Fashion · Travel

Packing for a long weekend

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I’m off for a long weekend in sunny California and trying to pack.  This weekend is for relaxation and nothing more.  I’m planning to read, sit by a pool, enjoy yoga, walking and good food so my packing philosophy is KIS or keep it simple!

I’m taking a swimsuit, cover up, yoga pants and top for lounging and tennis shoes for walking.  I’ve packed flats, jeans, and a tee-shirt for optional retail therapy or a walking tour. For evening, I’ve got a knit dress and a tank dress depending upon how formal or casual I want to be. I’m throwing in a navy cardigan that will match everything I’m taking for the just in case it is cold concern.

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I’ve got suede mules with two-inch heels  for dress.  The heels are just the perfect height for casual or to step it up a notch for evening.  In line with my KIS strategy, I’ve gone with a blue theme to permit me to mix and match and save on shoes, one pair of flats and the mules, both navy and both match everything I’m taking.

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I decided on a navy Evelyne bag which will slip into my carry-on tote for the plane.  I’m adding my Ipad, kindle, and pouch with charger and cords to the tote. Last thing into my tote is my cosmetic bag.

I’m off for my long weekend!

 

Fashion · Home · Skin care

Do you pamper yourself?

 

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Each week I look forward to Sunday and Sunday night, specifically.   I set aside Sunday nights to indulge and pamper and generally get ready to face the week.  It might be something as simple as watching Downton Abby – uninterrupted-  a bubble bath, a glass of wine and soft music, a long walk on a beautiful evening, a new book I’ve been dying to read, or curling up with the latest magazines.  You get the picture, something relaxing, something fun that I enjoy, something I’ve not had time to do all week.

Tonight I’m going to have a bowl of chicken chili with a glass of red wine.  I’m planning a long hot bath along with my usual Sunday night skin care routine and last, but not least, a couple of episodes of Madam Secretary.  I can’t get enough of the show.

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My Sunday night skin care routine is the definition of indulgent.  I pamper my skin. A few years shy of eighty, my Mother has the most beautiful skin.  She’s never worn a lot of make up but she always took care of her skin.  I’m attempting to follow in her footsteps.  My first “holy grail” of skin care is eye cream morning and night.  I alternate between La Prairie and M-61 power glow eye cream but for Sunday night I opt for Sisley’s eye contour mask.  The mask is a once a week thing for me and it is decadent.  It is also the night to exfoliate. For my face, I opt for Channel’s Gommage Microperle Eclat exfoliant and for the body, Jo Malone’s vitamin E body treatment scrub.  Last, but not least, is a conditioning mask for my hair.  I opt for Moroccainoil intense hydrating mask.  It makes my hair feel soft and healthy the entire week.  I end with either Kiehl’s creme de corps or Jo Malone’s pomegranate body cream.

Now I’m ready to face Monday!

Fashion · Travel

New York City in 48 Hours

Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today, I want to be a part of it, New York, New York . . .  (Credit Frank Sinatra)

I’ve been in love with New York since my first visit with sorority sisters as a college freshman.  I’ve been fortunate to visit many cities and each has its own special je ne sais quoi but New York is definitely in its own class of city.  Museums, shopping, Central Park, Times Square, the theatre district, the architecture, eating, so much to enjoy and so little time.  So, what’s a girl to do, just how do you spend a weekend in the City?

The Met, as it is known by many, or the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is one of many museums available to frequent.  MOMA, The Frick, the Neue Galllery, and J.P. Morgan’s library are some of my favorites and a wonderful escape for when the weather is bad.

Madison Avenue, SOHO, and Fifth Avenue are home to designer and other boutiques.  If it can be bought, you would be hard pressed to not find it in the City.  Madison Avenue is my personal favorite.  I spent a wonderful birthday on the top floor of Tory Burch sipping Champagne  and purchasing new boots.  Claudia there is amazing.  Lexington Avenue also has a number of fun boutiques that are very New York.  Canine Styles is my favorite boutique for the quadraped and Gracious Homes is my go to store for linens.  I love their house brand sheets.

Central Park, so long as it is not freezing cold, is a must visit.  The boat pond, the Zoo, the Carousel , the Alice and Wonderland statute, John Lennon’s Imagine and, just simply, the existence of an oasis in the middle of the City means that it is not to be missed. Just take a walk, grab a sandwich, and simply enjoy the amazing green spaces in the middle of the metropolis.

So how do I spend 48 hours in the City?  First stop is a museum, usually the Met.  I pick one area of the Met to visit in a day.  You could spend days there and, as much as I love it, I find a couple of hours in one or two exhibits usually has me on sensory overload.  Next, I head to lunch.  The Met has several wonderful restaurants,  but Neil’s Coffee Shop on Lexington Avenue is an absolute favorite.  Forget the calories!  I go for a grilled cheese and fries and  enjoy.  If not Neil’s, then BG Restaurant  on the 7th floor is another favorite.  Their mac-n-cheese is another lunch favorite.  A bit of shopping has to be part of the visit.  I usually pick one of Madison Avenue, Lexington Avenue, Soho, or Fifth Avenue for a bit of retail therapy. The end of the day is perfect for dinner at any one of the City’s amazing restaurants. Cafe Carlyle, Bemelmans’ Bar, Cognac, Un Deux Trois, Deux Amis (yes, I have a thing for French restaurants), The Smiths, or Fig and Olive.  Finally, a Broadway play, or a concert, or simply an after dinner drink at the Peninsula Hotel or the St. Regis is an excellent way to end the day.

