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27 Jul

Please excuse this temporary break from the 30 for 30 challenge as well as outfit posts.  I’ve been having a pretty stressful week at the office this week.  Nothing horrible, just a huge workload and impending deadlines.  So I’ve been spending more time at my actual office this week than I usually do, coming in early and staying a bit later.

The hubby and I are fortunate enough to have a home office in our smallish, Brooklyn apartment.  Problem is it’s a bit of a mess.  It’s not organized at all, and we haven’t finished getting everything for it to make it perfect.  In particular we still need to pick up a white version of our desk (our current version is a dark brown, which doesn’t suit our style).  The office and the entire rest of our apartment is on our list for a purging in the next coming weeks.  We’re looking to purge what we don’t use and only keep things that are useful that we really love.

In preparation for this project, I’ve been keeping a “home office ” file on Pintrest where I’ve been keeping inspirational images.  Here’s a few examples.  We also recently placed a big order at Poppin which I received already with some chic looking desk items to make the task less tedious.  My goal is to get the office in working condition so if I have to work overtime, I can do so from home as opposed to spending crazy hours at my actual office.

Also, a reminder to all you curly girls if you haven’t done so already,  the giveaway for the four piece Paul Labrecque Curly Haircare Kit is only through Friday of this week, so enter soon if you haven’t done so already.  Regular outfit posts and the completion of my 30 for 30 challenge to come soon, I’m going to take it a bit easy this week through my birthday Saturday and start back up on a normal posting schedule again next week.

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December in Denver

10 Dec

So I had a business trip to Denver I had to go on and along with it all my outfits had to fit into this 30 for 30 challenge.  Packing for it was probably the easiest out of any trip I’ve ever packed for being my options were so limited.  All in all, here’s what I came up with.  I had two days in a boardroom at the companies corporate office along with a casual dinner and bowling evening.

Vegan Weekender Bags

22 Oct

I have to travel a lot for work.  It’s not something I like to do, but it’s necessary and luckily it’s not a regular thing but more of a seasonal thing.  My road work can include flying to other cities for business meetings or doing long road trips and teaching seminars.

My hubby and I have also within the past few months have gone on a few weekend trips, which has been great.  It’s fun to explore a city just for a day or two and then return home.  It’s like a mini-vacation, which is great for my psyche considering the hours I work.  Sometimes a small break from Brooklyn is all I need to stay sane.

I’m super organized when it comes to traveling and with the holiday’s coming up soon as well as some business travel that must be done in December and January, I’m already starting to think about what needs to be done prior to.  You can see my last OCD business trip packing frenzy by clicking here.

My last weekend trip with my husband I realized we really don’t have a good “weekender” bag.  We have my carry-on rolling suitcase I use for extended business trips, but sometimes that’s too much for a quick weekend trip where only a change or two of clothes is needed.  It’s also too much for a quick overnight business trip as well.  I could easily get away with a smaller duffel bag and a purse.  I’m one of those rare women who actually packs light.  It’s funny, on many of the business trips I go on (in my male dominated industry) I actually pack less than the men.

Surprisingly enough, there are a lot more vegan weekender bag options out there than I had thought.  Here’s what I found quick on a quick Shopstyle search.  The bag on the bottom right is a Rachael Zoe for QVC bag I had seen a while ago and really liked.  All in all, I don’t think I could go wrong with any of these options.  I’m leaning towards one of the bottom three.  Which one do you think I should go with?

 

What sort of bag/luggage do you pack your items for a short, 1-2 day trip in?

I-Da-Ho

22 Jul

 

Day One:

After a great trip to Philly with the hubby, my trip to Idaho begins like this:

My alarm goes off at 6:30 am. It was supposed to go off at 5:30 am. Oh and did I mention I’m supposed to be at the airport at 6:50 am?

My hubby drops me off at the airport at the terminal I tell him I need to go to and we arrive at 7 am by some miracle. Thank god I live only 10 minutes away from LaGuardia. After he drives off I realize I’m at the wrong terminal! Ooooops!

I run/walk in the sweltering and oppressive NYC heat to the correct terminal and miraculously get there right as they are boarding. Phew.

We sit on the tarmac for 15 minutes, then thirty. Then the pilot comes on the intercom and announces we are delayed indefinitely due to thunderstorms. Looking out the window it’s not even raining. WTF?

An hour and a half later we finally take off and land in Denver just as our connecting flight to Idaho takes off. Whoops! Missed the connection so guess what? I get to sit at the airport for another 3 and a half hours to catch the next and only flight to Idaho Falls, and in the process miss the first scheduled meeting. While waiting for the next flight I pick up a copy of the mist recent Shape Magazine and while flipping through it do a double take when I see this page:

I totally forgot I was being quoted in this issue! One of my friends is an editor over there and had told me my quote was appearing in August but I totally forgot. This perked me up slightly during this awful commute.

