My most recent travel posts have been focused on what clothes to pack for your next trip.  Wear each item twice, layer, blah blah blah.

But how do you pack them?  That’s the topic of today’s post AND video.

Rolling - rolling conserves a lot of space in your suitcase.  Tightly roll your clothes like they roll burritos at Chipotle.  For clothes that are prone to coming undone (t-shirts, silky items, anything with a bias hem), wrap a hair tie (looped twice) around the clothing so it stays rolled.  These ribbon ties are the best for preventing additional creases in your clothing.

Folding - I have a love affair with my folding board.  I fold all my tops with it before placing them into my drawers, or in my suitcase.  Using the board ensures the clothes are folded as flat as possible, saving you more space in your suitcase.  I opt to fold blazers, sweaters, and blouses with collars.  Everything else gets rolled.

Packing Cubes - No introduction is needed to the FLIGHT001 Space Pak.  I place the folded clothes in first (bulkier items at the bottom, collared items at the top) and arrange the rolled clothing on top of the folded items, AND in the empty pockets and spaces.  Hate crushed collars?  Button the top AND bottom button on the shirt for easy folding, and stuff a rolled t-shirt inside the collar in a coil.

Packing Laundry - Leave an inch or two of empty space above your clothes for your dirty items.  Another reason to love the Space Pak is the laundry compartment.  A sturdy nylon bag (either a Baggu or this laundry bag) will work equally well for packing your dirty clothes.

Are you a roller or folder when it comes to packing?  Have any great tips you swear by with every trip? COMMENT below and let me know!


This Week

August 20, 2014

What’s on my mind this week?  Football.

NFL Sunday Ticket package is purchased, and the apps downloaded on my phone and iPad.  The Eagles schedule has been carefully added to my Google calendar.  And instead of a fancy dinner, my husband and I will be celebrating our 4th anniversary at the Meadowlands for the Eagles-Giants game, in luxurious club seats.  I.  Can’t.  Wait.

Football aside, this week has been a good one.  I’ve made some good progress on the clothing purge and some work projects (already started on #HGQ03!). I got to catch up with Usha over afternoon tea and see several of my girls at Arielle’s cooking class.  And I’m planning to make a giant pot of gumbo and a batch of pralines on Friday night for a cozy evening at home with the husband, watching Captain America 2.

Let’s dig into those links, shall we?

  • I ate jacket potatoes religiously when I lived in London.  I’ll be making my own just as often, with the help of this recipe.
  • Take notes – onstage beauty tips from Beyoncé’s longtime backup dancer.
  • Mo’ne Davis is my new hero.  AND a Philly girl.
  • One guy spends a week living like Blake Lively, a la Preserve, and documents it for our reading pleasure.
  • A must-read on avoiding the breast cancer warrior trap.
  • A huge congratulations to Victoria’s relaunch of her brand and website.  It looks phenomenal!

Don’t forget to enter the Encircled giveaway!


English history.  Novels about vampires and witches.  Science.  The Chrysalis Cardi.

When I like something, I tend to get head-over-heels obsessed with it.

I’ve always been skeptical of wear-it-many-ways items of clothing.  Mostly because I’m too sartorially challenged to figure out how to wear it, beyond one or two ways.

Kristi and her encircled Chrysalis cardi changed all that.

The cardigan itself is made of a satisfyingly soft, thick modal that’s also eco-friendly (the material is sustainably sourced Beechwood cellulose).  Each cardi comes with a lookbook featuring step-by-step instructions on how to wear the cardi as a dress, a cape, a blouse.  The lookbook is also available online – I screenshot each look and saved it to my iPhone so I’d have a handy styling guide.

The Chrysalis cardi was the style MVP of my Scandinavia trip.  I wore it as a cape or scarf on chilly days, a dress on a warm day, and as a blouse on a mild afternoon touring cathedrals in Saint Petersburg.

On to the million dollar question – where can you get one of these magical items of clothing?

You can purchase one here - use the coupon code CARRYONONLY to get $15 off until August 31st.  You can also enter the giveaway and WIN a cardi.

Or do both.  I’d recommend snagging the black and the aqua.

Enter the giveaway below.  And good luck!

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