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Spring break!
Posted by Dain, Sunday, March 11, 2007 6:32 PM (Eastern)

Vacationing in the south of France for a week...

Here's what I packed:

1. black bra and lots of black panties: they're just as neutral as white or beige but never look dirty, plus, way sexier
2. pink silk chemise with ivory lace: not only is it beautiful, it's actually very comfortable
3. white camisole: to layer underneath #6 and #7

4. crisp buttondown, with grey and lavender stripes: simple, clean, casual but not messy
5. lightweight silk green and ivory psychedelic patterned sweater: I love this sweater, it is exactly my style, and it looks so damn good
6. sheer red-and-black floral patterned silk capelet blouse (sort of like a fancy, limited poncho, I guess, except in delicate silk): it's kinda Victorian-blouse-ish at the neck and chest, the material is very bohomenian and attention-grabbing, and tailoring is certainly very unique
7. white bohemian style blouse with embroidery: it's perfectly provençal, no?

8. wool felt camel pencil skirt: a pencil skirt gives an outfit an instant dose of sophistication, and wears well with every top—of course it works with #4 and #5, it's narrow enough to wear with blousy tops #6 and #7
9. swingy navy linen a-line skirt: I prefer skirts to pants, and this is the most utilitarian of my skirts; it's a flattering shape and material, it's a neutral color that works with everything, and it's very comfortable

10. simple sundress with a splashy multicolor floral print: so easy to wear
11. white apron dress: for some reason, I look really good in this dress—I look really good in skirts and in white, and this dress is sort of the ultimate marriage of the two

11. red cardigan: nights might get chilly, so this is my "warmth" layer, to wear over the two dresses #10 and #11 (I wonder if I should also bring another cardigan, in seafoam?)

12. my mother's pearl necklace: because it's classic (though I think I'll take it off for the dresses), and it has that Grace-Kelly vibe that's perfect for the Riviera
13. art deco gold bracelet: it's very, very flashy... gold, pearls, and faux crystals, a repeating medallion pattern
14. an (faux) aquamarine and gold ring: there are lots of gemstones crowded around it, so that it looks like a garden patch with a pool... it's hard to describe, essentially it's the most fabulous thing I own
15. pink floral silk scarf: it doesn't seem right, to go to France without a scarf
16. gathered silver flats: for when I don't want to appear in heels, I'll wear these with the navy skirt #9 and the jeans #23
17. olive green espadrilles: these give me tons of height without discomfort (really!), and of course, they are so perfectly summery... I can wear these with the dresses #10 and #11, and of course with the navy skirt #9
18. simple black suede pointy-toe stiletto pumps: to pair with the camel pencil skirt, because pencil skirts require a heel (you run the risk of looking stumpy if you wear flats) and the espadrilles are too casual, though I guess it could work)

19: periwinkle blue string bikini: it's too cold to swim, but I can get a tan at the beach, I think
20. long flowery skirt and black tank top: beach coverups

21. my Pucci-esque henley
22. blue superfine lightweight cashmere "boyfriend" sweater: comfy and warm but fits well
23. jeans, Blue Cult, still the same pair
24. flip flops, love, bright blue Havaianas
25. my big brown bag that holds everything
26. my brown-blue-white tweed princess jacket (a princess jacket is cut like a dress)

That's it! I pack light. I don't really need all those clothes, but they're not much, once packed. I like this wardrobe because I can channel casual or dressed up as need be, without ever running the risk of looking messy.

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What to pack for a trip to Jamaica, part 2
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, December 05, 2005 3:15 PM (Eastern)

Okay I've thought of a few other things. One is, if you wear contact lenses, it's easy to forget your backup glasses. I forgot mine. Even though I remembered my contact lens solution and extra protein remover.

Everyone thought hahaha because I wore my leather jacket...but I ended up using it. Both on the plane trips and even in Jamaica, because of the rain. This I attribute to having lived in San Francisco for ten years...the weather there is so changeable, a leather jacket is a necessity.

