7/2/2018 0 Comments
Summertime is here, and your are off adventuring or at least thinking about your next adventure. In fact, you may have even decided to go with one of the ones in my article The Single Girls Guide to Doing Summer Right BUT now you’re encountering real problems - packing for your summer adventure! You don’t want to overpack (I definitely did this on my first European Adventure) but you want to make sure you have all the essentials. Don’t worry, I’m here to help you do just that. Use the list below to make sure you pack all the right things for your summer adventure.
Pick Out the Perfect Suitcase (To Put it All in Of Course!)
The suitcase I currently own is an Aimee Kestenberg 24” hardcase suitcase in marine python. What I LOVED about this suitcase was its hard body (to prevent liquid damage or bugs living on your bag), bright and fun colors (because who wants to travel with a boring black bag plus it’s easier to spot when collecting your luggage), and that it expanded (for when you inevitably over shop when you’re on your trip)! All important things to me when traveling. Especially the expanding zipper! I like to make sure I don’t use it when packing so that I know I have room to grow on my trip.
Pack the Perfect Outfits
You want to make sure you look cute on your trip but not at the expense of over-packing clothing wise. This is where battles are won and lost ladies! Here are some things I usually pack to make sure there are options but space in my suit case as well.
Rompers - It’s a t-shirt and shorts all at the same time! What could be better then that?
Sundresses - The perfect one and done look!
Jean Jacket - Versatile and perfect for those casual cool (temperature wise) evenings.
Lightweight Leather Jacket- Versatile and perfect for when you’re going out on those cooler nights.
Black or Neutral Going Out Dress - The perfect piece to have because you can wear again and again (Just pair with different jewelry).
Bathing Suits - Make sure you bring a couple because what’s a vacation if you aren’t lounging pool or beach side?
Undergarments - The more the better you may not be able to wash along the way.
Shoes - I like to bring a pair of heels (not too high though, you may not always be walking on well paved roads), tennis shoes, and flats.
Purse - It’s important to have the perfect day and night bag. Right now I’m obsessed with Saveida Sethi’s Sofiya Tote in Noir + Blanco as a day time bag. AND for the evening a classic clutch is always the perfect accessory!
Jewelry - Pack a couple of pieces but not all of your best ones - these should be your travel pieces. I like to bring two necklaces to put on in the evenings (I alternate) , one pair of neutral studs, and one versatile bracelet!
Misc Items - Pajamas, Sweatshirt, Socks, Hat, Lightweight Scarf, Leggings/Tights, Sunglasses
Don’t Forget Toiletries
Here’s my thought on toiletries, they take up ALOT of weight and space! So I like to purchase these when I get to my final destination (If I’m going somewhere where items are readily available) and toss them before I go home, I suggest you do this too! BUT Here’s something I never leave home without packing — FEMININE PRODUCTS. Wherever you’re going just may not have what you’re used to at home!
Pack the Make-Up Essentials
When I’m traveling, and typically at home too I’m not worried about wearing too much make-up. So I pack light, here are the basics I make sure I never leave home without.
Tinted SPF Moisturizer - I currently use Ultra HD Perfector Blurring Skin Tint with SPF 25
Mascara - I’ve tried several different ones but I keep going back too - Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Red Lipstick - My current favorite is Nars Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
Highlighter - I’m LOVING Smashbox + Vlada’s Petal Metal Highlighter in Prismatic Pearl (Don’t forget to check out The Single (And Not So Single) Girls Guide to the Perfect Summer Glow)
These four categories should definitely help you make it to your final destination with you feeling stressed out about forgetting anything. Just remember though, these are the basics and really just the beginning to everything you need to pack for your perfect summer trip. Check back next week for Everything the Single (And Not So Single) Girl Needs to Know to Pack the Perfect Carry-On.
Was there anything I forgot? Let me know what you like to pack for your summer adventures below.
Nashville, TN - The Home of Country Music. Some of you may not know but I’m originally a Southern Girl (Jacksonville, FL), so Country Music and Southern Charm will always hold a special place in my heart. So, it wasn’t even a question of if I was going to stop in Nashville on my road trip, just when. Read on below for how I did some of the Best Instagram Spots in Nashville in 24 Hrs.
First Stop: Draper James - 2608 12th Ave S | Nashville, TN 37204
Draper James opens at 10AM and, you should get there right when it opens! Just in case you didn’t know, Draper James is owned by America’s Sweetheart Reese Witherspoon. Everything in this store just exudes SOUTHERN CHARM. When you walk in, they even ask you if you want Sweet Tea!! Isn’t that the ABSOLUTE CUTEST?! And then everything in the store is just ADORABLE. I wanted to buy EVERYTHING!! From Tote Bags to Dresses to the CUTEST Sandals, you’ll be sure to find something that fits your personality.
