Staying Chic When Packing for Travel

Dear Diva Readers,

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First things first, I lay everything out in advance so I can see exactly what I’m taking. I organize outfits by what I can multipurpose and wear multiple ways and I always dress in layers – short sleeve dress sweater and scarf – when on road for several weeks at time which allows me to adapt my wardrobe to current weather no matter where I’m going. I wear almost exclusively jersey because it’s easy to pack – roll it up on a tight little ball and into the suitcase it goes! The exception being that I wear leopard print silk PJs of course, but those too are easy to pack.

Staying Chic When Packing for Travel shoes

The first items that go into the bottom of my suitcase are shoes. This allows me to fit soft clothes around them. Now – you will note I bring ALOT of shoes. When I’m on tour I tend to wear practical shoes but when doing public speaking and guest appearances my brand is defined by a few things – a glass of champagne and great shoes are part of that brand image so I pack a LOT of shoes.

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Staying Chic When Packing for Travel hair spray

But when traveling, clothes aren’t the only necessities. Two essentials that go with me are make-up removal cloths and anti-humidity spray for my hair. Travel is difficult on skin and mid-day these make up removal clothes allow me to do a full on make over when necessary to keep me looking fresh when hopping on multiple stages in one day! I also always pack masks for my face to use at night and serious deep lotion for feet. After all, I spend a lot of time walking and it simply won’t do for my feet to be neglected!

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Now I’m going to share my real secret with you–touche-éclat/141YSL.html?dwvar_141YSL_color=1%20Luminous%20Radiance&gclid=CIu1naHE6MgCFQiNaQodYm4FzQ&cm_mmc=cpc-_-googleSearchBrand-_-YSL%20Make%20Up%20-%20Bmm_Product%20-%20Touche%20Eclat2-_-kw%3A%20%2Byves%20%2Bsaint%20%2Blaurent%20%2Btouche%20%2Beclat” target=”_blank”>Yves Saint Laurent Touché Eclait Foundation in addition to their signature wand! Touche Eclat is a cult favorite among top makeup artists, models, celebrities and women everywhere for a reason. This golden pen is not just a concealer, but is the original face highlighter. It emphasizes radiance over coverage and does not mask the skin for a more natural, luminous complexion. You won’t see makeup, you’ll see the light that is reflected off it, which helps to erase fatigue, highlight features and lighten dark spots and circles. The evanescent texture blends seamlessly on bare skin or over makeup. It literally is my magic pen that helps me look refreshed and photo-ready even if I’ve just hopped off an international flight.

Speaking of being photo ready on the go, the ever fabulous Denise McGaha gave me the best advice – wear red lipstick and you’ll never look tired! So I’m always sure to have some with me for those days when I’m just simply really really tired from all the travel.

Staying Chic When Packing for Travel Gym shoes and Diva Gifts

My carry on is the last thing I pack and it contains shoes for the gym or early morning walks, a bundle of jewelry and Antiques Diva essentials such as gifts for clients (a few boxes of DIVA chocolates perhaps?). If I’m on the road for a month I need multiple purses which can all stack inside themselves so as to minimize the space they take up in my carry on.

Okay so multiple pairs of shoes and handbags might not be on everyone’s essential travel packing list… but if you’re looking to stay chic on the road… they are a great way to keep your look fresh on the road! And hey, they dont take THAT much space.

Staying Chic When Packing for Travel space saver

So there you have it! These are all tidbits I’ve learned by experience over the years that have helped me stay organized while on the road. Do you have some travel tips of your own? Head over to my Facebook page and share some of your travel secrets with me!

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Bon voyage,

The Antiques Diva®

Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Dear Diva Readers,

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Warm regards,

The Antiques Diva®

Warsaw Flea Market

Warsaw Flea Market, Buying antiques in Europe, The Antiques Diva, Eastern Europe flea market, Polish Antiques, Gilted Mirror, Saber,

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Upcoming Travel Schedule

Dear Diva Readers,

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  • In New York City I will speak at the International Furnishings and Design Association IFDA at the NYDC Tuesday March 25, 2014 at 5.30 PM
  • Then I head to Los Angeles for a series of “very top secret” meetings
  • Before heading to San Francisco to host a party along with Kneedler Fauchere on April 1, 2014
  • And then I will be whizzing through Atlanta as part of ADAC (otherwise known as the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center) speaker series on April 3 at 10am
  • Next up – it’s High Point Furniture Market where I’m part of the Spring Lecture Series for the High Point Antiques Center on Tuesday April 9 at from 4-5pm and leading a champagne antiques tour of the market – no passport required.
  • And finally heading off to Milan for their Furniture Fair to host a fete for the tour/meet-the-bloggers-blogtour-milan” target=”_blank”>#BlogTourMilan crew

My poor husband has the patience of a saint (and happens to be meeting me in Milan to whisk me away for a week in Tuscany after this grueling schedule)!  So to show him my appreciation for his patience with my crazy travel schedule, I spent an afternoon in the kitchen and put together a meal he’ll remember while I’m away – our goose is cooked!:

Goose Dinner - The Antiques Diva

Served with a selection of champagne and wines, including a gorgeous Chateauneuf du Pape, bien sur!

