6 things I never travel without

6 things I never travel without

6 things I never travel without, Diane von Furstenberg clutch

5. A CLUTCH - Stick your purse essentials inside and use it as a pocket in your larger carry on tote, then if you need a smaller bag in the evenings you can just grab it and go!  (Diane von Furstenberg envelope clutch)

6 things I never travel without, Watch

2. A WATCH - I try to unplug a little bit on trips so it’s good to be able to check the time without the temptation of stopping to look at my phone. (Timex for J.Crew watch)

6 things I never travel without, Scarf

1. A PRETTY SCARF - Works double time, keeps me warm on the always freezing plane or train and is a great way to change up and style outfits during your trip. (Emporio Armani Fringe Scarf)

6 things I never travel without, Journal

3. A JOURNAL - So I can write down my adventures and thoughts! (Moleskine notebook)

6 things I never travel without, Oscar Blandi

4. DRY SHAMPOO - Sometimes there’s not enough time to spend washing your hair on your adventures, you have places to be! (My go-to favorite, Oscar Blandi)

6 things I never travel without, Triangl bikini

6. A SWIMSUIT - You never know… (I love how sporty these suits are - Triangl Australia)

Carrie Lyman, Maxi skirt & Stripes

Pre-Fourth Red & White Stripes

Carrie Lyman, Maxi skirt & Stripes

Carrie Lyman, Maxi skirt & Stripes

Carrie Lyman, Maxi skirt & Stripes

Carrie Lyman, Maxi skirt & Stripes

Shirt: J.Crew (similar here); Maxi skirt: Hong Kong market (similar here); Bag: Nanette Lepore (similar here); Sunglasses: Diane von Furstenberg; Bracelet: Henri Bendel

Hi guys! I’m headed out of town for the holiday weekend but just wanted to post a little red and white stripe themed outfit before I left (next time I’ll get the blue in there). Hope you all have a great weekend and Happy 4th of July!
~Carrie

Photography by Nicole Collins

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Pleats on Park

Black pleated dress - Carrie Lyman

Black pleated dress - Carrie Lyman

Dress: Cos (similar here); Shoes: Calvin Klein (similar here); Clutch; shop in Bali (similar here); Midi rings: RACHEL Rachel Roy

Black pleated dress - Carrie Lyman

Black pleated dress - Carrie Lyman

Black pleated dress - Carrie Lyman

Dress: Cos (similar here); Shoes: Calvin Klein (similar here); Clutch; shop in Bali (similar here); Midi rings: RACHEL Rachel Roy

By recommendation I stopped in to visit the COS store on Queen’s Road in Hong Kong last year and came home with this black pleated dress. Owned by H&M, the COS brand is nicer in quality and until this year was only sold in Europe and Asia. I’m so excited they finally have a US website to shop and hopefully soon a rumored Spring Street store opening here in NYC!
~Carrie

Photography by Nicole Collins

Carrie Lyman - Neon & Florals

Neon & Florals

Carrie Lyman, Neon & Florals

Dress: Zara (similar here); Aviator sunglasses: Ann Taylor LOFT; Clutch: Madewell (similar here); Bracelet: Aqua for Bloomingdales (similar here); Silver ring: Banana Republic (similar here); Midi rings: RACHEL Rachel Roy; Shoes: Coach

Carrie Lyman, Neon & Florals

Carrie Lyman - Neon & Florals

Carrie Lyman, Neon & Florals

Dress: Zara (similar here); Aviator sunglasses: Ann Taylor LOFT; Clutch: Madewell (similar here); Bracelet: Aqua for Bloomingdales (similar here); Silver ring: Banana Republic (similar here); Midi rings: RACHEL Rachel Roy; Shoes: Coach

For a large part of my life I refused to wear florals; my mother tried her hardest. I’ve recently noticed though that in the past few years florals been creeping into my closet. Now I’m the lookout for a perfect summer floral clutch!  ~Carrie

Photography by Nicole Collins

Carrie Lyman Puerto Rico

What kind of vacations did your family take?

When I was a kid, all I wanted was for my family to go on vacation to Cape Cod or on a Caribbean cruise like all the other kids at school. Instead, my parents dragged us all over the US, every battlefield, national park and historical monument, we went there. My parents especially loved farmer’s museums and colonial villages.

During our many family adventures, we rode horses through the mountains of Yellowstone, went gold mining in Alaska and re-enacted the battle of Gettysburg in 100 degree heat. It wasn’t until I was 21 that I ever went on a beach vacation to Puerto Rico and I’m not sure our family knew what to do with ourselves.

Now that I’m older and have a full time job, when I have time off I tend to want to go places for exploring rather than relaxing and I think my family definitely influenced that. Many of my friends in NYC who spend their vacations heading down south to the beach, experienced that with their families growing up and they definitely have a different mindset about travel.

I never appreciated the vacations that my parents took me on until I was much older, but now I realize that it helped encouraged my wanderlust of wanting to see and explore the world.

How about you? Did your family influence the way you travel or take time off from your day jobs?

Carrie Lyman - Maya Beach, Thailand
Maya Beach, Thailand – I did stop here and relax during my trip to Thailand
Carrie Lyman, Embroidered Summer

Embroidered Summer

Carrie Lyman - Embroidered Summer

Carrie Lyman - Embroidered Summer

Embroidered peasant top: J.Crew; Denim shorts: J.Crew; Sandals: Emozioni at Bloomingdale’s; Clutch: Madewell (similar one here); Bracelets: Alex & Ani (similar here), Henri Bendel; Watch: DKNY (similar one here)

Carrie Lyman - Embroidered Summer

Carrie Lyman - Embroidered Summer

Embroidered peasant top: J.Crew; Denim shorts: J.Crew; Sandals: Emozioni at Bloomingdale’s; Clutch: Madewell (similar one here); Bracelets: Alex & Ani (similar here), Henri Bendel; Watch: DKNY (similar one here)

Carrie Lyman - Belmont Stakes

Weekends – Belmont Stakes

Happy Monday! This past Saturday I took the train to the Belmont Stakes to see if California Chrome would take home the Triple Crown after winning both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness this year. California Chrome didn’t end up winning but it was exciting to see Tonalist cross the finish line and win by just a nose!

Carrie Lyman - Belmont Stakes
California Chrome’s owner waving to the crowd
Carrie Lyman - Belmont Stakes
Lining up for the start of the Triple Crown race
Carrie Lyman - Belmont Stakes
All the photographers waiting to photograph the winner, Tonalist
Carrie Lyman - Belmont Stakes
Last race of the day

by CARRIE LYMAN travel. illustration. fashion. nyc.

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