The Brazilian-American actress talks cocktail dressing, travel and flip-flopping holiday traditions.

I'm wearing…

Tory's Violetta Dress, Esther Slingback Sandal and Roll Clutch.

When dressing for a holiday cocktail party, I love to…

Wear tights. Because it's one of the few times of the year when you can make a cocktail dress look a little funky. And, in casual L.A., wear a blazer.

In Brazil we celebrate the holidays by…

It's a little bit different in Brazil. Christmas Eve is when you have a big dinner and open presents. The next morning you just have breakfast — no presents. We do it in reverse.

My travel getaway…

Punta del Este in Uruguay. My parents rent a house there.

And the first thing I do when I get off the plane…

Get in the ocean!

Favorite travel find…

I was in London recently and noticed everyone was wearing these really cute cuffed pants — I had to have them! The ones I got were from Vanessa Bruno.

Secret to staying chic when traveling…

Take a big pashmina shawl with you and don't wear makeup on the plane because your skin's going to get really dry.

Carry-on essentials…

Instant oatmeal, so I have a backup in case I don't like the plane food.

Jordana Brewster photographed by Gary Gershoff/WireImage at the Spring 2013 show