In 6 days…count them: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, I will be leaving for New York. I cannot quite express the depth of my excitement. This will be my 6th trip to the city, and each has increased my love for it. The first time I went, I wasn’t all that impressed. I was with my sister and a couple of friends, and we were so divided as to what we wanted to do that I ended up not enjoying it completely. Plus, I’m not a touristy gal. No Empire State or Lady Liberty for me. In fact, as of this trip, I’ve still never made it to either of those places, though I’ve admired each from afar. That’s good enough for me.
I officially pulled out the suitcase Wednesday afternoon, though I’ve been planning outfits for weeks. I’ve been using Pinterest to keep some of my “must-haves” in mind, and I saw Swapna was doing the same thing. I thought I’d share my board today. In the next week, I’ll try mightily not to wear any of my planned outfits, so I can do laundry once and forget about it. I’ll also pack and re-pack my bag a couple of dozen times. 🙂 My family jokes that I could be a professional packer, and I’d take the job in a heartbeat.
When I took that fateful Italian trip by myself when I graduated from college, I was the “crazy girl wearing heels, walking on cobblestones” (a waitress told me they’d been watching me all afternoon) – I’ve since graduated to the girl hobbling in heels, bemoaning her blisters. This year I got smart. I have a cyst in the bottom of my right foot that was miserable last year. This year I’ve taken it easy and bought a pair of Sperrys deck shoes. I’ve been breaking them in, and though they aren’t dressy, they should go with most of my outfits.
So what am I bringing? You can click on the board below to check out all the pics, but here are the basics:
1 pair Sperrys
1 pair cowgirl rain boots (if it rains in NYC, your feet are unhappy)
1 pair Chinese Laundry camel leather wedges (for any get togethers; a quick swap)
1 pair BCBG red peep toe pumps (for a cocktail party I’m attending one evening; again, a quick swap)
1 denim jacket (perfect to go over dresses or tees)
1 jute bag for the Javitz floor
Luna Vanilla Almond protein bars (these are my breakfast, but they also work great if you need a snack)
Nook Color (Easier on the plane, simple on the subway)
2 Camelbak Stainless Steel Water Bottles (this is daily for me; both are filled each night and chilled)
Colgate Wisp disposable toothbrushes (for after meals or before meeting publishers/authors)
Target Notebooks/Gel pens – I love these for jotting down notes. Plus, they’re pretty!
Softlips Raspberry – This stuff is true to its name. Love it.
Moo cards (little business cards with blog info)
Medicine bottle with easily identifiable headache, stomach, heartburn, migraine meds (easier to keep in one bottle)
Ponytail holders! I always have such good intentions, but at some point, the hair will go up.
Yea! Next week, I’ll give you a little live action and show you the nitty gritty of how I get my packing done in minimal space. One of my favorite tips? Make a list, and pack early. Then take something out each day. Don’t add to the bag. I promise, you won’t regret it. (Unless you add a pair of stilettos and take out your comfy shoes. Take it from me.)