Next stop – Europe!

According to American tradition, with Memorial Day just around the corner, summer is finally here!

Living in So Cal and experiencing 80-degree weather is enough for us to welcome this season a little earlier. Many of us celebrate summer by traveling, and better yet by exploring the world. Myself, I am planning a trip back home, and even though I have done this many times, I always get paranoid about leaving something important behind! As if there are no stores out there…go figure!

A trip to the Old Continent is quite exciting—that’s for sure! However, arriving 15-20 hours later at your final destination, and finding out your luggage did not make it can be quite devastating! I have experienced this episode a few times as well. I wanted to save you the headache; that is why I decided to suggest a few items you should include in your carry-on.

Passport Holder It speaks for itself! This one will store not only your passport, but also your boarding passes, cash and perhaps your ticket. You can wear it around the neck; that way you don’t need to check your purse every five minutes to make sure you didn’t leave it on the check-in counter.

Passport and Boarding Pass Holder

Passport and Boarding Pass Holder

Folding Cosmetic Case I personally don’t have a brand preference, as long as it’s practical. I got this one from TJ Maxx for under $20. It is true that many airlines won’t allow you to take your perfumes, lotions and other cosmetics, but think efficiently! Pack your jewelry instead. This way, even if someone decides to break the lock on your suitcase and check on your “valuables,” you have nothing to worry about.

Cul-de-sac Folding Cosmetic Case

Cul-de-sac Folding Cosmetic Case

Crossbody Bag While we are on the “personal belongings” topic, let me tell you, European hot spots are CROWDED! It is always safest to have your items right in front of you and best to keep them handy. Tip: If you like to mesh with the euro crowd, please forget about Coach! Think bright colors!

Marc by Marc Jacobs Cross Body Bag

Marc by Marc Jacobs Cross Body Bag

Shorts Speaking of bright colors, summer and vacation, don’t forget to throw in some shorts.

Zara Short

Zara Short

Harem Pants Still in this year. The great part about them is that, worn with a pair of cute flats, they can be the perfect outfit for the day; while, at the same time, combined with heals, they can create a really feminine look on a night out.

Rich & Skinny Harem Pant

Rich & Skinny Harem Pant

Denim Dress For those of you who like wearing dresses, this one is chic, yet not so pretentious. Desigual has many other original and European-looking clothes at affordable prices that I am sure you will love, since you are reading my blog :).

Desigual Denim Banded Bottom Tank Dress

Desigual Denim Banded Bottom Tank Dress

Swimwear Last, but not least, this is probably the most important item on the list! If you haven’t visited a European beach or pool, you have probably heard or read that tops are not mandatory! Yes, you can lose it any time. If you are brave enough that means one item less in your carry-on. Have fun!

Feel free to share your favorite on-the-go items or other euro designers!

Bon voyage!

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Sassy Bash in the City

 

Girls night, cocktails and shopping! What more can you wish for?!

That is how my friend and I spent just a regular Thursday night. It was our first time to attend a Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash, and we definitely didn’t know what to expect – a casual gathering of vendors and booths where shoppers try to snap the best deals or a slightly upscale event for fashionistas who are looking for new trends? I would say a little bit of both.

The deals were definitely worth the drive from San Diego to L.A., and I found some items to die for. Just a few of my favorites: Rock & Republic, Hudson, Ella Moss and Sole Society. The items varied from shoes, jewelry and accessories to jeans, cute skirts and dresses. My only discontent with some of the vendors was that they carried what appear to be the most popular sizes—four to six. It was extremely hard to find a zero or an X-Small garment—if I did, it looked more like a regular two to four. Nonetheless, the shopping was still on!

If you are a shopaholic like myself, slip in a pair of comfy shoes, get ready to hustle and arm yourself with patience! Lastly, I would advise you to bring some cash, in case you decide to bargain for a better deal! Have fun!

Sassy City Chicks is coming next to San Francisco on Thursday, April 7, 2011, followed by Chicago on May 19.

Why EuroChique?

image by Jordi Labanda

image by Jordi Labanda

 

I have been contemplating the idea of starting my blog for a while now. Finally, I decided to put thoughts into action so to speak, and here I am in the blogosphere. Aside from being passionate about my career and writing, I have always been fascinated with unusual make-up, fashionable clothes, unique furniture and home accessories. I am obsessed with the latest trends and always aim to stay current.

I believe that it’s not what you wear, but it’s how you put it together! That is what makes you unique! And this is what style is about, right?!

My European background and culture have a lot to do with my taste in fashion, and therefore my style. Although I have lived in the U. S. for about seven year now, I often hear people tell me: “How come Europeans always have the coolest stuff?

Well let me explain about that further through my blog posts…

~A.