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Summer Vacation Essentials

Vacations are awesome, but let’s face it, sometimes the transit to and from your destination can be far from a day at the beach. The good news is there are plenty of items you can pack in your travel bags to make the journey to your blissful summer getaway as stress-free and comfortable as possible.

Below are just a few of our travel must-haves for any warm-weather getaway:

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1. LAmade Convertible Tube Dress/ Maxi Skirtthe perfect multitasker to pack for warm destinations.

2. Ray-Ban Aviator Polarized Flash Lenses – a timeless pair of sunglasses that goes with everything? Yup, a total must.

3. Yosi Samra “Samara” Cap Toe Foldable Flats – the perfect shoe to carry around to give your feet a break from uncomfortable heels. Also great for getting in and out of the security lines!

4. San Diego Hat Company Mixed Braid Large Brim Floppy Hatthis blocks your face from the harsh sun AND covers up any hair woes!

5. Supergoop Everyday SPF 30 Sunscreena must for every day and especially when you’re out and about more than usual!

6. Herschel Supply Co. Packable Travel Tote Bag – for when you purchase more souvenirs than you anticipated!

7. Alternative “Relay” Raglan Hoodie – don’t get caught in a cold plane cabin without this versatile layering essential!

8. COOLA Suncare Liplux SPF 15 Vanilla Peppermint Lip Balm –airplane cabins are notoriously drying, so keep this handy in your bag at all times!

9. Eagle Creek Pack-It™ Sac Medium – keep all your travel essentials like snacks, chargers and medicine close at hand and all in one place.

10. Sam Edelman “Gigi” Sandals – this super-wearable sandal goes with everything!

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Going Somewhere This Summer? Check out these 9 Travel Must Haves.

Let’s face it; the most dreaded parts of the whole travel experience are packing and transit. Although the anticipation of an adventure-filled summer trip may be the best incentive to go through the tedium of packing a suitcase and trudging through airport terminals, it doesn’t hurt to start any trip off with some help!

Before you begin planning for any trip, consider arming yourself with luggage, travel bags and travel accessories that make all the difference between a smooth packing session and a dreadful one. By investing in a few great travel essentials now, you’re ensuring that every trip, from short weekend getaways to faraway destinations, will be a lot more pleasurable and stress free!

Below are some of our must-have travel picks that can turn any novice traveler into a pro! Go ahead a rack up those frequent flier miles; these guys will be your trusty travel companions for years to come!

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1. Mighty Purse Charging Wallet – keep your mobile device charged up on the go with this handy wristlet.

2. Tumi Voyageur Laval Toiletry Kit – getting through security with your travel toiletries is a breeze when they’re housed neatly in this pretty case.

3. Bric’s Milano Pronto 22” Duffel – perfect for quick weekend getaways or carry-on essentials.

4. Victorinox Deluxe Travel Pillow – give your neck plush support during long flights with this super soft fleece pillow.

5. Travelpro Crew 20” Expandable Business Plus Rollaboard – this durable carryon is perfect for quick trips with room for souvenirs!

6. Delsey Belfort Plus 30” Spinner Trolley  - for longer hauls, this spacious and lightweight suitcase is as dependable as they come.

7. Kenneth Cole Reaction Columbian Leather Day Bag – perfect for sightseeing excursions and city commutes, this crossbody bag keeps your essentials organized and close at hand.  

8. Victorinox Victoria Aspire Expandable Foldable Tote – pack this light nylon tote for extra carryon items like magazines, souvenirs and other shopping hauls!

9. Eagle Creek Pack-It™ Specter Cube Set  - this simple yet ingenious packing system keeps all your clothes neatly rolled and compact in your suitcase.

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Mother's Day Gift Guide: The Frequent Flier

In keeping with the travel theme, we’re sharing our gift ideas for the well-traveled mom! These tried-and-tested gifts will have her racking up those miles in style!

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1. Vera Bradley Cosmetic Trio: These lovely cosmetic cases fit all her toiletries, makeup and brushes—all in a pretty package.

2. Diane Von Furstenberg Camargue 20” Rolling Duffel: Perfect for those weekend trips.

3. Samsonite Winfield 24” Spinner Suitcase: Trade in her old, beat-up suitcase for this lightweight hard shell roller.

4. Pacsafe Slingsafe™ Anti-Theft Shoulder Bag: We love this lightweight and secure bag for international travel.

5. Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Rollerball: She can take this comforting and classic scent with her anywhere she goes.

6. Bliss Fabulous Treatment Kit: Three essentials for great skin on the go!

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Must-Have Travel Pieces

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When it comes to travel, a few key essentials go a long way. Below are some of our picks for can’t-live-without pieces every savvy traveler should never be without.

1. Packable flats: If you’re doing a bit of walking, packing a pair of flexible and comfy flats, like the Cole Haan Air Bacara Ballet, is a must.

2. Lightweight weekender bag: Perfect for short trips or carry on items. We love the LeSportsac Large Weekender for its lightweight yet durable nylon material and a multitude of fun prints to choose from.

3. Packable dinner date dress: Choose a flattering and classic silhouette like the Icebreaker Roma Dress. The best part about this timeless and unfussy dress is the 100% New Zealand merino wool which is lightweight and repels moisture and odor. The hand pockets make it super handy for carrying your bare essentials!

4. Cute makeup bag: Keep your beauty goodies close at hand in the plane with a darling cosmetic bag like the Betseyville Cheetah Bows.

5. Travel crossbody bag: The slim shape and multiple pockets of the LeSportsac Kasey crossbody makes it the perfect little bag for your sightseeing trips!

6. Comfy sweatpants: This is a true essential in our books. Try the Splendid Active Flare Leg Pant to make your plane time a lot more bearable.

7. Basic hoodie sweater: A great throw-on option for chilly plane cabins or long road trips. We love the soft and comfy Alternative Apparel The Rocky Eco-Fleece Zip Hoodie.

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Brooke Hearts: Travel Essentials

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This edition of “Brooke Hearts” was inspired by my often-busy travel schedule. As you can see, I’m all about comfort when travelling!

This week kicks off a very exciting time of year: NYC Fashion Week! Today, I’m travelling to the Big Apple for some pre-Fashion Week events.

I’m super excited to present at the Lucky Magazine FABB Awards tomorrow, and I will also be hosting Zappos Fashion’s Night Out at Pravda!

Stay tuned this week for my tweets and posts from NYC!

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas: Moms Who Love To Travel

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Today’s mother’s day feature revolves around the jet-setting mom. She’s the mom who’s always up for an adventure, whether it’s a quick weekend getaway or an exotic trek in some faraway destination. The key to finding the perfect gifts for this travelling mom is getting pieces that are both stylish and functional.

Here are some of our favorite travel gifts to make your mom’s next trip even more fabulous:

1. Vera Bradley Hanging Organizer: This handy bag keeps all her cosmetics and toiletries in one convenient place. It’s great for hanging in the hotel bathroom to keep essentials at close reach.

2. Diane Von Furstenberg Camargue 24” Rolling Expandable luggage: A bold choice for the mom who loves fashion and travel. It even comes with a matching accessories pouch to keep her organized.

3. Tumi Passport Cover: This sleek and elegant passport cover is made of fine Italian leather, perfect for the mom who lives for travelling the globe.

4.Clarks Un.Grip sandals: These easy-to-wear sandals make the best shoes for travel. They’re versatile, durable, and superbly comfortable for all-day walking.

5. June Jacobs Spa Collection Body Spa Travel Kit: Pamper mom while she’s on the road with this luxurious body care set.