By Laura Medina
If you're lucky to be invited to a last-minute Summer Cocktail party being held at an upscale hotel for one night or you're in an emergency get-away and need a last-minute escape?
Either way, you have all of a few hours to organize your wardrobe and beauty/grooming kit for an one day/one night stay, you can easily pack and stash everything in your fashionable, over-sized giant tote bag.
If you're impromptu is somewhere sunny and dry like Palm Springs or sunny and beachy like Malibu, this last-minute stash kit will have you covered.
Since both scenarios are sunny climates, you still can earn that tawny bronze without the burning by slathering on this nourish Drunk Elephant Umbra™ Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 Sun Block. Sure, it looks like that traditional pink baby lotion but watch out! This Marula Oil and Raspberry Seed Oil (one of Mother Nature's sunscreen) cushion with Sunflower Shoot Extract and Astaxanthin, (a powerful carotenoid that protects DNA) wouldn't keep you pasty pale but it does allow you to earn that bronzy glow without the burn and the painful peeling. However, your skin will left soft to the touch as it golden, like honey.
Now, you smothered Drunk Elephant Umbra™ Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 Sun Block from head to toe, let's talk about color.
Pantone's Color for 2014, Radiant Orchid, a captivating harmony of rosy vibrant fuchsia, purple and pink undertones span across all universal skintones, proved to be a sold-out at Sephora that it gained coveted cult status among beautistas..;and Sephora lay claims to Pantone's cosmetic collaborations until they sold out.
If you missed out Sephora/Pantone's Radiant Orchid Collection, don't freak out. There's an unsung alternative...Smashbox's Spring Edit: Eyes & Lips...
This is Smashbox's answer to the vivid but wearable Radiant Orchid. In this pocket-sized kit, it contains three basic eyeshadows in Sugarplum, Seashell and Shimmering Taupe, Be Legendary Lipstick in Primrose and Inspiration that can double as a cream blush, and Lip Enhancing Gloss in Panoramic Pink to complete the look.
What happen to nifty but sometimes annoying travel/sample-sized body wash, shampoo, and conditioner/lotion?
If you're lucky escape to the lemon-themed Viceroy in Palm Springs, you have no need to worry...
This renovated motor courtyard has been re-done into cream and lemon-themed cozy cottages in a private backyard. If you're fortunate enough to be invited to a Gin Party, consider yourself double-lucky since the party is practically on your doorsteps. The Viceroy in Palm Springs is like a home-away-from-home escape.
Since you're hiding away in a lemon and cream nook, again consider yourself lucky to be pampered by the Viceroy. They stock their cottages and room with Neil George Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, and Lotion, refreshingly yummy stuff better than what you left behind...
Now that your grooming basics and shelter are taken care of, what to stash as an all-in-one wardrobe for one day/one night?
Believe it or not, your casual hip weekend gear with some extra Lycra will do. Never hurts to toss some costume jewelry for the evening or for dinner. Simple Chic will do; and it does goes a long way, stretching out its purpose like Lycra. Yes, pun intended.
A dark rinse pair of high-quality denim leggings-yes, you heard this scribe right-dark rinse pair of "jeggings" are the best things to toss into a your over-sized but yet-so-stylish tote bag for a one day/one night jaunt. This scribe likes to buy her comfortably chic "jeggings" from Hue like their Denim Leggings. Since Hue has a long tradition in making durable, good quality leggings since the Eighties (yes, that was this scribe first worn them), you can't go wrong when invited to an impromptu horse-riding or a polo party, paired with knee-high boots or with Puma Ballet Flats for yoga...which will happen when you stay at the Viceroy in Palm Springs. They offer free yoga class on Saturday morning. If this happens, do it!
This is where dark denim jeggings smack down their tacky image. Dark and slimming enough to rock it the night before but stretchy and comfortable enough to do a Down-ward Dog the morning after. Consider, this last-minute workhorse staple a travel essential.
Top, you say?
Since you left in the last minute, you can't go wrong with a form-fitting but comfortable black tank top from Splendid...
Light and cooling enough for the sun's UV rays and heat but form-fitting enough that your chest is not flopping out, you can't go wrong with a classic black 50% Pima Cotton 50% Modal tank top, especially topped with classic pearl jewelry for the night-out. Price is not object if outlandish costume jewelry.
For that next morning yoga freebie class, swap out the jewelry, tie up the hair and complete your yoga Vinyasa circle in complete cooling comfort of a classic, form-fitting black tank top...with your stretch dark denim leggings.
The simple essentials of a "jegging" and tank top are easy to wash and care once you return home the next day.
Your Smashbox Spring Edit makeup kit can still be stash away in your carry-on or re-used in your own everyday purse. Drunk Elephant Umbra™ Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 Sun Block can be an essential moisturizer under your eyes or your makeup but still an essential everywhere else on your body.
But, this scribe still sure miss those Neil George Body Washes.