Giveaway :: Painted Bird

Monday, September 17, 2012

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While in college, I spent a portion of one summer backpacking through Greece. One of the greatest things I learned about myself through taking that trip is how to pack. Yes, there were also some monumental personal growth experiences, but my sartorial growth is something worth noting. See, I packed for comfort. And regretted it immensely. I only had one or two outfits that made me feel cute and my shoes were, well…they were functional. They weren’t cute. For some reason, I felt that fashion had to take a vacation the moment I took a vacation. Lesson learned. Always pack for cute. Always.

Oh, how I wish I would have had Painted Bird there to help me. Jennifer Samson and Nicole Halpern utilized their combined fashion, design, and pr backgrounds when developing these gorgeously artisan crafted and hand crocheted shoes. These are the kinds of shoes that make you feel like your absolute best self, no matter where you might be walking. The thalia and the broadway are EXACTLY what I needed that summer traipsing through the streets of Greece. Truth be told, they are exactly what I need as my current “Endless Summer” takes me from here to there, and back again. Oh, Painted Bird. You inspire me from my tips to my toes.

Painted Bird is giving away one pair of shoes (of the winner’s choice) to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question by Monday, September 24th. Comments now closed…good luck!
What is your best secret for packing successfully for a trip?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, October 1st, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 51
    Heather HC says:

    packing versatile items that mix & match easily, and not waiting until the last minute! sadly, i’m not very good at accomplishing either of those

  2. 52
    Christy Ann says:

    I plan out an outfit for each day in advance and stack them in order by day, so I don’t have to empty out the whole suitcase looking for what I need!

  3. 53
    candice says:

    less is more!

    i went to london in february for two weeks “time out” and took one pair jeans, 5 tops, two scarves, one pair comfy boots, the usual undergarments & one woollen coat.

    i mixed & matched & i wore the coat 100% of the time anyway when i was out so in my opinion it didn’t really matter what i was wearing underneath! plus i’ll never see those people again so who cares what i wear anyway! 

    bonus: having a lot of space in my suitcase to get pressies for my kids 🙂


  4. 54
    Rosy says:

    I plan each outfit white I pack so I’m sure I will wear the right blouse with the right skirt and shoes and I know I will wear every thing in my luggage. This was I know I can save a lot of space and my luggage will not be as heavy as a stone 🙂

  5. 55
    kristen h. says:

    Just make sure you have enough clean undies. That’s the most important part.

  6. 56
    Ella P. says:

    I always have a to-do list with me so I know what to pack and make sure I got all the important stuff. 

  7. 57

    The typical advice I’ve been given all my life is to pack light, take out what is not essential, and then take out some more.  After a few long overseas trips, I have decided to completely ignore that advice!  When you’re on a trip, how long do you really spend carrying your luggage?  Most of the time, it is just at the beginning and at the end!  I think it’s worth a few hours of hassle on just two days to be able to be prepared and comfortable for the whole rest of the trip.  Now when my daughter says she wants to take (gasp!) TWO stuffed animals on her trip to visit her grandma instead of just choosing one, I happily say “SURE!”.  It is so worth it to me to have her feel comfy, happy, and safe.

  8. 58
    Tiffany A. says:

    I plan for options and for different moods! I bring pieces that can be switched out with different outfits and pieces that make a statement!

  9. 59
    Lauren G says:

    My secret is rolling everything and then sitting on top to zip!

  10. 60
    Karen says:

    I plan many versitile outfits, a lot of mixing and matching. I also buy most cosmetics and bathroom supplies at wherever I am going. It is less bulk traveling and the weight of the luggage stays down so you don’t have to pay extra at the airport. 

  11. 61
    Emma says:

    Bring a long cotton dress in a neutral color, a thin cardigan in another neutral, and a pair of stockings, and you’re good to go for any kind of weather, hot, cold, wintry or summery. That extra cardigan has saved me on freezing nights in Southeast Asia, and that cotton dress has come to the rescue more than once when a winter vacation has turned unusually warm.

  12. 62
    echo says:

    Get everything to fit comfortably in a hiking pack… you won’t overpack if you’re carrying it all, plus a hiking pack can be a fantastic addition to any hikes or transitions you may make along the way.

  13. 63
    Tina_R says:

    Haven’t had a real trip in since literally last century! What I do take is “obli-cations” (as someone mentioned in another posting) where I drive to family obligations 500 miles away. So my best secret is to take plenty of tunes since I’m driving across desert with poor reception and also to take my own pillow which is very important to me.

  14. 64
    Susanna says:

    Using packing cubes from the Container Store!

  15. 65
    Nushechka says:

    I have a to-do list 

  16. 66
    Renee A. says:

    Pack clothes that can be worn different ways so that it gives you have a variety of outfit styles without packing an individual outfit for each day that you are gone.Also pack different outfits into separate plastic bags so that you can quickly grab an outfit when in a rush.Also,before packing,have a packing list so when you are done packing you can make sure you included everything you need.Also,don’t forget to pack a camera and journal to record those special memories as they happen and last but not least, make the packing part fun so that your trip doesn’t start off in a negative mood,relax and enjoy the time off. 🙂

  17. 67
    Theresa says:

    Oh, make a list in advance. Sooooo important.

  18. 68
    Athena R says:

    Once you get everything packed, go back and edit what you packed. You’ll usually find you can remove a few items that you won’t need.

  19. 69
    Stacy says:

    Woolite and a clothesline.

  20. 70

    Bring less then you think you’ll want. Freeing yourself from your possessions is half the fun of a vacation. I love going somewhere far away with just a simple backpack. Don’t scimp on underwear though! haha