This Month Win a Diane Travel Jacket from Anatomie Apparel

by Beth Whitman (August 1st, 2014)

Anatomie Diane Jacket

I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of Anatomie Apparel until these folks contacted me about reviewing their clothes.

While Anatomie is best known for their line of pants, I was most interested in testing out the Diane Travel Jacket as I really like lightweight jackets–especially for cold plane rides–and I knew this would get a lot of use.

I’ve since discovered that Anatomie has a wide range of clothing options and all are really ideal for travelers.

How so, you ask?

Well, the first thing I noticed with the Diane Travel Jacket is that the emphasis is on comfort. It’s made of a nylon and lycra blend that gives it it an excellent stretch. Even with the jacket zipped all the way up, I can easily twist and move around. In other words, it has lots of give.

Both owners of the company have a background in designing performance clothes for athletes, so it makes total sense that comfort would be such a high priority for them.

But Anatomie clothes go beyond being practical. They are also quite upscale in their styles. Think: Paris. Check out any item on their site, and you’ll see that they possess a stylish sensibility.

Because the materials they use are so lightweight, they pack down small and will take up little space in your bag.

The Diane Travel Jacket has two front pockets with flaps, great for tucking away items while you’re touring around a city.

It can be worn zipped up (pictured above) for a tailored shape, or open (pictured below) for a more casual look. What struck me as so unique about the Diane, however, is the long length of it. It comes down much longer than most other light jackets I have. And that’s a bonus as it seems to provide a much sleeker style than a short, waist-length coat.

The Diane Travel Jacket is available in Black, Grey, Navy, Khaki and Purple.

About Anatomie
Anatomie is a designer fashion house that creates elegant, luxury travel wear using high-performance fabrics to ensure that the woman traveler wanders the world in style and comfort.

Wanna win your own?
During the month of August, you can enter to win your very own Diane Travel Jacket from Anatomie (choose from Black, Grey or Navy for this contest). One winner will be chosen on September 1, 2014.


Anatomie Diane Jacket open1) Sign up for the Wanderlust and Lipstick newsletter. This goes out just once a month and your information is never shared.

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Oh, and get some good karma by forwarding this to friends whom you think might like to enter to win a Diane Travel Jacket from Anatomie.

Value: $265

The Deets
This contest closes at 11:59 pm PST on August 31, 2014 and the lucky winner will be chosen on September 1, 2014. We can only ship to U.S. addresses (sorry!).

The winner will have three days to respond before another winner is chosen.

Travel Well,



Nite Ize Gear ~ WanderGear Wednesday

by Beth Whitman (July 30th, 2014)

You’ve probably seen many of these items from Nite Ize at the checkout line at your local outdoor gear store. You might have even grabbed one or two as an impulse buy or bought them for stocking stuffers.

They’re actually quite fun. I picked up a few items myself when I was at the Outdoor Retailer show earlier this year and have found them to come in handy as packing accessories that I didn’t know I needed but now love.

These folks actually have a ton of products to choose from, but here are some of my favorite Nite Ize gear items:

Nite Ize ClipLit

Cliplit – these little LED lights have a caribiner attached so you can hook the light on to pretty much anything such as your keys, backpack, belt loop, etc. These are great for trying to find something in the bottom of your dark bag or in your tent late at night.

Best part is that they come in these awesomely fun colors and designs. Really, what traveler wouldn’t want a peace sign or globe as their night light? Available on Amazon in lots of options.

Nite Ize Gear Ties

Gear Ties 3″ – I actually use these little guys a lot to keep my electrical cords nice and tidy. They’re great for packing but also perfect around the house. I have several pairs of earbuds that I use depending upon what I’m doing (wireless for gardening, more traditional ones for the plane) and I like to keep the cords in some sort of order so I’m not having to untangle them.

Nite Ize Gear Ties

The gear ties actually come in multiple lengths so if you need cords or other items wrapped up that are larger than your headphone cords, there’s likely a length that’ll work for you.

Gear ties are available on Amazon in lots of options.

Nite Ize S-Biner

S-Biner – This little S-Biner has turned out to be a great item for me to have. I often carry a water bottle around with me and I’ve found that I can easily clip the S-Biner on to the water bottle and then clip it to my belt loop or backpack. Available on Amazon in a variety of styles and sizes.


Nite Ize CurvyMan

Curvyman – I remember seeing someone in a coffee shop using one of these once and thinking it was just the most clever thing ever. And it is! It has the same function as the little Gear Ties in that it’ll keep your earbuds from getting tangled, but it includes a little caribiner so you can clip it to your backpack. You’ll never have to dig around for your earbuds again since you’ll know exactly where they are. Available on Amazon for about $5.

Travel Well,


Disclosure: Nite Ize sent provided these items to me for review. Regardless, everything I have said in the post reflects my honest opinions.

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Survival International Denounces Jimmy Nelson’s Before They Pass Away

by Beth Whitman (July 29th, 2014)

Before They Pass AwayWhen I first saw the book, Before They Pass Away by Jimmy Nelson, I was so taken with all the images that I immediately wanted one. Luckily, it’s a very pricey book so I never took the plunge and purchased one.

And that might be a good thing.

I recently saw a post on Survival International denouncing the authenticity of the photos. The book is supposed to be representative of how ancient civilizations have lived for thousands of years but, as Survival International points out, the book is more a fantastical look through a photographer’s lens.

They challenge the idea that the images accurately represent the tribes in the photographs and uses the example of the Waorani tribe wearing fig leaves to cover their private parts (something they have never done).

I think it’s an interesting debate.

On the one hand, I’d like to think the photographer was sincere in his desire to photograph these tribes in order to raise awareness of their existence and perhaps have some hand in saving them.

On the other hand, for an organization like Survival International, whose goal is to support tribal peoples’ rights, to denounce the book, carries a lot of weight. Before They Pass Away, they say, ignores the real atrocities that are occurring against the tribes and romanticizing them in photographs that are not true to life, does them a disservice.

As someone with a strong interest in tribal rights, I have to say I’m leaning toward Survival International’s point of view. But I also recognize that there’s a fine line between what Jimmy Nelson has created and me traveling to Papua New Guinea to visit tribes who are performing in singsings with hundreds of tourists in attendance.

Where do you draw the line between real and fantasy?

I’m not sure.

Travel Well,


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