Wednesday, June 19, 2013

5 Best Packing Tips

We're at the halfway point of the summer and it's almost time for me to shake off the dust of this town and fly off to parts unknown. Here are my 5 best tips on how to pack lightly and still look good when you get there.

(1) You don't need to wear something different everyday, you do need to be comfortable & appropriate: With that in mind, I use a packing formula: 3 bottoms for 1 week, 3 tops per bottom, 5 bottoms for 2 weeks, deduct 1 top and 1 bottom for each dress. True, that is not a lot of clothes but unless I am attending fashion week in Paris (hasn't happened yet), I can wear the same thing a few times.

(2) If you are going sightseeing or to a city, always, even in the heat of the summer, bring a cardigan (women) or a dinner jacket (men). I too vividly remember, as a child, my mother being asked to leave the Duomo in Milan because her arms were bare. Plus it comes in handy on a chilly plane. On that same trip, my brother had to borrow a dinner jacket at a restaurant. Not every place in the world is as informal as the States. On that same note, I always pack one thing I can dress up.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

7 Relocation/Moving Tips For Across Town Or Around The World

Relocation is stressful because you change more than your address. You will begin to navigate a new way to be a friend, coworker, and more.
Here are seven tips to a help you tune in to your inner compass when your world is spinning.
1) Ask, "Who am I? What do I need to be happy?"
The secret to a successful move depends on how you answer the question, "Can I still be me?
To answer this question, write ten "I am" statements about yourself -- anything from "I am a dog-owner" to "I am friendly and outgoing."
Before you move, ask yourself, "How will this list change after I move?" You may still be a dog-owner...but will you create that role the same way?
2) Take a test drive.
When you buy a car, you don't just go around the block. You try the freeways and the rough roads.
Considering a move to Seattle or Syracuse? Study the culture as if you were an anthropologist. What do people do? How do they dress? How do they talk to each other?
Most important, how do you feel? Did you develop new allergies, headaches or back pain during your visit? Or did you find yourself wishing you cold stay forever?