Entries in ‘Travel Apparel’ Journal

Stella and Dot for Travel

Monday June 2, 2014 at 2:02 PM | 2 Comments

"Nancy D. Brown" travel

Nancy D. Brown wearing Stella & Dot Wild Hearts scarf with gold Somervell necklace and Soiree gold stud earrings.

It’s not often that I’m dressed up wearing makeup, jewelry and fancy clothes. I’m more comfortable wearing a sensible pair of travel shoes, clothes that won’t wrinkle on an airplane and simple earrings. My idea of dressing up an outfit is adding a gorgeous scarf. Scarves keep me warm, allow me to be appropriately and respectfully dressed when traveling abroad and add color to an otherwise basic wardrobe. My new best friend is Stella and Dot for travel. While the San Francisco-based company specializes in jewelry, they offer colorful print scarves and great totes and travel bags.

Stella & Dot Personal Stylist

My friend and Stella & Dot Personal Stylist, Jane Reid, is coordinating a Stella & Dot Online Trunk Show.  Shopping online is easier for those of us who opt for travel over shopping at the mall. If you need help finding the perfect accessory or have questions about the travel apparel, Jane will give you a complimentary style session.
 

"Stella & Dot" bag

Stella & Dot Getaway bag with Briggs & Riley carryon.

Stella & Dot travel apparel

As travel is a large part of my job as a freelance writer, I have mastered the art of packing light. I tend to travel with solid colored outfits and accentuate with scarves and just the right piece of jewelry or pair of earrings. Jane let me borrow her Stella & Dot “Hang on” travel organizer, perfect for holding my cosmetics and earrings – it even comes with a built in hanger (yep, that’s why they call it the Hang On) for hanging on the hotel towel bar.

I packed a couple of Stella & Dot scarves, the red & black Luxembourg scarf – Wild Hearts and the black and blue Luxembourg scarf  – Cerulean Tiger. Both scarves are 100% Rayon for a wrinkle-free look day and night.
 

"Stella & Dot" tote

Stella & Dot Avalon Tote

Stella & Dot travel gear

I typically travel with my laptop computer and absolutely love the Tom Bihn Checkpoint Flyer bag because I don’t need to remove my computer from the bag during airport security screenings.
 
This trip, I brought Stella & Dot’s multistripe getaway bag with me to The Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs. With top zip closure, one exterior slip pocket and one interior zip pocket, my laptop fit easily in the travel bag and I sailed through the airport. (I also got a lot of compliments on the bag, as it served as my pool bag and spa bag, with its interior spill resistant material.)

An added bonus for this travel-savvy gal, I brought Stella & Dot’s Avalon Tote with me to Colorado and slid the geranium-colored tote (I call it a purse) inside my Getaway bag. Once in my hotel room, I stashed the Getaway bag and used the tote as my purse. Again, lots of compliments on my cute red bag!

"Stella & Dot" Elephant Pouf

Stella & Dot Elephant Pouf

The Elephant pouf held my charging cords, although it would serve perfectly as a cosmetics bag, too. Whether you are looking for travel scarves, travel bags or fashionable and reasonably priced jewelry, you might want to check out my online Stella & Dot trunk show. The online show is only open during the month of June, so check it out and let me know your favorite Stella and Dot for travel!

Where to buy online

Stella & Dot www.stelladot.com

Traveling: What Not to Wear

Friday December 20, 2013 at 7:07 AM | 15 Comments

Style Feen shorts

What not to wear when you travel

It’s easy to spot Americans when we travel. Typically, we wear logo baseball caps, logo t-shirts, jeans or shorts and white tennis shoes. Sometimes in churches, museums or religious ceremonies, Americans are inappropriately dressed; revealing too much skin. This is also the case when traveling in religious countries.

“As someone who has traveled solo, I think dressing provocatively is generally a bad idea,” said Kayt Sukel, frequent traveler and author of This is Your Brain on Sex.   “You’ll get more attention than you want in some places wearing baggy jeans, combat boots and a sweater.”

Your clothing style

Clothing can be used as a fashion statement or to keep your body warm in cold climates and protect your skin from bug bites or the harsh UVA rays of the sun. People can dress to impress, dress for a date, dress for travel, dress for sex or dress for success.

