When my mother moved back to her native Michigan four years ago, I started a new tradition of bringing my family to visit her once a year. We choose fall to visit because it’s so beautiful with the changing colors, and it’s my favorite season. I think next year we’ll visit during summer so we can swim and enjoy the long, warm evenings. In this photo, we’re all sitting on a built-in bench couch in The Palmer House, a Frank Lloyd Wright built home in Ann Arbor. You can rent this house and experience FLW’s magnificent Usonian design yourself!
These days, I like to travel light, but I also like to tell a story of who I am, especially when I only see my family once a year. I want them to know how I’ve evolved, what my new passions are, and how I express myself these days.
I don’t always get it right, but this year I got it mostly right — except for the fact that Michigan had unseasonably warm weather so I didn’t get to wear my cashmere sweaters.
After traveling to Michigan last week, here’s five things I’ve learned about packing that might help you on your journey of self-expression, too:
1. Pre-tested always wins.
We each have pieces in our closet that are repeat favorites. You know, those things that bring compliments, no matter how many times you wear them. For me, it’s a Fleurette cashmere coat that can go over a pair of jeans and a tee shirt or a fancy dress. When the weather gets chilly, I always carry this coat with me. I look and feel put-together in this coat, and that gives me reassurance that I will look good walking into any place!