First let’s fly through lunch…
Today’s meal included two servings of Carba Nada egg fettuccine pasta, marinara meat sauce, spinach and marinated artichokes.
The marinated artichokes totally made this meal. They’re 5,000 times tastier than regular canned artichokes. These particular ‘chokes were actually super oily, but I’m not complaining because they were fantastic.
Before moving on, I should let you know that the Fashion page was updated this afternoon!
And now for a guest post from Kristen!
Kristen is the author behind the blog Anywhere There’s an Airport and after she left the most amazing comment on my blog when I posted about my upcoming trip to Europe, I visited her blog and was blown away. She is well-traveled, savvy, beautiful, smart and has the best tips for traveling abroad when all you can bring is one teeny, tiny suitcase.
I hope you enjoy her guest post about traveling to Europe with only one carry on as much as I did!
Guest Post: Anywhere There’s an Airport
One carry on suitcase changed my life!
I planned a trip – packed a bag – boarded a plane – fell in love – and moved across the big blue ocean!
Hello PBF readers!
My name is Kristen and I write Anywhere There’s An Airport!
I write about the ins and outs and ups and downs of moving abroad, moving in with my boyfriend, and merging our 2 cultures.
Spaniard + American = Love [most days!]
I have been blessed beyond measure and pinch myself daily!
But it’s not all sunshine, roses and tapas. I write very candidly about the depths of homesick despair that I sometimes stumble into, but I wouldn’t have my life any other way.
Don’t let this photo fool you, I am NOT the country girl! But when in Spain, right!?
Besides the fact that I hate the Spanish dinner time – 10 PM! I LOVE European travel!
And European food finds!
This Florida girl has fallen madly in love with freshly roasted chestnuts!
But traveling in Europe means one thing – ONE bag!
There is no such thing as one “carry on” and one “personal item.” One is one. They watch you consolidate your purse into your suitcase… and then watch as you shove it into the metal bin to make sure it’s regulation size. They don’t mess around.
A sigh of relief escapes every time my bag fits.
I like to think I have become a pro at packing. I was honored when Julie asked me to write a little bit about what I like to think of as carry on fashion!
Just because you can only have one bag doesn’t mean you want to let personal style go by the wayside.
Rome and Paris are spectacular! I was determined to look the part!
How to: Carry On Fashion
1) Proper suitcase
I bought this LL Bean bag a few years ago when I had a gift card and had no idea what else to buy. I was living in Florida and really had no need for fleece lined anything.
Best suitcase of my life!
There are multiple pockets for organization and has a soft top. Perfect for smashing all purchases that you didn’t save room for. This bag works for me. Find a bag that works for you.
2) Roll it – Don’t fold it!
Rolling your clothes can save on wrinkles and definitely saves on space. A LOT of space! I didn’t believe it until I tried it, and I now even roll the clothes in my dresser drawers.
Streamline anything you can. Every little bit of space counts.
You don’t need every hair product in the bathroom and you don’t need all 10, or even 5 eyeshadows in your make-up bag.
I generally wear the same make-up day in and day out. ONLY pack that. Maybe an extra shadow, or lipstick for fancy dinner purposes but I’ll bet you a 2 Euro glass of Spanish wine (because all wine is that cheap here!) that you don’t need more than that.
Streamline Jewelry. I often want to pack my entire jewelry box. “What if I need these earring?” Think of the pieces that you usually reach for, your favorites. Bring what you love but not everything you “maybe, just in case” might want to wear.
On my first trip to Spain I had no idea what to pack! It was April. It went from hot to cold, and rain to shine through my 10 days here. Packing options doesn’t mean packing everything.
Example: Spring Time Layers
Jeans and a tank:
A la Julie:
- Tank: JCrew Outlet
- Jeans: AG via Anthropologie – on sale! [the only way]
- Rose Appliqué Sweater: Banana Republic
- Scarf: Anthropologie – Moving gift from mom. She has a matching one. Awww!
- Belt: JCrew Outlet
- Necklace: JCrew Outlet
- Shoes: Rainbows – random surf store – circa 2005 – perfectly molded to my feet
- Bag: Longchamp via Longchamp in Paris – so much cheaper – worth the flight right?
- Purple Aviators: Urban Outfitters
This outfit can transition from day to evening and from a 78° F to 63° F. [For my Celsius friends that’s 26° to 17° C]
Changing the shoes obviously.
Winter Time Layering is very similar… you just shove the cute outfit under a down puffy coat.
A Roman Outing:
Tank, turtle neck, sweater, leggings, scarf, 2 pairs of socks, rain boots… all covered up.
Throwing coins in the Fontana di Trevi!
Here’s the toughie!
As ladies we love shoes! I was a constant over-shoe packer. And I am still working on this!
Don’t pack these!
I have never once worn the heels that I so desperately thought I needed.
In the winter I find it easier. Boots. One pair – black or brown and work your outfits around that pair. Wearing them on the plane saves SO much space.
But what about the summer? All the flats and sandals add up and create A LOT of weight. Choose wisely. Pack for fashion, but also comfort. We all want to look cute at the Louvre, but if we are hobbling around on blister covered feet it really doesn’t matter. Limping negates fashion.
Now, when I say comfort I do not mean running shoes.
Speaking of… let’s talk workouts. That biz takes up a lot of space! I used to be the girl that packed enough workout gear for a week, making it to the hotel gym before everyone else’s wake up call.
Spain has definitely relaxed me. I no longer feel the need to get in that sweat session. Exploring a city on foot is a much better workout. You will be walking far more miles that you ran on that treadmill anyway.
However, I do love Bikram Yoga. I’ve been practicing for 4 years and think it’s fascinating to practice in different languages.
Re-wear: Call me dirty, but I don’t wash my jeans after every wear. They take up a good chunk of space and can create many an outfit.
Umbrella: Yes, it rains in Spain and most European countries. I have never regretted packing my umbrella, but getting caught without it, no bueno!
Ear Plugs: When your hotel room is right next to the weekend band festival in Barcelona you will thank me!
Longchamp bag: LOVE! Worth every penny! The bag is as light as a feather. The only weight is what you put in it. Plus it folds up for storage in that ONE carry on.
Converters: Depending on whether you are traveling outside your home country you don’t want to be unable to charge your computer, cell, or ipad. i.e. connection with the outside world.
Living abroad has made me exponentially more grateful for technology!
There you have it! Just a little bit of what I’ve learned through overpacked, backbreaking luggage.
If you have any questions regarding travel, moving abroad, or need a perfect Roman pizza recommendation, I would love to help!
Please stop by Anywhere There’s An Airport anytime!
After all, life is just too short, and flies by too fast not to take a stroll down the Champs Elysees.
Thank you Julie for this wonderful opportunity! May you soon be soaking in the European world that I now call home!
Questions from Kristen:
- Have you ever arrived at your destination, only to realize you forgot something crucial?
- Are you rigid or relaxed when it comes to vacation workouts?
- How many times do you wear your jeans before washing?