9 best travel essentials and sustainable travel clothes

My 9 Best Travel Essentials and Sustainable Travel Clothes

9 best travel essentials and sustainable travel clothes

As we all know, long flights really suck. Strong AC, and tiny seats. No one likes flying for long hours. But as a consultant, I have to commute by plane every week for work. Although it took awhile to get used to this lifestyle, I have finally mastered the art of keeping myself comfy during long flights. In today’s post, I am going to share my 10 best travel essentials and sustainable travel clothes.

My 9 Best Travel Essentials and Sustainable Travel Clothes for Long Flights

From electronics to skincare products to sustainable fashion, below are the travel essentials and sustainable travel clothes I actually bring and wear to the airport.

Bose Noise Canceling Headphones

9 best travel essentials and sustainable fashion for long flights Bose quiet comfort headphones

If you were to bring only one thing to the plane, take these Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless headphones. These babies are my No.1 travel essential for long flights. They block out all kinds of static noise. With the right music playing, you can sleep like a baby on the plane no matter what.

Crying babies? Snoring monsters? No longer a problem with these headphones.

 

Sleep mask

9 best travel essentials and sustainable fashion for long flights sleeping mask with contoured shape

If you are sensitive to light, bring this sleep mask with a contoured shape. It’s a travel essential for long flights because you sleep way deeper and better in the dark. I especially love this sleep mask with a contoured shape because it doesn’t press on my eyes and allow me to sleep deeper.

 

Lip Balm & Face Cream

9 best travel essentials and sustainable fashion for long flights Fresh Sugar Balm in Rose         9 best travel essentials and sustainable fashion for long flights Sunday Riley Tinted Primer

Dehydration is one of the most common issues for long flights. If you have room, you should definitely bring an empty water bottle to the airport. I usually just buy a water bottle there because my carry-on is usually jam-packed.

Besides drinking water, I regularly put on lip balm and moisturizer throughout my trip. I love wearing tinted lip balm and tinted moisturizer because they give me some colors. Here are my personal favorites:

Lightweight Jacket 

9 best travel essentials and sustainable fashion for long flights Patagonia jacket nano puff

Besides electronics and skincare products, comfy traveling clothes are a must for long flights! I don’t think my airport fashion is the height of my style, but it is for sure comfy and sustainable! I recommend this Patagonia nano puff jacket. It is warm and easy to pack! If you want other sustainable traveling clothes, I recommend Everlane cashmere cardigan and Alternative Apparel eco-fleece.  Both are incredibly soft and light weight, making them great sustainable travel clothes for long flights!

 

Compression Socks 

During your flight, it’s important to stand up regularly and walk around often to keep your blood flowing. Additionally, you can wear a pair of medical grade compression socks. In some serious cases, travelers, even the healthy ones, get blood clots because they don’t walk around often enough. While it’s rare, blood clots are not something you want to risk getting to ruin your trip!

 

Wireless Bras

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I don’t know about you, but I can never sleep well with a wired bra. For cute wireless bras, I recommend these sustainable bralettes from Naja. They are affordable and made ethically with sustainable fabrics!

 

Soft and Breathable Tops

9 Best travel essentials and sustainable fashion for long flights threads for thought

I prefer wearing a basic T for long flights. I personally own soft T-shirts from these two sustainable fashion brands: Alternative Apparel and Threads for Thought. But I heard Cuyana has some amazing sustainable traveling clothes too!

 

Track Pants

9 best travel essentials and sustainable fashion for long flights Adidas track pants

As I’ve told you before, my travel fashion is not the height of my style. I love wearing track pants for long flights, and these track pants from Adidas are incredible.

 

Closed Toe Shoes

9 best travel essentials and sustainable fashion for long flights TOMS sustainable sneakers in white

Toms shoes are excellent for traveling, Personally, I wear my bulkiest shoes to the airport so that I don’t have to pack them and waste space in my carry-on. I recently bought pair of white sneakers from Toms, and they look good and travel well. For every pair of Toms sold, Toms donates a new pair of shoes to children in need. What a great cause, right?

9 best travel essentials and sustainable travel clothes

 

So this is the end of my travel essentials and sustainable travel clothes for long flights! There are definitely cuter clothes to wear, but in my opinion, it’s far more important to feel comfy than to look cute for long flights. If you are taking a long flight or two this summer, I hope you find this list helpful! Have fun and safe travels!

P.S. If you like these pictures, leave me a comment! I would love to do more landscape photos 🙂

Related: Best Cameras and Lenses for Fashion Blogs in 2017

Sustainable bikinis are from BAIIA. Made with recycled fabrics.

Smile and style on!

