Saturday, September 27, 2014

[celebrates] Baby Shower for Zoe - Floral and Golden Glam

In my world, a party always begins with a thoughtfully chosen invitation that hints at the theme.  In this case, I used TinyPrints to create baby Zoe's invitation.  I love the look of this floral wreath.  The design is timeless and elegant.

There are so many wonderful themes out there-- how can you settle on just one?  I made my list of options, but ultimately settled on a vibe that represented the calm nature of the mommy-to-be, with just the right touches of floral pinks.  After all, this was a baby shower for a little girl!

Color Theme:  Pink Floral, Lively greens, Burlap, and Gold

Music: Pandora stations-- C2C and "Run Around Sue" radio

Guests: 30 -35 

Mini Activity:  Love notes for Zoe (scrapbook paper squares in a decorative box) along with a polaroid camera to snap fun pictures.

Guests were greeted by an adorable entry way table right as they walked in.  A perky snapdragon arrangement sat on the side of two frames telling the guests a few fun facts about Zoe's parents, including favorite foods and their favorite childhood toys.  A DIY golden bird sign hung letting everyone know how excited we were about the baby's arrival.

  • Light gray table linens
  • Burlap table runners
  • Succulent and herb plant from Trader Joes
  • Natural woven chargers from Crate and Barrel
  • Gold wrapped chocolates all around
  • Pink, white, and beige tissue poms
  • DIY banner signs
  • Spray painted gold Z-O-E letters

Eats (a mix of self made and Costco) with a Parisian vibe:
  • Chocolate Tuxedo Cake 
  • Build your own Panini Bar with smoked ham, prosciutto, and salami (HUGE HIT!)
  • Assorted baguettes
  • Cheese platter
  • Organic Kettle Corn
  • Watermelon
  • Croissants and Nutella
  • Caprese Salad
  • French Madeleines and Biscuits
  • Mixed berries and grapes

Party Budget Breakdown

$54     35 TinyPrints Invitations 
$23     Disposable tableware from Target 
$40     Michael's Craft store for assorted decoration supplies
$63     3 table rentals and 18 chairs from Peninsula Party Rental
$24     Amazon tissue pom poms and napkins
$170   Costco food and drinks
$23     Safeway for extra meat and cheese
$25     Trader Joe's for floral centerpieces, succulents, herb plants, and juice

Total Party Cost: $422

We saved a lot of big bucks buying our snacks from Costco and setting up the Build-Your-Own Panini Bar.  The guests had a lot of fun stacking on different meats and cheeses to build their sandwich and we had plenty of bite sized options to choose from.  The chocolate tuxedo cake was also a big hit, and you can never, ever go wrong with a basket of croissants.  Everyone had a blast taking pictures on the polaroid camera and dropping it into Zoe's love note box so she can see who came to her baby shower... a sweet sentiment and a great way to remind her how much we care!

Looking for more baby shower ideas?  See Athena's Sip and See Baby Shower.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

[travels] La Tomatina 2014 Survival Guide

Prepare for day that'll kick your primal instincts into overdrive....  Imagine flurries of tomatoes mushy and firm being pelted at you, the overwhelming stench of the overripe vegetable intermingled with spilled sangria, sweaty chaos, and that unwavering Spanish Sun beating down on your head and shoulders.  Oh yeah, and you'll never forget the sound of  thousands of cheering ecstatic people packed shoulder-to-shoulder in a tiny street.  This is La Tomatina... and you are going to love it.

Before you plan your trip to La Tomatina, there are definitely a few things you should know in advance so you don't make any rookie mistakes.

Our tour group with ThisIsValencia in front of the Torres de Serranos

Buy your entry ticket or opt into a group tour for La Tomatina.  Doing a group tour makes a lot of sense since you have someone to bus you into the city of Bunol (where La Tomatina happens) in the early morning, and also to take you back to Valencia after the fight is over.  You could always try and do it yourself, but this means you'll need to figure out your own way to Bunol and how to get back after all the madness is over.

Depending on your group tour, the majority of tours I found will give you a festival shirt, goggles, food, transportation, and the entry ticket to get in.  My friends and I used ThisIsValencia, which was perfect for our group.  For about 85 euros (a 5 euro discount for early booking), we got sweet t-shirts, goggles, paella lunch, transportation to and from Bunol, a happy hour event the night before in Valencia, unlimited beer and soda during lunch time, La Tomatina official entry ticket, and a relaxing afternoon at the public pool. Honestly, it may be a good thing for you to take a dip in a pool before you get into your shower with all that tomato sludge...

