Fashion-able: Packing Petite and Pretty

One open closet. One empty suitcase. The natural inclination is to hurl all your clothes into that duffel and be on your merry way to the airport – you never know what you might need. But if you don’t have an entourage à la Mariah Carey, you may want to rethink bringing the whole wardrobe shebang.
 With our tips, you can alleviate the backbreaking labour of carting around your precious cargo.
Here are our top tips for traveling light and stylish on your next vacation.
Colour coordinate all your outfits. Opt for neutrals like black, white, khaki and denim, and throw in a pop of colour in the form of a lacy camisole, chunky necklace or fitted tee. All pieces that pack punch without taking up prime real estate in your suitcase.
Toss in strong, re-wearable pieces that can take your jeans and tee or fab maxi dress into the evening hours. A blazer or leather bomber jacket can easily help dress up an outfit for a night out on the town.
   
We heart Top Shop for cute pieces like this one!
Accessories, accessories, accessories. Rework a solid mini by pairing it with a patterned belt one day, and shoulder-grazing earrings the next. 
Bring one pair of neutral heels (a la Princess Kate) and toss in a pair of metallic flats. If you’re doing any outdoor exploring that requires runners, wear them to the airport. Your luggage will be lighter and if you need to run to catch a flight, you’ll be ready. 
 
Even style mavens need to lace up every now and again.
Stash a spare pair of knickers, a simple tee and a bathing suit into your purse or carry-on bag. If your luggage gets lost (knock on wood), you will have some essentials to tide you over until you can hit up the closest Forever 21 for some cheap replacement pieces. Toss in a toothbrush too – an essential item to feeling fresh.
 Your mecca should luggage go astray. 
If you are packing fashionably, you might as well cart your cargo in an equally chic case. For the serious traveller, we recommend the Rimowa Salsa Air series – durable, light-weight and perfect for stashing in the overhead compartment.  
Pretty cases, all in a row.
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For the manly man, Filson offers similarly durable and rugged luggage that will stand the test of time. Try the extra large Wheeled Duffel (you know your significant other will need some space on the return trip, too).

Bon voyage and safe travels.

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A visit from…Michelle Bilodeau

Since rock-it promotions is mainly an office of women, it goes without saying that we love shopping. Our rad office on Queen West only fuels that addiction. When our long-time friend Michelle Bilodeau popped by the fourth floor the other day, we knew it meant we’d get some dish about hot spots for buying the latest and greatest. Our chat turned to buying online (especially with recent group-buying chatter!) and she shared her top spots to click and purchase.

As a fashion and entertainment editor for almost 10 years, Bilodeau began her career at FLARE magazine. She left her position as the associate copy editor in 2005 to become assistant features editor at Weekly Scoop, a much-hyped but short-lived celebrity and entertainment weekly. After a year of freelance writing and public relations work, Bilodeau landed at FASHION magazine as the associate managing editor before becoming senior editor at Gardening Life. After only four months, Bilodeau was back on staff at FASHION as the acting managing editor for a one year contract, which ended in the summer of 2009. Bilodeau, a Toronto-native, is continuing her freelance writing and editing career and she lives downtown with her five-
year-old min pin, Carter.

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My five favourite online shopping sources:

LuisaViaRoma.com
With creative collaborations with designers such as Gareth Pugh, Viktor & Rolf and Jean Pierre Braganza, LuisaViaRoma.com is a haven for online shoppers. Not to mention their killer accessories sales, and free shipping to Canada.

Jonathan + Olivia
I fell in love with Jonathan + Olivia when they first invaded Ossington Avenue. Even more so now with the addition of TopShop (though it’s not available online). Jackie O’Brien has a very keen eye when it comes to style.

Ssense.com
The only major online retailer dealing designer duds in Canada, SSense.com has an extensive list of designers I love, including Alexander Wang (and his T line, from which I’ve purchased a few tanks and dresses), Elizabeth and James, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen’s McQ.

Topshop.com
The American site for Topshop now delivers to Canada, and if an item is not at J+O, this is the easiest way for me to get it. I can literally get lost for an hour skimming through this site.

Net-a-porter.com and Theoutnet.com
The site that started it all, Net-A-Porter.com, cannot be left off this list. While I’ve never had the luxury of buying directly from this site, I visit Net and younger sister TheOutnet.com at least a few times a week to peruse what’s going on online. And I love that this is a female-run business that’s made millions!