Traveling with a Carry On

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Back story: In 2013, I went to the Republic of Ireland for about 2 months with my school. I went to 4 different cities. I packed all my clothes in a huge duffel bag type suitcase. The duffel bag was incapable of standing up unless I was holding the handle and it was extremely heavy so I ended up having to pay a heavy baggage fee. The suitcase hurt to pull even if it was just for a block. Every time we traveled to a new city I dreaded it. I had to carry the suitcase up and down lots of stairs because we stayed in historical buildings that didn’t have elevators. I pretty much looked ridiculous anytime I was carrying my suitcase around especially if it involved cobblestone streets. I promised myself I would never pack a large suitcase again.

Before I explain how I packed my suitcase I have to mention that I did check the suitcase and I used the expander zipper when packing. Both airlines I flew with did not charge me for one checked baggage.

What did I bring as my carry on?

A North Face backpack that you would use for hiking or large textbooks.

How long was my trip?

8 days

What season was it?

Winter

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Everything that went in the suitcase:

  • 7 pairs of leggings
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 2 pairs of pajamas
  • 8 undies
  • a bunch of bralettes
  • 1 NYE dress
  • 1 pair of nude tights
  • 10 hot packets
  • 1 curling iron
  • 1 flat iron
  • 1 pair of sparkly gold flats
  • 1 pair of knee high suede boots
  • 2 pairs of tall socks
  • 5 pairs of ankle socks
  • 1 green vest
  • 2 flannels
  • 6 tank tops
  • 1 long-sleeve shirt
  • 1 short-sleeve shirt
  • 1 black satchel
  • 2 pairs of gloves

How did I keep everything condensed in the suitcase?

Large zip-loc bags for clothes. I put all my socks in the knee-high boots.

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Did I use everything I packed?

No. I never wore the flats

Did I throw away anything I packed?

Yes. 2 undies, 2 pairs of socks, 2 sets of pajamas, and 1 tank top

Why did I throw them away?

Anything I threw away was old or had a hole in it. The pajamas should have been thrown away a long time ago. They had holes and stains. The tank top that had a hole I wore on NYE during the day with a sweater. The hole was in the armpit so no one would notice and I didn’t wear it all day because I had to change into my NYE dress in the evening. I really liked that tank top but it really needed to go. My mom let me take any of her old socks that had holes.

What did you pack in your carry on?

  • a pair of Steve Madden sneakers
  • 1 nook
  • North Face fleece jacket
  • 1 adapter
  • all of my chargers
  • 1 digital camera
  • 1 bag of make up
  • 1 bag of all the stuff you need for the shower(soap, deodorant, etc.)
  • 1 slice of bread and 1 justin almond butter packet
  • 1 portable charger
  • 1 pair of eyeglasses
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • phone
  • 1 scarf and hat
  • 1 hairbrush
  • 1 pair of fleece socks for my Hunter boots
  • 1 lint roller

My passport and wallet stayed in my hand.

What did you wear on the plane?

  • flannel
  • tank top
  • leggings
  • sweater
  • coat
  • pair of socks( I threw them away too)
  • Bralette
  • Hunter boots

Did you bring jewelry?

Whatever jewelry I wore on the plane is what I wore during the whole trip.

What did I like about packing in a carry on?

It was easy to carry around. I had to switch hotels, take the eurostar, and travel on the tube with my suitcase. It also prevented me from buying stupid things that I would regret later on buying.

What were some negatives of packing in a small suitcase?

Obviously, I couldn’t pack extra stuff so I quickly became sick of having to wear the same hat, sweater, and scarf. I had to make sure every outfit I wore could also be worn at night. Luckily, I didn’t spill anything on myself because if I did then I would be s*** out of luck. All of my outfits had to coordinate with the color black so that everything matched.  All of my shirts had to be long because I wore leggings almost everyday. I packed leggings because they took up less room than jeans.

Would I pack like this again?

Yes. I would change things, but I definitely liked the ease that having a small suitcase gave me.

Is there anything I wish I did or didn’t pack?

I wish I packed warmer shoes. I shouldn’t have packed the hunter boots or the flats. The hunter boots were too bulky for this type of trip and it didn’t rain enough for them to be necessary. I would have liked to have more jewelry with me.I definitely needed a warmer scarf.

Wow! That was a long post. 🙂

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Hamptons Life Is a Fun Life

The Hamptons is a beautful place to visit in NY. I was lucky enough to rent a beach house this summer with friends there and I had so much fun! So you can imagine how excited I was when I was able to visit the Hamptons one more time this summer when I went last Saturday to the Revolve house for a party they were hosting.

