How to Pack for Philadelphia

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Photo by Luca

The Premise

Back in Philadelphia, exactly one calendar year since my last visit. That’s because I’m here again for the second edition of WordCamp US, a US-wide WordPress conference that changes city every two years.

Last year I went straight to NYC after my four-day Philly sojourn, so I brought a lot more. That trip predates the launch of this blog, but the capsule was very close to the post I imported from my personal website called How I pack for a Winter Trip.

This year, I’m only staying for three nights, and therefore, only needed my trusty Everlane backpack and Baggu all-weather duffle for the trip. It made navigating public transportation a whole lot more pleasant, too. The secret to packing all your clothes in a shapeless duffle is packing cubes! It’s easy then to take out your clothes and reuse the bag for your laptop or day travel.

 

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The Inspiration

Remember how my Lisbon Capsule was super dark? Hopefully, this makes up for it a little. While 50% of the items are still black, I would say this is a huge win for my whimsical and colour-loving side. The outfits sort of came together by accident, but I essentially wanted a few outfits that were stylish, quirky, but still appropriate for a tech conference. The weather was going to be about 7-10°, so cold enough to wear a real coat, but not cold enough to pack all the winter accessories like hat, gloves, and scarf.

The Capsule

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Black blouse / Striped shirt / Black turtleneck / Black midi dress / Pleated skirt by French Connection / Straight crop jeans / Brick red bomber / Rayban sunglasses / Cross-body purse /  Booties / Converse sneakers

I chose to bring three tops plus a dress. I figured I had enough room to bring fresh clothing so why not have a new outfit every day? I chose somewhat neutral pairings, in my opinion, with the coat being the real statement piece. Then, a fancy, but fun skirt and a pair of simple but on-trend items were added to the mix. A sensible pair of heels and a pair of low-profile converse sneakers completed the capsule.

The Trip

I was in Philly for a tech conference which is no surprise for the people that know me. I was speaking this year, with a talk entitled “Five Newsroom tips for better website content”. The talk was fairly well received and I’m quite pleased with the response! It’s the largest crowd I’ve ever entertained and I got some laughs and positive feedback, so I think the trip was a success. You can read the blog post inspired by my talk on my personal website.

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