Bug repellent--I did not bring this and had to borrow someone else's. If you're going to do something like rafting, you need Off! or some kind of bug repellent. The resort itself, interestingly enough, did not have mosquitos...they had some kind of noise machine they turned on at night that kept them away. But still (I am a Southerner after all) I made sure to close the doors to the suite in the evening, since that is when your mosquitos will find a way into your room.

Air travel now of course entails having to produce your documents every 5 steps of the way, so having a small bag containing your passport, ID, and other travel documents, plus a pen or two handy to fill out the forms, makes sense.

On the way back...this is key. Pack slightly differently...put your clean change of clothes on top of everything. Pack the stuff you will need that night and the next lens solution, facial cleanser, makeup, toothbrush and paste, etc. and put that up top with the change of clothes.

That way, once you come back, and you're knackered and cold (remember that leather jacket?) and ticked off, you need look only at the top layer of your bag.

Others advise to pack this stuff separately to begin with and make that your carry-on bag. i.e. get your essentials in the carry-on just in case they lose your luggage.

If you're going to do that, of course remember to check-in your nail clippers, haircutting scissors, etc.

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Packing for a holiday in Jamaica
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, November 29, 2005 7:17 PM (Eastern)

What to pack to go to Jamaica? (I've covered the makeup angle here: Makeup for a holiday in Jamaica).

Well, it's hot and humid. Not unbearably can stay out in the heat all day and not feel like keeling over. But you won't want to wear much clothing especially during the day.

  • Bathing suits

  • Typically, you will wear your bathing suit during the day. Jamaica, from what I saw, highly values its tourist trade. You won't get funny looks for wearing a bathing suit. The suits I saw tended toward the conservative (no thongs for example).

    I brought only one bathing suit and it was fine. You just wash it in the sink at night and hang it up to dry.

  • Skirts/sarongs

  • Along with this, you can do the sarong thing, but I was glad I owned at least one of those thin cotton gauze broomstick skirts made in India. They sell them in Jamaica but the quality of the ones there didn't impress me. I would have liked to have had more than can wear it with the bathing suit or on can live in these over there, so if you have some, or something similar, by all means bring them.

    Anything thin, loose-fitting and cotton, preferably short-sleeved, is fine. It's good to bring stuff you can wash in the sink. Tank tops are great. You can wear them with your skirts, shorts, capri pants, etc. and wash them easily.

  • Fancy clothes

  • I ran out of these on the third day :D Not that you need lots and lots but I could have used a couple throw in a couple extra.

  • Footwear

  • I didn't need socks the entire time I was there, because my walking shoes are Doc Martens sandals. Of course you may want socks for the flights coming and going, or if your walking shoes require socks (light, thin cotton).

    You will need walking shoes for excursions and of course for your flights.

    You will absolutely need a pair of "water socks" or "water shoes." If you want irony, you can buy these more cheaply in Jamaica but you will want to bring your own rather than having to hassle.

    I loved my Okabashi sandals and that's what I wore the most, aside from the water socks. The Doc Martens sandals were too heavy for everyday wear.

  • Hats

  • I thought I'd die without a hat since I forgot to bring one. In California, the sun burns the top of your head. In Jamaica though, I didn't get a head-burn. It won't cost anything for you to bring your own hat, or you can buy one over there.

  • Rain gear

  • It might rain during your stay. What you'd need is a lightweight waterproof jacket or travel sized umbrella.

  • Other notes

  • As I mentioned in the makeup article, be prepared to take two showers per day. The heat and humidity, plus the fact that you're bound to swim every day, make it necessary. If you have extra underwear, you might want to bring it along. Otherwise you'll end up washing it in the sink.

    Do bring a few accessories to put your hair up. It'll sound silly but I kicked myself for not bringing my Karina "octopus" claw. You won't spend oodles of time doing your hair, but I got bored wearing only my "toothed" hairband and lone velveteen scrunchie after a while.

    It's best to limit how much real jewelry you bring...then you don't have to worry about it. Sterling silver is perfectly acceptable or small pieces. If hematite is your thing, you can buy it there; it's everywhere.

    If you're skint on hot-weather clothing, start buying it in the summer even if your holiday is not in the summer. It's difficult to do last-minute clothing shopping of this kind.

    If I can think of anything else, I'll add it later on.

