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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Carry-On Travel Essentials 2019


I'm sure you guys could google "travel essentials" and get linked to several different sites with many different lists. But for me, I want this to be as easy as possible and as simple as possible. Sure, you know about how to limit your liquids in a carry on, external charger, etc. But on recent trips, I've noticed what my steady must haves are. When I'm traveling with a checked luggage, these some of the things I definitely need on my carry on.

TRAVEL CREDIT CARD
Getting a travel credit card is one of the best "adult" decisions I've ever made. I always book trips and travel with my AMEX PlatinumYou can read more about this credit card on this blog post. 

AWAY CARRY ON
It's a smart to invest in a carry-on with a lifetime warranty. So much can happen on a trip and there's a sense of reassurance when you know that if anything happened to your suitcase, you can get it fixed or replaced. I love my Away luggages. If you're ready to invest in Away luggages, click here and you can get $20 off your first purchase! If the discount doesn't apply, check out my "CODES" highlight on IG stories for a quick tutorial! This works best on desktop.

ABOARD THE FLIGHT



When traveling, I always like to make sure these things are taken out of my carry-on and in the personal bag I'm slipping under my seat. The Away Everywhere Bag perfectly fits under the seat in front of you and can easily fit all my in-flight needs. Of course, you can use whatever bag you're most comfortable with for your personal bag.

Once I'm in my seat I make sure all these things are accessible. No one wants to be going in and out of that overhead compartment. For long flights I like to make sure I have:
  • TRAVEL PILLOW + EYE MASK if you're the type to want to knock out on a flight and just wake up at your destination.
  • MOISTURIZING SKINCARE because the air during a flight can really dry you out. I recommend a mask as well.
  • EYEGLASSES because it's not good to be wearing contacts during a flight. Make sure you bring your eyeglasses with you if you have a prescription, you'll be more comfortable skipping on the contact lenses!
  • SEAT POCKET ORGANIZER because that seat pocket in front of you is filthy. This will make sure you don't lose anything in the seat pocket and have to go digging for it. That pocket gets rarely cleaned. I'm loving this BEIS one but it's currently sold out.
  • BOSE HEADPHONES are so worth investing in. They're noise cancelling and definitely make a difference when you're listening to a movie or your music on a flight. These are so comfortable as well so I don't mind having them on for a few hours.
  • PENS! And okay, every list and your mom probably told you how important bringing a pen is. I'm just reinforcing that and sharing my favorite pens.
  • SLIPPERS are usually included in that bag that is in business or first class, but if you're on a long haul flight and don't want to slip your shoes on and off when you stroll down that aisle to stretch your legs or use the bathroom, some simple slippers are pretty convenient. A little hack is to save hotel slippers and bring them on trips too.
  • WATER BOTTLE can be filled once you clear security. You'll also be able to make sure your water stays cold during a long flight as well.
  • JEWELRY ORGANIZER is a game changer! I love traveling with this thing because it makes packing my jewelry for a trip so nice and organized. I also don't have to worry about my necklaces becoming a tangled mess anymore.
  • TECH ORGANIZER to organize your cables, adaptors, memory card, etc. The one I like to use is by Incase.
Other things to remember to throw in your bags, but I'm sure you already knew this: Disinfecting wipes, sanitizer, toothbrush/toothpaste, external charger, snacks, medicine, deodorant and body spray to quickly refresh during/after the flight, make-up wipes, extra socks, a blanket/scarf, an extra outfit just in case, travel documents, and your more expensive equipment that you're not comfortable putting in your checked luggage. Usually my laptop, cameras, and any bags I'm traveling with are in my carry-on luggage.

For your checked luggage, I definitely recommend packing cubes and other luggage organizers to better organize your belongings. That's all for now!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

The Denim Edit


As I get older, I'm learning what pieces are worth the investment and what pieces aren't. Jeans: definitely worth the investment. From straight legs, high-waisted, flares, and cropped jeans, I've rounded up my favorites in my closet. With any of these jeans, I'm so comfortable in them because I refuse to buy any jeans that have zero stretch. (If the material says 100% cotton, it's gonna be a no for me.)

I like to make sure that when I'm investing in a pair of jeans, they're comfortable, easy to wear, and just the right wash. While these may be on the pricier side, a lot of these are sold on retailers that occasionally have Friends & Family sales, so I'd definitely keep an eye out for that!

