I’ve been having a crazy busy week with shoots. Yesterday we shot the Luca Magazine Fall 2017 beauty stories, which was a huge shoot. It was wickedly fabulous, but for me an enormous amount of work because as Beauty Director of the magazine I have to concept the shoot, research everything, write the story, put together my crew, organize a location, book my models – and then direct the shoot as well as do the makeup. I could hire another makeup artist, but I feel so close to the project and am so specific about what I want that I just have to do it myself. And I love it!

Anyway while I was in my car for the hour + commute home I was listening to a podcast with Kirbie Johnson from Pop Sugar. She is fascinating! All day today I was thinking about what she had to say, and then this evening instead of writing the blog post I had planned I fell down the rabbit hole that is Pop Sugar and read post after post. Four hours later its too late to write something new, so I’m going to share this cool post with you, written by Hedy Phillips for Pop Sugar.

Save Space in Your Suitcase and Leave These Things at Home For Your Next Trip

By Hedy Phillips

There’s a perfect formula for properly packing for vacation. There are also a handful of things that it’s important to remember that you definitely don’t need to bring along. When you’re traveling, you don’t have a lot of space in your suitcase for anything unnecessary, so I highly recommend really considering what goes in while you’re packing. You also want to leave room to bring stuff back with you, because I don’t know about you, but souvenirs are one of my favorite parts of traveling. Keep reading to find exactly what you should leave at home.

1. Your laptop

I’ve brought my computer along on a couple vacations, and even though I have a MacBook Air, which is really small and light, it still ends up getting in my way and not being worth it. There are very few vacation scenarios where I feel like you’ll need an actual computer, especially considering how smart phones are these days. I invested in an iPad last year to bring along as a computer substitute on trips where I feel I might want a bigger screen than the phone, but I don’t even feel like that’s necessary.

2. More than one book

You don’t want a bunch of heavy books taking up room in your bags while traveling. Having one along is fine, but chances are you won’t have a lot of time to read more than that unless you’re going on a beach vacation where you plan on doing a whole lot of nothing but relaxing. If that’s the case and you have an ereader or tablet, consider bringing that along instead and stocking it up with reading material before you leave. Otherwise, leave your stack of books at home.

3. Toiletries

If you’re staying in hotels, you’ll have soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion at your disposal, so unless you require specialty toiletries, don’t bother bringing them along. At the very least, don’t bring any full-size bottles. Either buy travel-size bottles or buy refillable bottles and put your own selections in them.

4. More than two pairs of shoes

I always travel with a comfort shoe and a fashion shoe, however, my fashion shoe can always double as a comfort shoe. Generally I bring sneakers and sandals on every trip, unless it’s a cold-weather one, then it’s a sneaker and a boot. If I know I can get away with it, I’ll just bring one pair.

5. Something you’ll only wear once

If you’re going on a trip that’s a week or longer, don’t bring any outfit that you only plan on wearing one time. Space in your suitcase is at a premium, so you want to pack things you can mix and match and wear multiple times. That dress that is super cute but only really appropriate for a fancy dinner? Don’t bother. If you know you need something slightly more fancy, pick separates that can also function with another piece for another day.

6. Pillows, blankets, or towels

I get that everyone likes their comforts of home, but when you’re traveling, you don’t need to worry about bringing things from your bed or bathroom along. They take up too much space and most likely you won’t use them. Trust that your hotel has sufficient bedding and bathroom supplies that you’ll need. Who knows? The hotel’s supply might even be better than what you have at home.

7. Anything valuable

Don’t wear your expensive jewelry, just in case you lose it somewhere. Also don’t bother with anything that cost you a lot of money, no matter how much you love it, because you have a much higher risk of losing it or damaging it when you’re traveling. Leave it all at home where it will be safely waiting for your return.

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A lifetime ago when I was living in London I had to make a life altering career decision.

I had to either move to Paris or to New York.

At the time Paris was my absolute favorite city in the world and I held this naive fear that if I moved there it would just become the place I lived, and would forever lose its magic. What a fool – Paris will always be Paris!

I chose New York, wound up in Los Angeles, and life moved on. I often wonder what would have happened if my decision had gone the other way. Where would I be now? Would I be living in Le Marais? St Cloud? The 15th? Would I be married to a Frenchman? Would I have ended up in America anyway?

I always think about it when I’m in Paris. I was just there a few weeks ago and it felt as if with every magnificent corner that I turned  the city was looking back at me saying ” Yes, but you didn’t choose me…”

 

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Breakfast in Paris at the wonderful Cafe L’Etincelle in the Marais

 

I am obsessed with travel blogs and travel Instagram accounts. I scour them at every opportunity. I’m always looking for new or quirky things to do in the cities I travel to, something interesting from another traveler’s perspective. Travel guides can get boring and repetitive, but bloggers and Instagrammers have so many fascinating things to share, different, intriguing takes on places, with fabulous visual cues.

