Interviewed by Kate Cheng
What are your top tips for people who travel frequently and are looking to streamline or makeover their wardrobes?
My number one tip is to purge. Ladies who travel really do a number on their clothing so it's important to keep your closet (and suitcase!) fresh. Review your closet and commit to pulling out every single item with a stain, unrepairable hole or pilling. These items go into a recycle pile. With a ruthless hand take a second run through and pull out all items that you have not worn in the past few years, have a sizing issue, OR (this is really important) don't pair with anything else in your closet; these go into a donate pile. We are practicing non-attachment during this step, you can do it! This simple practice will make packing SO much easier because everything you own is now ready-to-wear!
How would you recommend people pack for travel for a 'bleisure' (business + leisure) trip to a big city? Especially considering that people have to go straight from work to play, what are your key pieces?
When I create packing capsules for my clients I make a list of specific events for the trip; everything from meetings to city tours. Once those are styled using the least number of pieces I transition each outfit to make it a little more casual- this usually means changing one thing such a dress pant for leggings or a blazer for a leather jacket. I'm not a big fan of ballet flats so I always style the casual outfits around a really great (and comfortable) pair of boots or booties.
What would you wear on a long haul flight in winter?
My absolute favorite pieces for winter travel are from Cuyana. I wear their camel alpaca cape on almost every trip. The fabric still looks luscious even after wearing it so many times. It also pairs really well with other basics you will need for the trip such as a black riding pants, boots and a white silk blouse from Everlane.
Do you have any favorite brands or convenient beauty products for when you travel?
I make my own rose water spray in a small glass spray bottle. This is just equal parts filtered water and rose water. Everyday I use this as a make-up finishing spray and when I'm traveling it can be a lifesaver when my skin starts to get that taught, I've been a plane for way too long, feeling. I use it during the flight and then after I land to make my make-up look fresh again. My husband actually used it on our last long flight; he turned to me as I was spraying and said "That smells amazing! Can I try?"
Can you share a success story when you styled or packed a suitcase for a travelista?
One of my dearest clients texted me while I was on vacation; she was frantically trying to pack for a trip where she would be doing everything from dinner with old friends to a holiday with family and meetings in between. I had actually just come up from the beach for lunch so I quickly hopped on my computer (I host my clients' wardrobes electronically) and threw together a weeks worth of killer outfits while I ate lunch. I emailed the wardrobe capsule to her and she replied 15 minutes later saying "I just packed in less than 10 minutes you need to charge me more money for all the ways you are changing my life!!!" When you have a wardrobe that practically packs itself traveling becomes easier and more enjoyable.