Travel With Aplomb

Travel With Aplomb

Posted on August 16, 2012 by admin
Don’t we all remember when people traveled like this!

With airline imposing more and more stringent restrictions and charging for checked baggage, we may want to rethink how to pack for a trip. Adding insult to injury, there is an increasing chance for theft with checked luggage. One recent article described the aircraft baggage area as “flea markets” for baggage handlers with free access to “shop” unimpeded. JFK was sited as particularly problematic. One should never place electronics, jewelry or other highly prized items in their checked luggage. A few years ago, I placed my designer sunglasses in my suitcase to avoid adding more bulk to my purse. Bad idea. They did not arrive with my luggage.

So, what is a traveler to do?

Travel with a roll-on whenever possible. For travel of a week or less, this is not an issue. If the trip is longer, it may be necessary to check luggage but let’s just take a hypothetical weeklong trip.

1. Review each day of travel and daily planned activities.
2. Will you need walking shoes, heels, other?
3. Do you need an evening handbag/jewelry?

Let’s assume that you are going to New York for a week. You have a three-day conference and are going to add two days for shopping, museums, theatre and sightseeing.
If I were making this trip, I might pack the following: (Note: I am more a summer palette with softer shades of cool tones.)

Dark gray simple sheath dress (gray is my “black”)
Navy and gray slacks or skirts (2 total)
3 tops – combination of shells and blouse (white, light blue and light gray)
1 jacket and 1 sweater (blue jacket – deep pink sweater)
2 pair shoes – pewter heels, navy walking shoes
2 or 3 scarves with colors that complement jackets, sweaters and blouses

For travel, I would wear dark-washed, pressed jeans, with a washable blouse, my red suede jacket and comfortable shoes.

This core wardrobe will make sixteen different combinations without including travel clothes or the addition of a scarf or jewelry and they will easily fit into a roll-on with room for necessary items. That is more than three different outfits per day which should be sufficient for even the most discerning travelers.

Would this work for you? How would you assemble your travel wardrobe? I’d love to hear your comments.

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Don’t we all remember when people traveled like this!

With airline imposing more and more stringent restrictions and charging for checked baggage, we may want to rethink how to pack for a trip.   Adding insult to injury, there is an increasing chance for theft with checked luggage.  One recent article described the aircraft baggage area as “flea markets” for baggage handlers with free access to “shop” unimpeded.  JFK was sited as particularly problematic.  One should never place electronics, jewelry or other highly prized items in their checked luggage.  A few years ago, I placed my designer sunglasses in my suitcase to avoid adding more bulk to my purse.  Bad idea.  They did not arrive with my luggage.

So, what is a traveler to do?

Travel with a roll-on whenever possible.  For travel of a week or less, this is not an issue.  If the trip is longer, it may be necessary to check luggage but let’s just take a hypothetical weeklong trip.
Review each day of travel and daily planned activities.

Will you need walking shoes, heels, other?

Do you need an evening handbag?

 

Let’s assume that you are going to New York for a week.  You have a three-day conference and are going to add two days for shopping, museums, theatre and sightseeing.

If I were making this trip, I might pack the following:  Note:  I am more a summer palette with softer shades of cool tones.

Dark gray simple sheath dress (gray is my “black”)

Navy and gray slacks or skirts

3 tops – combination of shells and blouse (white, light blue and light gray)

1 jacket and 1 sweater  (red jacket – worn for travel and deep pink sweater)

2 pair shoes – pewter heels, navy walking shoes

2 scarves – one with red, white and blue and another multi-color w/bright pink

For travel, I would wear dark-washed, pressed jeans, with a washable blouse, my red suede jacket and comfortable shoes.

This core wardrobe will make sixteen different combinations without including travel clothes or the addition of a scarf or jewelry.  That is more three different outfits per day!  That should be sufficient for even the most discerning travelers.

Can you make more combinations?  Would this work for you?  I’d love to hear your comments.

Weekend at a French Chateau

Posted on June 29, 2011 by admin

Chateau

Ever spend a weekend in a French Chateau? Well, that’s what we just experienced and it certainly lived up to expectations.

We are involved with Agape France, a ministry group focusing on France. This year, our group was invited as guests of an American couple who own a beautiful chateau about an hours drive from Paris. The chateau was built in about 1100 and owned at one time by Consuelo Vanderbilt, Duchess of Marlborough. Winston Churchill among other dignitaries has been a guest.

At present, the grounds encompass some 180 acres and include numerous buildings for staff, meetings and recreation. Most of our rooms had bathrooms although neither plumbing nor electricity had been updated for many years. Thus, we were asked to use our hair dryers in the pool house, about a quarter of a mile from the chateau! There was also a caution about using too much toilet paper so as not to stop up the plumbing.

As you might imagine, each room was furnished with fresh flowers. Even the kitchen of the pool house had cute little pots with a single flower lining the hood over the stove.

Dinners for both evenings were not only a delight to the taste buds but to the eyes as well. Fresh local vegetables and fruits accompanied curried chicken the first evening and salmon the second evening. Desserts were typically French masterpieces that we could have found in a top Parisian restaurant.

We have all heard the hyperbole “once in a lifetime” but I think this truly fits the description.

Have a great Fourth of July!

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The Enduring Trench

Posted on March 8, 2011 by admin

As long as I can remember, the trench coat has been a staple in the fashion world for both men and women. The tan trench has always been the quintessential basic.

Ralph Lauren Trench Vest

In 1914, Thomas Burberry was commissioned by the British War Office to create a jacket that could be used by the military in the trenches. Burberry had an existing style – the “Tielocken” made from waterproof worsted cotton gabardine. A few style changes to better accommodate the soldiers’ needs, and the trench coat was born.

 

Diane Von Furstenberg
I’m sure Thomas Burberry would not believe his eyes if he were to see the myriad versions of his trench coat that have appeared in recent runway collections. Well-known designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Ralph Lauren are joined by newer names such as Phillip Lim, and Thakoon among numerous others have their own version of the trench.

Stella McCartney Trench Cape

Evening coats in various iterations of the trench can be found in silk, metallic, and tweed. Short, long, traditional beige, print, ruffled or cape-style all occupy hanger space in stores this season. If you are thinking of adding one of these new versions of this well-loved classic to your spring wardrobe, be sure to allow plenty of time to shop. With as much variety as there is available, you will want to explore the many possibilities before making your final choice. (All trenches pictured can be found at Neiman Marcus.)

St. John Trench Jacket

Would your company or organization benefit from a presentation on how to wear new spring styles? We are booking luncheon, lunch and learn, and workshops now. We can tailor one just for your group. Contact Beryl at Beryl@StyleWithAplomb.com or call 404-467-0288.

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