Last time I posted all the clothes that I packed on my recent trip to Ft. Lauderdale. Now, keep in mind that I was joining family that had already been there for a few days. I didn’t have to worry about bag restrictions because I sent my suitcases ahead of time with my BF.
I knew that I overpacked, but I just couldn’t help myself. I felt the need to have warm weather casual outfits, warm weather semi-dressy outfits, warm weather dressy outfits, cold weather casual, cold weather semi-dressy, and cold weather dressy outfits. Plus, I’m kind of indecisive and there wasn’t a definitive itinerary of activities to help me know what to pack.
So, here are the outfits that I actually wore during my stay. I left snowy Ohio on Tuesday morning for a day full of travel. I was scheduled to arrive in Ft. Lauderdale around 6:30 p.m. Since I knew that I was going to be in airports all day, I wanted something that was going to be casual but still pulled together. I also wanted to wear my biggest and bulkier shoes.
I chose a pair of dark wash bootcut jeans that would work with tennis shoes, brown or black ballet flats, and my silver maryjanes. On top, I wore a long-sleeved black scoopneck t-shirt that I knew would be good for lots of layering options. Over that, I wore this grey Mickey Mouse sweatshirt. This shirt is a little oversized and could easily be thrown over a bathing suit, worn with shorts, etc. I am wearing all of the jewelry that I took with me—small diamond hoop earrings, a silver Fossil watch, and my Pandora bracelet and assorted beads. I am also wearing a reversible belt that is black on one side and tan/brown on the other. I know that most people don’t like to wear a belt because of going through security, but it doesn’t bother me. I also wore a blue jacket with a hood and a large purple scarf. These two items could take me from temperatures as high as 70 and as low as 40.
I stuffed a black graphic t-shirt in my laptop bag at the last minute, and I am glad that I did. When I got to Atlanta for my layover, I was plenty warm. I took off the black long-sleeved scoopneck t-shirt and put on the black t-shirt, instead. I popped the grey sweatshirt back on, but tied my scarf and jacket onto my laptop bag because I didn’t need them. When I arrived in Ft. Lauderdale that evening and walked outside of the airport, I quickly took off my sweatshirt and shoved that into my bag as well.
The next morning, everyone decided that it would be nice to hang out around the resort. We opted to play a round of mini golf and then head to the pool area afterwards. It was sunny and in the 80′s, so I put on my turquoise one-piece bathing suit. In addition, I wore denim shorts and a multi-colored ruffled tank top in a jersey knit. There are specks of turquoise in this top that I thought would pair well with my bathing suit if it happened to peak out.
Since we were playing mini-golf and then headed to the pool, I went with very minimal jewelry and makeup. Also, I pulled my hair up out of my face and into a quick bun. I wore flip-flops since we weren’t doing much walking.
Later that day, we grilled chicken and had macaroni and cheese and vegetables for dinner. Everyone wanted a nice relaxing evening, so we got Trouble from the activity center and had family game night while munching on snacks and enjoying adult beverages. After we came back from the pool, I took off my bathing suit and threw these clothes back on. It was a little cooler in the evening and the air conditioning was on in the hotel, so I put on my navy blue v-neck sweater.
The second day that I was there, Thursday, we planned to spend a few hours at Butterfly World and then head to the Festival Flea Market just down the road. Since we were going to be doing a lot of walking, I knew that I wanted to wear my tennis shoes. For the first part of the day we were going to be outside. I was a little chilly that morning when I woke up so I was torn between wearing jeans or shorts. I put on shorts and went outside onto the balcony to see if I was warm enough.
I was fine in my shorts and t-shirt, but I did make sure that I grabbed a cardigan in case the sun went behind a cloud, or we went into an air-conditioned building. I get cold really easy! I didn’t need my cardigan at Butterfly World, but I was glad that I had it when we went to the Flea Market because once we sat down for lunch, I got a chill. Once back outside, I was fine.
After Butterfly World, we went home to rest and relax some before heading to dinner at Olive Garden. Once the sun went down it was quite a bit cooler and the forecast was calling for rain. I decided to wear jeans to dinner. But, since I had already worn the magenta cardigan that day I wanted to build an outfit around it.
I went with my skinny jeans since I hadn’t worn them yet. I cuffed the bottoms to give them some flair and paired them with the sleeveless black and white button-up shirt. I wore the magenta cardigan that I had worn earlier and added the matching belt. As you can see, I am also carrying this black clutch.
The next morning was our last full day in town, so we had tossed around a few idea’s. There was a casino nearby that we wanted to check out, and if it was warm enough we wanted to get in some more pool time. It turned out to be a somewhat cloudy and overcast day, so the pool wasn’t ideal. My BF and I decided to go walk around the resort and see where we could print my boarding pass for the following day.
It was pretty warm, but not sunny so I wanted to wear a t-shirt instead of a tank top. I was warm enough for shorts instead of pants, though. I didn’t actually wear these black flats around, I swapped them for my black flip-flops. My BF and I walked around, exploring the resort before everyone decided to play another round of mini golf. It was a bit windy, so I threw my grey Mickey Mouse sweatshirt on over top of this outfit. After mini golf, we all went to the pool to play BINGO! Once bingo was over we stopped into the arcade and spent about an hour goofing off and playing games. Then, we headed up to the room to relax and grab some lunch.
We had planned to go to the casino in a bit. I was going to wear my skinny jeans, leopard print blouse, black cardigan and brown ballet flats. But, we were alerted to storm Titan. It appeared that Titan would make getting home somewhat difficult. My BF and his sister had planned to leave Saturday morning to start the 18 hour drive home. Most likely, they would stop and spend the night in a hotel on Saturday night. But, the impending storm put a wrench in the plans.
They were thinking about leaving later, flying home, or leaving early. Eventually, it was decided that they would leave at 7 p.m. Friday night and drive straight through to beat the storm system. That meant that the casino was out and we had to all pack up and get ready to leave.
Since I would be leaving on Saturday morning to go to the airport and fly home, I had to pick out my travel outfit to keep with me and send the rest home with my BF. I was originally going to wear the same thing home, but in the end I went with my bootcut dark was jeans, white and navy striped t-shirt, navy v-neck sweater, and tennis shoes. I kept my pajama pants and a t-shirt with me and sent everything else home. I don’t have a picture of my final outfit because my BF wasn’t there to take it and I didn’t have the tripod.
I could have done the whole trip with a fraction of all the items that I packed into my suitcase. But, I learned a valuable lesson–for me, it is somewhere around 75 and up that makes it warm enough to be comfortable in shorts! That is important information.
In hindsight, the items that I wore were: bootcut jeans, skinny jeans, denim shorts, patchwork printed shorts, grey mickey sweatshirt, multi colored tank top, navy sweater, pink parrot t-shirt, magenta cardigan, black and white button up shirt, blue and silver t-shirt, blue and white t-shirt, bathing suit, pajama’s, tennis shoes, black ballet flats, and black flip-flops. I could have done without the brown ballet flats and silver maryjanes, entirely. I also think that it would have been better if I had brought one pair of jeans—bootcut or skinny and another type/color of pants. Maybe black or khaki skinny pants, ankle length pants, capri’s, etc. I don’t think that I needed two pairs of jeans.