Travel essentials/hacks

This post has a ton of my tips on international travel, airports, study abroad, etc. and this post has a huge packing timeline that I follow when I’m going on trips!

I would say my top travel hacks are:

  1. Have a folder or large wallet that you can store your passport, boarding pass, and any paperwork in
  2. Always carry a pen. If you’re traveling out of the country you’ll need to fill out one of those little papers that says what you’re bringing back into the country
  3. Buy mini versions of your favorite makeup products or use some creative storing hacks: use a pill container/contacts container to store different foundations, concealers, etc. Get a mini brush set. If you’re going somewhere for an extended period don’t bring full size items like shampoo/conditioner, lotion, razor, etc…just buy it when you get there.
  4. Always bring a scarf and socks on the plane…it gets cold and the scarf can double up as a blanket or pillow
  5. Get a universal power adapter for international travel
  6. Wear your heaviest items on the plane…they’ll never tell you that you can’t carry a huge coat and hat, but in reality youre just saving suitcase space
  7. Rolling your clothes saves space but only for items that aren’t super thick
  8. Take a photo of your luggage before checking it. If your bag is ever lost this will speed up the process
  9. Get a small translation guide for whatever country you’re visiting…you know just terms like hello, thank you, how are you, do you have… Personally I think it is so disrespectful to travel to another country and just assume they can understand you and not even put an effort into speaking their language. At least ask if they speak english first…when I was in Paris the first thing I asked to everyone I was speaking with was “parlez vous anglais” before proceeding to talk in english
  10. Carry an empty water bottle with you through security and fill it up once you’re through

I’m sure there is more but I can’t think of any right now…If anyone has suggestions feel free to add them!
Hope this helped:)

Tips for building a professional wardrobe in college [Tumblr Post]

Yes!

1. Stock up on basics; button ups, skirts, nice pants (anything from white/black jeans to business pants), and basic flats/heels. I don’t recommend spending an insane amount of money on these items because there are so many stores from Target to J.Crew that have these items for reasonable prices! I get all of my button ups and skirts that are about knee length at J.Crew because they always have great items on their sale rack and they take a student discount!

2. Splurge on items that will last you forever; blazer/blazer and skirt set, dress pants/blazer and pants set, etc. These items will last a very long time in your closet and go with so many different basics! I’m not saying go out an spend $5,000 on a Chanel tweed jacket with matching skirt; stores that specialize in business attire will work just fine! My favorites are J.Crew, Banana Republic, and Ann Taylor.

3. For shoes, I recommend a nude pair of flats, a black pair of flats, a nude pair of heels, and a black pair of heels. Then from there you can add more fun pieces. You can find these styles of shoes basically anywhere! My favorite brand of affordable classic heels are Madden Girl, my favorite brand of flats are Tory Burch, and my favorite brand of high end heels are Valentino, Prada, and Louboutin!

Just build your wardrobe little by little starting with basics that you can wear on an everyday basis, but that you can also dress up for a business casual or professional look. I highly recommend J.Crew, if that is your style and in your price range! You can find everything from button ups, skirts, blazers, dress pants and more there. There are always great sales and I always find great items on the sale racks! Tip: J.Crew pixie pants are amazing because they are leggings, but look like nice black pants on. Those pants are an example of something you could buy that you could wear on a daily basis as leggings, but also dress up for a professional look!

After you have all the basics, you can start to splurge on more expensive items that will last forever! For example, if you have your eyes on a pair of Louboutins, a pair of Madden Girl black leather heels will work just fine for now, then save up for the more expensive shoes and replace your basic ones later on! This works with all basic items!

When in doubt, search on Pinterest for Business Casual and Business Professional outfits! I have a whole board on my Pinterest dedicated to Post-College fashion, and there are so many fashionable examples!

Hope this helped:)
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Socks and clothes for winter in London [Tumblr post]

Ah yay! My favorite places on earth! If you need recs of things to do/see just let me know!!

I totally feel the same way about the Hunter socks! I have a pair and never wear them (unless I’m going out in the snow) because they’re so thick and unfitted.

I just wear tall, thick, or fluffy socks with my Hunters!

