Mission Statement, Hilary Swank’s new line of clothing, is genius. I won’t use the term “Athleisure,” as I think MS is on to something a little different. Yes, you can wear pieces to yoga, work out, the VC meeting, or when you grab that cup of matcha to discuss all of the above. Here’s the thing: you will look chic and feel comfortable. Really. Here’s Swank in her own words, “As part of my design process, I wanted to create elegant clothes that embody and nurture that higher purpose: clothes that allow you to find that perfect balance of movement while working out, in the office, resting or playing.” Need I say more? Oh, they are great for travel! Stand out pieces for me are:
All pieces of the CLOUD line are made from fine gauge jersey with a hint of cashmere. These shirts are perfect layering pieces!
The VA VA VOOM Pants. Napa leather leggings with cut line below the knee for easy movement. Hand washable. Can these be part of my uniform? Love.
The MICRO LIGHT JACKET is wind- and water-resistant with a matte finish and slim cut. Great to wear on the plane or roll it up and throw in your carry-on.
The collection is well-thought out and SO SO SO wearable. I love the energy that Swank and her creative team are putting out there. More please!
When I travel, I never leave without my essentials … my survival kit. Even before the toiletries, I make sure that I have the following products to help me stay healthy on the go:
1. Vitamin C drink – I have used different brands, but my current is still the slender packets from Whole Foods’ 365 line. I typically drink this while on the plane and take extra packets for the rest of my trip. Just pour into a glass of water and you’ll feel like you’re warding off any and all airborne diseases.
2. Travel Matcha Tea — I have written previously about the joys of matcha travel packets. These are from a lovely store in St. Germain, Lupicia. The tin case that holds 10 packets is fantastic.
3. Natural Calm Magnesium drink — Keep stress at bay with these little packets of magic. Pour into a glass of warm or hot water. Bonus: Magnesium also seems to help out with any digestive craziness. (I like the “Original” flavor.)
4. Pana Cacao Dark Chocolate Eighty — I know 80% seems high but this is hands down one of the best dark chocolates out there. Smooth, rich, sweet but not too much. There are treats and then there are treats!
This is one of my favorite stores. Ever. When I’m in a MUJI store, I get that same gleam in my eye that my father would get in a serious hardware store. I love to explore every department. And every time I marvel at how such simple design can be so insanely cool AND functional. This is my go-to place for cosmetic travel bottles. Such a selection! Then you’ve got passport holders, neck pillows, cosmetic cases, luggage carts, and so many other things you didn’t even know you were missing out on. Nothing beats the in-store experience, but MUJI.com has everything you need. Happy travels!
NB: For the travel cosmetic bottles, look under “Health/Beauty”. All other travel products are under “Travel Goods”.
I’ve been looking for a bag to fit my passport and boarding pass. On my last trip, I used a manila file folder to hold everything. I know. Sad. I love function, but desperately needed some form (and a great zipper!) to go with it. Then I remembered one of my all time favorite brands — Comme des Garçons. Have you ever loved a brand that you don’t necessarily wear often, but you revere everything about it? That is CDG for me. Rei Kawabubo is in that pantheon of “design greats” in my world. And, the leather goods this company puts out are always functional AND beautiful. Take this little pouch. Beautiful leather, great size (8-1/2″ x 6-1/2″), and fantastic zipper. Affordable. All boxes checked! The discreet gold lettering adds that little touch of elegance without veering into over-branding mode.
My travel documents have found a new home!
NB: I love black, however, you can find these in other colors — even neon pink! So great.
Here’s where you can find them:
If you want to work on your balance and core-strength the Indo Board might become your new best friend. Created originally for surfers with down time, the Indo Board can be used by anyone at any level. Seriously. The original set comes with a roller, but you yogis out there might want to try the Indo Yogafit Balance Board.
If you’re missing Standup Paddleboard or just want a new way to work your body, these boards are great to fire up core-strength, improve balance, and add some fun to your normal practice. They also have a really lovely design. The original Indo Board version is a different experience. You’ll place a roller or cushion under the center of the board, then step on the board with each foot on either side and balance away! The key is the keep the board from touching the ground. This will happen a lot at first — so be it. Just keep getting the board up. Your knees should be in “surfer stance” with a slight bend. Once you get used to balancing — which is a fantastic workout in and of itself! — you can ramp up by adding squats, then squats with weights, and so on.
Their site is really helpful (some boards even have graphics to show where your feet should go) with lots of videos and many, many options for board type and design.
What’s so great is that you’re working your core, gaining strength, increasing your balance … and it’s fun! Ready to tap into your inner surfer girl?