Travel

Keep Calm & Carry On

Keep Calm & Carry On

notebook | passport case | purifying gel | hand lotion | travel pillow | eye mask | lip balm | rosewater spray | handbag

When I travel, comfort is key.  Lip balm, hand lotion and a rose water spray help my  skin stay hydrated. Take a peek inside my carry on  to see some of the goodies that keep me relaxed and refreshed.

Beach Days Ahead

Met Me at the Beach

Hat | Bandeau Top | Bottoms |  Sandals | Balm | Sunnies | Tote

Sun, sand and beachy waves are all in store, this weekend I’m heading to the Caribbean. These fun finds are all essentials. What are you bringing to the beach?

Friday Finds

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect black leather jacket for ages. I scooped up a Michael Kors version while in LA.

I’m in love with the color palette of this photo. It was a perfect day for an outdoor brunch.

As you may know, I have to stop by Drybar whenever I’m visiting a lucky city that has a location. Getting a Drybar blowout at home? Yes, please! I’m really impressed with these fab products. [1|2|3]

It was such a delight coming home to warm weather and sunshine. I couldn’t wait to throw on my running shoes and go outside.

I just purchased a juicer, and I’m borderline obsessed. Spinach, cucumber, celery, apple & lemon is my current favorite combo. I’d love to hear your favorite juice recipes!

Cali Bound

En route to la la land for Lucky Magazine’s FABB Conference, I took an early morning flight from Pittsburgh. I was delightfully surprised when I stepped off the plane in San Francisco to see the array of great shopping. I ventured into Mango and spotted a pair of distressed skinny jeans in a light wash, that make a great Spring staple, and a pair of embellished denim shorts.

On the search for healthy options, I came across Fraîche, a homemade, organic yogurt spot, offering fresh pressed juice, and gluten free, vegan yogurts, I was definitely in my glory. San Fran is holding the top spot of favorite airports, thus far.

After a short flight to LA, I headed to my favorite LA spot, The Grove, to meet up with my friend I am staying with for a little shopping.

I was so happy to be in the Cali sun, and inspired, found an bright hued ensemble to wear to Day 1 of the conference.

Heading over to the Farmer’s Market, we had dinner at The Veggie Grill, which has a kale salad that was to die for, (definitely my new favorite spot!)

Stylehaus hosted a pre-fabb soiree, equipped with cocktails, beauty and great gifts. I can’t wait to try out the Aloxxi line of product.

IFB Conference – Day 1

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This week has been filled with style, beauty and amazing new friends! Day 1 of the Independent Fashion Bloggers Conference included panels of some of the industry’s most influential. I had so much fun getting my DIY on, sampling Spring beauty, discovering a new obsession (fashionable headphones..crazy chic!) and checking out fab jewelry.
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Aritzia Sweater, Zara Skirt , Gap Tights (similar), Nine West Booties (similar), Anthropologie Necklace, Mac Lips in Pink Nouveau, Butter LONDON nails in Fiver & Molly Cuddled
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If it doesn’t make you crazy like teenage love, don’t blog about it.-Tina Craig @BagSnob
Don’t dumb down for your readers. Raise them with you.” -Leandra Medine @ManRepeller
Be interesting, be useful or be clever.” -Dina Fierro @Eye4Style
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Fekkai introduced their PrX Reparatives collection. Fortified keratin and silk proteins make up the ultimate weapon for damaged hair.
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MailChimp had the ultimate DIY bar to create a chic tees. Why did I ever stop using a bedazzler?
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I’ve never been one for on-ear headphones, but Monster has completely changed my perspective. The glam Diamond Tear styles and interchangeable headbands totally won me over, added to my wish list!
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I love intricate jewelry, and Alex and Ani has a wide array to add your own personal touch.
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Bare Minerals Spring BeautyI love all of the new product I received from Bare Minerals. Their Spring beauty collection is fun and flirty with punches of bright vibrant hues.
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We left with a collection of great new products to try (and some of my personal faves!)
TwistBandI can never get enough Twistbands!

Cruising through the Capital

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After returning from Florida on Thursday, I repacked for cold weather and headed to DC with one of my best friends.

Drybar DC

First stop, Drybar blowouts. I was excited to share the experience with my bff who’s never been.Drybar DC

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Mimosas & Mean Girls @ Drybar DC

Mimosas & Mean Girls. What better way to start the day, while getting a blowout?