SK

Reformation Linen Dress Beliz Dress Review

Sustainable Linen: Care Instructions and Reformation Linen Dress Review

Linen clothes are great for summer because they are super breathable and easy to dry. If you like linen clothes, then keep on reading these useful linen care instructions and check out my favorite sustainable linen clothes below!

Linen Care Instructions

I love linen clothes for summer because they are light, breathable and cooling. But on the downside, linen clothes are super easy to wrinkle and crease. And so, today, I am giving you 3 practical care instructions to help your linen clothes last all summer(s) long!
  1. Hang your linen clothes instead of folding them! Linen is known to wrinkle super easily. If you don’t handle linen clothes properly, you can even permanently crease them by accident! To avoid permanent creasing, you should always hang your linen clothes instead of folding them.
  2. Hand wash & steam. The classic way to wash your linen clothes is to hand wash. After you finish washing, I suggest rolling your linen clothes in a dry towel and then steam them while they are still damp to reduce wrinkles.
  3. Dry clean at home! If you are like me, you are probably too lazy to hand wash your linen clothes. Try these dry-cleaning sheets from Woolite instead! I prefer drying-cleaning my linen clothes at home because it’s so much cheaper, and it’s more sustainable and better to the environment. Traditional dry cleaning uses a toxic solvent called “perc”, and so I recommend going to “organic” dry cleaning places that use safe alternative solvents such as CO2. Tips: If you do use Woolite’s dry-cleaning sheets at home, I suggest to first spot clean areas such as the armpit area with water and soap before putting your clothes in the dryer.

Reformation Linen Dress Review

With my Europe trip coming up in September (Who has recommendations for Copenhagen?), I am stocking up on more sustainable linen clothes. I own one other Reformation linen dress, and I really love it for summer traveling. So this time, I ordered a Beliz dress (coastline) and an Audrey dress (lipstick).

Sustainable linen Care Instruction Reformation Linen Dress Audrey Dress Review

Sustainable linen Care Instruction Reformation Linen Dress Audrey Dress Review

 

Sustainable linen Care Instruction Reformation Linen Dress Beliz Dress Review

Sustainable linen Care Instruction Reformation Linen Dress Beliz Dress Review

Style: Beliz Dress > Audrey Dress

Both Reformation linen dresses are super cute, but I had to send back the Audrey dress because of its elastic back and thick zipper. When I received the Audrey dress in person, I realized that the actual zipper was not the same as the one shown in the picture.  Unlike the skinny red zipper shown in picture, the zipper was silver and much thicker like this. I also had a difficult time zipping up the Audrey dress even though I had already ordered a size up. Overall, I preferred the Beliz dress because it is way more comfortable, and it’s longer in length.

Sizing: Beliz Dress > Audrey Dress

My sizing info:
  • Height: 5’6”, 168 cm
  • Weight: 118 lbs, 54 kg
  • Measurement: 32D, 24, 34
Reformation’s sizing is usually accurate (true-to-size), but I had to go up a size for both Beliz dress and Audrey dress. I ordered size 2 instead of my usual size 0, and both Reformation linen dresses fit well. Unfortunately, I had to send back the Audrey dress because of the zipper.

Sustainable linen Care Instruction Reformation Linen Dress Beliz Dress Review

Other Sustainable Linen Clothes

You couldn’t find any sustainable linen clothes you like from the Reformation? No worries, I got your back! Here are some great linen alternatives from my favorite sustainable fashion brands!

Hope you find this blog post helpful!
For those of you who live overseas, I know that it’s hard to commit and buy from U.S. based sustainable fashion brands because of the return process. Please leave me a message if you want to know more about a specific sustainable fashion brand!
Smile and style on!
SK
Styles For Thought's Sustainable Fashion Picks for Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017

Sustainable Fashion Picks for Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017

It’s that time of the year – Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!! Personally, I think it’s smart to wait for sales to shop. But when the discount is steep, we often lower our standard and get tempted to buy mediocre clothes. Good news is, Nordstrom carries sustainable and ethical fashion brands. In today’s post, I am sharing my favorite sustainable fashion picks for Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017.

Sustainable Fashion Picks for Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017

Patagonia

I am so glad to see Nordstrom carries Patagonia in their anniversary sale. Patagonia is a sustainable fashion brand that makes ethical outdoor wear with sustainable fabrics. I own this Patagonia nano puff jacket, and I love it! (I am wearing it as we speak).

Related: Where to Buy Sustainable Fashion: Top 5 Sustainable Athletic Brands

Patagonia Los Gato Fleece Vest

 

James Perse

James Perse is a luxury brand that makes timeless wardrobe essentials ethically in the U.S.. I love their timeless designs and feminine silhouettes, and these are my favorites from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017.

