Short trip to San Francisco Packing List

Nicole Voris

I pride myself on being a light packer.  I try to make it a game with myself to see how efficiently I can pack without missing anything I need.  With ballet though sometimes it feels like I need to pack two wardrobes, one for the studio and one for the street.

Here is what I brought:

Here’s what’s on the packing list.

Dance clothes:

  • 2 Ballet Zaida Leotards
  • 1 pair of black tights
  • 1 pair of bootie shorts
  • 1 theraband
  • 1 tennis ball
  • 1 pair of warm up pants
  • 1 pair of legwarmers
  • 1 pair of pointe shoes in good condition (to last through two classes)
  • 1 pair of flat shoes
  • 1 set of toe pads/toe spacers (not shown)
  • 1 black sweater that I will also wear as “street clothes”
  • 1 bag to use as my dance bag (I chose my favorite giraffe print bag that my mom got for me)

Regular clothes list:

  • 1 black sweater (same sweater from dance clothes list)
  • 1 pair of black jeans
  • 1 pair of black leggings
  • 3 shirts (one crop top, one turtle neck long sleeve, and one white blouse)
  • 6 pairs of underwear
  • 2 socks
  • 1 bra
  • 1 set of warm pajamas
  • 1 leather jacket (San Francisco can be cold all year round)
  • 1 pair of flats
  • 1 pair of ankle boots


  • My cross body bag that I will use as a purse
  • A tripod for my iphone
  • Cosmetics/toiletry bag
  • My reusable water bottle

Electronics (not shown above)

  • Iphone 6 plus
  • Ipad Mini
  • Charger
  • Headphones
  • My reusable water bottle


When making my packing list I try to choose clothes that go well together and are in the same color pallet.  I chose to go with mostly blacks and whites so that I could mix and match.  I also chose shirts that are easy to wash in the sink and that dry quickly.  My brown jacket isn’t in the white and black family, but I don’t have a problem wearing brown and black together, I personally find it aesthetically pleasing. :)

How did I pack it?  I have recently switched to using a travel backpack.  I use an Ebags weekend mother loader.  It has a ton of pockets, can pack a lot, fits my frame, and gives me much more freedom when traveling.

I packed all of my clothes and toiletries in the main pocket for convenience.  It’s easier for me if everything is together.  There is a center divider so I packed all of the dance clothes on the left and the regular clothes on the right.

I didn’t pack my boots, leather jacket, or leggings because I will wear them on the drive up.

In the back pocket regularly reserved for a laptop I packed my dance bag.

In one of the front pockets I took advantage of the organization system to pack my electronics.

I also packed my purse in that pocket so I would only have to worry about carrying my backpack when we get to our destination.

Fully packed!  I still have tons of room in the backpack and could probably fit twice as much! San Francisco, here we come!

Sustainable Fashion

Nicole Voris

Last week Emma Watson brought attention to eco friendly fashion by wearing a dress made from recycled plastic bottles to the Met Gala.  I thought it was so cool to see a celebrity, people known for wearing outfits only once, to bring attention to the idea of sustainable reusable fashion.  She and Calvin Klein worked with the company Eco Age to bring attention to this issue.  I've seen some people argue that it actually uses a lot of resources to make plastic water bottles into fabric.  It's better to use organic materials.  I understand that point and I think we should all make the switch to nice reusable glass bottles so there isn't plastic bottle waste!  I think her using this fabric brought more attention since the headline "Emma Watson's dress made out of trash!" could be used. 

Emma Watson's Met Gala Calvin Klein dress.  Photo: Venturelli/FilmMagic

Emma Watson's Met Gala Calvin Klein dress.

Photo: Venturelli/FilmMagic

My favorite concept that the company Eco Age promotes is the 30 wears concept.  The idea that you should only buy an item if you commit to wearing it thirty times.  I love this idea, and if you love it enough to wear it thirty times, I imagine that you'll love it enough to wear it 100.  

Anyway,  this concept gave me the idea to tell you guys about my wardrobe.  When Oliver and I lived in Texas we had a 900 square foot apartment with a walk in closet plus two more additional hall closets.  It didn't feel like we had that much stuff and before we moved we took multiple full car loads to goodwill.  

When we got to Los Angeles we moved into a 470 square foot apartment with one hall closet. It was stressful trying to make everything fit, but we made it work.  This made me realize how much stuff we had that we didn't even particularly like,  much less love!  Over the last year and a half we have embraced minimalism throughout our life.  For this post I will specifically focus on my wardrobe.

I realized that I owned a lot of items of clothing that I felt meh about.  I didn't like them and I didn't like how I felt in them, but I kept them because I felt like a "should."  It's weird when we get tied up to items because they were gifts, hand me downs, we spent money on them and feel guilty, or have weird sentimental attachments.  The fact was that I really didn't like my clothes despite my closet being packed to the brim.

In a backwards move the first thing I did was start to buy items.  I started to shop online and figure out my personal style.  I didn't buy everything at once, but I started to curate nice pieces that I could pair with my new style as well as old items I still liked.  For birthdays and holidays I would ask for specific pieces and my family so kindly obliged.   

While I was curating this new wardrobe that I LOVED, I was donating like crazy.  There's the "one in one out" rule where you can only buy something if you donate something else.  I was probably doing more of a "one in five out" rule. I took almost everything to the goodwill down the street where I hope someone else will love the items!

My wardrobe is much smaller now.  I have three dresser drawers, three shelves on our shoe unit, and about 2 1/2 feet of closet space.  That includes all my dance clothes, pointe shoes, and my wedding dress!  Now I love all my clothes and don't feel a need to shop because I don't want or need anything.

Photo by @aestheteandderive - Blue cocktail dress that was once my mom's

MUA by Dawn Sorenson

My advice if you want to pair down your wardrobe and make it more sustainable:

1. "Shop your closet"  Go through and take out the things that you absolutely love.  Go through what is left, if you don't love it donate it.

2.  Rebuild you wardrobe with pieces that go together and mix and match.  Buy high quality items that will last a long time.  A few of my favorite items of clothing were actually my mother's and grandmother's.  I often wear a blazer and maxi skirt that were my grandmother's and a pair of red cowboy boots and a blue cocktail dress that were my mom's. Nice classic pieces can last thirty plus years!

3.  Follow the 30 wears rule.  Only buy things you LOVE.  If you don't love it wait until you find something you do.

4.  Take care of your wardrobe.  Repair items instead of throwing them away.  Follow washing instructions. (You don't necessarily have to wash something after only one wear).  Get things tailored if you want a different fit.

5. Wear it!  I used to have a bad habit of "saving" my favorite outfits for a good day to wear them. If you want to wear the outfit wear it now.  If you love all your clothes you'll always have a nice outfit you love wearing.

6.  Buy second hand.  This is a rule I am now trying harder to follow.  I am not buying any new items in the near future, but next time I need something I will check second hand stores first. Just because someone didn't LOVE that item doesn't mean I won't.

7.  Finally some inspo.  (not my closet)