Frigid temperatures call for some fresh, fun fashion.. Maybe something red?
Leopard - just a shot to jazz things up.. (don't over do this one ) - your choice!
Pair pastels with neutrals - soft and sweet but sophisticated -
Banish basic black for the moment with warm winter tones ..
Color block handbags - wear now and later- these mix beautifully with anything and are seasonless..
Something floral? Feels like spring already..
Quick and easy wardrobe fix: Introduce just one new color or print to your everyday drab winter outfit whether it be neutral or bright - sure to lift your spirit if not the temperature!
The good news is tomorrow is going to be a high of 36, Tuesday high of 49 and Wednesday it's supposed to hit 60 degrees- really? Break out your bathing suit! Not quite but I'll take it.. Have a great week, Thanks as always for reading, Lori
So now it's time to actually pack that suitcase- without stress and no panic attacks - truly! Here's my strategy for a less-is-more approach to packing - leave the headaches at home (with those extra outfits, shoes etc).
A few days before you go:
1.Check that you have the appropriate luggage-
This may strike you as silly - but trust me - if you have teenage/college age or older children who travel to school or don't live nearby- the luggage disappears. If you wait for the night before to pack for your trip you may not find that duffle/suitcase you know you own and have somewhere in the house but just can't seem to find- its probably out in California at your daughters apartment..
And don't forget that unique luggage tag - the giant plaid bow you can see out of the corner of your eye.. beats elbowing people out of your way to check every non-descript black bag that goes by on the baggage carousel.
2.Honesty is the best policy..
Are you really going to wear that fancy dress on your family vacation to your parents house in Boca? Do you really need to pack that extra( bulky) coat on your ski trip? How many pair of pants are you bring for your week away- not one for every night I hope.. Before packing each and every item ask yourself if you absolutely must have it. If the answer is "maybe" then my advise is "leave it". Another must do especially when it comes to pants-try them on and make sure they still fit the way you want them to - you know what I mean..
3. Leave the real valuables at home..
I like to take whatever I can wear on the plane and leave the rest behind.. Odds and ends tend to get lost while traveling especially if you are staying in more than one place , traveling with kids etc. There are enough little details to think about when traveling.. a few costume pieces are cool to throw in and fun to wear..
4.Modify your beauty routine
Take the essentials - leave the masks, exfoliaters, gels, scrubs, special conditioners, five shades of lipstick etc at home - just too much clutter for that hotel bathroom counter space (and you won't look any different - really).
5.To roll or to fold?
I personally don't roll even though it's supposed to save the most space. It just seems weird to me - I fold and use plastic from the dry cleaners to protect anything that can wrinkle. I pack my shoes and anything bulky first then layer with clothing the most delicate things go on the top. toiletries go in big plastic baggies on the very top.
6.1. Make a list...and check it twice.
Using a packing list will make sure you not only cut down on items to bring, but also remember to bring underwear. (you'll never forget to bring underwear twice by the way).
Here are two easy and cute travel outfits - one for warm and one for chilly trips.. Be comfy but always look nice - my motto-
Happy travels! If you forget something chances are you can buy it once you get where you're going - relax and enjoy! Life is too short to worry about the little things. Have a great week and thank you for reading, Lori
Getting away in the winter for a week or even just a long weekend is definitely on my list and probably yours too. Packing up and getting ready? Are you anxious yet? There's really no need to panic over packing no matter where you are heading. Here are a few tips to make this pesky task, easy and simple.
1. Don't be a pack rat..
Ask anyone who knows me - I take as little as possible when traveling. It has become sort of a personal challenge! I hate having more things than I need- hate unpacking a load of clothes when I get where I'm going and truly do not like looking at any unworn outfits at the end of a vacation week. Whether you are going for a quick getaway down south for some sun and relaxation or a week long ski trip, laying out your clothes/outfits a few days before is a must. Start with the basics- undergarments, socks, pj's, and work your way from there. Stick with simple styles and a single color story. Seven days vacation does not require seven outfits - figure you will take three and repeat. Finish with a few accessories that will add style and interest. If you are still not convinced contact me and I will prove that it can be done!
2. Travel in Style..
We all like to be comfortable when traveling but please leave the sweatpants/workout pants at home or for your teenage daughter. There are so many good other options. While I don't suggest the heels ( as in the above photos!) I do like looking neat and pulled together - think cozy not schleppy. You never know who you are going to run into.. My standard "go to" plane outfit: Paige jeans - (they are very stretchy) ballet flats or driving shoes, tank top, cashmere sweater, warm scarf (air travel necessity) and a light weight leather jacket. If I'm going somewhere cold- I'll swap a pair boots and a shearling for the flats and the leather jacket. A functional but stylish tote bag and/or a great looking carry on and you are set.
