Friday, January 20, 2017

How to Rock an Over 50 Travel Wardrobe Part 1

Have you clicked on one of those travel wardrobe sites only to find the clothes are frumpy and not very fashion forward?   Just because we are over 50; doesn't mean we want to look like we just left the gym while vacationing.  We want to look our best but still be comfortable.  Is that possible?  

Are any of you planning a trip this Spring?  Packing, knowing what to take, and more importantly (what not to take) can be a challenge with today's travel.  No one wants to pay extra to drag an extra suitcase on the plane.  The Huffington Post has some great tips on how to pack here.  Eagle Creek is a great resource for travel products ,and they have the best checklist for travel I have found here.  

Now that you know how to pack the question is what to pack?  Travel wardrobes need to be small light and portable.  The days of lugging multiple suitcases are over. Packing needs to be taken seriously.  All pieces need to work together to create multiple outfits.

It is important to have a few pieces that we will call "Key Players". They need to have the ability to be worn several times numerous ways.  Here are some of my favorites.

1.Dream Leggings/Artful Home 2. Blondo Victorina Boots 3. Madewell High Rise Jeans 4. Baggalini Crossbody Travel Bag 5. Clarks Grayson Ballet Flat 6. Ecco Chase Sneaker 7.LM Tech rotaating IPad case 8. Gap Girlfriend Jeans l 9.J Crew Factory Sunglasses 10. Rain/Sun hat Debra Weitzner 11. Surplice Dress/Artful Home 12. Ponte Compression Pants/Ivanka Trump 13. J Crew Icon Trench 14. Sassy Cowl Jacket/Artful Home

A few of these pieces I consider "Wardrobe Opportunists".  They can be worn several ways with different pieces.
 #10 This hat from Debra Weitzner is waterproof on one side (black) and the tan side is a sun hat. It is packable and crushable.  How great is that?  I need to buy one of these.
#2 Victorina Boots from Blondo.  I own these.  They come in wide widths and they are waterproof and comfortable!
#14 The Sassy Cowl Jacket by FH Clothing from Artful Home has all of the attributes of a great travel piece, and is the hub of this travel capsule.  It is a mix of rayon, spandex, and nylon; so it is wrinkle free, and holds it shape. It tapers in at the waist and then flairs out at the hip.  It can be worn as is with the cowl un-zipped, or zipped all the way up for extra warmth with a scarf added.  It can be unzipped as an extra layer over the Surplice dress and worn with boots. It can also be worn as shown below with a skirt and or leggings and sneakers for a more casual look.

On Monday I will list my "Supporting Cast" (scarves, jewelry, and shirts) and show you ways to create multiple outfits.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

What I am Working on -Carmel Valley

Hi All. I have a really fun post coming up on Friday.  Are you dreaming about or already have a trip planned this Spring?  If so it it is time to think about what you will be wearing and how to squeeze it into that carryon!

In the meantime, I wanted to do a quick post on what I am up to right now. I am working on a kitchen family area redo that I am really excited about.  The home is very dated ( think dark panelling). However,  it has incredible views, a gorgeous fireplace and an interesting ceiling.  We are using the fireplace color and texture as our focal point. The views will be maximized with large windows and doors, and the interiors will compliment the colors of nature outside.  If you have been reading this blog for very long you know I am a fan of "blurred lines" between the interior and exterior.  Especially when there are fabulous views involved.

This kitchen San Francisco Cottages and Gardens  by  I-Ching Ueng for Poggenpohl stopped me in my tracks.  It is a little more modern than what my clients are after, but the combination of textures  is very similar to what we are working with. Isn't this kitchen just fabulous?



Here is my inspiration board for the first leg of the project.

Follow me on instagram @cindyhattersley,  if you aren't already and you can follow my Pinterest Board for the project here

Be sure to come back on Friday for some great Over 50 Travel Fashion tips!