Feb 262012

Use this checklist to take the stress out of preparing for a glorious weekend getaway.

Your Packing Cheat Sheet

  • Two fabulous bikinis
  • A sarong or beach wrap
  • An over-sized lightweight scarf for covering up at dinner
  • a sexy tank dress made of jersey material
  • Four pairs of underwear, a light and dark bra (one strapless)
  • One pair of flip-flops
  • One pair of comfy flats or slip-on sneakers
  • A pair of heels
  • Two solid-color tanks or camis
  • Two pairs of short shorts, one denim
  • A pair of tight jeans to wear with flats or heels
  • A floral or solid-color sundress in a bold shade, like tangerine or cobalt
  • A lightweight hoodie
  • Thin hoop earrings (gold for the beach, silver for the city)
  • A chunky necklace (either brightly colored or with large metallic or stone accents)
  • A thin, durable plastic bag (for the beach and dirty laundry)
  • Sunglasses
  • Shampoo, conditioner (unless you use the hotel’s), makeup remover, razor, shaving cream, body lotion, and eye cream
  • Toothbrush, a small tube of toothpaste, and floss
  • A hairbrush or comb
  • Deodorant
  • Pain reliever, upset-stomach treatment, and allergy meds
  • Sunscreen and SPF lip balm
  • Bug spray
  • A spritzer bottle filled with clothing dewrinkler
  • Earplugs and an eye mask
  • Mini travel candles
  • Mini sewing kit with safety pins, tweezers, and rubber bands
  • A camera and cell phone, with extra batteries and chargers
  • Quart-sized plastic bag for any three-ounced liquids you stash in your carry-on luggage
Feb 142012

Save Wisely!

When traveling, it’s always wise to adhere to a daily budget to avoid overspending. A brilliant tip: Keep each daily budget allotment in separate envelopes and label them (Day One, Day Two, and so on). This is a simple and effective way to monitor your daily expenses. At the end of each day, check your envelope for any excess amount — but don’t put the surplus in the next envelope. Instead, keep the extra money as savings. By the end of your vacation, you’ll be surprised that you were able to save a significant amount of money that you can use for your next trip!

Feb 082012

Great storytellers are the life of every party. Capture and hold your audience’s attention with these tips.

Tell A Captivating Story

• Innocent gossiping makes you feel closer to others, according to a study. To become better at it, build intrigue with phrases like, “You’ll never believe what happened next.”

• Be sure to include some unusual, tantalizing details about the news. Those particulars will capture your listeners’ attention and paint a vivid picture in their mind.

• If you want people to hang on to your every word, animate your body language and tone. Techniques that entice: widening your eyes, lowering your voice, exaggerating your gestures.