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What to Wear For Your Long Haul Flight

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You are women who know that travel is glamourous. You will be meeting, greeting and sharing seat and you know that requires looking your best. However, you also know that chances are that if you wear anything for a thirteen-hour flight, you may want to it burn afterward. Not only will you be sick of looking at it, chances are, you will have slept in it, eaten in it, and possibly been a little sick in it. And herein lies the dilemma. What do you have in your closet that is elegant, evolved, and potentially disposable? If you are looking for something to wear for the long haul flight, here are a few suggestions.

The Turtleneck
Curling up in a blanket in a plane seat can be pretty hard to do, and scarves have a strange way of becoming misplaced; you may appreciate some less adjustable warmth. You can snuggle into a turtleneck during your flight, and still manage to look polished when you come off the plane.

The Cardigan
A longline cardigan sweater can serve as a blanket in disguise. Plus, you can always throw it over anything that gets dripped on, sweated on, or wrinkled during the flight.

The Hoodie
When is a hoodie not useful? When traveling, a hoodie with a slim fit and substantial hood is best; you don’t want to look like you’re going to the gym. Fashion hoodies are appropriate for daily wear, but you may not want to wear your sweats on the bottom.

Midi Skirt
A full, long length skirt provides comfort and range of movement. Look for one in a thick heavy material for maximum comfort and minimum wrinkles that will let you curl your legs or spread them in transit.

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Zip Boot
Ankle boots with a zip are the most stylish way to move quickly through a security line.

Gaucho Pants
Gaucho pants are a great way to go, provided the fabric is substantial enough to stand up to the challenges of a long flight. They’re cozy without being restrictive, are easy to move in, and will guarantee a smart and stylish arrival.

The Casual Dress
A below the knee dress made of a jersey, soft cotton, or viscose can work really well on a flight. Look for something tight fitting that provides easy movement without fussy detail.

Silk Blend Top
Although silk is generally thought to be airy, it can actually be quite warm, which makes it great for a drafty cabin. However, whereas 100% silk notoriously wrinkles as soon as you move, a silk-poly blend will remain crisp for a longer time and is a better choice for flight. Prints are also a good bet if camouflaging wrinkles is a priority.

Trousers
Stretchy pants give a little without wrinkling too much. Aim to find a pair with a bit of Lycra and synthetic fibers for best staying power during your flight.

Vest
The vest is always good for keeping your body and neck warm while leaving your arms free to move. Plus, the pockets can be great for holding anything you need quick access to, like plane tickets and chapstick.

Are you traveling this year? Tell us how you maintain elegance while staying comfortable for the long haul.

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What to Pack for a Fall Vacation

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Thought summer was the best and only time to go on vacation? Think again. Summer might be the most popular season for travel, but that doesn’t make it the be-all end-all.

Autumn offers a host of advantages as a vacation season. For one, most people are vacationing in the summer, which means that by being smart and saving you vacation days for the next season after, you can avoid crowds, lines, and traffic jams when heading to especially popular vacation getaway spots. On top of that, you skip the overbearing heat of summer and the biting chill of winter by choosing a milder season to travel in.

The chief downside? The weather. While overall mild, yes, the problem with fall weather is its unpredictability. The temperature can change at the drop of a hat, and a clear sky can cloud over and start storming before you even realize it’s happening. So if you’re being smart and beating the crowds and the heat by traveling in autumn, Vine Vera has some tips for helping you pack for the unpredictable weather you’ll undoubtedly face on your trip.

Dual-Layer Jacket
Considering that fall weather can change from chilly to cool within the day, you want a jacket that can multitask. Look for a jacket comprised of two layers: a soft fabric liner and a sheer, waterproof, hooded outer shell. These layers will generally zip or button together, and you can wear the full 2-layer jacket for chilling cold, the liner alone for a relatively cool afternoon, or the shell alone to fend off a light drizzle.

Woman wearing a sweater.

A Thin Sweater
You’ll want at least one thin, simple sweater for your trip. Layering is the key to success in fall weather, because you can add or subtract layers as necessary to deal with changes in weather. The secret strength to the simple, thin sweater is that it’s discreet enough to be worn as an under-layer for just about anything, but cute enough to be worn on top of a shirt or sweatshirt.

Lightweight, Waterproof Shoes
Heavy boots take up too much space and make your suitcase weigh a ton, but simple tennis shoes easily get soaked in autumnal puddles and rainstorms. The solution is to find a lightweight pair of waterproof shoes; wear them with thick socks for warmth and you’ll never miss the heavy-duty rainboots while you’re away.

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Scarves
Packing two or three pretty scarves is a great way to kill two birds with one stone by giving you an optional add-on to any outfit you can add or remove as the weather dictates, and a couple cute accessories to add some charm to any outfit, all while taking up a relatively small amount of suitcase space!

Leggings
Hardly taking up any space at all, and not weighing much to boot, leggings are a great way to functionally accessorize your fall skirt and sweater combo with something that can be added for warmth or removed for cooling off, as needed. For bonus points, try seasonally appropriate red or orange leggings with an otherwise neutral outfit for fun fall coloration, and consider a matching scarf if you’re really in the mood for autumnal accessories.

