What to Pack

I thought this would be a good start to the beginning of my favorite season! By the way Happy Fall.  As always, with my role at my company travel becomes inevitable.  Typically a new city each week until mid November, as things start to somewhat slow (fingers crossed).  Needless to say all working gals that travel are accustomed to finding ways to be stylish yet space conscious. So I am sharing my packing essiential list for fall.

Also, the workplace at my employer has officially gone business casual.  While I have, at times flirted ( totally jumped over) the line, it is now safe regardless who I am meeting with.  Thank God, we have joined the rest of the world about 20 years late to the game, but have arrived.  Therefore, you will see NO suits!

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Now let’s get into the details.  Like my casual wardrobe, I want to reflect those fall colors we all love so much.  However, now with more self expression as an option, I am loving the idea of skirts.  Instead of a traditional trouser I have paired 2 plaid skirts.  I am all about plaid these days.  The downside, space, but for the next few months I may just check my bag!

Dresses are an easy way to reduce space and less complicated to create an outfit, so lots and lots of dresses will be in my work wardrobe and travel with me into the fall months.

As always, I stick to the rule of five when concerning my accessories.  I have been known to drop some $ on accessories and shoes, so I might as well wear them.  I am a firm believer accessories add polish to one’s professional presence. However, I am an advocate of quality over quantity and 1 ( maybe 2 at most) accessories per outfit.  For purposes of this particular post, I am only taking 4. The colors speak for themselves.

Finally. I am changing out my black bag, for a warm autumn tone.  This is the ONLY season I stray from black.

Sources: Gold earrings from Macy’s / Scarf by Marc Jacobs / leopard pumps by Kate Spade / Grey wool coat from Victoria Secret online / Black and navy pumps by Christian Louboutin from Neimen Marcus

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What to Pack

For those of you who travel for work, the importance if using versatile items is imparitive versus vacation traveling, where over packing is okay because your husband will lug your 3 50lb bags up the stairs for you.  So, I am passing on my work travel packing knowledge for all those new traveling career gals.  Without further delay, the packing list for a summer business trips.

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So, most of my trips are 3-4 days and business by day/ casual by night.  As always, you want to fit ALL items, including lap top into 1 carry on bag.  This time around was more difficulty factoring in work out gear, because I usually don’t travel with it, but need to get healthier again, hence the additions.

1- Comfy travel cloths, that are light fabrics.  No bulky clothes…EVER!

2 – Acceptable casual clothing.  This includes jeans and a structured tee ( you have seen before).

3- Professional clothing.  The key here is to stay neutral, so you can reuse pieces multiple days.  I tend to like blacks, whites, nudes and greys.  I really appreciate a dress for the most formal of meetings, and it takes care of a whole outfit in one piece.  In addition for this trip I chose black Capri pants ( hello it’s HOT!), a black silky blouse, a white silky blouse and a black dress.  Silky blouses are my jam.  They don’t take up much space, they don’t wrinkle and they can double for casual wear.

4- Workout gear/ PJs.  These are one in the same for me, just add some sports bras.  Again, loose fitting and unstructured.  Remember…limited space.

5 – Shoes.  4 pairs. 1 sandel, 1flat, 1 heel and workout shoes.  Boom- done!

6- Accessories.    I have said it before and I’ll say it again, the rule of 5. No more than 5!  This time around I chose a structured bag (also my small personal item, which can accommodate a lap top, phone , 2 iPads( 1 work, 1 pleasure) , passport, planner and makeup.  Then…3 necklaces and a killer pair of sunglasses.

Below, is the daily outfit breakdown.

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Hope this helps you traveling gals, and looking forward to the vacation packing list coming up soon! 🙂 Now, if I could only get my status on American Airlines!!