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Updated Travel Carry-on

A wheel went missing from the carry-on I got last year. This is my updated long-term travel luggage carry-on.

I purchased a vegan leather travel bag from Sole Society final sale for about $34 bucks. The inside of the bag has three pockets and a stylish black and beige print. The bag has an extended crossbody strap. I love that the vegan leather material is wipeable so I can clean the bag if I have to. https://www.solesociety.com/cassidy.html?color=black-nylon&size=one-size

I’ve been meaning to launch my solo travel series, maybe I can begin it after my work term. I define solo trips as flying to a place by myself. I’m currently planning a winter trip.

I will start up my new Instagram soon. The next blog posts I’ll upload include my Reformation clothing haul, Pat McGrath lip products, clip-in hair extensions review, San Diego road trip, and my spring and summer clothes recap. Next month, I will blog about work clothing/work and study preparation in more detail. ❤

(A few pictures of solo adventures – Copenhagen below wasn’t really solo because two friends decided to join me. ) ❤

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An Ode to California ~ Planning My San Diego Trip

Have you ever moved somewhere and find that you fell in love with the location? I first fell in love with California almost ten years ago. It happened when I flew into Los Angeles International Airport, LAX, at night. My family moved from the East Coast across the country to the West coast with little money and no concrete plan. It was the adventure of a lifetime! From my window seat on the plane, I vividly remember the view of the shimmering Los Angeles skyline. I was enchanted, spellbound by the city’s magic, and incredibly nervous to embark on this new adventure. I associate LA with self-discovery and tasty food. I remember the late-night tacos made with craved meat marinated in pineapple (carne asada con piña es la mejor) for $1.50. Since then I’ve moved to other states, and then back to CA (pictures from the Bay Area featured on this post).

From my general experience, California is most popularly historically related to stories of the Wild West, the Gold Rush, Alcatraz, and the Transcontinental Railroad or ‘Chinese Railroad.’ In a way, I found gold in California when I first traveled here years ago. The location pushed me to find the gold within myself. Today, I remain in awe of the state’s natural beauty, friendly people, and endless delicious food options (the most important detail for me honestly lol). Also, the history is fascinating here too, did you know the city Los Angeles had more racial discrimination in schools in the 1950s than most states in the South? This state always undergoes major shifts and change, pun intended for the earthquakes that happen here too. The bottom line of the story is that I’m grateful for my slice of California.

I’m currently planning a little staycation in San Diego. We embark on the 5-hour drive down to the area soon. Since I need to think of places and beaches to visit I’m using a favorite blog and Youtube channel of mine called California Through My Lens to brainstorm. ❤

https://californiathroughmylens.com/day-trip-ideas

https://californiathroughmylens.com/san-diego-guide

I’m for sure going to Tacos El Gordo (12:57 timestamp in video), my mother has been there and said the tacos are delish!
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Sephora Haul & Pixi Products Update

Sephora Collection Holy Sheet! – There are 14 different sheet masks for the face, eyes, hands, feet, and hair. The package also includes two face wipes sets: one cleansing and the other exfoliating, a lip balm, and two sleeping masks. I haven’t tried every mask, but I have used some like one of the foot masks, the hair mask, and a nose mask. I really loved the hair mask, it made a massive difference in my dry chemically treated hair. The foot mask is lovely as well, very hydrating. I did not like the nose mask, though, because I did not see any difference. I love the lip scrub tube. I’ve purchased it separately in almond before, and I think it’s great to use before bed. The exfoliating wipes are fantastic, perfect to use before facial tweezing to remove build up. This set makes a great gift. The cost is $48 (currently out of stock)

Love this Dior Capture Youth Plump Filler age-delay plumping serum. As soon as I started using this product, I was complimented that my skin looked youthful! This product’s scent smells like perfume in a way that’s akin to fragranced high-end hair products. I personally like the scent. I think it smells elegant and feminine. I’m really happy I’ve already begun to see results! https://www.sephora.com/product/capture-youth-plump-filler-age-delay-plumping-serum-P427732?keyword=dior%20filler

This SOL DE JANEIRO Brazilian Bum Bum lotion is formulated to minimize stretch marks, body acne, and cellulite. I thought the reviews seemed too positive, but I have to agree with the overwhelming positivity. It really does smooth out the skin and prevent acne. I’ve noticed a major difference in my skin. It now feels super soft and I no longer get breakouts. Sometimes I use some Vitamin C too (from Amazon) to lighten up existing blemishes along with this lotion. I really like using it at night before bed because it feels so special and luxurious. I’ll for sure repurchase this product! https://www.sephora.com/product/brazilian-bum-bum-cream-P406080

I got these Facial Radiance Pads because they were recommended by one of my favorite YouTubers named Elle Florence. She suggested using them anywhere on your body to prevent ingrown hairs or to get existing ingrown hairs to come out. It really does work for ingrown hairs. I like using it on my face too to brighten up and wake up my skin. I was surprised the pads are somewhat small. https://www.sephora.com/product/facial-radiance-pads-P278317

The grapefruit scent of the soap is subtle but present enough to make the shower experience aromatic. I love how big and weighted the bar is. Also, the packaging is charming with the metal tie around a small stone. The soap provides ample lather and is foamy. I think it makes a really nice gift. I plan on making a little spa basket with Fresh soap and more as a present for an expecting mother. ❤ https://www.sephora.com/product/hesperides-grapefruit-oval-soap-P178410

I received these Drunk Elephant samples as a birthday gift from Sephora (I picked them out with my points). The Jelly Cleanser is nice, but I really love the Protini Polypeptide Cream the most. This face cream has a jelly quality to it. It’s nourishing and leaves your face looking dewy. I think it is perfect for hot weather because it is not too thick.

