Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Barcelona Part I & Petite Fashion Challenge #11: Vacation Vogue

I am starting my Barcelona photo journal in conjunction with this month's Petite Fashion Challenge, hosted by SkiPetite. Please visit her blog to see the other ladies' outfits.  

The challenge: "Put together an outfit made for sightseeing. It should be one that will be comfortable for walking around in and can last you from the early morning until dinner and drinks in the evening."

How convenient! Instead of posting just one outfit, I'll share how this habitual underpacker had to stretch a handful of garments over several days. I brought one of each: blouse, sweater, skirt, jacket, shorts, pants, bag, and scarf.
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Thrifted skirt, H&M pants, BR bag, Gap neon sweater & nude blouse (similar), Missoni scarf, Topshop jacket
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Left: Super tender octopus in a potato puree - so good. Right: A satchel of cheese atop heirloom tomato salad.
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Best ever tuna tartare w/ avocado and roe.
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Colorful macarons at Mickey D's.
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All the MNG by MANGO campaign bloggers, plus jcpenney ladies.
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Top: Freshly baked bread with oil, tomatoes & raw garlic to rub on. Bottom: Scrumptious scallops w/ prosciutto.
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Lefties - Zara's outlet store chain, where I finally found a kelly green blazer.
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Disclosure: This trip was sponsored by Style Coalition and jcpenney.

55 comments:

  1. Wow!! You really do underpack! I like to underpack because it forces me to buy something new from wherever I am. So I have a memory and new clothes! :)

    All you ladies look stunning! I love your scarf so much!

    And yum!! Glad you had such great food experiences! :)

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  2. I loved Barcelona when I visited last spring- the Hermes and Burberry stores were to die for (I bought nothing considering it's much cheaper in the US). Your photo diary looks great - I'm glad you had fun! What was your favorite part?

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  3. I don't know how you managed to pack so light- hats off to you! I always bring several suitcases when traveling overseas...LOL

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  4. yum, i love food! barcelona is so fun, seeing the pics makes me want to go back! Such lovely pics :)

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  5. I have been telling myself I need to pay less when traveling because I usually end up wearing my faves more than once and then not wearing one or two outfits anyways.

    Your pics are so fun to look at. I just added you to my post. Thanks for partaking in the challenge!

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  6. Wow, that's impressive. I can't imagine taking so little clothing anywhere. I always take at least a week's worth even when I go away for a weekend - and then I wear the same thing the whole time!

    How many days were you away for?

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  7. Ohhh...Barcelona looks beautiful!!! I don't know how you wear skirts and shorts barelegged in fall. I get cold when I do that in summer! You all look so chic and I'm excited to see the rest of your photos! And yay for Missoni scarves! :)

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  8. Love the simplicity of your packing and how you didn't sacrifice style. You are amazing at mixing and matching! My fav outfit is hands down the thrifted skirt with the Missoni scarf. I know you said you wanted more orange, but I think the colors in it are just right. Can't wait to see more pics! And so cool that there were other petites there too!

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  9. You already know that I am definitely not a light-packer, I had a bag full of stuff when I visited Boston. I need to do better with my next trip.

    You ladies look gorgeous. Barcelona is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your pictures, Jean. Can't wait to see more.

    P.S: Mickey d's sell macarons? So unfair!

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  10. Love this travel diary, you always look so chic and polished! Way to go! =)

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  11. All the food looks delicious - esp. the tuna!

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  12. wow, you're so good at underpacking! i have the opposite problem and definitely need to learn how you do it! and those scallops look so delicious! can't wait to see the kelly green blazer. :)

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  13. Gorgeous photos! So much fun :)

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  14. Jean, you really need to teach me how to pack lightly! I always end up taking too much...maybe something for a future post??? :)

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  15. You always stand out to me! (= The best ensembles!
    I notice your purse fits you fell, doesn't look like it will eat you up or anything... Can you maybe do a blog about finding the right size purse/totes for petites? I love bags but my friends used to tell me alot that my bags look like I am able to fit inside it. And I think maybe my big totes make me look smaller. Help?!

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  16. look at how your neon sweater just pops in that group pic!

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  17. Wow way to pack Jean I'm super impressed! Were you cold at all? All the other ladies look more bundled up LOL! Looks like you're having a fabulous time and Zara has an outlet store?!? So cool!

    (Just realized the strategy with the under packing - you can shop more and bring more home! LOL!)

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  18. Lovely pictures! I can't get over the Macarons at McDonalds!!! Your Missoni scarf looks amazing paired with all your outfits.

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  19. I love your sense of style, so classy and chic!

    --
    check out my blog if you want ideas for a Halloween costume for less than $20!

    http://thehumblesybarite.wordpress.com/

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  20. Wow that is impressive!!! I always over pack! Youre thrifted skirt outfit is so cute! what a great find!

    Ellie

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  21. omg you're in a skirt and the rest of the girls look so bundled up! Love how you only brought one of each with you. It really forces you to think about how to pair these items to make it all look diff!

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  22. I so enjoy your vacation pics, and these are no exception! All you ladies look great and the food = YUM. Speaking of places to eat at, would you mind sharing some recs? My parents are actually in Barcelona for the next week or so and I have a feeling they'd be looking for the nearest Chinese or McDs practically every meal, lol.

