What to Tuck in Your Weekend Travel Bag

Packing for a weekend trip can be tricky, because while you do want to travel as light as possible, there are also likely to be many items that you want to bring along. No matter where you may be headed to for your weekend getaway, here are a few tips on what to tuck into your weekend travel bag.

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A Selection of Accessories
While the clothing that you pack does depend on the destination that you are going to be visiting, it is probable that you will still need to stick to the basics, bringing along only outfits that you know for a fact that you will wear. However, in order to jazz up what may have otherwise been a slightly lackluster outfit, you need to have a selection of accessories to choose from. These do not take up much space in a travel bag, and can quickly add a pop of color, or some sparkle, to any outfit.

Dry Shampoo
Instead of having to squeeze in a shampoo, conditioner and other hair styling products, a small dry shampoo can easily replace these. This will also mean that you will not need to wash your hair during your weekend away, saving yourself some extra time to make the most of your destination.

Foldable Flats
You are likely to be able to manage with just one pair of shoes over the weekend, but if you feel the need for a spare pair, some foldable flats are perfect. These will not only take up a minimum amount of space, but can also be worn with just about any outfit, making them extremely versatile.

An All-In-One Charger
If you are someone that tends to bring along a number of electronics when travelling, from your cellphone to your tablet to your digital camera, then investing in an all-in-one charger can really help to save space, as well as plenty of hassle. These are easily available and enable you to charge all of your electronics with a single device, meaning that you do not have to worry about packing cables for each one.

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Sun Protection
Sun protection is absolutely essential throughout the year, and unless you intend on spending your weekend in a dark, underground location, you need to pack a few sun protection items in your weekend bag. Not only should you bring along a small, travel-sized sunscreen, but a pair of sunglasses, as well as a sun hat, may also come in handy.

Travel-Sized Toiletries
Rather than packing your standard toiletries in your weekend bag, swap these for travel-sized versions, as they will take up far less space. Whether this be your toothpaste, moisturizer, serum or shaving gel, travel-sized products are always useful for a weekend getaway.

It can be all-too-tempting to try to squeeze in as much as you can for a weekend trip away, but having to carry around a heavy and bulky bag is never enjoyable. Instead, try to downsize as much as possible, from your toiletries to your chargers, so that you only need to take the bare essentials with you.

Chic Accessories for a Holiday Formal

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Accessories can really make or break an outfit, so, for a holiday formal, you really want to make sure that your accessories are on point. From a stylish smart watch to help you count calories to bold, varnished brass earrings, these chic accessories each promise to inject your outfit with a powerful dose of style.

Poppy Petal Earrings, Celine
When it comes to earrings for a holiday formal, many tend to go down the route of extravagance and sparkle, but, if the rest of your outfit is quite statement-making, it is best to keep your earrings relatively minimal. The simple yet stunning Poppy Petal Earrings from Celine have been created from a beautiful varnished brass, and their deep red shade is perfectly in-keeping with the festive season.

Q Smartwatch, Fossil
One of the most popular accessories out there is the watch, and while smartwatches have not been exceptionally stylish up until now, the sleek Q Smartwatch from Fossil is set to change this. These beautiful watches are crafted from refined steel and boast classic leather accents, along with high-tech touchscreen displays, and are ideal for those who are trying to eat healthily during the holidays, as they will do everything from track your steps to count your calories.

Rien ne se Fait sans Amour, Agnes B
Rien ne se Fait sans Amour, which means “nothing can be done without love” in English, is the title of the latest accessories collection from designer Agnes B. Each one of these exquisite pieces would be perfectly suited to a holiday formal, as they have been created from red gold and rose gold, resulting in luxurious yet sleek and sophisticated pieces.

