Red Jacket by Testimony Los Angeles
Packing for the Monterey Jazz Festival
and My Annual Shopping Trip
There are a lot of things I love about our annual trip to Monterey to attend the Monterey Jazz Festival. I love looking forward to a long weekend away. I love doing something fun with my husband. I love sharing it with our dear friends of 35+ years. I love the traditional things that we do that we’ve established over the years. I love the music – even though I’m not the biggest jazz fan in our group. I love people watching – and, believe me, there is no shortage of entertaining people to watch. And I really love the tradition of shopping that my friend Margie and I have created over the years.
The Monterey Jazz Festival Shopping Tradition
Over our Monterey Jazz weekend we spend a lot of time in the neighboring city of Carmel-by-the-Sea. In fact, we usually stay in Carmel. It’s a very beautiful and quaint town with block upon block of unique boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. And the beach. The beach in Carmel is as picturesque as it gets.
There’s definitely always a bit of shopping that goes down in Carmel in some of our favorite shops. But what we really look forward to is shopping at our favorite pop-up shop, Gerie’s Fashion Closet, at the Monterey fairgrounds where the jazz festival takes place.
Testimony Los Angeles
While there are lots of fun styles in the pop-up shop, it’s become a tradition of mine to look for a new Testimony Los Angeles jacket every year. The price range hovers around $200, so I treat myself to only one each year. I’ve now grown a collection of eight Testimony Los Angeles jackets.
What I Bought This Year!
My go-to Testimony Los Angeles jacket has been the Victorian style. I have three and love them. The draping on them, both on the front and in the back, is beautiful and the style always elicits compliments when I wear them.
I was tempted this year to add another Victorian to my closet, but then Gerie showed me this jacket in red, and I was smitten (Margie took one home too!). I don’t know the name of this style – it has a military vibe to me.
What I Love
Here’s what I love about these jackets and why they are totally worth the price:
- The styling is beautiful
- The French terry fabric is soft, stretchy, as comfy as a sweatshirt
- Super easy care: machine wash cold and hang to dry
- Very versatile – I wear mine with jeans as well as dressier clothes
Most of the jackets have a muted acid wash to them, as does this one. It sounds kind of weird, but it really works.
Although I’d earmarked my shopping budget for building my Beautycounter sample collection, my willpower crumbled. I love the versatility of this jacket – it’s both a top when it’s all buttoned up and a jacket when its worn open. No buyer’s remorse for me!
Speaking of Beautycounter, only a few more days until the launch of the Holiday Collection! Super exciting. The sets are beautiful and festive, as well as gorgeously packaged. October 7th is the day! Check them out here.
Margie and I have tons of fun shopping with Gerie’s pop-up shop (pronouced Gary) each year when we are at the Monterey Jazz Festival. I usually add a new Testimony Los Angeles jacket to my growing collection. Last year’s style (the Reba) is pictured here. (That’s Gerie in the middle.)
If you are intrigued by the Testimony Los Angeles jackets, Gerie has a variety of styles on her website. I’ve only ever found a very limited selection of Testimony LA at one other retailer – a boutique near me in Petaluma. But Gerie has the biggest collection I’ve ever found. She’s super easy to work with. You can contact her through her site if you have questions.
*FYI, I’m not an affiliate of Gerie’s Fashion Closet and don’t earn any commission if you purchase from her. I just want to share her as a resource for Testimony Los Angeles.
Note – size reference: I have jackets in medium, small, and this one in extra small, and they all somehow work. The sizing is forgiving since the fabric is so stretchy.
Get $20 Off Your First Pair of Rothy’s
I LOVE my Rothy’s! I have two pairs of The Point style (I’m wearing the gray camo in The Point in this post – surprising how neutral this print is) and one pair of Sneakers. Love love love. If you’d like to try your first pair of Rothy’s, shoot me an email and I’ll email you a code for $20 off. I’ll get a $20 credit after your purchase. We both win! After you’ve bought your Rothy’s, you can share a $20 discount with your friends too and get a credit after they’ve purchased. 🙂
The Ballet Flat is another popular style. And just added to the Rothy’s family is The Chelsea style (don’t think that one is for me).
The Ridiculous Monterey Packing List
This is a unique trip that we’ve been making for the past 35 years. I’ve not streamlined my packing list over all these years, and, truthfully, I have no intention of even making an attempt.
Packing to attend an outdoor music festival in Monterey, California, during the latter part of September presents some interesting weather and temperature scenarios. It’s not an exaggeration when I tell you that we have often experienced mornings cooled by a marine layer, hot summer temps during the afternoons, and quite cold nights that require a number of layers, scarves, hats, and gloves.
Over the many years of enjoying the outdoors in Monterey for the Jazz Festival, we’ve given ourselves permission to pack for everything. My rationale behind this packing philosophy is that suitcase goes in the car and stays put in our accommodations for the entire long weekend. We aren’t transporting luggage from place to place. So who cares if there are a lot of clothes that go into and come out of the suitcase.
This is my typical packing list (the big guy on the right is my Monterey Jazz suitcase!):
- 4-5 pairs of jeans (for nights and the sometimes cooler days)
- 2-3 hot weather options (summer dress or skirts, or “bermuda” shorts)
- 5 ish tops for day (t-shirts and tanks)
- 2-3 pullover sweaters for night shows
- 1 jeans jacket
- 1 lightweight down jacket
- 1 mid-weight or warm jacket
- sweatshirt to wear indoors in the mornings and nights
- exercise clothes for morning walks – leggings, top, jacket,
- 1 set of pjs (warm for chilly nights)
- 1-2 sun hats
- knit hat for night
- 2 scarves
- socks – one pair of athletic socks, 2 pairs of warm socks to wear at night with boots
- And the shoes: 2 pairs of boots for night, 1-2 pairs of sandals, sneakers, athletic shoes for walks
- bras to go with various tops (nude, black, racer back)
- hair dryer and straightening iron
I know – it’s a lot. But I don’t care. It works for this trip.