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    Posted by Dain, Friday, May 20, 2005 2:02 AM (Eastern)

    Packing for trips is always something of a quandry. Thank god, I pack light (which is a sort of gumption one must be born with). But it requires massive foresight, and a reasoned eye to judge what will be useful, and what will only hinder. Of course, there is a vast difference between, say, going home for Thanksgiving break, and going to Europe for a month. But I've some tips all the same. I will not attempt a comprehensive guide to travel (which would be a long article indeed), just a few random aphorisms and favorites, including some very expensive ones. These may seem like odd choices, until you realize that getting frazzled over traveling is entirely a state of mind. The less you worry whilst in transit, the better you'll feel about the whole ordeal.

    Serve it Forth, by M.F.K Fisher: Great writing, but soothing, nothing to overwhelm the mind. Magazines are great for this, too! Other suggestions: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith, Brideshead Revisted, by Evelyn Waugh, The Once and Future King, by T.H. White, The Complete Poems (1927-1979), Elizabeth Bishop, Catch-22, by Joseph Heller. On location, I prefer something weightier and serious, i.e. something you can sit down with for an entire afternoon: Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand, The Palm at the End of the Mind, by Wallace Stevens, Foucault's Pendulum, by Umberto Eco, The Magic Mountain, by Thomas Mann, Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace, Far From the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy. The perfect mix? Two of the former lightweight books (by "lightweight", I mean literally light in weight, and lighter in mood, rather than lighter in quality), and one of the latter for moments of sheer solitude.

    Kneipp Herbal Bath ($17): It's a small bottle, and the rewards are vast. There's nothing like a soothing bath to relax you after you arrive at your hotel. This tints your bath water a pretty hue, and smells deliciously of some therapeutic herb or another.

    Hermès Globetrotter Zip (~$760): A Hermès agenda is extravagant, to be sure, but it holds EVERYTHING paperworkish—cash, change, credit, receipts, passport, ID, a notebook in which to pen (which is the most essential of all, in my opinion), even a small map.

    Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock SPF 30 ($8.99): This isn't your highly modern, matte-finish, sheer, micronized formulae. Nay, this is the sort of old-fashioned creamy physical sunblock (titanium dioxide) that seem unpopular these days. But I have rather dryish, rather sensitive skin, and the scent of chemical sunscreens makes me nauseous. So this suits me, to a tee. (I warn you, this is not waterproof. But I'm not one for sun and swim, so again, I don't mind.)

    Louis Vuitton Keepall 60 ($820): Vuitton luggage is hardly essential, but hell, this is a fantasy trip, innit?

    Normally I loathe the monogram, but the luggage doesn't bother me at all (funny how that works), probably because no one else has it. This is chic, sturdy, large enough to accomodate "stuff", by itself alone, for two or three weeks (a month is too long of a trip, unless you're stationary), and no more. The worst thing in the world is to have too much, and this forces drastic minimalism upon you. You bring the stuff that should be brought, and a great way to schlepp it aroun'. For newly acquired purchases, I'd recommend packing a lightweight bag into your regular luggage—something easily foldable but durable enough to serve as a second piece of luggage on your trip back (Marni's gorgeous purple polka-dot print bag, anyone?).

    audiovisual privacy, iPod and sunglasses: Aye, for obvious reasons. Of course, you'll want the sunglasses to hide your jetlagged eyes, bleary hangover eyes, or maybe just avoid eye contact with strangers. And an iPod, stocked with plenty of Franz Ferdinand, John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton (if you're me, anyway) will soothe away the hours spent waiting in endless terminals.

    soft scarves/shawls: They're these lovely soft viscose scarves, which are wide enough to double as a shawl if you're chilly. They come in brilliant colors, and cost a mere €6. I don't know if you can find them stateside, but they're rampant in Paris (so pick one up if you happen to be there). Hmm... I can't even begin to expound on the versatility, comfort, stylishness, bargain-ness, etc., of these scarves. You'll get far more use out of these than a cardigan, and they're not as bulky.

    eye mask & sleeping pills: If all else fails, you can just sleep through the damn flight: hence, the eye mask and drugs.

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