Henri Bendel Wheelie Carry-On + Olive Satchel c/o

The time has finally arrived…another season of NYFW is upon us. If you’re like me, I’m sure your feed is already flooded with a slue of taxi selfies + concrete city landscapes {basically everyone + their Mother is in NYC right now}. Myself included, as I type this on the plane. If you’ve been following along on snapchat {shameless plug – @KristinClarkFSU}, you may have heard that this season in particular marks a very exciting moment for me, personally + professionally. I’m hopping across the pond, for the FIRST TIME I might add {yes…you read that correctly. I’ve never been to Europe before}, to attend London Fashion Week as well! Followed by a Mediterranean Cruise {is this real life?!}. My very first time in Europe will include stops in the UK, France, Italy + Spain. Quite the introduction, eh?

I wanted to switch things up a bit this trip, and allow you to follow me along in a more personal way. I’ve really enjoyed sharing more of my daily snippets with y’all via snapchat, and think most people enjoy the raw, unfiltered-ness of it. SO, instead of overwhelming you with photos + snaps of models on a runway {which don’t worry, there will be some of that also} – I want to take y’all alongside me for the journey. Everything from prepping, checking into my hotel, getting ready in the morning, the shows, showrooms, night long parties, etc. I realize how blessed I am to have these types of opportunities, so I want to share that excitement with y’all + give you an inside look! First things first – how does one get ready for a 22 day trip? Lots of planning + list making + errand running.

THE BEAUTY PREP

One of THE most important things for me to get taken care of before a trip is my beauty routine. Starting with a mani + pedi sesh, complete with Ipanema sandals from Brazil. I don’t know about you, but the ‘feeties’ my nail salon keeps on hand kind of gross me out. Having a great pair of easy on/off sandals {that allow your toes to be completely open} is key. Followed my trip to Ulta. I swear I drop at least $100 before every trip stocking up on new lip products, face wipes + my favorite travel size products. The night before I love doing a couple face treatments: nose/face pore strips + mud mask. The occasion teeth whitening strip doesn’t hurt. And of course schedule a wax visit so we’re all good to go {my past collab with European Wax Center legit changed my lifeeeee}.

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THE ERRAND PREP

You know, the usual bank run for last minute deposits + cash withdraws, grocery store for travel snacks + reading material and the post office to drop off packages. It’s amazing how productive you can be if you know you’ll be gone for 3 weeks. I got things done that I’ve been holding off on for months!

THE PACKING PREP

22 days worth of outfits…OMG. When I first started even thinking about packing for this trip, I was so overwhelmed. What’s the weather going to be like, how am I going to carry all that luggage through the airport, how many suitcases to bring?? The questions just kept building. Luckily Ashley always knows how to calm me down + put things into perspective {thank goodness one of us is level headed on this trip}. She encouraged me to stick to the basics + things that can be mix/matched, instead of putting together 22 ‘unique’ outfits. Wise words considering I’m not trying to pay an arm and a leg for 50 bags over here. I limited by handbags to one black crossbody, one olive satchel + a clutch {but then I have Ashley’s selection to borrow from also hehe}. I packed blouses that could be interchangeable with jeans or skirts, and neutral shoes {along with my Ipanema’s for casual nights} to keep things classic. There’s something to be said for minimalism in fashion, and given the circumstances for the length of trip, that’s what we’re goin’ with.
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And there you have it! A condensed version of my NYFW prep, because trust me, you wouldn’t want to read the whole thing.

It’s about to get {real} good + you won’t want to miss a thing!
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Have a wonderful trip! Arranging a temporary “capsule wardrobe” works so well for trips! When I went to Europe last year I packed mostly neutrals with pops of pink, and I was able to wear so many different types of outfits without feeling like I was always wearing the same thing!

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