I hope to see you soon at one of my US stops or on an Antiques Diva® Buying Tour.  Remember our Spring Fling with DEEP DISCOUNTS off our Paris Flea Market Tours is on through April 1, 2014.  Book your tour now to save $$$ of any Paris Flea Market booking in 2014.

Bon appetit, et Bon Weekend!
The Antiques Diva®, seen below with my beloved during our summer vacation last year in NOLA

Toma Clark Haines


Have you heard of “That Travel Guy” Andy Hayes?

Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I might have been away on vacation in Italy, but while La Reine, The Contessa and Lady Lotus were guest blogging on my site, I was guest blogging on another site… that of Andy Hayes’ Sharing Experiences. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you meet the nicest people on the internet and Andy is one of those friends I’ve made in cyber space. Andy is known as “That Travel Guy” and with good reason, for I think he’s traveled the globe with a pen (er, make that laptop) in hand. His posts are always informative and fun to read, chock-full of tips and tidbits. Plus, he’s just plain charming in his correspondence.

A few of his articles I’ve referenced when planning outings or past trips include:
  • 24 Hours in The Dutch Kitchen – Your
  • Best Capital Boutiques (Edinburgh) – Planet Eye
  • Out and About Day Trips Near London – Europe Up Close
Based in Scotland’s fashionable capital Edinburgh, you see him and his work everywhere. He is passionate about travel and does a lot of writing for major magazines, blogs, as well as a few print books. He’s also the man behind the blog, Sharing Experiences, a site where he interacts with other travel writers and shares travel tips with his wide range of contacts. Not only does Andy write about travel, but he also helps companies in tourism and travel-related businesses take advantage of the myriad of social media’s available and embrace online technologies, ensuring their content, both print and online, matches their business needs and their brand. Make sure to check out his services to launch your business into First Class!

Last week Andy featured me, The Antiques Diva™, on his blog. Leading into my article, Andy writes:

“Today’s guest post features some European highlights from my friend Toma Haines. Toma is one fabulous lady who is guaranteed to make you laugh and give you some great tips! I’d dare say there are more shopping suggestions below than any other blog post on the planet! She offers really unique tours and I’m jealous to say I haven’t been on one of them yet, but hope to do so in the near future – just chatting away with Toma is convincing enough. Anyway, I’ll stop spoiling the fun and will hand it over to Toma….”

With an introduction like that, all I can say is Thank You Andy for sharing Diva Tips with your readers! And Dear Diva Readers don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten you either… You too can read the full article to Euro-Fabulous Shopping with the Antiques Diva” href=””>Euro-Fabulous Shopping with the Antiques Diva on Andy’s site!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading,

The Antiques Diva™

P.S. Now that I’ve returned home from Italy I’m gearing up for a series of great posts on La Dolce Vita! Stay Tuned for more!

Around the World Travel Tip

he first time I heard my friend, The Gourmet Goddess, mention that she was taking an “around the world” trip, I was gobsmacked thinking that she must be shelling out a fortune! She was accompanying her husband on a month-long business trip that started in Amsterdam, moved on for several stops in the USA before heading across the Pacific and hitting Singapore and several locations in India. At this point, they were so exhausted from their whirlwind travels that they said “the heck with it all” and took a few days vacation in Dubai before returning home to Holland only a month after it all began. It was such an extravagant journey that I couldn’t imagine what it must have cost!

When I discreetly made a comment about how expensive this trip must have been, the Goddess replied, “No, Not really! An ATW ticket ( around the world ticket) is the best bargain in travel”.

I couldn’t believe this was true, so I did a little research of my own. Lo and behold, she was right! So right, in fact, that I’ve booked my husband, WG, on his own around the world trip.

You know he is in China right now, but in fact his travels are taking him from Holland to London to China, and then on to Japan before landing in Dalls the week before Christmas where he and I will meet up to celebrate with family and friends in Oklahoma. Three weeks later he’ll return from Dallas to London to Holland, having proven that the world is indeed round! Christopher Columbus has nothing on WG!

His airfare for this entire journey cost only 1,600 Euros (or $2,300), a fraction of what it would have cost for WG to travel roundtrip business class from Amsterdam to Beijing. Admittedly, that would have been a much more lavish journey compared to being cramped back in coach, but it was so much more logical and convenient to travel around the world rather than backtracking to Amsterdam only to catch a flight the next day to the USA for the holidays.

Next time you’re in the mood to travel and can’t make up your mind on where to go or what to see, why don’t you do as WG did and fly around the world!

Author Judy Wolf gives great tips on how to book an ATW (also called RTW) and who to book it with! She advises that both One World Alliance and Star Alliance “allow for travel ranging from 10 days to 12 months. While you’re required to set your itinerary in terms of destinations (that’s how they know how much to charge you), both alliances let you decide or change travel dates freely as you go.” Check Judy’s Adventure Travel website (or subscribe to her newsletter) to see how you can live a life without borders!

Happy Travels!

The Antiques Diva™