Woman in heelsPax Heels, Kate Spade
If your holiday formal involves a night of dancing, then you need to pay careful attention to the shoes that you wear. While needle-thin stilettos might be your go-to pair, these are likely to become uncomfortable during the evening, and will prevent you from really enjoying yourself. To ensure that you really will be able to dance the night away while rocking a pair of heels, invest in a pair of the Pax Heels from Kate Spade, which feature thick, stacked heels for added comfort, but which are also encrusted in sparkling stones for a perfect festive flair.

Double T Bag, Tod’s
The deep red Double T Bag from Tod’s is the ideal color for the holidays, and is an evening bag that will allow you to remain hands-free during the night, which is always a bonus at a holiday formal. This cross-body style features a chain and leather strap that gives the bag quite an edgy feel, and these can also be extended or shortened so that they can work with just about any outfit.

These high fashion accessories are all perfect for a holiday formal, no matter what the rest of your outfit may look like. From the chic and minimal Celine earrings to the sparkly but practical Kate Spade heels, each of these pieces exude a sense of modern style.

Minimalist Yet Fashionable

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It is all too easy to end up with a closet overflowing with items that you hardly wear, and this clutter is never going to be helpful in life. The best way to counter this is to try dressing in more of a minimalist style, playing with color, texture and design to put together looks that are still chic and sophisticated.

Classic Staples Rather Than Trends
Fashion trends come and go, and are likely to be the main reason as to why your wardrobe contains so many unworn items. Rather than falling whim to the tempting new trends that make an appearance each season, invest in six to ten classic staple pieces, in neutral shades, that will be able to form the base of your looks. Items such as a white cotton shirt, a black dress, some classic jeans and a black jacket are all ideal, and, if you do still want to partake in the latest trends, you can still do this with your accessories instead.

Trendy Accessories
As mentioned above, dressing in a minimalist style does not mean that you have to completely forgo the season’s trends. Accessories are a great way to give an outfit a different look, whether this may be with a scarf, a bag, or jewelry.

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Experiment with Silhouettes
Having fewer clothes in your wardrobe to choose from, with the clothes that you do have being quite cohesive, means that you can really experiment when it comes to creating new silhouettes. If you usually opt for tight fitting outfits, try incorporating a draped and artfully oversized piece into your look, and vice versa.

Choose a Focal Point
Some minimalist outfits can seem quite boring, and this is because they do not have a clear focal point. Choosing a focal point will go a long way in making your outfit seem compelling and intriguing, and will add a layer of much-needed complexity. In addition to doing this with accessories, you can also pick garments that have special design details, such as a full pleated skirt paired with a basic fitted t-shirt, or a statement jacket paired with a simple dress.

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Pay Attention to Fit
Many people find that their weight fluctuates over time, and the best way to ensure that your minimalist wardrobe will contain enough clothes that fit you at one time is by investing in a number of pieces made from jersey or other forgiving fabrics. When purchasing dresses or other garments for special occasions, try to opt for styles that will fit you if you lose or gain a small amount of weight, so that you need not worry about splurging on a new dress if your weight changes.

Many people tend to worry that they would get bored with a minimalist wardrobe, but, if you appreciate fine fabrics, intriguing silhouettes and proportions, and classic clothes, minimalism is something that you should try. While it may take some dedication to cut your wardrobe down, opting for quality over quantity, and versatility over trends, will serve you well in the long run.

What’s New in Handbags This Fall

With every new season comes gorgeous new accessories, and the handbag trends for this fall are definitely exciting. From backpacks designed to be carried by hand to convenient but classic cross-body satchels, these handbags are a great way to update your wardrobe this fall.

Hand-Carried Backpacks
While backpacks were originally intended to be carried on the back, designers have been creating pieces with such stunning top handles that they deserve to be carried by hand, meaning that you will not even notice the missing back straps. From the glimmering metallic backpacks by Lanvin to the leopard print and monogrammed versions at Louis Vuitton, these bags will complement just about any fall outfit.

Cross-Body Satchels
A cross-body satchel is one of those classic accessories that everybody should have in their wardrobe. This season sees the timeless book-bag really take off, with satchels of every size, shape and color hitting the runways. While there may be a few avant-garde styles out there, a vintage-style satchel made from a soft buttery leather is guaranteed to stand the test of time.

