packing stresses me out. // i love lists.
purpose of the trip: will you be shopping? – pack less clothes, bring more money.
variables: how many days? how many nights? what type of event? weather- will i need a flat iron? is there a pool? special accessories? additional makeup- lipstick/eyeliner? special footwear – heels?
constants: travel outfit. pajamas. makeup. essential accessories. toothbrush. travel shampoo/conditioner (most hotels provide these, but i’m a bit picky sometimes) dry shampoo, basic footwear. phone & charger. camera & charger. everyday purse.
consider: the size of your suitcase. really all of this should fit into a carry-on bag, if you pack it correctly.
for a more detailed approach, Kendi has some valuable travel advice over at her blog // Kendieveryday.com
what are you packing secrets ??
fact: i am obsessed with gel manicures right this very second.
have you treated yourself to one of these precious things?
1. they do not chip or flake.
2. the cuticle/nail outgrowth is not obvious.
3. they do not fade (i’m talking glossy for daaaaaaaaaays).
4. you can wash dishes, take showers, go in the hot tub // any other activity in which i generally try to avoid doing while my nails are painted because i dont want to ruin them // well gel mani don’t care! soak in the tub – you deserve it.
5. the only thing i have left to say is – get dressed, and get yourself to a salon. support local business & invest in a gel mani/pedi. i have never regretted a manicure or pedicure, and neither will you. especially not a gel one.
it’s saturday, do something fabulous for yourself.
2014 is the year i’m committing my energy to focus on fully allowing myself to utilize my creative outlets. the old me would make an excuse about time, space, money, energy. but not this year. not this me.
cheers to you, 2014, and all the things i’ll make.
have you heard of or seen these new Zink photo printers? Zink stands for ‘zero-ink’ technology. i’m not a scientist, and i’m not entirely sure how it works from a technical standpoint, but what i do know is that i’m obsessed with my Zink printer. the ink strips come in sizes ranging from 1/8” to 2” wide & it’s perfect for printing pictures from instagram. the backs of the photopaper are sticky, yet another adorable selling-point for me. the Zink printer is controlled by an app on your iPhone or iPad that allows you to edit and embellish your pictures before you print them.
so if you’re into these kinds of things…this thing is a must-have. add it to your birthday list.
(for sale on amazon)
*totally not an affiliate post: i just love this product!
about a month ago, i resolved to do 14 things this year. one of those things was #11 spend two weeks in France. and guess what friend? the dates are set. the tickets are booked. the housing is reserved. exciting huh? i started an instagram & Facebook page to keep track of this adventure. go ahead. follow along! @twofriendsgo and www.facebook.com/two//friends//go
this isn’t my first world-traveling rodeo. last summer i went to South Korea & Japan, and the summer before i traveled to Argentina & Uraguay. in college i had a boyfriend who was studying abroad & we traveled to Spain, Italy & Ireland. i’m addicted.
although i would never describe myself as a ‘thrill seeker’ i love a good adventure. i’m not into cliff jumping and extreme roller coasters. i’m into experiencing new things, in new places. or even ordinary things in new places. or new things in ordinary places. however you mix it, its just the experiences that i love the most. taking opportunities is what makes life exciting. and i’m fortunate enough that my other BFF was willing to take this opportunity with me. cheers to another year of friendship, travels & memories in the making : )
and it was a cookbook, for girls who think they can’t cook.
it started with a simple problem; i moved out & realized i had no idea how to feed myself. i was living a life of quesadillas, frozen burritos, mac & cheese. sound familiar??
so i made it my 2012 NYE resolution to ‘learn to cook’.
and i did.
each week i chose one new recipe, (usually off pinterest) to create. this resulted in about 6 days worth of leftovers. lucky me. then i learned how to cut recipes & freeze leftovers. #genius. and i had a brand-new boyfriend who was excited about my experiment #lovebirds. i made some delicious things. i made some not-delicious things. i made some complicated things. i made some simple things. and i made some things again and again and again.
and those things are what created my cookbook.
simple, tried & true recipes for the modern woman.