Traveling with Jewelry: 3 Packing Tips & Tricks

There’s nothing worse than opening your suitcase to find your jewelry in a tangled mess and then spending half an hour trying to untangle it.

(Been there, not doing it again!)

In this post, we're sharing 3 of our favorite packing tips and tricks straight from our designer, Katy, an organizing guru who has traveled with hundreds of pieces of jewelry (trade shows, anyone?).
 Whether you're packing for a two-week trip to Maui or a weekend getaway to the coast, it's important to keep your jewelry safe, secure, and organized so you can stress less and still look fabulous!

Here are three of our best tips for traveling with jewelry and keeping it tangle-free, without spending hours searching for the perfect "travel roll" (trust us: they're all too small for die-hard jewelry lovers)!

---> BONUS: each of these methods costs under $10! <---

The Ziploc Method:

Zip each individual piece of jewelry into a sandwich Ziploc bag. Then, put all the sandwich bags into a quart sized Ziploc bag. Make sure to zip necklace chains right up into the “lip” so they don't tangle. This method is perfect for delicate chains or earrings with small stones or beads.

Tip: Pierce earring backs into the plastic zipper for added security.
 


The Bubble Wrap Method: 

Unroll approximately 2-3 feet of thin bubble wrap. Begin placing your smallest pieces, like stud earrings first, and end with your larger pieces, like statement necklaces. Be sure to lay pieces of jewelry on the bubble wrap about 1-2 inches apart. Once you have all your jewelry in place, roll tightly. Secure ends with 2 hair ties or ribbons. Your jewelry will arrive at its final destination completely tangle free!

Tip: Place the roll in a small dust bag from a handbag or pair of shoes, and toss in your carry on or purse! Your baubles will be snug as a bug in a rug (but prettier, obviously).


The Pill Case & Button Method:

Use pill case compartments to keep track of smaller jewelry items such as rings and earrings. You can also use buttons to keep earrings organized by fastening them through the buttonholes before putting them in your suitcase. 

Tip: Rings and earrings over the size of a quarter are a better fit for the Bubble Wrap or Ziploc Method!


     
What are YOUR favorite ways to keep your jewelry organized while traveling?

Tell us in the comments below! 

4 PACKING TIPS YOU'LL NEVER FORGET

Are you looking at your day planner for the upcoming month and see your schedule swamped with business traveling?  Luckily you have that treat-yourself vacation getaway planned at the end of the month to rejuvenate you from all those conferences.

For those that couldn't make it to our Travel In Style fashion seminar co-hosted by the talented styling duo of Est Ovest Style, we have 4 packing tips you'll never forget to share with you!

With this cheat sheet you'll be the most stylish gal at the convention meet-and-greets!  Ready - Set - Take Off!


1. Establish your color pallete & build off this for packing.  



2. Split the difference & add the necklace. 

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3. Dress to create an hourglass shape.



4. Pack the right shoes & add more jewelry.



TRAVEL PACKING TIPS:

  • Use linen bags from your purse or shoes to pack tee and other light-weight items.
  • Lay clothes flat stacking them on top of each other and then fold them all together. This helps to prevent creases in your clothes. NOTE - shoes go on bottom of the suitcase.
  • Tuck socks and undergarments inside your shoes to save on space.
  • Put dainty necklaces in straws and tape the ends to keep from getting tangled.
  • Pack the heaviest items by the wheels of the suitcase and work your way up to the lightest. This helps keep your suitcase balanced and easy to maneuver.

7 Jewelry Rules You Should Be Breaking

Have you ever been told not to wear fashion jewelry with fine jewelry? Or that mixing metals is wrong? Well we're here to shake up 7 traditional jewelry rules.


