Travel Like an Editor: What InStyle’s Kim Peiffer Packed for Her Trip to Spain
I’m from a small town in Wisconsin (where it is cold, cold, cold!), so my vacations usually involve one of two things I lacked growing up: a city or a beach.
I’ve lived abroad and traveled many places in Europe, but I had yet to visit Spain, so I planned a girls' trip to Madrid and the island of Mallorca (the perfect combination of both city and beach). The goal? To spend the first half exploring Madrid, dining at tapas restaurants, and perusing the city’s best boutiques, and spend the second half relaxing, laying in the sun, and dining by candlelight on the Mediterranean (tough job, I know).
I love to travel light (I rarely check a bag, even if I’m going somewhere for two weeks), so I always bring pieces that can be worn multiple ways. Because this particular trip involved both time in a city and a stay on an island, packing was quite the challenge. I kept it streamlined with a few evening outfits, a pair of versatile stilettos, my favorite bikini, and the ultimate accessory—a pair of cat-eye sunglasses.
When it comes to beauty essentials, I rely on the same products no matter where I am in the world: an illuminating tinted moisturizer and a shimmery blush to give my skin a summer glow year-round, a super hydrating eye cream and a light facewash, a bottle of dry shampoo, and a tinted glossing treatment to keep my hair from turning brassy in the sun.
And yes, I somehow managed to fit it all in a carry-on!
—Coordinated by InStyle’s Senior Market Editor/Digital Correspondent Dana Avidan-Cohn
Patterned Open-Back Maxidress
Tibi dress, $675; tibi.com
Sexy Nude Heels
Aquazzura cutout sandal, $595; shopbop.com
Flower-Adorned Statement Skirt
Matthew Williamson skirt, $1,619; matthewwilliamson.com
Michael Kors leather sandal, $165; scoopnyc.com
Tibi crop top, $298; tibi.com
Day-to-Night Midi Skirt
Tibi skirt, $525; tibi.com
Peter Thomas Roth eye cream, $100; peterthomasroth.com; Bumble and Bumble pret a powder, $26; bumbleandbumble.com; Philosophy purity facial cleanser, $23; sephora.com; Peter Thomas Roth eye correcting concealer, $42; sephora.com; Shu Eumura color lustre, $41; fruugo.us; Bobbi Brown shimmer brick, $43; bobbibrowncosmetics.com; Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, $43; sephora.com; and Kate Somerville exfoliating treatment, $22; katesomerville.com
Gentle Dirt Dissolver
Philosophy purity facial cleanser, $23; sephora.com
Peter Thomas Roth eye cream, $100; peterthomasroth.com
A Refreshed Complexion
Kate Somerville exfoliating treatment, $22; katesomerville.com
A Hint of Shimmering Color
Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, $43; sephora.com
All-in-One Eye Treatment
Peter Thomas Roth eye correcting concealer, $42; sephora.com
A Natural Glow
Bobbi Brown shimmer brick, $43; bobbibrowncosmetics.com
Bumble and Bumble Pret a Powder, $26; bumbleandbumble.com
Hair Color Nourisher
Shu Eumura color lustre, $41; fruugo.us