Hi sweet friends and happy Tuesday to y’all! We’ve been back to reality (aka home from vacation) for two weeks now and just when I got done unpacking and tucked away my suitcases, I go and book another trip! I’m super pumped to be meeting my blogging BFF’s, Cortney & Kelssey, in Washington D.C. in just a couple weeks! It was a huge goal of mine for 2017 to travel more, and I’m pretty pleased with how many adventures I’ve experienced so far. I’ve learned that traveling with fun, functional, & fashionable (because airport pics, #duh) luggage is super important, so after using this Kensie set from Gordmans for the last three trips I’ve taken, it’s time to give you the 411 and share my thoughts & opinions on my luggage!
First things first… having luggage that has wheels & can be pushed AND pulled is HUGE! My old suitcase was a beast to pull around and there was no way I could manage my big suitcase as well as a carry on and a tote bag/purse. That was the first thing I looked for when scouting for a new set! Second, you girls know I’m not a huge fan of the color black and don’t have many black colored accessories. So I knew I didn’t want black luggage. I really wanted the fancy white with brown trim set that all my fashion blogger buddies have, but I’m super OCD about keeping things clean and knew that a dirty suit case – even if it only had minimal marks or scuffs – would drive me nuts! So I settled on this taupe/gold color and have been very pleased! I do clean it up after I travel, just to keep it as nice as possible, but knicks and dents are inevitable, but this shade doesn’t show near as much as a white suitcase would.
I used to travel with a Vera Bradley duffle bag and while I loved having a matching set (I have alllllll the duffle sizes, laptop case, kindle case, passport holder, etc.), I don’t know how many people I’ve hit in the head walking down the aisle to my seat! Short girl problems. Tony always handles my biz when we travel together, but since I’ve been doing more travel solo, I needed a carry on that I could wrangle and not let it overpower my small frame! This carry on has been such a handy dandy piece and despite it’s looks, it actually holds a ton! I always pack an extra outfit, pajamas, & undies, plus my contacts/glasses, makeup, medicine, and shoes (because those are heavy ha!) in my carry on just in case you make it your destination and your checked bag does not. I also love that these Kensie pieces are hard, light weight plastic and aren’t a fabric. Fabric suitcases can be very heavy and when you pack a lot of stuff, you need every ounce you can get! Plus the hard outer shell keeps your belongings safe & sound!
Now let’s chat about what to wear when traveling! I am all about that comfort, but I’m also about fashion & style, obvy. Leggings, stretchy jeans, and flattering cotton dresses can be just as comfortable as baggy sweatpants and you can still hold your head high while sipping on that cocktail in the airport bar! Regardless of what you choose to wear on the bottom, I always have a cardigan on or in-towe when I’m flying! I prefer longer duster cardigans, too, because they can help keep your legs covered if you’re wearing a dress or shorts. I snagged this marled gray cardigan from Gordmans when I bought my luggage and knew it would be perfect for our Mexico trip. It was a night light weight material and had pockets, which was super handy to keep my phone in and boarding pass handy! Another item I always have with me when traveling is a hat! Once vacation is over, I usually have dirty hair and have zero energy or care about doing my hair and a full face of makeup when you’re heading home. Which is why a ball cap is the best thing ever to hide those tired eyes and dry shampoo-filled mane! I grabbed this faux leather hat at Gordmans, as well, and it was like 1/2 the price of a nearly identical one I had in my cart at another retailer – score!
Gordmans was actually my very first retail job in high school and I’ve loved them ever since! They carry so many name brands (Free People, Jessica Simpson, Madden Girl, Nike, etc.) and honestly have the most amazing selection of all things home decor! Which will be my home away from home when our home renovation is done 🙂
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