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This time, I opted for the Mai-Tai (messy & beachy.) Drybar

Jade & I after our blowouts.

Gerogetown Cupcake

We had to stop at Georgetown Cupcake (aka DC Cupcakes on TLC.) Georgetown Cupcake

How amazing is this Swarovski crystal embellished KitchenAid mixer? 

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They have the best vegan carrot cake cupcakes I’ve ever tried. Yes, the Whole30 got pushed back to this week to avoid torturing myself, and not being able to prepare meals while traveling.

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The trip was filled with fun touristy DC  sight-seeing.

Givenchy scarf

Beach days ahead with this fun thrifting find at Current Boutique.

Zaytinya DC

On Sunday we had an incredible brunch at Zaytinya. The mix of Turkish, Greek & Lebanese flavors was tdf! Santorini Fava & Squash Soup, Smoked Olive, Pistachio Santorini Kale Salad and Carrot, Apricot & Pinenut Fritters with Pistachio Sauce.. I definitely plan to recreate these recipes.

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Smoke & Barrel DC

On Saturday we had brunch at Smoke & Barrel. This is one of my faves in DC. A brunch buffet that includes vegan french toast, tofu scramble and sweet potato hash is pretty amazing.

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LA: Instagramed

  • Shopping – LA has the best shopping, & what’s better than shopping + sunshine? I can’t wait to share all the fun finds from my trip
  • Views – Besides beautiful weather, brunch with an incredible view is pretty amazing too
  • Healthy Options – The convenience for health conscious eaters is pretty fantastic
  • Atmosphere – The uniqueness & creativity in the city is always a nice change
  • Convenience – Sprinkles Cupcake ATM.. genius.
  • Attractions – Who doesn’t love Disneyland?

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A Weekend in DC

My boyfriend and I ventured to DC for a fun filled weekend, exploring the unknown.  As we drove into Georgetown, I fell in love with the colonial setting of the shops and restaurants lining M Street. The city had a small town vibe, that was simple to navigate.    In the short period of time during our visit, we walked through the city, touring some of it’s hot spots. A recommendation would be not to travel to the city during the cold Winter month of February, but to our advantage it was the off-season, seeing minimal tourists. Being a health conscious vegan, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that much of the city’s restaurants offered vegan options, or even separate vegan menus.  Any city that offers vegan brunch in multiple non-vegan restaurants, is definitely livable by me. We visited the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars winner, Sticky Fingers Bakery.  The vegan bakery served the most delectable french toast and sticky buns, and they’re cupcakes are pretty amazing too. Busboys & Poets had to be my preferred choice, with it’s unique atmosphere, and amazing offerings of vegan options. Smoke & Barrel offered bbq, along with vegan wings and brunch. Yola, a healthy yogurt bar, was the perfect treat.

We stayed on Capitol Hill, making much of the city’s monuments and museums within close walking distance. The National Museum of American History houses interesting classic pieces, such as the infamous Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers, and dresses that belonged to everyone from Jackie O. to Michelle Obama. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum was a cool hands on experience, complete with interior tours of vintage aircrafts. We weren’t able to view all of the great tourist attractions that the city offers, but we definitely plan to visit again, particularly in the Summer months.

Travel Essentials

It seems as if no matter the size of my handbag, it’s always filled to capacity.  During the Winter months, I tend to carry more items than usual.  These are my Winter essentials.

1. Chanel Wallet / 2. Gap Leather Gloves / 3. Tracy Reese Statement Necklace / 4. Organic Peppermint Mints / 5. Valentino iPad Case & iPad / 6. Tea & Stevia / 7. Travel Size Burberry Classic Perfume / 8. Winter Essentials: Eurcerin Hand Cream, Aquaphor Lip Repair, CND Solar Oil / 9. Makeup: Eye Shadow, Kubuki Brush, Lip Gloss, Lipstick, Blush

Easily emergency-proof your handbag.  Travel size fixes can come in handy, without the weighing down your bag.

1. Downy Wrinkle Release / 2. Lint Roller / 3. Dr. Scholl’s For Her Insoles / 4. Dr. Scholl’s Blister Treatment Bandages / 5. Hollywood Fashion Tape / 6. Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover / 7. John Frieda Full Repair / 8. Travel Size Advil