Travel Like an Editor: InStyle's Alexandra DeRosa Hits 7 Spots in California
Traveling to seven different locations takes expert packing skills—see how this InStyle editor pulled it off with style and ease.
An Easy Piece to Wear (and Pack): The Jumpsuit
Location: West Hollywood
"When traveling, it's easiest to pack pieces that will make up an entire outfit, like a dress or a jumpsuit. Lately, I have a thing for jumpsuits and I have more black styles than I care to admit, but this white one felt new, fresh, and seasonally appropriate."
An Airy Dress to Catch the San Francisco Breeze
Location: San Francisco
"My style is a blend of minimalist colors and tailored shapes with feminine details, like ruffles and tiny buttons. This Rebecca Taylor paisley-printed maxidress was fun to wear because it was a departure from my everyday style—to me, it had a 'vacation-y' vibe."
"Sausalito is this charming little city a short ferry ride from San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. It's the perfect cocktail hour spot, so out came the eye makeup, heels, and evening bag."
Shop it: La Regal minaudière, $65; bluefly.com. Proenza Schouler sandals, $432; farfetch.com for simlar style. Urban Decay Naked2 eye shadow palette, $52; sephora.com. Sephora Collection eyelash curler, $17; sephora.com.
Jewelry That Matches with Everything
Location: In route from San Fransico to Los Angeles
"I live for Jennifer Fisher jewelry. There's no one that does jewelry like she does right now. I just feel like she gets me. There is not a single piece she's designed that I haven't fallen in love with."
Get the Look: Small single knot ring, $185; jenniferfisherjewelry.com. Large single knot cuff, $515; jenniferfisherjewelry.com. Small bow cuff, $495; jenniferfisherjewelry.com. Large double knot cuff, $435; jenniferfisherjewelry.com.
Lip Glosses Galore
Location: Downtown Los Angeles
"My daytime beauty regimen is pretty streamlined, probably because I'm more concerned with what I'm wearing. I tend to only wear eye makeup on off-duty hours, so during the day, it's all about lip gloss. I stick to sheer or light pink shades—I have dark red hair, so I'm very conscious about having too much color going on."
Shop it: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15, $23; sephora.com. Rosebud Perfume Co. Lip Balm, $7; sephora.com. Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Metallic Lipstick in 'Melted Peony', $21; toofaced.com.
"This one-piece swimsuit is by Belusso, a fresh swimwear brand born out of Saint Tropez. I wore this Belusso suit with my Jennifer Fisher jewelry and a ruffled pink bag that I (or my sister?!) got from the Gap at least 10 years ago."
Get the Look: Belusso one-piece, $209; belusso.com. Click back a slide to shop the Jennifer Fisher pieces.
Swimsuit as Part of My Daytime Look
"For a day trip to Malibu, I wore my Belusso swimsuit as part of my outfit—a styling idea that I've been playing with all summer long (psst, it's an easy way to channel the bodysuit trend). I paired the one-piece with a lightweight pair of wide-leg eyelet pants. This outfit readied me for the beach and lunch at Nobu."
Swapped Out the Swimsuit for a Crop Top
Location: Santa Monica Pier
"On the way back from Malibu I stopped in Santa Monica, so I swapped out my swimsuit for a Jonathan Simkhai bustier top. I'm loving what Simhkai is doing right now. His designs are modern, sexy, and crafted using unique fabrics and textures."
My Skincare Game
"Moisturizer and eye cream all day, every day. I use Clarins cream on my face, Origins cream on my neck and décolletage, Tata Harper on my eyes, and on occasion, I'll use Sarah Happ's lip scrub and Avène's soothing masque. I also always travel with Essie nail polish in 'Marshmallow' to fix any potential polish chips. The soft white shade is my go-to; I don't know that I've worn a different nail color in years (no lie!)."
Shop it: Eau Thermale Avène Masque Apaisante Hydratant, $26; drugstore.com. Tata Harper Resorative Eye Cream, $90; sephora.com. Origins Rejuvenating Treatment, $43; sephora.com. Clarins Extra-Firming Night Cream, $91; sephora.com. Essie Nail Polish in 'Marshmellow', $9; ulta.com. Sarah Happ Lip Scrub, $24; nordstrom.com.
A Few of My Favorite Things
"The Rag & Bone Enfield Mini Crossbody Bag is one of my favorite handbag shapes. This powder pink style was one of my first 'fashion' purchases. I'll cherish it forever—same goes for these Polaroids taken on the trip."
Get the Look: Rag & Bone bag, $550; shopbop.com for similar style.