Turning Heads Linkup-Packing Lightly for a Fall Getaway-My Trip to Taos, NM - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Turning Heads Linkup-Packing Lightly for a Fall Getaway-My Trip to Taos, NM


Hello friends!

I am so excited!  Well, several days from now, we will be on our way to Taos, NM and will be staying  at the El Monte  Segrado Hotel, then off to Sante Fe for a few days. It is  within walking distance to restaurants, things to do, shops.  I am so excited to be going with my brother and sister in law, as we have wanted to take a trip together for awhile. I have never been there and look forward to seeing the historic sights, visiting the oldest vineyard, exploring the art in New Mexico, and at our hotel,  relaxing at the Internationally Award Winning “Living Spa” where my sis in law and I will relax with a Living Spa 90 min facial, pedicure and a wrap of some sort. I have actually never had a facial, so I am excited and ready to be pampered! Prior to having EDS my husband and I wanted to go to Italy, but at the time the Euro was quite expensive, then EDS reared it’s head, and the trip never happened. Taos will be a “test” to see how well I can sit for hours on a plane, walk around the city etc. I have always wanted to travel and see other cultures so this trip is long awaited.


The day we leave, the flight is very early, 6 am, so we are at the airport at 4:30 am! Jess doesn’t do early mornings! ha. I just imagine I will be taking my meds and falling asleep on the plane. If I can. I have a bit of a fear of flying, but things have improved over the years, certainly while I am in the sky. Here is the El Monte Segrado Hotel.   I am so excited!



I wanted to do a post on “Packing lightly for a fall trip” as I have always packed lightly and feel that it is unneccessary to pack so much when I am away, as mixing and matching and bringing clothes that are iron-free is practical. I can wear nice clothing, but if I wear the same outfit two days I am there, no one is going to stop me and tell me that! Comfortable shoes for sightseeing is crucial, a nice dress for dining out, and casual clothes for walking around the city is also the way I like to travel.

Just in case you missed yesterday’s post on Jambu footwear and one of the dresses I will be packing here is one pic. I am bringing this Karina dress to Taos, as it requires no ironing!  You can see the rest of the post at the linkup 🙂


Here is what I am bringing:

  • Toiletrees: I like to use hot rollers and a hairdryer for my hair, but they take up too much space. I bring a curling iron by Babybliss instead. Makeup  Dior Nude Air Foundation, YSL Primer, 1 Bobbi Brown eyeshadow palette, NARS cream blush, Lip palette MAC. Shampoo- Styling product-Soap-in 3 oz bottles per TSA.
  • Jewelry- Earrings-I wear a pair and bring a pair. I do not like to bring a lot of jewelry, as I usually will get something as a souvenoir and don’t want to lose any. Same with necklace.
  • Shoes” Sneakers for hike. Slip on wearing to airport. Block heel for dinner out. I can wear the slip ons as we walk around town. Only packing 2 pair.
  • Clothes: I wear a moto jacket on the plane, so I don’t have to pack another. Cargo pants with 2 tops. Floral dress for dinner, velvet shift  dress for going out/dinner , burgundy dressw/scarf ( wore on plane) Workout yoga clothes for hiking.


Yoga/workout clothes, Asics shoes for hiking


On the plane: Soft Jersey Knit dress, scarf, worn with black moto, later for lunch. change to black block heels.


Olive cargo pants, off the shoulder top, and slip ons. Leopard scarf. Casual dress for days of sightseeing/exploring.


Rust Off the Shoulder top , Olive Cargo pants and Burgundy slip ons, Floral dress and Zara block heels for dinner


Grant it, this cluster of clothes didn’t turn out quite like id want it, but you get the idea ;-)Black moto jacket is new ( not styled yet on the blog) as is my red velvet shift dress I am packing 🙂  Moto Jacket ( Mango) Velvet shift ( Zara) sold out ( love this)

I look forward to sharing with you my pictures from the trip and will be posting on INSTAGRAM. Follow me if you’d like to keep up with my adventure.   Let’s now have some #Turningheadstuesday Fun!