Guitar Straps
Handbag straps have been getting quite the makeover this season, with some of the hottest latest bags featuring wide, embellished guitar straps instead of standard conventional straps. These bags guarantee to make a statement, whether you opt for the styles from Valentino, Prada or Fendi.

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Layering Multiple Bags
Layering garments is the norm during the fall and winter months, but layering handbags is a new trend that is predicted to hit the streets in a big way this season. Whether you want to add some extra color to your outfit, or simply have more essentials to pack than what will fit in a single handbag, make the most of this trend and layer a couple of handbags together.

Fanny Packs
Fanny packs have never been considered to be at the height of fashion, but it would seem as though this is now starting to change. There is no denying the convenience that comes with wearing a fanny pack and being completely hands free, whether this means that you can ride around on a bike or simply have extra hands to carry shopping begs. 3.1 Phillip Lim is where you will find military-inspired fanny packs shaped like saddle bags, while the fanny packs from Elie Saab are crocheted in black, and look exquisitely delicate. The styling of fanny packs this season is perhaps what has helped make them more contemporary, as many designers, such as Chanel and Undercover, opted to fasten the fanny pack onto a belt or the hips of pants, rather than having a strap that wraps around the waist.

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Metallics
Metallics are always coming and going in fashion, and this season they are back again in handbags. These shimmery designs promise to add a powerful element to any outfit, from the gold-pleated numbers at Loewe to the rainbow effect bags from Louis Vuitton.

A statement handbag is a great way to liven up an outfit, and always adds an interesting focal point. Whether you opt for a handbag that features a funky guitar strap or a vintage-inspired satchel bag, this season is the perfect time to invest in a beautiful new accessory.

Stylish Ways to Mix Silver and Gold

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There are many different so-called fashion rules out there, and, for many years, mixing silver and gold has been considered to be a big no-no. However, this is far from the case today, because, if you do it right, mixing silver and gold can look exceptionally chic and stylish.

The Stacking Trend
The stacking trend has been around for a while now, and is a great way to mix and match different types of metals. Simply stack, or layer, a few different pieces of silver and gold over each other, making sure to keep each piece within a similar style, so that it is only the metal providing contrast rather than the actual design of your jewelry. Whether you do this with delicate necklaces or chunky rings, stacking is a fun way to wear silver and gold together.

Combination Pieces
Combination pieces of jewelry, meaning items that contain both silver and gold, are an easy way to wear both of these metals together. This also then means that any subsequent gold or silver items that you wear will work well with your outfit, enabling you to really mix and match your accessories. For example, if you decide to wear a necklace that contains both silver and gold, then it would be easy to then style this with a gold ring and a silver bracelet, as the necklace would tie all of the metals in the outfit together.

Experiment with Different Ratios
When wearing gold and silver together, you will end up with different looks by experimenting with different ratios of the two metals. Rather than wearing an equal amount of each metal, try using mostly one, but also wearing a single item of the other, as this will add some contrast to the main metal that you have chosen.

Aesthetically Similar
As mentioned above in relation to the stacking trend, when mixing gold and silver, you should try to make sure that the pieces that you choose are aesthetically similar. This means that if you have chosen a delicate piece of gold jewelry, any silver that you wear should also be quite delicate. Likewise, if you have opted for some chunky, graphic items, make sure that all of the other jewelry that you wear is along these lines.

Bring in a Third Color
Another great way to tie together silver and gold is by bringing in a third color. Black is a great neutral color, and contrasts beautifully with both silver and gold on jewelry, so if you can find a piece that combines silver and gold with black, the black will act as an anchor, holding the other types of metal that you wear together.

These days, there are no longer any firm rules on which metals you should, and should not, be wearing together. While you may still prefer to just stick to one metal at a time, mixing silver and gold will give your outfit some stylish contrast, and you are also likely to have plenty of fun experimenting with different looks.

