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Pack Light Stylishly: An Introduction to Traveling Carry-on Only without Sacrificing Your Style: (previously published as Capsule Wardrobe Essentials) by [Jimenez, Alexandra]
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Pack Light Stylishly: An Introduction to Traveling Carry-on Only without Sacrificing Your Style: (previously published as Capsule Wardrobe Essentials) Kindle Edition

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First published in 2013 under the title "Capsule Wardrobe Essentials", the latest edition for 2015 features a new name "Pack Light Stylishly" and has been updated with revised content, fresh visuals, new packing tips, and more! World traveler Alexandra Jimenez shares her tips to travel for any length of time to any destination lightly, fashionably and efficiently. An invaluable resource to women who travel for leisure, for business, or for both, the book highlights the most versatile pieces and packing strategies for carry-on travel around the globe using only ten-fifteen pieces of clothing.

Learn how to:
• Select sensible clothing pieces to create a workable and stylish travel wardrobe
• Pare down your clothes to the essentials while still looking and feeling your best
• Discover forgotten items in your existing wardrobe
• Plan for various travel scenarios including changes in weather or activities
• Save suitcase space to travel carry-on only, make room for souvenirs and shopping or for that extra pair of shoes!

Take the stress out of international or domestic travel. You’ll wish you had read this before your past trips!

The book is the culmination of the author’s experience traveling the world since quitting her corporate job in 2008. Traveling 365 days a year, carry-on only, Alexandra has gained vast knowledge and experience to impart to women travelers who want to choose the best travel clothing while packing light.

Combining a fashion-focused approach with the practical experience of world travel, Alexandra's unique vision and insight is unparalleled in the travel world. She shows women how they can create a capsule wardrobe for travel and learn the art of traveling carry-on only.

Featuring adaptable packing lists, tips to choose the most versatile travel wardrobe pieces, practical packing advice, and much more, "Pack Light Stylishly" gives women travelers a concise and thorough introduction on how to pack smarter and more fashion-consciously for every trip they take.

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  • Print Length: 130 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GBTBOLS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Great info on packing and helpful for minimizing your wardrobe in general. Mostly common sense, but if you struggle with minimizing, this book should help.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9cf3c24c) out of 5 stars 78 reviews
66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf4fc90) out of 5 stars Terribly disappointing Dec 10 2013
By Gail Rhea - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Suckered in by the 15 glowing 5-star reviews and one 4-star review, I eagerly bought this ebook only to be terribly disappointed.

First, the good:

The color wheel is presented with basic principles for coordinating a wardrobe which is essential to traveling light.

Various types of travel and lodgings are acknowledged from weekend trips to round-the-world excursions, from business to hiking, from hotels with bellhops to hostels, from laundry services and coin operations to hand-washing in the sink as well as travel during one or more seasons.

A variety of fabrics for the various seasons are discussed.

Next, the bad:

Colors on the color wheel are not labeled leaving those of us who read on black & white devices at a loss because everything is in shades of gray and we can't see the associations trying to be made.

She dumped cotton into the slow-drying category failing to recognize that woven cotton dries significantly faster than cotton knit.

There are too many repetitions of statements already made and it's irritating to have to reread them.

There are missing words and words strung together without intervening spaces. One string without spaces also had one or more words omitted so I never could figure out what was intended.

There are misused words. I didn't make a list, but remember "pallet" instead of "palette" which is also used. Another is "transparent" instead of "translucent" or "see-through."

There are too many references and links to the author's website.

Anybody wanting to travel light has to realize that jeans, being both heavy and bulky, should be the first casual everyday wear item to be eliminated and a substitute found if not to reduce bulk and weight, but also to be able to fit in other items. Another disadvantage is that jeans won't drip-dry in 12 hours much less overnight. You're much better off all the way around by substituting different pants for your beloved jeans unless your trip is so short or of a type that it won't really matter. Of course, this comment doesn't apply to newer denim materials that are lighter and less bulky than traditional jeans.

Finally, the terrible:

In cool weather, jeans will contribute to hypothermia leading to death if they get damp because wet cotton draws heat out of the body. It doesn't even have to be cold. People have died of hypothermia in as warm as 60 degrees Fahrenheit. She does mention the danger of cotton in cold weather but continued to include jeans as desirable pants to wear when it's cold.