1. You can't wear statement necklaces with casual outfits.

statement necklace formal

You can absolutely wear a statement necklace with something as casual as a t-shirt or sweater. Don't miss out on wearing your favorite pieces just because you don't have a formal occasion on the calendar!


statement necklace casual

2. You can't wear a watch with bracelets.

statement necklace formal

With the trend of bracelet stacks, watches and bracelets together are a must!


statement necklace casual

3. No mixing metals

all gold style

Break from tradition and buck this one-metal rule. Mixing metals keeps your look fresh and gives you more jewelry combinations to wear!


mixed metals

4. You need the matching earrings and bracelet.

matching set

Matchy matchy is out! Instead, look for sets that coordinate but aren't exactly the same.


jewelry set

5. Big earrings are only for going out.

statement earrings

We love statement earrings, so why not wear them all day? Wear your favorite pair to dress up an every day outfit.


knight rider earrings

6. You can't mix fashion and fine jewelry.

fine jewelry

Fashion jewelry is looking better than ever! Toss this rule and pair together your favorite pieces, no matter the price difference.


chevalier necklace

7. You're too young for pearls.

pearls grace kelly

No more waiting for your 50th to wear these beauties. These new styles aren't your grandmother's pearls.


kyoto pearl necklace

One rule you should follow


If it makes you happy...wear it!

Wedding Jewelry: Mother of the Bride

Some of the most popular spots for outdoor weddings are vineyards and wineries. This week we're inspired by these sophisticated and charming settings. A beautiful backdrop is guaranteed, so whether you're the bride, or the mother of the bride, you want to make sure you're looking your best!

Vineyard weddings offer great ideas for color, think dark plums and pinot reds. Don't forget a sweater or wrap for later in the evening, a women's tuxedo jacket creates a chic look. And, of course, read on for jewelry styling ideas!

Vineyard Vows

Photos By (clockwise from top left): Jose Villa, Sonya Khegay, Jasmine Star, KT Merry, Jose Villa, Brett Heidebrecht, Katie Rosado, Angie Silvy, Brian Hatton, Jasmine Star.

Bridal Look

If you opt for an embellished dress, pair it with sleek accessories in a matching palette. The Osana Necklace perfectly matches the scoop neckline of this gown and the Osana Earrings add a little touch of glamour.

Mother of the Bride Look

As mother of the bride you should fit into the wedding colors without matching the bridesmaids. This dark red dress is super elegant with a flattering neckline. Keep your accessories simple but special with a Maxine Crystal Necklace and Sterlet Earrings. But, feel free to add a piece with some personality as well, like the Crystalline Gold Bracelet.

Sources: Downton Wedding Gown, Pearl Wrapped Headband, Linen Lightdune Blazer, bouquet photo by Katie Rosado, Fleur Dress.

 

 

 

Wedding Jewelry: Bridesmaids Style

It's wedding season! This week we're taking inspiration from chic, small City Hall weddings. With just a few invitees and bridesmaids these weddings can be the most intimate. You will definitely be in most of the wedding photos and we've got you covered!

For the romantic, elegant, city setting try a shorter dress in a dark color. The bride should embrace this opportunity to wear something less traditional, like a short dress or even pants and a top. But don't forget to make your outfit special with your jewelry and veil.

Romance at City Hall

Photos By (clockwise from top left): Rebecca Wilkowski, Reg Campbell, Lauren Gabrielle, Martha Stewart, KT Merry, Ella Events, Emily Scannell, Rebecca Yale, Virgil Bunao, Patrick Moyer.

Bridal Look

Add special accessories to your unique wedding outfit with the Silver Pearl Etta Necklace. Sparkly Swarovksi Crystal Studs keep the focus on your face and a Chunky Caviar Crystal Bracelet completes the look.

Bridesmaids Style

As a bridesmaid you support and assist the bride, even with your outfit. Create a chic contrast with a little black dress and jewelry that complements the bride's. A simple silver pearl necklace, like the Billie Necklace and matching earrings are the perfect embellishment. Add a little more personality with a bracelet stack of the Menara Chain Bracelet and the Lyra Silver Bracelet.

Sources: Cha Cha Wedding Dress, Bouquet Length Veil, Pari Classic Pump, bouquet photo by Krystle Akin, Lace Bodice Dress.