Welcome to the debut issue of Your Time to Fly’s “Our Favorite Things.” We hope to put together a round up of all the products we have discovered and love on a regular basis, with input from our community on Facebook. Since this site is designed with women who are 40+ in mind, that is who this list is geared toward. 

So jump in and scroll down, you may just discover something new to make your life easier, make your travel smoother, or just to make you happy. Have a product that you LOVE that you want to tell us about? Leave a comment or post a message in our Facebook group.

Our Favorite Things

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Taos Crave Boots

I have always been a fan of comfortable shoes and recent issues with plantar fasciitis makes great arch support and structure more important than ever. After reading all the rave reviews about the comfort of Taos Crave boots, I decided to give them a try and I was not disappointed! 

I chose the black on black waterproof boots, since these will be the most useful for travel (thinking ahead to our spring trip to Paris and Amsterdam), although I adore some of the other color combinations. The stacked heel adds style, but the boots are still very comfortable with great arch and ankle support. I love the side zip easy on / easy off style, but you can also adjust the fit by tightening the laces.

Anatomie Travel City Slick Jacket

Tamara in Steve Madden black slip ons and Anatomie jacket in front of the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik

I have an entire closet full of coats but I’m always struggling to find THE ONE! Seriously, I have FOUR raincoats – a slicker, a trench, a fleece lined waterproof coat with a hood, and a thing rain jacket. It is ridiculous and doesn’t get much better when you move into winter coats (ski, long puffer, short puffer…you get the idea.) 

However, one that I find especially hard to find is the mid-weight spring/fall jacket that looks stylish enough for posh urban exploring, but is comfortable enough for sitting on the sidelines at your kid’s soccer game. I finally found that in the Anatomie Travel City Slick jacket

It is mid-weight and offers waterproof technology and a light fleece lining to protect against the elements. I like the wide collar that can be zipped up to protect against the wind. 

Fatface Jeggings

I really love skinny jeans, but so many of them are a little too short in the leg for me (I’m 5’6”) and they tend to look a little short and ride down. Since I’m bigger up top, I like to lengthen my legs and have searched high and low for great skinny jeans or jeggings that come all the way to the bottom of the ankle. 

I found exactly what I was looking for at Fatface, a UK-brand that I recently discovered. Their five-pocket jeggings fit great and have a nice stretch to them too. I’m comfortable wearing these with booties, flats, sandals, or tall boots. 

Delsey Paris Chatelet Soft Air 

Delsey Paris Soft Air Chatelet bag on a bench

I bring this tote Delsey Paris Chatelet Soft Air tote on all my trips when I’m traveling carry on only because I can slip it over the handles of my rolling carry on. It is also perfect for business meetings or conferences where I want to have my computer with me during the day.

It fits perfectly under an airplane seat and has room for a 15” laptop, tablet, camera, and all the other items I would typically bring on the plane.

Lemon Ginger Healthade Kombucha

Healthade Lemon Ginger Kombucha

Since I’m not a coffee drinker, I need something to wake me up in the morning and kick my metabolism into gear. Sometimes I will stop by a local juice shop and grab a juice with a shot of ginger and one of my favorites is a shot with lemon, ginger and cayenne. Wow that wakes you up! 

I was thrilled when I discovered the Healthade Lemon Ginger Kombucha at my local market and Target because it gives that same zesty flavor and punch, with the digestive benefits of Kombucha. (And it is cheaper and easier to stock this then stop at the local juice bar!)

CeraVe Facial Moisturizer

If you have dry, sensitive skin then you know finding a moisturizer that works in the winter is especially challenging. After trying more expensive products, I have come to love the CeraVe Skin Renewing Day Cream with sunscreen and Retinol.

It is thick enough to offer real moisturize, without feeling heavy or greasy. This moisturizer also offers SPF 30, but it goes on like a cream, not a sunscreen.

Travel Tripod/Selfie Stick 

Selfie sticks are annoying but when you travel on your own, or even with just one other person, it is hard to get good photos with YOU in them.

My friend Keryn introduced me to this great travel-size selfie stick that doubles as a tripod with a Bluetooth remote shutter release. It is easy to shove into your bag and capture some of those great moments with the ones we love.

Favorite Book – Red to the Bone

For the last few months I have been raiding my teen daughter’s book shelf of young adult novels. However, I recently got myself to the bookstore and picked out a few new books of my own. One I had heard about on The Daily Show, Red to the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson.

A few years ago I had read Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson as part of a mother-daughter book club monthly read and I was so taken with her writing. Red to the Bone did not disappoint. I’m blown away at the stories and depth that Jacqueline Woodson can weave with a minimal amount of words. It is a story of three generations of a family, told from different points of view. It isn’t a big WOW story but if you appreciate thoughtful, well-crafted writing you should pick up this book.

Favorite Streaming Show – Jack Ryan

We subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney + so I tend to primarily watch streaming shows versus live or recorded television. My favorite binge show recently was Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime. I like action and spy movies (and John Krasinsky) and found myself staying up late to binge Season One last year.

I eagerly awaited Season Two, which brought Jack Ryan, CIA Analyst, to Venezuela and non-stop action and intrigue ensues. You never know if second seasons will be as good as the first, but this one was and can be a good stand-alone series even if you didn’t watch Season One yet.