I study their work and then make endless lists of cool things to see and do, especially in the places I’m traveling to, but also the places on my bucket list. When I’m away and I manage to get a little free time I try to fill it with these new experiences.

 

Parisian Floors, Sebastian Erras

 

 

One Instagram that I absolutely love is photographer Sebastian Erras’ beautiful @parisianfloors. He posts pictures of exquisite (and wickedly cool) mosaic floors around Paris, normally including his feet in super stylish shoes.

His Instagram page is just fabulous. Every time I look at it I ache to get back to Paris and track down all these wonderful places.

 

Parisian Floors, Sebastian Erras

 

On my phone I have a list of about 40 of his floors in Paris that I want to see and photograph myself.

This past trip I was tour guiding one of my Glam Italia Tours. (This one was 6 days in Paris, 6 on the Italian Riviera and 2 in Florence) In free moments, and where possible for coffee breaks with the group, I tried to stop at places on my Sebastian Erras list.

 

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Coffee break at cafe Benjamin on a bright sunny morning in Paris

 

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Interesting looking cappuccino at Cafe Benjamin

If not for Sebastian’s Instagram I wouldn’t have known to go inside and look at the floor at Cafe Benjamin.

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The gorgeous mosaic floor at Cafe Benjamin

I may have chosen a different place to stop for coffee, but I got such a kick out of going to a place on my Sebastian Erras/Parisian floors list!

 

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My pink Superga’s at Cafe L’Etincelle in the Marais, Paris.

I thought about trying to do shoe pics like he does, but his shoes and his vision are what brings his stories to life.   So I abandoned that idea.

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Waiters at Cafe L’Etincelle in Paris

 

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Me, at Cafe L’Etincelle

I only got to a few of Sebastian’s cafes, and didn’t get to the other places on my list, but that just means I need to get back to Paris sooner rather than later. Because after all, Paris is always a good idea…

You can find Sebastian’s Parisian Floors Instagram feed here.

Do you follow me on Instagram? You can find my feed here.

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I flew to Paris from Los Angeles on Air France and it was fabulous. I’m not sponsored by Air France and my flight wasn’t free – I paid for it. The flight was fabulous. The seats were comfortable, the in-flight entertainment was great, the food was good, the service was just wonderful.

I used to fly Air France from Los Angeles to Paris all the time, I need to fly them more often.

I always travel with travel insurance. If I were to get sick and not be able to travel it would cover me and I wouldn’t lose the money I had laid out for my trip. Travel Insurance also covers you for missed flight connections, luggage that doesn’t arrive, and super importantly it covers you if something goes wrong medically while you are away. I always buy a policy that gives me $50,000 coverage to fly home with a nurse if something bad were to happen. But allowing for the cost of medical care here in the USA I would be better off staying there…

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L.O.V.E.

This actually just arrived in my inbox from The Zoe Report. These are some of my favorite fashion films, and some I haven’t seen before.

If we are going to be completely honest, I read through this post on the Zoe Report and couldn’t decide where to save it so that I wouldn’t lose it. I have endless things bookmarked (that I then forget about), I have so many emails flagged so that I can come back to them (that I then forget about), I have lists for days of things like this list of movies (that I then forget about), so I’m re-posting this on the blog in the hope that don’t lose the list!

I used to binge watch fashion movies over Thanksgiving and Christmas when I would have to hand over my son to his dad and then come home to an empty and very quiet house. I would light tons of candles, open a good bottle of wine and curl up with a great fashion documentary. Now he is with me all the holidays these are no longer my November-December go to’s.  But how perfect for a summer evening!

If you are looking for something to watch on Netflix, many of these are available for streaming. If you are one of my current or former pro-makeup students every one of these movies will give you a greater insight into the fashion and into the industry.

Enjoy!

This Is The Next Cult Fashion-Girl Film

Just because Haute Couture Week has ended, it doesn’t mean you have to be in a style rut until September. If there’s anything that can reignite your passion for fashion (other than a shopping spree, of course), it’s a good dose of inspiration from the film gods of style—and considering the visual nature of the industry, fashion documentaries have a reputation of being actually interesting to watch. The new Manolo Blahnik doc, for example, might be the ideal film to reignite your passion for fancy footwear (as if it could ever falter)—the trailer alone is inspiring. To jump-start your weekend, here’s a roundup of the best fashion documentaries that’ll give your movie nights a serious makeover.
Manolo Blahnik

Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards

An exploration into the life and work of the man whose name is synonymous with Carrie Bradshaw’s closet essentials, Manolo paints an intimate portrait of legendary designer Manolo Blahnik. The biopic, to be released in NYC on September 15, includes interviews with top insiders, editors and celebs (think Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell and SATC author Candace Bushnell—the list goes on). Watch the first official trailer here.

