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What to Pack for a Romantic Winter Getaway

February 8, 2016 • By

I hope there’s a romantic winter getaway in your very near future! Are you wondering what to pack?

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Whether it’s your first weekend away together or your tenth anniversary, you’ll want to look and feel stylish in a real world kind of way. You definitely don’t want to work to hard at it!

So here’s what I’m thinking…READ MORE

Fashion, Tips

What to Wear on the Plane for a Super Long Flight

July 30, 2015 • By

I admit that I used to love to travel. (Does that sound a bit strange, coming from a travel blogger?)

Now,  I just like being in a new place. The act of getting there is often just a ‘necessary evil’.  Jaded? I’ don’t think so. But after years of doing what needs to be done, so that I can experience the beauty and magic of a new destination, I’ve gotten pretty good at it.

If you are lucky enough to be headed out to a far-away destination, I’ve got you covered. Here are my personal tips on what to wear on that long-haul flight.

Just remember, there are three basic rules: 1) Keep it Simple, 2) Stay Comfortable and 3) Be Prepared.  In the meantime, I’d still like to look good. Wouldn’t you?  So here’s what simple, comfortable and at least a little bit chic looks like to me.

Here's a Visual of What to Wear on a Long-Haul, Super Long Airplane Flight

Here’s a Visual of What to Wear on a Long-Haul, Super Long Airplane Flight


Fashion, Interiors, Road

5 Road Trip-Inspired Ways to Use Denim in Your Decor

April 30, 2014 • By

Denim is as classic as it gets for road trip wardrobes.  And since travel of every kind is what inspires my home and art, I suddenly wondered why I’ve limited myself to ethnic textiles, regional pottery and other destination-specific souvenirs when it comes to home decor.READ MORE

Fashion, Planning, Tips

Style Tips for Your Fall Road Trip

April 30, 2013 • By
Style Tips for Road Trips

When I’m packing for a road trip, either in the US or abroad, I plan pretty carefully.  Why? Experience.  Too many times I’ve realized what I needed or wanted only after I was halfway to my destination.  And I used to end up with way too much stuff to lug around.

Now, since I travel so often, I keep a couple of cosmetic bags ready to go, already filled with travel-sized items of my favorite skincare products (Dr. Perricone), a travel toothbrush and toothpaste, mini soap and lotion, etc. When an opportunity arises, all I have to do is grab and go.  I also keep a mini Smashbox makeup set that includes everything, all in one flat little box, and a set of travel makeup brushes that roll up into a tube. So that part is now a no-brainer.  But what to wear?

I like soft, stretchy jeans for driving or riding in the car, with flats and a loose, comfy tee shirt or sweater. My favorite jeans are by Helmut Lang, because they fit me well, are so comfy and don’t lose their shape.

Helmet Lang Jeans

I like to have one pair of nice black jeans or pants with me, too, that I can dress up with a little jacket, just in case I suddenly find that a great restaurant happens to have seating available exactly as we’re passing through town.  If a special performance or event is happening while we’re in town, its nice to have options, too.  In that case, I’d wear the jacket and change my shoes.  I always pack one pair of neutral, mid-heel pumps even on casual road trips – because you never know what opportunity might come your way.  And the shoes change everything.

T-Shirts Can Do Double Duty. Pair with Pumps and a Jacket, and You've Dressed your Jeans up Enough for a Night Out

T-Shirts Can Do Double Duty. Pair with Pumps and a Jacket, and You’ve Dressed your Jeans up Enough for a Night Out

I always have a mix of comfy t-shirts, sweaters for layering and one or two tops that can be dressed up a bit if I want to, with the jacket or a scarf.  Sometimes I also take a t-shirt type dress.

