Chic Traveler:  Yifat Oren

Occupation:  Event planner extraordinaire

Hometown:  Los Angeles

Yifat Oren & Associates is the team responsible for creating some of the most perfect and magical events around the globe including the recent nuptials between Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth, and Molly Sims and Scott Stuber.

I was lucky enough to catch Yifat unpacking at home after a two-week trip to Israel followed by a few days in NYC.  After a gorgeous lunch of veggie soup and a veggie salad (both Oren and hubby Jonathon are incredible cooks, no surprise there) she let me observe her unpacking her cases.  Here’s what I learned:

What is/are the Stephanie Johnson bag/bags that always make the trip?

I’m a bit of an SJ addict, and I travel with no less than six (!) Stephanie Johnson bags in tow.   Here’s how I use them to stay organized:

My SJ Large Flat Pouch houses all my bronzers, concealers, powders, blush and blush brush.  I use a matching SJ Medium Flat Pouch for all of my ‘eye stuff’ like mascara, eyelash curler, shadows and eye pencils.  I love the Jenny Train Case (mine’s a ‘vintage’ print from several seasons ago) to carry toiletries and miscellaneous items.  Necklaces go in tiny zip lock bags and I let the closed clasp pull out of the bags about an inch.  Then I place them all in the SJ clear flat pouch that accompanies the Jenny.  Voila, they’re tangle free and all in one spot!

For international travel, I stow foreign currency in a SJ Mumbai Buff Zip Case.

Your must-pack essentials?

I don’t leave home without a pair of nail scissors, because I always get hangnails!  I also keep a pair of tweezers on hand to keep up with my eyebrows.  Other beauty must-haves are:  NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, Le Labo fragrance in Fleur D’Oranger compounded at Barneys, L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream, and Tom Ford nail color in Coral Blame.

What’s always in your carry-on?

My iPad, a good book, and magazines.  I must catch up on my reading!

Do you have a favorite travel destination, or a location that particularly inspires you?

My favorite locations to plan an event include Villa d’Este in Lake Como and anywhere in the Riviera Maya/Mayakoba, Mexico.  My dream location for an event?  Either San Miguel de Allende, Mexico or The Pond in Lake Placid.  I also love Twin Farms in Vermont.

What’s your personal travel style?

I’m an ‘off the beaten path’ kind of girl.  I like to go somewhere and stay a while, especially with the kids.  Having said that, I prefer to rent a house or apartment when I travel, and Paris is a favorite destination.  I’m no good going somewhere where there is nothing to do for a long time, so ideally Paris and then the country for a week where the kids can run around.

Favorite pre-travel beauty routine?

Lately, I’ve been getting gel manicures before I travel.  They last 2-3 weeks, and I like that I don’t have to worry about keeping up my nails while I’m away.

What’s the next piece on your Stephanie Johnson wish list?  An iPad case.

Luckily, Stephanie was nice enough to gift me one in the Palm Desert Orange print!