I would very much like for you to believe that I embark from long plane rides looking something like a tasteful, vintage version of Our Lady of Controversial Couture, Mrs. Beckham:
Prude that I am, I would have added pants to this outfit, but - that trench! That bag!
Sadly, my un-Pretty, coach-class travel reality runs more along the lines of practical comfort. Unlike Posh here, I intentionally keep the clothes, the jewels, and the accessories low-profile while traveling. I'm definitely not one of those who thinks she is in harm's way once she leaves the good ol' USA, but it just seems sensible to leave the expensive goodies I can't bear to lose back home. Yes, on overseas flights, I dress myself for . . . comfort and warmth.
I know how you kids love the Polyvore sets, so without further ado, here are my in-flight basics - clockwise from the top left:
- "Bose Noise-Cancellling Headphones": (as stolen from the Anonymous Husband)
- "White + Warren Cashmere Wrap": this is the schmancy version of the pashminas I bring along for my perpetually cold self. Classes up the casual airport outfit all while keeping me warm & doubles as a more formal wrap while out & about.
- "Michael Stars 3/4 Sleeve Shine Shirt": just warm enough, but no wrinkling.
- "Merrell Arabesque Shoes": You don't want to be that girl holding up the dreaded security line, do you? These slide off & on easily. They're also insanely comfy while avoiding that whole white Reebok US tourist look.
- "Citizen Kelly Jeans": my go-to jeans
- "Smythson Travel Wallet": If I have a few vodka sodas en route & squint, my trusty old Coach travel wallet begins to resemble this beauty.
What I'm missing is a carry-on travel tote. Yes, yes - I just bought myself a bag (psst - edited the last post to show you which one), but a travel tote serves an entirely different purpose: it must be able to withstand frisky rounds of "Seven Minutes in Heaven"* with the TSA agents or the occasional spilled drink, and it must hold approximately 500 books and 500 more trashy magazines. My collegiate Vera Bradleys are no longer getting the job done, so I've traveled the internets to find some contenders:
*What? Like you never . . . hopefully not with a handbag or TSA agent, at least.
- "YSL Muse Travel Tote": This is a contender in the sense that "I love this line of bags and want to make wee babies with it, but unless I also make a wee fortune, it isn't meant to be." Not gonna happen during These Difficult Times, but a girl can dream . . .
- "Longchamp LePliage": I've long admired these utilitarian bags, but they seem to be everywhere. Can there be too much of a good thing, or does this just mean the bags are that good?
- "Briggs + Riley Baseline Satchel": I know, I know; this tote is as exciting as whatever millionth season of "Survivor" is still airing, but my friends assure me this is a top-quality travel line.
- "Tory Burch Chrissy Weekender": This is a bit more logo-y than I prefer to go while traveling, but I like the classic lines and prep handles.
- "LeSportsac Bouquet Print Large Weekender": like the festive print & reasonable price .
What travel basics am I missing? Any carry-on totes you like or recommend?