If you've ever tried shopping for "travel clothing", you will be familiar with shapeless drawstring pants, boxy t-shirts, and big floppy hats. They don't scream "AMERICAN TOURIST" quite as loudly as a baseball hat and Nikes, but we feel there are still more attractive options. Whether packing for a girlfriend getaway, or any other type of trip, these are a few pieces you can take with you, wherever you're going.
We've combed the official travel gear sites, and picked our favorites that will allow you to wear travel clothing, and still look travel-chic.
Travel clothes need to be versatile enough to be dressed up or down. This tank is stretchy and comfy enough to wear on a day touring ancient Roman ruins, but can also be dressed up for a nice dinner overlooking the Aegean:
Wrap Tank Travel Tank - at ProTravelGear
Every girl needs a good LBD, and one with a built-in bra is like gold when you're traveling:
Little Black Halter Dress - TravelSmith
When traveling, there are no two words you want to hear more than "wrinkle free clothing":
Wrinkle Free Shirt - Magellans
Don't forget to add a little color to the travel wardrobe. This is a great cover-up:
Lost River Knit Shawl - Magellans
Don't you dare buy those Crocs. The comfort is not enough to offset the ugly. These sandals are adorable, and Sofft makes fantastically comfortable shoes.
Women's Sofft Roma Sandal - at TravelSmith
So now you're all set to travel, but don't forget to leave room in your suitcase for the clothes you'll buy on your trip!
Remember when I said that I didn't want to watch "Lipstick Jungle" because it was too close to "Sex & the City", but just not as funny? I take it back. I now want to watch it ALL the time.
Robert Buckley plays Kim Raver's boytoy, and you're never too old to play with toys.
He is also currently filming a movie, with Heather Locklear, called "Flirting with 40". I love that he is not allowing himself to be typecast as cougar-bait...wait a minute.
Oh, who cares. He should really only take roles that require nudity.
HAPPY FRIDAY AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, FROM THE GOLIGHTLY GIRLS!
Just when you thought being a bridesmaid couldn't get any more thankless, a survey of 1000 women (by You & Your Wedding) showed that 20% of the respondents wanted their bridesmaids to sign a contract for bridesmaid duties. A bridesmaid pre-nup.
Now, we are not anti-bride, but having a signed contract just takes any fun, that may have been involved in bridesmaids-ness, out of the equation (I have similar feelings about an actual pre-nuptial agreement, but that is another blog post).
The bridesmaid pre-nup includes stipulations that the bridesmaid will not make any "radical changes" to her appearance. You know, "radical changes" like becoming pregnant. If there was ever a time to shriek "OMG!", this would be it.
The bridesmaids are really in it:
For better or worse (except not better, because they had to sign a contract)...
For richer or poorer (except not richer, after all the expenses like shower gifts and the required dress and shoes)...
In sickness and in health (except not "in health" - the bride is clearly sick, and you are in big trouble if you gain weight or cut your hair)...
Nearly half of the brides surveyed said they would "axe" any attendant that violated the terms of their deal.
"So, I know we've been best friends since 1st grade...and I know you have held my hair when I was puking after too many Goldschlager shots...and I know that we pinky swore that we'd be best friends forever...but that new haircut will not be long enough to put into a French twist like all the other bridesmaids, so if you could just sit this one out...that'd be great, thaaaaaanks."
It's official. These weddings have completed the metamorphosis into Three Ring Circuses, and the meaning of the ceremony has been completely buried under 10 tons of crepe de chine and cabbage roses, and ivory parchment paper bearing the calligraphic script "Bridesmaid Pre-Nup Agreement" at the top of the perfectly curled page.
I'm getting married in VEGAS! Who's with me?
Jessica Alba is in the new Mike Myers' movie "The Love Guru", which we have not heard good things about...yet... We want it to be good! The premise is so funny! Okay, but back to Jessica Alba.
She did admit, on the Ellen Show, that in real life she was pretty slobby, but this airport ensemble doesn't look all that bad. See? It's always a good idea to be up-front about potential slobbiness, so that anything other than said slobbiness looks like you're a fashion superstar.
Photo: Dean M/MO/Bauer-Griffin
So, she is wearing some leggings - normally kind of scary, but she has paired them with a sassy striped, appropriately-lengthed tunic that renders the leggings bearable, rather than obscene. She will definitely be comfy on the flight. The coat is nice, and that giant chocolate-brown leather bag, paired with her sunglasses subtlely whispers "I'm famous and have money".
Doesn't a riverwalk just sound like the perfect way to unwind? The Westin Riverwalk, in San Antonio, TX, wants you to unwind with your girlfriends with their girlfriend getaway package.
"Take the girls and escape to The Westin Riverwalk. Complete rejuvenation is yours, so refresh the senses and invigorate the soul with our exclusive weekend girls getaway package." The package includes:
* Rates from $477 per night
* In-room daily "superfoods" breakfast for two
* $25 in-room spa credit per person (up to two)
* Sleep in with a 4 pm late checkout
* Two Heavenly robes
To make a reservation call 1-866-716-8137 and ask for rate plan WIGRLPKG.
420 W Market Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Playing dress-up is always fun, and there's no better excuse for it than a Bachelorette party. Whether you decide to take your theme out on the town, or keep it to a private girlfriend gathering, the photos will be hilarious and memorable. And probably embarrassing.