After you’re finished shopping, make sure you head to the side of their building where you’ll find these Instagrammable spots.
Note: The Rolling Stone Tongue was there for a special exhibit, but their famous blue and white wall is always available for photos.
When your done with these spots, just take a left out of Draper James and head towards Dallas Ave where you’ll take a right to find this Peace Nashville mural by Eastside Murals. When you go, no promises it’ll be the same mural but, you’ll definitely find something Instagram worthy.
After you finish exploring everything 12th Ave has for you to see, head on over to your 2nd Stop in Nashville.
Second Stop: 269 11th Ave South | Nashville, TN 37203 (The Gulch)
The address above will lead you to the parking garage where on the side wall you’ll find Kelsey Montague’s #WhatLiftsYou Wings AND how ADORABLE are those little wings?!
You should check out the Gulch after you get your photos, there are a lot of cute shops, good food, and fun bars in the area! Now onto the next stop.
Third Stop: Barista Parlor - 519 Gallatin Ave B | Nashville, TN 37206
After the first two stops, you’ll be ready for coffee, and Barista Parlor has some of the best you’ve ever tasted. So make sure you grab something to go, snap a quick picture and then get a bite to eat at The Gambling Stick right next door. Hopefully they’re still there when you make it out to Nashville because this Southern BBQ was DELICIOUS!!
After you’re done re-fueling, make your way past the Barista Parlor and look for the pink and white beauty store on the left hand side.
Note: When you walk out of the coffee shop you’ll want to take a left and head to that Beauty Supply Store. DON’T. That’s not THE Beauty Supply Store (Unless you actually want to get some Beauty Supplies, it was nice inside. LOL.).
So, make sure you take a right out of the Barista Parlor and look to the left for this Pretty in Pink (And White) Building. AND when you’re finished taking photos there, make sure to go to the building right next door and take a photo at the East Nashville sign located on the side of the building.
You’re almost DONE. It wouldn’t be a trip to Nashville without taking a trip to the Grand Ole Opry.
Fourth (And Final) Stop: Grand Ole Opry - 2804 Opryland Dr | Nashville TN 37214
Before taking a picture in front of the iconic guitars, make sure to explore the shopping center located right next door. Because when in Nashville, you have to get some boots! AND check out Taylor Swift's Wax figure at Madame Tussauds. AND get some delicious cookie dough from Sam T. Spoonlickers.
Hopefully this helps you get THE BEST Instagram Worthy Photos when you’re in Nashville AND catch a little glimpse of the city. I can’t WAIT to go back to Nashville and do even more exploring., 24 Hrs in this city just isn’t enough!
Thanks to Helene in Between for the inspo for my article, make sure you check out her post called Best Spots in Nashville to Take a Photo.
Have you been to Nashville before? What were some of your favorite spots? I’d LOVE to hear.
P.S. Let me know if you use this guide, hope it’s helpful!
I’ve been wanting to go to New Orleans for awhile. So, when I knew I was going on a road trip adventure, there was no doubt in my mind I was going to stop there. New Orleans DID NOT disappoint, the people and food are amazing! Here’s a quick look at how I spent my time in The Big Easy.
Hotel: The Moxy Hotel in the CBD right outside of the French Quarter
I LOVED this hotel. Not only was the location great and the price just right, BUT it was SUPER CUTE! Let's chat a bit more about location, what I liked about The Moxy Hotel was that we were right by the action without having to be in the action. It was about a 5-minute walk over to Bourbon St and we were near the trolleys, so it was very convenient. They also offered a unique drink list at their bar, (which also serves as their check-in) so while you’re waiting to go out you can mingle with other guests or just relax with a delicious cocktail in their super hip lobby. Upon check-in, they even offer a free drink ticket (which I for some reason did not use, #epicfail). They are also a dog-friendly hotel which is a win for me!
Food: Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar ; Mr. B’s Bistro ; Cafe Du Monde
There are so many good food places to choose from in New Orleans that’s it’s almost overwhelming! I ended up choosing a NOLA staple and then got a recco from a local.
Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar - AMAZING!! The oysters were to die for, I had fried buffalo oysters, classic oysters, fried crawfish, and washed it down with a strawberry beer. I was a very happy and full girl for the rest of the evening. Which is what you need to be to explore Bourbon Street and all it has to offer.
