Beautiful baggage

Melissa writes:

I know you love to travel and you love your accessories, so I am wondering what you use to hold/organize your accessories when you are on the go!

We are going on a cruise at the end of this month, and one of my biggest challenges when packing has been my accessories (as well as over packing, but that is an entirely different battle). By the time they get to the hotel room they are disorganized so I get frustrated and leave them in the suitcase. If you have any thoughts or suggestions i’d really appreciate it.


Well, Melissa, if I were as organized as, say, my sister-in-law Jaclyn, I would buy a travel organizer ( has every type imaginable). Instead, I take a Ukrainian doll approach to packing.


I start with sturdy jewelry (I leave fragile and valuable pieces at home), which I wrap in scarves (just make sure they’re not delicate or easily snagged).


Then I pack these scarf-wrapped piece in the clutches I’m bringing with me. And then I stash those clutches in my luggage. So I put to use everything I plan on wearing when I arrive.


If a piece is too small to wrap in a scarf (earrings, rings and delicate necklaces) I store those in drawstring pouches. Most bead shops will sell them in all materials, colours and sizes. Luckily enough, my Alkemie fox ring (from Vincent Park in Vancouver) came in its own pouch so it’ll travel that way with me to Coachella.

But truth be told, I don’t bring many accessories with me because I like to stock up while on vacation. Accessories make the best souvenirs, don’t they?

Hope this helps, Melissa. Have such an amazing time on your cruise and let me know how it goes!

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  • Reply Larissa April 14, 2010 at 10:11 am


    You can buy specific accessory travel bags, they are soft and have many compartments, so you can keep them small or fill them up! I got one in Amsterdam and it’s beautiful and I use it all the time.

    I’m sure they have them at accessory shops around here too!


  • Reply Melissa April 14, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Yay! Thanks Kelsey :)
    Storing them in a clutch is such a great idea. I don’t plan on bringing too many accessories so that should work nicely!

    btw, the fox ring? Adorable!

    Larissa, Thanks for the suggestion :) I’ve been keeping my eye out for an accessory travel bag so hopefully i’ll find one that works for me eventually haha.

  • Reply K-L April 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Mittens! I store all my accessories in mittens.

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