Outdoor Wedding Outfits

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Choosing an outfit for an outdoor wedding can be quite tricky, especially during the summer, because not only do you have to take into account the weather and the time of day, but you also need to make sure that your outfit is well-suited to the actual location. From the most breathable fabrics to the most suitable colors, here are some tips for putting together fabulous outdoor wedding outfits.

Breathable Fabrics
Enabling a good rate of air flow around your body is important in the summer, but this can only be done if your outfit has been made from breathable fabrics. A quality, lightweight cotton is one of the most breathable fabrics out there, absorbing moisture, while polyester should always be avoided, as its water resistant qualities mean that any sweat will be trapped beneath your clothes, causing discomfort and irritation. Linen is another natural fibre that will not cling to your body, whereas rayon is another synthetic fabric that repels water, meaning that any sweat will end up gathering in unsightly places. Silk and chiffon are also great fabrics to wear and are often more suited to a wedding than cotton or linen.

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Colors
For a summertime outdoor wedding, keep your outfit’s colors as light and airy as possible. Floral dresses are often an obvious choice during the summer months, but opt for pastels or bright colors rather than dark and moody prints, as these are much better suited to the happy ambience of a wedding.

Location of the Wedding
Of course, your wedding outfit needs to be well-suited to the actual location of the wedding. If it is going to be somewhere hot and dry, a breezy dress will work well as you will need help staying cool, while if the location is somewhere that is known to be quite windy and blustery, you will need to pick an outfit that will not be affected by any strong gusts.

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Accessories
When it comes to your accessories, as well as your hair and makeup, it is best to keep everything as minimal as possible. Chunky or large jewellery is likely to only end up irritating your skin in the heat, while any heavy makeup will just slide off, requiring plenty of tiresome retouching sessions.

Shoes
While stilettos may usually be your footwear of choice for a wedding, these will not work so well for an outdoor wedding, as they will cause you to keep sinking into any grass. If you do not want to wear flats, then look for some stylish wedges instead, as this will keep you steady on your feet while still giving you a bit of extra height.

Everybody wants to look their best at a wedding, but this can often be more difficult to accomplish when the wedding is being held outdoors in the summertime. Fortunately, by knowing which fabrics and styles to pick, you will be able to put together an outfit that not only looks stylish, but will also keep you comfortable and happy throughout the day.

Cruise Wardrobe Essentials

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With different temperatures along the way, a few specific dress codes to adhere to, and limited storage space in cabins, packing for a cruise is definitely not easy. Fortunately, with some clever advance planning, you will be able to put together a concise selection of cruise wardrobe essentials that will work for just about every occasion while you are away.

Swimwear and Accessories
If your cruise ship has a swimming pool, then swimwear is a must. It is always a good idea to bring along at least two pairs, so that you have something to wear while the other is being washed and dried. Cover-ups are also necessary, so that you can easily transition from the pool to other parts of the ship. When it comes to accessories, sun protection is a must, as are sunglasses and sun hats.

Woman enjoying a cruise

Casual Day Wear
During the day, you will generally be dressing quite casually, so items such as shorts, jeans, t-shirts and tank tops are essential. You will also need a few warmer items in case you encounter some unseasonably cold days out at sea, as well as some sandals or other comfortable shoes to walk around the ship,

Shore Excursions
You are likely to be making a few shore excursions along your cruise ship’s points of call, so keep in mind that you will need appropriate clothing for this. If you plan on doing some snorkeling or diving, function swimwear is a must, while those that want to visit religious or cultural sites should bring along some modest clothing, so as not to offend.

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Evening Wear
When it comes to evening wear, each cruise ship will usually have their own dress code that passengers must follow, and while shorts and tank tops are generally not allowed, casual wear is still accepted. This can include dress slacks with a blouse, or a casual cocktail dress. Of course, there may be a few formal nights where some passengers do go all out with tuxedos and gowns, but this is not usually essential.