Much needed Paella lunch at the park

Know the schedule of events.  Get to Bunol in the early AM (a lot of people arrive around 9 or 10 am) so you are able to make your way down through the city to the tomato fight area-- it's about a 20 minute walk or more, depending on how often you stop and buy sangria or beer along the way.  Once you get to the street, everyone will already be packed in like sardines, watching others attempt to climb the greasy ham pole.  At 11:00 am, a cannon will sound, which marks the start of the fight.  At 12:00 pm, another cannon will sound and this ends the fight.  Everyone will then make their way back up the hill through the city towards the buses.  Along the way, locals will hang hoses over their balconies or rig them up in the street to help you wash off your new tomato-filled outfit.

Record the Moment.  One of my biggest regrets, is that I didn't prepare any way of bringing a camera with me.  We got a waterproof disposable camera in Bunol on our way into the fight, and it broke after 12 pictures...all of the pictures BEFORE the fight started.  So buy one from home and bring it with you.  Or, get yourself one of those waterproof phone cases, go-pro case, or what have you.  You will have hilarious moments, and no one will believe how insane this event is without some photo documentation.

Climb the greasy ham pole.  I'm sorry, what?  Yes...there is a greasy pole with a GIANT ham affixed to the top.  The object is to climb the pole covered with lard and bring down the entire ham before La Tomatina begins.  This is a lot harder than it looks, and apparently no one has gotten the ham down before 11:00 am (the cannon signal) the past 4 years.  The base of the pole has a mish-mash of people climbing on top of each other to get up to the ham.  People are ripping off each other's shirts, shoes, and skin.  My fiance decided to try his luck at this and he ended the afternoon with welts, shoeprints on his body, sunburned, shoeless, and had the time of his life.  Watch this video of the event-- if you skip to 19:00, he's the guy without the shirt climbing the ham pole.  It seems the locals don't particularly want the tourists to get the ham, so people are also being pulled down left and right-- girls, boys, it doesn't matter.  Overall there is a spirit of chaotic camraderie.  Plan to get in there and try your luck!

Wear the right attire!  Many people are encouraged to wear white so you can see how tomato stained you get...  But it really is a free for all.  Some people wear elaborate costumes (Power Rangers crew, anyone?), matching group outfits, swim suits, old "throw away" clothes, athletic clothing, or in my case the standard cotton shorts and tour t-shirt.  Don't expect your clothes to ever be the same after this, unless you are able to get it into a laundry machine within a few hours.  The tomato stench takes a few washes to get out, and your clothes may be altered by the tomato acidity.  A lot of people wear clothes they don't care about then simply peel it off and dump it in the trash cans on their way back to the buses.  

Our awesome knock-off Crocs
Let's talk shoes.  This is probably the most important part-- because you will be up to mid-calves in La Tomatina splendor. You NEED to have footwear that'll stay put on your feet.  If you plan on climbing the greasy ham pole, you will definitely need real shoes.  For those that plan on staying out of the pole-climbing action, a pair of canvas shoes, crocs, or tennis shoes will work just fine.  Just remember that your shoes are going to get real nasty, so don't bring your favorite pair.  You also don't want to wear your ONLY pair of travel shoes too.  If you forget your shoes, swing by an H and M store or a gift shop in Valencia to buy a knock-off pair of crocs for a few euros.  I kept my shoes on for the event and then ditched them after I got back to the bus.

Getting a tomato thrown into your eye really hurts, and the juice will burn too.  I'd try and secure a pair of goggles that will survive through the fight. The "swimming" goggles the tour company gives you won't do anything.  They end up fogging up and cutting off the circulation around your head.  If you are really serious about wearing protective eyewear, then opt for the scuba gear style goggles. 

Position yourself for optimal tomato fighting.  Everyone is already packed shoulder to shoulder and when the fight starts it only gets more crowded.  Huge trucks filled with tomatoes and their throwers slowly forge through the alley way and people are shoving to get out of the way.  If you are in the epicenter of the alley (near the ham pole) you will not have much room to move, much less bend down to pick up and throw a tomato at anyone.  If you are up against or near a wall in the alley, chances are you will get smashed against it every time a truck comes.  My friends and I set up in one of the alley ways around the corner from the main street.  Even though it was still crowded, we had enough room to pick up and throw tomatoes... which is what you will want to be doing.