 

 

Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher is one of the rare sustainable fashion brands that actually exist in real life, aka they have physical stores all over the U.S..  While I rarely resonate with Eileen Fisher’s style, I really like this organic linen sweater.

Sustainable Fashion Picks from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Eileen Fisher Organic Linen Sweater

Current/Elliott

Like many premium denim brands such as 7 for All Mankind, Current/Elliott imports fabrics and produces their denim locally and ethically in the United States.  I love the hems of this sustainable denim from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:

Sustainable Fashion Picks from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Current / Elliott Stepped Hems Denim

 

Yigal Azrouël

Yigal Azrouël is a N.Y.C. based fashion designer, and he makes 80% of his clothes ethically in the New York’s Garment District. I love his clothes because they are feminine yet edgy. Here are my favorite sustainable fashion picks for Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017:

TOMS

If you haven’t listened to the story behind TOMS, I suggest you to check out this podcast: How I built this: Blake Mycoskie. Blake started TOMS out of goodwill to provide under-privileged children free shoes for every pair of TOMS sold. Now many companies follow TOMS’s footstep and carry this philanthropic business model.

Back to Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017, here are my favorite sustainable fashion picks:

 

 

DL 1961

DL 1961 is sustainable because they produce their denim with 50% less dye, water, and energy using special fabrics and processes. The sustainable denim brand is famous for their so-called “Instasculpt” jeans which are supposed to make you Instagram ready at all time. And now, instead of $200 a pair, they are only $100 (50% off) at Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:

Sustainable Fashion Pick for Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 DL1961 Instasculpt Jeans

So here are my sustainable fashion picks for Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017. I hope you find this helpful. Enjoy shopping!

If you find other sustainable fashion deals, please comment below and let me know. Sharing is caring.

Smile and style on!

SK

Everlane Micro Rib Tee Dress Review

Read before You Buy: Everlane Micro Rib Tee Dress Review

Is price always a good cue to quality? When I first saw this micro rib tee dress from Everlane, I was tempted because it’s only $38. On the other hand, I was also skeptical about the quality, and returns can be a hassle. But I decided to give it a try anyway. If you are too thinking about buying this dress, I hope this Everlane micro rib tee dress review will help you decide.

sustainable fashion everlane micro rib tee dress review

Everlane Dress Review Sustainable Fashion

Everlane Micro Rib Tee Dress Review

Related: Everlane Review: Cashmere Sweaters

Price Point 10/10

Typically, when you buy from sustainable fashion brands, you have to pay significantly more. But this Everlane micro rib tee dress is super affordable. Selling at US$38, this sustainable dress is worth buying.

Style 10/10

The Everlane micro rib tee dress is very simple and versatile. With short sleeves and a crew neck design, this bodycon dress is not overly sexy, making it suitable for both day and night time.

Fit 8/10

I am 5’6” and 120 lbs. This Everlane micro rib tee dress fits true-to-size, and the size XS fits me well.

The bodycon dress is form-fitted but not skin-tight. And it has a modest length, hitting just 4 inches above my knees. When I walk, the dress does ride up a bit initially, but it stops riding up at mid-thigh. I take off 2 points because the dress crushes up as it rides up, and I feel that anyone taller than me may find it too short.

Material  9/10

I am very impressed by this Everlane dress’s material. Made with Pima cotton, this dress feels luxuriously soft and light. However, I took off 1 point because this sustainable dress is a bit sheer. I recommend ordering the dark colors to avoid showing your under garments.

Maintenance 10/10

This Everlane dress is easy to maintain. You can machine-wash it with cold water and then dry it in medium heat. Personally, I hang-dry the dress instead to prevent any pilling as it is made with cotton.

sustainable fashion everlane dress review

Verdict 9/10

Overall, I really like this Everlane dress because it is simple and versatile. Moreover, at US$38, the micro rib tee dress is very affordable, especially from a sustainable fashion brand.  If you decide to buy it, here are 2 consideration points:

  1. Are you too tall? I think anyone that’s taller than 5’6″ may find the dress too short because it does ride up.
  2. Buy darker colors. The micro rib tee dress comes in black, gray, and navy. I only recommend the black and navy colors because the material is very thin.

sustainable fashion Everlane micro rib tee dress review

Hope you find this Everlane micro rib tee dress review helpful!

Further Read: Sticky Bra Alternatives: The Reformation’s Bra-Friendly Line Review

Do you have any topics you want to know more about? Leave me a comment!

Smile and style on!

SK


Outfit Info:

Everlane Micro Rib Tee Dress in Navy

Similar Items from Everlane:

Everlane Sport Rib Tee Dress

Everlane Sport Rib Tank Dress

 

 

 

Is the Reformation's bra friendly line really bra-friendly?