1) Slumber Party - jammies, bra-freezing, light as a feather-stiff as a board, M&Ms for breakfast. Being 10 again is awesome.
2) Cowgirls Gone Wild - giddyup! Grab your hats & boots & fake pistols and get ready to round up a good time!
3) Ball & Chain - marriage is a commitment! It should be taken seriously! Have all the girls dress as prisoners in orange jumpsuits, or the old-timey black & white stripes.
4) Toga - this is good for the lazy bachelorette. Or the Roman bachelorette. Throw a sheet on and go!
5) We're All Brides - everyone wears white/bridal-ish gowns. This will help everyone identify with the bride and what she's preparing for. This will also confuse everyone in the bars, and you'll all end up drinking for free.
6) Golf - if you've seen the movie "The Wedding Date" (with Debra Messing), you'll have an idea of how eccentric golf outfits can get. Bar golf is a great bachelorette party activity - no irons required.
7) Wig Out - save time doing your hair - everyone wears a wig to the Bachelorette party!
8) 80s Roller Skating - you will have a great time with your girlfriends, and get a little exercise too. Depending on how often you can "crack-the-whip". Crimp your hair, bust out the leg warmers and you're ready to roll.
9) Vegas Karaoke - have everyone dress up as her favorite Vegas singer (or just "singer"), and either rent a karaoke machine, or head to a karaoke bar. This bachelorette party has no room for self-consciousness. Who brought the video camera?
10) Tea Party - The tea party is the most refined option here. Just put on your garden party dresses and white gloves, and spend the afternoon bonding over tiny sandwiches. We didn't say you couldn't have mimosas and bellinis!
With drinks, without drinks, the Bachelorette party is all about soaking up your girlfriend-time. Make it special and just enjoy it!
Summer is cranking up (in most places...) and the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston has a "Cool By The Pool" special for overheated girlfriends everywhere.
"Escape the heat at Four Seasons Hotel Houston's resort-style pool, the only one of its kind in downtown Houston. The Hotel's new pool boasts poolside guest rooms, private patios, a poolside bar, a water wall, an alluring fire pit, a hot tub, contemporary resort furnishings and more. Upon arrival, we will give you a welcome amenity designed to keep you refreshed, with everything you need to stay cool and comfortable poolside."
* Luxurious accommodations
* A pool-themed welcome amenity, including an after-sun cooling gel, lip balm, an eye-cooling mask and two Four Seasons beverage koozies, all in a soft-side Four Seasons cooler
* Two complimentary beverages from a select pool menu
June 23, 2008 - December 31, 2008
Packages starting at $215/night.
Four Seasons Houston
1300 Lamar Street
1 (713) 650-1300
1 (713) 652-6220
Glamming in "Hot"lanta is going to involve some serious make-up retouching. It's hot there! Pack accordingly.
"Get Your Glam On
Plan a getaway to Atlanta with your girlfriends! Experience our luxurious accommodations with nightly turndown service and receive a sensation bar tailored to your getaway--including a "chick flick" dvd, a "girlfriends tarot card kit," a bottle of wine with chocolate-covered strawberries and lip masque and gloss.
* Deluxe room accommodations
* Nightly turndown service
* Sensation bar including
o "Chick flick" dvd
o "Girlfriends tarot card kit"
o Bottle of wine and chocolate-covered strawberries
o Lip masque and gloss
* From $214 - $254 per night
* Extra person $25
* Cancellations must be made by 12 noon hotel time, 3 days prior to arrival in order to avoid charges.
* Based on availability and subject to blackout dates.
* Not applicable to groups, conventions or with other special discount offers."
100 CNN Center
Atlanta GA 30303
Okay, if you're really imposing a shopping embargo, that means you aren't permitted to purchase anything. We recommend a small concession, as full-on embargos are just sad. Accessories are a great way to add a little somethin'-somethin' to your wardrobe.
Think of yourself as a Christmas tree that needs decorating. But try to avoid the garish garland. Rings, scarves, bracelets, earrings, sunglasses - you know, accessories!
Red Seed, Bead & Shell Bracelet - $119 at VivaTerra
All of the above are reasonably-priced options, but we should always have at least one unreasonably-priced option to covet. Enter Nancy Gonzalez:
And if none of the above accessories appeal to you, go ahead and buy yourself a new dress. Embargos were meant to eventually be lifted.
Prepare for a spastic sugar rush with this one - Margaritas AND M&Ms? Together? Sounds like a crazy pajama party at the Raphael Hotel in Kansas City.
"GIRLFRIENDS GETAWAY PACKAGE
01/01/2006 - 12/31/2008
GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN.......
INCLUDES ONE NIGHT IN A SUITE WITH A SPACIOUS PARLOR, TWO BEDROOMS AND TWO BATHROOMS; A PAJAMA PARTY WITH MARGARITAS, PIZZA, POPCORN, M & M's, EXTRA PILLOWS, MOVIES FROM THE HOTEL'S "CHICK FLICKS" LIBRARY AND A SELECTION OF BOARD GAMES, DISPOSABLE CAMERA AND BREAKFAST FOR UP TO 4 ADULTS.
When Making a Reservation
Call the hotel direct when booking the Girlfriends' Package
First: Choose the Nights of Your Stay , Standard Stay: 1 Night."
The Raphael Hotel - Kansas City, Missouri
325 Ward Parkway Kansas City, Missouri 64112
Reservations: 888-803-3597 Fax: 816-802-2131
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