Ditch tomato shreds, seeds, and sticky clothing as you wind your way through the city back up to the buses.  Kind strangers will hang their hoses over the balcony, but you will find long lines of other festival go-ers trying to wash off too.  For the ladies, if you wear a bathing suit underneath it's easiest to simply take off your clothes and wash off your body and clothing separately.  Tomato seeds are tricky little buggers and are extremely difficult to get rid of.  It's even easier if you decide to throw away your tomato sodden garb all together, wear your bathing suit back to the bus, then change into a fresh outfit for the rest of the day. If you plan on bringing your clothes back, then bring a plastic bag to keep it in.

Alright now you know the secrets to a successful La Tomatina festival! Now get out there go adventuring!  

For the rest on Spain travel, see my Packing List, Malaga and Marbella, Madrid and Barcelona, and Valencia and Ibiza posts.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

[travels] Valencia and Ibiza, Spain

Man oh man, if you plan on going to Valencia or Ibiza, you are in for a real treat.  My travel comrades insisted on going to the beach in every city that was beach eligible... and the verdict is that Valencia wins the prize for the best beach! Really and truly, it wins over Ibiza.  We came from Barcelona to Valencia to attend La Tomatina (see my Survival Guide), and Ibiza has been on my bucket list for some time now.  

Day 10

A beard made out of worms... delightful!

We left our modern Barcelona apartment and took a rather untimely Renfe train to Valencia.  The same exact movie, Detective Dee (martial arts movie, very interesting to watch without sound or captions), was playing on the screens and it gave me a bit of deja vu from the Madrid to Barcelona train ride two days ago since the same movie was playing.  3 hours and some anxiety later, we arrived (late) in Valencia and headed to our apartment.  We were staying in old town and I couldn't have been happier with the location.  There were amazingly quirky art peices all over-- if my neck could rotate 360 degrees, that would have been helpful.

Lucky enough to have this piece below our apartment

We spent the rest of the afternoon in search of La Tomatina gear to wear the next day.    We scored some sweet knock off Croc shoes at bargain prices and made our merry way exploring through town.  I was intermittenly battling a bad case of the bubblies (my endearing term for indigestion) so I had to rest for a bit while my companions headed to the beach.  When I felt better, I decided to do some exploration and came across a slew of museums within a one mile walking radius.  So many choices! It was difficult to narrow them down....  I wanted to visit the army figure museum (Museo L'Iber), but decided to go with Casa Museo Benlliure-- the family home of an influential Valencian painter.  It was an antique appreciator's dream inside and I really had to refrain myself from touching things. 

A bat and a crown at the Torres de Serranos

Feeling elated after my visit to Casa Museo Benlliure (my yelp review), I made my way back towards the apartment.  A giant tower called Torres de Serranos called out to me, begging to be climbed.  I eyed the stairs leading up into the tower and promptly bought my ticket.  The city of Valencia does a great job branding their many cultural attractions, and you will find city maps all over the place.  What's more, everything is at a marginal price of several euros or less.  Torres de Serranos offers a great view of the city at an adrenaline pumping height due to the low clearance of the walls.  Yes, I probably stood too close and leaned a little too much over the edge... but what's life without a little nervous sweat?  I had such a blast imagining myself living in medieval times and fantasizing what it'd be like to shoot my flaming bow and arrows through the narrow slits in the tower.

Lodging: Airbnb apartment

Day 11

La Tomatina -- see the Guide...
Lodging: Airbnb apartment

Day 12

We boarded our early morning flight on RyanAir to Ibiza.  Here's my two cents on RyanAir in case you are thinking of using them...  read all of the fine print before you book.  Checking in a bag costs an arm and a leg (upward of 30 euros!!!) and you need to check in beforehand otherwise they'll charge you 70 euros to check in at the airport.  What...?!  There are other weird quirks so be sure to read it all through before you pay for anything.

Avoided the gnarly line at Amnesia because we got tickets online

I don't have too many pictures in or of Ibiza... honestly at this point I was a bit sleep deprived, still suffering from a bad case of the bubblies, and to top it off our "charming" apartment had no A.C.   The rest of the day pretty much went -- beach -- nap -- eat -- nap -- makeup -- Cream at Amnesia to see Deadmau5.  We decided to buy VIP tickets (clutch! no wait in line) at Amnesia after reading multiple reviews about how crowded the place gets.  The 20 extra euros bought us a lot of extra breathing room and a nice view of the stage below.  As for Deadmau5's set?  I've seen him a few times, and this was definitely on the mellow side.

