One traveler that never lacks style is Mrs O Around the World. She manages to maintain a beautifully written and successful travel blog while hop scotching across the globe and she does it with flair. She doesn’t claim to be a light traveler but does great taste in clothes and products. You can tell by her pictures – she looks fabulous! If you want to find out how you, too, can travel like Mrs O, read on to find out her travel fashion secrets!
1. Describe your travel style
I am very faithful to my mother’s motto – if I leave home, it has to be better! Travelling is one of the loves of my life – not just for the sake of going places, but to enjoy them!
2. Do you carry on or check in your bags
I am not going to lie – I do not travel light. I can now manage a weekend with a carry-on bag, but I have been known to travel to the USA with 4 suitcases… of which 2 of course, empty.
I believe that luggage is part of our travels and have invested in Tumi luggage. They are elegant, super understated and discrete and of really good quality. Wherever I go, my Tumis come with me.
3. How does your packing/travel style differ on a trip to Europe vs South America?
It does indeed. I always pack for the destination – I am packing for Paris today for example, and have been thinking about evening dresses and lots of black, and high heels for the evenings. In Brazil, I would go for simpler dresses with no heels because of the pavements. And no jewellery. Never thought about these differences, I suppose they are subconscious and come with a bit of practice.
4. You’ve traveled to some incredible destinations in 2012.
What destination was the most fun to dress for?
A tough question. Italy is always fun as the women are so elegant and sophisticated, always a good excuse. I always like dressing up for NYC a little bit, and dressing down for California (in the nicest possible way). I love clothes and travelling is a great excuse to find some “local” brands. And shoes, of course.
5. What’s your preferred travel outfit on a plane?
British Airways first class sleep suits – but only if travelling on that cabin, otherwise you look silly. I tend to wear navy for some reason – dark jeans or navy blue trousers, always a shirt, cardigan and a pashmina. Flat shoes as much as possible!
6. What are your must have travel accessories?
I always travel with a couple of pashminas, lip balm, contact lens drops and Advil. I also have a spare wallet which I tend to use with ID and one credit card. And my Tod’s shoes.
7. Do you have any hair or makeup products that work great for travels?
8. How many pairs of shoes do you travel with and what styles?
Of course I am going to lie on this question. For a weekend, the minimum I will take is 2 pairs of shoes, plus the ones I am wearing travelling. I am a huge fan of ballet pumps, which you can dress up and down and have them in pretty much every colour. Plus they don’t take too much space. I love a pair of black suede wedge shoes which I have just recently replaced – great for evenings and for tired feet. And I always take my beige havaianas – you never know when you may need them!
9. Do you have any luxe but comfortable recommendations in footwear?
Tod’s is my brand for comfy shoes – I love them! Boots, loafers, heels, you name it. I can’t fly without my Tod’s. I also love LK Bennett – they do really good quality shoes and at good value for money.
10. Finally, any travel packing tips for new travelers?
Mr O is a master of packing and I have learned a lot with him. Use the bottom for shoes, and put socks inside the shoes. Invest in expandable luggage – a little goes a long way after a shopping spree. And make sure you put toiletries in a plastic bag to avoid accidents – we had way too many. But at least things smell nice
Thank you for giving us an insight into your lovely lifestyle! Learn more about Mrs O on her fabulous travel blog Mrs O Around the World.