The party was amazing!! The decorations, people, the house, and music all made the party fabulous. It was definitely an instagram worthy place full of beautiful flowers, a life sized scrabble board, unique pool floats, and fancy wine glasses.

I figured I would show you what I wore to the event and how pretty all the decorations looked. waffle

 

Fritatta Time

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Check out these fritatta muffins I made today. They are tasty and perfect for work days. I just pop them in the microwave for around 20 seconds, then I eat them while listening to some music on my way to work. I think they are pretty healthy (I say I think because I used to think tortilla chips were pretty healthy until I saw someone frying them last Friday) so its nice to start a work day on the right foot.

In other exciting news! I bought my first triangl bikini. I am so excited to wear it in the summer. The neoprene material feels super comfy and I am pretty sure I am already in love with the bikini bag it came with.

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I was trying to change the sheets on my bed last night and my dog just would not move. She is barely five pounds but she knows how to stand her ground.

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Anyhoo! Lets hope for a good work day and that I can find some energy to go for a run after. 🙂

12 Thoughts I Had During My First Barre Class

Happy Wednesday! I tried a barre class for the first time. I have heard all these great things about barre and pilates classes so I figured I should join in the fun. Instead of doing a full on essay about my class I figured I would write a list of the 12 things I thought of while taking my first barre class.

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Some things I wish I did before I went to my class.

1. Wear socks

Apparently, some people love wearing socks and some do not. When I went into the studio I asked the girl at the desk if I should buy them and she said to try it out first without them. I regretted not wearing them after about 2 minutes of starting the class. I was slipping so much that I couldn’t really get as into some of the dance type moves. What is strange is that the majority of the class did not wear socks and they didn’t seem to have any issues so I think I may just have a strange problem with sweaty feet when I work out. Gross!

2. Stand in front of the mirror

One of the workers mentioned that it is nice to stand in front of the mirror as a beginner. When everybody was waiting for the class to start they were all standing against the wall so I was under the impression we would all be standing around the instructor so no one would be in the front. I picked a spot in front of the mirror. The barre class had 2 mirror walls and 2 mirrorless ones. As soon as the class started everyone moved to the middle of the room and I realized I was in the front. I felt so bad for everyone behind me. It was obvious I was new. Luckily, standing in front of the mirror definitely helped me see if I was doing all the moves correctly.

My butt was sore the next day so I definitely think I got a great lower body workout.

In other news, I went to visit my friend Holly in Virginia a few weeks back. We traveled all around central Virginia, which looked gorgeous with all the mountains covered in snow.

We took a drive over to Roanoke, Virginia to go ice skating in the city. We had a blast laughing at ourselves and trying our best not to fall. High fives all around that Holly and I did not fall. 🙂

Here is the outfit I wore while iceskating.

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(Gotta love snapchat)
Jacket: Anthropologie
Hat: Nordstrom Rack
Jeans: Free People
Scarf: Nordstrom

 

 

Disney Vaca Part 2

Second Post from the Disney Vacation. I treated this as what it was which is a vacation so the pictures aren’t the best quality.

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Tuesday, we woke up early to get ready for the day. We planned to start our day at Magic Kingdom since we had reservations for Cinderella Castle for 10am.

Backstory of the Cinderella reservation

Normally getting reservations for the castles at Magic Kingdom can be a bit hard to grab. Reservations open up 6 months before the date of the reservation so they usually get booked quickly. The Friday before I left for the trip I was looking at Snapchat and I saw a friend’s snap story showing her scrolling through the Walt Disney World Dining Reservation page. I figured why not look up what is available for us when we get there. Holly and I had planned to only have one reservation during the whole trip. We figured we would just grab something in the parks. I scrolled through the Disney website and my eyeballs rolled out of my skull (bit dramatic) as I saw a spot open for breakfast at the castle. I texted Holly immediately and we decided we should book the reservation since this kind of circumstance is rare. BTW, it costs us $120 for a breakfast for 2.

We hopped on one of the Disney buses that are available for free at all the Disney resort hotels. We made it to the Magic Kingdom just in time to see the Welcome Show. Guys, I worked for the company for 8 months and I always wanted to see the show. Why did I never see it? Because I was too lazy to get up. The show was adorable and it really gets you excited to enter the park. They even picked a family to help them open the park. Adorable!

