This year, I've carried one item that is a great conversation starter, especially at airports and hotels. "Where'd you get that?" "Love the color!" "I want it!" My purple rolling Lipault bag is the perfect carry-on and I've learned to pack for a week in it. Lipault is a French brand, but the bags are available online and at certain U.S. retailers.
I'm still looking for the perfect combination of luggage - I want a big black leather tote bag to carry all my magazines, books, paperworks, notebooks, iPad, computer, etc. And I want to find a great piece of bigger luggage that will last a long time. I'm eyeing Hartmann and Tumi. If you have a favorite piece of luggage, I'd love to know!
In Confessions of a Shopaholic, my favorite chick lit book, Becky Bloomwood says "Luggage! As I wander round the department, looking at Louis Vuitton suitcases and calfskin bags, I'm quite thrown. Why on earth have I never considered luggage before?...How can I have just blithely led my life ignoring an entire retail sector?"
Here's my purple Lipault on the patio of my room at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in Australia.