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Surviving travel… in style

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When Mark presented me with tickets to Las Vegas for Christmas, a sense of panic set in almost immediately: Vegas means packing, and packing means living in a dress, a couple shirts and two pairs of shoes for almost a week! Being a vain person, I want to look good – whether it’s in Brooklyn, Moscow or Xanadu. Being able to look at the pictures without cringing at the sight of my own scruffiness would be nice, too… Plus, I have a secret mission: to bring some New York style to Las Vegas.

A challenge like this requires serious preparation. I started a packing list weeks in advance, writing stuff down as it occured to me. The trick here is to pack just enough; not too little and not too much. I mentally scrolled through the activities, trying to figure out what type of outfits I will need: there will be a Cirque du Soleil show, a  Penn & Teller show, casual and fancy dining, a meet-up with friends, a spa, and, of course, several hours spent on the plane/airports.

Remember how I said playing it safe is for the wussies & the demode? Scratch that. Traveling light means packing smart – so I went for versatile pieces, which will allow me to compose multiple outfits later. I picked a color palette and stuck to it: reds, creams, light grays, and blacks. This is my entire wardrobe for the trip:

  • 1 fancy black & white dress w/jewelry to go with it
  • 1 casual dress
  • 1 black sparkly coat
  • 1 pair of black boots, medium heel
  • 1 pair of red beetle boots
  • 1 light gray pashmina
  • 1 long red & gray skirt
  • 1 light gray cashmere sweater
  • 1 belt
  • 1 creme blouse
  • 1 vintage red hat
  • 1 top hat
  • 1 pair of gray jeans
  • 1 swim suit
  • 3 pairs of stockings

For the next 5 days, I will be documenting my attempts to survive a vacation… in style!

24 Responses to
“Surviving travel… in style”

  • killgrace666 says:

    i live in vegas. maybe ill see you around. your style is probably alot better in person than in pictures

  • Elrodien says:

    wow…nice thinking!!! i never thought of workiong with one specific palette during trips and always ended up on jeans and t shirts who match with anything…and also look horrible in pictures!

    Have a nice flight today and a great trip!!! Im soooooo jealous right now because my exam period at uni is starting and all i can think about is holidays holidays holidays!!!

    Have fuuuuuuuuuuun!!!

  • Bonnie :) says:

    I would LOVE to see you wear your top hat on the Vegas strip.

    Too bad I’m not in Vegas. Hope you have fun! <3333~

  • Jackie says:

    That’s a great idea to stick to one color palette. I can never decide what to bring and I always end up packing too much. =P I don’t know if you’ve seen a Cirque show before, but they are really amazing in person. =) You should totally do a Cirque du Soleil make-up look…and a Vegas showgirl make-up look. Lol ;) Have fun!!!

  • Vixel says:

    I’ll be really interested to hear how this goes, I’m terrible for over-packing, I don’t think I’d manage it!

  • Is' says:

    Packing… I use to have so much fun packing ( unpacking is the worst thing ever, though )… I learned to be organized and it actually works very well… and really, I think vacation is the best way to reinvent yourself… for a day, a week, or just even a look…

    Have fun in Vegas !

  • awww…. you’re cute.

    Imagine having one suitcase for an entire music tour! It totally sucks… I can tell you from experience, especially because people expect you to look your best when you perform and when you’re about! I pretty much lived out of one suitcase for a whole year when I traveled and toured with my band. It makes you become a versatile stylist out of necessity… something things you never imagined suddenly have to be worn together.

  • Picking a color palette and working within it is a great tip that I have never considered before! Like Jackie, I always end up packing way too much and think that’d be a great way to reduce clutter!

  • Kellee says:

    So much help! I’ll need it to pack for my upcoming trip.

    Hopefully you’ll have plenty of pictures to share!!

  • Sal says:

    I never even considered choosing a color palette for an entire vacation – brilliant!

  • Sunny says:

    Wowwww. Only 3 pairs of stockings?! They’re small, you can always fit more in ;] ;]

  • PaintHead (jessie) says:

    ❤ HOPE UR HAVING FUN, FASHION SHOULD BE FUN AND NOT A STRESSFUL THING, SO when u mix and match things, styles and eras it all works out, gotta have the polka dots too! LOLOL
    I’m sure u will be rocking it out❤❤❤❤ hugs!

  • Meruan says:

    Sticking to a palette is a great travel tip.
    I just came back from visiting my family in Puerto Rico. I chose blacks & reds as my main colors and was able to mix and match, making the most out of the few pieces I brought. Of course, I ended up buying so many things–including two fabulous coats for crazy discount prices–I had to get another piece of luggage coming back to NY!

  • Rose says:

    Packing for my London trip was a challenge too — but I’ll be here for four whole months, and I only had one suitcase and a travel bag. Just an excuse to go shopping here I guess! And OMG is it ever fabulous!

  • kagitsune says:

    That’s a really good idea to pick a color palette for the whole trip… who’s going to know that you’ve been wearing red, black, and grey the whole trip expect for yourself and your traveling companion (i.e. husband :3 )? And to look great while you’re at it? Let’s take a trip!! ^^

  • Shannon says:

    Wow, that got me thinking about my upcoming trip to England . . . ok, the trip is in June, but still. I have no idea what to pack . . . but I’ll pack less because I’ll be going shopping there! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! At least it will be warm, so no bulky sweaters :)

  • Julia SoL says:

    Very daring the red hat! I always pack one or two for a trip,.

  • Shia says:

    Oooh, have lots of fun! Vegas seems like your kinda place. ;D I’m going there for spring break myself.

    I agree with a previous commenter, you can always fit more stockings! =D

    And you will lovelovelove Cirque du Soleil. I’ev seen two of their shows and they are amazing. It should be fun to dress up for. =D

  • Scheharazade says:

    I wish you happy holidays !^-^

  • Stephanie says:

    That’s a really good idea – sticking to a color palette. I usually just plan out a couple different outfits that aren’t cohesive at all, and I can see why having a common color scheme may be useful!

    Have fun!

  • Eyeliah says:

    Have a great time, I’d have to say packing is one of my fave things to do. I love to plan the outfits ahead and not bring too much or too little.

  • Lara says:

    I’m dying for pictures!

    Oh, and I saw this on ebay and immediately thought of you! Especially when I saw the picture of the girl holding it with her little plaid dress and leg warmers…

  • Have a good time and let us sknow details about your travel.

  • Clara says:

    I really look forward to the forthcoming posts. I’m a terrible packer and normally end up wearing the same old crap. Teach me something!

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