Pixi Products Update:

I love Pixi Vitamin C toner! I think anything Vitamin C is a win to keep your skin blemish mark free. It beautifully clears up marks and balances the skin’s PH to prepare it for serum and lotion. The toner is yellow and has a slight citrus scent that is not too strong. The Pixi Glow tonic is also excellent. I use it on blemishes, and within one to two days it clears it up or, at least the blemishes begin to flatten down. ❤

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La Crème Beautè Review

I bought luxury skin care from La Creme Beaute! I purchased the Bee Venom face cream and Glow. I also ordered Bee Venom face cream for my mother as a surprise gift. Both of our orders came with five samples. I was blown away by this because the samples are very sizable, especially the eye cream. I think I have enough product to use for a month or so. I also loved that they included a handwritten thank you note.

I think personal touches and attention to detail add to a feeling of luxury. I’ve found that expensive products can be just as hit or miss as less pricey items, sometimes the customer service and professionalism is lacking even though there’s a high sticker price. But this shopping experience was different. It only took about a week to deliver to both Ireland and the USA.

I’ve used my products and samples for five days now and I’ll need to continue to use them before I rave about results. But so far, I love the botanical scent of the rose face cream. I like mixing products like using Glow with L’occitane Aqua face cream. My skin looks very hydrated. I’ll keep using and post an update. I recommend this brand.

February is a month for self-love and self-care. ❤

fashion · Uncategorized

Winter Ice, Ice…Rebecca Minkoff bag and phone case review

Christmas came early?! I feel extra icey now that I’ve gotten my navy and silver accessories from Rebecca Minkoff. I think navy is a great colour because it works all year long. It works in the winter with sliver/glitter looks and in the summer with tan or neutral outfits. I got this small navy crossbody on sale from RM. It has two small inner compartments and a sizeable inside opening.  I can fit my phone and passport inside with room to spare. The strap is adjustable and a good length. The leather shoulder part is a smart design choice because it allows for extra comfort when worn. The phone case has sliver glitter underneath the design for a wintery touch! I’m very excited to wear my new bag and flaunt my phone case for the rest of late fall and winter. I recommend these purchases. ❤ 

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My Long Term Travel Luggage Packing

When it comes to airport travel, I’ve been aboard the struggle bus for many years. Mainly, because of inexpensive and overweight luggage. 😦 I’ve always dreamed of worry free long distance travel with luggage packed thoughtfully under the 50 lb weight limit.

Throughout my high school years I traveled from state to state following my family’s consulting projects. I’d spend five months in Tacoma, Washington, then two in New York City and later five in Akron, Ohio, so on and so forth. During college, I often studied abroad and traveled regionally. I am by no means a travel expert, but I can confidently say I have a decent amount of airplane travel experience.

I’ve had cheap-o “hard” suitcases literally split in two, luggage handles and wheels fall off mid-travel, and I’ve routinely suffered from overweight luggage. I write the word suffer not melodramatically but in an effort to realistically describe what it feels like to frantically stuff clothes into a tote bag. Then have said bag’s handles rip off due to the weight while running to a new gate that magically decided to change in the last minute.

So when I started to plan for my one-way ticket journey to Ireland, I knew this was my opportunity to shine ––– to tactfully pack four suitcases! I ordered my new Kenneth Cole Reaction Going Places 3 Pc Spinner Luggage Set from Macy’s and also picked up a $30 Samsonite large black duffle bag (not pictured) from my local mall. I purchased my neon yellow luggage tags from Amazon.

I love the Kenneth Cole suitcase set, it was originally over $700 but its now on sale for $160. The suitcase material is a blazer-like fabric that’s easy to clean with lysol wipes. Because the luggage is fabric material, I don’t recommend cleaning it with hand paper because it can make it look linty.

I figured out the secret sauce to avoiding overweight luggage is a recipe of 1.) using vacuum bags for all clothing (non leather), 2.) getting an at-home luggage scale, 3.) avoiding the purchase of full-sized toiletries.

The vacuum bags greatly reduced the weight of my clothing. While the luggage scale gave me peace of mind because I know that each of my bags are under the weight limit. Additionally, full-sized toiletries are too weighty and unnecessary. Things like soap can be purchased in most places. Instead of packing a full box of anything, I only packed one of each thing. Like one bar of soap, for example, to use the first night upon arrival. I made a few exceptions, but mainly stuck to this tactic.

After researching companies in my area and calling UPS, DHL and more, I realized checking in one extra bag for international travel is the most affordable option. I get two free checked bags for my international flight and only had to pay a little over $200 for my extra checked luggage. That’s a little over $200 for three large suitcases (two Kenneth Cole ones and one Samsonite), this is much cheaper than spending over $700 to send one 20x20x20 moving box from the US to Ireland.

I think its better late than never to learn from travel mistakes. I hope to continue to travel and pack smartly! ❤ unnamed-4