Christmas is less than a week away, yet it's only now that it has started to feel like the holiday for me. There's something about flying home that feels festive. Though it's not snowing, and yes it's sunny, the Christmas spirit starts to hit once I land, knowing that I'll soon get to the house that I grew up in, greeted by the familiar pine smell of a real Christmas tree.
I was up at the crack of dawn to get to the airport. Who knew that everyone in northern California decided to catch the first flight out? I stood in line for almost an hour in the freezing cold to check in my bag, and ended up running (literally!) to the gate, only to be the second to the last person on. I can only express relief that the bag that I checked in with all of the gifts that I brought, landed in LAX with me. I have a fear that my luggage will get lost and so I very rarely check in luggage.
I've traveled enough to know what I like and don't like about traveling:
- getting to the airport early enough to sit and sip my coffee.
- feeling comfortable on a plane.
- wearing a chic outfit, but feeling like I'm wearing sweats.
I don't like...
- freezing on a plane.
- feeling weighed down by my outfit.
- running to the gate.
Well, I accomplished everything except for the running part, but as my mom put it, "At least you got your morning exercise."
I think the key to wearing a travel-ready outfit is layering with items that serve its purpose. For my base, I'm wearing my oh-so-comfortable AG Stevie jeans which feel like pajama pants. They're super stretchy which makes reaching for the overhead bin or running to the gate just a little bit easier. I'm also wearing my Proenza Schouler for Neiman Marcus + Target sweatshirt which is stylistic with it's abstract print, but one of the most comfortable sweatshirts that I own.
My jacket is an anorak that I bought from H&M a while back, but I love it because it has a hood, perfect for keeping my head warm and sleeping on the plane, but it also has ginormous pockets, so as I'm preparing to zip through security, I can easily stuff my ticket and ID in one pocket, and my quart bag of liquids in the other. I prefer to wear boots when traveling because I always get cold on the plane and it's another layer to keep my feet and legs warm.
Scarves are the best for traveling because they keep your neck cozy, and you can roll it into a tiny pillow to sleep on .
I normally just carry on luggage. I prefer to use printed, brightly colored duffle bags which are easy to spot but can conform to whatever space I have in the overhead bin.
I've been layering my bracelets lately and I made these two beaded ones last week. I've also been loving ribbon-type elastic hair ties. This one by Goody is able to hold my thick hair together, doesn't leave a dent, and when I'm not using it, looks pretty on my wrist.
I absolutely adore Dogeared jewelry and you will almost always find one of their necklaces on me. I created this one and I'm not sure if you can see, but there's a little navigation charm for the avid traveler in me.
How do you like to dress when you travel?
[Jacket: H&M; similar one here][Boots: Steve Madden]
[Scarf: Urban Outfitters][Necklace: Dogeared]
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Pictures by Ralph M.