Spring Travel Must-Haves

Whether you are heading off for spring break with your friends, family, or that special someone, it is always a good idea to put some advanced planning into your packing. From skin care to gadgets, here are the spring travel must-haves that you definitely do not want to be leaving at home.

sunglasses

Sunglasses and Sun Protection
No matter where you may be headed to, spring signifies the beginning of better weather, meaning that you are likely to be spending much longer in the sun while you are on your travels. This makes a pair of UV blocking sunglasses absolutely essential, because not only will they add an element of chic to your look, but they will also provide the skin around your eyes with extra protection from the sun’s damaging rays. In addition to your sunglasses, you should also bring along a few other items that can help protect you from the sun, from a broad spectrum sunscreen to a wide-brimmed hat.

Cleanser and Moisturizer
While you may be tempted to leave your cleanser and moisturizer at home, and buy new, smaller versions when you reach your destination, it would be far more beneficial to your skin to bring along your everyday cleanser and moisturizer. Although cleansers may be easily available, switching to a new formula suddenly can really disrupt your skin’s pH balance, causing everything from redness and irritation to breakouts. Sticking with products that your skin is already used to will help you to avoid any skin issues while you are away.

spring jacket

Spring Jacket
Even if you are planning on travelling somewhere hot and sunny, spring weather can still be quite unpredictable, which is why it is always useful to have a lightweight spring jacket on hand. Since you are opting for a light version, you will easily be able to squeeze this into your bag, and, whether you have a rainy day or a chilly evening, you will be covered. Trench coats are ideal for this, as they are always right on trend in the spring, and bring a classy touch to any outfit.

Portable Charger
The majority of people these days travel with a number of different gadgets and devices, and organizing the many different chargers for each of these can be time-consuming and frustrating. A portable travel charger takes all of the fuss out of travelling with gadgets, as these will allow you to charge multiple devices all at the same time with just one charging device, saving you time and space.

Woman using travel wallet

Travel Wallet
When travelling, it is always easier to keep all of your documents in one place, not only so that they are easily accessible when you need them, but also to ensure that none of them end up lost. A travel wallet is a great way to do this, as these will have pockets and slots for all of your essential travel items, from your passport to your foreign currency to your credit cards.

Spring is a fantastic time of the year to travel, and these must-have items are guaranteed to have your trip running as smoothly as possible. From a travel wallet to hold all important documents to a portable charger that will ensure that you are never stranded without your phone or camera, these items all deserve a bit of space in your luggage.

Must-Have Sun Care Accessories

With long, sun-soaked summer days quickly approaching, it is time to take stock of all of your sun care products, throwing out any that are no longer of use. Once you have done so, it is time to fill your cupboards with these must-have sun care accessories, ensuring that your skin will be properly protected from any damaging UV rays all season long.

Woman wearing a hat

Sun Hats
Rather than thinking of a sun hat as a cumbersome item that you would rather not wear, look at it as another stylish accessory that you can add to your outfit. Sun hats will give your face extra UV protection, the amount of which depends on how much of your face the hat shades. If you are quite active, a smaller brim is ideal, but this does mean that you would need to ensure that the unshaded parts of your face and shoulders are protected from the sun in another way.

Breathable Clothing
If you are planning to spend the entire day outdoors, ensuring that your clothing will give your body protection from the sun is essential. To keep life simple, invest in a couple of natural-fabric garments that are of a classic style and color, and that you can easily turn to when you know that you have a day outdoors in the sun coming up. For those of you who frequently spend a large amount of time outdoors, whether for work or simply your daily commute on your bicycle, it is always useful to own a couple of items of clothing that provide UV protection, and that are designed to be ultra-breathable to guarantee thorough ventilation.

Woman wearing sunglasses

Sunglasses
The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate, which is why this is often the first area to show visible signs of aging. When choosing sunglasses, ensure that the lenses provide 100% UV protection, and do not forget that, if they do not wrap around the sides of your face, then you will still need to apply sunscreen to those areas of skin in order to keep wrinkles at bay.

