Tieks

Thanks to your votes, I’m sharing with you one of my all time favorite travel tips - only pack 3 pairs of shoes. “What?!?” you ask.  Yes, that’s right – just THREE pairs of shoes. It’s quite simple, really. During a typical business trip, I’ll pack my travel sneakers, a pair of heels, and a pair of flats (either ballet flats, ankle boots, or sandals, depending on the weather). During a tropical vacation, it’s the aforementioned sneakers and two pairs of sandals – one dressy and one casual.  I may swap a pair of sandals for a ballet flat. For this recent vacation, I bent the rules a bit and allowed myself an extra pair of shoes.  I packed these Rag & Bone ankle boots, Ferragamo flats, Dolce Vita sandals, and my travel sneakers.  It was a three week trip with two different climates.  Another pair was justified. Don’t believe me that three pairs are all you need?  I’ll prove it to you:

 BUSINESS TRIP: HEELSFLATS - SNEAKERS
WEDDING WEEKEND: HEELSFLATSOXFORDS
COLD WEATHER VACATION: BOOTIESBOOTSPUMPS
WARM WEATHER VACATION: HEELED SANDALSFLAT SANDALSSNEAKERS
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: BOOTIESFLATS - SNEAKERS

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Jet Set Style

August 6, 2013

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- Zara tunic – MiH jeansTieks flatsRachel Roy x FEED tote c/o -
- Fornash earrings via Lemon StripesJulie Vos cuff c/0 – BaubleBar ring (similar) -

Is it sad that reader requests have (happily) taken over my editorial calendar?  I was more than happy to share my go-to travel apps, and today I’m sharing my go-to travel outfit.

Don’t get me wrong.  I don’t wear this EXACT outfit every time I travel (I wore this when I flew to Chicago yesterday).  But this ensemble sums up the foundation – skinny pants, a loose blouse, a roomy tote, and comfortable / chic flats.  Hair up, all the jewelry I want (thank you, TSA PreCheck), and a scarf & fuzzy socks stuffed somewhere in the bag.

I wore this exact outfit a few weeks ago for a whirlwind trip to Dallas – Charlotte – back to NYC and straight to a work dinner.  While I relied on M.M. LaFleur dresses for my meeting, I stuck with this combo while up in the air to Texas.  It’s chic without sacrificing comfort, which is my mantra when dressing for nearly any occasion.

Can we talk about this bag for a second?  I love that every bag purchased feeds 100 children in India – a country (duh) and cause dear to my heart.  I’m blessed to have been born in the United States, to a family who were able to provide every opportunity and resource I could ever have wanted.  I could have been born one of the million of Indian children starving every day.  Toting around this bag reminds me to give back, in every way I can.

I’d love to know – what is your go-to travel outfit?  Do you have specific items you rely on?  COMMENT below and let me know!

Photography by Lydia Hudgens 

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I meant to do another one of these posts sooner.  I really did. But then I had a rare stretch of weeks at home, and my daily bag errs on the boring side – wallet, sunglasses, iPhone, the like.  Yawn. Alas, my time at home is coming to an end and I’ll be spending the first half of June traveling around the United States – to Chicago and Washington D.C for work conferences, and Cape Cod for a weekend getaway with my husband.  I’ll save the “vacation bag” for a future post, but here’s what I’ll be toting around in the Windy City and our nation’s capital.

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- DVF Harper Connect bag (the iPad pocket is genius!) - iPad 2 – business cards – Stephanie Johnson makeup bag - Tieks (necessary for running around a convention center) – Prada wallet – iPhone - Apple headphones with microphone – extra jewelry – StyleMint scarf – Moleskine notebookSharpie pens – gum – envelope for receipts (for easy expense reports) -

What do you pack for conferences?  Any tips or tricks on how to conquer a conference?  COMMENT below and share the goods.

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