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Brand new for Fall 2012, our popular Stephanie Johnson Malibu collection is reintroduced in 7 new colors:  Red, Teal, Mustard, Berry, Navy, Plum and Forest.  Back to basics pouches are joined by must-have accessories like iPad cases, luggage tags, passport covers and snap mirrors.   Like the upscale coastal California community that bears their name, these luxe leather-like cases are casual, yet completely chic.  Eternal summer is not just a destination, but a state of mind.  Here’s what else would accompany me on a seaside getaway:

1.) Essie Nail Polish in Beach Bum Blue

2.) Heidi Klein Santa Barbara Balcony Bikini

3.) La Prairie Anti-Wrinkle Sun Cream with SPF 30

4.) Seychelles Anthology Gold Sandals

5.) Purple Multi Coachella Caftan

6.) Charles Albert Agate Cuff in Pink

7.) Prada Aviator Sunglasses

Lately I’ve been dreaming of an African safari.  A place where exotic animals like gazelles, zebras, buffalos and wildebeests roam endless plains, and spectacular natural wonders abound.  To accompany me on my journey, I’ve designed the brand new Stephanie Johnson Serengeti Collection:  a grouping of sueded, textured leopard cases lined in daring turquoise and trimmed in sleek black patent leather.

Want to meet Serengeti?  Check out this video, narrated by moi!


Here’s what else I’d pack on my safari adventure:

1.) Theodora & Callum Brown Multi Sedona Tie-All Scarf

2.) Sabine Turq Stud Earrings

3.) Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV SPF 50

4.) Trumpets for Crumpets Ring

5.) Stretch-Cotton Wide-Leg Pants

6.) African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation

7.) Ultra Braid Extra Large Brim Sun Hat

This week SJ’s Style Compass is launching the first of a new series called Travel Chic.  For our inaugural post I thought I’d share some of my personal travel tips, loves, and must-have items that help me travel well.  With Travel Chic, I’ll be profiling tastemakers, arbiters of style and famous globetrotters alike and asking them to offer insight into their unique travel style (as well as a peek inside their designer suitcases!).  I hope you enjoy, and as always, travel chic!

Chic traveler:  Stephanie Johnson

Occupation:  Designer and Founder of Stephanie Johnson Cosmetic Bags

Hometown:  Recent New York City transplant (by way of Venice Beach)

How do you pack for a trip?  I’m a list maker but usually for the ‘accessories’ of travel like passport, camera, hat, bathing suit, my favorite Theodora & Callum scarf, etc.  I lay outfits on my bed and place them in the suitcase by order of importance.  If the case is full, anything left lying on the bed stays behind.

Checked bag or carry-on?  I’m going to carry-on 90% of the time unless I’m packing for a ski trip or two weeks abroad.  I like having the flexibility and I’m not a fan of waiting 30 minutes for my bag at baggage claim.

What’s always inside your carry-on?  These days I’m never without my iPad and SJ iPad Case.  It’s sort of genius to tuck my iPhone, power cord, pen, and a credit card into the case and slip it into the seat back pocket.  That way everything is handy if I need to fill out an immigration form, or pay for a snack.

Aisle or window?  After decades of aisle flying I am now all about the window.  I like being tucked inside away from the commotion of the aisle, and it’s not bad having control of the window shade either.

What’s on your plane playlist?  Absolutely nothing!  I’m more likely to tuck into a book or a stack of magazines.

What’s the Stephanie Johnson bag (or bags) that always make the trip?  If it’s a longer trip (requiring check-in), I wouldn’t be caught without my Jenny Train Case.  Lunchbox style, it fits all my toiletries and make up and has a clear pocket where I put cotton balls, q-tips, band aids and the like.  I’m currently using a Jenny from the Riviera Maya collection.

Any tips for making your hotel feel more like home?  As soon as I get to my destination I hang dresses and stack clothes on another bed or desk.  I like to see my stuff and I rarely use drawers when I travel.  I set up my SJ bags in the bathroom and place my iPad and any books next to my bedside.

Favorite travel ritual or souvenir?  If I happen upon a Christmas ornament that is locally made I will buy it.  I also like locally crafted musical instruments that are indigenous to a culture.

What’s your dream destination?  African Safari, hands down.  What could be more beautiful or inspiring?

What’s your favorite SJ piece to give as gift?  I’ve been giving a trio of SJ pouches wrapped in a bow.  These are perfect for stowing your make-up, power cords, receipts, international currency, and the large pouch doubles as a clutch.

On your reading list?  I’m between books and desperate for something new!  I finished the Steve Jobs bio and am considering The Hunger Games trilogy.  Please comment with your suggestions for a summer reading list!

Next destination?  I’m keeping my summer pretty local and don’t have anything too exotic on the books.  I’m heading to Fisher’s Island for a quiet weekend with friends, which sounds pretty perfect to me.  July will bring a Palm Beach wedding celebration and two weeks of biking and hiking in the Rockies.


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