The Perfect South Africa Adventure Dress!

Friday, April 5

Hi everyone! I am still very much getting my life (and this blog lol) back together after returning from South Africa on Sunday, from what was an incredible trip! 

I thought it'd be fun to start sharing some outfits, and through that, adventures, from our travels.

I think I did a decent job packing, actually, this may be one of the few trips I've been on where I wore every single item in my suitcase as least once. Still, I stuck to my AWAY carry-on ($20 off your first purchase + I get $20 too for...another suitcase?) so I had to be savvy about not just filling it up with one-hit wonders. 

On my trip, I was hit with the startling realization that my Madewell Courier Shirtdress is THE ultimate travel dress. And if you don't believe me, read on to see me modeling it in a variety of vacation-situations, feeling appropriately & adorabley dressed and comfortable all the while! 
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| sunnies: ban.do (find them on Amazon, here) | dress: Madewell | trainers: Superga | 

So when I say "adventures" what I really mean is "wine tasting." Which we did plenty of! Did you know South Africa has an absolutely amazing wine growing and tasting scene? If I had to guess (I know nothing) it must have something to do with it having a very similar climate = growing conditions (?) to California wine country.

Anyway our plans on ^ this ^ day were to go on a local cave tour, visit a few wineries & distilleries, and after a couple hours of downtime ("the Landon & Heather special") conclude with an anniversary dinner for our friends. This was the last day of the first part of our trip, based in a town called Wilderness. 

These pictures were taken at a winery called Karusa, where we spent a lovely couple of hours in the afternoon. We sat on a grassy lawn overlooking the vineyards and scenery and tasting lots of wine, it was PERFECT. We visited a winery/distillery afterwards called Grundheim that was very low-key and family owned, but great as well! They had a bunch of cats including two named Gin & Tonic. This was where Art & I decided we needed to buy bottles of gin to take home (pink for me, duh) which required us to check our bags and ultimately miss the last flight of our trip home...another story...

Also here's the spread we had at Karusa which is honestly more beautiful than any of the photos above.
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Our mega day in Cape Town consisted of a FULL day of exploring, including, three more wineries, each more gorgeous than the next, for real (I'll share pics later!) I needed something breezy and comfortable, but also cute, for this blog, you know ? My shirtdress was the only option.

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| sunnies: ban.do (find them on Amazon!) | dress: Madewell | trainers: Superga | jacket: Taylor Stitch (it's Arts'! This is one of his favorite brands.) | purse, below: Pop & Suki | 

Once again, a cheese plate that surpassed my wildest dreams from Buitenverwachting which was absolutely lovely. We also visited Groot Constantia (for the history buffs - the oldest winery in South Africa!) and Beau Constantia (hip and modern, with the best bathroom view of all TIME.)    

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I've been debating on what exactly makes this dress for perfect for travel, and whether or not it has to be specifically THIS Madewell one or if any shirtdress will do. So here's what I'll say. This exact dress:

- Fits me perfectly, and is comfortable while still being flattering. I am 5'2" and I feel like it hits me in the right spot (I am wearing an XS for reference.)
- Has a great weight, if that makes sense. The fabric is light and breezy, but not too thin or see-through.
- Has POCKETS for vacation treasures!
- Was folded into a suitcase and no of course I didn't iron it, and I don't think it looks terrible.
- Is very comfortable (again!), no riding up, no adjusting & I ate all this cheese!
- Was durable! For climbing rocks, exploring caves, & loads of walking; it never felt too dainty for activity.

Also this dress in this fabric/color appears to not be available at Madewell at this second, but seems pretty evergreen, so I bet it will be back. Right now they do have a courier dress in like a stripey button-up form (could be really nice to wear to work!) and a dreamy rainbow print (I have my rainbow print from last year and I STILL want this one too.)


The happiest lil outfit photo you ever did see below, along with some of that South Africa wine scenery.
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