Whether you’re lured to the swaying palms of St. Tropez or the jagged shores of Martha’s Vineyard, a weekend getaway is always a treat. And let’s face it – when Georgia summers kick in, with their stuffy, humid days, taking a jaunt to a more tropical, beachside location can quickly become a top priority.
You’ve picked your vacation getaway locale and made all the travel and hotel arrangements. Now all that’s left is packing – what a chore! Packing, then transporting, bag after bag can become such a headache it threatens to overshadow the excitement of leaving in the first place. Our solution is simple: We’ve made it our goal to create the perfect vacation in one bag.
We know – it’s quite the challenge! But with a little ingenuity – and a lot of discipline – we think just about anyone can streamline the packing process, leaving more time to enjoy their well-deserved getaway!
- First let’s deal with the hard stuff – clothes! This can be tricky. Remaining stylish can involve so much – accessories, shoes, key pieces. The secret is to let your getaway mentality influence your clothing. Leave fussy looks behind in favor of easy, breezy style that screams relaxation. We love Marc by Marc Jacobs 2012 resort collection.
Anchored by beach florals, it includes just the right mix of billowy maxi dresses and tailored shorts to keep you looking effortless but pulled together. We’re not le
aving our stylish men out, though it’s never quite as tricky to pull a men’s look together! If you’re feeling edgy, check out Givenchy’s 2013 resort collection, full of pastels and paisleys, tartans and Bermuda shorts.
- Sandals were made for vacation, and Giuseppi Zanotti sandals offer the perfect mix of high style and effortless chic. Pack two pairs of sexy slings and a versatile wedge and you’re bound to be covered from the dawn to dusk.
- In general, summer is a great time for warm earth tones and shimmers. Keep your look natural for your vacation – a few sturdy makeup essentials and a bronzer can give you that sun-kissed look. We recommend NARS’ summer 2012 line for the basics – apricot eye shadows and nude lips capture that dewy, beachy look you’re after.
- Getting to the beach this summer is essential. Look fab by ocean – or the pool – in a draped swimsuit. It captures a little of the pinup style of old and is flattering to all body types. For an extra kick of shine and tropical fragrance, try NARS Body Glow. Don’t forget your sunscreen – Broad Spectrum makes an SPF 30 with Shea and cucumber to protect and moisturize. Add a pair of cat’s eye Bottega Veneta sunglasses and you’ve got the beachside covered.
You’ve got your day-to-night look, shoes, makeup and a poolside look. Our one-bag vacation is only missing one thing: the bag! This Salvatore Ferragamo weekender is the perfect blend of style and functionality – and it’s spacious enough to get all the weekend fun into one carry on.
Bonus – We fibbed just a little! What vacation is perfect sans purse? This Gucci shoulder bag in a glowing tan is versatile enough to go with every outfit and not fussy – ideal for your weekend getaway!
So what are you waiting for – stop reading and start packing for your one-bag vacation. With these tips, it won’t take too long!