I appreciate you all here for the linkup and love to see your fall fashion! Please take some time and comment on 2 other bloggers.

Most Clicked – Tiina  from  Elegance Revisited with this funny take on her  leather skirt! Love the color palette too!


Pinterest Pic of the Week: Kirsten of LIFB blog, wearing this gorgeous pine green ensemble that I must have! 


    Posted at 04:03h, 14 October Reply

    You look so pretty in all looks, such lovely inspiration as always!


  • cheriejamesp
    Posted at 14:44h, 13 October Reply

    Love seeing what you packed, I have such a hard time packing lightly. You have done a great job thinking through your trip. Have a wonderful vacation. Enjoy your facial!


  • birdieshoots
    Posted at 23:49h, 12 October Reply

    Love your outfit pairings!!


    Kelly @Birdieshoots

  • Anna Parkes
    Posted at 16:22h, 12 October Reply

    Have a wonderful trip dear Jess! It looks and sounds amazing, especially your trip to the spa – it’s not something I’ve done either, but does sound like real luxury. I’m so impressed with your capsule wardrobe. I always think I’m going to do that, then I add loads of “just in case” items too. Can’t wait to read all about it when you return. Thanks for the linkup party again x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:44h, 12 October Reply

      Hello Anna! Thanks so much. It is going to be fun. I look forward to exploring, the art, hiking.. And yes, the spa. My sis in law and I should be pretty relaxed when were done! Thanks regarding the wardrobe, I always try my best to pack light. Will be on IG with pics and also sharing when I get back. Thanks again,lovely friend! xx

  • Meagan Brandon
    Posted at 09:41h, 12 October Reply

    Your trip sounds like it will be wonderful! I’ve never been to that part of the U.S. before, but definitely will someday. I’m looking forward to seeing what you did there! And of course, the spa sounds amazing!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:45h, 12 October Reply

      Hi Meagan, yes I am excited except for the 4 oclock wake up time! We hope to hike, explore, visit a vineyard, art, and go to the spa. Ill be on IG sharing too. xx thank you!

  • The Wardrobe Stylist
    Posted at 21:41h, 11 October Reply

    Looks like it was a great place to go on a getaway! Cant wait to see the dress and jacket styled on you. Would love if you can link up to http://the-wardrobe-stylist.com/2016/10/10/easy-diy-halloween-decorations/

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:48h, 12 October Reply

      Hi Rania we will be headed there soon! I will be taking pics and look forward to some downtime! thank you!

  • Sheree
    Posted at 17:39h, 11 October Reply

    Excited for your trip too! Love all the pieces you packed especially the olive green OTS sweater.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:05h, 11 October Reply

      Thanks so much Sheree, I look forward to sharing my pictures and experience. Ive been loving olive, so in it went! xx

  • Petite Silver Vixen
    Posted at 17:05h, 11 October Reply

    I’m so jealous of you going to a spa and having those treatments. Well, you deserve it! I hope the plane journey isn’t too difficult for you Jess and wishing you the best of holidays.
    Very organised at packing. I usually leave it to the last minute and regret that I didn’t get organised earlier but I guess with your 4.30am start (yikes!) you had to be.
    Have a wonderful time.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:07h, 11 October Reply

      Hi Jacqueline, well this is a first for me, this kind of a spa, so it should be fun. I am excited for the facial! I wasnt keep on such on early flight but meeting with my brother , so we had too. I am mostly casual with the exception of dinners. thank you!! xx

  • Lisa Maynard Morin
    Posted at 13:29h, 11 October Reply

    You are the master packer!! Have a wonderful trip XO. #linkupwithlisa @ http://www.beauty101bylisa.com/2016/10/linkupwithlisa-70-hunter-green-and.html

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:11h, 11 October Reply

      Thank you Lisa, I try and pack light 😉 xx

  • Joi @InMyJoi
    Posted at 12:21h, 11 October Reply

    Looks amazing- have a wonderful trip!!