When we walked into the park we immediately had a beautiful view of this fancy thang.

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We waited in line for the mine train, but the wait was too long and we were worried we would be late for breakfast so we didn’t last long in the line. No worries! We were able to ride it the next day.

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When we got to the castle, we were greeted by cast members who gave us a paper with my name and I had to give it to a cast member when I walked into the entrance hall.

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The entrance hall was pretty with fancy curtains and stained glass windows.

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Each person gets to take a picture with Cinderella. Here’s the thing, Holly and I knew we were 2 23 yr olds that obviously were a tad bit old for this whole thing, but we also recognized that it would be fun. Would I do it everyday? No. Holly and I went when we were little so we didn’t remember it too well so we said who cares to the age thing and had fun.

We took a picture with Cinderella in front of A Christmas tree, then waited for our name to be called so we could walk up the spiral staircase.

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Once we reached the top of the staircase we were greeted by another cast member. Holly and I got really lucky because we were seated at a table that was right next to one of the windows.

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Our breakfast came with a drink, pastries, and a meal. In addition, we were given a wishing star and wand. Fancy, eh?

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After breakfast we ran around Magic Kingdom for a bit before we skipped aka rode the bus to Hollywood Studios. We got really lucky again because Holly was able to snag fastpasses for Toy Story Mania. Toy Story Mania’s fastpasses run out quickly because the ride is a super fun, interactive game.

 

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We were having so much fun in the parks that we forgot to grab something for lunch so we were super hungry around dinner time. We went over to the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant to see if they had any tables open. Fortunately, we only had to wait 20 minutes for a table.

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The restaurant is designed to look like an old time drive in movie theater. All the tables are shaped like cars and a big screen shows clips of sci-fi related videos.

After dinner we headed over to see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. The lights show was awesome. Christmas music would play and the lights would flicker along to the song. Holly told me that this was the last year the park would have it, which is such a bummer because it’s a spectacular show. Holly wanted to see Fantasmic so we went to watch that show. Fantasmic is about a dream that Mickey Mouse is having. It shows all the famous characters from famous Disney films. There are a lot of lights, music, and dancing involved.

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Right after Fantasmic we rushed out of the park to get on the boat that would take us to Epcot. We made it about 20 minutes before Illuminations started. Illuminations is the fireworks show that is shown at Epcot.

We were able to stay at Epcot for extra magic hours because we were staying at a Disney resort. We were able to ride test track together and even met 2 british guys that made us laugh as we were waiting in line. Holly had never been on the ride inside the ball in Epcot so we did that and then we decided we were ready to get to bed.

To be continued….

 

Monday Post On a Tuesday

Hi there!

This past weekend was fabulous and involved a lot of delicious food. I was able to eat some yummy breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, I ate brunch with my friend Caroline. I was craving something sweet so I ordered a waffle and a hot tea. The waffle was covered in strawberries, blueberries, and vanilla yogurt.

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In addition, our brunch was a prefix menu so it came with pastries and fruit for the whole table.

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Caroline and I had to ask for the pastries to be put in a to go box because it was so much food for our stomachs to handle. It was nice getting to see Caroline since I haven’t seen her since my vacation (vacation post will be published tomorrow).

Sunday, I was able to see my sister, who currently lives in LA. I joined my mom and 2 of my sisters for brunch at Sugar and Plumm.

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My mom’s birthday was last week so we decided to celebrate it with a yummy brunch. I ordered my usual chicken apple sausage and grits. I also took a picture of a cake batter milkshake my sister enjoyed. After breakfast we headed over to the Bloomingdales outlet on 72nd street. They had some gorgeous vests and adorable cosmetic cases. We stopped by Lush where I bought this bubble bar that is shaped like a milk bottle. 🙂

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The rest of my Sunday was nice and relaxing.

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I think I may call this outfit ‘the smurf’. haha

Trying to get pumped for fall

I used to be really pumped for September, it always felt like a new year and I was always optimistic that it would be better than the last. This year my relationship with September has cracked, shattered, and been stepped on. When I came back home from Florida, last January, I was hit with a winter so cold I am still amazed my nose is still on my face. I had to walk to a fashion internship that required me to walk 8 long blocks. I would sometimes stop at Starbucks just to get a break from the cold. I was not a happy camper at all. I have always loved New York and fashion, but last winter made me never want to get out of the house. Okay, I know I am being a bit dramatic, but my excitement for the internship was quickly dwindled after dealing with the cold. Another thing is that I hate heavy jackets not light jackets just heavy jackets. Heavy jackets make you feel constricted and jumping jacks are impossible.

