It’s summer! And that means on Fridays, everyone should be sneaking out of work a little bit early to go on a weekend jaunt or grab a drink on a sunny rooftop. The fashion industry, which works very hard, also knows a thing or two about how to cut loose. In our weekly Summer Friday column, we catch up with industry insiders to find out what they do, where they go, and what they bring with them when they escape the daily grind. We started our series this season with Rachel Zoe, stylist, editor, and designer extraordinaire! This week we go on vacation with entrepreneur and power style maker, Tina Craig of Bag Snob.
If there were ever a competition for "most popular" within the fashion industry, Tina Craig, co-founder of the website Bag Snob, would win--hands down. One of the industry's most beloved movers and shakers, Craig is also one of the most renowned: She's respected for both her distinctive point of view and authority when it comes to fashion.
Craig and her business partner and friend Kelly Cook launched Bag Snob in 2005. The twosome has over 25+ years experience in the fashion and entertainment industries combined. But what began as a hobby soon turned into a major destination for any and all who crave authentic reviews of luxury handbags.
Since then, the former MTV Asia VJ and mommy of one has expanded her site: There are now a total of six "Snob" sites including Beauty Snob, Jewel Snob, Couture Snob, Shoe Snob, and Tot Snob. She also collaborated on a handbag collection with DKNY (the first bloggers to do so!), has been requested to moderate panels (from the likes of Victoria Beckham!), and just signed a major deal signed with Beanstalk (alongside the likes of Salma Hayek and Iman!).
With so much on her plate, it's impressive that Craig somehow manages to sneak out and go on vacation. Below, she tells us about climbing the Great Wall of China, losing her ID in a foreign country, and of course, her chicest vacation must-haves.
How I pack for vacation is... I am a lifetime member of Over-Packers Anonymous! But there is a carefully organized method to my madness. I bring at least five bags with me on each trip, whether it's for the weekend or two weeks (The 5 Essential bags: Tote, Travel, Treasure, Trendy, and Clutch). I pack my bags like nesting boxes: three to four bags nested inside each other with a clutch in the middle. The bags don't get crushed, and you save a lot of space. I also use packing cubes, one for each member of the family. I roll up each piece of clothing before packing it in the cubes, which helps keep garments wrinkle-free (rather than folding, a surefire way to end up ironing everything you’ve brought on your trip).
Is it okay to look like a tourist on vacation? Explain. I recommend looking like yourself, no matter where you are. Don’t dress to fit into a location; wear what looks good on you and makes you feel confident. If that’s a pair of Birkenstocks with a logo T-shirt and baseball hat, so be it. I prefer to keep my outfits simple when sightseeing: a hands-free cross-body Hermes Evelyne bag, minimal jewels, and Alaïa ballet flats or Marant wedge kicks.
The most daring thing I've done while abroad... I went deep-sea diving by myself with a group of strangers in the Cayman Islands because my husband had to cancel last minute. This was before I had my son. Now I won't even walk in the dark by myself!
The greatest mishap that's ever happened to me on vacation is... Losing my ID! It was a total nightmare getting back on the plane with a Xerox copy of my driver's license and passport. (I highly recommend that, by the way: keep an extra copy of your passport and/or license in the hotel safe for emergencies.)
The one moment that I will never ever forget and why... The first time I climbed the Great Wall of China. Spanning over 13,000 miles, its vastness is awe-inspiring, and its century-defying history is equally mind-blowing. I felt very small that day; sometimes it takes a glimpse at something far bigger than you to put it all in perspective. (A few facts tourists may not know: It took 2,000 years and tens of thousands of people to build. Thousands died during the process, and their bodies were tossed beneath the stones of the Wall, so it's also a tomb of sorts.)
My travel buddy is always ____ because... My eight-year-old son because I love showing him the world. He has been my travel companion since he was four-months-old, and he now shares my sense of adventure!
My favorite purchase while on vacay... A gorgeous clutch made of a giant abalone shell I found in Thailand last summer with the hubby and the boy. It was only $35, but the memories from the trip are priceless.
Sexiest thing about summer... Bare legs finally liberated from tights!
My new song of the summer... I'm stuck in the ‘90s. I still listen to Green Day and No Doubt! I learn about new music from my son, Right now, he's really into Daft Punk and Macklemore, so songs like “Get Lucky” and “Can’t Hold Us” are what we’re listening to at the moment.
My 5-7 packing essentials: 1. Hermès shawls and scarves in bright colors: Cashmere and silk shawls that double as blankets on the plane and wraps for cool evenings; silk scarves to tie around my head or wrap as halter tops. 2. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer: I've used this product for over 10 years. It hides a multitude of sins and erases all signs of jet lag. 3. Munitio 9mm bullet earphones: The best! Not only do they look slick and cool, they fit my ears perfectly and offer incredible sound. 4. J Crew white V-neck T-shirts: Each trip, I pack them by the half-dozen to wear with everything from skinny jeans and short skirts to wide-legged pants dressed up with layers of chunky gold necklaces. I also sleep in them. The definition of multi-functional! 5. Rag & Bone hats: I have the floppy-brim fedora in multiple colors and materials. Their hats are the chicest sun-protecting, bad hair-hiding accessories on the planet. 6. Kai perfume oil: My favorite. It has the most intoxicating gardenia scent! Dab the roll-on oil above the upper lip (right beneath the nostrils) and the wafts of the titillating essential oils will linger each time you speak. 7. As I mentioned above, I always travel with the 5 Essential bags: A Tote, Travel, Treasure (aka exotic), Trendy, and Clutch. On a recent trip to Punta Mita, I packed 10 bags. Bag Snob needs her bags, no matter where she goes!