9 Travel Outfit Ideas: Wear This NOT That

Today I will share NINE travel outfit ideas for the airplane.  I am going to help you know what to wear and what not to wear when you travel.  How you dress in an airplane will help you be more comfortable in your outfit.  You will worry less about stains, you will be at ease when you are sitting and bending over, and you will not be self conscious about what you are wearing.  Let’s POP into this video.

The #1 travel outfit idea is to wear one with a Cardigan Not a Poncho – Cardigans add dimension to your travel outfit, they add layering if you get cold, they add length to your body, cardigans can mix and match with your travel outfits while on vacation, cardigans with pockets give you added function in an airport, like a place to store your phone when you have to pay for a coffee. Cardigans can be light weight or heavy for warmth.  Ponchos collapse under the arms if you use a backpack, and they got caught on things like when i sit on the airplane and reach forward to the seat back pocket, my arms cannot extend all the way.  Ponchos are a bit less mobile for a travel outfit item.

The #2 travel outfit idea is one that has a Shell Top Not a Tank Top – Shell tops are usually flattering on more women than tank tops.  Most women I know are not comfortable only wearing a tank top.  When you wear a shell top on the airplane you do not have to worry with bra strap showing, no worries about too much cleavage if the person sitting beside you is taller and can see down your cleavage.

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I would pack several shell tops in my suitcase because they usually have patterns meaning many outfits you can mixed and matched. Shells are blousy and will disguise all you ate on vacation, and you can dress them up with nice pants or down with shorts or jeans.

Another Outfit Item to Wear on an Airplane is Gray Denim Not White Jeans. Gray denim still goes with most every color, can be mixed and matched.  You cannot see through this color; stains are less noticeable.   And you do not have to bring only off white undies.  Or do you plan which undies to wear each day of work or vacation?

The fourth thing to wear on an airplane is a Regular T-shirt Not a T-shirt With Ruffles – A good t-shirt is a foundational piece for your travel outfit. You do not have to iron most t-shirts after being packed in the carryon suitcase during the flight; by the way, if you have not tried this Downy Wrinkle Releaser, it does work if you do not have an iron.  Most hotels have one so I haven’t made a big deal about this.

1. Ruffles get bent forward sometimes and cannot be ironed back.  2. If I’m throwing on a cardigan on the airplane, I do not want to take the extra time to fit the ruffles down into the sleeves.  They bug me like crazy if the ruffles are not in perfect form and shape.

The #5 travel outfit piece is a Plaid Shirt Not Solid Blouse – Plaid adds glad to any travel outfit, plaid has a vacation vibe to it…especially gingham paired with pink. Wrinkles do not show as easily as they do on a solid, just personal preference.  My navy gingham is very wrinkled, but you can hardly tell. These plaid tops drape your body and are great for layering.  I prefer these brands.  They’re not hot or sticky or clingy!  You can tuck plaid in for a put together look without being high maintenance.  And when you do tuck them in, there is enough fabric to blouse them out.

The sixth travel outfit piece is to wear Joggers Not Leggings-you can half tuck shirts into joggers, you can wear with sneakers or sandals or loafer type shoes, you can dress up like my friend Laurie did and dress down.  These types are super drapey; do you think it almost looks like a jumpsuit?  Monochromatic is a great way to wear them.  Some joggers are neutral army green so goes especially well with black and whites, you can add accessories, you cannot see your panty line with joggers and your fine china isn’t on display for men.  I was at the doc, and the older lady in front of my had such cute leggings on with a t-shirt, but the back of the t-shirt had ridden up on her, and you could totally see through to her cheeks.  Since I have a 13 year old boy, I notice all these gals who wear leggings with a short t-shirt revealing a little too much.

#7 on our travel outfit list is to take a Backpack Not a Large Handbag – If you have seen any of my travel videos, you know I use a backpack because 1, you are hands-free.  And 2, you can fit so many items in a backpack.

#8 is to wear Zip Up Boots Not Pull-On Boots – You have to stand to take off your shoes, and it takes much less time to get through airport security if you can unzip your boots to put them in the security shoe bin.  If your boots are a little tight, unzip them a couple of inches for the flight.

The number 9 travel outfit idea is to wear a Tunic Not a Dress – Tunics can be worn with leggings or jeans, you can bend over to take your shoes off in security in a tunic and not worry about underwear showing, you can lift your carryon suitcase up above you into the overhead without your said underwear showing, your tunic will not brush the floor of the onboard lavatory like a dress will, and you can hide all that overeating you did on vacation.

Which outfit piece would you instead of your normal outfit on an airplane?

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Two Advent Games for Your Teenagers

 

This Christmas pun game is a free printable from Teachers Pay Teachers.  This is for your personal use. IHaveWhoHasChristmasPunsGame

There is also this Would You Rather game that sounds fun. ChristmasWouldYouRatherQuestions 

Please refer to my YouTube video below for the entire advent calendar ideas for teens.  We are an airline family so I have tons of travel tip videos, makeup and fashion videos, as well as home videos.

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Murder Mystery Party: What is it and how do you play?

