I noticed that very often when I pack for our weekend away, I take somewhat "formulaic" approach to my travel wardrobe. Last weekend, for instance, I packed two maxi dresses with two blazers. I remember packing two pairs of colored jeans or pencil skirts with two bright sweaters in the past. I understand why I do this. It allows me to mix and match my limited on-the-go wardrobe the way I like, and it really is not a bad approach at all. But I'll be honest, it bothers my spontaneous soul. When I am at home, I never plan what I am going to wear the next day. Whatever mood I am in (of course, considering what the weather is doing too) - that's what I prefer to wear. I do not have an office to go to - my office is where I am. The only person I have to please with my outfit is ME, since Justin and Anya seem to like me just the way I am, no matter what I am wearing.
WARNING: lots of travel pictures in this post.
The outfit speaks for itself. I just would like to testify once more that maxi dresses proved to be a very practical choice for a road trip. As long as I don't plan to climb mountains, I am convinced that a comfortable maxi + leggings is absolutely my cup of tea for a weekend away. And I don't plan on climbing mountains any time soon.
Suede loafers are soft and comfy, which makes them a perfect choice for a travel on a dry day. Layers of blazers or cardigans with jackets make it a very flexible for a changeable weather like ours is lately. (Spring in general is famous for changeable weather pretty much anywhere, isn't it?) Since I love bright colors, I brought a few colorful tchotchkes with me. So when I felt calm and peaceful and the one with nature, I picked warm gray and other neutrals, and when I wanted to feel cheerful and bright, I had this big magenta kaboom with merry polka dots adding to the fun.
The town we visited that day is Port Townsend. I doubt that you have ever heard of it, unless you live nearby, but it is one of the most beautiful small towns in North America I have ever seen (and I've seen quite a few in Washington and a few other states). It has the most delightful collection of Victorian houses, from the tall city type buildings to cozy and intricate homes overlooking the Puget Sound. At some point in history, Port Townsend saw itself a second New York City, or New York of the West Coast, and was booming with businesses. The New York destiny did not happen to it, mainly due to the lack of a railroad, and I am glad, frankly, since now we can enjoy the gorgeous old architecture of this quaint setting without the hustle and bustle of a big city.
Since the town is right on the shore, there are plenty of water related activities to choose from. You can take a ferry to the picturesque Whidbey Island or go on a whale watching trip (which we did a few years ago). Or just hang out by the water basking in the sun and watching the world go by, which we did happily that day.
This building is our favorite on the main street, although it is definitely not the only one worth mentioning. But it would be much longer post. Maybe some time in the future. We love coming to Port Townsend. It has everything we missed about the Midwest - gorgeous examples of architecture of the Victorian era which are abundant in many Midwestern towns, as well as Cincinnati where my husband is from and where I lived for a while.
That weekend, the town hosted its annual Victorian festival, although the main activities were finished by the time we arrived. We spotted a couple of fancy Victorian outfits on the streets, but did not snap any photos.
Springtime makes everything more attractive! The blooming flowers add even more to the sophisticated decor of the Victorian town.
There is plenty of great shopping in town - arts and crafts, books and furnishings, antiques and vintage, and of course clothing too. I was happy to discover two wonderful consignment stores - the sign below is for one of them. The owner of this shop really has a great eye for unique, artistic numbers, and I got a few things there (one of them was the floral cardigan from this post). I know I'll be back for more. Some time. Soon. I hope. :)
Dress - Old Navy. Blazer - Lane Bryant. Jacket - ASOS. Shoes - Me Too. Necklace - Talbots.
Location: Port Townsend, WA