Oh yeah and then after we board for Idaho we sit on the tarmac again! For 40 minutes. Due to what? You guessed it! Non-visible thunder storms.

We finally get there in time to meet up with the group to all ride together to the resort in Teton Springs. We arrive, grab some dinner (my hosts at the event were super awesome in arranging for me to get vegan meals everywhere we went) and finally get some sleep. I think I went to bed around 11 pm MT which equates to 1 am my time. Long freaking day.

Day Two:

Today is golf day. I wake up all excited to wear the cheesy golf outfit I put together for myself and realize the shirt I want to wear is so not practical. I can’t move in it never mind swing a club. I luckily packed one of my “work” logo polo shirts that I hate, but hey at least I knew I’d be more comfy in that playing golf all day than the white button down I was going to wear.

Breakfast to start, then the main meeting of the trip (that overall went really well) and then it was time to golf. Take in mind I’ve never played golf a day in my life and here I am playing being the only woman in a huge group of around 15-20 men. I took a lesson a few weeks ago and hit the ball pretty well, but realize it’s different on the course. So I was a bit nervous.

Then to make me even more nervous, totally by chance as they draw teams I’m teamed up with the co-founder of the fortune 200 company my company (which is quite a bit smaller) works with. I don’t want to name which company it is but I can tell you it’s a large, nationwide TV programming provider. So not only am I teamed up with the co-founder but he’s a crazy serious and avid golfer. And I’ve never played a day in my life. *Gulp*

So we head out to play and overall I don’t play badly, and not to mention the said co-owner was totally cool and giving me tips and lessons the whole day. That part if the day went great and I had fun, which is most important.

My frustration of the day was I had no idea how long golf takes to play and did not prepare accordingly. I tan very easy and usually if I’m in a situation where I’m not at a beach and half-naked, I’ll wear a high SPF just so I don’t get noticeable tan lines. I forgot my sunscreen and therefore got the worst farmer’s tan evar!

After a quick dinner the “boys” were all gambling either via poker or making bets on who could drive a golf ball the furthest, so I decided to retreat back to my suite and check out the awesome jacuzzi tub in my room and get a good nights sleep. The next day we’re fishing on some river an I wanted to be well rested to avoid being to cranky for it.

Day Three:

I was soooo glad I packed my denim jacket and a scarf along with several items to layer, because it was coooooold out this morning! It was about 50 degrees with a chance of thunderstorms. And the activity scheduled for today is freaking fly fishing. Great.

So we get to the boat launch area and I realize I’m soooo not dressed correctly for fishing. My denim jacket is a bit too tailored and who the hell wears a straw fedora out on the river? Luckily my fishing partner, who’s from Tampa is dressed just as inappropriately as me in a near fluorescent yellow jacket. We both joke that we’ll probably catch the most fish out of the group because from below the surface we seem like less of a threat to the fish not being dressed like the local fishermen. Our group aptly teases us and calls us the “city slicker” boat.

We’re not on the water for more than 15 minutes and lo and behold a crazy thunderstorm hits. It seems they’re following me everywhere I go on this trip. Thank god our hosts provided us with some ponchos though they didn’t help much when it came to keeping us warm in the 50 degree temperature. So I pulled my arms inside the poncho to keep warm. That worked well until it was time to dock for lunch. I stood up on the boat with my arms still inside and totally lost my balance, resulting in my splitting my kneecap open in the sharp edge of the bench seat in front of me. What’s a business trip nowadays without me injuring myself. (Authors Note: last business trip I went on I fell off a stage after hours while doing karaoke and fractured my foot. Ooooops!)

We stopped at this gorgeous waterfall, popped open a few beers and enjoyed the scenery.

When our fishing trip was finally complete we traveled to a hotel closer to the airport, then took much-anticipated showers and got ready for dinner. I threw on something quick, a dress with a belt, denim jacket and heels, and ran out to dinner down the block.

When we arrived at the restaurant I received the most awesome compliment ever. The hostess while escorting us to our table says:

“Your outfit is so cute! We don’t see much fashion here in Idaho Falls”

I’m officially the fashionable city girl. Go me!

Day Four:

Flight to Denver takes of as scheduled at 7:50 am and lands at its scheduled time. Despite the 100 something boy scouts on my flight (who were really well-behaved) I return to NYC with hardly any drama, go home and catch up with the NJ Housewives on my DVR. Felt good to be back home.

(Note: I’ll continue to add photos to this post as I receive them from the rest of my travel group)

Have you ever had to travel somewhere you wouldn’t have chosen to travel to and felt totally out of your element?

Packing

17 Jul

Sooooo I’ve got to pack. I’ve got two trips lined up between tomorrow and Thursday of next week. Tomorrow morning through Sunday evening I’ll be heading to Philadelphia to visit my hubby’s family, and then early Monday morning I fly out to get this…. Idaho. I know random but true.