After Sun Lotion or Gel
Even those that are extremely vigilant about sun care will find that they end up with a patch of skin that may be slightly tender and burnt after a day in the sun. This is why having a reliable after sun lotion is essential, as this burnt skin needs to be immediately cared for. Products that contain nourishing ingredients, such as cocoa butter and shea butter, will provide moisture and hydration, while aloe vera and cucumber will help to cool and repair the skin.

Woman applying sunscreen

Sunscreen
While the appropriate clothing and accessories do provide a great level of protection from the sun, it is always necessary to have a sunscreen that you can turn to as well. Mineral-based sunscreens will usually provide the best protection against sun damage and premature aging, as the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that they contain sit on the skin and form a powerful barrier against UVA and UVB rays.

Sun damage can lead to so many different problems, not only superficially but also long-term, which is why these sun care accessories are absolutely necessary. Ensuring that your skin is well protected from the sun, not only with sunscreen but also with added shade from clothing and accessories, is something that will do your skin and body a world of good.

Top Fashion Pieces of 2015

While we all may have our own personal favorites, there are some fashion items that rise to the top each year. From a classic pair of white sneakers to metallic bomber jackets, OROGOLD takes a look at some of the top fashion pieces of 2015.

Top Fashion Pieces of 2015

 

Original Stan Smith Sneakers from Adidas
Amongst the many different footwear trends of 2015, it was the classic white sneaker that caught the eye of many. In particular, it was the Adidas Original Stan Smith Sneakers that were one of the most popular items of the year, especially after they were seen being worn by David Beckham and Katie Holmes. Their fresh and clean look makes them work with so many different outfits, and their practicality is always a plus point too.

Christy Lace-Up Flats from Aquazzura
Aquazzura is an Italian shoe label that was extremely sought after in 2015, especially after many of their styles were seen at the various fashion weeks around the world, confirming their status as a shoe essential. The two styles that were the most popular were the leopard print Christy lace-up flats and the Wild Thing heels in a gorgeous red suede, both of which are available to purchase online. While both styles are a beauty, OROGOLD loves the Christy lace-up flats, as their small gold heel is an elegant touch that adds some instant glam to any outfit.

Bobbin Coat from Shrimps
Shrimps is a new fashion label based in London, and was one of a few brands, along with Stella McCartney, that placed an emphasis on sustainable and ethical alternatives to fur. The Bobbin Coat combines faux fur with faux shearling and features the brand’s iconic stripes, resulting in a coat that showcases unique colors and textures. For those of you who want a fun-yet-trendy piece of outerwear to add to your wardrobe, this is an item that OROGOLD suggests you take a closer look at.

Pixie Lonestar Dress from AG
AG is a denim brand that recently collaborated with fashion icon Alexa Chung, creating a fun and stylish new collection for 2015. The collection features denim playsuits, printed sweaters and suede skirts, but it is the Pixie Lonestar Dress that really stood out, becoming an instant hit with women all over the world.

So Real Sunglasses from Dior
Dior has always made fabulous sunglasses, but it is their So Real sunglasses, a beautiful bridge-less and reflective design, that have been their most popular style in 2015. The sunglasses come in a variety of hues, and have been seen on a number of celebrities, from Kendall Jenner to Anna Dello Russo, making them a highly sought after item this past year.

These top fashion pieces that OROGOLD has listed were not only popular with celebrities and magazines in 2015, but also dominated sales figures at many stores around the world. From the fun and vibrant bobbin coat to the stylish So Real sunglasses from Dior, some of these items will definitely be worn well into this next year.

Arizona Style Files

While Arizona may not be known as a hotbed for fashion, this has slowly been changing in recent years. The vibe in Arizona is more laid-back and casual than many other states, but the people of Arizona are beginning to embrace unconventional styles, not being afraid to stand out from the crowd. The winter months can make it slightly more difficult to dress stylishly in Arizona, which is why OROGOLD has put together some Arizona Style Files, so that you can continue to embrace your inner fashionista throughout these colder months.

