STOW recently sat down with model, founder of QNOLA and newest Friend of STOW, Danielle Copperman, to chat all things travel.
To where would you most like to stowaway?
Hawaii. I went there with my family aged 12 and I have the best memories. Also, Caye Caulker in Belize is possibly my favourite place on earth, so I would give anything to be back there now! Oh but I also ADORE Cuba and want to travel the whole island as I only got to cover Havana recently, but I am obsessed with the culture there. Maybe though, I should choose somewhere I haven’t been. So, either Bali or Japan.
Who would you take with you?
My family, as I have the most holiday memories with them, and also my friends and my boyfriend. We’d rent a villa together, explore new things and reconvene at the end of the day over a communal bbq or some stargazing.
One essential piece of kit you cannot travel without, and why?
My new STOW jewelry case. For years I have wondered why there isn’t a simple solution for tangled necklaces and lost earrings. The STOW case is compact and also so beautiful, I’m proud to take it anywhere with me. I might even use it as a clutch bag to a party im going to tonight!
What is your favourite STOW piece, and why?
What would you keep in your stowaway envelope?
It’s nothing I want to keep secret – more safe I guess – but the names and contact details of all the people I meet during each of my travels. So valuable!
Luxury or practicality – which one are you?
Neither really. I’m never very practical when travelling – mainly because I can never tell whats going to happen on a trip, so can never be prepared for everything. One year in New York it was the coldest winter and I only had heeled boots with me. The following year I went back at the same time, armed with warm Timberlands, and people were in t-shirts and shorts as it was so unusually sunny! I’m also not really a luxury person either. I love to visit and stay in luxury places whilst I’m abroad, but there is something so much more satisfying and heart opening about staying in somewhere more unglamorous, or enjoying really ‘standard’ restaurants or free activities. Travelling around south America last year I stayed in a hut in the jungle where the shower was an outdoor cubicle with no ceiling and hose hanging in over the top. We ate one of the best lunches of my life, sitting on the side of a dirt track where a local guy was barbecuing lobster skewers. We watched the sunset every night from decking on the water front, where people contributed their own homemade goods, music and energy. I guess it depends on how you perceive luxury. To me, all of those things were such luxuries and I would give anything to experience them all again. A hot shower with some Aesop body wash and soft towels wouldn’t hurt either though!
Best piece of travel attire to stay stylish when on the move?
Some comfy ribbed knit or cashmere jogging bottoms. Oversized cashmere is both luxury and practical. It looks effortless and undone and is soft and gentle on the skin, warm and comfortable for long journeys.
How do you stay stylish when travelling?
Often, I don’t. On the beach I’m a sweaty mess and I tend to wear the same kind of outfit each day – especially if its hot. When I’m travelling for work though I take plenty of good accessories – mules or slippers, a good bag and some effortless jewelry that can work with several outfits, and some good fundamentals like jeans and an asymmetric skirt, and then several tops to rotate.
Best piece of fashion advice you’ve received?
I’ve never been advised directly, but one thing on shoots you come to hate is anything too ‘matchy matchy’. Every stylist I know has turned his or her nose up if a look they’re putting together is looking too ‘matchy matchy’.
Who is your travel hero/heroine and why?
Bridget Bardot or anyone from the 60s-80s. Those hard-cased travel bags are unbeatable, and the style in those days was so simple (but not by way of jeans and trainers!)
Which luxury item can you not travel without?
Luxury beauty products like Dr Hauscha, Herbivore Botanics, Urban Decay eyeshadow pallette, Taylor Morris sunglasses, and all of my jewelry.
Keep up to date with Danielle by following her on Instagram (@dcopperman), Twitter (@DMCopperman) or her blog www.modelmangetout.com.
Header image from Imperfect Matter.