What’s in my Travel Tote?

What’s in my Travel Tote?

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I don’t know about you guys, but when I travel, I always feel dehydrated and completely thrown off. With so many upcoming trips planned (London, Charleston, The Hamptons, Miami, Jamaica – to name a few), I want to make a vow to be prepared this time around. As such, I’m excited to partner with LIFEWTR, which is easily available at any 7-Eleven and has quickly become my new best friend.

I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but water intake really does work wonders (just ask my trainer, he’s been making me consume so much). It restores my body, refreshes my mind, quenches my curiosity and even enables self-expression. All of this from water? Yup! Aside from having the coolest packaging, LIFEWTR is purified, pH-balanced water, with electrolytes for taste.

Enough about my obsession with water consumption – let’s get to the fun part. So you may be wondering, what exactly goes into my travel tote bag? I’ve listed my go-to items below for your enjoyment. Hopefully, you can use this as a little “pack list” for yourself before you hit the road for your next trip or grab a cab to the airport.

    • LIFEWTR: This is my #1 must-have. When I’m traveling to the airport, I love to drink a full water bottle during my commute. This way, once I’m on the plane, I’m already feeling hydrated. If I’m just heading somewhere via train/car, I’m still sure to pack a bottle in my travel tote. Either way, I love to arrive at my destination feeling nice and hydrated.
    • Headphones: If I forgot to pack my headphones, I literally want to rip my hair out. Traveling without headphones is the worst. I listen to music and get excited for my new adventure.
    • A Sleep Mask: I’m really sensitive to light and need to sleep in the pitch black, so if I have any hope of catching some Zzz’s, I need my sleep mask.
    • Magazines: Nothing screams travel time like a trashy weekly magazine. As if I don’t follow pop culture enough, sometimes I just need a little good ol’ paper copy to hold on to vs. looking at my phone.
    • A Snack: Clearly, I like to be prepared here. This means making sure I have a stash of healthy snacks in case I go hungry (the horror). I like to keep almonds in a plastic baggy because they’re easy, nutritious and filling.

Like me, I hope you make a vow to make water consumption a priority during your travels. As always, feel free to leave me any questions in the comments! Ps. Check ThirstForInspiration.com for more information. 

 

Travel Diary: London (My Recommendations & the Most Instagram Worthy Spots)

Travel Diary: London (My Recommendations & the Most Instagram Worthy Spots)

It is easy enough to do a quick Google search to identify what to see in London – watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, ride the London Eye, see Big Ben & the Parliament, visit Harrods, etc. But if you’re like me, you don’t want to just see the “main attractions” when you’re visiting a new city. You want to see the hidden gems and get a true sense of what it’s like to live in another place.

Since I had the opportunity to spend an extended period of time in London, I was able to really get a feel for the culture. Aside from seeing the main tourist attractions, I got to see nearly every part of the city. As such, I’ve compiled a list of not only my favorite restaurants and recommendations, but the most Instagram worthy spots around the city.


RESTAURANTS & CAFES

SKETCH

While this destination for food, drinks, art & music screams Millennial Pink, it’s actually been around for quite some time. The quirky, 18th-century townhouse tea room transforms into a cocktail lounge every evening. It’s no wonder this place is a celebrity & influencer hotspot. I had seen Sketch all over social media and was unsure what to expect because we all know places can sometimes be overrated. However, this did not disappoint. In fact, visiting Sketch was one of my most memorable experiences while in London. The afternoon tea serves up an assortment of delectable treats, such as caviar and quail egg, an assortment of tea sandwiches, pastries and the most delicious scones with jam.

Millennial Pink AF 🥂✨#Cheers #Cheerio #champagne

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CLOS MAGGIORE

This modern French restaurant features a flower-filled conservatory and log fire. Be sure to make a reservation in advance so you get seated in the most scenic back room. As you could imagine, the French cuisine is rich (but in the best way possible) and served by a slew of professional staffers. Plus, the wine menu is extremely notable – with something for everyone. I’d recommend ordering the duck – duh!

