Fashion Friday: traveling

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love
When we lived in Berlin I used to dread the 10 hour flight to the States. That was child’s play compared to the schlep from South Africa. Today’s Fashion Friday is all about how to get through your excessively long flight. BTW I’m not wearing that green dress on a plane, it’s just one of the options I bought for a fancy wedding we are attending back in NY. What do you think…keep or return?
The key to surviving a long flight is a) bringing moisturizer and b) not wearing a sweatsuit or worse, a velour track suit. If you must bring pajamas, change into them on the plane. You’re traveling across the world and we have to look at you. I’m not asking you to wear god damn heels, but leggings are just as comfortable as sweats and not as ugly. What are you, 14? This is an airplane, not your living room. Don’t be that person.
First things first, leggings. They’re comfortable like pajamas, but acceptable for public consumption. Also my black riding boots, because they’re a half size too big and your feet are going to swell after 24 hours and no one wants to stuff them into something tight. I wear a comfortable shirt like a Jcrew tank or grey t shirt and throw my blazer on top. Party while you’re sitting, business while you’re walking through the airport. Then a beautiful, roomy bag that can fit all of your traveling plane stuff. And put some extra undies in there in case your flight gets delayed overnight in Paris. Though now that my camera is the love of my life, I might be stuffing my extra undies into my camera bag instead.
The other important things that will make your flight bearable: 1. Facial moisturizer. I use Clinique Comfort on Call, and reapply a lot. Great for those living in the tundra of northern Europe, the American Midwest or down in dry, hot, Africa. 2. Noise canceling head phones. P bought some fancy Bose ones for me back when we were in a trans-atlantic relationship and they are a life saver. 3. Your iPad. More lightweight than your laptop. Be sure to charge it and load it up with a bunch of New Yorkers and perhaps a book if you’re a non-book book person. 4. A book. As soon as I get to the States I’m buying Katherine Boo’s new book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, about a slum in Mumbai. Till then I’m reading some Naipaul. 5. A sleeping mask. Because some idiot always keeps his window shade up after dinner, no matter how many times the flight attendants asks him to shut it. AFTER DINNER ON AN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT IS DARK TIME, THOSE ARE THE RULES GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEAD. 6. A good neck pillow. 7. Also, I rarely check a bag. Even for a trip for 3 weeks. The only time I usually check a bag is when I’m moving to a new country. Your stuff will never get lost.

Black boyfriend blazer, $130
Black leggings, £14
Gucci black leather boots, £810
Alexander Wang leather shoulder bag, £660
Bose Ae2i Audio Headphones, $180
Clinique Comfort On Call Intensive Cream, $50
Contrarian Babs Bibb Dress, $425

Lastly, I’m taking a blog vacation next week so I can enjoy time with family and friends for the first week of my trip! I’ll be back online Monday February 27th! And I’ll update my project 365 sometime this weekend, I have a two week backlog.