Neiman Marcus is currently having their Friends & Family sale offering 25% off. 
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Barney's offers 10% off your first order and currently offering $25 per $250 that you spend.
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Take 15% off your first orders at Intermix, Rag & Bone, Frame, and Paige.
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A code that currently works for Shopbop for 15% off is "SHOP15" (not sure when this expires)



Monday, April 29, 2019

Comfortable Investments: Designer Shoes


It's no secret that I have an appreciation for designer pieces. But over the years, I've learned how to become more thoughtful and mindful of my purchases, trying to make sure that it's something I'll actually wear, can go with a lot of things in my closet, and most importantly, is comfortable to wear. My younger self was convinced that being a woman, I should wear heels, learn how to walk in them, etc. I got pairs of Christian Louboutin's and as stunning as they were, I hated wearing them. I've sold the three pairs I owned and haven't looked back. 

I can't wear heels (with the exception of a decent-height block heel, the only way I can keep my balance and stand at my dream height of 5'9" lol.) So as I get older and my style gets a bit more polished over time, I'm all about making sure it's comfortable first. With a simpler wardrobe and style like mine, accessories such as bags, shoes, and jewelry are where I can throw in a little extra something something. This spring, I'm lining up my favorites that are perfect for casual days, events, and won't mind walking around in for a while. I'm all about sneakers, mules, slides, and espadrilles.




TOP PHOTO 
Dior D-Dior Technical Mule ($950) / Gucci Princetown Loafer ($695) / Chanel Espadrilles ($725)

BOTTOM PHOTO
Chanel Slingbacks ($875) / Gucci Princetown Loafer ($695) / Chanel Espadrilles - Lambskin ($725)

I have to admit that I do proceed with caution when it comes to the "Designer Shoe" category because when you're spending that much money on something on your feet, you don't want to wear them down. While they are comfortable enough to wear every day, my everyday shoes are still sneakers and if an outfit needs a little extra something-something, that's when I reach for one of these. Hopefully this post provides some insight/help with shopping for shoes that are closet investments. If you have any specific questions with sizing, leave them down below!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Sephora Sale


It's that time of the year! I love getting that notification that the Sephora Beauty Insider Event is about to begin. My wallet, not so much. From April 26 until May 6, you can get up to 20% off depending on your tier at Sephora. 

ROUGE MEMBERS: 20% OFF (April 26-May 6)
VIB MEMBERS: 15% OFF (May 2-May 6)
INSIDER MEMBERS: 10% OFF (May 2-May 6)

I've rounded up my favorites and some of the best-sellers below. Even during the sale period, you have up to 60 days to bring back/return a product that doesn't work for you. Ranging from my favorite skincare products that are available at Sephora, to things that I want to try based on reviews and suggestions from friends, my go-to make-up products that I'm always restocking on, and some tools that are definitely worth taking advantage of during the sale, it's all here.

CLEAN BEAUTY (SKINCARE) AT SEPHORA
Kicking things off with the "CLEAN AT SEPHORA" products. I just recently started looking into "clean beauty" more because a lot more people have been talking about it, and to be honest, I'm interested in learning more. I've been checking out what gets that "clean beauty" badge at Sephora and I'm happy to see brands that I've recently gotten to know and incorporate into my routine in this list.

I'm listing some "clean" brands below (not all) and I rounded up what I would recommend checking out as well as a list of products I want to try in this category. I don't have much experience with clean make-up but I may browse the next time I wander into Sephora.

PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS / WHAT I HAVE AT HOME


WHAT I WANT TO TRY




Dr. Roebuck's | Drunk Elephant | Tatcha | Farmacy | Origins | SkinFix | Josie Maran | Glow Recipe
Boscia | Kopari | Ren Skincare | Elemis | Coola | Summer Fridays | Caudalie | Korres
Cover FX | Ilia | Lilah B. | Bite Beauty | Lashfood | RMS Beauty
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The following items don't all fall into the "CLEAN BEAUTY" category.

SKINCARE FAVORITES 


MAKE-UP ROUTINE GO-TO'S


TOOLS + OTHER PRODUCTS


Check out more on Sephora.com

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Zappos x Kenneth Cole

Sponsored by Zappos

Whenever I’m shopping for the new season, I like to keep in mind the classics so that I can wear it with a variety of pieces in my closet. One of my top shoe must haves are a crisp white sneaker, especially for the spring and summer. Whether you’re styling them with jeans, shorts, or even a dress, you can’t go wrong with a clean white leather pair of sneaks. I’ve been styling the Kam sneakers by Kenneth Cole for years and they never disappoint.
With Kenneth Cole available on Zappos, you can style your spring and summer wardrobe without breaking the bank. As NYC still eases into warmer weather, I’m styling my sneakers with black skinny jeans, a white tee, and my go-to trench coat. Be sure to check out the Kenneth Cole selection on Zappos as well as all the other amazing shoes Zappos carries. They’ve got an amazing selection of all your favorite brands, even a few designer names you’d be familiar with as well!

SHOP THE SHOES HERE