Me getting ready to travel to Napa last summer - This tote is my go to piece for every trip. Bought it on sale at the Gucci store over ten years ago! Industructable, goes with everything, has doubled as a beach bag and also big enough for day trips.. The sweater is Lauren by Ralph Lauren - big and warm and great for traveling.
Carry on, Carry on..
What should your carry on bag consist of? What can't you live with out even for a day? It's so personal but here are a few of my own must haves:
Advil, lipstick, jewelry, medications, nail file, travel documents, mints, healthy snacks, water(after you pass through security) small money for tips, earphones, phone, computer, eyewear, reader, hand sanitizer, facial wipes, chargers, cards.. did I forget anything? Some of my friends throw in an extra outfit and small make up bag in the event of lost luggage- not a bad idea..
Piece of advise - keep your furry friends out of sight when pulling out that suitcase - they can get very depressed and out of sorts - I think we all have had that experience ..
Something for the men in your life- cool leather travel bags by John Varvatos - contact me if you are interested in prices ( 70% off retail) and details..
Next weeks post- " Pack like a pro.." Have a great week, Lori
Sample Sale this week:
I took a trip into the city yesterday to the Blue Duck sample sale. Well worth the trip.. Beautiful light weight shearling coats at amazing prices. They are open to the public this week. 463 7th Ave between 35th and 36th Street. Call for details - 212-268 3122 . Mention my name for an additional 15% off!
Who wouldn't love a little spring in the winter? Think neutrals, candy colors, winter white. Fresh and pretty..
Instead of a basic black winter coat how about camel or white? So chic..
Another way to breathe new life into your winter wardrobe? A bold, handbag -And it doesn't have to be Celine- there are beautiful choices in every price range. Wear it now and into the next season. Try a color or stick with neutrals - anything but black!
I purchased this handbag from Tory Burch back in March and have worn it with just about everything. With or with out the strap, summer,fall and winter..- it doesn't owe me any money.. cute and cool..
You could also get a head start and try something in green- newest on trend color for spring
New Product I love: My daughter Jaime left this behind last time she visited- Benetint by Benefit Cosmetics - I tried it and am hooked- Cost- $29.00. I wonder if she even knows?
No more winter pasty pallor.. There is nothing else like it! Use it instead of blush for an instant natural glow - also can be used on lips. This is perfect for women who want to look good and feel good but don't like to look "made up." And you need to use just a drop - it lasts forever..
Enjoy your week, Lori
With 2 snow storms this week alone and hurricane Sandy not quite a distant memory, it is understandable why the winter blues can set in - icy roads, frigid temperatures, darkness at 5 PM, sleet, slush, wind and snow - not fun by any means. This being said, many women I know don’t like the winter for an entirely different reason – bulk! Winter attire needs to keep us warm first and foremost, and this often is equated with thick bulky layers of clothing -however - you do not have to resign yourself to looking 10 pounds heavier until the spring thaw. Rethink and refine your wardrobe for winter. It may take a little more effort but the end result is worth it. Stick with a few proportion "rule's". Instead of reaching for that chunky knit or big oversized puffy coat you've had forever, think lightweight layers and flat knits. Undershirts, tank tops, any thin layer to start off will add extra warmth without bulk. Outerwear should fit comfortably and definitely never look skimpy, but many women tend to wear coats that are just way too long and oversized for their height and size. Also many down coats now come with belts and /or are more feminine in shape. We do not have to look like football players any more! Last tip - balance the top and the bottom of your outfit- if you ARE going for that big cozy sweater ( and I do often) 1. make sure your pants are more fitted and 2. try footwear with some type of heel- optional depending on the weather and if you can manage it (with a good rubber sole) for a nice sleek finish.
1. Apres Ski cool..
No need to pack your warmest cashmere turtleneck. You will roast away inside any ski area resteraunt or resort. The heat is usually blasting! Layering up is the way to go- don't forget a scarf - an extra layer to keep you warm if you need- effortlessly chic..
2. Chilly days around town - I love that this coat has a nice shape at the waist - and not too pricey.. Love the bright color sweater too - Especially in the dead of the winter..
Fun with Fido- or Lucy and Maggie... OK - This coat is a bit shapeless but the length is good - not too long. I happen to like winter white a lot. Skinny pants help keep the total look from being overwhelming. And don't forget little dogs need coats too -
Winter sporting attire - I love being outside in the winter as long as my body is warm. Thin layers are key so you can move! Hand and foot warmers help too and wool socks are a must for me- Platform tennis anyone?
Cheers to a super stylish (and please not too snowy )new year! All the best, Lori
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