4 Summer Stories, A Series:
The sun is out, school’s almost over, and you’re already daydreaming of the plans you have in store for summer. Whether it’s interning, traveling, sunbathing or listening to live music, I created a 4 part series of chic summer outfits and accessories that are a-la-mode to any summer adventure.
Today’s look: The Traveler
It might be Prague, it might be China, it might be a city an hour away from you. Whatever the destination, this ensemble has your back. Traveling can be stressful if you’re not prepared, so travel like an effortless jet setter with these staples.
What am I wearing?
Comfort- Comfort. Comfort. Comfort. Whenever you’re traveling that should be your priority. You never know what may happen – Your flight can get delayed, or your rental car can take hours to arrive. This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style, of course.
Boyfriend Jeans- Speaking of comfort, to me, boyfriend jeans are the happy medium between sweatpants and skinny jeans. Am I right, or am I right?
Tennis shoes- Go for a comfortable pair, like Supergas. Easy to put on and take off. Plus, you can run in them to reach your gate on time! Mamma mia!
Leather hooded jacket- You get the benefits of a sweater without looking too casual, and the leather gives your outfit an edge. Get the London look.
The Lululemon Vinayasa scarf- Or should I say, the “I Can Become Anything” scarf. This scarf has buttons on the edges, so you can wear it as a uni scarf, normal scarf, shirt, cover-up, poncho, you name it. I’ve used it as a blanket and pillow on the plane, perfect for those long flights. WARNING: You won’t go back to normal scarves once you purchase one of these!
A Slouchy Leather Bag- A big bag is what you need. One with straps, and is essentially more durable than a typical handbag. Though this bag isn’t magical like a Mary Poppins carry-all, it will hold all of your (numerous) travel essentials.
What’s in my travel bag?
Green Juice- Gotta have it. If I’m road tripping, I’ll take it with me to go. If I’m traveling overseas, I look for a smoothie bar inside the terminal. Insider Tip: La Guardia has Blueprint and Suja juices!
Chocolate- Flight got delayed? 5 hour layover? Don’t sweat it, have some chocolate! (Preferably dark). It increases your serotonin levels, improving your mood and making you feel happier. I usually get Justin’s peanut butter dark chocolate cups!
Foreign Currency- Even if it will only cover a cab and a quick snack, make sure you have some money from the country you’re visiting. Insider Tip: Sometimes, the coolest areas are the ones that don’t accept credit cards so make sure to have cash on hand!
Sunglasses- It’ll be sunny somewhere! (It can also make sleeping in planes easier.)
Headphones- Even after those road trip sing-a-longs, or plane small talk, you need to wind down and listen to some music.
Passport + Boarding pass- These are a must!
Journal – Make sure to keep a journal with you during a long day of seeing monuments, or cruising the streets of a city. Even if you only jot down 3 lines, write about an experience you had that day. Whether you spoke a word in Mandarin, or saw the Mona Lisa, you’ll be glad you recorded these memories. I did this on my Eurotrip last summer and it was was definitely worth it. Reading the small details and stories reminded me of the wonderful experience I had.
Camera- Beautiful sights last longer in pictures, so even if it’s disposable, bring a camera. You never know, a new profile picture could be in there somewhere!
Make up essentials- Travel size of course, you’ll need the basics for traveling with makeup. Blush, bronzer, moisturizer, concealer, mascara, lip balm, face wipes (refreshing after long flights) will keep you from looking disheveled.
Traveling is full of excitement, as you embark on a new journey that is filled with new stories and experiences. Enjoy it, live in the moment, and never tell yourself to try something “next time”. You never know when that “next time” will be! This summer, experience a different culture, step out of your comfort zone, and create memories.