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Packing for Miami & Cruise

by habituallychic

02 . 04 . 11
When I mentioned that I was booked on an Oceania cruise and trip to Miami, the first question many asked was whether I was going to post my outfits.  I often joke that if I ever write my autobiography, it will be subtitled, Confessions of an Overpacker, but laying everything out and planning each day’s outfits really does help me pack smarter.  I think it’s especially useful when you’re traveling from cold winter weather to a warm and sunny climate.  It’s easy to forget something if you haven’t worn a certain outfit for a few months.  After I took these photos, I realized I forgot my Marni belt for the Phillip Lim dress and my other strappy Manolo Blahnik shoes.   
The hardest outfit to plan has been what to wear on the plane.  I am thinking I will wear an ivory silk Blythe Blouse and a light cashmere sweater from J.Crew with jeans.  I can remove the sweater when I arrive and throw on sandals that I’ll have stowed in my bag.  I think I might have to wear boots to the airport though which is annoying but it’s still snowy on the streets in New York. 
My new favorite tee is this striped boatneck tee from J.Crew.  You can’t really see it in the photo but the Theory skirt is white eyelet. I am most excited to use my new Chanel wicker bag from Rice & Beans Vintage on this trip!  I also made the necklace by tying five strands of red beads from the outdoor flea market together with ribbon. Total cost $20. My Roger Vivier sandals were my best purchase ever and very comfortable too.  
Probably should have used a flash for this photo but you get the idea of how the J.Crew tee can be worn with jeans and a blazer while I’m in Miami. Everything has to be able to do double duty.

This is my homage to Grace Kelly outfit. I found these citron yellow Manolo Blahnik flats at Barney’s recently for only $159.  I later realized that I had a light cashmere cardigan from J.Crew in my closet in the same color.  It might be too matchy matchy but could work with this dress and others if I get chilly. 
It’s hard to see this Club Monaco dress but the top drapes and is a short wrap.  I can wear it during the day with a little belt, my Chanel bag and Christian Louboutin wedges or at night with this green satin clutch from J.Crew. 

This olive green dress in another favorite from Club Monaco.  I wear it now with a big black belt and black tights and boots but it will easily transition to warmer weather.  It might look better with the tan Christian Louboutin wedges though.  See why it’s good to lay things out!

My purple silk jersey dress from Phillip Lim can also be worn during the day or at night with a little blazer.  It also packs well since it doesn’t wrinkle. I just have to remember to pack my Marni belt that I forgot looks great with this dress.  I also have a light black scarf in case it’s chilly at night. I obviously packed more clothes but these give you an idea of what I will be wearing.
The most important thing I have to pack for this trip is sunscreen and self tanner.  Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Tinted Self-Tanner is my absolute favorite.  I’ve been using it for years. Estee Lauder also sent me bronzer and new products to try while I’m away.  My friend Ann from Kravet gifted me the Clinique sunscreen and after tan product which was so sweet.  I’m always worried about sunscreen breaking out my face so I am going to try La Mer SPF 30 this trip.
La Mer small size products are perfect for traveling and dry cabin air.  I slather myself with the moistering cream and eye balm the entire flight.  I also absolutely love Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre moisturizer which is lighter and Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

I also have to remember to pack good hair products like Phytodefrisant and Moroccan Oil in case it’s humid.  Definitely don’t want Monica in Hawaii hair in Miami! 

I leave at the crack of dawn Saturday but feel reasonably relaxed since I already packed up everything last night.  Now I just need a manicure and a pedicure! 

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  1. ArchitectDesign™ February 4, 2011 | 2:56 pm

    Oh crap, you’ll be all stylish, I guess I should rethink the clothes I have packed!

  2. L. Sloan February 4, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    Ha, love your “Monica in Hawaii” reference, she’s hilarious in that episode. I also really love how you lay these out for your trips. I get big time packing anxiety/procrastination and this is a great guide for how it really should be done, thanks! And looks like a great trip.

  3. Modern Country Lady February 4, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    Fantastic outfits- have a really great trip!

  4. Katie February 4, 2011 | 3:42 pm

    loved this post! would love to see more like this- gave me lots of great ideas.

  5. Rice and Beans Vintage February 4, 2011 | 3:43 pm

    Fantastic! I love how your Chanel Bag goes with everything! 😉 Enjoy.

  6. Big Hug Studio February 4, 2011 | 3:57 pm

    Heather, I think it would be cool if someone photographed you wearing these outfits a la The Sartorialist (well, maybe not outside with this weather) but I think it would show off the details.

    Anyway, just a thought.

    Have a great trip!

  7. Habitually Chic February 4, 2011 | 4:01 pm

    Thanks everyone!