Day two usually begins with sleeping in a bit and then a Sunday brunch.  Balthazar’s on Spring Street, Esse-a-bagel, or Neil’s are all favorites.  The Botanical  Gardens are amazing and the Orchid show in February is always a treat.  Grand Central  is a fun stop and Sunday afternoons are great for the park or one of the museums.  Then, back to reality and time to return home so I head out to LaGuardia  or Penn Station for the trip back and a reunion with the pup.

So how did you spend your weekend?

 

Fashion · Travel

Leaving on a Jet Plane . . . What’s in my Carry-On Bag?

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I love to travel be it across an ocean or within the U.S.A. There is something exciting about discovering something new or seeing the familiar in a new light.

Where I’m going and how I’m getting there is  always my first consideration when it comes to packing.  Plane, train, or automobile, is key. When I travel by plane, I use my rollerboard luggage to make it easy to move through the airport. Then, to check or not to check, is the question. What size plane am I flying? If it is a small regional plane where you have to check anything larger than a lunchbox, then I pack to check. Domestic or international is my next question. Carry-on restrictions for some international carriers are smaller than on domestic carriers. I also have to be able to lift my bag over my head into the overhead bin. When you are vertically challenged, like I am, this is key.

My current trip is oversees. That means I will have a carry-on bag full of things I want to make certain arrive with me, things I will need while traveling, and items  that would be difficult to replace, especially in a foreign country.  This list is usually longer and more comprehensive than when I travel domestically. So, what’s in my international carry-on?

 

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This trip, I’m using my T. Anthony duffel. If I need to, I can check this bag for the trip home.  It is durable and I don’t need to be worried about it traveling under the plane. Added bonus for the fact that it is roomy, has multiple compartments, is light, durable, and has a shoulder strap for carrying.

First into my bag is an LV cosmetic case with medicine. Since I’m traveling internationally, I carry a few extras here. The usual of contacts, contact solution, eye drops, Advil, vitamins, and my inhaler go in accompanied by a ridiculously large selection of bandaids, and Emergen-C.  I also add a few extra disposable tooth cleaners.  They are indispensable on a overnight flight.

Next in is a clear zip case with power cords, earbuds, and extra battery packs. I’m flying for close to twenty hours this time and I want something to entertain me. I also make certain I’ve got iPad, iPod, and Kindle – all fully charged. This case also has my converter and adapter.  The clear case let’s me see everything at a glance so I can quickly grab what I’m looking for.  A large ziplock bag serves the same purpose.

My camera bag with camera, extra SD cards, extra batteries -all fully charged, and charger is next.  On my first trip oversees I learned my lesson as my camera battery died on the funicular on Anacapri. The first thing I did upon returning home was purchase extra battery packs.

Snacks go in next. On the menu this time are Godiva Milk Chocolate Pearls, breakfast bars, and Pringles.  These go in a ziplock bag so they don’t roll around the bottom of my bag.  The ziplock saves you if the packaging fails.  You don’t want melted chocolate pearls everywhere.

Makeup kit that meets TSA requirements goes on top so it is easy to get out and put back after I clear security.

Travel guide, itinerary in a circa binder with all the details of my trip printed out, passport, and foreign money go in on the top.

A cashmere poncho, bed socks, and boudoir pillow are stuffed in the side pocket where I can get to them if  needed.  There is nothing worse than being cold on a long flight. Anything that helps make things comfortable is a plus, thus the pillow and the socks.

 

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What’s in my beach bag?

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I love WIMB posts. The feature of what’s in my bag from purse blog at purseblog.com and sharing on purseforum.com. got me hooked. I’m not certain if it is my inner organizer seeking that elusive greater knowledge of a better way to organize my stuff or if I’m just a snoop at heart. Either way, I love seeing what and how people organize what is in their bag. Now is my turn to share what is in my beach bag!

My beach bag must hold everything I need for a day at the beach or the pool.  I constantly try to edit what I carry but that is something of a lost cause.  In addition to those items pictured here I often add a collapsible dog bowl and Swell bottle of water if the quadruped is along for the day.

My beach bag is from Rae Feather customized with painted stripes and my initials. It is roomy and holds everything I need for a day at the beach.

 

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My iPod and ear buds in a waterproof bag, since music and audiobooks are a must.  Yes, I still have a small iPod that I use on the beach and when I exercise. It is smaller than my phone and great for the audiobooks and music I love to listen to while walking or sitting on the beach.

My kindle full of great books to while away the time while I’m soaking up the sun. I prefer my kindle over my iPad when I’m outside. My iPad tends to over-heat after a few minutes in the sun and the kindle’s liquid paper and lighting makes it easier to read in full sunlight.

Sunny the goldfish full of original recipe fish to munch on during the day.

My towel is a monogrammed bath sheet from Neiman Marcus bought during their white sale. The bath sheet is monogrammed with my initials using Neiman’s in-house service. My preference is white for the ability to spot clean but they have many colors and patterns.

I always wear a hat to block sun from my face. I’m a firm believer in sunscreen and cover ups. I have quite the collection of Master’s baseball style caps and large floppy sun hats.

Evian mist! For those of you who’ve spent any amount of time in the low country you know how hot it can get. My trick is to keep spray bottles of Evian in my refrigerator. When I leave the house, I grab a cold can of Evian and I have a cool spray of water to cool off.

I carry baby wipes for cleaning hands and sunnies and anything else that gets sandy.

Towel clips to keep my towel in place are necessary.   It can get windy on the beach! These are part of a set of eight I found on Amazon. I also have a whimsical set that look like whales.

I keep lots of sunscreen in my bag. At the start of the summer I lather on nothing less than 50!

Filling up the rest of my bag is a koozie for my drink of choice, sunnies, Tory Burch swimsuit and flip flops, and a J. McLaughlin tunic as my coverup.

I keep a zip pouch that was a gift from my cousin in my bag that holds the smaller pieces and my keys.

What’s in your beach bag?