Woman wearing sunglasses.

Sunglasses are Essential
Arizona receives a massive amount of sunshine each year, meaning that sunglasses are essential almost each and every day. OROGOLD suggests having a couple of go-to pairs that will work with most of your outfits. When it comes to choosing sunglasses, it is important to understand the shape of your face, so that you can choose a style that will complement you the best. Those with rounder faces look best with oversized, angular frames, while those with an oval shaped face should opt for round or square frames, paying close attention to proportions.

Woman wearing denims

Denim will Always be Fashionable
In a laid-back state like Arizona, you can never go wrong with denim. Denim jeans are the most obvious choice, but you are likely to already have a few pairs in your wardrobe. A denim jacket is another fantastic option, and these are available in a wide range of colors, meaning that you don’t have to only be wearing blue. However, OROGOLD reminds you that if you do wear jeans and a denim jacket together, make sure that they are of different colors.

Woman wearing a white dress.

Simplicity is Key
While you may be more than happy to stand out from the crowd with an unconventional outfit, OROGOLD advises that you should still try to keep things relatively simple. A clean and crisp look is always going to look great, especially in a dry, desert environment. If you need to dress up for a daytime event, OROGOLD would recommend opting for a fitted white dress of an appropriate length, maybe with some lace detailing to give you even more of a feminine edge.

Woman wearing a white shirt.

The Classic Long-Sleeved Shirt
A collared, button-down, long-sleeved shirt will always look classy, and is a great option to wear when you aren’t sure what the weather is going to be like. To keep things casual, pair the shirt with a pair of jeans, or shorts on a warmer day, tucking half of the shirt in while leaving the other half to hang out. The fabric that the shirt is made from also makes a huge difference to the overall look, with thin stripes or a light print making it more fun rather than formal. To top it all off, you also have the option of rolling up your sleeves on a warmer day, or keeping them down if the weather is chilly.

If you have never visited Arizona before, it can often be difficult to know what to pack and what to wear. OROGOLD’s Arizona Style Files should help you out with this, ensuring that you always look fashionable while being able to stay comfortable.

Your Summer Vacation Essentials – OROGOLD Reviews

Packing for a summer vacation leaves many of us with the same dilemma; how to pack as light as possible without having to leave much-loved items behind. To begin with, OROGOLD recommends you to make a list of all your basic essentials, such as underwear and a pair of jeans, and be sure to strictly follow your list. Include all the items that you will be packing at the last minute on your list, such as your toothbrush and your phone charger, to ensure that you do not end up forgetting anything important.

Woman selecting a swimsuit while shopping.

Bathing Suits
If you’re going to be spending your vacation by the beach, you will definitely need to pack more than one bathing suit, as nobody likes squeezing themselves into a wet one. Don’t forget to also pack some cover-ups – a sarong or a stretchy sun dress work especially well if you need to head off to other activities straight from the beach.

Woman cleaning her shoes at home.

Shoes
A pair of flip-flops is essential if you’re spending time by the beach or pool, and can be paired with plenty of outfits for a casual, beachy look. You will also need a pair of shoes for going out at night, as many nicer places won’t let you in if you are wearing flip-flops. A pair of wedge sandals are comfortable and will work with many outfits. If you plan on doing some outdoor activities, such as hiking or playing a sport, be sure to bring along a pair of sneakers.

Woman choosing skin care products at a beauty store.

Skincare and Haircare Products
Sunscreen is a must for any summer vacation, and keeping your skin protected should always be your number one priority. The heat of the sun can also dry out your hair, so bring along a small amount of leaveP-in conditioner, as well as a spray that will help to hydrate your hair. Don’t forget about sunglasses, as these will help to protect your eyes from the glare of the sun. Sunglasses are convenient to pack, so it could be a good idea to bring a few different pairs, as sunglasses are an easy way to change the dynamic of your outfit.

