August 2015 – A Little Leopard
August 2015 – A Little Leopard

August 2015 – A Little Leopard

As Travel Week wraps, it seems only fitting to do a travel-themed edition of “Links Loved.” Below are some favorite travel tips and tricks, both new and tried-and-true.

  1. Accessorizing on trips is always difficult – let alone packing your jewelry. Honestly WTF has a genius new way to pack your delicate pieces without tangling.
  2. I can barely pack for a week, but this My Domaine writer has figured out what to pack for an entire year of travel.
  3. Not sure where to jet next? Refinery29 has a list of travel destinations based on your Zodiac sign.
  4. Airport food is not only super overpriced, but often not that great for you. The Classpass blog has some tips and tricks to help find healthier options.
  5. Ah, packing. That eternal dilemma. A Pair and a Spare has some of the absolute best tips of any travel blog out there. Start with her 5-4-3-2-1 guide and go from there.
  6. Hitha on the Go is another travel blogger favorite. I love the “En Route With” series highlighting different people’s packing habits, tips and tricks. It’s like the updated worldly version of “what’s in my bag.”
  7. Want more packing tips? Sure you do, when they come from Nina Garcia by way of Lux & Concord.
  8. I could get lost in Jessica Doll’s perfectly curated packing lists and destination inspiration for days. Find it all on her brand-new (like, new-this-month new) blog, Pack for Where.
  9. Finally, Who What Wear has some tips for fitting everything in your carry on. (Seriously, do it. Checking bags is so over for shorter trips.)

While many “what to bring on the plane” posts and articles are focused on long, often overseas trips (which makes sense), I tend to take shorter flights. However, as a big proponent of carry-on only, this poses a different set of challenges: figuring out what actually makes it in your bag and on the plane with you. It’s not until you have to reduce your morning routine into 3 oz. or less in a quart size bag that you realize exactly how many liquids you need on a daily basis. (I also have an issue with hoarding travel sized products and samples all year long, then feeling the need to bring all of them on a trip. Except then my entire clear quart size bag is full of a random assortment of travel products. But that’s probably just me.)

The key is to find a way to travel comfortably and chicly while eliminating the excess.  Figure out what keeps you happy and sane while traveling, and prioritize those items. Many other items have solid alternatives or hacks. Always wanted to try a shampoo bar? Now’s the time! Products with multiple uses are also a travel lifesaver – think Benetint, which can be both a lip and cheek stain, saving you precious beauty bag space.

It’s also helpful to know what you’re willing to splurge on at the airport or your destination. I always grab a big bottle of water at the airport to counteract the dry plane air – even if it’s a $5 Fiji.

Look, from the recycled plane air to your fellow passengers, flying isn’t always the most fun. But a key selection of products – from beauty items to magazines – can help make it more bearable. For me, it’s the following:

  1. Socks, especially on longer flights where I want to be more comfortable.
  2. Eye mask – early flights and long flights call for a nap.
  3. Gum – to stop popping ears.
  4. Moisturizer of some sort – whether it’s a travel-size oil or actual facial moisturizer, I slather that stuff on during flights.
  5. Tea – theoretically, because it’s better for you and more hydrating. (Green tea please!) In actuality? I usually end up drinking coffee. What can I say, I’m a creature of habit.
  6. Face wipes – Favorites include Tarte Fresh Eyes and Simple’s new Micellar Cleansing Wipes.
  7. Face spray – Whether it’s Avene, Evian, or Smashbox’s new Primer Water (which is totally amazing, by the way). Look, until recently, I thought water-based face sprays were a total gimmick. But then a fellow traveler told me I look “effortless” in an airport bathroom after spritzing myself with thermal water. Color me converted.
  8. Reading material – of choice. I love a good fashion glossy, but this trip I’ve been finishing up Modern Romance. Yes, I am the weirdo LOL-ing in seat 16A or whatever.

Shop my in-flight essentials list below:

What are some of your travel necessities?

Image via Who What Wear

I’m taking a trip to the Bahamas with my dad and sisters this week, so it seemed like the perfect time to do a series of travel-themed posts. I have this thing for travel tips and tricks – especially packing guides, which is evident if you pop over to my “wanderlust” Pinterest board.

The airport is actually one of my favorite parts of the whole travel experience. Weird, I know. Flying itself I’m not so much a fan of, but there’s something about airports (once you get through security lines I mean really) I just love. Blame it on the promise of travel, excitement, new places – or, more likely, the beginning and end scenes of Love Actually. Preach it, Hugh Grant.

As heartwarming as that all is, figuring out just what to wear to the airport can get super-tricky. From chilly planes to figuring out how best to avoid going barefoot in those lovely security lines, airports are fraught with wardrobe dilemmas. Not to mention trips that involve going from one type of weather to another.

