I don' t know about you, but I suck at packing. I mean, I really suck (what's the most your suitcase has ever weighed? I win). I always wanted to be that person who could put 4 things into a carry-on and turn it into 12 days worth of outfits. But I am not. I am the person who puts 47 things into a suitcase and still has to go shopping when she lands. But then I met designer Christina Karin, who grew up with a flight attendant mother and an antique-dealer father and spent much of her youth in exotic locations. Today, as the Designer and Creative Director of her eponymous women’s wear label, Christina spends a great deal of time in the air, and she's thankfully sharing her tips for what women need (want) when they're on the road. And she shared. Read on for the only 7 pieces you need to make packing easy, effortless and definitely chic.
1. The Easy Jumpsuit
Let’s be real. Packing is daunting, and finding items that travel well are a full time job. So let the Easy Jersey Jumpsuit come to your rescue. It’s made of a wrinkle resistant lightweight stretch jersey that’s made for that suitcase life. Toss it in and go. The relaxed fit and slimming cut with an elastic waistband is your on-the-go friend. Pair it with just about anything for a cool and easy look that screams chic. I pair mine with the Vespry two-tone vest for an instant day-to-night look, perfect for walking around Art Basel or a night out.
2. The Chanel Charm Belt Chain
Investing in a Charm Belt Chain with detachable clasp is a wardrobe must. My version was purchased in the Soho Chanel store but vintage ones exist as well. They can be worn as a belt or looped as a bracelet or necklace. The styling options make it a perfect travel item and elevate any look.
3. The Vespry Combo Vest
By far one of my favorite go-to’s. This vest features leather and suede cut side by side in opposing colors and create a subtle texture play. Quite possible one of the best styling items. It is easy to layer under tees or long sleeve turtle necks depending on ever-changing weather. Its neutral tone matches just about every look you can imagine. This piece has saved me many times when on the go, and will be in my wardrobe forever.
4. The Best Spritz - Glossier YOU
To keep you fresh, the new scent by Glossier definitely holds up to the hype. For me finding the perfect scent — not too flowery or overdone, but also not lost after a few minutes — was a tough challenge. Then I found YOU. With notes of wood tones, tobacco and iris root, it is clean, sensual and comfy. Not overly feminine but also lived-in and warm. I can’t tell you how many people stop me and ask what I am wearing. And the bottle is the perfect travel size complete with thumb-grip and pink-red color blocking. Sold.
5. The Balm Highlighter
If you’re anything like me, you're always trying to consolidate your makeup bag - keeping it clean and simple and down to what you really need. I mean, who has room for 18 lipsticks when we all use the same 2 most of the time? Enter my must-have, “The Balm” Hot Mama highlighter and all purpose genius color. I have been using this perfect peachy tone as a highlighter, eye shadow and lip tint for years, and I now buy it in bulk to ensure I have it if it’s ever sold out. The color is not too dense and also has a bronze sheen that is subtle and creamy. I particularly love to swipe it on my cheekbones for that little extra extra.
6. The Covet Moto
The Moto you can’t live without. We all have many leather jackets in our closet, but this one is special because when you’re running from city to city there isn’t enough room to tote them all along. Now you can have 3 looks in one. Say hello to your new best friend, the Covet Moto. Made of supple Italian suede and in the latest creamy and fresh neutral hue (but also available in the classic black leather), this jacket features detachable knit sleeves with zipper detailing that can transform it from a short-sleeved beauty to a long sleeved cozy option complete with glove detail, or wear it half zipped with a pop of color underneath for a cool statement look. These bestsellers are never in stock long and are your answer to edgy luxe styling.
7. The Gucci Fanny Bag
I'm a fan of hands-free but not style-free. The Gucci Fanny Pack bag is just the thing for running around cities or taking your kids to the park. Throw in your essentials and wear it multiple ways for on-the-go styling. I personally like mine over the shoulder. It’s especially great for quick tourist walks, grab a few bucks for your turmeric latte and you define style-on-the-go.
ABOUT CHRISTINA KARIN, THE LABEL
Christina Karin was launched in 2012 with headquarters in Chicago’s Wicker Park Neighborhood.
Inspired by the grown up cool girl, the line captures the essence of an effortlessly chic downtown lifestyle. The Christina Karin woman is a forward-thinking style leader with an edgy rebellious spirit. Offering a range of casual separates, day-to-night standouts, and bold leather, the line creates opportunity for multi-functional styling and an unabashedly original point of view.
Creative Director and Designer, Christina Karin-Monley, meticulously designs & curates each collection with the intention of empowering women regardless of background, age, or circumstance. Being a working mother of two, Christina doesn't allow societal standards to define or limit her style choices.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Christina Karin-Monley is the Designer and Creative Director of ready-to-wear label, Christina Karin. After a successful decade-long career on Wall Street, Christina chose to break away from the predictable. This led her to launch her eponymous clothing brand in November 2012. Since then, the line has become a cult favorite among the fashion crowd and is carried online and in boutiques nationwide.
She is a graduate of Boston University with a double major in economics and art history, and has also attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was 2012 Macy's Designer-in-Residence and lives in Chicago with her husband, Cy, son, Colton Gerard and her daughter, Romee Karin. Christina has been featured in Chicago Magazine as a top taste-maker and trendsetter, Vogue Netherlands, Modern Luxury as well as a variety of other esteemed fashion platforms. Her interests include collecting and creating art, traveling, and cooking. She is also an avid reader.
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