Two friends wearing warm clothes and drinking coffee.

Warm Clothes
Even if you plan on visiting somewhere hot and tropical, you should always bring along something warmer to throw on top of your outfit, just in case it starts to rain or a cool front blows in. Since these are bulkier to pack, consider wearing your warmer clothes on the plane, as this will save you space in your suitcase whilst keeping you cozy and comfortable during your journey.

Woman charging her phone.

Multi-Gadget Chargers
These days, we travel with so many electronics, including phones, cameras, MP3 players, tablets, e-book readers, and much more. Rather than bringing along a separate charger for each, which not only takes up more space in your suitcase but also means you have more to remember when it comes time to return home, purchase a multi-gadget charger, which allows you to charge all of your devices with one charger.

When packing for your summer vacation, don’t forget to leave some empty space in your suitcase for any shopping that you may do. Make sure to also bring a mini travel first aid kit along with you, with items that will have you prepared for cuts and scrapes, colds and stomach bugs, as well as motion sickness, ensuring that no matter what happens on your vacation, you will be able to handle it.

Must Have Spring Accessories

handbags, sunglasses and other accessories hot for spring

Spring means that the sun is back and flowers are back in bloom. It is not just the trees and flowers that need to get ready for spring, we need to prepare our spring style also! The return of warmer weather brings a different style of dress, it is time to throw off the warm layers and bring on the sun protection. As a general style rule spring = the return of light pretty colors and light layers along with accessories to protect you from the warmer weather.

First things I always pull out for spring are big floppy sun hats, thin scarves and big shades. All these items not only make you look fabulous but also help protect delicate skin from the sun. Sun protection is always important but especially so after we have been hiding indoors all winter. Check out the gorgeous Gigi Burris Millinery ‘Tina’ Hat to give you some fabulous spring style. I love the less common color and unique lambskin ribbon. Go for a lightweight scarf in spring, like Love Quote’s Knotted Tassel Scarf. All those tassels will add some cute flare to your outfit. Spring and summers most important accessory is a pair of sweet shades. The Prada ‘Baroque’ 55mm Round Sunglasses are unique and absolutely breathtaking.

Pastels are the perfect spring colors. I am loving mint right now. It just seems like the perfect shade. The 3.1 Phillip Lim Mint Cloque Floating Peplum Top in Mint Green is just gorgeous. The color is amazing and the shape is super flattering. Another great option which is also incredibly wearable and convenient is the Balenciaga Classic City Bag in Rose. Big enough to fit everything you could possibly need including you scarf and sunglasses!

Speaking of spring colors, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention radiant orchid. It is the pantone color of the year for 2014, a beautiful purple shade with pink and fuchsia undertones. Though it is the color of the entire year, I feel like it works perfect for spring. The B Brian Atwood Priscilla Twist Strap Wedge Sandal in Purple is an awesome option. Not only do they come in a dreamy sueded texture but the wedge sandal is a must have for spring! If you want to try out radiant orchid in a small dose you can add it to your makeup arsenal. The LAURA MERCIER Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Orchid, a shimmering lavender color, looks lovely paired with any of your existing makeup colors.

As we know spring is time for flowers to bloom on trees and in field so why not on our fashion and accessories as well? Floral is fabulous for spring. I’ve seen many gorgeous options including this Dolce & Gabbana Floral-brocade Shoulder Bag. You can also go with just a bit of flower power on your feet. I love floral shoes, they offer just enough of a print and pop of color to liven up any outfit. You can’t go wrong with these Givenchy Floral-print Leather Pumps. Or take the flowers with you on spring vacation… slip into a bathing beauty with a floral print. Zimmerman’s Sundance Floral-print Triangle Bikini will make you the center of attention by any pool or ocean.

Which of our spring must haves do you like best? I really can’t decide myself, I love them all!