Try these:

  • J.Crew camp sock (thick and great quality; sold out online but they always have them in stores…you could even just get the mens ones because they’re basically the same thing. Best. Socks. Ever. I swear!! Perfect for Hunters and Bean Boots!)
  • Target (inexpensive, thinner, and still great quality)
  • Fluffy socks (always a good bet; plus you can find them anywhere…these are what I usually wear with all my Hunters!)
  • I would even recommend getting a few pairs of guys socks…they’re always taller and thicker! I love these ones from Nike! They are tight around your calf and don’t slide down your leg. Plus if you wear them under boots nobody will be able to tell they are guys. They are also great for stuffing jeans into because they’re so fitted!

Hope this helped:)
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Suggestions of things to do in London? Places to stay, eat, see?

Hi, of course!!

-I recommend staying in the Dorset Square Hotel, in Dorset
Square. It is a beautiful upscale boutique hotel with amazing service

-Also, The Pelham Hotel is very nice!

-The London Eye

-The Parliament Building/Big Ben

-Piccadilly Circus

-Trafalgar Square

-Abbey Road (Beatles)

-Kensington

-Queens Tennis Club in West Kensington

-Wembley Stadium

-Farmers Market: My favorites are Camden Market, Portobello
Road, and Columbia Market

-The Shard

-Thames River and Tower Bridge

-Harrods; AMAZING and an insanely good ice cream parlour on
the second floor!!

-Go shopping on Bond Street/New Bond Street

-Go on the Tube and in a taxi

-Natural History Museum (better than the British Museum)

-Hyde Park

-Notting Hill; go to the bookstore

-Oxford

-Vintage shopping in Shoreridge

-Liberty store

-Muriel’s Kitchen has amazing chocolate croissants (Old Compton
Street)

-Westminster Abbey

-Go to Tescos, M&S, or Waitrose (just grocery markets,
but I love them, Waitrose has the best brand chocolate, M&S has great to-go
food, and Tescos has a great wine selection)

-Go to a Cath Kidston store; seriously cute things! I bought
an adorable teapot from there

-Get fish and chips; there’s no particular best place to get
it, everywhere has them

-St. James Park

-Buckingham Palace

-Regents Park (always has shows/plays/music)

-Lunch at Borough Market

-Covent Garden

-Have tea; the BEST place for tea is Brown’s Hotel; they
have an amazing afternoon champagne tea. Don’t listen to anyone who says the
Ritz Carlton is the best for tea. I have talked to so many locals and everyone
thinks the new guy who bought it has made the hotel too modern/trendy and taken
away the classic sophisticated feel

-There is a sushi conveyer belt at St. Pancras Station; it’s
not the best sushi I’ve ever had, but it’s sooo addicting! If you happen to be
catching a train there, make sure you go! Also check out Sketch! It’s a really cool restaurant

-See a show! My favorite theatre is the Duke of York theatre
on Saint Martin’s

-Somerset House (ice skating there if you’re visiting in the
winter)

-See a ballet or opera at the Royal Opera House

There are so many things to do! If anyone has any
suggestions, feel free to add them to this post!

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Going on vacation in Iceland this July. Temps should be in the 50s. Suggestions on outfits that won’t take up a ton of suitcase room? I love scarves and layers but I have to conserve space!

Ahh Iceland is so pretty! That’s not incredibly cold but I’m sure it will be windy or very chilly in the mornings/afternoons. Definitely wear your heaviest layers on the plane, you can take them off once you get through security. Boots or rain boots, leggings, a thick sweater and scarf, and a jacket. If you’ll be there for longer than a week I suggest avoiding bringing a razor, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, face wash, etc. and buy it all once you get there. Just bring a travel size pack of makeup wipes! That’s what I do whenever I travel internationally, but then again when I do travel internationally its for 3-5 weeks at a time (plus I always start any international traveling in England at my boyfriends house so I know where to buy toiletries and things like that…Boots is life).

Rolling your clothes really helps and so do packing cubes. Most people think rolling your clothes doesn’t help that much but when I went to Greece I took a carry on and folded my clothes…it was so stuffed. When I flew back to England I rolled the same exact clothes I brought with me and I had so much more room for souvenirs. (Make sure you leave room to bring things back if you want). However it only works for lighter pieces…a thick sweater will take up less space lying flat, but a thin shirt or blouse will take up less space rolled.