I am a lover of fall, spring, and summer. I think the point of winter is so that we fall in love with the three other seasons even more. I used to love winter when I was a kid, but that shattered last year. If you are reading this, then you are probably saying, ‘September is barely in the season of fall so why do you keep talking about winter?’ You would be right, but it is the first sign that stuff be a changing. (Sorry to the teacher who told me not to use the word ‘stuff’ when I write).

Just like many other people, I am very excited for fall because it is a beautiful season and I personally think it is the best time for fashion. There are so many cute outfit choices!!! I also love the smell of fall, crispy air with a light breeze. Did I mention I love apples because I love APPLES!. Apple picking, apple cider, hard apple cider, and apple butter are all the wonderful gifts fall provides.  I also love pumpkins because who doesn’t love pumpkins?! But I can’t get rid of that nagging feeling that is reminding me winter isn’t far.

Anyway I never like these posts to be negative so I would like to clarify that there are two things I love about winter and that is snow and being able to buy hot drinks at Starbucks without people making a face at you :). And I am also one of those people who still treat September as if it is the summer, which everyone really should do. In other words, I will still be found having fun at the beach, brunching (I don’t think that is a word) outside, running around NYC, and enjoying the smell of barbeques.

No matter what season it is I am always found wearing sunglasses because I love sunglasses and I despise squinting.  Right now these are my favorite sunglasses. I found them at Marshalls and the label is Lucky Brand.

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Sorry for my strange eyebrow on the right.

SOHO Night

Happy Friday

I spent yesterday at a friend’s birthday dinner in SOHO. I thought I would share some pictures from the night. As a reminder, I am not showing friends on the blog just yet, so pictures will be mostly of objects and food.

I hopped on the subway and read Paper Towns while I waited for my stop. When I got off the subway, I took my flip flops off and put on my wedges because I only had to walk a block to the restaurant.

We ate at Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar. The location of the restaurant is gorgeous. While walking into the restaurant I had to walk through a beautiful walkway.

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We sat at a high top, wooden table. I knew a few of the people at the table, but some people I had never met before. My friend introduced me to her friends and at first I was quite nervous. I can get easily anxious being in a location where I do not know a lot of people. However, I reminded myself that sometimes living and having fun means that I have to experience uncomfortable situations. #YOLO. 😉

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The waiter came by with a cook(I am not entirely sure who the man was but I am thinking a cook. I didn’t hear what he said) who gave each of us a small plate that had the yellow cubes on them. it tasted like pickles and pineapples mixed together.

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I ordered a margarita flatbread.

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My friend was given a banana split and we sang her happy birthday.

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Dress: Free People
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We headed out of the restaurant.

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I spent the rest of the night writing on the blog and listening to some awesome music. 🙂

I hope you all have a great weekend that involves all the things you enjoy!

Next Week’s Blog Topics

  1. Running and falling
  2. Shopping and the struggle of trying on clothes
  3. Friday Lessons

Fashion Wednesday! :)

First Fashion Wednesday!

I love clothes! I think it is amazing that we are each given a body and we can decorate it in anyway we choose. I know, I sound weird. We all get to create our own style and change that style as we grow up. I get this huge excitement when I know I will get to wear a new outfit that I just bought. I love online shopping and putting outfits together. Reading fashion magazines is one of my favorite hobbies. This past year I interned at a showroom in NYC so I could learn more about the fashion industry.

The point of fashion Wednesday is to debut one outfit that I wore in the past few weeks that I enjoyed wearing. The first outfit for fashion Wednesday will be….

*drumroll*

the outifit I wore to the Taylor Swift concert in Philadelphia!

I was invited a few weeks back to go to a Taylor Swift concert with my friend Holly. I immediately told her that I would definitely come to the concert. I was so excited to see one of my college best friends and also spend my Saturday night dancing with Taylor Swift. The temperature that night was in the 90’s so I decided to wear a flowy skirt.

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It got way too hot out to wear the long sleeve denim shirt so I ended up looking like this at the concert.

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Crop top: Topshop

Skirt and shoes: Urban Outfitters

Sunglasses: Raybans

Long sleeve shirt: Jcrew

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Bracelets: Kate Spade, Alex and Ani, and the light up bracelet that the stadium handed me when I walked in.

Enjoy the first Wednesday of July! 🙂