This week I’m excited to bring you the first in a three part series of travel posts. The idea was inspired by working with a new client who was so kind to help by posing as my model this week…and muse! Some of you may know Kara Delvecchio Youree already, as she is a mother of three and lives here in Alexandria.
“After 15 years in a grueling full time job, I now work part-time as a sales and strategy consultant for WeddingWire in Chevy Chase. I’m taking some time to take care of myself and spend time with my three children. I finally have the freedom (and a great occasion for celebration with my 40th birthday coming up) to take a trip to Europe. I couldn’t be more excited to spend time in Paris, Florence and Tuscany!”
A mutual good friend suggested she give me a call when her pending trip to Europe was starting to stress her out. Packing for a trip can be overwhelming when you are not a seasoned traveler. Kara is heading out on a two week trip with her husband to Paris, Venice, and Tuscany! This will be her first time to any of these locations and I have been hired to help her coordinate the outfits she will need to cover a number of activities on this exciting experience. I’ve always believed that one of the best parts of a trip is the anticipation of what you are about to experience and to share that part with a client is a lot of fun. In this first post, we are going to go over outfits I created using items from our Stylebook stores.
Helping a client pack for trips is one of my favorite assignments because it’s contained to a suitcase (perhaps two, maybe more…) and a timeframe. I have a methodology that begins with the shoes you will be taking. Shoes are vital and necessary on trips, but they can take up a lot of room, and weight in your luggage. Pairing shoes to activities is a great way to start packing. Kara’s trip will include sightseeing, dinners out, winery tours, and some R&R, so we selected the following shoes (all currently available at The Shoe Hive):
Each of these were chosen for comfort and extended value to a travel wardrobe. I’ve covered classic black, a pop of color, texture, and warmth should it get chilly.
I feel five pairs of shoes can cover a lot of ground. A couple of flats or wedges for walking, a heel for dinner out (it’s Paris after all!) a slip on sneaker and a closed toe shoe in case it is chilly have the ability to provide you comfort and style on a two week trip. What you should remember is that when you’re home with your own closet, options are as limitless as desire. However, when traveling, it’s good to give yourself parameters to work within.
Creating a core color palette to work within will prove to be a great way to edit down the choices you have in front of you and keep you from feeling overwhelmed. You may have a fabulous dress that you want to wear and you usually would wear it with a specific pair of shoes, but if you are not going to use those shoes for any other outfit on your trip, this may not be the best decision. Indeed, sometimes it may seem like Sophie’s Choice as to what will make it into your suitcase, options like a great nude or black heel will always provide multiple uses. I advised Kara to build her base wardrobe in black and white. Conveniently, it’s a strong trend right now as we’ve been showing you all spring.
Here are a few of the outfits I put together using items from Kiskadee, Coco Blanca, and The Shoe Hive.
Next week I will be interviewing a very good friend who travels as part of her profession. She’ll share tips on how to simplify your items along with advice regarding air travel. I’ve asked Elizabeth from Bellacara to help put together a simplified list of items that will help multitask while you are traveling. And finally, we will do a post-game wrap with Kara and find out how I did with preparing her for this trip and I’ll coax her to share a few photos of the best outfits.