You CAN Take it With You. And You Should.


 Look at this picture. It makes me smile and gives me shivers at the same time. It’s Rachel Zoe’s Fashion Week stuff. She is soooo “somebody” who is entitled to pack heavily. Why do I feel like I’m soooo not?


I’ve counted 12 definite trips this year (so far) that will require packing. If I had the balls to pack like this, it wouldn’t be a problem. But for some reason I feel pressured to keep it simple and keep my packing minimal. It makes for lots of time spent packing and editing and checking the weather, etc., etc.  NO MAS. I vow to break the chain. From now on, MORE IS MORE!!! I’m going to blame the unfashionable people (and the airlines) for putting a premium/stigma on over-packing. Over-packing is not “over” anything – to the fashionable, it’s simply preparation.

“There is no substitute for daily preparation,” says my 10th grade Geometry teacher.

I say, “I hate geometry, but there is no substitute for proper packing.”

So if you were able to shove all of your vacation crap into one tiny carry-on. I give you a nice, long, slow, sarcastic, clap. I bet when you were in labor; you passed on the epidural too, didn’t ya? Well, then you deserve a medal. Put it in your carry-on.

I on the other hand, will have paid just as much as my plane ticket cost in baggage fees.  I will have 8 pair of shoes, 4 jackets, 3 hats and approximately 6 pounds of jewelry packed (with countless other things) for two nights in New York City.  So when you are far from home, wishing you had and extra cardi or find yourself pining for that adorable hat you were thinking of packing, you know who not to come crying to.


This is for Jon, who finally read my blog – and is not only getting Mr. Suburbanstylista’s and my arse into SICK shape for all of these vacations, but says I need to be more bold. . . How’s that?

5 Responses to “You CAN Take it With You. And You Should.”

  1. Jon February 1, 2012 at 11:37 am #

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    That’s what I’m talkin’ bout!!! But don’t forget that your hubby is gonna need a couple extra shorts and big ass slip-on loafers of some sort… Leave no man behind!!! 🙂 See you tomorrow!

  2. Christina February 1, 2012 at 11:38 am #

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    Well, here it is! Your stand for fashionistas and breaking out of the mold.

    Absolutely love the line: “I’m going to blame the unfashionable people (and the airlines) for putting a premium/stigma on over-packing.”

    We need more people making these statements on behalf of fashion. 😉

  3. Sara February 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

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    I agree!! I cannot stand being under prepared! You spend the whole trip saying “I wish I had… ” or “If only I had brought….”. I blame my husband! He’s the ultimate carry on packer. As we packed for our Christmas trip to my parent’s house he said only one shoe and one boot for everyone. Needless to say I forgot an extra boot that I wanted, my daughter forgot a jacket….the list goes on. I’d rather be safe than sorry!

  4. Mario B February 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

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    Say it Loud! Love your writing style.

    One caveat regarding luggage…should you decide to fly and then move from city by city by train, like we did when in Europe a couple of years ago, with 4 kids and 7 (not so small) bags that barely fit into the 10 x 10 train common doorway, get help as that door stay open for very little and we almost had to leave half of our luggage at the station. Other than that, pack away!!! ;o)

  5. Kathleen Botsford February 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

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    Wow. He’s never read mine! But I hope my husband reads yours before we leave for Italy tomorrow! I agree with you. Now if we can just convince the guys!

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