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 11:55h, 11 October Reply

    The place looks beautiful and you are well prepared as far as packing and so color coordinated 🙂 Have a great time Jess.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:58h, 11 October Reply

      Thanks Nora, I just pull out some clothes that I can wear for several days, switching tops or blouses. I appreciate it! xx

  • garaytreasures
    Posted at 11:44h, 11 October Reply

    Cute outfits you are sharing/going to wear on vacation. Have fun and I can’t wait to read about your first facial.
    Rachel xo

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 11:35h, 11 October Reply

    You are going to love Santa Fe! My husband and I went to NM a couple of years ago and fell in love with that state and it’s culture. It is so beautiful! Santa Fe feels like your in Europe…the architecture is amazing. It was one of my all-time favorite trips!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:42h, 11 October Reply

      Great Amy! Sounds wonderful and i look forward to it, appreciate the insight! xx

  • Jennie
    Posted at 11:05h, 11 October Reply

    Oh, I am so excited for you and your trip, Jess! The place you are staying looks gorgeous. Looking forward to all your photos and hearing about it. Great color palette choice for a wardrobe remix.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:43h, 11 October Reply

      Thank you Jennie. I am good about packing light and look forward to sharing the trip too! xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:59h, 11 October Reply

      Jennie thanks very much! I can’t wait to check out the hotel and spa, glad you like my more casual wardrobe! 🙂 xx

  • Laurie Duncan
    Posted at 09:36h, 11 October Reply

    Oh, I can’t wait to see that velvet dress on you! I tend to pack light too, choosing my clothes depending on where I’m going. Hope you have a great trip! 🙂

  • Shauna
    Posted at 09:17h, 11 October Reply

    Wow, this place looks amazing! What a perfect place to relax at 🙂 Looks like you are all ready to go, my friend! Wishing you the best trip!



    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:00h, 11 October Reply

      Hi Shauna, thanks so much! I am excited and look forward to sharing my trip with you! xx

  • robjodiefilogomo
    Posted at 09:00h, 11 October Reply

    Yippee—it’s almost here!!
    I think the fear of flying is cancelled out by the fabulous time to be had! Hopefully your body will cooperate and feel great!
    I can’t wait to hear all about it, Jess!
    You are definitely a better packer than I am. Even though I know I’ll buy a couple things as souvenirs, I hate to be limited–silly, i know!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:01h, 11 October Reply

      You are right! The first plane is so darn early ,I will probably fall asleep on it! I try and not have too many items to pack. thanks Jodie! xx

  • Celia M. - HighHeeledLife.com
    Posted at 08:48h, 11 October Reply

    Sounds and looks like a wonderful get-away … I know the unknown can be scary – will I be tired from the travel? how much pain will this cause? will this set me back? how long will it take to recover when I get home? (it took me a long time, years after my accident to travel – something I so enjoyed- far away) … sending you lots of energy on the wings of angels to give you strength , endurance , so you may enjoy this trip with your loved ones. May this be the beginning of many more distant travel adventures for you my friend. Looks like you have packed some stylish and comfy outfits .. ENJOY!! <3

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:41h, 11 October Reply

      Hi Celia,
      What a lovely message! Thank you so much. Yes, you know what I was thinking. Those thoughts do go through my head, but I also just do the best I can. If I need to rest at the hotel and meet up with others lately, I do. I love that we are going with my brother and sis in law, and am ready to see somewhere new. Thank you again, I look forward to sharing pics! xx

  • Laura
    Posted at 08:44h, 11 October Reply

    You have lots of great outfit options! You did a wonderful packing job!

  • marta
    Posted at 08:38h, 11 October Reply

    Oh wow this looks like the perfect getaway for relaxing!

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 08:37h, 11 October Reply

    Wow wishing you a wonderful vacay Jess!!!

    Check out how I merged a bit of Fall and Summer in a single look at the blog this week and let me know what you think!

    Happy Tuesday!


