Over the holidays we spent a few days over on the island. For those who live outside BC, this isn't a tropical island, but a reference to Vancouver Island or Victoria where my Dad lives. I packed a few old favourites into a massive suitcase to leave room to bring back all the Christmas presents my son was expected to receive.

I built the weekend away wardrobe around my black Peridot Kiss sweater, which I have owned since early 2010. This sweater is such a versatile piece that can be worn very casually, on a roadtrip, or as a dress (scroll down to find picture). I wore it as a dress with leggings on Christmas day, with the dress below on Boxing Day and then over cuffed jeans and purple top on the final day.

In the above picture I wore it over a favourite InWear sweater dress (my Dad keeps his house cold).  I have had this dress almost 3 years and continue to find it very versatile - and it hasn't stretched out or pilled at all. Check this post for other ways I have worn it.

The other weekend mainstay was my leggings. When running around after my son leggings are a must. These Diane Kennedy animal print leggings always add a bit of pizazz to an outfit. They featured in one of my most popular 2013 posts as an accessory. I have also mixed them with other patterns for brunch and worn them on lazy long weekends.

The outfit is finished off with my black Camper boots. I have had these boots at least 10 years and they are still marvellous. These were practical for the weekend trip for a walk in the woods and for wondering the city streets looking at the lovely Christmas lights. They can also be seen here is a casual work outfit and here with my new fall coat.

And there is nothing like a lovely walk in the fresh air to capture a great close up of my grey streak. That little blob on the left is my son making faces behind me.

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Do you have some old favourites in your closet that are your go-to items when travelling?