Who: Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor
Where: San Diego, California
I’m a horrible packer. The whole process stresses me out. I start mapping out outfits one week ahead of time, but still end up stuffing my suitcase minutes before leaving for the airport. I over pack, yet always manage to forget something essential, like socks. After every trip, I vow to become one of those “carry on” people — you know the ones who can go on a two-week European adventure with a suitcase that seemingly wouldn’t fit more than one pair of shoes — but it’s just not in the cards for me.
So for a week-long family vacation to San Diego during Thanksgiving, I’m embracing my over-packing ways, checking a bag, and not giving myself a hard time about it. The weather is going to be in the high 60s during the day and 40s at night, which means layering is key. Below, a rundown of some of the “essentials” that made it into my suitcase.
Aritzia Blanket Scarf
This scarf is my No. 1 travel must-have. Not only is it an instant outfit maker, but it keeps me warm on the plane.
Did I really need to pack a pair of heavy, cumbersome corduroy overalls? No. But have I been looking for an excuse to wear these? Yes. And what better occasion than Thanksgiving in Southern California! I love the wine-colored wash and plan to team the look with a white tee and booties.
Victoria Beckham by Augustinus Bader Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer
Victoria Beckham is building a beauty empire and her latest launch might be the most exciting yet.
The superstar has been hinting at a skincare line, and the first product has finally dropped. Beckham teamed with biomedical scientist Professor Augustinus Bader — the man behind the “magic cream” moisturizers taking over Hollywood — on a skin-perfecting primer that can be worn on it’s own or under foundation.
The primer is lightweight but still very hydrating and offers a dewy, golden-like finish. I plan to wear it solo while flying and then under my tinted moisturizer.
“It’s been a dream to develop, with Augustinus, a priming moisturizer that works to improve the health of my skin and gives me that fresh, natural glow that I love,” Beckham said in a release of the launch.
Lou & Grey Culottes
These high-rise pants are not only chic and comfortable, but they go with every top that I packed.
SugarBear Hair Sleep Vitamins
I tested this vitamin sleep supplement (from the makers of the viral Instagram vitamin SugarBear Hair) out during an overnight editor event, and was blown away by its effectiveness. The most important thing? You don’t wake up groggy. SugarBear Sleep gummies are vegan, soy-free, gluten-free and cruelty-free and include the winning combination of Melatonin, Magnesium, Theanine and Vitamin B6, all of which help enhance sleep.
Rebecca Minkoff Snakeskin Mules
From the chic print to the great heel height, these are the perfect mules and my favorite to wear with cropped jeans.
I always pack a chic hat to wear on those jam-packed days when there’s no time to “do” my hair.
This versatile bodysuit is crazy comfortable, not too sheer and goes with every bottom, from a leather skirt to ripped jeans.
I’ll get two outfits out of this chic animal-print slip. For a night out I plan to wear it with a leather jacket and booties, and for an afternoon activity, I’ll team it with a white T-shirt and sneakers.
Victoria Beckham Lip Tint
2-in-1 beauty products are key for traveling, which is why I love this new Victoria Beckham Beauty stain that looks just as good on the cheeks as it does on the pout.
Let’s face it: Being with all your family for an extended period of time can be stressful. So I made sure to include a CBD stress reliever in my toiletry case. This tincture — made of broad spectrum hemp extract, rose, linden and basil — not only releases stress but also boots your mood.