I have long been an advocate of comfy-chic at the airport. Going all out doesn’t make sense (nor do heels, generally), but that doesn’t mean you’re allowed to look like a schlob on your flight.

Generally, I find that an outfit incorporating most or  all of the following elements works really well for travel:

Check out a few ideal airport outfit inspirations below:

A Pair and a Spare

Items mentioned in this post – shop below:

I’m almost 25 years old, and at this point I’ve learned a thing or two about myself. Like one: I super love the idea of clean eating and getting healthy… in theory. But two: exhaustion at the end of a busy day, laziness and a tendency to chronically oversleep often usually get in the way.

Yes, in an ideal world, I’d rise out of bed bright-eyed and bushy tailed, drink some lemon water with cayenne pepper and greet the day with a few sun salutations or something, all while having time to do my hair and carefully select an outfit. The reality (more often than not)? A leap-out-of-bed scramble and the “I have nothing to wear!” dilemma that ends in dashing out the door and down the block. Hey, at least I get my morning cardio running for the bus?

It’s rare that I discover things in life that combine my get-healthy yogi-lifestyle dreams and snooze button habits, so when I do, it’s pretty exciting. So I’m not really sure why it took me so long to get on the overnight oats bandwagon – but this week, I finally did. And it’s a great bandwagon to be on, let me tell you.

First of all, overnight oats are super-duper easy to make: mix ingredients in jar and stick in fridge the night before. Grab on your way out the next morning. Done. They also tend to be far, far cheaper and healthier than the Starbucks oatmeal and blueberry muffins I used to grab on the regular.

The base is pretty much the same: 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use old-fashioned, but apparently steel-cut will work too), 1/2 cup milk of your choice, soak overnight. Boom. That’s it.

Image via Total Beauty

This is where it gets crazy: you can mix pretty much anything your little heart desires into your oats. Nervous you’ll get sick of the same thing every day? Don’t be; the possibilities are virtually endless. Fresh fruit, frozen fruit, nuts, chia seeds, nut butters… even coffee!

So, in the spirit of my new love of overnight oats, here are eight different varieties to try:

Almond Joy Overnight Oats

This recipe was my overnight oats gateway drug, if you will. I’m not a big coconut person, so I basically just mixed maple syrup, chocolate chips and slivered almonds into the basic recipe. So tasty. Note that the recipe calls for 3/4 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of oats, but I found that a bit liquid-y. I recommend sticking to the 1:1 ratio of liquid:oats.

Below are seven more tasty-looking options:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats

Honey Nut Overnight Oats

Almond Butter, Strawberry & Banana Overnight Oats with Chia

Pumpkin Pie Protein Overnight Oats

Image via Dashing Dish

Cocoa Nib and Pomegranate Overnight Oats

Image via Oh My Veggies

image via PureWow

It’s the end of an era. I think my statement jewelry phase is kind of… over.

And it’s not just me. The trends are clearly shifting away from big, look-at-me-pieces to those of the more delicate variety. I still love a good collar, especially when paired with a basic tee and jeans combo. But even statement pieces seem to be moving toward the minimal and modern these days. It’s the end of the arm party. Or at least, the arm party is all grown up and now a sophisticated wine and cheese tasting instead of a college rager with jello shots.

You can still make a statement, though, for sure. The wonderful thing about delicate pieces is they can be understated … or not, depending on how you wear them. The arm party may be dead, but layering lives on. Pile on those delicate pieces, from strands of necklaces to multiple earrings.

One trend that’s still going particularly strong (and I personally am super into) is the ring stack. LA-based lifestyle brand favorite Mr. Kate proves it with their new Delicates collection. The gorgeous thin rings and bar earrings are perfect for everyday wear, together or in combination. And with nothing over $30, it’s actually a decently affordable collection.

image via Mr. Kate

I am also loving BaubleBar’s stackable rings, and, for the ultimate convenience, ring sets. If you’re not fully ready to let go of the statement piece, BaubleBar has an amazing selection of trends and styles, from the bold to the classic. Are you a monogram ring girl, or into something a little blingier? Either way, BaubleBar has you covered.

image via StyleCaster

At the end of the day, a ring stack – like anything in life – is what makes you happy. There aren’t really rules as long as you dig how it looks. Because they’re you’re fingers, and you’re the one who has to look at them all the time. So stack away, friends … if it floats your boat, that is!

Shop rings + jewelry mentioned in this post below:

The Courtney Bib / Oval Signet Ring / Ice Parallel Ring / Ice Lateral Ring / Fairy Solo Ring / Cigar band