    Big Hug Studio – I will be wearing the clothes on the cruise and in Miami so we’ll be taking photos then so there was no point taking them before.

  8. South of Market February 4, 2011 | 4:13 pm

    Have a great trip 🙂

  9. With love... February 4, 2011 | 4:18 pm

    Oh wow! Have a great trip!

  10. CB February 4, 2011 | 4:20 pm

    Thanks for the reminder that I need to get moving on my packing! Lovely outfits — have fun!

  11. Jolie Goodnight Musick February 4, 2011 | 4:21 pm

    Don’t you just love the romance of packing for trips? Especially when it is something like a cruise. That really opens up the opportunity for planning “I’m going on a cruise outfits.” Well done, you planned chic, lovely outfits!

  12. Tanya (a Taste of T) February 4, 2011 | 4:28 pm

    Great outfits!!! What a fun trip. I wish I was going.

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  13. dagmara February 4, 2011 | 5:16 pm

    I wish I could have you come over and pack my bags for my trip to Las Vegas.

  14. Design Candy February 4, 2011 | 5:44 pm


    Have a fabulous trip! I’m so jealous…soak up that sun!! Your outfits are fab 🙂


  15. Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} February 4, 2011 | 6:09 pm

    Lovely outfits! I am definitely an overpacker as well 😛 It’s always better to be prepared haha 🙂

  16. Denise February 4, 2011 | 6:23 pm

    Gosh, call me shallow but these are my favorite of your postings… i know your blog is much more than that. My favorite is the Grace Kelly homage. enjoy your trip and have lots of fun!

  17. Jessica February 4, 2011 | 6:44 pm

    PLEASE tell us about the chunky rings and the link bracelet. Dying for one of each!! Thanks

  18. Habitually Chic February 4, 2011 | 6:52 pm

    Thanks again for all the nice comments.

    Jessica – The chunky gold and browm ring is Asha by ADM and the gold and blue ring is by Marcia Moran. The gold bracelet is from J.Crew and the bangles at Lanvin.

  19. Kathryn February 4, 2011 | 8:00 pm

    Is that a Loro Piana scarf in the first picture?

  20. Big Hug Studio February 4, 2011 | 8:15 pm


    Looking forward to the pics.
    I hope you get lots of vitamin D.


  21. Spots & Stripes February 4, 2011 | 8:16 pm

    That wicker Chanel hand bag is sooooooooooooooo fabulous. And it goes with all of your outfits for the trip. Love it.

  22. Richie Designs February 4, 2011 | 9:36 pm

    super chic!

  23. Sarah February 4, 2011 | 10:59 pm

    This post is hilarious. I pack the same way. I lay all of the outfits out, then get the shoes and accessories. I feel running around to my family with my computer to show them your photos. Ah ha! Look! I am not the only one! Fabulous post.

  24. dCc February 4, 2011 | 11:00 pm

    Love all of your outfits! That wicker Chanel is to die for.

    Have a fabulous trip darling!


  25. EDYTA and CO. INTERIOR DESIGN February 5, 2011 | 4:38 am

    I love these posts.. Love the outfits of course too!

    Hava a fantastic trip!!

  26. Brittany Stiles February 5, 2011 | 6:12 am

    Chic, as always. Have a great trip!


  27. The enchanted home February 5, 2011 | 10:48 am

    I was furious that I woke up at 5:30 this morning (ever since I came home from France, have been off) but now that I just read this it instantly perked up my mood and it was sooo entertaining. You pack like I do and may I say I LOVE your selections in outfits…they are right up my ally. Classic with a twist! Have a wonderfully relaxing time, look forward to hearing all about it.
    Bon voyage!

  28. NYC, Style and a little Cannoli February 5, 2011 | 12:48 pm

    you look like you will be very chic on the cruise..can’t wait for photos! What did you think of Gwen Paltrow saying sunscreen isn’t good for u? I totally disagree on that one. Have a great time!!

  29. Julie February 5, 2011 | 6:21 pm

    Oh my goodness, I want ALL your clothes. I should definitely get into the habit of laying everything out – would definitely simplify!

  30. mshighfemme February 5, 2011 | 7:22 pm

    Great post! How did you get soo many travel size beauty products? I want that cosmetic bag ha

  31. splendidmarket.com February 5, 2011 | 7:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing this – I need to take more time to put together these outfits!! I usually just do a little mental image..

    It’s always so nice to see how others do things (well)!

  32. Ulla February 7, 2011 | 1:06 am

    I wish I could pack like you do…neat, organized and efficient.

  33. Pablo May 24, 2011 | 10:37 pm

    You’re definitely SO stylish… =) Love all of your looks!