Saturday, February 21, 2015

Style (and Packing) Tips for Vacation Travels

This blog sure had a very long hiatus. To make a year-long story short, I got a promotion last year and work stuff just piled up. But a friend of mine reminded me that I have a blog. And I thought, "Summer's just around the corner. It's an excellent time to resume blogging. For a travel outfit post!"

Last June, I got to squeeze in a 4-day vacation to Dumaguete, Apo Island and Siquijor. It's one of the best and most memorable trips of my life (so far). And I think one of my most fashionable as well. But we'll get to that...

What are your top considerations when packing for a vacation trip?

These are mine:
a) Appropriate for the weather of the location
I go to beaches most of the time, so I have a couple of sheer tops and light dresses. For cold weather, I have my go-to jacket and sweater.
b) Appropriate for the planned (and possible unplanned) activities
Swimming? Spelunking? Zipline and bungee? Some activities you can't do with fashionista clothes.
c) Flexibility and mix-and-match potential
It's a 2-in-1 if you have clothes that are very flexible and easy to mix and match. You get to pack only a few items while having a range of styles for your #OOTD.
d) Light and easy to pack
If you're going to an island via ferry or trekking up a hill in the mountain provinces, you definitely need to keep your baggage light. Resist the urge to be too photoshoot-ready or you'll suffer.
e) And of course, fashionable
The backdrop is perfect. You have the glow of a relaxed urbanite. The photographer is a pro. But your outfit is a bit lousy.

Before packing, I write down the vacation schedule and itinerary. For each type of clothing, I count how many I should bring for each day. I make a separate list for these: t-shirts, shorts, dresses, underwear, swimwear, sleepwear, travel wear. Once I have the list, I go to my closet and pick out which ones I bring for each category. Then I imagine mix-and-match styles to eliminate some items. After the first elimination, I pack. And if the clothes don't fit, I get another bag. I'm kidding.

Being fashionable on a vacation is not a priority for everyone. It is for me -- but I'm also very thrifty. So instead of shopping fashion trends and seasonal fads, I buy pieces that never go out of style. You'll see the same pieces in my past outfit posts over the past years -- swimwear included!

Here are some of my pictures from the Dumaguete-Apo Island-Siquijor trip, with style and packing tips in the captions.

White tank tucked in classic denim jeans is a combination that is sexy and timeless
I'm wearing reversible jeggings here -- very good investment! Just don't overuse!

Siquijor has a mystical reputation. I thought a white off-shoulder eyelet dress suited the place ala diwata.
If you find the right dress, you'll always bring it to all your travels.
See my first favorite dress for summer travels here.

I just wrapped a colorful sarong as a skirt and the white dress is transformed as a flouncy top.
When going to the beach, always bring a hat for sun protection. Buy a classic-looking one in a neutral color
and you never have to buy one again.

You can never go wrong with pastel colors. Sheer tops are great for trips to a beach because
you just need to switch from shorts to pants and you're ready to travel from shore to city.

Are you an accessories girl? I have a fixed set of bohemian and native-inspired accessories
and I bring them all to my trips. Cold or hot, they are stylish.

To end, here's a picture of me and my boyfriend swimming with sea turtles at Apo Island.
A boyfriend is an optional accessory. ;)
Check out my other travel/outfit posts:
Nautical Swimwear/Anawangin Cove 2012
Blue Lagoon, Pagudpud 2012 
An Ode to Summer: Caramoan 2013
Incidentally, one of my fave bloggers also posted about how to pack for a trip:
Lessons in Packing Light

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

LBDs: Little and Long

Every girl needs an LBD: a sexy and stylish little black dress, or for the demure, a long black dress. I have a handful of LBDs, both skimpy and modest. I believe a girl can live with a wardrobe of entirely LBDs! You just need to pick one piece for every occasion.

You don't need to spend much for an LBD. Sheinside has an ongoing sale featuring lovely dresses with varying styles, cuts, colors, patterns and prints, including LBDs for any kind of day and place. These LBDs for any event cost $20 or less!

Casual Day

Embroidered loose dress

Ruffle beautiful lady dress
Night at the Bar/Rock Concert

Sleeveless chiffon hi-lo mini dress
Sheer neckline loose dress

Dinner Date

Halter sleeveless lace dress with sequins
Backless bandage dress 
Work Outfit
Mesh Peak Collar skater dress
Contrast lace dress
Beach Black
Criss-cross back spaghetti strap
Formal Event

Short sleeve bodycon
Lace bodycon

Sheinside offers free shipping worldwide for orders $30 and above. If you register, you get 20% off on your first purchase too. So go get an LBD before the sale ends!

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