As I packed for my flight today, I took a few photos so that I could share what I keep in my travel bag. To clarify, I pack the following items in a large leather tote bag (similar size) and everything else goes into my rolling luggage, which I also carry on the flight.
I used my large Truffle Clarity Pouch to store all of the essential beauty items that I will need on my flight. I also stored my Anastasia Glow Kit here so that it won't be crushed in my suitcase. All other makeup and products are stored away in my luggage. In the pouch, I have my favorite face mist, the Caudalie Beauty Elixir for a quick refresh. Instead of bringing a full-size moisturizer, I have Caudalie's Premier Cru The Elixir which is a dry oil serum that will provide quick moisture. I'm also carrying an Elizabeth + James White Nirvana rollerball for obvious reasons. For longer flights, I would add a good under-eye mask to keep your face fresh and energized (without frightening the other passengers).
My small Truffle Clarity Pouch is used to store all of the necessities. Most importantly, it holds my passport, IDs, and boarding pass. Aside from that, I like to use the small pouch to carry headphones and my iPhone charger. On a long trip, I would also store a battery bank and any additional important documents.
A few other items in my bag are a book (I'm reading a Louise Penny book on this particular flight), magazine (this month's Marie Claire), agenda, sunglasses, my house/car keys, and my wallet. Additionally, I like to pack a pair of J.Crew Camp Socks to slip on during the flight. As for snacks, pack something healthy from a store like Sakara Life or Whole Foods. For this trip, I'm taking my favorite Dang Toasted Coconut Chips, but a few other options include popcorn, apple slices, watermelon jerky, and roasted chickpeas.
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Gingham shirts are a great boyish staple for any feminine wardrobe. They can be dressed up, dressed down, dressed any way. Plus, if you haven't noticed, gingham is everywhere. Ann Taylor has gone nuts with it and Old Navy is following that lead. Stock up on gingham shirts particularly in the navy blue variety but also neon pink if you want to go all out. Once you have an arsenal, here are ten ways to style the shirt.
Denim Jacket + White Skirt + Nude Flats
White Skinny Jeans + Leather Sandals + Mirror Sunglasses
Tan Trench Coat + Skinny Jeans + Pumps
Navy Sweater + White Jeans + Loafers
Tan Jacket + Black Pants + Black Ankle Boots
Skinny Jeans + White Sneakers + Gold Jewelry
Black Pants + Vest + Hunter Boots
Gingham Skirt + Espadrilles + Cat-Eye Sunglasses
Cable Knit Sweater + Skinny Jeans + Riding Boots
Gray Cardigan + White Shorts + Pink Flats
Why are we so obsessed with airport style? I think it is because airport style follows the basic tenants of off-duty dressing and casual street style, only amplified. Maybe there is something fascinating or aspirational about seeing girls like Karlie Kloss and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley sans makeup yet still completely put-together in an airport terminal.
The goal is always to keep things simple, but to never look like you just rolled out of your sick bed. Stick to neutral colors for an upscale look and don't be afraid to lean into athleisure territory. Whether it be long or short, here are a few ideas for your next flight.
Long Cardigan, Tank Top, Thick Black Leggings, Slip-On Sneakers
For an insouciant look, wear your favorite fitted black tank top with thick black leggings and a long, neutral cardigan. Keep things easy with a slip-on shoe, preferably a chic one like these from Rebecca Minkoff. This is, by far, the easiest and most comfortable way to feel like you're wearing pajamas but look like you've put in some effort.
Sweater, Jeans, Converse, Leather Tote Bag
For a classic and sporty look---à la Reese Witherspoon and Karlie Kloss---try a navy Breton sweater with comfortable skinny jeans and white sneakers. To add a layer of contrasting color, choose a leather tote with orange tones.
Tan Blazer, Printed Scarf, Black Tights, Ballet Flats
For the perfect balance of comfort and sophistication, layer a blazer over a t-shirt and a pair of thick black tights with a cozy scarf and simple ballet flats. Once you're on the plane, you can take off the blazer and wrap yourself up in the scarf for the flight.