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Virtual Valise: Bamboushay in the BVI


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With its rich palette of blues and greens, rimmed with white sand beaches, the British Virgin Islands begin to work their soothing magic from first glimpse to last memory. The landscape palettes are packed with soothing hues, patiently waiting for your gaze upon arrival. If it is your first visit, bamboushay, mon, and may this be the first of many. If you’re experienced, then you know the bliss.

As you stroll markets and waterfronts, dive deep, jump up, or loll about on the decks of your private luxury yacht charter, ensure your profile is impeccable with some Virtual Valise packing tips for this casual, comfortable, friendly destination.

Prompt a pistarckle, inciting a local commotion as you leisurely stroll by in this simple bikini for her. Pack this essential from Melissa Odabash, embellished with a few bright, shiny things at strategic points, putting emphasis in all the right places. For him, Sauvage trips back to the 70s with a contour, square-cut board short for a standout men’s look.

Something fun to look through, as well as at, Dita made the Hurricane sunglass frame to be adored from both sides of the lens. Big, blue, and brave, these statement cat-eyes for her are all about the purr. Oliver Peoples Wyler Matte Sunglasses continue the retro look for him, strong and handsome, without fanfare. Grey polarized lenses and silver trim, these are an absolute must-have for the BVI sun.

Islanders completely embrace casual attire, and they dress the part daily. Pick up on style like you were “baan ya,” acting local while scooping some vintage blues with bling. Enter Dolce & Gabbana’s Swarovski-encrusted boyfriend jean. Icing on top, slip on a little white silk camisole for a deliciously casual look.

For him, the soft Modern Red Jean by Bill, paired with this sharp , walks the casual line without getting sloppy. An easy day, you’ll fit right in while enjoying some of the BVI’s most casual atmosphere.

You can dress to the nines if you like, but it’s not a requirement in the BVI like in other yachting destinations. For a romantic candlelit dinner at the Sugar Mill, or the Dove, both on Tortola, guys might kick it up a notch with this silk and cashmere jacket paired with white pant and chambray shirting. Women can dress anything up or down with jewels and footwear, but this little Blumarine confection, topping a crisp white skirt with a Bohemian top and strappy flats, endorses high fashion while keeping it low key.

A clever carry for him comes from Frank Clegg Leatherworks. The Beast, a hand stained, wild American alligator bag, lined, locked, and luxurious, is ready to become your next family heirloom while serving time as a traveling companion. For her, the small working tote, also from Frank Clegg, goes from yacht to beach to shops with equal ease and plenty of room. Larger totes are also available, as well as full-size travel pieces.

Having time on your hands is one thing. Having it in the palm of your hand is quite another. For something fun and different, here’s a unique watch to underscore your individuality. The Panerai Tourbillion Ceramica pocket watch is not your grandpa’s timepiece, but a modern version of Swiss artistry and technology that will only be constructed for 50 lucky owners. For her, a Richard Mille Tourbillion Fleur opens and closes the beautiful watch face blossom as time ticks ever so gracefully by. Packed and prepped, are you ready? Leh we gan, mon.


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