Chic Girl Travels

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Chic Girl Travels

Travels used to give me headaches. Mainly because I always wanted to travel light yet often I have a dilemma what to take and how to pack, so I do not finish wearing everyday the same or taking too much clothes. Thanks God practice makes perfect. After years of shorter and longer business trips, long weekends and casual trips I managed to find a way to pack only what is necessary. The principle is simple: always chose one color palette per trip. This way no matter how you match tops with bottoms, it will work well. The number of pieces you pack depends on the length of the trip.

In one week I am starting my MBA in Milano. My first staying will take 7 days. Since some social events are planned, I decided to stick to black-white-olive-beige palette. By choosing 4 tops (fake fur vest, black sweater, white shirt, beige turtle neck knitwear), 3 bottoms (black, olive, beige trousers), 1 dress, 2 pairs of comfortable shoes, 2 shawls, I will be able to create at least 10 different classy combinations, which gives me a great choice for 1 week. Also the mix of lighter and warmer pieces makes me prepared for any weather.

Proper selection of jewelry and handbag will be a great final touch to make the outfits unforgettable.

Voilà! Easy peasy lemon squeezy! 

And what are your cloths selection’s tricks?

Stylish cocooning

Basic rules
Stylish cocooning

 

It’s getting chilly outside. This is a sign that it’s high time to stock up cozy pull-overs. For the people with AD this can be quite a challenge because most of them do not support wool. I am one of them. Unfortunately the cotton pull-overs not always are a good solution, as they do not warm me up enough. Thanks God we have cashmere! It is true that it is quite pricy solution but believe me, it is worth the money! Just make sure you invest in a high quality cashmere from the very beginning so you can enjoy it lifetime. When it comes to buy a casmere sweater, follow few rules: 

1. Always invest in 100% cashmere. A pure cashmere garment will be thinner, warmer, and more worth the money you spent. The Federal Trade Commission mandates that cashmere products be accurately labeled. Only pure cashmere sweaters can be labeled “100 Percent Cashmere.” If the sweater is a blend, the manufacturer is required to state the percentage of cashmere and the percentage of other fibers. If you don’t see a tag indicating the fiber content, let it go.

2. Look for items with 2-ply yarn rather than a single strand. This ultimately means more warmth and a stronger sweater that is less likely to pop a hole, and prevents pilling.

3. Get touchy-feely with your cashmere. Quality cashmere will bounce back from your touch and will neither pill nor wrinkle. It is also good to rub the fabric against your neck or under your chin — both sensitive skin spots. Although cashmere gets softer over time, if the fabric is itchy to start, it will continue to irritate your skin as you wear it.

4. Look for a tight knit.The looser the cashmere is woven or knitted, the more suspicious you need to be.

5. When it comes to cashmere, quality is queen. Buy from designers who specialize in cashmere or shop at large department stores that test their merchandise for quality.

6. Clean with care at the reputable dry cleaner.

New week = New Opportunities

Off-duty Chic, On-duty Chic
New week = New Opportunities
I noticed that most of people wear black on Mondays. I know, this is not my favorite day either, but instinctively I always wear a color that day. Maybe it is linked to my condition and fact that I have a never ending peeling or maybe it is because I need energize myself for whole week. Whatever the reason is, it works very well for me. And it does not mean that you have to resign from black. Just mix it with a color that makes you happy – you will feel the difference immediately. For today orange is my pick! Have a fruitful week!