The Perfect Travel Bag – and a Braid!

After seeing them all over the blogosphere, I set my heart on the Lo and Sons OG bag. When I saw the new plum color (and had the excuse of an upcoming trip), I decided to make the splurge.

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I love it! It has so many pockets! I’ve already carried it to work twice (it fits my laptop perfectly), and I love how easily it fits over the handle of your suitcase. The lining is a really pretty lavender color.

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It’s definitely on the bigger side for a bag, but not too big to carry day-to-day. 

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(apologies for the bare feet!)

As my hair has been getting longer again (and winter which here means humidity and frizzy hair!) , I’ve been experimenting with different ways to pull it back. I tried doing a side french braid and then twisted it into a bun.

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Paired with rain boots and leggings!

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Packing for the Weekend

packingImg: Flickr – George Eastman House

 

I love lists. I especially love making lists and checking things off. I also hate forgetting things when I travel. A few trips back I started using OneNote to make a packing list for each trip. After multiple trips, I’ve now come up with a basic template that I can use for weekend trips. It requires a bit of tweaking, but is a great starting point, and makes planing and packing that much easier.

This list is for a weekend trip with a flight. I never check my suitcase, so I not only have to be concerned with my liquids, but also for space.

Wear on plane:

  • Wunder under leggings (sometimes I will sub these out for a jersey knit skirt if it’s summertime)
  • Tank top
  • Knit top or sweater when it’s cooler outside
  • Over-layer (hoodie or denim jacket, depending on length of flight)
  • Scarf
  • Comfortable shoes (Toms, Converse, and flip flops are my favorite options, boots in the fall and winter)
  • Basic jewelry (simple stud earrings, silver bracelet, and watch) that can go through the metal detector
  • Fuzzy socks and an eye-mask (in my bag for the flight)

Outfits:

  • Friday night (depending on destination)
  • Saturday daytime
  • Saturday night
  • Sunday daytime
  • Monday (flight home) 

Workout clothes:

  • 2 sports bras
  • 2 pairs socks
  • 2 tanks
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts/capris 
  • Running shoes

Liquids bag:

  • BB cream or foundation
  • Eye cream
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen (formula for face and body)
  • Face wash
  • Eye make-up remover
  • Lash adhesive
  • Hair spray
  • Perfume

Medical liquids bag:

  • Contact solution and extra contacts
  • Anti-chafing gel
  • Any other medicines in liquid or gel form

Make-up bag:

  • Powder
  • Blush
  • Bronzer
  • Brushes
  • Lash curler 
  • Mascara
  • Eye-liner
  • Naked palette or other shadow palette 
  • False lashes

Personal care:

  • Clarisonic
  • Toothbrush
  • Cleansing cloths
  • Deodorant
  • Dry shampoo
  • Bobby pins and extra hair ties
  • Headband
  • Brush
  • Travel-size straightening iron and hair-dryer
  • Q-tips
  • Nail polish remover wipes
  • Glasses
  • Medicine 

Electronics:

  • Headphones
  • Phone charger
  • iPad and charger
  • Laptop and charger (optional)
  • Kindle and charger
  • P&S camera and charger

Finally, some of my favorite packing tips and tricks that I developed.

I roll each outfit together, oftentimes complete with jewelry. That way I don’t have to worry about what I’m wearing or overpacking. Each day or event, I just grab and go

I always bring workout clothes, a swimsuit, and a pair of heels. I love going for runs when I’m traveling. It’s a great way to fit in a workout anywhere, and if it’s a new place, it’s a great way to explore. All you need is a pair of shoes. Ab workouts can also be done without any equipment. For the swimsuit, you never know when you’ll need or want one, and really, who wants to borrow a swimsuit? A pair of heels is also key. They will dress up any outfit, and you’ll be ready to go if plans change.

For the flights themselves, layering is a must. You never know if it’s going to be really hot or really cold on the flight, regardless of the time of year.

Leggings for Travel

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Anytime I’m getting ready for a trip, I like to wear as many outfits that I’ve planned out as possible. That way I can make sure that everything’s comfortable, fits great, and looks cute while I still have my full wardrobe at home to work with.

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On Saturday I decided to wear a potential travel outfit. I paired my new wunder under leggings with my new motorcycle boots, a tan tunic, a white sweater, and a big chunky scarf. Ever since leggings came back into vogue, they’ve been my travel attire of choice. They look cute, and are incredibly comfortable. Basically, it feels like I’m traveling in pjs!

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Sweater – Brandy Melville, Tunic Tank – Stem from Nordstrom, Leggings – Lululemon (here), Scarf – Shopbop, Boots – Steve Madden (here)

The boots were a new purchase, from Amazon of all places! Amazon has definitely been stepping up their game in the fashion realm, with some really cute shoes and designer denim too!

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