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Wednesday, 11 May 2016


I spent last weekend in Toronto and this is what I wore on the car ride there.

I have been on my fair share of road trips; I have fond memories of driving to the east coast with my parents when I was a child and I've made the trek out to Alberta a couple of times as well. That's not even to mention the countless times that I've traveled to upstate New York with my mother and Montreal/Toronto with my friends. With that being said, road trips are definitely not for the faint of heart.

There's a lot of nothing. And waiting. And siting. And staring out of car windows. And coffee. Lots of coffee. And things can go wrong... things can go very wrong.

My best advice? Make sure you're on the trip with people that can turn any event into an exciting one. For me, that means my best friends. The drive to Toronto from Ottawa isn't a very long stretch (only about 5hrs in total) but that can seem like eternity if you're with the wrong people.

Here's another tip: WEAR. COMFORTABLE. CLOTHES. I don't care who you are - if you're uncomfortable for a long period of time it will 100% show up in your attitude and no one wants to be stuck in a car for several hours with someone who's in a foul mood. 

For this trip I decided to wear my favourite black skinny jeans with a ridiculously high waist, a flowy sleeveless blouse and my favourite denim moto jacket from Eileen Fisher. I felt chic but I was also at ease the entire drive. I'm also that disgusting person who likes to take their shoes off in a car so I went for a pair of sandals that I could remove on the sly when no one was paying attention. #sorrynotsorry

The colourful bag from Milly that I brought with me is a bit deceiving; it looks tiny on the outside but fits everything you need and more. My purse essentials while on a trip? Hand cream and lip balm. I dry out like a raisin and I need to be constantly moisturizing. Identification is always a good thing to have on your person as well and I always always always try to carry cash with me for unexpected expenses. Sunglasses are a necessity too - you can fall asleep when the driver isn't playing Beyonce and no one's the wiser. Also they're good to keep the sun out of your eyes or whatever.

JACKET/ Eileen Fisher TOP/ H&M+ JEANS/ Forever 21+ (diy raw hem)
BAG/ Milly SHOES/ Birkenstock SUNGLASSES/ Ardene
Photos by Laura Kidd


  1. From your instagram I really thought this top was a not-lame tunic, it's really lovely. Theoretically, I love road trips but I can't drive lol. In my hypothetical road tripping, comfort - as you've mentioned - and a good playlist is key.

    1. Haha no worries, I can't drive either! I just make a really great copilot (or so I'd like to think). This top is kind of a tunic, I just have an unusually long torso so it's more of a top length on me, if that makes sense. I love it so much though and I've worn it a trillion times since these pictures!!