French Market - After Exploring the French Market, don’t forget to take a look at their food stands too! There’s nothing like sitting down and enjoying a Crawfish Po’Boy after exploring all the different vendors the market has to offer.
Mr. B’s Bistro - If you’re looking for authentic Creole food in a “fancy” environment. Mr. B’s Bistro is the spot. It’s always nice when traveling to wear a fancy dress for one night and this was one of those nights. I was not disappointed with my fried green tomatoes appetizer, Mr. B’s Barbecue Shrimp, and a glass of rosé.
Cafe Du Monde - Definitely worth the wait for THE BEST beignets and chicory coffee! This is the perfect after dinner dessert. Make sure you bring cash as they don’t accept cards, but don’t worry this sweet treat won’t break the bank.
Exploring: Bourbon Street ; French Market ; Ghost, Vampire, and Voodoo Tour
Bourbon Street - When in NOLA. Honestly, it’s everything you imagine it to be. Debauchery and Fun Times all rolled into one. There are bars one after another all offering a different vibe - Classic Jazz, Dancing, and even Karaoke. It was fun walking up and down this street and hopping into bars and, the drinks are CHEAP compared to Los Angeles which was definitely a plus. I definitely want to go again with a group of my GFs during Mardi Gras.
French Market - If you’re a fan of flea and farmer’s markets you’ll LOVE the French Market. Lots of masks, art, and gifts unique to New Orleans. I like to support local designers and artists and this is the place to do it. Plus, after you’re done shopping you can grab a bite to eat at one of their many food stands. AND after you grab a bite to eat don’t forget to walk over to Frenchmen St and explore that area with their unique NOLA architecture and jazz bars!
Ghost, Vampire, and Voodoo Tour - Part of NOLAs intrigue are the cemeteries and all that goes with it. I definitely recommend taking a tour when you’re in the big easy to hear a bit of that side of their history and more importantly why they have some of these hauntings. As my tour guide put it, to get a haunting you have to have a pretty tragic death. AND some of these stories come from slaves being treated horribly and people being burned alive in their sleep. I won’t be able to do these stories justice but, if you’re interested check out this site.
This was all I could get in with my two night, one day stay. BUT it was quite a lot and gave me just enough of a taste to know I want to go back.
Who else has been to New Orleans? What were some of your favorite things to do?
I’d love to hear, comment below.
Traveling across country with a dog and finding the best hotels isn’t always easy! Very thankful that when I was in the San Francisco area visiting The Museum of Ice Cream I ran across The Graduate hotel chain. My little pup Aurora was able to stay for FREE and they brought us bowls, a blanket, and a Graduate themed Bark Box for Aurora to enjoy. She felt right at home.
Not only did this hotel offer a fantastic stay for my furry little friend but I enjoyed the stay as well.
Upon entering the hotel, you walk into a historic building with decor to die for! It’s a combination of stepping into a really old university with some modern twists. Their whole reception area was lined with magazines upon magazines (Old National Geographics) and they even had a picture of Marshawn Lynch on the wall as you walked in (Running back for the Oakland Raiders and formerly the Seattle Seahawks. Also a former player on Berkeley’s football team.). The common room had decor to die for, all the details were well thought through and greatly appreciated! And around check in time they even had a little wine and cheese happy hour available for the guests free of charge. They definitely know the way into this girl’s heart.
Downstairs they have a restaurant called Henry’s. When I was there it was under construction. BUT their menu looks fantastic, so when I come back I’ll definitely be grabbing a bite to eat here.
Now for the rooms, SOO CUTE!! They had wood floors with the same feel as their common room/reception area. Some of the details in the room that I loved…the modern rotary phone and a movie poster from the classic film “The Graduate”. The little details make the biggest difference.
Now lets talk about LOCATION, LOCATION. This hotel was in the perfect area to walk around to all the trendy things Cal Berkeley has to offer, not to mention it was right by campus. So if you’re planning a college campus tour or visiting someone who goes to the school it’s the perfect place to stay (they even have current student, alumnae, and parent discounts). Even if you aren’t doing anything Berkeley related it’s just a great place to stay. The area offers a lot of trendy stores and food that are catered to a younger crowd because it is so close to a college campus, in my opinion it’s perfect for millennial’s such as myself because it offers a more laid back vibe (at an affordable price point) then being in the heart of San Fran but also had easy access to the Bart so you can make your way to the city at any time.
Next time you’re in the San Fran area, please consider staying at this fabulous hotel (and check out the other cities they're in as well), especially if you have a furry friend you want to bring along. You definitely won’t regret it!
Pictures Below: First four photos are my own, the last six come from the @graduateberkeley instagram page
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