Lodging: Airbnb apartment

Day 13

BassJackers at Space

More of the Ibiza life ensued-- eat--pool (snuck into a hotel pool, haha) -- eat -- nap -- eat -- makeup -- Space to see BassJackers and Ferry Corsten.  Clearly, there is a theme here in Ibiza.  If you like dancing, the beach, and disco napping, this is the place for you.  EDM dominates the music scene and I quickly developed a strong affinity for the number one hit this summer, "Prayer in C" by Robin Schulz.  I had such a great time at Space and was pleasantly suprised by how mind-blowing awesome Ferry Corsten's set was.  BassJackers also impressed, but I knew he was going to kill it just because his music is pure energy anyways.

Lodging: Airbnb apartment

Day 14

Outside our bedroom window at the Russafa Youth Hostel

It was supposed to be more relaxing, but then I double checked my plane tickets and realized my flight back to Valencia was 2 hours earlier than I had planned.  So we ate quickly in the downtown area, and packed up our things and headed back to Valencia.  This time, we stayed in the modern part of Valencia in a hostel operated by the sweetest person ever.  My fiance and I rode the bus over to the beach so I could experience the magnificent sand for myself.  This beach had the biggest, softest, whitest, stretch of sand that went on and on.  The water (even though it's all been the Mediterranean Sea) was so warm you could walk right in without the slightest shiver.  I die.

Valencia has an enormous amount of restaurants to choose from, and it was not an easy feat to find the "last dinner in Spain" restaurant.  Luckily, we found (fancy but affordable!) and rounded out the trip with the perfect meal.

Day 15

I soaked up the last few hours in Spain by walking around town in search of a mailbox that had a slot big enough to fit my mobile hotspot return package.  This was surprisingly difficult to find...  I visited two different mailboxes across town and made my fiance try and jam the package in to no avail.  We took the package with us to the airport and found the mail slots of the airports were huge.  Huh.  I gave Spain, and my favorite city Valencia one last look as the plane took off into the air.

Seven cities and fifteen days later, I was now headed back home.  I reveled at all the great meals, siestas, sights, and how much fun I had on this trip.  It's the perfect place to visit with friends because there really is something for everyone to do-- museums, cultural sites, dancing, eating, beaches, and that hot, hot Spanish Sun that gives you a beautiful glow.  Of course on the plane I'm already scheming my next travel adventure... which may be a little ways away.  For now, stay tuned for many more LIFE adventures up ahead.

My Ibiza Summer Reveries

1. Prayer in C - Lilly Wood & The Prick & Robin Schulz

2. Faded - Zhu

3. Rather Be - Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne

Monday, September 8, 2014

[travels] Madrid and Barcelona, Spain

Hopping to a new city every two nights is not for the faint of heart... it takes commitment, good planning, and a lot of caffeine.  Lady Luck was on my side this time, and I had all three.  Plus, my amazing (borrowed) Rimowa carry-on sized suitcase and backpack made the transit experience a lot more enjoyable.  How so?  Lighter = way...WAY better.  And the smooth rolling action of the suitcase on a tiled floor just made me want to melt.  Does anyone else ever feel that way? 

At the Malaga train station
We woke up in the early morning in our 'home base' Marbella, took a taxi to the Marbella bus station and rode a bus over to the Malaga train station.  From there, we took beautiful bullet train to Madrid that we had booked through Rail Europe (Renfe).  As a side note, Renfe generates ticket prices variably... so its pricing is based on demand.  Buy early and save more.

Day 6 (Marbella / Madrid)

The dining room in the Palacio Real

I bought tickets to visit the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) in advance because I wanted to avoid waiting in queues.  Time is precious when you are travelling!  If you know you want to go somewhere, then you should definitely buy tickets beforehand.  I've noticed that major Spanish attraction ticket websites require you to specify a window of time you will be arriving, so plan accordingly.  This palace is definitely drool-worthy, complete with decoration themes in every room, a throne room, and a chapel to top it all off.
Lodging: Airbnb apartment

Day 7 (Madrid)

