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Travel days are stressful enough, but during the holidays traffic and luggage drama can spell a major disaster when you just want to be home. Packing light isn’t always an option, but there are some packing tricks I’ve discovered whether you’re staying with family or in a hotel the next few days.

During the last minute shopping mayhem in San Francisco last weekend, my mom, aunt and I spent a girl’s night in one of my favorite hotels (and where my sister threw my bachelorette party last summer)Hotel Diva. Here’s my top 5 tips to pack like a diva without acting like one this holiday season…


1. Drama & Frizz Reduction ~ Packing a hairdryer, straightener and curling iron can take up a ton of space in your carryon. Check ahead where you’re staying, because they may have you covered. Hotel Diva is the first hotel I’ve ever seen that has hair straighteners at the front desk by request.


2. Skip the Taxi Line ~ There’s nothing worse than being lost in a new city for the holidays trying to hail a cab. Download apps that order you a cab or driver. Try Lyft, TaxiMagic, or the UBER app (just be careful of their new ‘Price Surges’ during peak hours) especially on New Year’s Eve.


3. Clutch Dimensions Matter ~ Traveling with a tiny clutch or a huge handbag on a night out is annoying. This one is 10″ x 14″ which I’ve found is the best size to hold my wallet, phone, brush, powder and lipgloss.


4. What are Travel Heels? ~ Take a pair of black heels that you can walk in for hours or at least through Christmas dinner. The ones that go with jeans, dresses or skirts and are worn-in enough that you can handle living without in case your luggage goes missing.


5. How to Travel with MakeUp - Have you ever paid attention the how much makeup you wear daily? I used to take all of it when I traveled, but this year I’ve narrowed it down to my daily essentials that fit it my 1 makeup bag. I keep the liquids and Insta-Dri nail polish in a zip-lock in case of spills. Two daytime foundations we’ve been loving lately for travel is Cargo and Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Foundation.


<DETAILS by Dale> makeup bag – Kate Spade, heels – Zara,  bracelet – Stella & Dot, clutch & skirt – H&M, sweatshirt – F21, Location ℅ – Hotel Diva San Francisco (Holiday Special Here)

Will you be traveling at all for the holidays? If you have any holiday packing tips, please share.  



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  • http://www.madforfashionforless.com Berty Morales

    Dale you look amazing and I am seriously in love with this entire look. Adoring those shoes. Wishing you and your love ones a Beautiful and Wonderful Christmas xoxo

  • http://divadesle.blogspot.com Desle McConney

    You look beautiful Dale!! Happy Holidays<3 Lots of love. Deslé

  • http://www.4aroundthetable.com Leslie

    Hi Dale!

    Great look and perfect for the season:) I’m loving all the Kate Spade accessories this year..darling make up bag.

    Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  • Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.

    Loving your “travel heels!” Hope you’re having a great time home for the holidays! xoxo

  • http://www.okdame.de/cocktailkleider-c9 Cocktail-Kleidern

    Merry Christmas, I love you this skirt, cool and very nice, of course, you are very pretty

  • http://ladyofashion.blogspot.com FASHON TALES

    I love your heels! I am such a light packing traveller, (even on holiday now), since I’ve done it most of my life. These are great and easy ways to travel well. Wishing you a happy new year! Great ouutfit! :) /Madison

  • http://www.lattesandlipstick.com/ Tanisha Shulamit

    love this outfit and the mix of silhouettes….

  • http://www.nicoleta.me Nicoleta Buru

    So beautiful and charming *_*

    Wish you Wonderful Holidays *__*




  • http://www.lisalovescoco.blogspot.com lisa

    such a cute outfit dale!! i love love your shoes! you look gorgy!! and love your packing tips!! after moving to europe i’ve been SLOWLY (very slowly might i add) learning how to streamline my packing for those weekend getaways hehehe!! it’s so hard. i still want to pack everything lol!!

  • http://www.capturingitaly.blogspot.com Rachel

    Such great tips! And please please do let me know if you will be in Chicago next year! Would LOVE to meet up!


  • http://www.lushtoblush.com Megan @ Lush to Blush

    Great tips! I love that Kate Spade cosmetic bag!! <3

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

  • http://www.averysweetblog.com/ Kim of A Very Sweet Blog

    Excellent advice. There is an app for everything! Love that Kate Spade makeup case.

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