Friday, September 28, 2012

Three Fabulous Fashionable Flying Attire

Hello fellow travelers! If you're like me, you enjoy dressing up. Not necessarily for other people (though that doesn't hurt), but for yourself. When you know you look good, it not only boosts your self confidence, but gives you that extra "oomph". With the right clothing, it's as almost if you could yell, "here I am world, give me your worst!"and you could totally kick any bad day in the booty with your knee high boots. 

Aside from looking good however, I also want to be comfortable. Oh, I should probably mention I want both of those things while flying 30,000 feet in the air. It surely can't be done, right?!? Oh, but it can. I have compiled a list of three Glam Traveler flying-approved outfits from frumpy to fabulous. I have personally worn and tested each of them, and they are perfect for those long (and cold!) airplane flights. 

1. The Red Eye

Okay, I completely understand the need for wearing a sweatshirt at the airport. It's comfy, it's easy, it's casual. At least class the sweatshirt up a bit by wearing leggings, which are equally as comfortable. Throw on some sparkly flats and a fabulous purse, and this look goes from frumpy to fantastic. A simple track sweatshirt never looked so good. 

Leggings by Decree. Purse by Coach. 

2. Bad-Ass Business Class

Sometimes, you just don't want to be messed with. This outfit let's people know you mean business, while having the added bonus of wearability. While pairing a fun tank with a faux leather (yay for animals) jacket & boots, you can get to your destination in style! Oh, and don't let anyone tell you you can't mix brown with black (like my outfit below). Some rules can and should be broken (especially with my cute owl purse!!). 

Top by Forever 21. Jacket by JouJou. Leggings by Decree. Boots by Studio Works.

3. On my way to Santa Fe

You can't get much cuter or more practical than this outfit. It's trendy, yet super comfortable. If you want to up the ante, add a belt. I've paired this dress with a scarf for a pop of color, a medium size purse, and flats. If you get cold on airplanes (like me) pack a pair of socks in the purse and bring a zip up. You could also easily wear some tights or leggings (any color) with boots. 

Dress by Buttons. Purse by Kathy Van Zeeland. 

And there you have it, a list of three awesome outfits that get my stamp of approval. After all, fashion+comfort=perfection. What are your go-to styles for flying? As always, questions and comments appreciated!

xoxo, The Glam Traveler

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Best of the Northwoods-Leinenkugel Brewing Company

It's no surprise that great beer comes from Wisconsin, and one of the best breweries is located in the Northwoods of this state. While many breweries offer a great experience, I don't think there are any that offer quite as much as the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company. 

Located in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, the Brewery has an interesting history. It all started in 1867 with business partners Jacob Leinenkugel and John Miller. When they started brewing, they had only themselves as employees, with Jacob doing the brewing and John delivering the beer by cart. In 1884 John sold his share to Jacob, and from then onward the brewery has been known as Leinenkugel's. Today, Jacob Leinenkugel's three great-great grandsons, Jake, Dick, and John are running the business, and it is better than ever! For more information about the history, visit their homepage or visit the brewery yourself!

Outside the Brewery

One of the many great things about Leinenkugel's is that a guided tour of the brewery is completely FREE! The whole tour takes about 30-45 minutes and really shows you the ins and outs of the brewing business. I'm not even a huge beer drinker, but I was able to leave with lots of new information. 

Secondly (and probably the best part), not only is the tour free but so are the samples! This very rarely happens in breweries. I opted to try Summer Shandy and Berry Weiss, which was my favorite. I haven't had a chance to go in the fall, but I've heard great things about their Oktoberfest and I may go back soon just to test it out!

Samples inside the Leinie Lodge

Autumn is the PERFECT time for a visit to the Midwest, and just as equally a great time to take some brewery tours. If you are in the area, the Leinenkugel's Brewery is a must see.

Photos by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Product Review: Honey Can Do Vacuum Packs

In the next two weeks, I will be packing up my life and moving out West. For some people, renting a U-Haul is the way to go. This is not so for me and my boyfriend, who are not only on a budget but are driving our teensy cars the whole way there. Since we don't have a lot of space, I decided to try out vacuum packs, as I have a whole lot of clothes and not a whole lot of space to put them. This is where the Honey Can Do Vacuum Packs came in handy. I bought two boxes of the 5 pack Closet Combo, which has 3 large bags and 2 medium size. The nice thing about these bags is that you can either vacuum out the air or roll it out if you  don't have access to a vacuum. 

I tested both ways, and found both did the job pretty equally. I did end up preferring using the vacuum in the end, as it was easier (no awkwardly sitting/rolling yourself on the bag) and faster. I also enjoyed watching four pillows being squished like marshmallows. Nice for storage and a little entertainment; not bad! 

I plan on using all of the bags and am excited to not only use them for car transportation but also for storage in our new apartment. The Vacuum Packs get two thumbs up from me!