Real Jardin Botanico
If you have an interest in art, but only plan on visiting a museum or two in Madrid, then you should probably head over to the Prado Museum.  It houses a mind-boggling amount of European art that dates back centuries.  If you were to look at each piece between 15-45 seconds, you could easily spend 6 hours here... maybe more than that.  Luckily, there is a great cafeteria inside where you can have a meal and rejuvenate over coffee and jamon. After the museum, we basked in the sun at the Real Jardin Botanico (Royal Botanical Garden).  Spotted two cats and saw wonderful vegetation.
Lodging: Airbnb apartment

Day 8 (Madrid / Barcelona)

Ciutadella Park

I woke up early the morning we needed to leave for Barcelona, thinking that I could poke around Madrid, catch some breakfast, and maybe even see the Telefonica museum at it's headquarters.  It wasn't long before I realized that 9 am was just way too early on Spanish time.  It was actually exceedingly difficult to find anywhere to eat that wasn't a franchise (I try to avoid franchises that are prevelant in the U.S. when traveling).  I finally found a nice spot that doubled as an art gallery, and ate my muffin as I waited for Madrid to wake up.  We hopped back on the train and headed to Barcelona.

Our airbnb in Barcelona was situated within 15 minutes walk of La Sagrada Familia, and quite close to the Torre Agbar (Agbar Tower)-- an odd futuristic structure resembling a shiny fountain pen. We took a leisurely stroll towards the beach, stopping for a few moments at the Ciutadella Park to soak up Spanish Sunday Funday in all it's glory.  There are tons of things you can do there, ranging from paddle boating to zoos.  Impressive.

Sala Razzmatazz
That night upon my sister's recommendation, we headed to the nightclub Sala Razzmatazz.  I validated it's quality by checking yelp, and was satisfied to find it ranked at a solid 4 stars with 50 reviews or so.  The only thing I can say is, we must have come on the wrong night. The go-go dancer was smirking maniacally in a striped overall outfit with a chainsaw...

Lodging: Airbnb apartment

Day 9 (Barcelona)

La Sagrada Familia

A few hours of sleep later, I woke up to head out to La Sagrada Familia.  It is an amazing structure designed by the visionary Antoni Gaudi.  In fact, it is still being built and aims for completion within the next 20 years.  If you only went to one attraction in Barcelona, this is it.  An astounding cathedral with intricate details and design precision.  Every sight, sound, and sense has been optimized for beauty, and Gaudi's vision has been painstakingly executed down to the monochromatic glass panes.  Buy tickets in advance online, and it'll save you an hour or more wait in the queue.  Also, opt in to buy tower tickets and wind your way up the La Sagrada towers for an extra special view.  

Casa Batllo

We gave ourselves an hour and a half from La Sagrada to get over to Parc Guell, the site of Casa Museu Gaudi (Gaudi's residence in his later years) and also a public park filled with his designs.  Take a taxi unless you really need to burn off the bread and cheese you've been eating.  Prepare for an uphill battle.  I spent the rest of the day on a Gaudi scavenger hunt around Barcelona to check out his other works, including Casa Batllo.  We rounded out the evening at a steak house, and went to bed completely wiped out.

Lodging: Airbnb apartment

---Next Destination: Valencia for La Tomatina Festival---

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

[travels] Malaga and Marbella, Spain

Our first few minutes in Spain were spent in an anxiety-ridden adrenaline rush from the prospect of losing our luggage.  Alas, whoever worked at the luggage desk was taking their siesta for an undetermined amount of time... luckily our luggage turned up in a separate room-- crisis averted.

 The taxi dropped us off near a canal and we walked 10 minutes or so into the heart of the city. Talk about Sunday Funday! People were teeming the streets drinking Malaga's signature Cartojal wine, dancing, and cheering loudly. We managed to squeeze past with our suitcases and knew that this trip was going to be great. 

Day 1 (Malaga)

The beautiful Malaga cathedral was just a few minutes away and the image of the sun setting on this construction was breath taking. 

Gelato options here are mind boggling.... Including a Facebook flavored gelato.  I wonder what that would taste like...?

Ah yes, the evening rounded out with tapas and a cerveza (beer) for dinner.  Andthenmyfiancewentoutgotlostforseveralhoursandiwasworriedsickandeventuallyhadthehostelreceptiondeskcalllocalhospitalstoseeifhisbodywasturnedinthere.  But let's not talk about that.

Lodging: Feel Hostels City Center, Malaga

Day 2 (Malaga / Marbella)

Exploring Malaga is so easy. There are just so many tiny alley ways to go down, tapas eateries to pique your interest, and giant flowers in the hair of beautiful people! Best of all? A ton of historic sites and a juxtaposition of old and new everywhere you go. 