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  23. That sounds like so much fun! You really did underpack, but you managed to make every outfit look original. All the food you ate looks delicious, I'd love to try the tuna tartar or the bread~

    xx maggie

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  24. Macaroons! <3 Barcelona sounds like so much fun! Lots of good eats -- yum!

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  25. Love your handbag!!! Very pretty~ =) Sorry it might sound stupid, but BR stands for??

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  26. I am floored with your ability to bring so few clothes and still make each outfit look so new and chic. Teach me your ways....

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  27. you look absolutely gorgeous in every picture!! and the food looks soooo yummy!

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  28. jean, you've got great packing abilities. i am really impressed you're able to make several different outfits with just a few garments.....and the food looks delish. thanks for sharing! :)

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  29. And I thought I was an underpacker! You put me to shame...I'm so impressed with how you stretched such few items into such well put-together looks!

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  30. I'm amazed at how you can wear shorts and mini skirt with bare legs in the fall season! I would freeze to death! love how you mix and match your clothes!

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  31. WOOOOOWWWWW! You are the queen of remixing - amazing job, Jean! I'm bookmarking this for future reference!

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  32. great post! I think this is my favorite from you so far :) I definitely need some pointers on how not to over pack.

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  33. btw, I just recently discovered sample sale sites. which ones would you recommend? thanks jean

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  34. Gorgeous you and awesome packing!Hope I can be a wizard next time I pack :)

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  35. You are genius at remixing Jean! I can't believe you only brought one of each - amazing. And Macarons at MICKEY D'S?! Insanity!! They actually look good too haha! I also never knew Lefties was Zara's outlet. Darn... definitely missed out in Barcelona next time. Anyway, I can't wait to see the rest of your photos as I am sure they will be just as jealousy inducing as this one was ;)

    xox
    Jen

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  36. You girls all look amazing in your outfits.
    The challenge sounds really fun... but comfy means swapping heels for flats... D=

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  37. I am impressed by your ability to pack light...I am well known (within my circle of friends and family) to pack three suitcases for a weekend trip.

    Barcelona looked like a blast, can't wait to see part II.

    p.s. so jealous that you get to go to a ZARA OUTLET. Is the green jacket you got the same one seen on a few bloggers? http://lookbook.nu/look/1758206-Green-and-nude-plus-Valentino-bag-and-shoes

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  38. I need to learn how to be a minimalist when it comes to packing. You should do a post on how to choose items, pack light and be stylish...please.

    These photos from Barcelona look awesome.

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  39. Love these photos Jean - and look at that food! Makes me drool!! It looks kinda cool there in Barcelona with you guys all bundled up!

    I'm a minimalist packer as well, but not a very fashionable minimal packer. I wore clunky black waterproof walking shoes, black pants and a black rain jacket ha last time I went to Europe :D Also had to wash some of my clothes too. How many days did you go for? Did you wash any of your garments while you were there?

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  40. wow! you are a light packer and all your outfits look so nicely coordinated. i am the worst when it comes to packing. i always look terrible when traveling bc i never know what to pack! btw, i saw liliana on bravo last night....on the show called fashion hunters or something. she was consigning her chanel bags. lol!

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  41. Wow, you really are such a fabulously smart packer.

    I love how chic and strealined your ensembles are... you look fabulous and polished, yet you managed to really get the most use out of your items.

    I'm a notorious pain in the ass when it comes to packing. I always have to be prepared for all situations: weather changes, site seeing, running & hiking (we're trail runners), shopping, etc. This always tends toward a stuffed bag.

    I really need to learn from your expertise!

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  42. I'm from Barcelona! Beautiful post!

    kiss

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  43. Packing light ftw!

    You look great! The food looks AMAZING. *DROOL*

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  44. all of the food looks amazing! I really am going to have to find this place!

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  45. You look great effortlessly. How'd you manage to stay warm with those shorts? Looks somewhat chilly from how you all are dressed.

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  46. I'm in awe! Every time I travel, my suitcase is just like my closet - packed to overflowing, with nothing to wear. Every time, without fail! *sigh* I have so much to learn.

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  47. the missoni scarf is beautiful! and those food pictures! tartar, sangria, fresh bread... omnomnom. looking forward to seeing the kelly green blazer- one of my favorite colors!

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  48. I'm adding this to my file for reference next time I travel. I need a reminder to not overpack!

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  49. Isn't Barcelona one of the best cities on earth? I absolutely LOVE that city!

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  50. omg u r such a cutiee..
    love your style

    www.thesanktuary.blogspot.com

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  51. I can never pack like you do, Jean. I always over pack. :) I love the way you work the wool mini in all three outfits. Love your group photos. Thanks for sharing.

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  52. you made me miss Barcelona really bad! The shopping there was great!

    -alexis
    http://worldtag.us

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  53. You are the queen of packing light and looking so chic which is AWESOME! I'm so bad about bringing a billions outfits and things I don't need with me on trips *just in case*. I need to break that habit and this is a great reminder to do so next time I travel! <3

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  54. I don't know if you will see this since this is an old post, but how do you bring/pack your DSLR when traveling? Do you have a case for it, and then you just put it in a large handbag like the BR bag in your photo? I am about to travel overseas and just received a DSLR as an early x-mas present, so I'm wondering what the best way to bring it would be! Thank you if you end up reading this comment!

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