Final exams are over and that means freedom (until September, at least). For me, it means travelling. My destination, this time, was Hong Kong. And, of course, that meant bringing items that were not only practical and useful, but also stylish and could make me look presentable and not the usual hot mess that I am.
One of my travel essentials is this Brevité backpack. I honestly swear by this Rucksack backpack when I travel. Designed by two brothers in Boston, this backpack combines two of their passions: design and photography. It’s nothing flashy, no “bells or whistles,” but there are many pleasant surprises within this bag. The exterior is made of an extremely durable material, so I don’t have to worry about being overly rough with it en-route to my destination or worry about breaking whatever I’ve packed inside. Not only does it come with a removable camera insert to keep your DSLR protected, but there is also a DSLR lens cap holder on one of the backpack straps. As someone who can be quite clumsy, that holder really comes in handy when you’re out and about taking pictures and need some place secure to keep your lens cap as you click away. On top of all those goodies, the backpack is extremely spacious and full of secret pockets that give you easy access to whatever you stash in there, albeit chewing gum, a passport, or a boarding pass.
My favorite traveling outfit is a light sweater, 711 jeans from Levi’s, and a comfy yet still stylish pair of sneakers. I absolutely love this salt and pepper sweater from H&M. The rose gold zipper on the back adds a touch of style and sophistication to it. It’s a style item that’s quite versatile. You can wear it with jeans and sneakers, but you can also pair it with slacks and some adorable nude heels for a meeting at work (yes, I’ve actually done that).
Accessory-wise, I kept it simple. I always have my Apple watch on me, as it acts as a great activity tracker and also lets me know when I get a Facebook or WhatsApp message or phone call on my phone. I used to dislike wearing bracelets. At work I often have to type or write something, and I found that bracelets got in the way a bit. However, since I received this wonderful crystal bracelet gift from a family member, I’ve been wearing it non-stop. I tend to think of it as a good luck charm of sorts. Some prefer a lucky rabbit’s foot, I prefer a bracelet. It also complements any outfit perfectly, giving it that finishing touch.
Some people find traveling tiring, but I love it. Not only do you get to experience a new country and a new culture, but you also get to experience new and different fashion styles that remain comfortable while still looking chic. Happy travels, my friends!