My friend recently asked me for some packing tips so I sent her a whole list of recommendations for her upcoming trip to Japan. Most of my tips came from preparing for my own trip in December. This whole exercise though made me think that there were probably lots of my blog readers with the same question, how does one pack like a pro?
A leisure trip is different than a work trip, but here are my suggestions I gave to my friend that would work for basically all situations.
To pack like a pro, pick a color and only bring things that are part of that color family and would compliment it. Therefore, if you are one of those people that doesn’t mix brown and black, then don’t pack black purse and brown boots. Essentially, pack things that can layer together. There are a few things I always recommend packing no matter where you travel.
white/black tank top
For my trip in December, I packed this red J. Crew vest and flannel top and it was perfect for layering!
What bag to bring?
The answer to this question can depend upon on the type of travel trip you are taking. I’ve been personally looking at this Tumi convertible backpack/crossbody. I like that it can be worn as a backpack and as a crossbody. I also generally always go with black as my theme color so this would be a great travel bag investment.
However, for my trip in December, I got this Madewell transport crossbody. It’s lightweight, has a zip closure, which is good to prevent pickpocketing, and it doesn’t draw a lot of attention to itself. I generally don’t wear anything too flashy when I travel because I don’t want to be targeted by thieves or mischievous youth. Madewell also lets you monogram the bag for free!
Madewell Transport Crossbody Bag
What shoes to wear?
When I travel, even for work, I always go for more comfortable shoes. There are a lot of great flat options that look great and are also super comfortable. I have a pair of black flats from Anthropologie that are my favorites for travelling. It was from a few years ago, but this is a similar option: http://bit.ly/2EEJB0l
Slides are also very popular at the moment. I really like these brown ones as an option: http://bit.ly/2EBCAgV
Oxford flats are also very trendy. I’d recommend a burgundy one because it would be more versatile of a color but any neutral color works.
For my trip in December, since I was travelling through the desert, I wanted to bring booties along. My thought was that they would prevent sand from getting into my shoes better than tennis shoes. This ended up not being true, but they worked really well nonetheless for all-purposes. I brought my Frye booties with me on my trip, but I would recommend any booties from an outdoorsy brand would be comfortable. Don’t buy booties from ALDO and expect them to be comfortable all day. You’ll have better luck going with a brand like Clarks.
I hope these tips help for your next trip you have to pack for!
I’m generally pretty lucky to not have greasy hair that requires being washed everyday. However, it does start to look greasy by the end of the second day. Aveda’s dry shampoo helps to remove the oils and keeps my hair looking professional for those work weeks that we could all do without – am I right?
I’ve also just started using their split end repair regularly. If you’ve been reading my blog over the past couple of years, you’ll have seen my hair at all different lengths. I’m currently trying to grow it out, which means split ends are my enemy. It’s currently at an awkward in the middle-length that is not very flattering, in my opinion, but with Aveda it at least is healthy.
Special thanks to Aveda for sharing these products with me to help me feel my best even before the photo shoot. Sorry, not sorry, in advance for my future blog posts with perfect hair.
I love the meaning of Enso, which is the moment when you find enlightenment when you meditate in Italian, and it means circle in Japanese. The spa embodies both of these elements with its serene setting and circular room with a hot tub and massage rooms that can accommodate up to 4 people at a time. In addition, they have a sauna room, nail parlor and hair salon. Anything you need, they have it.
I got a mini-facial and soaked in the hot tub. I couldn’t have asked for a better and more relaxing Sunday. What did you do this weekend?
With a little belt cinching it can be more shape flattering, but on a wet and cold day it could be worn voluminous for comfort and ease. The high, wide neck adds and side slits add the perfect details. I can already tell I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of this sweater dress next autumn/winter (consider that I’m wearing it now).
What great end of season sales have you picked up?
A quick update on my PRK lasik eye surgery, my recovery is going well. Each day I can tell my vision is sharpening and my eyes are getting stronger. Things can still appear fuzzy and focusing takes a bit longer than it should, but healing remains on track. In the meantime, sunglasses are my new best friends. I picked up these circular ones in Stockholm’s airport, but Warby Parker has some great local selection. These Phipps and Haskell are circular like the ones I’m wearing in the photos. However, my favorite type of frame is cat eyes. I love these Banks, which is more subtle, or these Tilley, which are more dramatic. Warby Parker’s Dempsey is also a great affordable option to the classic aviator style.