Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What's In My Purse While Traveling Through Europe

As y'all are reading this my time in Paris is coming to an end and we are headed to London on Saturday to wrap up our trip. Packing for the trip was a bit tricky but I haven't felt like I forgot anything major (read my other packing posts here and here). One of the most crucial pieces to pack successfully is your purse since that is what you end up carrying around on a daily basis. After deciding to go on this trip I knew that I needed to find a purse large enough to hold all of my belongings (including my dslr camera), functional enough to not be a burden to carry around, and secure enough that I could make sure the contents were safe!

I ended up picking Gigi New York's Bucket Bag and couldn't be more pleased with my decision. It is so versatile with its cross body strap and is still super cute to carry around. Bucket bags have been really popular as of late and are just as practical as they are cute.  I chose the stone color (although it is available in a wide variety of colors) since it seemed like it would match all of my outfits best and I ultimately ended up leaving the shorter strap at home since I couldn't see myself using it much on this trip.

As for the contents of the actual bag, it was stuffed pretty full on a daily basis to make sure that I had anything I could possibly need for long days out and about in Paris and it never seemed too heavy since I could carry it across my body to distribute the weight. The bag has a zippered pocket, which was perfect for securing my passport as well as a smaller pocket that held gum, a notebook, a pen perfectly, and my very important metro pass well with easy access. The bag cinches close with two tassels ensuring that I didn't need to worry too much about pick pocketers although you can never be too cautious (in all honesty though I haven't run into any). 

As I mentioned earlier I had my bag stuffed full but it was easy to get to everything that I ended up putting into it. The trip I am on is through my school, Furman, and through the program we were given ipad minis on loan and were required to carry them around to work on the school component that accompanied this trip. While they are in fact mini it would have been nice to not have to worry about them although it did fit in my bag without any issues. Here is a look at what all my bag contained (minus the camera which I took the photos with).

Bag | Passport + Case | Ziplock bags (according to my mother you never know when you'll need one) | iPad Mini | Wallet (similar) | Portable Charger | Granola Bar + Peanut Butter | Gum | Wisps | Journal | Sunglasses + Case | Comb | HandSanitizer | Water Bottle  | Tide to Go

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My Favorite Netflix TV Shows

Netflix is the epitome of procrastination when I am away at school. I feel like all college students get drug into watching episode after episode in order to avoid getting ahead on school work. Now that I am home for summer there is no need to feel embarrassed about how many episodes I can watch in one sitting (the automatic play feature is really dangerous to productivity).

In case you are in the same boat and looking to get completely absorbed in some sort of television show  this summer I am sharing my Netflix favorites with y'all and hope that y'all will leave your recommendations for me as well!

My Favorites: Friends, Gilmore Girls, Hart of Dixie, Gossip Girl, The Carrie Diaries, Greys Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, Drop Dead Diva, Modern Family, The OC (sadly not on Netflix but I had to include it anyway)!

I haven't actually watched Greys Anatomy but it is on my to-watch list since everyone who does watch it seems to be all about it. With multiple seasons up for each of these shows this will definitely beat any summer bordom you may be trying to combat since according to Eloise "Being bored is not an option."

Monday, May 25, 2015

5 Minute Summer Makeup

Minimal is always better in the summer. In my eyes summer is the perfect time to be a bit lazy when it comes to your makeup routine. Lazy doesn't necessarily have to be putting in no effort but instead taking a few quick steps to give the illusion of a polished look.

Usually during the summers I am at camp where I tend to not even use makeup aside from nights out but sometimes when I am at home and going places where I know I am going to run into people I know it is nice to have put in a bit of effort. Another thing to think about in the summer is the fact that it is typically very hot and you definitely don't want to sweat any makeup you do choose to put on off. I have pretty much perfected which products I use for a quick 5-minute summer makeup look when I just want to look a bit more polished than post rolling out of bed and sometimes I don't even do this much. I have also found that light powders are the quickest way to go in the summer because in just a couple of sweeps your makeup look is nearly complete.

Here are the products I use to achieve this look and I can easily throw in some eye shadow or a foundation of some sort if I am looking to look even more made up. If I am looking to do even less then sometimes I just put some lotion on my face and add a swipe of mascara and call it quits, it all depends on the day.