Extras
There are a few other essentials that are likely to come in handy whilst you are on your cruise. A lightweight rain jacket will be your go-to item on rainy days, both on board as well as on shore, while a dressy shawl will not only keep you warm in chilly air-conditioned rooms, but will also instantly make your outfit appear much more formal. If your cruise ship has a gym on board that you will be making use of, then a pair of workout clothes will also be needed.

When choosing individual items to bring on your cruise with you, try to pick garments that can be worn interchangeably, and that can be used to create a number of different outfits, so that you still have some choice while out at sea. Your cruise ship is also likely to have some laundry or dry cleaning facilities, meaning that you will be able to wear your items multiple times, saving you some valuable space.

Fashion Subscription Services

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With a package of new and exciting styles arriving at your front door on a regular basis, it is no wonder that fashion subscription services have been rising in popularity, meaning that there are even more to choose from. Whether you opt for a stylist that puts together a customized monthly box based on your own lifestyle, or one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that you would not have been able to find on your own, these fashion subscription boxes ensure that you are always looking chic and stylish.

Tog + Porter
Tog + Porter’s fashion subscription service is truly personalized, and once you have set your monthly price point, which can range anywhere from $250 to $1500, the site will pair you up with your very own personal stylist. You will be able to chat to your stylist one on one using Skype or other video chatting programs, during which your stylist will try to learn as much as possible about your personality and your lifestyle. Following on from this, your stylist will then put together monthly boxes that are filled with clothing that suits you and your personality, and once you have seen or worn each item, you can then follow up with your stylist, sharing your thoughts on the choices and seeking advice on different ways to style certain pieces.

The Style Box
The Style Box offers more of a one size fits all fashion subscription service, focussing more on fashion accessories and lifestyle products that have a wide appeal. Boxes are delivered each month, with each box containing between three and six products.

RX Vintage
Searching for stylish, one-of-a-kind vintage pieces can often be time-consuming, but RX Vintage takes all of the work out of it for you. No matter which subscription plan you opt for, you will be able to receive unique vintage pieces on a monthly basis, with the company ensuring that each piece that they send out is in top condition. The fact that these garments are one-of-a-kind mean that RX Vintage needs to be select about how many subscribers they cater to, which is why customers usually have to wait for a subscription spot to open up, unless they are lucky enough to be referred to the site by a friend.

Wantable
The Wantable subscription box is affordable and delivers monthly statement accessories straight to your door. From bold necklaces to chunky bangles, each item that is delivered is always bang on trend, helping you to mix up your wardrobe with new pieces that you may not have otherwise tried. Wantable also delivers boxes of intimates, which are ideal for those who enjoy trying different styles of delicate lingerie.

Fashion subscription services are a great way to try out new styles and trends without having to make too much of an investment. Most companies will usually offer a range of subscription plans, so that you can choose a monthly price point that works for you, before beginning to receive your goods that are worth so much more in value!

Black Business Casual Capsule

Creating a business capsule wardrobe is a concept that has been rising in popularity. This focus on a limited number of quality pieces makes it much easier to stay organized and de-clutter your wardrobe, while also ensuring that you look professional yet stylish each and every day.

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All-Black Staples
If black is going to be the main color of your capsule wardrobe, then there are a few all-black staple items that you need to have. Black shoes are a definite must, and if you are going to be purchasing multiple pairs, then try to make it a mix in terms of style, heel height, and how matte or shiny they are. The same applies to black belts, with one thinner one and one wide, statement belt. Next, a classic black blazer will always work as a great go-to item, and can be paired with just about any outfit. A couple of black dresses in different styles, as well as a pair of tailored black pants, are also easy to style, as is a classic black pencil skirt. While you may not want to purchase a black shirt, a classy black blouse is always great for work, while a black knit cardigan is handy on cooler days.