This post about packing for London has some good tips for international packing as well as some clothing pieces that I recommend bringing (definitely the same clothes that I would recommend for Iceland…They’re so versatile). Also if you click on that link, it has some links attached for packing, international travel, and airport outfits in the post.

It definitely depends on how long you’ll be there and also if you’re bringing a suitcase or just a carry on, but I would bring a pair of leggings, a pair of black jeans, and a pair of blue jeans. Definitely utilize your carry on purse for space. Then I would bring a few staple t-shirts, some long shirts, some blouses, one or two sweaters, and one or two jackets. One or two dresses/skirts/fancy outfits, and a pair of tights is fine, don’t overpack. Bring a pair of brown booties or boots and a pair of black booties or boots because those two pairs of shoes will go with everything. Bring one scarf and don’t worry about bringing excess pajamas or comfy clothes (I always overpack that stuff but really one pair of pajamas, a sweatshirt, and a pair of leggings with a t-shirt or comfy sneakers (not workout shoes but maybe like Adidas will definitely do). 

Definitely plan out each outfit before you go and take a picture of yourself wearing it, accessories and all, so you don’t forget it when you get there. Pack shirts or pants that can be used in so many different ways. When I go to England I only pack two pairs of jeans, and a pair of black jeans because I can wear them with everything! 

Hope this helped! If you have any other international or traveling questions let me know, I love to help! 

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Suggestions of things to do in London? Places to stay, eat, see?

Hi, of course!!

-I recommend staying in the Dorset Square Hotel, in Dorset
Square. It is a beautiful upscale boutique hotel with amazing service

-Also, The Pelham Hotel is very nice! 

-The London Eye

-The Parliament Building/Big Ben

-Piccadilly Circus

-Trafalgar Square

-Abbey Road (Beatles)

-Kensington

-Queens Tennis Club in West Kensington

-Wembley Stadium

-Farmers Market: My favorites are Camden Market, Portobello
Road, and Columbia Market

-The Shard

-Thames River and Tower Bridge

-Harrods; AMAZING and an insanely good ice cream parlour on
the second floor!!

-Go shopping on Bond Street/New Bond Street

-Go on the Tube and in a taxi

-Natural History Museum (better than the British Museum)

-Hyde Park

-Notting Hill; go to the bookstore

-Oxford

-Vintage shopping in Shoreridge

-Liberty store

-Muriel’s Kitchen has amazing chocolate croissants (Old Compton
Street)

-Westminster Abbey

-Go to Tescos, M&S, or Waitrose (just grocery markets,
but I love them, Waitrose has the best brand chocolate, M&S has great to-go
food, and Tescos has a great wine selection)

-Go to a Cath Kidston store; seriously cute things! I bought
an adorable teapot from there

-Get fish and chips; there’s no particular best place to get
it, everywhere has them

-St. James Park

-Buckingham Palace

-Regents Park (always has shows/plays/music)

-Lunch at Borough Market

-Covent Garden

-Have tea; the BEST place for tea is Brown’s Hotel; they
have an amazing afternoon champagne tea. Don’t listen to anyone who says the
Ritz Carlton is the best for tea. I have talked to so many locals and everyone
thinks the new guy who bought it has made the hotel too modern/trendy and taken
away the classic sophisticated feel

-There is a sushi conveyer belt at St. Pancras Station; it’s
not the best sushi I’ve ever had, but it’s sooo addicting! If you happen to be
catching a train there, make sure you go! Also check out Sketch! It’s a really cool restaurant

-See a show! My favorite theatre is the Duke of York theatre
on Saint Martin’s

-Somerset House (ice skating there if you’re visiting in the
winter)

-See a ballet or opera at the Royal Opera House

There are so many things to do! If anyone has any
suggestions, feel free to add them to this post!

I’ll reblog my other post about packing/outfits/style for you to check out!

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“I’ve noticed something about people who make a difference in the world: They hold the unshakable…”

“I’ve noticed something about people who make a difference in the world: They hold the unshakable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters. They get excited over one smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren’t determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they’re satisfied with small changes. Over time, though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities and nations, and yes, the world.”

Beth Clark
(via fyp-philosophy)

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