MASSIMO RESTAURANT & BAR

While I was staying at the Corinthia Hotel, I decided to dine within at upscale Italian eatery, Massimo. The space has opulent art deco décor and serves seasonal dishes. Each and every meal was absolutely exquisite. From the charcuterie board and bread basket starters to the delicious main meals and wine – this place did not disappoint. After dinner, you can stay within the hotel and head to BASSOON BAR, an elegant, relaxed hotel bar with black and cream decor, for classic cocktails and live lounge music. The young man singing was absolutely amazing!

The love of a #family is #life’s greatest #blessing.

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AUBAINE SELFRIDGES

Another French favorite! This all-day bistro is a modern, light-filled space with exposed pipes, tiled floors and gorgeous purple flower decoration. If you’re looking for a restaurant near Bond Street, look no further. This spot is in the midst of the luxury shoe department in Selfridges. Aubaine is perfect for those who wish to shop and lunch. Sounds perfect if you ask me!

PEGGY PORSCHEN

By now you know I love pink, so Peggy Porschen is no exception. This pink, chic bakery features creative cupcakes, fancy cakes and other sweet treats, plus tea and champagne. What else could a girl want? This spot is notorious for “flatlay” photos and exterior snapshots. I had the chance to shoot here with a London-based photographer and came across a few other people trying to snap a photo as well. It’s too pretty to pass up!

Spring has sprung at the Peggy Porschen Parlour! #pretty #flowers @dickinsondoris #greatcakes #coffee #cupcakes #peggyporschen

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CLERKWELL GRIND

This restaurant is located in an old warehouse building in Clerkenwell, which is cool within itself. The cobalt blue and pink décor makes for the perfect photo. Plus, the food is delicious – serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Club Bar portion is open late night and offers an assortment of dinks as well.


MUST-SEE LOCATIONS

BYWATER STREET, CHELSEA

In the heart of Chelsea is Bywater Street, a small little alcove lined with colorful houses and a cobblestone street. Among this area you can find “Brownstone” style houses ranging in soft colors like baby pink, soft yellow and light blue. This is the perfect spot to capture a photo or to just take a leisurely stroll. What I was most impressed by was the amount of homeowners that I noticed coming and going while I posed for photos. The street may appear secluded, but everyone was out and about.

This side street is goals. #London #TravelPublyssity

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WESTMINSTER

This area is an obvious must-see. Here, you can see how strikingly beautiful the Parliament Building and Big Ben are. Plus, the London Eye makes for a great backdrop for any photo. If you have the time, you can even purchase a ticket and ride the London Eye to get 360 views of the entire city. As if that’s not enough, pop into an infamous red photo booth for a signature London-esque picture.

The view from that day of the boat trip on the river Thames 🛥

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NOTTING HILL

This affluent district in West London is extremely picturesque with buildings featuring colorful hues and beautiful architecture. Arrive early in the morning to avoid big crowds so you can get the perfect shot.  Denbigh Terrace road, just off Portabello road is recommended.

CHERRY BLOSSOM AVENUE IN GREENWICH PARK

If you’re visiting London in the springtime, be sure to stop by this beautiful treasure. The avenue leading up to the Ranger’s House is covered by a slew of cherry trees, which leave remnants of beautiful pink petals all over the ground. If you’re lucky enough to see this beautiful sight, you’ll understand why it’s made the list.


SHOPS

LIBERTY LONDON

This place is a must-see London staple. Liberty is a department store on Great Marlborough Street in the West End of London. The store sells an array of luxury goods including clothing, cosmetics and fragrances, jewelry, accessories, homeware, furniture, stationery and gifts. The spot is famous for its floral and graphic prints, which are sold at the store. Plus, you’ll notice the outside of the shop, including its lovely flower display, is often showcased on social media.