As I am a freelance writer, I often receive shirts, shoes, suitcases and such to review on my travel blog. Imagine my surprise when I received an e-mail pitch asking me to review a women’s clothing line that degrades women. But it gets better, this online clothing store was founded by a woman. Her name is Hortencia Caires Casazola. I hesitate to give her or the company any publicity, but I am outraged enough to shine a spotlight on this woman and the message she is sending to young women…and men.

Style Feen

What not to wear when you travel

Clothing degrading women

I respect that Style Feen is not targeting my demographic; female, college-educated, baby boomers who enjoy travel. What I don’t respect is the message this fashion statement sends to our young women.

Since when did slang, degrading language to women become “edgy clothing pieces?” Is this woman’s top truly a young girls craving to express her individual style? Is this piece of clothing designed to capture the attention and imagination of young men or sexual predators?

“I thought about the use of the word “cxxt” and how it always seemed to me that the most vulnerable/least loved girls wore the raunchiest clothes,” noted Dana Yzurdiaga, California middle school teacher. “Fashion makers are so totally taking advantage of the most vulnerable. Shame on them!”

I guess the bottom line is what do your clothes say about you? Do you give special thought to your clothing style when you travel abroad? Have you ever felt uncomfortable with your clothing choice when traveling in other countries?

Article by Nancy D. Brown. Photos courtesy of Style Feen.

Best Gifts for Travelers

Friday December 6, 2013 at 8:08 AM | 15 Comments

Villa del Palmar hammock

dreaming up gift ideas for the traveler

Picture yourself in a hammock, swaying lazily in the shade of two palm trees; the ocean waves fold into the compacted sand of the beach in a syncopated rhythm with the ropes of the hammock. What could be better? How about a cold drink within reach and a good book to keep you company? Did I mention that it’s snowing back home and you won’t have to return until the snow melts? Okay, this is a dream, but since we’re dreaming, let’s continue dreaming up gift ideas for the traveler.

Books for the traveler

For the wanderers amongst us; lace up your hiking boots and read Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, a book by author Cheryl Strayed.

For those who wish beyond the moon and the stars, how about An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Canada’s Commander Chris Hadfield?

Girlie Go Garter

Girlie Go Garter

Pocket-sized gifts

Does your jet set traveler need a snazzy new passport cover?

For the times you want to leave your purse behind, but still have your passport, cell phone and money at your disposal, consider The Girly Go Garter. This sexy piece of lingerie is pick-pocket proof and this lace garter with pockets is priced at an affordable $29.95.

Are you tired of asking strangers to take a picture of you when traveling solo? The Looq remote shutter supports most iPhones and Androids, is lightweight – 3.8 oz – and doesn’t require batteries. Plug the phone into the Looq slot, plug the wire into the earphone jack and you are ready to go. $69.99.

Travel apparel and gear

Some people travel with their favorite pillow, I travel with my dog and take along her dog bed. The Molly Mutt duvet is portable and works like a stuff sack. I bring along clean dog towels, fill the duvet with the towels and simple-as-that, Molly Mutt dog duvet turns into dog’s best friend bed.

Speaking of beds; my job as a travel writer has me on the road a lot.  I love a hotel room with an excellent mattress and good quality sheets. Imagine my delight when I learned that Home2 bedding sells their micro fiber, quick drying sheets online. Starting at $68.

Many of you know that I specialize in equestrian travel writing. For me, cowboy boots are not a fashion statement, they are required gear for any horseback riding vacation. My pick for a solid pair of boots, Justin Boots handcrafted in the USA.

With 19 pockets, the Scottevest Puffer jacket is a travel lovers dream coat. Designed for men, and the 17 pocket Lola jacket for women, this 100% quilted nylon jacket is iPad compatible and will keep you warm in cold weather, while still being lightweight.

Justin cowboy boots

Justin AQHA Remuda black quill ostrich boots

Ultimate travel destination

Now that you have your cowboy boots and your Scottevest jacket, hop on an airplane to Missoula, Montana and book the ultimate luxury vacation at The Ranch at Rock Creek. This Relais Chateaux property offers deluxe rooms in Granite Lodge, individual houses – ideal for families and canvas cabins for the ultimate glamping experience.

Santa, if you are reading this, please bring me a pair of Justin AQHA Remuda black quill ostrich boots. I leave for a trip to Texas in January. What’s on your holiday list?

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