From having a full time job to blogging to working out to making time for friends, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Luckily for me, I’ve really learned the importance of always being prepared. It’s become a regular practice to keep must-have items on me at all times. Below, I’m sharing my top 5 essentials for every girl on-the-go.
Mobile Charger – Not near an outlet? Don’t worry about it! Power up with an on-the-go mobile charger and don’t fall victim to a dead phone. I love this color blocked one from Ban.do.
Breakfast Cookie – Don’t skip the days most important meal all because you’re in a hurry. Stash Susie’s Smart Cookie in your bag for a breakfast loaded with a healthy balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fats (Hint: I get mine at the Whole Foods in Columbus Circle, but they’re sold online too).
Minimergency Kit – Always be prepared with this mini emergency kit from Pinch Provisions, with 17 beauty, personal care, and style essentials including: safety pins, a tampon, a mini sewing kit and more.
Portable Electric Toothbrush – Freshen up wherever, whenever with the Slim Sonic Class toothbrush from VioLife. The first battery operated, portable toothbrush comes in an array of colors. I have the polka dot and army print!
Water Bottle – Between running around, be sure to stay hydrated throughout the day. I keep a water bottle on me at all times. Lately, I’m obsessed with my Swell Bottle that keeps my water cold for 24 hours.
Disclaimer: This post was in partnership with Susie’s Smart Cookie
Photo Credit: Nick Urteaga
Jacket: H&M (similar here) | Tee Shirt: Scoop | Jeans: Flying Monkey (similar here) | Shoes: Valentino | Bag: Givenchy | Purse Puff (similar Here) | Sunglasses: Dior
The weather never seems to be consistent this time of year – warm one day, freezing cold the next, which makes it hard to know what type of coat or shoes to wear. During these transitional months, when it’s not quite boot weather, but still too cold for sandals, I usually find myself sporting heels or sneakers and a lighter coat.
This outfit is my go to “winter to spring” look – perfect for in-between weather. I chose shoes that are partially opened in the back and a trench that is lightweight, but knee length. Besides, you can never go wrong with a mostly-black ensemble 😉
Just when you think your Sunday Scaries are behind you, a case of the Mondays kick in. Let’s face it –there’s no rewinding time to relive the relaxation of Saturday and Sunday. On the other hand, there are a few tips and tricks we can put into practice to reduce some of the stress.
Start your week on the right side of the bed with these tips:
- Go to Bed Earlier: Yes, we’ve heard it for years from our parents, but it’s time to turn off the Netflix and relax the old-fashioned way, with a cup of tea and a book.
- Prep Ahead: Pack your lunch, lay out your outfit and put your work bag by the door the night before work for a seamless morning routine. This will allow you to sleep a little later, too!
- Let Light In: This may sound dreadful now, but you’ll be thanking yourself later – stop sleeping in a cozy cave and instead keep your blinds open to let some natural light into your dark room in the morning.
- Wake Up To Music: Do you want to throw your phone every time your alarm sounds? Pick a cheerful song and create a custom alarm to wake up to some uplifting beats.
- Eat Breakfast: Avoid hangry mood swings by eating something light and healthy each morning (within 30 minutes of waking). Try oatmeal with fresh fruit, scrambled egg whites with veggies or an on-the-go fruit smoothie.
The weekend is upon us! Whether attending a birthday party at a swanky bar, visiting an art exhibit or grabbing brunch with your bff, look your best on a budget with these makeup must haves all under $10!!!
The Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow Pallete with Built-in Primer ($9) is perfect for any day of the week. Use the lighter shades for a daytime look, while adding the darker hues into your crease to create the perfect smokey eye later in the day. Since no eye-shadow look is complete without eyeliner, line your lids with the E.L.F. Expert Liquid Liner ($2). During the day, create a thin line around your lash line for a natural look. At night, extend the line to create the perfect dramatic cat eye.
Choose a lipstick and liner that can be worn in any setting to avoid spending money on multiple lip looks. I love to go for a pinkish-nude hue that lends itself to a night out or day in the park. A favorite of mine is the NYX Butter Gloss ($5), which stays on long and has a buttery, smooth feel. Line your lips with the NYX Slide On Lip Pencil ($8) and your look is complete!
Partied a bit too hard last night or just struggling with dark circles? The fix? Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer ($9), which instantly creates a radiant, refreshed looking eye area. Next, brighten up your complexion with NYX Illuminator ($9) – the radiant shimmer of this illuminator diffuses light so your skin looks vibrant and refreshed while adding a subtle glow.
[Photo cred: Soletopia]
Nothing says #TBT like adidas Originals Superstar Sneakers. I’ve been a fan of the brand forever and can even remember rocking my first pair of magenta patent-leather kicks back in 1994 (my sister obviously had a matching pair, too).
Now, I style these classics with everything from high-end to sporty-chic items like black jeans, tracksuits or a leather bomber coat. I’m so obsessed that my inner 90’s kid is literally freaking out!
Givenchy Antigona Mini Leather Satchel, $1,750
Hershel Supply Co. Novel Weekender in Camo, $80