Choose Another Neutral
With black being the main neutral color in your wardrobe, it is important to choose a second neutral that can complement this. Sticking to a couple of neutrals will help to make all of your outfits more cohesive, and will also make each piece easier to style. Blouses are the main garment to buy in your second neutral color, and a simple dress will also work well with all of your other black pieces. Depending on how casual you want your capsule wardrobe to be, denim is a fantastic second neutral to work into your wardrobe.

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Color Accents
As much as you may want your wardrobe to be centered around black, having an accent of color in your outfit will help to make it pop. Depending on your own personal style, you could either go for rich, jewel tones, or for softer, pastel shades, both of which work beautifully with black. Accessories, such as shoes, belts and jewelry, are great items to use for adding color to an all-black outfit, as is a scarf or a bag.

Pay Attention to Fit
Black is extremely slimming, which is great when it is the main color in your wardrobe, but it also means that you need to pay extra attention to the way in which your clothes fit your body. Try to avoid any drab or shapeless pieces, opting instead for items that flatter your shape.

Fabrics and Textures
There are some all-black outfits that can look quite boring, while others appear stylish and chic. The reason for this is usually the different fabrics and textures that have been worn together, with a variety of different ones creating interesting focal points throughout the outfit.

When it comes to changing your wardrobe with the seasons, you do not need to do a complete overhaul of your business capsule wardrobe. Instead, keep all of your black pieces, as this works for both summer and winter, and instead go with a different color for your second neutral and your color accents, keeping them in line with seasonal styles and trends.

Charlotte Beecham

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A British designer that has recently been making waves in the industry, Charlotte Beecham is the founder and creative director of Charlotte Simone, an accessories brand that has been worn by the likes of Alexa Chung, Kendall Jenner and Olivia Palermo. While Beecham may have graduated from NYU, she now lives and works in London, and has managed to quickly make quite the name for herself amongst the fashion elite.

The Fur Hood
The ultimate in winter accessories, the fur hood is one of Beecham’s signature designs and has helped significantly in establishing her brand. Bringing together a scarf and a hood, the fur hood is still one of the most sought after pieces from the Charlotte Simone collections, and is, without a doubt, one of her best sellers, as it is not only ultra stylish, but also comfortable and warm, appealing to both mature women as well as young girls.

Reinventing the Scarf
While Charlotte Simone produces a range of different accessories, scarves are what fascinate Beecham the most, with the designer striving to reinvent this humble accessory. Aware of the fact that the scarf market was relatively untapped, Beecham brought together different knits, furs and woven fabrics to create truly one-of-a-kind scarves. One of the reasons for the incredible success of Beecham’s scarves is the way in which they are so versatile, working perfectly for both day and night, and easy to style in just about any ensemble.

Charlotte Simone Outerwear
This year, Beecham took her first foray into outerwear, producing a capsule collection that beautifully represented the aesthetics of her brand. With five different shapes and five different colors, the collection may be Beecham’s first attempt at ready-to-wear, but her work is already in high demand. With fun and fluffy accessories being the focus of this British designer, it will be interesting to see exactly how Beecham develops her outerwear line in the next few years.

Charlotte Simone and Kyle De’Volle Bags
As part of the Charlotte Simone Autumn Winter ’14 collection, Beecham collaborated with designer Kyle De’Volle, resulting in the Bon Bon Bag in four different colors. Created entirely out of shaggy shearling, the bag is fluffy and fun and adds a unique yet stylish element to just about any outfit. Again, this was Beecham’s first attempt at designing and creating bags, and while the designer did find certain parts of the process quite challenging, the resulting bags are some of her personal favorites out of all of her creations. While Beecham may have immensely enjoyed the bag-designing process, and will be continuing to expand into other fluffy accessories, the designer will be keeping her focus primarily on scarves, as this is what she wants her brand to be known for.

Charlotte Beecham’s fun and innovative creations are the perfect representation of quirky and eccentric British fashion. The success that this London designer has already witnessed is most definitely impressive, and it will be exciting to see what this talented designer produces in the next few years.