Back in September ’15, we spent a month in fairy-tale villages, historical cities that remain unchanged since Soviet times, and picturesque national parks in 4 countries – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland – on a complete whim. I wasn’t even going to post any outfits from the Baltics on the blog. That’s because we dumped our suitcases in London on getting back from South America and threw together just a small bag for our Baltic road trip at the very last minute. But then I thought why the heck not?!
There’s a Japanese idiom, ichi-go ichi-e, which roughly means ‘never again’ or ‘just once in a lifetime’. It recognizes the importance of every encounter because each moment is unique and fleeting. So I put together this post in the spirit of relishing the crazy unplanned month we spent in the Baltics. This lookbook might not be perfect but who knows when I’ll get to prance in Latvian woodlands or explore Estonian cities again. Besides it’s fun to embrace imperfection while travelling right?!
But let me warn you – there is truly no thematic pattern to this madness (except wanderlust, the overarching pattern of my life!). This mélange of outfits just celebrates the surge of exquisite freedom that accompanies every road trip! This road trip is special because the Baltics are littered with storybook landscapes. I packed a mish-mash of oversized tees and slouchy off-shoulder dresses for days on the road and afternoons spent flitting around magical woodlands, collecting wild berries and snatching kisses.
Next some swimwear and Nike sliders for the spa town of Jurmala. Swimwear or not, dreamcatchers are a no-brainer for me! I picked this huge one at a local market in Peru and it spends a lot of time strung around my neck 🙂 Both Vid and I packed metallic loafers, woollies, and smart casual outfits for the cities of Riga and Tallinn. The long navy blue trench coat came along for unexpectedly cold or rainy days. Finally I threw an opulent party frock into the mix because I knew we would be dining at some of the nicer restaurants in Riga.
Hope you enjoyed the photos! 🙂
If you’re going on a road trip in the Baltics don’t forget to pack a picnic blanket & mosquito repellent. For a detailed itinerary and loads of tips, check out our article on driving through Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia
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