Sticky Bra Alternatives: The Reformation’s Bra-Friendly Line Review

Sticky bras are seriously a great invention, but let’s be honest, they are not cheap or sustainable. Especially with the summer heat, our sweat can wear out sticky bras fast. In today’s post, I am going to talk about some sticky bra alternatives and review the Reformation’s “bra-friendly” line. Keep on reading to find out!

Is the Reformation's bra-friendly line really bra-friendly?

Why do girls prefer a normal bra over a sticky bra?

When I say a normal bra, I am referring to any bra that come with two straps and a back hook. With that said, pasties, sticky bras or tapes are NOT considered bras…well at least in this post!

I personally prefer a normal bra for many reasons:

  • It is cheaper in the long run
  • Unlike a sticky bra, it is way more sustainable
  • It is better to wear in the summer. Fun fact: I dropped my sticky bra on the floor once because I was too sweaty. >.<

Is the Reformation's bra-friendly line really bra-friendly?

What type of design is NOT considered bra-friendly?

To me, “bra-friendly” clothes means that they can perfectly hide my bra. In my opinion, it’s hard to wear a normal bra with these designs:

  • Backless
  • Spaghetti straps
  • Plunge neck
  • Deep V-neck
  • Halter neck
  • Lace-up

Sticky bra alternatives

I typically have to replace a sticky bra after 50 wears because it loses the stickiness. In the long run, the cost of a sticky bra adds up, and replacing them so often can hurt the environment. Also, sticky bras are not that fun to wear when it’s hot and you are sweating. So if you are tired of wearing and replacing sticky bras like me, then I hope these sticky bra alternatives will work for you!

For V-neck or Plunge-Neck

When you are wearing a v-neck or a plunge-neck, try on a U-shape plunge bra. I own the one from NET-A-PORTER, but Nordstrom has more sizes.

For Backless

For backless clothes, you can actually follow this DIY Youtube tutorial to convert your old bra into a useful backless bra.

For Strapless

One of the biggest problems I run into with a strapless bra is that it slips down. But I really like this one cuz it fits well:

A sustainable bra that I always wanted to try but still haven’t bought yet is this one from Stella McCartney.

 

For Halter Neck

I love wearing a convertible bra or a multiway bra for halter design. One of my favorites is the Dream Angeles multiway bra from VS.

Is the “bra-friendly” line really bra-friendly at the Reformation?

Another way to avoid wearing a sticky bra is to buy bra-friendly clothes. I was super stoked when the Reformation’s “bra-friendly” line came out. But is it really bra-friendly? I sampled a couple items from the line, and below is my review for each item!

Sparrow Dress

As much as I own and love wrap dresses from the Reformation, they are not bra-friendly. The V-neck is too low to hide any bra, and even a sticky bra doesn’t make the cut. I think this Sparrow dress is a misfit in this bra-friendly line.

Related: Sustainable Fashion Review: Reformation Review

Tatiana Dress

Okay, this Tatianna dress is truly a bra-friendly dress. With the short sleeves and button-ups, you can totally wear and hide your bra under this.

Mandeville Dress

I am on the fence for this one. The sweetheart neckline of the Mandeville dress looks a bit too low to be bra-friendly, but the straps are definitely wide enough to cover typical any bra strap. I will say this is bra-friendly only when you wear certain bras such as these below:

Tangelo Dress

Hm.. I am pretty disappointed to see this Tangelo dress under the “bra-friendly” line because this is totally not! I mean, you can pretty much see the bra through the lace-up design.

          

Lemur Dress & Abigail Dress & Safari Dress

Bra friendly! 🙂

Dominica Jumpsuit & Audrey Dress

I don’t think they are bra-friendly. The spaghetti straps are way too thin. But you can for sure wear a sticky bra or a strapless bra with these two items.

Verdict

After sampling a couple items from the Reformation’s bra-friendly line, I am not impressed because over half of the designs cannot be worn with a traditional bra. It seems that the Reformation just picked out existing designs and poorly put them in this bra-friendly category. And so, I suggest to ignore this page on their site.

Other bra-friendly items from The Reformation

So is this it? I continued to look on the Reformation, and I actually found many bra-friendly items that are NOT on the Reformation’s bra-friendly page.

Here they are!

 

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I hope you find this post helpful! What do you think about the sticky bra alternatives I suggested above? If you have any comments, please drop me a comment or start a conversation with me on social media!
Smile and style on!
SK

 


Outfit Information

Dress: The Reformation Lottie Dress (Not bra-friendly, sold out)

Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (Old)