4 Packing Tips

Hello, beautiful! Okay I've been neglecting this website, whatever I'm human. It has been super crazy with work & my personal life. To be honest I am feeling a bit run down. The hubs & I are off to recharge our batteries in Aruba. I am trying to pack for one week in a carry on so I thought it would be an appropriate time to share my packing tips! 

1. Know your Destination and Itinerary

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This may seem basic but it is key to prevent over packing. Research your destination’s weather. It is important to know what weather to expect because this will determine what clothing you will be bringing. When visiting New England during the winter one would bring heavy clothing like wool and denim. Since I am visiting Aruba the weather will be 85 degrees which means I can bring lighter clothing and a denim jacket. Knowing your itinerary is also important. This is a list of things that you will be doing throughout your trip. A traveler planning on going rock climbing would wear active gear while a business trip would consist of professional clothing. I love to make lists and if you are anything like me I would recommendmaking a list of everything you plan to bring; clothing, accessories, shoes, and toiletries.

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2. Clothing Selection

If you are also anything like me you will experience the urge to bring your entire wardrobe “just in case”. These tips are designed to suppress this feeling. With the research completed in the first tip choosing the clothing to bring should come easier. I would suggest for every bottom bring at least two tops to go with it. To prevent wrinkles and create more space in your luggage I suggest rolling your outfits together. To avoid over packing stick to a versatile color story, I like to pack neutral garments and colorful accessories to give my travel ensembles a pop of color. These accessories typically include scarves and jewelry which are an easy pack.

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3. Shoes and Undergarments

I know you probably just read that title and thought shoes and undergarments, what an odd combination? Let me explain. Instead of packing your shoes in another bag, line them along your luggage.  This will eliminate extra bags and will still give you room for your garments. Socks and other things store inside your shoes! Another fabulous space saver.

 

 

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4. Hanging Organizer

I highly suggest that everyone invest in a hanging organizer. This one is Vera Bradley but other brands make them as well. It was definitely one of my smartest purchases. My hanging organizer contains my toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, hair supplies, hair tools, make up, and other toiletries supplies. Even when I am not traveling I hang it on the back of my bathroom door to stay organized.

Well fash dolls I hope that you found these tips & tricks helpful. As always thank you for reading & safe travels.

Stay Sassy & God Bless!

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Fashion Lovers: Here’s Where to Head on Your Next Vacation

Greetings lovelies! I met Brianne at a blogger event back in the fall. She is a travel blogger and I have asked her to write us a little something. Enjoy xo


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Everyone knows that Paris, London and New York are where fashion lovers flock. But if you’ve already strolled through the Tuileries, cruised down the Thames and caught a show on Broadway, don’t worry, there are still plenty of other stylish cities around the world to explore.

While most of my travels take me to places where I fit right in with my well-loved flip flops and fleece, every now and then, it’s fun to spend a few days browsing boutiques and sipping pricy cocktails. So here are three cities I recommend considering for your next getaway, which all offer the perfect blend of culture, entertainment and sophistication.

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is hands-down one of my favorite cities in the world. With sidewalk cafes, wide boulevards, well-landscaped parks, and classical architecture that reflects French and Italian styles, I felt like I was in a European capital – that was, until I saw couples tango-ing in the streets.

Since I was traveling with fashionable friends, we stayed in Palermo Viejo, which is the heart of the city’s fashion scene. Its tree-lined streets are packed with stores offering a wide range of styles from local designers and high-end international brands.

Another hot shopping district is Recoleta, which is also where one of the top tourist spots, Recoleta Cemetary, is located. If you get tired of browsing, you can pay your respects to international style icon Eva Peron at her final resting place.

Fortunately we were in Buenos Aires over a weekend, so we were able to explore the massive Sunday market in San Telmo – the oldest neighborhood in the city. Each week, the main street is closed to traffic, and locals and tourists jam the streets to browse jewelry, crafts, antiques, and much more.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

I had always wanted to visit Luxembourg – all I really knew, however, was that it was a small, wealthy country with lots of castles. And since it’s not a stop on the typical European tourist circuit, it seemed romantic and mysterious to me. So following a friend’s wedding in the French Alps, I took a train from Geneva up to Luxembourg City – through some incredibly breathtaking scenery – to finally check it out.

Just as I’d imagined, I instantly fell in love. I stayed with a wonderful young couple in their newly renovated apartment near in the train station, and I enjoyed the city – and their company – so much that I ended up extending my stay. However, it was only a few minutes after I headed out on my first morning there that I regretted my outfit, which definitely screamed, “tourist!” Much to my surprise, everyone I passed looked completely flawless – it was obvious that “Luxembourgers” take a great deal of pride in their appearance, even as they are rushing to work.

The city’s stunning Old Town is divided into two sections – “upper town” and “lower town” – a massive network of walking and biking trails connect the two through parks and past old churches, castles and fortifications. I spent most of my time, though, casually wandering around and people watching in upper town – the pedestrian area is a tight maze of upscale cafes and restaurants, art galleries and antique stores, and boutiques filled with the hottest European brands.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I arrived in Kuala Lumpur feeling tired and looking a little shabby after about a month of backpacking through Cambodia and Vietnam. I knew right away that I had to step up my game.

My friends and I shared an ultra-modern AirBnB apartment in the main retail center – Golden Triangle, which was a far cry from the hostels I had grown accustomed to during that trip. The neighborhood’s sophisticated residents hailed from around the world and enjoyed a very high standard of living amid the high-end boutiques, hotels and restaurants (I kept saying it was like London with palm trees).

