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Living Well From Your Suitcase

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James Bond; international spy. Always jet-setting across the country, tending to mysterious assignations and covert operations, complete with a full supply of weapons, infrared binoculars, microchip voice recorders, and knives that can be concealed in his cufflinks. You may wonder, where does he pack his three-piece suits? Living out of a suitcase can definitely be limiting. Luggage weight limits, different activities, and changeable weather are only part of the things that make packing for a trip challenging. However, if Bond can do it so can you. Here are some ways you can use your Bondlike powers to maximize your luggage capacity.

Mix and Match
One of the greatest challenges to suitcase living is finding a matching outfit. You may find the perfect sweater mercifully at the top of your bag, but the matching pants nowhere to be seen. Pack versatile pieces that you can easily mix and match. That way, not only will a coordinated outfit be easier to find, you will also have a variety of outfits to chose from using the same five or so pieces. A good rule of thumb is: if it can’t be a part of at least two different outfits, leave it out.

Color Scheme
A good way to make sure your clothes match is by sticking to the same general colors. Dark and neutrals tend to be the easiest to work with. Bring a lot of white, black. and gray and add in pops of color, like red or teal, to keep it interesting.

Dress Up or Down
Usually, trips require both dressy and casual outfits, some of which will require some on the spot wardrobe adjustment. Accessories are the answer. Bring outfits that can go either fancy or sporty with the addition or omission of different shoes and pieces of jewelry. Shoes are great outfit transformers. Skinny jeans can instantly go from day to night be swapping your tennis for some super spiked heels.

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Layers
Layers are both practical and fashionable, especially when you’re traveling. Weather is hard to anticipate and even seasonal averages are no guarantee. Layers are a crucial component to keeping comfortable while traveling. Make sure to throw in a few scarves, tanks to go under shirts, hoodies, hats and extra socks, that can be easily removed or added.

Packing
Packing is often something learned from mistakes. Begin with shoes and toiletries and be sure to multitask socks and underwear by using them to protect nice shoes and fragile jewelry. Shove the rest of the undies into crevices. Roll up your jeans, camisole, sweaters, and t-shirts for maximum space and minimal wrinkles, and put them in the suitcase next. Blouses and dress shirts should be folded minimally and placed on top. You may want also want to put the pajamas on the top for easy access after a tiring trip. Ironing spray is your best friend; it will eliminate wrinkles without the burden of a space-hogging, heavy iron.

Do you have any traveling tips for us? Be sure to take some time from your jet setting to make a few notes. We would love to hear from the experts.

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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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Should You Plan a Staycay or Vaycay?

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Got the time off work but not the funds to travel? In this harsh economic environment, not everyone can afford a vacation, which is why the concept of a staycation has become so popular. But both come with their own set of pros and cons. Find out which option might work best for you.

First lets’ look at some benefits of the staycation.
Obviously the biggest factor in opting for a staycation is the cost. Flights, hotel rooms and eating out are all costly and can be avoided on a staycation. Staycations also tend to offer more relaxation. Although vacations can be relaxing, travel always brings some amount of stress, including packing and getting to and from your destination. As long as you avoid stresses that may come from daily life, relaxation is a much more viable option during a staycation.

There is also much less chance of getting lost during a staycation. You know the area so there is much less risk of ending up somewhere you’re not familiar with or following a GPS into the middle of nowhere. A staycation also opens your eyes to many local places you may not have visited otherwise. This is a point made by Katie Lara, blog writer at Traveling Panties. Lara also points out that “At the end of your trip, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of getting home. You’ll be back in a snap, restored and renewed.”

Of course, there are a lot of great things about traveling that must be considered as well:
Traveling gives you the opportunity to meet new people. Staycations will revolve around the same group of people you see on a daily basis, while traveling will give you the opportunity to meet different people and learn things about their culture. Traveling is also a great inspiration. Traveling can bring new discoveries and revelations whether they are about new environments or about yourself. Also, the feeling of getting out of your day to day routine can alleviate depression.

Family on a holiday

Another nice thing about a vacation is that it offers you so many places to go including cruises, beach houses, exotic destinations, or other states you’ve never seen before. A staycation is more limiting in that respect.

With the rising popularity of staycations, some hotels are focusing on advertising programs which attract more local area residents. Kim Britton, director of sales and marketing at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa reports that about 30 percent of all bookings are coming from locals and believes the number will continue to rise this summer. “People are getting away, even if they’re staying in state or closer to home. They still wish to have that opportunity to make memories together in places that are beyond their usual day to day.”

Of course for those who are in the travel camp, there are plenty of ways to cut back on expenses if you educate yourself on how to protect you and your things and do a lot of budgeting. It’s good to do plan carefully to avoid financial snags.

So which camp are you in? Vacation or staycation? Leave your opinion in the comments section.