Before going to our first murder mystery dinner party we did not know what to expect.  We only knew to dress up a little and that one of us was the suspect.  In this video I will help you know what to do at a murder mystery dinner party and how to play.
There is minimal dress up, absolutely no set up, and a script with background information to help you know your character.

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Why am I a number one fan of murder mystery dinner parties?  They have you laughing, you get to know each other better, the people who are shy feel more uninhibited because they are in character mind set.  If you are looking for team building exercises or things to do with other adults, plan a murder mystery dinner party.  I do suggest that this be kids-free because there is a script throughout the dinner party, and you need everyone at the table the entire dinner.  There is no time schedule though.  So you can be on task and then take a break to just talk while you eat the main course, for example.

Leader Responsibilities:

The leader of the party is the person who bought the kit.  She will send the party invitation in an email, assigning each guest a character.  You do need to know that that person can for sure attend.  The instructions in your kit will tell you how many people you can invite before you even buy it.  We had 3 couples and then the lead couple who had minimal talking.  Do not be overwhelmed by the menu the kit suggests.  It’s intense-giving you a grocery list and specific menu items to make.  Do what your group wants to do. 

mystery-dinner-party-kitYou can search online for murder mystery dinner parties, for singles, couples or for youth groups (some do not have the word murder in them; it’s just a mystery dinner party).  Ours had a theme, but this one also seemed fun. Some mystery dinner parties are available for download.  And some kits are mailed to you.

On the night of the party, we had the leaders bring roast beef, mashed taters and green beans.  The host provided lots of appetizers…cheese, crackers, cream cheese with pepper jelly.  Then we had a dessert.  I highly recommend having lots of appetizers. You will use those as people arrive as well as when you all sit at the table for the beginning of the mystery.  It was nice having lots of crackers and cheeses to pass around.

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The leader will send an email invitation with all the characters listed with their info and suggestions for ways to dress.  The dress suggestions are simple ideas that people do not have to spend money on.  Depending on your budget, the leader can purchase party favors and decor, but it is really not necessary.

Here is an example of our Murder Mystery Dinner Party email information that I made up for this video; everyone receives this same list of characters.  It’s fun seeing who got assigned what.  Notice there is a theme.

Poor Caprice Wagon died three years ago, and each of you is a suspect.

Polkst Wagon: You were her husband.  You are a German car dealer whose company filed for bankruptcy 4 years ago but came out of it just a year later.

Costume ideas: sleezy car salesman pants and shirt/tie, greasy hair, German accent

Kim Carcashian: You are dripping in jewels.  You can buy anything you want.  After your car broke down on I-10 during a hurricane, you have been in the limelight ever since.  Hollywood loves you.

Otto Bond: You are a has-been football player.  For the past 3 years you have been dating Kim Carcashian but are rarely seen paying for your dates.  

Minny Cooper:  You have been the Wagon’s house servant for 10 years.  You have been a loyal household maid…always on time and you never call in sick.

Arrival:

As guests arrive, you talk, eat and then move to the dinner table or sofas with the appetizers.  

Background:

The leader who bought the kit will pass around booklets specific to each character.  You listen to a CD for 30 seconds, and it will tell everyone to read page one and stop when you see the picture of a stop sign, for example.  You all read the Background.  This gives you background of your specific character that only you are silently reading about-the good, the bad and the ugly.

When everyone is done reading silently, you all will read through a little script that each person is holding.  It leads everyone into the mystery by telling a story.  No ad-lib happens here, but each person reads their part in character and in order according to the booklet.

Round 1:

Then you listen to the CD for 30 seconds, and it will tell everyone to read page 3 and to stop when you see the picture of the stop sign.  Round 1 is where the fun comes into play.  During this round, each character will have something different in their booklet.  For round one in the mystery dinner party, people have scripted paragraphs of Accusations.  Your paragraph will tell you who to accuse.  You also have Responses.  It tells you like when you are accused by So and so, say this.  This is where you can ad-lib and ham it up.  

For example: 

Kim Carcashian’s page:

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Accuse Minny Cooper of knowing where every one of the diamonds is in the Wagon mansion.  Point out that she is now the heir of Caprice Wagon’s billions.  Did she change the paperwork so that she would now be the heir?  Then you wait for her response.

Accuse Polkst Wagon-

No one knows but Polkst Wagon inherited $500,000 when his wife died 3 years ago.  Bring up the convenient happening of his company filing for bankruptcy a year before Mrs. Caprice Wagon died and then coming out of bankruptcy the year she died.

Response:

Respond to Polkst Wagon:  It’s true that is my real name.  It was a little embarrassing.  I was in shock that my dad was the captain of that Exxon Valdiesel leak.  I do not have ties to him any longer.  And there never was a cover up.  I share my hard earned money with my current boyfriend, Otto Bond.

Polkst Wagon’s page:

Accusation-

Accuse Kim Carcashian of her false identity.  Her father drove the ship that leaked all that oil from Exxon.  Her name isn’t Kim Carcashian; it’s Polly Valdiesel.  Maybe she was paid to minimize that story in the headlines.

Accuse Otto Bond that he knows she was paid millions, and Otto is dating her to find out the true story of the ship that leaked oil.