I stumbled upon a lovely farmers market and stopped in to marvel at the assortment of meat, fresh seafood, vibrant vegetables. This beautiful painted glass mural took up the entire top portion of the building.  

We met up with our travel mate and proceeded to tapas (where we were first introduced to patatas bravas), gelato at the harbour, and visited Acazaba.  It was then time to meet up with our rideshare service, arranged through .  This was my first time using it, and we had a wonderful experience with a friendly driver.  We had a blast using google translate to carry the conversation and we were able to piece together some mutual understanding.  For 6 euros per person, we got a ride from Malaga to Nueva Andalucia in Marbella... cheap!!!  By the way, operates throughout Europe, so consider using it to hitch a ride if you are on a budget.

We checked into the timeshare in Marbella, went to the grocery store to load up on snacks (ham, cheese, and bread) and then we went out to dinner.  We all had a good laugh over getting served long island iced teas that tasted like diet coke.  The waiter told us maybe they used "light alcohol" to make the drink.   Intriguing concept...

Day 3 (Marbella)

We eagerly awaited the arrival of two other travel mates to join us that day.  Once they arrived, we went about the usual routine of beach/pool time.  Marbella is a wonderful place to enjoy the Mediterranean Sea and has plenty of amenities to make your experience luxurious.  It's definitely a place where the rich and famous come to play.

Day 4 (Marbella)

We decided to explore "old town" on this day and had a bit of trouble navigating the bus system to get over there.  The white flags went up and we hopped on taxis to get to the destination.  Old town Marbella is simple adorable!  There are restaurants galore and the streets are narrow, winding, with inclines and dips to give you a workout.  Historical sites are abundant and you could really spend a half day to full day exploring.  I highly recommend taking the Sky Blue ferry back to Puerto (port) Banus so you can soak in the amazing view of the mountains.

That evening a few of us decided to go see DJ Benny Benassi at the nightclub, Olivia Valare for a spendy 70 euros.  A painful cost, but a priceless night of fun.  Olivia Valare is a glammed up club, complete with canopy beds, abundant lounge seating, and queue-free bathrooms.  

We managed to snag a picture with DJ Benny Benassi

Day 5 (Marbella) 

Another day on the beach / pool circuit.  We decided to go back to old town for dinner and had a lovely (and pricey) meal at Il Cantuccio.  The restaurant is actually owned by a German woman named Brigitta, who took great care in explaining where she sourced her ingredients from.  With our bellies full and pockets a little lighter, we slept soundly that night.

--- Next destination: Madrid and Barcelona ---

Friday, August 15, 2014

[travels] Spain Summer Travel 2014 -- Female Packing List

14 Days during August in Spain: Malaga, Marbella, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and Ibiza

 I'm banking on warm weather between 73-85 degrees throughout the duration of our trip.  This makes things a lot easier because summer clothing takes up less room, which means I can pack more.  Everything packed into a carry-on suitcase and a backpack.... I'm getting good at this, aren't I?  I also made sure I had a lock on my suitcase and my backpack to deter anyone who might want to peek at my belongings.



  • Tan and white wedged sandals
  • Flip flops
  • Grey platform wedges
  • White loafers


  • 4 Shorts (black, tan, white, white lace)
  • 2 Skinny jeans (blue and grey) **could have done with one pair only**
  • Maxi skirt (poppy red)
  • Capris (white)
  • 3 Pajama bottoms

  • 3 Dresses (2 clubbing and 1 purple daytime)
  • 2 Sleeping shirts
  • 3 Light sweaters **could have done with 1 sweater only**
  • 7 Blouses / Button Ups
  • 3 Camisoles
  • 5 Tank tops
  • 1 black blazer **did not end up using at all**

  • Cross body purse (brown)
  • Wristlet
  • 2 swimsuits
  • 4 necklaces (2 silver, 2 gold)
  • 1 watch
  • Mixed metal bracelets

Usual Suspects
  • Makeup
  • Medicine **forgot my tums and immodium and sorely regretted it.  Used dayquil and nyquil**
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Shampoo
  • Undergarments
  • Sunblock **blazed through tons of sunblock since we reapplied multiple times per day**

It feels good to be packed and ready to go.... and it feels even better to be crossing off another adventure on my bucket list!  Here we come Malaga, Marbella, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and Ibiza!

Heading to Japan this winter?  See my packing list and itinerary.