For better skin while flying: Remove makeup with your to-go wipe of choice. Then apply a translucent hydrating mask or face oil during your journey. Lastly, reapply essential cosmetics: cream blush and mascara.

For cowlick-free bangs: Bangs dry faster than the rest of your hair, so grab a blow-dryer ASAP to tame uncooperative texture. Angle it toward your forehead from above and brush strands side to side until dry. Finish by rolling the ends under.

For those last drops of topcoat: Holiday greetings, save-the-dates, and thank-you cards. Spare yourself the trouble (and bitter taste) of licking every envelope shut. Instead, just paint on a couple lines of clear nail polish to seal.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 27, 2014

Somewhere around this time of year we start thinking – wow, would it be good to be a snowbird right now. Florida. Arizona. Life there? Peachy.

But since we don’t quite believe in retiring before we reach our 30th (or 40th, or 50th) birthdays, for now we’ll simply satisfy our wanderlust with a trip somewhere smashingly warm. Anywhere.

8 Killer Travel Tips From Super-Stylist Heidi Bivens

Here to help us flee the cold with ease? International jetsetter and super stylist, Heidi Bivens, who’s dressed everyone from Beck and The White Stripes to Kanye West, and styled for the likes of Vogue, GQ, and beyond.

“Before I start [packing],” Bivens tells Refinery29, “I always check the weather forecast (there are so many apps for that). Then, I pack accordingly, usually throwing in a cashmere scarf and lightweight jacket just in case.”

Don’t worry, Bivens, our dream tropics have only warm breezes.

What other tips does Heidi have to share? Read them all on refinery29.com.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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November 11, 2013

 
Craving a getaway? Us too. Especially after reading these.

Bloggers

Camels & Chocolate
One-time celeb journalist (she’s interviewed everyone from Stephen Colbert to Julia Roberts), Kristin’s now a seasoned travel guru. And let’s just say we’re inspired.

My View from the Middle Seat
If only the view from the middle seat was this good.

Wandering Earl
Last month marked this self-proclaimed permanent nomad’s 5,000tday on the road. He’s been away since 1999. And we thought we had a bad case of wanderlust.

Designtripper
Some of the coolest hotels, motels, inns, B&Bs, lodges, ryokans, riads, hostels, treehouses and, yes, even tricked-out tents and campervans – all over the world.

Who are we missing? Tell us on Twitter at @ruelala #bloggerswelove. 

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October 3, 2013

Some call Barcelona, Spain, the other city that never sleeps – a summary I’d agree with, except for the existence of that snoozy afternoon thing they call siesta. But it’s still undeniable: this city has charge. The blur of Gaudí’s fairytale architecture. La Rambla’s hungry mile of churros and horchata and souvenirs. To arrive is to be swept away, gladly, for days. And nights. And days.

So let’s put things in motion, shall we? Starting with these five completely out-there facts.

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August 28, 2013

Sure, rocking 6-inch heels and skinny jeans on a transatlantic flight sounds all gorgeously A-list. But let’s be honest, it isn’t realistic (or comfortable, for that matter). Instead, pick an outfit that’s suitable for both the airport and the final destination. These tips make jet-setting style a breeze.

XCVI

Get upgraded
You may be traveling before the sun wakes up, but here’s a reason to avoid looking like it. According to lifestyle blog GOOP, flight staff are instructed to seek out well-dressed passengers for potential upgrade candidates. (Who would pass up the opportunity to have complimentary champagne or treats?) Avoid the sloppy look of your worn-out yoga pants and opt for a structured legging. You’ll be comfy, but still polished.

Layer, layer, layer
No matter what the temp is outside of those airplane windows, we all know that airlines love to blast that A/C. So layer a simple fitted tank or tee with a zip-up jacket. Tip: Pick one with lots of pockets. Ever wonder where to stick your ID and credit card in the hectic mess of a security line? There’s your solution.

Choose extra legroom
No need to secretly unbutton those super-tight skinnies when you’re safe in your seat. Wear bottoms that you can move in – aim for a wide-leg pant or a breezy maxi skirt. The more you can move, the less constricted you’ll feel when you’re cooped up next to your new neighbor. Plus, a cozy maxi is a far more attractive choice to curl up in than those go-to sweats.

Our XCVI Boutique opens Friday, July 19, at 11AM ET.

By Alexandra Tighe, Staff Writer

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July 19, 2013

It’s here – the busiest travel time of the year (it’s okay, just breathe). No matter where you’re heading, be it home to the family or across the country with a friend, take the guesswork out of packing with these colorful and convenient essentials so you can focus on things like inbound trains, layovers, and GPS signals.

The Duffel
Think ahead and bring two of these colorful carryalls with you. One for your presents (first for toting wrapped surprises for others, then for hauling your newly acquired goodies) and one for your holiday wardrobe. What to pack? These surprisingly spacious duffels hold it all, no matter what your holiday has in store:

First holiday with the in-laws: You’re part of the family now, so feel free to be more casual. Dark skinnies with a soft cashmere sweater and a little dose of sparkle should do the trick.

A family affair: Between chasing your brothers and cousins around and helping in the kitchen, comfort is key. Stick to leggings, a long, cozy tunic, and tall boots for a ready-for-anything outfit that’s also stylish.

Holidays with a friend: Can’t make it to your own home this year? Like any good friend, they’ve invited you to spend it with them. My best advice? Bring a little of everything: dressy, casual, and sporty. You never know what kinds of traditions you’ll encounter.

Jewelry Organizer
If there’s one time of year you can go all out with the baubles – it’s now. With all the gold, silver, and tinsel flying around, it’s only natural to want to match. Make sure to pack every last sparkly stud, bangle, and bib necklace – one way or another, they will be worn, and in this organizing carrier, they’ll arrive without a tangle or scratch in sight.

Clutch and Zip-Around Wallet
No matter where you end up spending your holiday, there are always a few last-minute presents that still need to be tackled. And you’re not the only one – so rather than fight the already agitated crowds with a hold-everything-you-own tote, take a compact wallet (with a wrist strap) for bulk-free, easy shopping. Once that’s out of the way? Let the fun begin: toss the wallet into a pretty patterned clutch and head out on the town for a drink with friends.

Our Vera Bradley Boutique opens Saturday, December 8, at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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December 8, 2012