My Travel Esssentials

traveling tips


In a few weeks, the family and I will be on a plane to Ketchikan, Alaska! Harlowe and I are first-timers (The Banker grew up there!) and I’m already wondering what to pack. She and I share one suitcase, so I pack lean and compartmentalize with lots and lots of organizers.

There are a few no-brainers for every trip:

1.) A  change of clothes in my carry-on, in case Harlowe gets ‘sick’. A mom seated nearby me en route to London was spewed on and carried no change of clothes. It was a very long flight for her.

2.) Water and chia seeds. I put chia seeds in my water whenever I travel to keep hydrated and energized. They are full of nutrients and keep you feeling full longer.

3.) Tooth brush in my purse. I find that having good dental hygiene during long trips makes me feel ‘fresh’ despite being pretty damn filthy.

The rest of my packing takes some planning. I’ve been eyeing these travel essentials for a while and might have to pull the trigger on one (or two) before our trip. ShopBop is having their Friends and Family sale right now, so I can’t afford not to buy something!

1. Karen Walker ‘Harvest’ sunnies

2. DL1961 boyfriend jeans

3. Jonathan Adler for Tumi suitcase

4. Tory Burch cosmetics case

5. Vince slip on sneakers

6. Tory Burch shopper

7. Jonathan Adler for Tumi suitcase

Use code INTHEFAMILY14 to save 25%. 

What are your travel essentials?


Holiday Gift Guide – Girls

Gift Guide - Toddler
They say you can’t spoil a newborn. I say you can’t spoil anyone under 4 feet tall. Seriously, have you ever thought, “damn, my childhood was way too plush?” In terms of spoiling our offspring, The Banker and I prefer to deliver rich experiences and time, but I can’t pretend it’s not fun to occasionally splurge on tiny clothes…especially when they are gifts for friend’s kids. (I’m looking at you ‘baby E’ and ‘G’.)

Gap Coat
I love the preppy pattern and toggle closure. The inside is lined with ridiculously soft faux-lambs wool to keep little ones warm. 
Janie & Jack dalmatian-chic shirt & hat
These classic pieces have just the right amount of animal print detail. 

Janie & Jack velveteen mini
Adorable bow detail and festive red color make for the most charming winter wardrobe staple. Pair with these plaid tights to keep tiny legs warm.  
These cushioned soles are perfect for new walkers and experienced playground strutters alike. Plus, a major style influencer and Jessica Alba’s mini-me, Honor wears them!

Burberry dress
How does looking at this tiny Burberry shift not make you squeal? Perhaps thinking about all of the juice that will inevitable be spilled on it makes you panic. I’m digging this budget-friendly version too.
What’s better than everyone’s favorite high-end satchel? That satchel in miniature. With this, your favorite mini-fashionistas can carry their juice and pull-ups in style. This cross-body bag does the trick too and is less than $20.

Miniature Frees feature no-tie laces and Velcro straps. Read: smooth on/off experience. Psst…these ones are 20% off.

Ugg boots
A cold weather staple with a modern twist. The impeccable studded heart detail is a guaranteed gifting triumph for the little rock-star on your list.

Day to Night

day to night outfits, one by marna ro dress, leather bodice dress, black dress, dresses for day and night

Every now and then The Banker has some impromptu ‘plans’ for us which require me to be prepared to walk out of the door one hot-minute after I walk in. I am so incredibly grateful for nights when we get to spend time together sans 2-year-old and want to celebrate them in heels and lipstick.
With a simple swipe of red, few accessory swaps and the removal of daytime outwear (like this Bebe vest – last seen here) you can really prepare your daytime self for just about any evening event. When planning ahead is manageable, I’ll pack heels in my bag and swap them with my daytime kicks (ShoeDazzle! booties) to make an outfit more elegant.
While we are on the subject of accessories; I had been coveting the Karen Walker ‘Number One’ sunnies for the better part of 2013, but had reservations about digging deep into my pockets for uber-trendy shades. When I spotted freakishly similar ones at a more manageable price, I finally pulled the trigger. I have to say, they’re getting the job done just fine.
What helps you get from daytime chic to nighttime glam with ease?
The Daytime Look:

The Nighttime Look:

Sporty Chic Shoe Shopping

As we pulled in to Footlocker I had a noticeably sour look on my face. The Banker told me we would only be a minute, but I knew we would be looking at these Kobe Bryant basketball shoes for at least 30 minutes (which is exactly 30 minutes longer than I ever want to spend looking at functional shoes).
Shortly upon entering, however, I was filled with surprise and excitement: Footlocker has shoes for women and kids.  Yahtzee. I perused those shelves while The Banker compared this year’s Kobe’s to last year’s. (Listening to the Banker debate a sales associate about the merits of traction, weight and durability nearly caused me to take a nap on top of the sock bin.)  
I was sooooo bored until my eye caught these tie-dye running shoes. I tried them on. They were the perfect weight for training, but not light enough to run more than 10 miles.  Luckily I didn’t plan on wearing them to my next half marathon, so I felt they would be ideal for neighborhood runs and generally looking fantastic.
Harlowe is close to growing out of her current Nike Frees (since she has had them for almost one month) so I got her some inappropriately athletic Jordan’s. She can’t jump yet because she has the coordination of a plant, but I think a few weeks in these will have her doing jump shots in no time. 
If you’re still reading, you can find relief knowing that The Banker picked up these Kobes and will never lose a game of pick up again. 
Some of my favorite sporty chic pieces for all ages:

White after Labor Day?

Last weekend came and went too quickly for my taste. I have been wearing my white Hudson jeans like they are going out of style because, well, they are. I’m not normally one for ‘rules’ especially when it comes to freedom of self-expression, but this post–Labor Day moratorium on white apparel is a rule I won’t write off entirely. 

Old etiquette and snobbery aside, wearing white jeans after Labor Day, the symbolic end of Summer, doesn’t lend itself to my love of chunky Fall sweaters and boots. So, I shall bid adieu to these skinnies until Spring.

That being said, every other piece of white clothing is totally game. Remember Michelle Obama’s white Jason Wu dress worn confidently to the Presidential Inauguration in 2008? Such inaugurations happen during my least favorite month – January.     

Do you wear your whites post-Labor Day?

Shop The Look