty years ago! And now we have two little ones who love to hold our hands!

Thanks for looking and letting me share my vacation pics with you all!

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