1. Cetaphil (I use this almost as a primer, I like for my face to be soft and moisturized before applying any makeup to it) | 2. Pixi Eye Liner in Navy | 3. Eye Lash Curler | 4. Loreal Mascara | 5. J.Edwards Concealer | 6. Bare Minerals Foundation Powder | 7. Pixi Bronzer in Sun Kissed | 8. Nars Blush | 9. Bobbi Brown in Desert Rose | 10. Elf Eyebrow Kit (if I am feeling like I really need to look put together) 

What are your favorite makeup products to use in the summer?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Favorites

Memorial day weekend always seems to be accompanied by sales and Nordstrom seems to have jumped on the bandwagon early with their Half Yearly sale! I love Nordstrom for the variety they offer and when things are on sale it is that much more difficult to keep your cart empty!

Here are a few of my favorites from the sale (be sure to snatch things fast before they sell out)!

Here are a few of my other favorites from the thousands of pieces on sale!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Packing for Paris and London for 3 Weeks in May

As you probably read in my carry on post I definitely aimed to downsize when packing for my trip to Paris and London. The more room left in the suitcase the more things that can be brought back home with me! The only tricky part about that is that in both of these cities I wanted to look as though I belong there and that is especially hard when it comes to how chic some Parisians can look! I can proudly say that my suitcase weighed 40 pounds at the airport and I have enough clothes with me to mix and match outfits for more days then I will be here for.

            I had been told that when packing to go somewhere (especially Paris) for an extended period of time it is best to choose a color pallet and then add in statement pieces to be traded around. Since my closet isn't exactly comprised of that many neutrals I did the best I could to make the pieces I brought with me as versatile as possible.

Another tricky part would have to be the weather. May is a great time to come since lots of flowers are blooming and the grass is green but it can also get a bit chilly.  As much as I wanted to deny a potential chill or rain I knew that in order to be practical I would have to pack with those facts in mind.

Here are some of the pieces that made the cut and be sure to check under the photo for details about other items I brought along with me.

3 Skirts
1 black / 1 white / 1 navy

4 Pairs of Pants
1 pair of dark wash skinny jeans / 2 pairs of navy gigi pants from J.Crew / 1 pair of black gigi pants from J.Crew

5 Scarves
navy and white infinity / blue and grey one / multi colored tassel / leopard / blue and white striped

4 Cardigans
grey / black / white / dark grey thicker one

5 Piko Tops
white / blue / purple / grey / black 

8 Other Shirts
4 blouses / 4 other ones 

2 Tanks
white ruffle / navy and white strips 

3 "Fancy" Dresses
leopard shift / blue accordion style / black peplum hem

2 Casual Dresses & 2 Swing Dresses
short sleeved patterned / long sleeve patterned / black and white stripe swing dress / navy swing dress 

2 Pairs of Pajamas w/ T-shirts
1 pair of shorts / 1 pair of pants

6 Pairs of Shoes
white converse (not pictured) / leopard slip ons (not pictured)  / black ballet flats / tan ballet flats / black heels

Miscellaneous Items
dryer sheets / cotton rounds / jewelry in a pouch / dry shampoo / nail polish / woolite / pouch w/ sewing kit, wisps, flossers, q-tips etc / eye makeup remover, nail polish remover, mini hairspray

Pouches w/ underwear & socks

Makeup bag / straightner / travel containers w/ shampoo, conditioner, etc

Hope y'all enjoyed this look inside my suitcase!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer Workout Wear to Beat the Heat

Even if summer doesn't technically start until June 21st the moment I got home and felt temperatures in the nineties and humidity nearing a hundred I automatically classified that as summer. The great thing about going to school in South Carolina is that I actually get a taste of all four seasons where as in south Alabama it's either scorching hot or comfortably cold (I say both generously). The only bummer of coming home for summer is that I want to enjoy the beautiful scenery and area where I live by means of running but if I don't do so before 8:30 then I feel like I may sweat to death. I especially get excited to run all of my favorite routes from high school but I don't exactly want to sacrifice sleep to avoid the heat.

I have found that having (and wearing) the right workout clothes for a run or workout outside helps to give me a bit of a grace period until 10:30 and after 4:30 allowing me to run outside without facing a heat stroke. Light and airy material is my best friend as is anything that will make sure any sweat isn't too noticeable. Dark shorts may as well be your saving grace and the flowier the better with shorts and tanks. While tight running tops are more supportive I am a bigger fan of having tops that won't stick to my body making the heat feel even stickier.

So that we can all avoid any problems with working out outside during the summer months I have searched around for some great workout clothing options to beat the heat. Better yet, a lot of these won't break the bank too! And since it's summer be sure to add in plenty of bright colors! Don't forget the water bottle either, the most important accessory to avoid dehydration. Shop my favorites from the image and photos below and let me know where you like to get your athletic clothes so I have more options the next time I need clothes to continue to motivate me to stay in shape!

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