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New York City

Packing for a trip to a fashion capital like New York City can be overwhelming. To help make it more manageable, we sat down with one of the most stylish New York-based fashion bloggers, Samantha, @TheNYBlonde, in our Nate Berkus Signature Suite to get insider tips on what and how to pack for your next Big Apple adventure.

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Accessories can sometimes make an outfit, but with so many options it can be hard to remember it all. What’s your “can’t leave home without it" item?

I never leave home without my Ray-Ban Aviators. They elevate almost every look and they are always in season. I've been wearing them for almost ten years now and they never go out of style.

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New Yorkers are always on the go and every minute counts! What’s your go-to airport-to-appointment look?

A pair of leather leggings,  a white button-down tunic, black booties and a leather jacket. I've never been one to wear sweatpants when traveling, so a good leather legging has been my staple for a while now. They're super comfortable. I usually reach for my mid-heel booties, too – they are great for walking to and from meetings and perfect for exploring. When I’m in a new place, I always love wandering through charming city streets and admiring store windows. Plus, nothing beats a black leather jacket when traveling – it’s the ultimate layering piece.

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The age-old packing question – roll or fold?

I haven't checked a bag in almost ten years and it has everything to do with maximizing space. I roll all of my clothing and utilize any empty space in my carry-on. I'll put toiletries inside my socks, which then go inside my shoes. There is no stone left unturned in my carry-on when traveling! I usually unpack my suitcase as soon as I get to my hotel. I love a room with good closet space, and that is often hard to find. I also recommend taking advantage of hotel services – you can easily contact housekeeping to request a steamer, and for longer trips, have an item or two pressed (the service might even be complimentary).

For more fashion inspo from Samantha, follow her on Instagram here. Photos by: @kmostudio.