It’s easy to pack for an overnight trip. Just throw whatever comes to mind in your bag and if you forget something, no biggie being you’ll be home the next day. The Idaho trip for me is a bit more complicated though. It’s technically a business trip and I’ll be required to not only attend meetings, but…

  • Golf- which I’ve never done before
  • Fish- which I have mixed feelings about being vegan and all
  • Go out for Dinner- which we all know I have no problems with eating, though I do worry being a vegan dining in Idaho may be challenging.

I also have to fit everything in my tiny “work” carry-on for the plane. I hate checking bags I just don’t have the patience to sit and wait for my bag when I arrive at the destination. Plus why not travel light if you can, right?

Over the years I’ve developed a pretty decent organizational system when it comes to planning on what to bring on a trip. It all starts with me first figuring out the itinerary for the trip, and what sort of attire will be needed for each activity. Then I plan an outfit for each activity and try to use the same items multiple times to create different looks and uses, thus limiting the amount of crap I have to pack.

Being I’ve already had an action packed week at work this week, I already compiled my outfit list. Here’s what I came up with:

PLANNED OUTFITS:

Day One: Travel/ Headquarters Tour/ Meeting/ Travel to Resort and Dinner

All Day:

  • Jeggings
  • Coral Tunic Shirt
  • Bronze Disc Earrings
  • Clogs
  • Zebra Tote Bag
  • Big Sunglasses
  • Straw Fedora (may or may not actually wear it, might just carry it)

Day Two: Meetings, Golf & Evening Dinner

Morning Meeting & Golf:

  • White Short-Sleeved Button Down or Golf Shirt
  • Black Bermuda Shorts
  • Black/Tan Flip Flops
  • New Golf Shoes
  • New Golf Glove
  • Straw Fedora Hat
  • Aviators
  • Scarf
  • White Purse

Dinner:

  • Gray Sweater Dress
  • Bronze Disc Earrings
  • Brown Belt
  • Denim Jacket
  • Clogs
  • White Purse

Day Three: Fishing & Evening Dinner

Fishing:

  • Black Bermuda Shorts
  • Plain White V Neck Tee
  • Denim Jacket
  • Zebra Belt
  • Straw Fedora
  • Aviators
  • Black/Tan Flip Flops

Dinner:

  • Black Bermuda Shorts
  • White Short Sleeve Button Down
  • Zebra Belt
  • Clogs
  • White Purse

Day Four: Travel Home

All Day:

  • White Short Sleve Button Down
  • Brown Belt
  • Jeggings
  • Big Sunglasses
  • Clogs
  • Disc Earrings
  • Zebra Tote Bag

Now from there, it’s easy to go ahead and make your packing list. I’m totally OCD and like to account for everything I bring with me, so I’ll usually divide up my list and include what I’m wearing that day seperately, along with whatever I pack in each bag (carry-on and tote bag). I also keep all of my lists digitally on my iPhone, so what I’ll usually do while packing is mark the items with an asterix when it goes in the suitcase. Then when my trip is over and I’m on my way home, when the items go back in the suitcase I remove the asterix. That way everything I accounted for on the way there is back in the suitcase and nothing gets left at the hotel by accident.

Here’s my packing list I came up with using the above outfit ideas as a guideline.

PACKING LIST:

Wearing Travel Day One:

  • Jeggings
  • Coral Tunic
  • Underwear
  • White Bra
  • Bronze Disc Earrings
  • Clogs
  • Straw Fedora

In Zebra Tote Bag:

  • Wallet
  • Travel Info Folder
  • Notebook (for my meetings)
  • Pens
  • Cell Phone/Charger/Headphones
  • Big Sunglasses
  • Book/Magazines
  • Travel Pillow
  • Gray Cardigan (in case it’s cold on the plane)
  • Empty Water Bottle (fill it once you pass security)
  • Packed Lunch- being vegan they never have anything for me to eat and this is a long flight.

Suitcase:

  • White Roll Up Button Down
  • Black Bermuda Shorts
  • New Golf Shoes
  • New Golf Glove
  • Aviators
  • Scarf
  • White Purse
  • Gray Sweater Dress
  • Brown Belt
  • Denim Jacket
  • Plain White V Neck Tee
  • Zebra Belt
  • Black/Tan Flip Flops
  • Golf Shirt- though I probably will just wear the button down, I hate polo shirts
  • Brown Belt
  • 5 pairs underwear
  • Black/Strapless Bras
  • 3 pairs socks
  • PJ’s
  • Toiletry Bag
  • Hair Towel
  • Round Brush
  • Straightening Iron
  • Makeup Bag

So that’s my system. It works for me. I’m gonna try to post while on my trip being I’d love to be able to record visually how everything comes together, so we’ll see how it goes.