Is this girl on your list this year? Never fear; jet-setter-trendsetter style is a rather easy nut to crack this holiday season, that is of course only when you know a little bit about the life and likes of a globetrotting gal…
Living in two places, between Manhattan and Palm Beach, I’m constantly on and off planes, in and out of divergent climates, and always on the hunt for chic yet comfy items to get me here, there, and everywhere not in gym clothes. Whether you travel a ton or not very much at all, the holidays always seem to involve some kind of adventure, and when winter snow sets in hard, my guess is that somehow you’re inner escape artist finds a way steal a vacation day or two in search of a thaw.
So let me break down my jet-set gift guide (and FYI clicking on any item in the image above will lead you it’s shoppable page)
It’s a gift guide that is based on my tried and true travel essentials, along with a wishlist item or two, that I can’t wait to see if Santa leaves under my tree…
The Ultimate Turtleneck Tunic Top
I always go for cashmere when en route. The luxe fabric always seems to take the stressful scratchy sting of traveling right away, and send your senses right back to that cozy seat on your couch. The quality of cashmere is also key as you need pieces that hold up through a long travel day, a red eye, layovers, and a multi-transportation trip. That is why I love this Pence Cashmere Poncho top from J.McLaughlin. It comes in a few great winter neutrals, but the heather grey is perfect for all cool toned winter days,
My Essential Moisturizer
This Amore Pacific Future Response deep hydrating and repairing facial moisturizer is a beauty item that is worth every penny and every last finger pad scoop you can get your hands. (A Kim Kardashian favorite, and I mean look at that skin!) The formula is made to protect the skin from pollution wreaking havoc on your face and intensely repair and revitalize it using a powerful combo of anti oxidants. I love this as a bedtime cream for it’s restorative powers- it literally go to work repairing my skin damage in an hour and for it’s rich consistency- it leaves you with that plush hydrated and bouncy face feeling which I can never get enough of!
The Perfect Chic and Compact Carry On Case
I am obsessed with this classic steamer-trunk inspired rolling carry on bag, and hope I can get my hands on it before it sells out! Vegan leather and beautifully crafted, I feel like it should have been on the Titanic with it’s heavy gilded hardware and crisp cream banding. The price is excellent too.
Plush Passport Holder
Gigi New York is a girl on the go’s best friend brand. This passport holder has a soft pebble texture and comes in a ton of colors, and with that gorgeous gold writing it’s something beautiful to have in your purse to distract that customs official from your tired travel eyes… I also adore their sassy chic iphone cases, which I showcased in the last Golden Gift Guide Post here. You can also check out their array of uber pretty travel accessories here.
Queen of Jeans for Jetting
When traveling, jeans are an absolute jet-setter style must have. Airport streetstyle snaps dictate that skinnies are still the way to go, but choosing a darker denim with tons of stretch insures they always look pristine when leaving the terminal, and feel comfy while sitting on the tarmac.
Bright Light Tight: The Perfect Travel Tote
The Saint Laurent nano sac de jour is without a doubt my winter lust item! A bright cobalt blue color is always my go to winter pop color, and this bag is just everything I love about handbags all in one perfectly sized package. I really like traveling with a smaller purse given that I am prone to back pain, and am recently recovering from neck surgery, so carrying something small, and rolling the rest, allows me to control the weight of what I have in my arms and not get weighed down by things I really never need in flight. And really, you don’t need as much as you think to happily enjoy a flight. My carry on bag spill just includes, my iphone, a block charger, my kindle, head phones, peppermint tea bags, my favorite grip bottom socks (perfect stocking stuffer), a homemade snack, and a few 3:1:1 essentials.
Beyond Compare Lip Balm
The La Mer lip balm is little dash of lusciousness. It’s intensely reparative for dry lips and leaves you with a just velvety layer of protection from wind and recycled dry air. It builds as you use it to help ward off signs of aging and thinning of lips. I also love the hint of minty coolness.
The Most Fabulous Flat
I have been obsessed with my Lauren scalloped edge Chloe flats since finding them in metallic a little while back. Not only are they super soft, thin, and easy to pack but they are beyond comfortable and with the low feminine vamp of the toe, they always elongate your ankle and leg which is important when rocking anything from skinny jeans to leggings to joggers or harem pants on board. The rose neutral color is also really nice against winter skin.
The Wrap Coat
This one is obvious, but I tend to get rather cold on planes, and am always shivering and uncomfortable if I don’t have a form of blanket coat that is soft enough to cuddle up in, but structured enough at the collar so I still look put together when deplaning. That is why I love this T Tahari Belted Wrap Coat (40% off right now here) as it’s warm blend is perfect for any temperature changes and it’s practical length means I can curl up in my seat with it belted and not worry about creases or wrinkles like I have to do with long coats. It also makes for easy packing in my carry on, or simply rolling it into the over head in front of my bag. Sometimes that big elegant collar doubles as my Star Wars esc hood when I need a mid flight nap. It comes in 4 colors but I love the Dove or Pebble best.
The Never Leave Home Without it Scarf
A scarf is essential to any outfit but when it comes to travel the scarf can provide neck protection from cold, and sun, hair protection from wind or even using it to hide the appearance of greasy long journey hair. I am loving the square scarf right now as I’m into neck ties and wrist ties as easy travel accessorizing, and find them more suited to making into a retro pony tail style. This one from Tory Burch (30% Off) is so silky soft, but I really love it’s pattern and color combo.
Killer Cool Shades
Well statement sunglasses are everything when it comes to travel. They can cover up any smudged make up or eye bags, and of course tie a simple look together, instantly making it look paparazzi ready. These Dior shades are retro inspired, on sale*, and so modern with their deep ocean-blue reflective lens. I’m just so in love that I’m finding a way to snag a pair before the year ends!
First Class Fingers
When it comes to constant travel you have to develop ways to keep your health up, and ward off colds and infection that are so so easy to catch. (More on this to come this January on the blog) One of my best discoveries was finding this Kiehls “First Class” Hand Purifying Treatment. It is a gel-cream so glides on antiseptic like at first before turning creamy and soft and highly hydrating. The essential oils combined in the formula (ginseng rosemary & lavender to name a few) ward off commonly found germs that threaten our immune system when we travel, while giving those tired hands a deeply moisturizing break.
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