My essential travel size beauty products


I love a travel size product—not only are they great for anyone constitutionally incapable of checking a suitcase, but they’re also a good way to sample something before investing in a regular-sized version of it. Plus, they’re cute. I have been banging the drum about Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Babyfacial for a while now—my skin glows like crazy on days that I use it—and their mini version comes with a bonus sample of their excellent Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonderglow primer is an essential of mine for days when I want to bring everything up a notch—it helps makeup go on smoother, and just sort of evens everything out.

I use Sol de Janeiro’s shower cream every day at home, (sometimes followed by their Bum Bum Cream, which sinks in amazingly quickly and also comes in a handy travel size) and I love the caramel-y scent.

Portrait of a Lady is my perfume of choice—a blend of Turkish rose and patchouli that is neither too floral or hippie girl but somehow exactly right. I have had people compliment me on my scent at gas stations on the Long Island Expressway, it’s so good. And if you’re afraid of the bottle breaking in your cosmetic bag, you can always go for this spiff red case.

My skin never feels cleaner than when I use Bioderma, and it removes even the most stubborn makeup. Plus, it hydrates, which is the opposite of what most cleansers do.

I rarely exfoliate at home, but after a flight I always get a little obsessive about unclogging my pores, and so I bring along Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate, which is pleasantly tingly and really gets the job done.

A very natural-looking bronzer for fighting winter pallor.

I just bought a mini-tube of this mascara, and I can’t find it anywhere in my apartment, and it’s making me a little nuts, because it volumizes like nobody’s business.


I can use any old shampoo, but if I don’t have my Davines Love Conditioner, my hair completely freaks out.

Checking out the Nordstrom sale


I posted this Nili Lotan dress back in August, and am thrilled and surprised to see it marked down, because it is so floaty and feminine and generally perfect.

I like layering with a striped tee—it just adds a little more dimension to your outfit, which might seem like an obvious thing to state, but it took me a while to figure it out.

Here is another dress I’m fairly sure I’ve already shown you, but it’s worth a repeat because 1. it’s cheaper now and 2. that lovely bias cut!

Just a nice, streamlined leather jacket free of excess hardware or frippery.


This shoulder bag unsnaps to lie completely flat, making it ideal for travel. So clever.

I know some of you loathe a cold shoulder, but I think it can be quite pretty if the fabric in question is flowy as opposed to tight, as it is on this dress.

Why own a regular old trench when you can own a spiff corduroy trench?

This wrap dress is ever so slightly ballerina-ish in a way that appeals.

A suede trench that feels like something Lauren Hutton would have worn in about 1975.

This dress is pre-styled to look like separates, and you know how I go for that type of thing.

Silver booties are precisely the type of item to buy on sale, because they’re slightly frivolous, and hard to justify at full price. But they really are the coolest, and this specimen isn’t too shiny, which is often my complaint with metallic footwear.

A Barbour jacket with a cool Liberty of London floral lining.

I very much want this bucket bag—it’s the perfect size for everyday, and the deep red is standout.

This faux shearling coat sure looks a lot like the real thing.

I like the interesting sleeve detail on this silk blouse, and it’s such a pretty deep green.

I love a drop waist, and the slightly abstract star print on this dress is aces too.

This ribbed Vince sweater looks like the perfect thing to lounge about in.


So very many excellent striped sweaters



I always think of striped sweaters as casual pieces, but the truth is they can be dressed up, too (and you can have all sorts of matchy-clashy fun with them too, as the woman above is doing).

Let’s start off with a nice yellow option, since that color has been in my head lately. I think this would look fantastic with leather jeans.

For some reason, this reminds me of something one of the kids in a Peanuts cartoon would have worn, and I mean that in a good way.

The subtle stripe at the neckline here is a tiny detail, but it kind of makes this one standout to me.


I like the contrast here between the cropped cut and the very long sleeves.

An extremely well-priced cashmere V-neck that I could see wearing constantly.

Same goes for this zipper hoodie (which, alas, is not quite as well-priced as the one above, but would maybe work out nicely on the cost-per-wear front).


This is just so bright and cozy.

I love the spacedye effect here.

The thin stripes here are nicely refined.

I do like a good funnel neck, and this one is so excellently slouchy.

This is maybe more of a colorblock sweater than a striped one, but I’m including it here anyway cause it’s pretty great.

The orange really pops against the camel here.

This looks a lot pricier than it is.

I am so crazy for the high fuzziness factor here.

Black stripes keep all the rainbow stripes from being too much on this cashmere number.

More cashmere: I’d wear it just as shown here, with khakis.

A striped and oversized cardigan like this makes a great layering piece.

This is so French, with the gold buttons and Breton shirt styling.

A cropped cardigan that’d be perfect—and kind of sexy—with a pencil skirt.

I dig how the stripes look sort of pixelated here.

This is just so fabulously big and huggy.




Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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