If you mix sunshine and zest for life, throw in a dash of sarcasm, and put it into human form, you’ll end up with Casey Wilson. The actress, writer and “Real Housewives” anthropologist also delivered a surprise bestseller in May 2021 with his collection of essays, “The Wreckage of My Presence.” Her secret sauce is her innate ability to laugh at herself without being precious about it.
“I like people. I want to hang out with people morning, noon and night,” Wilson says.
This might sound corny. But that’s not the case when Wilson says so. And somehow Wilson, who is currently promoting his partnership with Hellmann’s new Spicy Mayonnaise Dressing, manages to make even this decidedly weird campaign not only palatable, but downright fun.
“I was given a title, which is Spicy Ambassador,” she says. “Did you ever think that I would have an ambassadorship?” Nobody did. But once you hear it, it’s true. You know that’s true. I’m just an ambassador to help people spice up their lives and live their lives.
To connect with people, Wilson travels – a lot. Both in the course of her daily work and when she takes her podcast Bitch Sesh: A Real Housewives Breakdown on the road with her co-creator Danielle Schneider. So she walked us through all the gear she bought — from her eye mask to her favorite carry-on — to make the trip not just tolerable, but enjoyable.
Her travel mantra: “I try to look like I’ve done something”, when in fact, “Everything about me is an attempt to do something that looks like a thing, but is really lazy. ” We are there for that. Here’s what Wilson doesn’t leave home on her travels.
$48 to Luna
Wilson wants to disconnect – and relax – when she’s in flight. For her, that means getting this incredibly affordable yet gloriously luxurious silk eye mask. “A face mask is my number one,” she says. “And it’s Lunya’s – it’s an obsession. If I don’t have it, things get very weird.” It has a 100% silk exterior, so it’s incredibly soft, and it doubles as a headband for your nighttime beauty routine without ruffling your hair.
$349.95 $199.99 at Amazon
Wilson isn’t going anywhere without these headphones, which have up to 22 hours of battery life and pure adaptive noise cancellation that will actively block outside noise while delivering premium sound. “I have a whole contraption where I have my Beats noise canceling headphones. I have my Lunya. Of course I have my gossip magazines, so sometimes I put the mask on, I read them, and then I pass out with the magazines spread out on me,” she says. A good pair of noise-canceling headphones are an essential part of any traveler’s wardrobe to block out the sound of your snoring seatmate, a crying baby nearby or the hum of an airplane engine.
$199.99 at B&H
Some people opt for fashionable handbags with all the gear. Not Wilson, who instead opts for this spacious yet stylish and durable bag from a famous travel brand. “I got this suitcase – it’s Samsonite, but it’s not like a huge or carry-on. It almost looks like an old school, big briefcase. I can’t describe it, but it’s indestructible, but it’s not gargantuan, so I became obsessed with it,” she says.
$84 to Vuori
When she travels, Wilson wants to look dressed up without having to sacrifice comfort. So she’s addicted to these pants that don’t really look like pants. “I wear them every second – they’re called Vuori,” she says. These are not classic sweatpants. Instead, it’s a soft fabric that has a wide leg and is fitted through the waist and hips for a slightly elevated look.
$65 to Sephora
Wilson goes nowhere without a product loved by both celebrities and their makeup artists for its flawless finish. “I am very dedicated to my Armani Luminous Foundation,” says Wilson. The foundation comes in 40 shades in a 1-ounce container, making it the perfect size to stick in your favorite travel makeup bag and get through airport security.
$15 to Sephora
As a working mom, Wilson doesn’t have the time or patience to meticulously apply layers of eye makeup or create an intricate smokey eye, especially while traveling. “[Kosas] has this product called 10 second eyeshadow where you just dab it on your eyelids and smudge it. Fact. It was really a game-changer for me,” she says. It comes in six neutral shades and is perfect for adding a touch of shine to any look.
$34 to Sephora
Wilson offers two-in-one products, including makeup. “I love the Ilia Multi-Stick,” she says. “It’s blush and lipstick. All I can do in multiple areas, I love it.” Ilia Multi-Stick can be applied on cheeks and lips to give your skin a luminous finish and illuminate your skin.
$38.95 to Amazon
Like most adults, Wilson is a fan of sunscreen no matter where she is. Specifically, she’s in the Elta SPF, which is a mineral-based, non-greasy, and ultra-lightweight sunscreen option for everyday use. “I’m very obsessed with Elta sunscreen with the moisturizer in it – it’s not chalky,” she says. It is a tinted facial sunscreen that is fragrance free and 100% mineral based.
$195 to Staud
You want to look well-dressed when you arrive at your destination, but you don’t want a suitcase of crumpled sets. Wilson is a fan of the Staud color block dresses because they’re cute and the perfect travel companion to throw on once you’ve arrived at your destination. “I absolutely loved these dresses from Staud, because they might go in your crumpled bag…but they look so cute,” Wilson says. Staud’s midi dress is available in five different color combinations, so you can select an option that’s right for you – and your destination.
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When she flies, Wilson says she usually wears these Birkenstock EVA sandals as her travel shoe of choice. They are waterproof, washable, lightweight and available in 35 different colors and prints. They are also incredibly plush and easy to put on and take off. “I have these new Birkenstocks that are a little rubbery and lavender…but they’re so comfortable,” she says.
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