Shopping My Closet: a Week of Vacation Outfits

We’ve booked a spur-of-the-moment holiday – last Saturday we purchased our tickets and we’ll be off tomorrow! I’ve been super-busy, which is why I haven’t had time to write a blog post until now. I’ve decided not to purchase any new outfits for this holiday because:
1) I’d rather shop at my destination
2) There are *some* items in my closet with the tags still on! I should wear them before purchasing anything new.

Here are some of the outfits I’ve put together (I heard this great tip that you should photograph your outfits before you go on holiday so you remember what goes together – and only pack what is necessary). I’m taking several necklaces and shoes, but keeping it simple with my earrings and wristwear. (Items with  ** still had their tags on)

Old Navy top, H&M necklace, Old Navy skirt**, Payless sandal
H&M shirt, Forever21 necklace, Old Navy skirt**, Payless sandals
Forever21 top, Garage shorts, Old Navy flip flops
Old Navy top, H&M necklace, Garage Shorts, Payless Shoes
Amrita Singh Nello Necklace, Forever21 top, Old Navy jeans, Payless sandals)
Express top**, H&M necklace, Old Navy jeans, Old Navy leopard flats**
Old Navy top**, H&M necklace, Old Navy jeans, Old Navy flats**
Old Navy Dress & Sweater, Payless sandals
H&M top, H&M necklace, Garage leggings, Payless sandals

My most shamefully neglected item was the black skirt – I purchased it from Old Navy in 2008 when we were living in New York! I’m not sure about the brown leggings and sandals in my last outfit – I may switch it out with black leggings and sandals (one less pair of shoes to pack!).

I better finish up my packing now…so much to do before tomorrow! I’m taking my laptop with me, so hopefully I’ll be able to blog again next week.


  1. Beautygirl24
    January 21, 2012 / 5:54 am

    How gorgeous are you sweetie? Very! I love the idea of shopping your closet, as well as photographing everything before going on vacation. I think that's the only way to ensure a worry free holiday! I especially love that old navy maxi dress. Stunning!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 23, 2012 / 2:46 am

      Thanks Noelle! This method REALLY has helped me minimize the amount of clothes I packed – I'm definitely keeping this habit 🙂

  2. Anonymous
    January 21, 2012 / 1:05 pm

    i love your outfits, you have great taste! the black and white dress from old navy is gorgeous. I always forget about that store since it is not in the mall, I will have to make a point to visit it more often 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 23, 2012 / 2:47 am

      Old Navy is definitely my weakness – especially ordering online when they have promos. Their clothes are cute & cheap, a deadly combo for me LOL!

  3. Schnelle
    January 21, 2012 / 3:49 pm

    This is such a great idea. I'm definitely picking up this tip and using it the next time we go away because I am an overpacker. I love all of your outfits, very pretty and so are your accessories! That ruffled top from Express is my fav.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 23, 2012 / 2:51 am

      Thanks Schnelle – I'm so happy Express finally opened stores in Canada – they have such great clothes (and sales!)

  4. Connie {the beauty nerd}
    January 21, 2012 / 4:25 pm

    What a great idea to take a picture of all your outfits before your trip! It always takes me so long to pack because I have to try to figure out what looks good together – and multiply that by the number of days I'm away for! Your outfits are all super cute. Have a great trip!!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 23, 2012 / 2:54 am

      Connie – The pictures have really helped me so far – I have a terrible memory so it's good to know what goes together LOL!

  5. Alicia Michelle
    January 21, 2012 / 7:11 pm

    I LOVE the long dress and I also LOVE the red necklace! 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 23, 2012 / 2:55 am

      Thanks Alicia – I'm really enjoying the red H&M necklace, it's the perfect pop of color 🙂

  6. Something About Kerri
    January 21, 2012 / 8:10 pm

    i love your H&M turquoise necklace. I can never find it at the stores where i live anymore. Have a safe and wonderful vacation!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 23, 2012 / 2:56 am

      Thanks Kerri! I'm so glad I was able to find both the red and turquoise H&M necklaces. My turquoise necklace was the last in store – and had a bead missing – but I bought it anyway. I heard that H&M restocked the turquoise ones a couple of months later but I never found them 🙁 Hope you find one someday soon 🙂

  7. z1477
    January 21, 2012 / 11:02 pm

    Hope you have fun in the sun!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 23, 2012 / 2:57 am

      Will do – and will be wishing you were with us 🙂

  8. Jennifer
    January 22, 2012 / 3:22 am

    love the outfits!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 23, 2012 / 2:57 am

      Thanks Jennifer!

  9. Monica of
    January 23, 2012 / 1:42 am

    Love that long dress & the first two pics!Have fun!!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 23, 2012 / 2:58 am

      Thanks Monica! I bought the Maxi dress 2 years ago and haven't worn it as much as I should – a holiday is the perfect excuse to wear it more 🙂

  10. Anonymous
    January 24, 2012 / 3:24 am

    You look gorgeous in everything and I admire that you shopped your closet! I definitely need to do that more often 🙂 Thanks for the great inspiration! Have a ball on your vacation, can't wait to see the new purchases!!!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 24, 2012 / 4:52 am

      Thanks Andi – I really need to shop my closet more often. I don't think I own too many clothes – but I can't believe I had items with tags still on!!!

  11. Love Cardelia
    January 25, 2012 / 10:56 pm

    All so cute! I love EVERY single on of those necklaces..seriously so cute!xxjulie

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 31, 2012 / 2:18 am

      Thanks Julie – I ended up wearing the red necklace A LOT during my trip 🙂

  12. Audrey
    January 27, 2012 / 6:59 am

    The Old Navy maxi is super cute!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 31, 2012 / 2:19 am

      Thanks Audrey – I don't wear it as much as I should, it's super-comfy!

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