  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 08:21h, 11 October Reply

    Great way to pack, Jess. Hope you enjoyed your time. The place looked beautiful. – Amy

  • Amy Arnold
    Posted at 07:49h, 11 October Reply

    I have always wanted to visit Taos. Looks like you have the perfect things packed. Enjoy!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    Posted at 07:46h, 11 October Reply

    How much fun! Seems like you packed really well. I am a notorious over packer 🙂 I hope you feel ok on the flight and have an amazing trip. Thanks for hosting.

  • plutrell
    Posted at 07:32h, 11 October Reply

    What a fun getaway! Thanks for the link up, Jess!

  • Kirsten Wick (@TheLIFBIssue)
    Posted at 07:12h, 11 October Reply

    This place looks amazing Jess, I wish you tons of fun but I’m sure you’ll enjoy it to the fullest. And thanks so much for liking my outfit, it makes me so happy. Much love, Kirsten xx


  • karenstrand
    Posted at 06:58h, 11 October Reply

    I love packing posts! I know #stalker. This looks like such a fun place to visit. My husband and I love to travel and Santa Fe is definitely on our radar. I look forward to hearing all about your trip! Have a wonderful time and I hope your ESD allows you some ability to get around and explore. 🙂

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    Posted at 06:55h, 11 October Reply

    The trip sounds great, and what you’ll pack looks and sounds perfect! I hope you’ll have a wonderful time and that other trips, further away, will be in your future!

    Thanks for the link up & Happy Tuesday!

  • Pam Greer
    Posted at 06:16h, 11 October Reply

    Packing is so difficult for me. I love seeing how other people pack!

  • Jill James
    Posted at 05:37h, 11 October Reply

    Enjoy your trip away Jess, its looks wonderful. Your packing looks spot on , a bit of everything.

  • nbosken
    Posted at 05:32h, 11 October Reply

    This resort looks AMAZING! I hope you have so much fun! And yes I too always try to pack light and think about what I can get the most wears out of when packing.


  • stinedurfdl
    Posted at 05:28h, 11 October Reply

    Have fun Jess! Especially enjoy that spa day!

  • dousedinpink
    Posted at 04:37h, 11 October Reply

    Cute outfits! Perfect for your getaway! No matter how much I plan, I always overpack! Enjoy your trip!

    Doused In Pink

  • vanityandmeblog
    Posted at 04:21h, 11 October Reply

    Enjoy your getaway Jess. I look forward to reading about that spa day too x

  • sequinist
    Posted at 03:50h, 11 October Reply

    I hope this is a easy and fun trip for you that shows you can manage travelling further afield in the future. It is always fun to see how other people pack for a trip; I’m terrible at it, and in no position to give advice, despite being someone who travels a lot! The colour palette of your travel wardrobe is gorgeous. Thank you for hosting, Jess. xx

  • Lizzy
    Posted at 03:21h, 11 October Reply

    I love your holiday wardrobe Jess- it’s always fun seeing what others pack for trips away. The colour palette you have chosen is lovely. I hope you have a wonderful break with your family and that you are comfortable throughout the journey. Bon voyage xxxx

  • Nancy Baten
    Posted at 02:40h, 11 October Reply

    Oh very exiting! Also because I know how it feels to find out how your Body holds up during a trip. I Cross my fingers for you that all goes very well!

  • Katie
    Posted at 02:19h, 11 October Reply

    I’ve always wanted to go to New Mexico! It looks beautiful and the hotel is gorgeous! I hope you have a fabulous trip!


  • Anna Shirley
    Posted at 02:13h, 11 October Reply

    The hotel looks great. Wish you a lot of fun Jess. o)

    Anna xoxo

  • Rena
    Posted at 01:28h, 11 October Reply

    Jess, it sounds like a fabulous trip and that you’ll certainly have a wonderful time. I’m looking forward to reading about it an upcoming post. Thanks for hosting.


  • Tiina L
    Posted at 01:26h, 11 October Reply

    Wow, I admire your advance planning! I usually just toss something into a bag quickly and make do with that. Have a great vacation!

  • Mica
    Posted at 01:08h, 11 October Reply

    Looks like you’re packing perfectly! I always overpack haha. I hope you have a wonderful trip! 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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