Vacation time! Since we love the city so much (and our best friends just had a second baby and bought a house), the mister and I recently set out to the windy city. If you’ve ever traveled to Chicago you know the weather there is wild. Spring is particularly schizophrenic so it can be a rough one to pack for. Regardless, I wanted to pack lightly and have a low-maintanance trip. This is a bit challenging so I thought I’d share a few recommendations with you.
- cute carry on- mine is vintage Strawberry Shortcake- because it is for a little human, a kid’s suitcase makes for the perfect size to carry on- it fits my notepad, book, laptop, a couple of magazines and my camera. I also have a “Goin’ to Grandma’s” case that’s a bit smaller.
- I recently picked up this hat from Wyeth and it turned out to be the perfect travel accessory. The woven straw makes the hat ultra breathable yet still protects from sun exposure and/or rain. It is so lightweight I hardly noticed it was on. I like the neutral color and it’s sporty but not like, sporty sporty. We had wanted to go to a Cubs game, but they were away so we missed out; the game was my intent for packing the hat, but I wore it a ton while we were there. It was a good pick.
- comfy slide-on shoes- don’t be a jerk and waste everyone’s time in the security line by wearing complicated shoes. The clover shoe by Matisse Footwear are my favorite travel pair. They are a low- heeled mule which are so perfect for traveling since they are easy to slide on, comfortable and can be dressed up too. These shoes are ideal for walking around the city all day and I paired them with black skinny jeans and piles of jewelry for a dressier dinner. I love these shoes so much I already have the ivory pair and have my eyes set on black. Also make sure to pack a comfy pair of sneakers that you don’t care to dirty up. For me, it’s Adidas Superstars. I wore em all day, in the rain and they didn’t let me down.
carry on: vintage- take a look at your closest Goodwill or in your 5 year old sister’s closet. // hat: Wyeth // notebook: vintage- I lucked out, but Cleobella has a similar notebook / / book: All Marketers are Liars by Seth Godin. I know most people read on iPads and Kindles, but I like a good ‘ol book- found this one on Amazon // camera: vintage Canon film camera- found at a garage sale, but look on eBay– I also shoot with my iPhone while traveling // bronze mules: Matisse Footwear // sunnies: Saint Owen // Bulls tee: vintage- look in the little boy’s section // jacket: vintage Guess that I patched. Look for a similar one at Buffalo Exchange
- sunnies- I took my favorite pair from Saint Owen because they are comfortable and gold-trimmed with 100% UV protection
- vintage tees- I bring a couple of cozy tees wherever I travel since they can be worn all day and slept in at night. I love layering vintage tees under or over slip dresses, paired with perfectly worn in jeans and layered under my leather jacket pretty much anywhere. With a worn-in tee I am always comfortable and don’t have to pack separate clothing for pj’s or if I can sneak in a workout. Find the one I’m wearing below here
- scarfs- depending on the weather, I throw an appropriate scarf in my carry on. Because it is Spring, I chose this vintage one. If it were fall or winter, I’d grab a warmer choice and in summer, I’d pack a bandana. Scarves can be used for so many things, including wrapping around your neck to jazz up a boring look like I did below, tying in your hair, use as a belt, tie around your bag and keeping warm. I also use them for backgrounds when I do product or content shots of jewelry while traveling.
- jacket: a leather jacket travels with me most places I go. It is almost always appropriate for night, toughens up a look and is pretty weather proof. For this trip I also packed a vintage lightweight Member’s Only jacket with zip out waterproof hood. Member’s Only jackets make a great lightweight retro layer. Perfect for a nice day in Chicago and can be layered under my leather jacket at night. I found mine at a second-hand store but you can find one here or second hand at Buffalo Exchange
tee: Goldstruck Goods // scarf: vintage – I’ll have it available for purchase soon on goldstruckgoods.com
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- makeup- unless we have big plans, I keep things easy breezy in the makeup department these days, especially on vacation. Glossier makes the least complicated makeup on the planet. I use cloud paint as a translucent natural cheek color and will also throw a soft swipe on my eyelids for a touch of color. The stretch concealer glides on naturally and leaves the skin looking dewy and haloscope is the sexiest highlighter of all time. For a natural- looking groomed brow, I swipe on Boy Brow and quickly rim my eyes with liner and smudge it out with a q-tip. Don’t ask me to go anywhere without my lash curler I won’t go. I’m really into Marc Jacobs mascara right now and as I added this link I noticed they make colored mascaras as well. I’m gunna be trying those. We were wandering around the city outside so I was glad to have this foundation from Bare Minerals with SPF on. Oh yeah, Nars bronzer. I found this sample size in store at Sephora. There are few things I love more than samples. ( SEND ME SOME!!)
- In my carry on I also pack Balm Dotcom from Glossier to hydrate and repair the damage from weather and the dry air in the airplane and AC/ heater in the hotel. This product comes in different flavors, tints and scents. I’m obsessed with the coconut. It can be used on lips, cuticles, elbows, eyebrows and the scent can help mask any funky smells around you in that enclosed airplane.
Moisture is key for skin and hair while traveling.
- skincare: Flying dries out your skin, so I make sure to rehydrate with coconut oil. These individual coconut oil packets I picked up at Trader Joes are brilliant. I use it head to toe to combat the stress travel causes on your skin. I recently picked up these K beauty masks from Seoul Kitten Glow that I really dig for travel. They are really fun to use, powerful and are individually packaged. These were spotted all over while traveling in Thailand and was bummed I didn’t grab more. I’m glad these ladies are making it so convenient to get them in the US. Peter Thomas Roth makes sample size masks that come in a set of 6. These 2 are the most hydrating so they travel with me. Grab em at Sephora. I always bring various essential oils with me to add to my coconut oil, freshen a stale hotel room, help with headaches, allergies… all sorts of stuff… I got this cute chevron travel kit on Amazon and bring peppermint, lavender, and citrus oils.
- haircare: the only haircare I bring is my travel size New Wash. It’s all I need for simple hair- I let the wind and elements do their job. I’ll also throw in a scarf or bandana, throw a hat on or just opt for a braid if my hair’s bugging me.
- I once read a tip in a magazine I will never forget and perhaps it blows your mind as much as it blew mine: pack a pillowcase. Stuff your jacket in said pillowcase to use as a pillow on the plane. I also cover the pillowcases in hotels or at friend’s houses with my own just in case it’s sketchy. At least your face will sleep clean.
- jewelry: when I travel I keep my outfits fairly minimal and dress it up or make the look personalized with jewelry. I always pack these rings from Elizabeth Stone Jewelry since they are versatile, mix and match and look great stacked. I also pack my hoop earrings for daytime and layer on tons of gold pieces if we are going out at night.
mules: Clover in bronze by Matisse Footwear
- black skinny jeans: do I have to tell you why? They are the most versatile piece in your closet and you can get em a little dirty. If I’m not on a tropical vacation, you can find me in these. Black skinnies are something I have no problem splurging on. I buy a quality pair because I wear them ALL THE TIME. These ones are flawless. I wear my comfiest worn – in wide leg retro jeans on the plane since they look cute with flat shoes and make my butt look cute 🙂
- I pack my clothes in this duffel bag since it’s easy to carry, cute and fits easily into the overhead compartment. It has been with me to Thailand and on numerous weekend getaways and I love it.
- Xanax. Cuz flying blows.