Unlike ebooks based on other authors' websites or blogs that have the text from those sites included in the ebook, the packing lists for 4-piece, 6-piece, 12-piece, and 15-piece wardrobes and advice on how to customize the packing lists can only be seen by clicking links to the author's website which is annoyingly inconvenient at best and absolutely useless if you want to study them while you're out of range of the wireless signal necessary to get online. Why did she make it such a hassle for her readers? I was already not liking the ebook and this made me angry to the point I'm considering asking for a refund.

A way around that is to copy the lists from the website into one or more .txt files when you can get online with a computer and transfer them to your Kindle via USB so you can look at them whenever you want. Of course, you can also do that without buying the ebook since the packing list for the 10-piece wardrobe in the ebook is also online.

The bottom line:

Until the author revises this ebook to remedy the issues, I think it's best to save your money by learning how to coordinate your wardrobe, which isn't addressed in depth in this ebook, and get packing lists for free elsewhere especially since this short ebook is only about a travel wardrobe that can fit into a single carry-on bag which isn't much.

Just as the author learned, the best packing list is developed from information gleaned from other travelers and personal experience. Beside the author's website which has even more packing lists than those mentioned in her ebook, all for free, there are many free packing lists available on the Internet for carry-on-only travel which you will have to customize for yourself, anyway.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf4fedc) out of 5 stars Can't be all things to all people Dec 21 2013
By anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I read this on my kindle, start to finish, in about 45 minutes. It wasn't bad, but as a book, it wasn't very useful. Almost everything is already available for free on the TFG website, which actually has a lot more useful content than this book does. The last section of the book was just links to the website, which were no use to me reading offline on the kindle. The color images were mostly useless in grayscale. Editing was inadequate, as other people have mentioned (the misuse of pallet for palette wasn't even consistent) which was distracting, even if not terribly important.

These things got in the way of appreciating the content which was OK. I just felt like this book was trying to be all things to all people. Creating a capsule wardrobe for business travel or visiting family (where you probably have space/means to dry clothing over a longer period and where social pressure to wear clean clothes each day is strong) is very different from creating a jungle trekking or a backpacking beach holiday wardrobe. For example, jeans are terrible to pack for the jungle or any place where hypothermia might be an issue, but great for cities and towns where you want to dress like a resident. The author talked about figuring out what your needs are, but I felt like most of the advice was generalized for the type of travel she does.

I disagreed with some specific advice based on my own personal experience and preference - for example, cotton is far more comfortable for me, dries fast enough for the travel I do and doesn't stink the way the man made fabrics I own do.
But there was some great advice that I needed to hear and practice - it's better to travel with clothes I love, clothes that I wear and enjoy at home, not speciality travel wear. And I need to make sure that everything works together and with the shoes that I am bringing. The author's website has lots of great packing lists that I think I can adapt to my own preferences. I just wish that more of that information had been included and fleshed out in this book.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf53138) out of 5 stars LOVE this new travel fashion book from blogger Travel Fashion Girl! Nov. 11 2013
By Noonan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Can't get enough of Travel Fashion Girl's great tips for putting together and packing the perfect travel wardrobe! Before I started reading her blog I was always frustrated by packing too much, too little and usually the wrong things. Using her packing lists and travel tips I've been able to take the right things and usually in just a carry on! If you travel a lot or are just going on one vacation you will be really happy to have this book full of fantastic, helpful lists for putting together the right outfits for you. Unlike other books, Capsule Wardrobe Essentials suggests items that real people can actually wear (or buy) and allows you to put in your own style and type of travel. This would be a great gift for a newly engaged girlfriend thinking about her honeymoon or a bon voyage for someone going on an around the world trip. I've used her lists for a few "bucket list" trips and am so glad I did!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf533b4) out of 5 stars Travel Professionals Must Read Nov. 12 2013
By Laurel F - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Alex is a travel goddess. I would hire her to pack my bags for every trip! I am constantly traveling. Many times trips are 6-8 weeks in length, cross-geos & climates, and a mix of business & pleasure. This book (plus her fab blog) helps to get me packed in a carry-on bag that doesn't sacrifice versatility, fashionability, or professionalism. Plus, sometimes leaves room for an extra pair of shoes!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf5324c) out of 5 stars Gamechanger !!! May 3 2014
By misslee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I travel on average 4 times a year. Thankfully all pleasure. Done over 30 countries. I WISH i had read this book sooner !! For the first time , i did a capsule wardrobe last week and the FIRST TIME I HAD CARRY ON !!! it was great !!! How liberating.
who knew a maxi-skirt could be so versatile . I also read her blog. One word of advise, if your a curvaceous Latina or women stay away from the skyler anatomie travel pants. There made for girls with the "boyish " or stick figure.