Fashion month, work conferences, and music festivals can truly be the belly of the beast when it comes to temptation and testing your diet, your beauty regimen and your health. Your sleep is compromised, the food is junk and the drinking, well the social nature of such events promotes all indulgences.
After nearly two years on the road for work, I’ve been honing in on tricks that leave me feeling relatively the same as when I left home—where regular exercise, sleep and better dietary decisions are generally made. My tactics aren’t perfect, but as I am 10 days into conferences (Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s Women in the World Summit, SxSW Interactive and SxSW Music), I’m deep in thought in how to not step off the plane and hand my first few days back home over to the dark side: prolonged recuperation and days rife with little productivity.
1) Schedule Cleanses or Colonics: Now, this is not necessarily in order of necessity or importance, and I’m sure this caused a few double blinks. The truth is, even if you don’t give into indulgent drink and street food, your body feels tried, so to speak, when out of its usual environment and routine. Scheduling a colonic during your trip or juice cleansing one day during the event can be incredibly rejuvenating, invigorating and give you the leg up on your peers and friends in the energy department.
2) Pack Your Vitamins: Starting the day much the same as you would at home is integral to feeling “normal” on the road. So let’s hope vitamins are a normal kickstart to your day…alongside a healthy glass of water and, let’s be honest, a healthy cup of caffeine.
3) Bring your Exfoliators: Dead skin builds up and needs to be exfoliated on the road just as it does at home regularly, if not more so. We’re on airplanes exposing our skin to recycled, reprocessed and maybe then recycled again air. I actually save room for my Clarisonic Mia exfoliating brush so that my skin feels as fresh as it does when I step out of my own shower.
4) Plan your workouts: Whether it be a place to run or stroll, a nearby yoga studio or a gym that sells day passes, researching means for exercise ahead of time create more likelihood for physical activity to make it into your schedule.
5) Ditch the heels, invest in boots: Sensible is not synonymous with unstylish, it’s just good sense. Complementary to dresses, skirts and your favorite skinny jeans, boots are a smart fashion and comfort choice, and I recommend several different styles on your trip.
6) Befriend moderation: Whether it’s alcohol, those decadent macaroons, beef sliders or late night sessions rapping with friends and colleagues, all can be enjoyed, and all should be approached with a minimalistic attitude. Less is more – more enjoyment and energy to celebrate the very reasons you’re at a festival or conference.