We knew it was just as matter of time Mother Nature would settle us into cooler temperatures. There’s no better incentive than the frosty air to get us into vacation planning mode, right?! So, while you’re sorting out your next escape, here are some wardrobe essentials that you may want to get on now.
Warmer destinations call for cute summer dresses that ease us into nights of dancing with our toes in the sand or in the nightclubs in fun places like Barcelona. With all the low back, cut-out and crop styles we love, don’t forget about under essentials that keep the “girls” in place.This is why Silly B Intimates is a must-have on our travel essentials list. The silicone bra literally sticks in place so you won’t have to worry about straps and support. Reviews have been great as it’s also a much more affordable option than what’s already on the market and yes, it does the job! It won’t slip or move out of place so you can dance away without worry. And yes, we adore the cute travel bag it comes in.
Time for a new bikini or bathing suit? We have our eyes on Runway Luxe’s collection of sexy swimwear ever since we saw the gorgeous (and affordable) line last summer at an event at Cabana Bar in Toronto. This L.A. based online retailer offers the latest styles and trends that will make every head turn at the beach. Ours too.
We were excited to see Kit and Ace open up a few shops. This collection of technical luxurious cashmere (the first of their proprietary created fabrics) takes you from the airline travel straight to all your sight-seeing like the globetrotter that you are. It’s effortless yet pulled together looks are cared for much easier than traditional cashmere and they are so, SO comfortable and sophisticated. Pieces (for women and men) may seem a tad expensive (remember, it’s cashmere) but we’ve been thrilled so far with ones we’ve purchased for the quality. You’ll have these pieces for a while. This Blanket Wrap is everything.
…and so is this easy to pack Meadow Dress!
We always recommend taking a oversized scarf on any vacation that will actually offer multiple uses. It can take the chill off your shoulders while on the airplane and it can offer a sophisticated look for an evening out. It won’t look too heavy on any outfit either. Plus if you like to visit holy places it’s a quick way to show your respect. This MEA lotus extra-fine women shawl scarf is from Montreal line Ca Va Soi.
You’ll never be out of style anywhere with a classic sneaker. We love the Superga 2750 Cotu Classic style with it’s clean lines that goes with everything and goes everywhere. You can find them on the Canadian based e-commerce company SHOEme.ca that offers free shipping and hassle free return policy. This leading online footwear giant features over 500 brands. BTW, if you’re in Toronto you can visit their pop-up shop at 356 Queen St. West to see what they’re all about — plus they offer 2-hour local delivery. This unique shop will feature curated selections that changes every six weeks including their private labels.
If you’ve been using your gym bag as your carry-on bag, stop! Time to get a bag that matches your worldly style. KRANE by designer Ken Chow has several styles that are well-thought out in both function and design. This Weidmer Tote is beautifully designed and great for both men and women. It also has a drawstring closure to keep things safe as well as an inner zip-pocket for valuables. Enough room to carry your essentials on the plane and double up as a stylish city bag.
Let’s face it, while on vacay we don’t need very much in terms of jewellery. But we love the simplicity of delicate pieces found at one of our “go-to” shops, Oak + Fort. We love the Vancouver based company’s offering of uncomplicated and thoughtful designs that are modern yet timeless. Price points are certainly attainable and the pieces are easy to take with you on your travels.
We all need an extra bag that can pack away easily in our luggage. You know, the bag that will carry your day’s worth of stuff to the beach or can easily fit all your shopping needs at the quaint local farmer’s market? Lacoste has a cheery and colourful collection of shopping totes that are worthy on any trip. In stores soon.
Adding a little sparkle to your skin is a fun way to accessorize. Flash Tattoo is a jewellery inspired temporary tattoo line that is perfect for the beach and the parties. According to the company they’ve been a huge hit with celebrities as well as the beach and surfing crowds in Hawaii, California, Australia and Florida. Okay, we get they aren’t really travel essentials but they are fun! Lots of styles and sizes.
Since we are frequent travellers and, to be honest, I get a bit queasy over putting my undies in a drawer than many others have, I’ve been packing my delicates into Tumi Travel Cubes. The soft packs zip up and can easily go from luggage into dresser drawers without having to remove your belongings.