Happy Monday! I’m spending most of the week in Georgia visiting family and friends. Today I’m actually meeting with my new virtual assistant (my daughter Abigail) to map out her job responsibilities. First up, she’s going to help me pull together three beach bags full of pool, lake or beach essentials from Amazon, Walmart and Target for you. I’ll have that post for you later this week. But today I’m sharing what I packed and wore while I was at the lake for a few days last week.
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Even as recently as Saturday I’ve had readers emailing me recently asking for outfit and packing ideas for very casual outings and vacations. These ladies are requesting ideas for those daily outfits that you can wear while playing with grandchildren, camping, canning peaches or just visiting with a friend on the back deck. As one reader put it, “I know what to wear to a formal occasion such as a wedding and I can pick out shorts and a t-shirt for a baseball game, but what do I wear for all those in between things?”
I get it. That’s pretty much where most of us live…somewhere in between fancy and forget it.
Last week James and I spent several glorious days at a friend’s lake house. Now I’m wishing I had more photos to share with you, of course. But at the time I just didn’t want to take pictures or post on social media. It was bliss to really take time off. And that’s exactly what James and I did. We completely relaxed and enjoyed our time with friends and nature. You know, it’s not only me that needed to unplug and unwind. My pastor-husband really needed just to relax.
I spent time kayaking with James, swimming, floating on a float in the middle of the cove with my friend Candy, paddle boarding, taking evening boat rides and munching on yummy food. And Candy and I talked nonstop from the minute we got there Wednesday at noon to the minute we left Friday morning, stopping only to sleep. Hahaha!
I’ve been going to Candy’s family’s lake house since we were in the 8th grade. And she and her husband, who purchased the cabin from her mom several years ago, have kept it just the same as it was in 1978 (and probably before). I mean it’s immaculately clean and tidy. And it’s very comfortable. But as Candy says, it’s one step up from camping.
And I wouldn’t change a thing either. This is where Candy and Randy welcome around a hundred brothers, sisters, in-laws, nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews each summer. For them it’s all about family and making memories and enjoying the outdoors. Oh, and there’s that wonderful southern cooking, too.
Anyhow, I tell you all of this so you’ll know what kind of trip I was packing for. I wore no makeup, barely combed my hair and stayed in my swimsuit most of the day, once I stepped onto the property. We didn’t go out to eat, nor did we stroll through a little town. We just bummed at the lake! And after the year we’ve all had…this is exactly what we needed.
What I Packed and Wore to the Lake
Here’s a graphic of everything I wore and packed. I have just a couple of photos to share with you. We’ll get to those in a minute.
To Travel to the Lake…
Travelling to the lake I wore a sleeveless fit & flare dress very similar to the one shown here. Mine is about five years old, but I absolutely love wearing it for car trips. You can’t go wrong with dresses from Title Nine. In fact, that’s one of the things Candy and I talked about. Ha!
I also wore my Tory Burch Miller Sandals (more economical option) and carried along my white linen button up shirt to wear if I got chilly. Both of these pieces were very versatile. I didn’t wear the sandals out to the dock, so I didn’t mind wearing them on the trip or in the house. And the white linen button up shirt could have doubled as a swimsuit coverup if needed.
We changed into our suits right after we ate a light lunch. I had purchased this red twist front one-piece swimsuit (also in black) earlier in the spring. As usual with swimsuits, I sized up to a 10 in this one. I found it to be very comfortable and functional.
While riding in the boat, eating at the table or going back and forth from the dock to the house, I also wore this lightweight striped crinkle cotton beach shirt. I purchased it last year, but it’s available again this year. And I wore my flip flops from Vera Bradley. Mine (not the ones pictured) are not actually available, but they have several other fun prints to choose from.
As I mentioned in this How I Really Dressed for My Day post, I like to buy a whole set of pajamas when I purchase them. And since I knew I’d be wearing pajamas in mixed company to some extent several times this summer, I thought this was a smart purchase.
I wear the sleep tank and the poplin pajama shorts to sleep in. But I add on the poplin pajama shirt and change into the poplin pajama pants when I’m out and about in the house. I also had my Enbliss bralette if needed for modesty. In fact, I wore it most of the time when I was wearing regular clothes, too.
For Lounging or Playing
When I’d change out of my swimsuit for a boat ride or a meal, I’d wear the shorts and tanks. I figured the grey Zella camp shorts (available in other colors), the green cargo shorts (another similar option), the white tank and the black tank would all mix and match so I’d have plenty of options. But I really enjoyed keeping it simple with these separates.
Plus, I like that I chose separates in earthy or neutral shades. When I go visit a resort or take a cruise, that’s a good time to wear colorful clothing. But when I’m at the lake or camping or hiking, I really like to wear the soothing and earthy shades that blend in with my surroundings. But a pretty soft blue tank or t-shirt would have worked nicely with these separates, too.
Candy and I always enjoy getting out for a good long walk when I visit. So I took along my Momentum tank , Solace Sports bra, Ultimate Stash Pocket 7″ shorts and Adidas Running Shoes and Bomba ankle socks for exercising.
We were only at the lake from Wednesday morning through Friday morning, but my small capsule wardrobe would have easily carried me through another two to four days. And, by the way, since I didn’t want to lug my larger suitcase – that I’d used to travel down to Georgia – into the cabin, I packed my little travel wardrobe in two small shopping bags. And that included my toiletries, too.
Packing Tips for a Lake Trip
If you’re packing for a similar trip or even camping this summer, I suggest the following:
- Pack light! Choose pieces that will mix and match instead of separate outfits.
- Choose moisture wicking fabrics when possible. My Zella camp shorts (available in other colors) wear cool and they dry quickly. I also wore them over my swimsuit at times.
- Pack pieces that can serve multiple purposes. I could have worn my white linen button up shirt as a topper over my tanks and shorts, a jacket over my dress, a swimsuit coverup or as a stand alone shirt.
- Enjoy the colors of nature. Choose clothing in the colors you’ll be seeing outside. That doesn’t mean you have to stick with neutrals like I did. You could still wear sky blue, sunny yellow or peony pink. I’d just stay away from neons and brights.
- Take as few shoes as possible. But make sure you have something with closed toes (for exercise and walking in the woods) and something for the dock and boat, like flip flops or other slip-ons.
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Thanks so much for stopping in for a little style inspiration. Indeed, today’s post is about those everyday clothes that don’t really require a fashion statement. But when we at least want to look pulled together and presentable, we can do that with simple separates that combine effortlessly. Have a great day!
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Blessed for My Day
Today I pray that you will have opportunity this week to see a glimpse of God’s glory through His handiwork. This past week Candy and I especially enjoyed watching and listening to the birds. One evening swallows were gleefully feasting on Mayflies over the water and one ended up in the lake. Candy’s husband rescued it and placed it on the ground tenderly. We all spoke kindly to it and hoped it would recover.
The next morning Randy got into the water early to find his prescription sunglasses. He’d lost them in the water while rescuing the bird! The bird was still lying on the grass where he’d placed it the night before. Randy spoke to it again. But this time the bird sat up. Two other larger birds came and sat on either side of the little bird (maybe it’s parents?). The swallows “talked” to Randy a bit…and then they all three flew into the air!
I don’t really know what to make of all that. I certainly don’t need to over-spiritualize it. But it was just a sweet blessing to us to see this little bird mend from his fall. I hope we all have opportunity to see glimpses of God’s glory through His creation this week.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. ~ Psalm 19:1-2