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Style Counsel: Heidi Swanson's Travel Kit

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Dec 26, 2012 01:04 AM
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by Sarah last modified Dec 25, 2012

We're delighted to introduce the first installment of Style Counsel, in which we solicit sartorial secrets from our friends in the design world. First up: Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks. I first got to know Swanson on a flight to Portland, OR, where she was heading to a book signing. She was decked out in a navy pea coat and riding boots; her hair was tied back and her luggage consisted of a single black valise on wheels. It was immediately apparent she'd worked out the art of traveling. Here, she shares with us her essential travel kit. Photography by Heidi Swanson . Above: Swanson strolls through the Place des Vosges. Photograph by Wayne Bremser. Remodelista: How do you wrangle your luggage? Heidi Swanson: I use a compact black Samsonite carry-on with wheels. Above: Swanson's go-to uniform is built around a Sofie d'Hoore dress from MAC (Modern Appeal Clothing) in San Francisco. Above: Instant evening outfit: a Sofie d'Hoore dress with gold sandals from the Gap and an Erica Tanov gold wallet. RM: What's your approach to packing? HS: I'm a big believer in the Russian Doll system—lots of bags within bags. I lay everything out on the bed and put together an outfit for each day. I'll make a sketch of what I'm going to wear beforehand; I flat-pack my outfits in clear bags from the Container Store with all the air squished out. It makes dressing on the road super easy. RM: Wardrobe basics? HS: I have a few key pieces, such as a pair of Riding Boots from Corso Como (this is my fifth pair, I've worn them forever and they've become my uniform). I always pack some fingerless gloves as well so I can shoot a camera, work an iPhone, and stay warm. Above: I like to sketch out the outfits I'll be wearing each day; it takes away the guesswork. RM: What's in your travel make-up bag? HS: Rose and tuberose perfume in a rosewood case from Frazer Perfumes , Mulitplye Mascara from Tarte (a recent discovery at Sephora), a standard brown lipstick from MAC , a Nars Lipstick in jungle red, a Nars Lipstick in schiap, Bite Vitamin Gel , and clear Butter Nail Polish . RM: Beauty essentials? HS: I bring two small Malin + Goetz bottles of shampoo and carry a comb instead of a brush. I'm addicted to Korres Pomegranate Wipes ; I use them to cleanse at the end of the day and to freshen up after a flight. Other essentials: Boots Face Renewal Creme from the Botanics line, Aesop Tuberose Lip Heal , and Welda Wild Rose Deodorant. Above: I pack a vintage Bakelite bracelet and other simple pieces when I travel since I like to get through airport security quickly. RM: Analog or digital? HS: I bring a Kindle Fire in a felt pouch for reading and movies; I don't take my laptop unless I really have to. I love Moleskin notebooks for travel notes and recipes worth remembering. The pink diary is from J Crew—I still like to write down appointments. The Micron Pens are Japanese and have an extra-fine tip which I use for book signings, and the pink MT tape is my way of making sure they don't disappear. Above: Heidi's pin board displays story ideas for her next book and photos from her travels. RM: Favorite places to stay when you travel? HS: Hotels are not so important to us; we’d rather spend the money on other things. We've tried out Airbnb a few times and had good experiences. Last time we were in Paris, we did a house-swap with Clotilde from Chocolate and Zucchini , which was great. We'll also rent if we are in a place for a while. We're pretty casual travelers. RM: Airline food? HS: Never. I always bring my own food in a DCI Collapsible Lunch Box . These Golden Pot Stickers are a favorite for long-haul journeys as they are full of protein. I also drink plenty of water on a flight, nothing else. RM: Travel tip? HS: My friend turned me on to a small Tumi Just In Case Tote that slides on the top of the suitcase handles and stays fixed in place. I'll wrap my cameras in a cloth and keep them there. It's fudging the carry-on but I've never been called on it yet. RM: Next destination? HS: Paris and Morocco. I want to go back to Tokyo soon, and India is on the list. I would love to go and cook there. N.B.: As part of our Remodelista Exclusives week, this post is a rerun and originally ran on January 27, 2012.






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