Travelling Light

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In my last post I said I have a few of these wool ponchos… 

So, here’s another one, worn instead of a jacket. It’s a very casual piece, yet it provides a little bit of drama and sophistication to this otherwise very plain outfit.

But the poncho is also the perfect travel piece: it goes with any outfit, and you can wrap it around yourself on the plane. And when you travel, you get a bit lazy as far as clothes are concerned, and need all your clothes to multitask. And if you travel a lot (as in every weekend, as I’ve been doing lately, commuting between two homes…), you might want to travel light.

This time, going to the U.K., I had just a tote bag (the one you see here). And it was wonderful: no fussing about the luggage at the airport, no dragging a trolley across London… Of course, I do realise that this is only possible because I’m commuting between our home in Finland and the house we have in England, and there’s a wardrobe bursting with clothes waiting for me wherever I happen to be heading… Still, having no luggage made travel almost bearable.

Yes, it may come as a surprise, but I really do not enjoy travelling. Going to places is fine, interesting, exhilarating even at times. But the actual travelling bit (as in, airports, luggage, passport controls…) stresses me out. And when you do that every week… It’s usually my darling husband who commutes every week (my visits to the U.K. tend to be less frequent but of longer duration), but lately I’ve been doing more of it. And I’m beginning to understand how stressful it is…

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smart casual over 40

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Outfit details:

poncho: Marja Kurki / t-shirt: Gap / trousers: Marks and Spencer / 

shoes: Clarks / bag: Furla / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs
location: Bayswater, London

Do you like to travel light?



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  1. Patti
    21 May 2017 / 11:56 pm

    I've been in awe of your travel schedule, although having a well stocked closet in each home must be a great help. Love, love this poncho. Thanks for linking, xo-Patti

    • Tiina L
      24 May 2017 / 6:47 pm

      Well, that's life in a long-distance relationship… Thanks, Patti!

  2. Regine Karpel
    22 May 2017 / 10:06 pm


    • Tiina L
      24 May 2017 / 6:47 pm

      Thank you.

  3. Jill James
    23 May 2017 / 12:12 am

    Great colour in your poncho , it would work with so many outfits.I certainly can understand with the amount of travel you do that to travel light would be the only way to go.

    • Tiina L
      24 May 2017 / 6:49 pm

      Thanks, Jill. This one is my favourite, but I have 5 of these ponchos (in two shades of red, one blue, one off-white and one in purple plaid).

  4. mummabstylish
    23 May 2017 / 12:52 pm

    Fab colours, this outfit works well for you.

    • Tiina L
      24 May 2017 / 6:49 pm

      Thanks, Jacqui. I guess I should believe it finally: red is my colour…

  5. Jessica Jannenga
    23 May 2017 / 2:41 pm

    Love the colors here on you!!The poncho takes the look to another level and the pink bag is the perfect compliment. I like to pack light myself!Thanks for linking jess

    • Tiina L
      24 May 2017 / 6:50 pm

      Thanks, Jessica. I love these ponchos, they're so easy to wear and go with anything.

  6. Suzanne Carillo
    23 May 2017 / 7:42 pm

    I can see where travelling that much would be exhausting. All that waiting…bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      24 May 2017 / 6:51 pm

      Oh yes… But at least our home in Finland is only 10 minutes from the airport, it makes it a bit easier arriving late at night.

  7. Rose Nika
    25 May 2017 / 3:37 pm

    Love the colors! Life is just RosieInstagram

  8. Nicole Mölders
    26 May 2017 / 3:31 am

    Nice casual look. Thanks for joining the Top of the World Style linkup party.

  9. Elegance and Mommyhood
    26 May 2017 / 3:52 pm

    I have never really traveled light but I have done so a couple of times and still had many successful outfits of a few pieces. Commuting so often between Finland and England you got to travel light but you are one stylish woman. I love that you make a good use of all of your pretty ponchos. You did it once again!Welcome by and join my new linkup from this week. It just went so share your beautiful style. Thanks, Ada. =)

    • Tiina L
      27 May 2017 / 10:58 am

      Thanks, Ada! I think it comes down to laziness, to be honest… Travelling all the time, you sort of get tired of all the hassle and just decide to make do with less..

  10. Emma Peach
    30 May 2017 / 11:24 am

    I wish I could travel light, I'm terrible for stuffing extra things in the case at the last minute in a mad panic. I love the poncho – I have one in bright fuchsia and it's great for travelling. Thanks for linking up :-)Emma

  11. Shelbee On The Edge
    30 May 2017 / 1:29 pm

    This shade of red is so stunning on you, Tiina! Also, this post is featured as a favorite on my link up today! Thanks for sharing

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