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Our Top Vacation Must Haves

Vacation can be an exciting time for anyone who loves fun, excitement, new experiences, and relaxation. Many people look forward to the summer months for just this reason, because it means sorely needed break from the grind and monotony of daily life. To make sure you get the absolute most out of your summer vacation, Vine Vera put together a list of a few items we think you simply must bring with you.

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Basic Clothes
This should go without saying, of course (unless, perhaps, your vacation is to a nudist resort), but there are a few things to note here. For one, look up the weather at the place you’re going; you can’t assume that it will be the same as what you’re used to, and you can’t guarantee that just because it’s summer, you’ll never need a jacket or sweater. It all depends on your destination and the climate there, so use that to inform your clothing decisions, and no matter what you end up doing, pack at least one jacket and one short-sleeved outfit, just in case.

In terms of how much to bring, a potentially helpful metric is to think about how many days you’ll be away. If you’ll be gone less than a week, pack enough to make one outfit for every day you’ll be gone. If you’ll be gone more than a week, but less than a month, just pack seven days’ worth of outfits. It won’t be the end of the world if you have to wear some outfits more than once, and if you coordinate all the clothing items you bring well, you’ll be able to mix and match so that you never really wear quite the same thing twice. If you’re going to be gone for more than a month, go all out and bring as much of your wardrobe as you can manage. For a trip that long, you’re probably bringing pretty big suitcases anyway.

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Something to Pass the Time
You’d be surprised how many people forget this one. Yes, you’re going on vacation to do fun things and have neat experiences, but there will be downtime in between all that (and not to mention in transit) when you’ll want a good book, favorite magazine, music, laptop or tablet, or whatever other enjoyable thing you like to use to pass the time.

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Sunscreen
As with any other day, every day of vacation, you should apply broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and reapply several times a day. Bring some travel sized stuff with you, and don’t forget to put it on for the travel days themselves! Especially if you’re driving (but even if you’re not), you’ll need sun protection simply from all the sunlight streaming in through the glass.

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Cash
In addition to whatever credit or debit cards you may like to use, you should bring a bit of cash in your wallet. It’s always a shame to see something you have to have at a market or festival booth, and realize that you only have your card, and they’re cash-only.

Woman packing skin care products.

Basic Skin Care Regimen
We’ll keep this one brief, as we’ve talked at length about skin care basics for vacation already, but in essence, when packing for a vacation, think very carefully about what you will actually need in the time you’re gone. For example, if you normally exfoliate every week, and you’ll be gone a week and a half, you probably don’t need your exfoliant on hand; your skin will survive the few extra days.

 

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Vacation Skin Care: What to Pack

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Summer is well known as a season for travel and vacations, which can make it a very exciting and fun season indeed. Traveling can allow you to experience new and exciting things, have lots of fun, and act as a probably much needed getaway to relax and enjoy yourself. That said, when caring for your skin is a big priority (as it well should be!), and when bag space is limited (as it always is when traveling) you may be hard-pressed when it comes time to pack. What skin care products should you take? What should you leave behind? Making these decisions can be an arduous affair. Just remember: for every item you bring, there’s less space for other things, like makeup, clothes, and fun things to pass the time. As such, Vine Vera decided it was high time to provide a helpful list of tips for packing skin care when it comes time for your next exciting vacation.

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Seal it Up Tight!
This goes not only for skin care, but for makeup, mouthwash, and anything else that’s a liquid or cream in a bottle. It’s important to make sure that your favorite outfit, laptop, book, or something else doesn’t get covered in damaging liquids or creams. Not only will you ruin other things in your suitcase and get your hands sticky sorting through that mess, you’ll waste valuable skin care product too!

To prevent this, seal up the top of every bottle with scotch tape, and toss the tape in your suitcase too so that you can reseal everything before heading home. Then, get a few ziploc bags and put a few products in each bag. This way, it’s unlikely any of them will spill, and even if they do, they’ll only spill on other product bottles, not on your whole suitcase.

Skin care products in a ziploc bag

Bring Small Quantities
Think realistically about how much of each product you actually need. If you only use a small dab of cleanser every day, then on a two-week trip, do you really need to pack an entire jumbo size bottle that typically lasts you months? A lot of products are available in convenient travel sizes, and even if they’re not (or if you just don’t want to buy more of a product you already have) you can use tiny Tupperware containers or little bottles from the dollar store.

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Just the Essentials
You’ll want to pack a daily moisturizer, a facial wash and something to clean off makeup at the end of the day, and a body lotion. And that’s it! That may not seem like a lot, but believe us, when you need to travel light, you can survive without all the other products and tools for a short while. If it’s a very long vacation (like at least a month) you can add an exfoliant and masks to that list, but otherwise, don’t bother. Your skin will be okay if you go without some things for a bit, and you’ll be back home soon enough!

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