I’ve taken this exact same photo every time I’ve been in London 😂🙈 #jetsetjrs #london #libertylondon

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FORTNUM & MASON

Aside from Tiffany & Co, I’ve never seen a store use turquoise packaging – until now. This department store in Piccadilly is unlike anywhere I’ve ever been. Within, you can find an assortment of gourmet chocolate truffles, biscuits and teas, as well as an array of décor like teapots, serving dishes and linens.

Hello, London. #GoodMorning #RiseAndShine #ThisIsLondon #Piccadilly #Fortnums | FortnumAndMason.com

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HARRODS

I couldn’t leave out this famous luxury department store. While it’s unlikely you’ll be shopping for home furnishings or high-end décor while traveling, you can head to the “souvenir” floor to purchase some affordable keepsakes such as ornaments, scarves and trinkets.

Hope you enjoyed this guide! Any questions? Let me know!

Get My Look: Ramy Brook x Kat Maconie

Get My Look: Ramy Brook x Kat Maconie

As mentioned in the title, this post is all about two brands that I seriously can’t get enough of – Ramy Brook & Kat Maconie. As you all know, my favorite type of outfit is one where you look dressed up but feel like you’re in sweats (lol). Who doesn’t love that type of look?!

Ramy Brook delivers on both fronts. All of the brand’s items are super soft and high quality, yet fit amazing and feel super light on. Nothing is worse than being stuck in a stiff outfit all day. Plus, these Kat Maconie heels may look high, but are totally wearable and comfy. Both of these brands are definitely worth splurging on because you’ll feel amazing wearing them!

Shop this look below!

 

How to Master the “Casual & Chic” Fashion Formula

How to Master the “Casual & Chic” Fashion Formula

My favorite kinds of outfits are the ones that are just thrown together, yet feel super comfortable and somehow end up looking chic at the same time. For some people, mix matching items isn’t always super easy, but I promise you, once you nail the “casual & chic” fashion formula you’ll never look back.

So what’s the formula? I like to think of it like this: Heels or Booties + Casual Pants or a Dress + a fun Accessory (Hat, Earrings, Bag) = Casual & Chic Style. Simple!

Take the outfit pictured above for example. The morning before my shoot I couldn’t figure out what to pair with my favorite Kat Maconie heels. Since the shoes already have so much detail, I didn’t want an outfit that did, too.  As such, I decided to throw on a mini t-shirt dress and blue hat to complete the look. As a last touch, I tied my denim GAP coat around my waist to give my look some added character.

Try it out for yourself! I linked to some items below that can help you nail this fashion formula.

True Life: I’m Addicted to Podcasts and Here’s Why

True Life: I’m Addicted to Podcasts and Here’s Why

In recent months I started noticing that some of my favorite celebrities and reality stars began promoting their podcasts on social media. To me, the thought of a podcast always seemed boring. Why waste your timing listening to someone, when you can’t actually see them? TV was always the more appealing route to take, until I caved and finally decided to give in and see what the fuss was all about.

Within minutes of subscribing to a few of my favorites, I was hooked! Since I’m not a big “TV before bed” type of gal, I started quietly listening to podcasts while I drifted to sleep. Something about the soothing tone of someone talking really does the trick. Once I was accustomed to the “podcast life” (as I like to call it), I was ready to try something new. Finally, I started to up my game and go from just listening to celebrity interviews to listening to audio fiction podcasts, which is much more interesting to be completely honest.

My favorite is Jules & James, which is a just half hour podcast (perfect for a before-bed listen). The story is a narrative fiction between two artists whom are connected by fate when a “wrong number” situation introduces the two. After deciding to continue conversation, both Jules and James end up talking weekly about their lives, dreams for the future, the world around them and everything else that the comfort of speaking to a stranger allows you to reveal. I don’t want to give too much away, but Jules & James captures the charm of falling in love with the unknown.

To learn more, visit meetjulesandjames.com and be sure to subscribe via iTunes, Android, Stitcher, Tunein.com or Google Play.