There are plenty of enormous malls to choose from in Kuala Lumpur. In fact, the city’s most visible landmark, the Petronas has a popular mall at its base, the Suria KLCC (we actually got lost in another mall trying to get to that mall to see Hunger Games III).

If you want a scene that’s a little more authentic, however, you can head to one of the city’s popular street markets. Petaling Street is jammed with stalls selling everything from knockoff handbags to traditional handicrafts. Kasturi Walk has second-hand clothes and books, while Chow Kit Market has souvenirs and art. One fun memory from Chow Kit Market was watching dozens of Muslim women jostling for space in a narrow upstairs hallway as they tore through piles of headscarves – it reminded me of a more colorful “running of the brides.”


 

Brianne Miers is based in Boston, MA (USA) but has traveled to nearly 50 countries. By day, she is the principal at Kind Communications, working with nonprofits and start-ups. Her blog, A Traveling Life, focuses on how to balance a career with a life of travel.

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Wanderlust 2

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Greetings fabulous readers! I apologize for my absence, last minute I decided to disconnect while on vacation. Although I came home to a blizzard here in MA I got to recharge my batteries, feeling extremely inspired. Brace yourselves for awesome and helpful material! The last post included tips on packing your vacation ensembles, today we will cover what exactly to bring in your carry-on. Let's get to it!

Choosing your carry-on

Most airlines allow you to bring a carry-on bag and a purse. I like to use my Vera Bradley Weekender carry-on, it has an opening on the back of the bag allowing travelers to put the weekended over the handles of your rolling luggage. It also has an adjustable strap for easy carrying once your luggage is checked. This particular bag is in a subtle yet noticeable pattern making it easy to keep tabs on. When deciding on which carry-on bag to take make sure it is easy to use, fits in the over head compartments or under the seat, and fits the carry-on requirements of the airline you are flying with.

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This can vary based on the type of trip you are going on, business or leisure. Regardless of the trip it is always wise to pack a spare outfit, a small tube of toothpaste and toothbrush, and any valuables like fine jewelry in case your luggage gets lost. When traveling for business you maybe packing your entire trip attire in your carry-on accompanied with your laptop. I always make sure to keep chargers for my electronics on me to prevent forgotten items. To pass time on your flight bring a book or a couple magazines. Make sure before you leave the house that you have the proper identification like a state issued ID for domestic travel in the United States or a passport for international adventures. Make sure you arrive to the airport 2 hours prior to take off this will give you enough time to check-in your luggage and into your flight, get your boarding pass, and go thru security.

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When dressing to travel I like to be comfortable yet put together. I suggest wearing layers to be comfortable on the plane based on your personal preference.

I hope that you have found these tips helpful! If you have further questions feel free to visit my facebook page www.facebook.com/fashology101 or shoot me an email fashology101@gmail.com. Have fun adventures and safe travels!

Stay sassy xo

P.S. Check out this picture from my vacation to Los Angeles, CA! I had a blast with my girls Chanelle and Bianca. One of them will be quest writing on Fashology soon :)

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1717 Happy New Year, welcome to Fashology 2015! I am elated to start a New Year with infinite possibilities. This month I am going to visit one of my dearest friends in Los Angeles. This adventure inspired the 2 serious post, Wanderlust. Traveling can be a wonderful experience, packing not so much. I have compiled a list of helpful tips that can be used for business or leisure. Enjoy!

201. Know your Destination and Itinerary

This may seem basic but it is key to prevent over packing. Research your destination's weather. It is important to know what weather to expect because this will determine what clothing you will be bringing. When visiting New England during the winter one would bring heavy clothing like wool and denim. Since I am visiting LA the weather will be 60/75 degrees which means I can bring lighter clothing and a denim jacket. Knowing your itinerary is also important. This is a list of things that you will be doing throughout your trip. A traveler planning on going rock climbing would wear active gear while a business trip would consist of professional clothing. I love to make lists and if you are anything like me I would recommend  making a list of everything you plan to bring; clothing, accessories, shoes, and toiletries.

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2. Clothing Selection

If you are also anything like me you will experience the urge to bring your entire wardrobe "just in case". These tips are designed to suppress this feeling. With the research completed in the first tip choosing the clothing to bring should come easier. I would suggest for every bottom bring at least two tops to go with it. To prevent wrinkles and create more space in your luggage I suggest rolling your outfits together. To avoid over packing stick to a versatile color story, I like to pack neutral garments and colorful accessories to give my travel ensembles a pop of color. These accessories typically include scarves and jewelry which are an easy pack.

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3. Shoes and Undergarments

I know you probably just read that title and thought shoes and undergarments, what an odd combination? Let me explain. Instead of packing your shoes in another bag, line them along your luggage.  This will eliminate extra bags and will still give you room for your garments. Socks and other things store inside your shoes! Another fabulous space saver.

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4. Hanging Organizer

I highly suggest that everyone invest in a hanging organizer. This one is Vera Bradley but other brands make them as well. It was definitely one of my smartest purchases. My hanging organizer contains my toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, hair supplies, hair tools, make up, and other toiletries supplies. Even when I am not traveling I hang it on the back of my bathroom door to stay organized.

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Well doIls I hope that you enjoyed these tips and tricks. Stay tuned! Next we will be covering what to carry in your carry-on and how to dress for on an airplane.

As always thank you so much for reading. Safe travels!

Stay Sassy xo