Packing a Carry-On for a Week: It’s Possible!

For the up coming Spring Break season, there will be lots of traveling, bonding with friends and gaining new experiences. One thing that might not be as fun, is the packing process, (*eye roll*) which I know I definitely do not enjoy. Since most of the time I’m traveling by flight, bus or car, I like to limit myself to one “carry-on” bag and my purse or tote. It’s so much easier to travel with and makes  traveling more enjoyable.

I’d like to offer my Favorite Five Tips in my traveling experiences, to guide you into becoming a better packer for your upcoming excursions! So keep reading and enjoy!

Favorite Five Tips:

1. Know your destination- Research where you are traveling to so you know what to pack; are you going out at night? Walking or using public transportation? What’s the weather like? ASK these questions!

2. Choose the right size bag- Nothing worse than having the wrong size bag to pack your stuff in. Choose something that’s right for you and that you can carry around if you are doing a lot of walking and riding (bus, car, or bike maybe?) . I love bags from Victoria’s Secret, Shop Bop, and Fab, most of them are reasonable and some are pretty expensive. As well find smaller bags for your toiletries and make-up at Forever 21, I LOVE their bags for make-up and my girly needs, they always have cute looks and are functional for traveling.

3. Rolling Method- Are you a roller or a folder? Either method is great to use, but I suggest using the rolling method to save time and space if you’re going on a 3-5 day trip. This video I found is pretty helpful too!

http://youtu.be/mzTZjK2ZbJ0

4. Pack only what you need- I used to over pack or under pack, either way I was always irritated about my packing situation, because something was never worn or I ended up leaving items (make a list of everything too). Also, one thing that truly annoys me when flying is that you can’t take over 3 oz. of certain liquids, so most of the time I get my toiletries when I arrive to my destination. If you don’t know what to pack in regards to liquids and toiletries, then I suggest you check out tsa.gov  for the “3-1-1 Carry-On” rules, it will save you time and frustration. TRUST me, because you will end up like me and get your newly bought body sprays thrown away! (That was a sad day) But unless you are checking a bag, then by all means pack as much as you want, this is just a guide for people like me wanting to save money and time when it comes to packing.

5. Take Pictures of your outfits- This process can be tedious, but do this at least 2 weeks in advance of your trip, especially if you hate packing. Taking pictures of your outfits and accessories helps you figure out exactly what you need to pack.

Those are my Five Tips that help me have successful traveling experiences and I hope they help you too! As well I also created  a style board to show you how much you really need to pack. Share this post with your friends and family so they too can travel better!

This style board is a guide to show you how to approach packing your carry-on.

This style board is a guide to show you how to approach packing your carry-on.

Well that’s all for now! Have a great weekend!

-Jazz

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Spring Break: Traveling There!

Spring Break: Traveling There!

The Essence of Black Style: Macy’s Celebrates Black History Month

Through a panel discussion on Black style and its influence in the fashion industry,in the Macy’s at Hidalgo, three prominent women in the fashion world gave us their view points on where black style came from and where it’s going. As Joy SewingHouston Chronicle, Fashion/Beauty Editor-opened up with the first question, “What does black style mean to you?” several provoking thoughts stood out to me.

Joy Sewing- Houston Chronicle Fashion/Beauty Editor

Joy Sewing- Houston Chronicle Fashion/Beauty Editor

Constance WhiteStyle Expert, author of Stylenoir & The Queens & Kings of Style- answered by sharing a few names of past and present people, “As far as prominent people, Diana Ross, Miles Davis and Diane Carol” influenced the fashion industry with their glamorous styles. “In the present, we think of Rhianna, Beyonce, ASAP Rocky and Kanye West…”

As well Beverly Johnson-Supermodel, Entrepreneur of “Think Beauty”– explained her viewpoint, “Tradition. We have traditional ways of wearing our hair, traditional styles, it’s an expression of who we are because we are proud and we look good!” as she said smiling.

C. White & B. Johnson discussing "Black Style"

C. White & B. Johnson discussing “Black Style”

After hearing these ladies speak about how influential black style was, I began to think to myself that we are a huge contribution to fashion and have a lot more to offer. As well the question of how did we become the “big influencers throughout the decade” came up too. Beverly Johnson stated that Hip-Hop has “flipped the switch” not only in the U.S. but globally too. I can agree with this statement, especially in today’s society. We have the big rap stars creating their own clothing lines, accessories and shoes such as Kanye West partnering with Nike to create the popular all red shoes, “Yezzy’s”. Constance White also brought up that black women who are wearing their natural hair, is making a huge comeback. I know in my experience (as I sport an afro) natural hair has made a huge impact on fashion. I see editorials in magazines, in which women are showcasing their lovely tresses and kinks, conventions focusing solely on natural hair, etc.

With other trends that we have started, along with Hip-Hop, were sneakers, denim and even finger waves. I honestly haven’t seen finger waves since the 90s, but I’m interested to see how they appear in today’s fashion world.

The last thought that truly had me thinking, was how they discussed that African-Americans aren’t as active today in fighting for what we want when it comes to having respect in this competitive industry. Beverly Johnson brought up that in the 70s there were more black models and designers than today, and not having that same influx of models and designers was alarming. We don’t have enough representation because we aren’t doing anything about it, which is true. If we as culture are not being respected, situations such as “The Black Woman Chair”  , or “Blackface”  will keep happening; we will not get back to those days of having full representation and being respected. Beverly Johnson brought up that “There has to be constant conversation in these rooms where all this is happening,” I felt as if this was call to arms, in which African-Americans need to be in every aspect of the creative development process. Situations like these are an insult to the context of our history.

Amazing Style!

Amazing Style!

Ending on a good note, the panel discussion was an amazing, motivating experience. I learned that black style has deep-rooted values in dignity, tradition, and pride. As well, my activist side was ignited and I want to be a part of the progression and preservation of black style, it’s my duty, my responsibility.

Until next time lovelies!

-Jazz

 

She was so nice!

She was so nice!