Fashion

The perfect travel dress (and a Shabby Apple giveaway!)

I fully believe in the power of a good travel dress. A good travel dress can be dressed up or dressed down, can go effortlessly from day to night, will work with practically any shoes or accessories and doesn’t wrinkle or show much wear. It’s a whole outfit in itself, which is key no matter […]

December 7, 2012 Continue reading…

Having dresses made in Hoi An

One of my favorite parts about visiting Europe was the shopping: even if it was at chains like Zara and H&M, there was a day when these stores only existed in Europe. I’d return to California, sporting new dresses and cute bags; when someone asked me where I bought it, I’d proudly proclaim Europe and […]

July 25, 2012 Continue reading…

Packing for a stylish summer in Europe

Even though I travel with a backpack, I hate looking like a backpacker—and nowhere more so than Europe, particularly among the effortlessly chic women in France. When I’m in a cosmopolitan city or a ritzy beach destination, I strive to not even look like a traveler: I want to blend in as a local (albeit […]

June 29, 2012 Continue reading…

How to not look like a backpacker while living out of a backpack

“It hurts to be beautiful,” my mother told me as I squirmed the first time she plucked my eyebrows.  That’s the beauty mantra I’ve grown up with: anything deemed comfortable automatically makes me suspicious. I don’t believe in “travel clothes” and cringe when I see multi-purpose pants, cargo shorts or money belts. If you wouldn’t […]

March 26, 2012 Continue reading…