build an essential travel wardrobe | travel diary french river cruise pt. 2

  1. CIndy L says:

    I would love to hear more about this cruise — as I’d love to book one too. Looks beautiful.

    Also, thanks for showing how to wear skinny jeans with booties. I have struggled with inseam length on jeans to wear with my booties for a while. I see that you’re wearing a capri-length pair, so that the jeans don’t “bunch” around the tops of the booties. Tucking skinny jeans into tall boots is a no-brainer, but sometimes I like the look of ankle-booties with jeans, as you’ve shown here. Any other tips on this would be welcome!

    • Beth Djalali says:

      there will be a full recap of the cruise in early november. stay tuned!

      the jeans are ankle-length not capri but they skim the tops of the ankle booties. the current trend is to show some skin between the booties and jeans. flared jeans and booties are tres chic.

      • Rose says:

        I like the look of the ankle jeans with booties and I’ve seen others showing a little skin. That’s fine, but what do us northerners do when it’s freezing outside? Do we show skin and use no-show socks or is there some other suggestion to keep warm? I’m talking about when you don’t want or need to wear knee high boots. You can probably get by with the look even during your winters in Georgia.

  2. nancy page says:

    Thank you for sharing your trip photos.
    I ache to return to Europe.

  3. Francine says:

    My travel wardrobe is based around black, white, gray and accent color of red i.

  4. Becky Taylor says:

    I have certainly enjoyed your trip to Europe and it reminds me of my trios in the past. I only wish I had your packing tips at that time……I do admit I did exsist for almost a month in Europe with only a carryon and backpack. At that time jeans were a no no so I had to rely on more wash and wear travel clothing so jeans are a definite great addition!
    I remember all of the wonderful concerts in such unique venues in Paris, Venice and Bergen!

  5. Linda L says:

    We enjoyed Rouen, the death place of Joan of Arc, 8 years ago. Such a pretty town! When we visited it was rainy & cool even though it was August. I always pack at least 3 scarves that can double as a wrap. On that trip I was glad to have something to keep the chill out. Looks like you had good weather!

  6. Mary Ann says:

    Hi Beth, I wish that I had had some of your tips for condensing a travel wardrobe when we took a 3-week river cruise with an extension on either end, making for a one-month trip. It was a wonderful trip, but I was overwhelmed by the packing. I’m so enjoying your photos!

    • Beth Djalali says:

      packing can be stressful especially if your trip is mover than seven days long! but in the end a vacation should be full of memories and fun! not the stress and strain of what to wear. so don’t sweat the small stuff. just enjoy!

  7. Sandi Bush says:

    I would like to know what size suitcase you used for the trip.

  8. Violet L O'Brien says:

    Photos are beautiful! Love your outfits and the way you look wearing them. Glad you are travelling and enjoying life. Blessings be with you always!

    • Beth Djalali says:

      thanks so much, violet. this was a bittersweet trip for me as mr. style wasn’t by my side. he would have loved the river cruise and the wonderful food and scenery. but i’m so thankful jr. style got a taste of france.

  9. Brenda S says:

    I would love to travel but my husband does not. Your trip looks wonderful.

  10. Susan says:

    Beth love Rouen! I have to say I am not a fan of the distressed jeans. I think if your over 50, you can move on from distressed jeans. Love the outfit with the black slacks and blazer. What an exciting trip, hope you are enjoying!

    • Beth Djalali says:

      we ate lunch at a very rustic restaurant that served traditional french dishes. afterward, we walked the streets of Rouen soaking in the history at every turn.

      i always chuckle at the the reaction to distressed jeans from women over fifty. short skirts and distressed jeans are always a polarizing topic for women of a certain age. i wonder why? style should always represent what you want to wear. not what others think is appropriate to wear.what does age have to do with style anyhoo?

  11. Suzanne M Smith says:

    That chateau! Magnifique! I remember traveling all along the Loire valley and going through a number of chateaux, but not sure I’ve seen this one. Lovely! You look chic and it sounds like it was a delightful trip.

    • Beth Djalali says:

      what a wonderful trip, suzanne! a river cruise is an easy way to visit the smaller towns scattered throughout france. and, of course, omaha beach was the highlight of the trip. it was a somber day.

  12. Cheryl says:

    On my very first trip to Europe, ( Rome, Florence and Tuscany) I packed like my French girlfriend advised me to pack…one small suitcase and carryon.
    I wore a pair of jeans in the plane, packed a pair of tan pants and black pants. Houndstooth blazer in back and tan. Good pair of black loafers. One packable black dress, low heeled black sandals. About 6 or 7 tops…ranging from cotton t-shirts, to white blouse, black tunic sweater, black dressy sweater, rust sweater top. A few others ( can’t remember).
    I was dressed well for every occasion..lots of sightseeing, casual dinners, one or two dressy dinners.
    However, I wanted to burn my clothes by the time we got home after a 12 day trip.
    I have yet to repeat that goal on subsequent trips to Europe. Usually overpack and regret it.
    What you’ve shown here so far looks wonderful. Will try to duplicate your choices in my next trip abroad.
    By the way, you look marvelous.

    • Gwen Ewing says:

      Love seeing your trip pics! Getting great tips for clothes. My husband and I are going to Rome for 8 days December 3, and I am planning my outfits. I hope to take just what I need and be stylish and comfortable! Please tell me about the Easy Spirit boots, I love them and plan on buying that pair. Are they a good shoe for this trip, they are darling. Thanks pretty lady!

  13. Sue says:

    Beth, I love your comment wearing distressed jeans at our age. Yesterday when my husband and I walked into a brewery for an early dinner, a young (about 20) year old went crazy over my white low Chuck Taylor sneakers. I was wearing a pair of navy Talbots knit slim pants, a navy/white stripe tee, and a jean jacket. Oh, I just turned 69.

  14. Janet Park says:

    Hi Beth I am sitting on my balcony looking at the Great Pyramid of Giza on the 1st day of a Scenic Trip to Egypt and Jordan. We are then going to Europe and England, in all 8 weeks. Packing has been a challenge as have only a case of 20 kgs each. We did the same cruise you have just done 2 years ago, as my husband wanted to see where both his grandfathers had fought during the WW1. By coincidence we were at the American cemetery on July 4th and witnesses a very moving memorial service. This is our 4th Scenic tour in 4 years so highly recommend them as a tour company. Regards

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