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I usually don’t pack jewelry – I just can’t be bothered.  I do pack several scarves, which can serve to warm you up, or can be used as a chic accessory. And they take up so little room.  I know to pack light.  I want one small-to-medium roller suitcase, full-stop, so space is at a premium.
I do like to take a separate, folding bag, because you never know what you might find along the way to fill it up with!
I also pack a pair of tee-shirt or jersey pajamas. Slightly boring, but comfy.

Jasper Conran Jersey PJs found on Polyvore

When I choose them, I imagine, how I’ll feel if I suddenly have to leave the hotel in them at 2:00 in the morning!  Because, yep, that’s happened.
Once it was a fire alarm in my hotel.  Once it was a tornado warning where all the guests had to huddle in a basement stairwell together.  So in that case, I don’t really want to be wearing something skimpy or too revealing and I don’t want to be slowed down looking for my clothes!  (Sounds weird, but it has happened several times so I now know what makes me comfortable!)
Also, take a light jacket with a hood – great for popping in and out of the car when’s it drizzling rain. You could also take an umbrella, but to be honest I don’t always. I find the jacket is enough for dashing in and out in, no matter the weather.

The main thing is that everything should be able to layer together, if the weather changes as you travel. I like to stick to a somewhat complimentary color scheme so that basically, everything goes together.

On longer trips, pack a couple of mini-packages of Tide or other detergent, in case you stay in a place with a laundry along the way.

If style is your thing, here are some other things to think about:

  1. If you’re going for a longer trip, make sure you get all your normal grooming appointments in before you leave.  Don’t postpone a haircut or color touch up. Nothing’s worse that looking at your roots every day in the car mirror!
  2. If you prefer color on your nails, get a gel manicure before you go.  You don’t want to be picking at chipped polish halfway through the trip.  That’s gross.
  3. If you prefer your nails natural,  as I do, bring clippers, an emery board and a nail brush.  Its amazing how dingy your nails can get on a simple road trip.

MOST IMPORTANTLY – bring your camera, your map apps, your chargers and get ready for a fun adventure.

Get off the highways and onto the back roads as often as you can. See how people really live.  Meet some locals.
Check TripAdvisor, Yelp! or iExit to see what interesting restaurants are nearby every day. Try not to eat at a chain – find something local. Discover a couple of unique places to stay along the way – maybe a historic hotel, a glamping experience, a rented cabin, a houseboat. Check local event listings – we’ve managed to hit towns just in time for a jazz festival, a special museum exhibit, an arts festival, a Scottish Games festival, a gallery walk and a food truck event.  All by accident! and…
Have FUN exploring!



Planning a Fall Road Trip? Here are some great packing tips for road trips or other travel. From jeans to tees to jackets, shoes and makeup. Plus, the reasons why you should pack light, use your travel apps and take the backroads.

Planning a Fall Road Trip? Here are some great packing tips for road trips or other travel. From jeans to tees to jackets, shoes and makeup. Plus, the reasons why you should pack light, use your travel apps and take the backroads.

City, Fashion

Travel Theme: Gaudy

February 14, 2013 • By

Gaudy is an interesting word.  I think of it as a riot of color or pattern, and I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing.  On the other hand, I would never want to be called it!  When Ailsa over at “Where’s My Backpack” threw down the gaudy gauntlet in her weekly travel theme challenge, I had to think about the travel images in my portfolio that might fit the bill.  Two moments in recent travels came to mind.


Art & Design, Characters, City, Destinations, Experiences, Fashion

Coolest Taxi Ride Ever – Venice, Italy

February 11, 2013 • By
Venice Water Taxi Driver

Venice Water Taxi Driver

He picked me up near the Giardini on a damp, gray day in Venice.  I’d been enjoying the artwork at La Biennale without the crowds, as it was the end of the season and starting to get cold.

The rain had sent a handful of visitors scurrying back to their pensiones, but I’d waited it out.  I had always wanted to visit the Venice Biennale and here I was, not about to let a little more water ruin the moment.

As his boat approaches, Amy Winehouse is singing “Love is a Losing Game” at top volume.