Travel Tips!

…so you don’t pull your hair out (this is what I’d add to that title if I wasn’t concerned about the URL being too long). Going on vacation is always something to count down to, and plan day-in and day-out. Next week, I will be travelling to the Golden State to visit one of my closest high school friends. With life being so busy lately, it’s nice to know that I’ll have a few days of catching up, exploring, and relaxation. Even though I’m literally counting down the minutes till my flight, I have to say there is A LOT to do between now and then.

To me, the hardest part about travelling is packing. You can’t pack your entire closet and jewelry box, even though you want to. You’re packing up a frenzy and then you remember that your favorite t-shirt is in the wash, or you’re halfway through your flight when you remember that you didn’t pack the shoes that matched the dress you remembered to take. There is nothing. more. frustrating. than. forgetting. the. shoes. Luckily, I’ve got a few simple ways to make your packing process a little less stressful!

1. Make lists!

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This seems ridiculously simple, but it can really save you from a serious headache. I’m definitely a culprit of making a mental list, or just packing what I see in plain sight. Just sit down with your morning coffee and list out each item by category: Outfits, Accessories, Toiletries, Make-up, etc. Then jot things down as you think of them or see them. Not only will this help you think of everything you would want to pack, it will help you ensure that you actually pack them! There is no better feeling than crossing an item off a list!

2. Pack in outfits, not items!

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Do you ever just throw clothes into a bag because you think “Oh I’ll definitely wear this shirt!” and then end up not wearing them? Save yourself the headache of ending up with 12 shirts and one pair of jeans to work with. When you pack, make stacks of outfits: bottoms, tops, accessories, even the shoes you’d wear with the outfit. Once you have all your stacks laid out you can decide if you can mix and match anything to eliminate an item. Maybe the shorts from one outfit will match with the top from another, and you can nix an entire pair of shorts altogether. This will not only help you pack a little lighter, but it will ensure that you don’t end up getting dressed in your hotel room wishing you had packed the shirt that matched perfectly with the skirt you’re wearing.

3. Buy reusable travel bottles!

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Instead of stressing out about finding a travel sized version of your favorite face wash, just buy reusable plastic bottles and make it yourself! It’s more economical and it makes sure you don’t have to go a week wishing you had your favorite beauty products with you. When I mentioned I was writing this blog post to a coworker, she gave me another great idea. Put your foundation into a contact lens case; it will definitely last you at least a week and you won’t need to carry the bottles with you!

I’m confident I’ll have a few California inspired posts headed your way, and until then, you can follow my adventures on Instagram @notyoureverydaybrowngirl!

xO K

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DC Lovin’

This post is super delayed (you won’t know this unless you’ve been on my Instagram account) but it’s here! Last weekend, S and I went on a spontaneous school trip to King’s Dominon, Virginia and Washington DC. We were insanely lucky to have gorgeous 80 degree weather and sunny blue skies, and we had a blast! We took full advantage of the minimal crowd at King’s Dominion, and loved that there were absolutely no lines to get on rides, even for rollercoasters.

DC was especially nice because we’ve recently become addicted to Scandal (for those of you who don’t watch it, DO IT NOW!). We had so much fun walking between monuments and figuring out where certain scenes on the show take place…and looking everywhere in hopes of catching them filming their next season! Unfortunately we weren’t able to see any of our favorite celebrities, but we did enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms, and the majesty of each monument!

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Here’s a glimpse of the outfit I wore in DC. About 10 minutes after we got off the bus I immediately regretted not wearing shorts, but these jeggings are loose enough (kind of an oxymoron) that I was still comfortable.

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Shirt- Ann Taylor | Necklace- Odel | Wristband- Lindsey Stirling Concert

The best part about this trip was that it was so spontaneous. One week before we left, we were just walking to the elevator and saw a sign advertising the trip, and within half an hour we already had tickets! That’s one thing I love about college, and probably the thing I’ll miss the most…the spontaneity of just about everything.

xO K

Top 5 Moments of Spring Break 2014!

I know this post is about a week overdue, and I apologize! My spring break was absolutely wonderful, the road trip was just as fun as I expected it would be, and the whole vacation was relaxing and full of lots of laughter and memory-making (is that a word?). Instead of writing out paragraphs of each detail of my vacation, I decided to just give you my five favorite moments of the five day journey. Now, this isn’t to say that other moments were not memorable or perfect, but these are the five that have carried the most weight. 0315141809aed

1. The drive

The drive itself was so much fun. We left Jersey at 4:20 am, hoping to reach our destination by 5 pm. I drove the first stretch, and S stayed up and rode shotgun to help me stay awake. We created a roadtrip playlist ahead of time, so we passed the first few hours of the trip singing along. We got to watch the sun rise, and we caught a glimpse of the Washington Monument when we passed by Washington. Since it was our first time on vacation away from our parents, and our first time ever driving a car through these other states, this was a pretty big deal for us.

2. St. Patty’s Day

Unfortunately St. Patty’s Day was the day I lost my phone, womp. That was pretty depressing, and also the reason why my Instagramming suddenly stopped. Disregarding that, St. Patty’s Day was fun because we all got dressed up in our finest green clothes, and wore cute shamrock headbands to Myrtle Beach. Though it was cold and rainy, we walked the boardwalk and bought lots of souvenirs.

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3. Planet Fun

This place was a pleasant surprise. Our first day at Ocean Isle was marked by rain and 40 degree weather. We were pretty bummed until we looked up what we could do indoors and found a place not too far from where we were staying. We decided to check it out and were ecstatic when we found out that with $15, we could play unlimited mini-golf (glow-in-the-dark mini-golf might I add), unlimited laser tag, unlimited bowling, and unlimited arcade games. I have never heard of a place in Jersey that has such an amazing deal, and we had more fun than all the little kids running around the place combined.

4. Walking on the beach and finding seashells

Even though it was cold during our stay, we walked on the beach as much as we could. We were all so happy to find scallop seashells that were intact, because up here they’re mostly broken. We picked up a bunch, and I’m excited to find a place to display them. The waves were beautiful, even in the rain, and there was nothing like walking on the beach to remind me that summery days are coming.

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5. Wine and Cards Against Humanity

Every evening we had the same drill- playing Cards Against Humanity. If you haven’t played it, then the best way to describe it is a rated-R version of Apples to Apples. We enjoyed a lot of laughs because of this game, and we indulged in some cheap wine as well. Classy and fun.

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Can it be any more perfect?

Happy Spring!

xO K