I leave for Vegas on Thursday for my class reunion! So excited…
The downside? I hate packing, I truly do, having to decide what to bring (and more importantly what to leave behind) is always a challenge especially when I’m not at my optimal number on the scale. But, I’ve given it a lot of thought and here’s what will be in my carryon….
In the overhead, I’ll be toting a few stretchy little jersey dresses including this over one shoulder Robyn dress by Young, Fabulous & Broke. Mine is black and grey, from Fifi and Bootzie at the Shops of Wailea but I’m really digging this black and white version from Revolve. (I look just like this model in my dress, seriously…twins. Well, if she was 5’1″ with a
slight cupcake obsession and legs that go on for miles inches). I’ll pair my mini dresses with sandals and big earrings.
Packing my favorite, wear at least a few times a week, totally beat up distressed bootleg James jeans bought on additional percentage off the sales price plus a coupon at Macy’s impulse department a year ago. I think the final price was less than the gas I used to drive to Kaahumanu. I love these jeans so much I bought em big and cinched with a belt, but since then, I’ve grown into them and they fit great now (perhaps a cautionary tale, the morale of the story being don’t ever buy your jeans too big if you have a teensy issue with cupcakes). A tank, vintage brown belt, platform wedges and a million wrap, friendship & bangle bracelets, a big ring or two and I’m good to go. I recently saw distressed jeans in the “not” column of a recent fashion mag. I say talk to the hand Ms. fashion editor because no one is telling me not to wear my favorite jeans.
Slouchy Ts, tank tops, cutoffs, a pair of flat casual boots (tentative, 90 degrees is a bit too hot for boots, sweaty hot feet is so not sexy) and a Pualani bikini round out the Vegas weekend wardrobe. Also a big slouchy bag for day, wrist bag for night and huge sunnies (did you notice shorties like myself always wear gigantic bug like sunglasses, I can’t explain the logic behind this phenomena, it just is what it is). Must not forget the disposable contacts, moisturizer sunscreen, foundation, blush, bronzer (for that Mauishopgirl glow) and Lipfusion.
For under the seat, my kindle, a couple of fashion mags, a tabloid or two, Vapur collapsible water bottle, airborne (I like to mix the pink grapefruit with a passion iced tea from the airport Starbucks before I board), my shuffle and a snack. My usual flying uniform is velour sweats, a t, uggs and a hoodie. Also my eyeglass strap necklace (just like a librarian but trust me these chains have come a long way baby) so I don’t lose my “eyes” if I pass out on the plane. I may still drool, snore & sleep chat so if you’re in the seat next to me, consider yourself forewarned.
What’s my bag you ask? For the overhead…
I have this great rolling Swiss Gear carryon I picked up at Target a few years ago with a side laptop pocket (makes pulling the laptop out at security a breeze). My dad’s got the exact same bag and loves it too.
For my under the seat, I’ll be using my Ibiza Flight Tote I picked up from Brooklyn based Hayden-Harnett about four years ago. HH still carries this bag as it’s one of their bestsellers. I’m not surprised because this bag totally rocks… The Ibiza has a ton of strategically placed pockets including a laptop pocket, can be worn six different ways and is nice and light. I love the shorter handles which can fit over my shoulder securely so the bag’s not hanging by my knees (no joke). Longer straps are also included for the genetically blessed in the height department. My Ibiza does double duty as a laptop bag on Maui when I’m not traveling.
I did notice the price of the Ibiza has increased. When I watched the product video on HH and read recent HH news, the current piece has been updated and is now part of the “Collection” which is comprised of bags entirely made in the USA. The new Ibiza material, waxed canvas, is also locally sourced and organic. This bag looks absolutely beautiful and more luxurious than my bag, which was made of nylon. The straps and trim are leather with brass hardware.