My Travel Uniform + Travel Must-Haves

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If you’ve been following this blog for quite some time you know I travel a lot. I recently shared my Nashville travel diary and my travel style for weekend getaways and I feel like I spent my 20s honing my travel routine. My family is spread across the country (and currently the world with one brother living in Africa for the summer) so I visit them, I travel to see clients for work and for events and then revel in getting to explore U.S. and beyond (as we all do, of course.)

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When I first started traveling for work, I couldn’t make 5 days work in a carry on suitcase. When work travel became more frequent (I was doing trips to NYC every 6 weeks from San Francisco) , I had to figure out how to be more efficient. I started rolling my clothes to maximize space, cut down on my toiletries and making a more conscience effort to bring pieces that had more versatility (tops that could be paired with skirts + heels and with jeans, etc.) Nowadays I can work a whole week in a carry on – hachacha!

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I’ve also learned what I have to have with me when I travel…

1. Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones:

HOLY Game Changer. While they don’t get rid of all noises, they certainly help you not hear that background lull of the plane and they seem to help in getting less annoyed with the crying children or noisy chatty Kathys on the plane. I really can’t believe it took me to being 28 to get a pair of these. A life changing investment if you travel frequently.

2. iPad:

I primarily bring my iPad for reading because I always have a solid amount of new reads downloaded on it. It’s slimmer and more convenient than lugging books around. I just finished The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., am currently reading Big Little Lies and downloaded My Paris Dream (at Taylor’s recommendation) and Astonish Me for my next reads.

3. A good suitcase aka The Delsey Belfort:

My carry on broke on a trip to Dallas in December. Handle damn well came unscrewed and bent and lord knows how it all happened but Jess and I spent a good twenty minutes in our hotel room trying to sort it out. We were requesting power tools to no avail and then resorted to tying a lanyard on the top handle, forcing me to drag my bouncing suitcase around DFW and LGA. What a site I was. My woes were solved by the acquisition of this amazingly sleek, super lightweight Delsey suitcase. I love it. It’s come on at least four trips with me already and I’m pretty obsessed with how chic and European it looks. Not to mention it has all these great interior features and a lock that will ward of anybody thinking about putting their hands on it – ha!

4. Longchamp Tote:

I’ve tried to be the person who carries one of my more expensive, nicer bag when they travel but all that ends up happening is the bag begins to look worn down. So I now almost exclusively travel with this Longchamp. It’s durable, sleek and fits my laptop, my headphones, wallet and my pouch with all the little essentials and more.

5. Eye Mask:

I wrote about my need for an eye mask here but trust me when I say it actually helps a considerable amount with sleeping on planes. (Particularly when combined with the aforementioned headphones). I take about 3-4 Red Eyes a year and this is my trusted combo (plus one of these!)

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And my travel uniform these days? It focuses on comfort and consists of a T-shirt (this censor tee is hilarious so I had to have it but these are my other favorite tees for travel- only $15!) + distressed denim (favorite pairs here and here) + leather jacket (best investment I made last year) + Tieks. Comfortable and no worrying about shoe issues at security or being cold on the plane. I shot these photos just before heading to the airport to fly to San Francisco last month and I’ll be repeating this same look when I take flight in a week to head back out there!

p.s. if your week needs a pick me up…I’m doing a pretty stellar giveaway on Instagram with some of my favorite bloggers! 

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Cynthia Rowley Tee (I also love this one and this one that are equally as fun- and both on sale!)

Leather Jacket

Gap Jeans

Tieks Ballerina Flats (c/o)

Celine Sunglasses

Delsey Belfort Plus Spinner Carry-on Suitcase (c/o)

Longchamp Tote

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[Bekka Palmer Photography]

Americana Inspired

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It’s hard to believe the 4th of July is this coming weekend! The summer seems to be speeding by but then again, don’t we always feel like that? I think my summer feels particularly like its moving at the speed of light because of my travel schedule. I got in late last night from Nashville after having one of the best weekends ever with some of my girlfriends. (See more of my trip over on Instagram.)

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And now this week I am heading to Delaware for the 4th of July so I’m excited for a short week and upcoming fireworks, bbq-ing and beach time. What are your plans? I’ll be re-wearing this red/white/blue outfit combo to properly celebrate in festive attire.

These Gap Lace-up Sandals and Eyelet Dress were such affordable buys and I’ve already worn the dress 3 times. I suggest sizing down as I am usually a size 6 and ended up exchanging this for a size 2 for a better fit. You can get both on sale until 3pm ET today! (Along with other Gap items – I’ve linked a bunch of their dresses I like at the bottom of this post!)

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Also this jacket is now available again! It was sold out for a long time but I can’t stop wearing it. It’s only $88 and has the perfect slightly cropped fit and light distressing. It comes with me everywhere as the ideal layering piece.

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I hope you have fun plans for the 4th and have a great start to your week!

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Gap Lace-up Sandals and Eyelet Dress

Ralph Lauren Bag (c/o last year but larger size on sale here)

Karen Walker Sunglasses

Blank NYC jacket (c/o Shoptiques)

More Gap Dresses:

[Bekka Palmer Photography]

spring sneakers

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It’s a new week and there’s so much going on! I’m heading to Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight, seeing a Broadway show later this week and getting in my last couple of runs before this Saturday’s attempt at my first half marathon. My training has been rough to say the least. My hamstring has been causing so many issues in my right leg which has caused me to not be able to get up to the mileage required so I’m going into Saturday going to give it my best shot and knowing I may need to walk part – that’s all I can hope for! (Right? Please tell me I’m right!)

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The injury has also had me in flats for the majority of this spring as heels put too much pressure on my leg muscles. So sneakers are my new BFF. These fun pink Sperrys are great for adding a pop of color to a more neutral outfit (they also come in several other cute colors.) I’ve actually been having to go to physical therapy at least twice a week to have them work on my leg – my hamstring has been bringing up soreness and pain in my hip flexors, my knee and my shin so I think I’ve decided I’m not cut out for distance running (to say the least) but here’s hoping I can check this whole half marathon thing off my “Before I’m 30” Bucket List! In the meantime, I’m listening to my therapist about sticking to flats vs. heels (insert audible sigh of frustration here.)

If you’re in the market, I’ve rounded up loads of great sneakers for this season at the bottom of this post- how good are these? I just bought these, also.

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My weekend was productive and restful – exactly what I needed after a few wild weekends of travel and responsibilities. I did massive amounts of cleaning and reorganizing of my room which was so needed and I did my best to unplug. I find that so hard to do these days. How do you best find time for peace and quiet?

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BlankNYC Denim Jacket (only $88! Mine is a size small because I like the cropped fit of it. Last styled here, here)

Madewell Top

Gap Jeans (last seen here)

Sperry Sneakers (c/o)

Coach Bag

Celine Sunglasses

BaubleBar Necklace

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[Bekka Palmer Photography]