Visiting relatives and friends for the holidays and need some cute pajamas? Check out these cute Christmas Tree flannel pj pants from Old Navy. They’re just $7 as I write this (SEVEN DOLLARS!!) and perfect for your holiday evenings playing board games or watching movies around the tree. No, they’re not super high quality, but they’re fine for the holidays and cozy. Festive and fun, they come in different patterns and would be a great gift as well. Find them HERE.by
Do you still do any trip planning on paper? I love all the electronic tools for trip planning, but I’m very visual and need to see things filled in on calendar squares. So, in addition to my electronic tricks, I always keep a separate old school paper wall calendar for this. It just works. Amber Lotus makes some excellent calendars that are make with recycled paper, like this Wanderlust Calendar perfect for travelers and people who love being outside. Find it HERE.by
Move out of the way Polar Vortex. Eddie Bauer’s Superior Down Parka will have you covered in the gnarliest of weather down to -20F.
In the picture it looks fashionable and not as hard core. In person–still stylish especially in black–but you can see why it keeps the cold out so well. It’s basically a down coat with an attached shell crafted to perfection. It’s rugged but works in the city and this is what I love–fashion and function in one coat.
It’s heavy, but not too heavy. It’s not a lightweight technical jacket like Eddie Bauer’s First Ascent MicroTherm which is feather light and amazing for travel. But the MicroTherm is not appropriate for -20 degree weather and this is. So you pay for that with a little more weight and that’s okay. This is coat version of The Wall in Game of Thrones. It keeps everything out. You can probably find warmer coats, but not something that is this metropolitan. You’d feel alright walking around Paris in this, you know what I mean? You won’t stand out as the American wearing technical clothes, you’ll blend in and keep warm in freezing cold weather.
If it rains it won’t be a problem because it’s waterproof with WeatherEdege and StormRepel DWR technology. A 650 down fill adds a little bulk, but not too much, and on the black coat, the inside is black too. This is a huge plus to me, I really don’t like a contrasting lining. The black on black keeps it sleek and low profile, it looks great. If you want to go sledding or hang out in the woods, it has features like adjustable waist and cuffs (with super soft inner cuffs), to help seal out wind.
The hood is adjustable and detachable as is the fur, so you have three options there–no hood, fur hood, or plain. It’s a little longer in the back for added warmth, but it’s not asymmetrical, you don’t really notice it visually but it’s nice to have the extra protection. An inner pocket fits your phone–even the big ones like Apple’s 6+. There are two large pockets on the front of the coat with diagonal lines that are figure flattering. These pockets are cavernous and hold everything you need, they are fantastic. If you’re looking for a super warm stylish coat for winter travel, this parka is a great choice. I can’t say enough good things about it. Find it HERE. PS–see those mittens in the picture? They’re called Essential Down Mittens. I got those too and they are awesome! You can’t find them online anymore, but if you see them in the store, snatch ‘em up.by
What works really well for me while traveling is having bags within bags. For instance, I have my carryon wheelie bag, then my personal item which is either a daypack or a tote. Within the personal item bag I keep a separate small cross body purse. That way I have two choices for my daily excursions and I usually go for the lighter more minimalist option.
Eagle Creek’s Mini Tablet Crossbody bag is a good option for that extra bag. Not perfect–I don’t love the strap or how it attaches to the bag and there’s just one RFID sleeve about the size of a credit card. I hope EC revises this otherwise awesome little bag and beefs up the strap by making it thicker and attached on either end and not the back, and offers more RFID storage for passports.
Maybe I’m just using it out of context, but it’s perfect for all your important documents like tickets, passports, visas, etc. It’s the ultimate bag for the airport–just wear it cross-body and hands free and every time you need to pull out a document, it’s right there organized at your fingertips. If you’re on an extended international work trip (or family trips with children’s documents), you can have quite a bit to keep up with. Then you have your credit cards, cash, driver’s license, Trusted Traveler cards, etc.
The length of the bag makes it ideal for this–it perfectly holds envelopes and documents. Add a cell phone, mini tablet or e-reader, and a spare phone charger stick without it ever feeling overstuffed or bulky. When you head out during the day, it makes a great purse–definitely not a fashion piece, but it’s black and unassuming. Just remember when you get to your destination to take out the important stuff and stick it in the hotel safe and diversify cash and credit card storage so everything is not all in one place. I love this bag because it really appeals to my inner organization freak and when you’re juggling a lot of plans and hectic travel situations, it’s very reassuring to have everything well managed. Find it HEREby
WOW. That is what I said, out loud, when I turned on this little Jawbone Jambox Mini speaker and heard what it can do. I have a Bose Mini Soundlink and thought that was the gold standard. This is half the size and weight and sounds almost as good. It’s amazing to me that something this TINY can sound this way. It’s straightforward and easy to pair with your device or computer. The battery life is excellent at ten hours and the look is fun with geometric designs and lots of color options. It has a slightly metallic finish that’s shimmery. With the holidays coming up, I think this is a great gift item, but get one for yourself too because you’ll probably want to keep it. Find it HERE.by
This year I got completely hooked on a new (to me) brand. Of course I knew of Eddie Bauer, but I didn’t realize how awesome their stuff was and didn’t have any. Then I discovered First Ascent which is their line geared towards climbers. I’m not a climber but I took to the clothes immediately because of how great they are to travel with. Light, functional, very well made, cute, LIGHT. So I started trying the Eddie Bauer stuff and I’ve pretty much loved every single thing I’ve tried. LOVED.
Enter the Polar Lined Pant. Holy cow–best winter pant ever. The outer layer is a flexible polyester and the inside is a butter soft fleece that keeps you toasty warm. It’s one of those things you think you better get a few pair of in case they stop making them. The lines are figure flattering and they even come in petite, which for me is great at 5’5. If you’re traveling somewhere cold and want a sleek warm pant, you will love these. Find it HERE.by
Need some holiday cards? Check out these fun Tree Hugger Santa Cards from Amber Lotus. Great for eco minded friends and family, or just those who love the outdoors. They’re cute and festive and printed on recycled paper. Find them HERE.by