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Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel

The Eye Has to Travel may be one of our favorite films of all time—we put it on whenever we’re in need of a little pep talk of sorts, as Diana Vreeland has so many inspirational and motivating things to say. The late Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue editor was responsible for publishing the first photos of both Twiggy and the bikini, if that gives you any sense of her impact on the fashion industry as well as on pop culture in general. You can find The Eye Has to Travel on Netflix.

Bill Cunningham New York

The world lost a legend last year when fashion photographer Bill Cunningham passed away at the age of 87. Bill Cunningham New York was made before his death, in 2010, and it delves into the life of the influential and iconic photographer, who began chronicling street style long before everyone else jumped on his bandwagon. Cunningham was so influential that Anna Wintour famously says in the film, “We all get dressed for Bill.” You can find Bill Cunningham New York on Netflix.

L’Amour Fou

According to those interviewed, Yves Saint Laurent, who suffered from depression, was happy only two days per year: those on which his collections were shown. This documentary, the third made about the designer, focuses largely on his relationship with his longtime partner (in business and life), Pierre Bergé, and is based on memories from Pierre himself. L’Amour Fou is available on Netflix.

Mademoiselle C

Mademoiselle C follows former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld as she leaves the publication after a decade to start her own magazine, CR Fashion Book. The film is a must-watch for anyone as obsessed with Carine as we are—it’s available to stream on Netflix.

The True Cost

If you can’t help but feel that designer goods are overpriced so as to be elitist, The True Cost may be worth a watch. It documents all that goes into making the inexpensive pieces we all love from fast-fashion chains—many of which rip their designs from the runway—and the revelations are not pretty. You can stream The True Cost on Netflix.

 

The September Issue

This film follows the inimitable Anna Wintour and the Vogue staff as they produce the September 2007 issue of American Vogue—if you’re going to pick one film from this list to watch, The September Issue should be it. You can stream the documentary on Amazon for free with a seven-day Tribeca Shortlist subscription.

Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston

This film chronicles the rise and fall of designer Roy Halston Frowick, who rose to fame after dressing Jacqueline Kennedy for the presidential inauguration of her husband in 1961. You can watch it on Netflix.

Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s

We love that someone had the chutzpah to make a feature-film-length love letter to a department store—we feel this director so hard. You can stream Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s on Netflix.

 

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Chasing Beauty

We may not be sure why we’re fascinated with models, but we are. Chasing Beauty presents us with the startling statistic that 25% of American women would rather win America’s Next Top Model than a Nobel Peace Prize. (Yikes!) You can stream Chasing Beauty for an insider look at the modeling industry, now on Netflix.

Unzipped

This film follows Isaac Mizrahi as he designs and shows his 1994 collection. The way in which he’s depicted by the filmmaker—who was also his boyfriend at the time—was so unsavory to the designer that the couple split after its release. You can stream Unzipped on Netflix.

 

Dior And I

This film enters into the house of Dior as Raf Simons is installed as its new artistic director. He was given only eight weeks to put together his first collection, and we break out into hives just thinking of the pressure under which he must have been as a result. You can follow his journey by streaming Dior and on Netflix.

Valentino: The Last Emperor

As with L’Amour Fou, this film explores an iconic fashion designer’s relationship with his business partner and companion—in this case, Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti. It also lives up to its lofty title, with evidence of excess to which we could only dream, including the fact that Valentino travels only by private jet, his six pugs in tow wherever he goes. You can stream Valentino: The Last Emperor for free on Amazon with a seven-day Sundance Now Doc Club trial subscription.

Iris

“You’re not pretty and you’ll never be pretty, but it doesn’t matter. You have something much better. You have style.” These are the famous words uttered at Iris Apfel by Frieda Loehmann (of Loehmann’s department stores) and, though we happen to think Apfel is beautiful, all we can say to the sentiment of this statement is amen. The fashion icon is now 94 years old and going strong, which is why this 2015 documentary about her is so inspiring to watch. You can stream Iris on Netflix.

 

Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer

In this film, Jeremy Scott disparages the critics who have long disparaged him, saying, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a statue of a critic.” The documentary follows the expansive trajectory of his career despite their critiques, from small-town Missouri to his installation as the creative director of Moschino. The designer was also famously rejected from FIT. You can stream The People’s Designer on Netflix.

The Future Of Fashion With Alexa Chung

We’d probably watch Alexa Chung recite the dictionary, so you can imagine how keen we were to watch The Future of Fashion. In the six-part series produced by British Vogue, Alexa explores her own experiences in the fashion business and interviews other key figures, including Olivier Rousteing, Christopher Kane and Paul Smith. You can stream the series here.

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