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London Wine Festival

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If you’re someone who buys and/or chooses the wine for your business, then you’ll likely be interested in learning more about the London Wine Fair. It takes place May 3 – 5, 2016, at Olympia London in West Kensington, London, England. It is a trade only event and you must be 18+ to enter, so if you happen to fit in that category and you’re debating whether or not you should go, the following are some reasons why attending could be well worth it.

The Event is Free to Visit
No, you’re not reading that incorrectly. One of the best wine trade events is free to visit, so all you have to do is just consider travel and accommodations. That’s a pretty big plus considering how expensive some events could be, especially if you’re thinking of sending more than one person.

It’s a Great Chance to Network
Let’s be serious; when you go to certain events, there’s usually not a substantial amount of people there and there’s only so many you can meet in a small crowd. That’s not necessarily a bad thing at all, but it can be limiting to those who want to meet a lot of people. Considering it’s expected that there are going to be around 18,000 in attendance at the London Wine Fair, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re going to be able to do a huge amount of networking. It’s your opportunity to meet people from all over the world that you might otherwise may never have met.

You Can Find Some Incredible New Wines
So just how high are your chances that you’re going to fall in love with some new wines while you’re at the event? Let’s put it into perspective. There are expected to be around 700 exhibitors in attendance at the London Wine Fair this year and it’s anticipated that they’ll be bringing 13,000 wines. That’s a lot of wine to get to know and it’s very likely you’ll connect to quite a few of them.

You Can Advertise Your Own Business
You have to give people a reason to want to get to know more about your business, and it’s not always about the products or services you’re offering. Look at it this way; if you attend an event and you’re hiding in a corner, don’t say anything, or you’re rude, how much are people really going to want to learn more about the business? When you’re kind, personable, approachable, and you interact with those around you, it’s a reflection of the business itself, and what better chance to get the word out about your business than in the midst of thousands of people at the London Wine Fair.

It’s an Entire Weekend Devoted to What You Love
Sure you could surround yourself with wine at home, but it’s nowhere near the same experience you’re going to have at the London Wine Fair. It’s thousands of incredible people in your industry, fabulous wines, and – depending on where you live – a completely different environment. Yes, it’s a working trip, but it’s one that’s certainly going to be a great time.

The aforementioned are just some of the reasons why you should consider attending the London Wine Fair if you’re in the industry, but frankly I could just keep going. Check it out for yourself and see if it’s right for you.

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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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Wine Tourism

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There’s a lot to love about wine, and Vine Vera tends to stress that fact a lot. Not only is wine richly flavorful, incredibly varied and good for your body and skin (in moderation, mind you; consistently, regularly, and excessively exceeding one glass a day for women, two for men, can actually accomplish the opposite, in addition to ruining your liver), but it can bring people together at social events, complete the perfect meal, and add a touch of class to pretty much any event.

But wine’s accolades don’t stop there. Besides tasking great, possessing great variety, going great with food, and bringing people together, wine also has a certain proclivity—or at least a growing trend is making it so that it does—to inspire breathtaking and adventurous travel. Allow us to explain….

Wine Tourism: The Adventurous Side of Wine
A practice that’s been growing in popularity lately is the concept of “wine tourism.” The idea here is one you’re likely familiar with, but we’ll explain anyway just to make sure we all start on the same page here.

Wine tourism essentially means travelling for the sake of trying delicious, fine wines from the source of where they’re made. It typically involves going to an area with a high concentration of vineyards—more often than not a famous or at least relatively well-known wine region—and visiting several of said wineries, taking tours of them and sampling their wines right there at the source, hopefully taking a bottle or three home with you for later.

A New Way to Experience Wine
At its core, wine tourism is basically just a fun way to get more out of your favorite beverage. It’s already true that a really good glass of wine is more of an experience than a simple drink, and wine tourism is essentially the logical extension of that thought. When you engage in wine tourism, you’re going on a trip specifically to enjoy fine wine, and in a way, the new places, atmospheres, and vistas you immerse yourself in in the process can only—figuratively speaking—improve the taste of the multiple cups of wine you’ll assuredly be sipping throughout the trip.

About More Than Just the Wine
All that said, while wine tourism is most certainly a superb way to experience good wine, it’s a little more than just that. Travelling for wine alone can be incredibly enjoyable, but it’s not really just wine alone. Think of it this way, the wine is fantastic, and will assuredly be the focal point of the adventure you’ll be embarking upon, but also provides an excellent “excuse” to get out there and see the world. Wandering the streets of Venice and taking an iconic gondola ride, tasting fresh mountain air and gazing upon stunning arrays of rocky terrain and verdant hillscapes, wandering awestruck through ancient ruins, marveling at museums, even spending a day at a nearby amusement park because your quest for fine wine tasting has brought you to the area—all these things and more can happen spontaneously on a wine tourism trip. When you add that in with the reason you’re there in the first place: the wine, you’ve got quite a delightful vacation in store for you if you decide to give wine tourism a go.

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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.

Woman packing toiletries

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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