5 Necessities for the Fashionable & Practical Traveler

At any airport in America, you’ll see people wearing and toting so many different things. When I went to Cape Cod last week, I saw people wearing pajamas, suits, cutoff tank tops, yoga pants or stilettos. No one was wearing more than one of these items at once, but as I sat waiting for the delayed plane to get to my gate, I thought about what a large disparaity there is in travel wear. There are certain travel necessities that are musts if you are hoping to have an easy, comfortable and stylish trip.

Some people go for only comfort when they travel, while others go for looks and some simply go to the airport straight from work. Personally, I go for comfortable and slightly dressy, casual travel clothes and practical items to keep me going. Regardless of whether or not I’m traveling, it makes me feel good and confident to wear an outfit that I have put some thought into. I usually go for a travel look that is similar to what I would wear to work on a casual Friday – jeans, knit top, comfy and fun shoes and my usual accessories.

I travel pretty regularly and have found over the past few years that certain clothes and a couple products are particularly perfect for traveling. Here are the top five must-haves for my fellow fashionable and practical travelers.

#1. BIG BagIt’s best to travel with a¬†handbag that is big enough to fit a laptop, wallet, notebook, passport and snacks easily inside. If you’re at all like me and you accumulate more things as you travel, it’s good to have a roomy satchel or tote in hand. Pro tip: pack your bag the night before you travel and make sure there is room for the “extra” things that will turn into “necessities” during your trip. ūüėČ

Sole Society Faux Leather Weekend Satchel, $80 // Tory Burch Parker Leather Tote, $298

#2. Water Bottle — So many airports and train stations have filling stations for water bottles now that it makes sense now more than ever to bring a water bottle with you when you travel. Of course, water fountains work just fine too! Not only will it save you money throughout your trip, but it’s also better for the environment. I got the bottle below in my FabFitFun summer box and the blue silicone cover is so soft and squishy!

BKR Romeo Bottle, $21 (40% off!) // MIRA Stainless Steel Water Bottle, $20

#3. Comfortable Denim —¬†Jeans with the perfect amount of stretch are a must when I travel. I love jeans that are comfortable and will help me look polished and less like the hot mess I usually feel like when I am traveling! Below are two of my go-to pairs of jeans for traveling because these styles have stretch that will make you feel like you’re wearing yoga pants, and they maintain their shape over long days; i.e. they don’t end up sliding off you!!


Kut from the Kloth Mia High Waist Skinny Jeans, $90 // Hudson Nico Skinny Jeans, $195


#4. Portable Phone Battery —¬†
Relying on airport outlets or plane outlets to charge your phone is a rookie mistake. Chances are when your flight has been delayed, you won’t be the only person vying for a battery re-charge. Portable phone batteries have been a life saver for me when I’m traveling all day, whether I’m airport hopping or sightseeing around town.

Anker PowerCore+ mini, $14 // Apple Lightning Portable Charger, $25


#5. Stylish Sweater
— I always prepare myself to be cold and hot when I travel, so I purposely wear or bring a few layers. A stylish, neutral sweater or sweatshirt is my favorite way to stay warm and still look cute.

BB Dakota Sweater, $28 // J.Crew Pompom Sweater, $60

In addition to these necessities, I usually pick out some form of entertainment like the latest book I cannot put down¬†or book of sodoku puzzles. Do you have similar travel necessities? I’d love to hear what you can’t travel without.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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What I’m Wearing: Winter Edition

Hi friends!

Thank goodness it is Friday!! I’ve had a long (but very good) week and I am ready to relax this weekend. Since we’re in the middle of winter, I have realized there are certain items in my closet that have been repeated a lot lately. I just love them so much! It often surprises me what pieces I get the most use out of, so hopefully this list of the top things I’m wearing this winter is helpful for you.

  1.  London Fog Hooded Wool Parka, $80 on sale
    • This blue coat was a Christmas gift and I am obsessed with the color. It is super warm and a little roomy. The detail at the waist is also quite flattering.
  2. J.Crew V-Neck Wool Sweater, $60
    • It’s the kind of sweater that makes you look polished. The fit is perfect, not too baggy and slimming. It’s versatile as well; perfect for the weekend or work.
  3. Kork-Ease ‘Castaneda’ boot, on sale for $133
    • These are my go-to winter booties with a heel because of how comfortable they are. The rubber sole also has good tread if it is icy.
  4. Cotton Emporium Marled Open Knit Cardigan, $49
    • I mentioned my love of this sweater in a previous post, and since then my love for it has only grown. It is seriously like wearing a blanket–so cozy!
  5. BP Scoop Neck Long Sleeve Tee, $18
    • I’ve been layering this basic tee with all kinds of different outfits. The cotton is super soft too.
  6. Rag & Bone Olive Skinny Jeans, $198; (similar here for $114)
    • I love Rag & Bone Jeans, as you probably know, but the reason I’m wearing these on repeat right now is the color. I’m obsessed with olive this season, but especially pants.
  7. J.Crew Factory Donegal Turtleneck Sweater, $40 (similar here)
    • Turtlenecks are in right now, and I really love how this one has specks of other colors within the grey wool and the oversized collar.
  8. Steve Madden Austin bootie, $100
    • The pointed toe on these booties gives them a unique and western vibe. I thought I’d wear them more in the fall and spring, but they look awesome with jeans and dark wool socks on. Just beware, they run small and narrow. I’m usually a size 7.5 or 8 or 7.5, and I needed these in a size 8.5.

Above are some recent looks I have been wearing. As you can see, another thing I have been wearing a lot lately is my plaid Mod Cloth blanket scarf that I got for Christmas. They are unfortunately sold out, but I did find a new one on Poshmark, if you are in the market for one.

If you have anything in your closet you can’t get enough of this winter, I’d love to hear what it is and why you are enjoying it.

Cheers to a fabulous weekend!

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Comfy & Cute Travel Wear

I made it to Illinois with Will today and am delighted to be able to enjoy the holiday season without any work until the New Year, when I start my new job. I am sure I will hit the ground running when that begins, so I’m trying to truly enjoy the time I have now to relax.

That said, I think my recent travel outfit compliments this current theme of relaxation in my life. It was super comfortable to travel in, and I’d like to think it looked pretty cute as well.¬†I paired a new¬†Cotton Emporium¬†sweater¬†that I got for Christmas with a J.Crew striped shirt, a scarf I got for Christmas, my favorite Rag & Bone jeans and Kork-Ease booties.


The great thing about this outfit are the layers. Especially when I am traveling in the winter, wearing layers helps me stay warm (or cool) whether I am in a plane or waiting for a taxi. I also wore my Barbour jacket as I traveled which gave me added warmth when needed.

Here are all the details to get my look:

This was my first time wearing a Cotton Emporium sweater and I was surprised at how soft, comfy and cozy it is. The sizing was accurate as well. I usually wear a 2 or 4 in tops, and because so wanted a chunky, oversized sweater I got the medium. My Rag & Bone jeans are also fit well and are pretty stretchy–a must-have for me when I travel. I could also easily wear my Kork-Ease booties for hours because the sole is so well cushioned.

Well that’s all for now. While I am in Illinois, I will share a couple more blog posts recapping 2016. Stay tuned!

Hopefully you will continue to enjoy a slow-paced holiday week.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille