I don't know if I've ever mentioned that I'm the world's worst packer. (False. I've blabbed about it here.) I hate doing it and put it off as long as possible. More often than not, I'll arrive at my destination, open my suitcase and think, "Huh?" One time I packed late at night, completely drunk and didn't have time to edit before my flight left early the next morning... that was a disaster.
When I got to LA, my stream of consciousness went a little something like this:
"I only brought one cardigan?"
"Forgot my sneakers... Guess that hike isn't happening. Remembered the socks, though."
But then I realized that sometimes limited resources force you to be creative, and that is a really good thing. The cardigan I did bring is beige and it went with pretty much everything, thankfully, because I wore it a few times. At the last minute, I threw a hot pink pashmina in my carry on. My outfit for the ride home was pretty plain and I wanted to spice it up a bit (I flew first class back to New York - you'll never know who you'll be sitting next to! First class is where Bethenny got her first big break!) so I tried wearing it a different way and it actually looked great. As in, real-life-outside-of-the-first-class-cabin great!
We had to leave at 6am on Sunday morning to get me to the airport and I didn't get into the bathroom until about 5:43. I had 17 minutes to do my makeup and hair. My hair fell in an odd reverse side part but I was too tired to fight it, so I clipped the combover side back with a tiny tortoise shell claw I found in my toiletry bag. It actually looked cute! I decided to keep my eye makeup really soft - just a little lavender eye shadow, brown eyeliner and some mascara. I paused to review and realized that I actually didn't need to fill in my eyebrows. I have to when I wear my black liquid eyeliner because that pairs so much better with a bold brow, but this lighter look actually works well with them natural. Huge sigh of relief. This is going to save me valuable time on weekday mornings - my brows can take up to a good 5 minutes when I fuss with them! No more.
It seems that being a crappy packer has finally worked in my favor! I learned and realized a lot of other things on this trip, but I only feel like sharing the shallow stuff for now.