Airport Attire

Airport AttireWith my recent lifestyle change and with the holidays fast approaching, travel is basically in the near forecast for all of us, whether it’s by train, plane, or automobile!  After a recent four a.m. people watching experience at a New Zealand airport, I got to thinking about the choices we travelers make in our travel attire.

Personally, above all I value my comfort.  And although I must physically resist my first instinct to roll out of bed and throw on my favorite sweatpants, sweatshirt, and flip-flops, I make a serious attempt to appear like a somewhat put together adult instead of my 18-year-old alter ego!  Plus, you never know who you may run into (say a celebrity, your ex, or an important colleague) at the terminal restroom or the rest stop McDonald’s!  So what does this mean and how can we achieve it?  Here are some tried and true rules to maintain comfort and be holiday party ready upon arrival after those long commutes.

  • Choose wrinkle resistant, soft, moveable fabrics.
  • If you are prone to spills, choose dark colors to hide those ketchup or coffee stains from your fast food meals and quick pick me ups.  (This is totally my problem)
  • Layer, layer, layer for the varying temperature levels (i.e. the freezing cold terminal but the hot plane or for when your mom is shivering cold and you are as hot as a roasted chestnut)
  • Comfortable footwear.  I’m not the kind of girl who wears high heels through the airport (kudos to you if you are), but instead sport my bold ballet flats or stylish riding boots since they are easily removed and perfect for running to the train when I’m late!
  • Keep jewelry to a minimum.  Accessorize with stud earrings, a watch to keep you on schedule, a scarf to use as a blanket/pillow/necklace, and possibly a ring or bracelet.
  • Hair High or Low.  Sport that super high bun (as I did here) or side braid to allow your head to rest comfortably on the headrest.  Plus it gets cuter the messier it becomes!
  • Au Natural.  Keep that gorgeous face simple with a swipe of mascara and powder.  No one wants to wake up from a quick snooze with gobs of makeup under their eyes or lipstick smeared across their cheek.

What is your airport attire?  Do you go for comfortable chic or glam globetrotter?  Check back Friday for celebrity travel style!  Share your travel tips below!

Airport AttireJ.Crew Minnie Trousers (last seen here) | Zara Polka Dot Blouse (seen here) (similar here, here) | Forever 21 Chambray (similar here, here, here) | Steve Madden Red Patent Leather Flats | Leopard Scarf (similar) | Ray Ban Sunnies | Longchamp Weekender

travelAirport AttireHAPPY MONDAY!!  Hope everyone has a wonderful first week of December!

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Owl You Need is Love

My owl obsession that started harmlessly with home goods has now slowly crept into my clothing, accessories, and everything in between.  I spotted this extra-large $4 pajama shirt in the endless heaps of sale goods at Forever 21 and much to the dismay of my girlfriend decided I couldn’t leave this poor guy there all alone, I mean look at that face!  The potential of this oversize tee as pajamas, a beach cover up, and as a casual shirt won my heart as well as a place in my suitcase for the next eight months.  Last week I chose to dress it up for an evening out in Australia by pairing it knotted to the side with black trousers, leopard flats, and an armful of jewelry.  What are your thoughts on wearing pajamas out of the house?  How else would you style this tee?

Forever 21 Owl You Need Is Love T-Shirt $4 | J.Crew Minnie Pant in black (on sale now!) | Steve Madden Leopard Flats  (similar here) | H&M, Forever 21 Bracelets and Sunglasses | Marc by Marc Jacobs Crossbody Purse (similar here)

Leather and Leopard

I swear I have never in my life worn so much leopard or red for that matter, must be the effects of having a blog that makes you step outside your comfort zone.  To answer a reader request for me to actually wear the suggested outfit from this post, I put together something similar that included items already in my closet: swapping the statement red color from the bottom to the top and adding a leather jacket to adjust for the cool March weather.  This outfit was perfectly comfortable for our daytime activities of running errands and finally seeing The Hunger Games yet dressy enough for a nighttime of steak dinner at Caminito Argentinian Grill and a birthday party.

{Express (Minus the) Leather Moto Jacket, gifted | Zara blouse, $39 (similar here) | Forever 21 Scarf, $12 (old) & Jeans, $10.50 | Steve Madden Leopard Flats, $22 (similar here) | Wilson’s Leather Black Purse, $19 | Michael Kors Jet Set Sport Watch, gifted | H&M Gold Bracelets, $9}

Thrifty Threads: Red Hot Leopard

Originally one of the main ideas behind starting this blog, The Thread Affect, was to share with all my wonderful readers out there how to get the fashion forward outfits seen everywhere from runways to style magazines to celebrities to high fashion blogs for way less, aka every article of clothing under $50 (sometimes excluding watches and shoes since they are investment pieces you wear with everything).  Everyone can look stylish no matter what their budget!  The key is to invest in versatile classic items you absolutely love and mix them with less expensive trendier, of the moment items.

So here to start off my new weekly post of, Thrifty Threads, is Red Hot Leopard showcasing two trends seen everywhere lately:  colored denim and leopard print.  Besides the watch, I wouldn’t call any of these individual pieces a necessary investment since you can find quality versions of them everywhere right now, however, they are extremely versatile in their ability to coordinate with multiple other items in your closet (as you will see in future posts).  What are your thoughts on these two trends?  Would you pair bright denim with a print or combine a denim shirt with denim pants?  Earlier this month, I tried mixing these two trends a little differently (see it here).

{Mossimo Supply Co Skinny Red Denim from Target $23 | Chambray Shirt from Old Navy $24 | Steve Madden Leopard Print Flats from Von Maur $22 | Julie Apple Flip It Convertible Clutch from Endless $48 | Polished Gold Knot Stud Earrings from Jon Richard $10 | Michael Kors Jet Sport Watch from Nordstrom $180}

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