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In The Bag: Chic, Casual Island Life

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Wrapping up my Curaçao style posts, in this edition of my In The Bag series here’s some travel essentials that are chic and casual to live up that island life. Shot at the Carribbean-meets-Miami-chic Floris Suite Hotel.

Backpack – Herschel Supply

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In case you didn’t know yet I’m kind of in love with Herschel Supply Little America backpack. Its spacious (20″ H, 12″ L and 7″ W), lightweight canvas body has two sets of stylish leather straps with magnetic closures, and padded shoulder straps and back. The top flap opens up to the drawcord shut main compartment, which has a padded laptop laptop sleeve inside.

Shoes – United Nude

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Make a footwear statement whenever possible. United Nude’s Cuba Elastic Slip On is a colorful and simple silhouette with the brand’s signature elastics, mesh lining and rubber outsole. Can be styled with cotton shorts, dark washed jeans and even swimwear.

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In The Bag: Accessories For Traveling From City To Rural Ecuador

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In this edition of Vee Travels’ In The Bag series, the essential accessories for traveling from Quito, Ecuador’s city life to its rural, mountain regions in the outskirts. Traveling light is key, but personal style can easily be implemented to the accessories selected as they all come in several design or color options.

For the bag, I selected the local find of a woven wool cross body, as the Andean pattern called my name. Other bags such as backpacks, duffles and satchels can be found throughout both the city and rural areas of Quito (and the rest of Ecuador), but often  they will have the country or city’s name splattered on it. It was nice to find one that didn’t give away where I found it just be looking at it.

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External Power – myCharge

One of the most important necessities for traveling from city to rural, an external power source.  myCharge’s Hub 6000 ($99) comes in a sleek silver body and can add over 25 hours of talk time. Called the “Swiss Army Knife of portable power devices”, you can power three gadgets at once with the built-in Apple Lightning, USB port and micro-USB port (useful for my Sony Cyber-shot I used on the trip). It’s also very light and as you can see below, about the length and width of an iPhone.

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#BeShady This World Sight Day With TOMS

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Taking part in World Sight Day (October 10th), TOMS is putting forth its #BESHADY campaign in support and awareness of this annual day created to focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired.

Wear your sunglasses indoors to show support, and when asked by others why you are wearing sunglasses while reading a magazine, in a restaurant or as you shop, you can tell them it is for the 285 million people who are visually impaired or blind. Upload selfies to Instagram with the hashtag #BESHADY.

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TOMS, which also helps restore or save the sight of a person in need with every eyewear purchase, has released a limited edition pair of sunglasses for World Sight Day. The Phoenix Gold Mirror ($55) comes in an amber tortoise frame and ear pieces in solid white and sky blue. You can style up the sunglasses with a fall essential denim jacket (this one from H&M), and colors such as charcoal or olive always pair nicely with denim or torte.

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Tod’s Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Collection

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Italian born and bred, Tod’s is best known for its excellent driving shoes. For the 2013-2014 Autumn/Winter collection, Tod’s man is said to be inspired by the interiors of contemporary gentlemen’s clubs, places of impeccable and timeless elegance. “Ideal for the contemporary man and his style: carefully studied, refined and cosmopolitan.”

In the collection below, you’ll find the timeless Gommino driving moccasins (which have a rounded shape crafted from hand-waxed leather), the semi-glossy leather Derby shoes with rubber sole, sunglasses with leather details, textured leather mini iPad case, pebbled leather wallets, and the traveler’s eye candy, the Petroleum blue leather bag and two-tone gray suede sneakers with ultralight rubber sole (pictured above).

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