Response to Kim Carcashian-

The money you inherited three years ago was for household uses and couldn’t be used on the family car business.  You have the receipts to prove it.  Your business came out of bankruptcy because of Kim Carcashian’s video that went viral.  Now everyone wants that car that Polkst Wagon sells.

Minny Cooper’s page:

Accusation-

Accuse Otto Bond: Point out that Otto Bond just likes Kim Carcashian for her fame status from her unfortunate car video that rocked the nation.  He just wants to be popular again to fill a deep void.

Respond to Kim Carcashian-

The late Mrs. Caprice Wagon was a classic friend who felt like a mother to you.  You cannot help it if Mrs. Caprice Wagon looked at you like daughter and left you her millions.

STOP READING HERE.

Then it’s time for Round 2.  We took a break and ate dinner just talking.  Then we moved on to Round 2 in our booklets.  There will be similar scripting prompts, all the while giving more clues into the mystery.  Then during dessert, you will move on to Round 3.  Everyone can then guess who they think the murderer is.  

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I hope you feel educated so you can host or lead your own Murder Mystery Dinner Party.  It’s so much fun and brings people closer together in friendships.  Thanks for POPping over to my channel!

Our mystery had a winery theme to it.  But there was also this one which looked fun and Italian.

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Ann Taylor Loft – End of Summer Looks

Today I am showing you outfit looks from Ann Taylor Loft for the end of summer.  Loft has many sale styles to fit every woman – petite, regular, tall and plus.  These tops and dresses from Loft are items you can wear now. But they will be classic wardrobe pieces to carry you into Fall.  As a woman over 40, I like to be stylish and cute but comfortable in the clothes I am wearing.  How I style my clothes from Ann Taylor Loft may be different from you.  I hope my looks will give you inspiration for your visit to Loft. These outfit looks are what I feel comfortable in.  When we feel comfortable, we look confident.  And I feel like I can relax and really be myself when I am confident in what I’m wearing. feel-comfortable-confident-relaxed-in-loft-clothes

The first piece of clothing from Ann Taylor Loft is like a navy teal gray color.  You have the Fall look while not sweating to death haha.

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I wish I had gotten this; I’m keeping my eye on it.

100% polyester in the front  with the back being a knit blend that hangs nicely.  It doesn’t cling with the knit fabric.  The fit is true to size.  I love the buttons in the back-gold.  I can put my top on without having to unbutton it.  With another top and dress, I had to unbutton it before getting my head through the hole.

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Exactly the same except for the front fabric.

Pink Shell:  Made differently.  The front is a polyester blend so it is different than the other shell.  Love that it is not see through.  It’s a warm blush color.  True to size fit.  Love the detailing about the neck and arm holes.  This top has the same buttons as the navy one.  All of Loft’s shell tops have a shirttail hem that helps tucking in your shirt easier for different body types.

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See how it barely sits off the shoulder?
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Notice the flutter sleeve?

Oh my word, this off the shoulder is beautiful.  It barely comes off the shoulder.  If you are over 40 and have been on the fence about an off the shoulder shirt, this short sleeve sweater from Loft is a great choice and fit!  You need to wear pants that are higher waisted because the top hits right at the waist.  But for a special night, this would be a treat!

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Love this with a denim jacket. I like leaving the buttons undone at the wrists.

This white lace stripe halter swing dress is so dreamy.  Swiss dots line the neck and arm holes. 

I bought it in Tall Medium, and I love the fit.  Fully lined with just a bit of flow.  Love this! I do not feel like a 40 year old trying to look younger.  I feel airy and cool on a hot summer day at a picnic for about 5 minutes because we’re in Houston.

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spring-floral-halter-topThis floral sprinkle halter swing dress is beautiful and airy too.  And the regular Medium was plenty long enough for me as 5’8”.  I just didn’t want it bad enough.  I did have to unbutton this dress to fit it over my head.

 

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Gasped when I tried this on!

Ya know that feeling when you immediately gasp when you see a top you love?  This floral smock shell is my favorite purchase from Ann Taylor Loft this summer.  The fit is great.  If you have a tummy, this baby doll style will be flattering on you.  Love this color, and I think it will look great with jeans, navy and army green pants.  This is fully lined and would also be a great work outfit piece for your wardrobe. pink-shell-from-ann-taylor-loft

Loft has upped their quality in the last 2 years, and I’m loving how they have lined their tops and dresses.

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LOVE this dress with coral and blush loafers.

Loved this dress, but I was worried I wouldn’t wear it enough.  I am keeping this sun dress because you can style it with a coral or blush cardigan. I wore it with my blush loafers.  Can you see the mint and blush? Again, because I live in the south I paired it with a jean jacket and boots. It’s long enough of a dress for me to feel comfortable in the summer and in Fall.

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Great dress for Summer and Fall.

I really like Loft’s denim because they make a curvy skinny which works well with my body type.  I tried on 9 pairs at Madewell yesterday, and none of them looked or fit correctly for me.  I also tried on some expensive ones at Nordstrom and did not bring home any of them.  Finding good jeans is like shopping for a bathing suit, right?

Thank you Ann Taylor Loft for lined tops and dresses, making them not see-through!

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