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Amazon Prime Stocking Stuffer Guide Pt. 2 – For the Guys

If you missed it, I did an Amazon Prime stocking stuffer guide for gifts for the ladies here. Now, I’m onto things for the men! Is it just me or is it harder to find practical things to put in stockings for the guys? There aren’t a lot of little small gifts or trinkets I feel like men would like so I did my best here! Comment below and share what you’ll be getting your brother, boyfriend, Dad, uncle, etc. from this list!

Click on the photos to shop and starting adding to your Amazon cart!

  • Phone/wallet finder, $20

  • Wine socks for men, $15 (who doesn’t love a good pair of punny wine socks?)

  • Leather Key Swivel Case, $34 (so classy, love this)

  • Facial Scrub – Green Tea, $27

  • Chip Gaines’ Book (I read their other book Magnolia Story and loved it) $11

  • Fold Out Keychain, $18

  • Waterproof Touchscreen Gloves, $14

  • Herschel Passport Holder, $24

  • High Quality Playing Cards, $12

  • City Whiskey Glass, $18 (lots of options, I loved this Charleston one)

  • Car Side Pocket Organizer, $11 (so nice for pens, your phone, snacks, etc.)

  • Brixton Men’s Beanie, $20

  • Hydroflask (I can’t live without mine now! Best water bottle)

  • Whiskey Chilling Cubes, $10

  • Compression Socks, $15 (great for post-workout, circulation, etc.)

  • Multigroom Kit, $15 (laughing at the fact it’s called a grooming kit haha)

  • Smith’s Knife Sharpener, $3 (Really this could be for anybody but so cheap and great reviews)

  • Lemome Leather Journal, $16 (there were cheaper ones but quality wasn’t as good. Love me a great notebook!)

  • Star Wars Mad Libs, $5

  • Burt’s Bees Men’s Gift Set, $25

  • Flashlight 2 Pack, $12 (one of those things that you always wish you had when you actually need it, ya know?)

  • Before-you-go toilet spray, $9


 

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Amazon Prime Stocking Stuffer Guide – For the Girls

Let’s be honest. Every year we say we are going to get ahead and have all our Christmas shopping done by the first or second week of December…and YET every year most of us end up doing last minute shopping. It’s hard for us busy girls who consider ourselves pretty organized and on top of things, but it still happens. If you’re one of the lucky ones, kudos to you my friend and enjoy the last week of December not running around! But here’s the thing. I don’t want to spend my time running around and being stressed out either. I have things to do before the end of the year, and family and friends to spend quality time with. So, I thought I would create an easy to shop stocking stuffer guide where you can get everything here on Amazon! If you’re a Prime member, even better. This makes things so easy and you escape the holiday rush of every shopping center in America.

Click the photos to shop this post!

Stocking Stuffers for the Girls

  • Mini Monthly Planner $8:
  • Burt’s Bees Mini Travel Set $10! (perfect for traveling or keeping in your car)

  • Real Technique’s Miracle Complexion Sponges, Set of 2 (Love these!) $7!!

  • NYX Butter Gloss (you’ll never use chapstick again) $8

  • These beanies, because I love the little top fuzzy part! $9-14

  • Mini Vanilla Scented Candle 

  • These super cute $10 Passport Cases!

  • Headache Heat Pack, Lavender $23 (a life saver for me personally)

  • Mini Bluetooth Speaker, $14

  • Natural Sheet Masks, $9

  • Faux Succulents set of 5, $20 (great desk accessories!)

  • Rifle Paper Co. Notepad $9 (calling all list makers, this is so cute!)

  • Honest Company’s Natural Lavendar Bubble Bath, $10

  • Book: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (can’t wait to read this and what better way to start a new year?)

Thanks for reading and check back soon for the guy’s stocking stuffer guide! Comment below and tell me your great stocking stuffer ideas!



 

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November Favorites: Things I’m Loving Lately

Hi friends! I’m sharing my November Favorites because December is finally upon us and I can’t believe how fast it crept up this year! I love it though and I’m soaking up everything Christmas related. This is the first year my family has not had a real tree…we’ve always done the real deal and it was a great tradition but now that my brother and I are older, my parents decided to go for a fake tree. We started decorating our tree last night and I’m loving that cozy full-heart feeling 🙂

Today I’m sharing a few things that I’ve been using lately, from makeup to accessories! Leave me a comment below if you use anything here or if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear from you!

novemberfavoritesI came across this body wash a couple months ago and I’ve loved using it so far! I prefer body wash over a bar of soap (germs, hello) and this body wash smells amazing and it’s really gentle on the skin! Amazon has both a small and large size of this which is nice depending on if you want stock up. You can shop this body wash here. There is also a Rose Petal and Original on Amazon that I have yet to try!

November favorites

These Alex and Ani bracelets were really popular when I was in college and since then I’ve received a few as gifts. They’re the cutest charm bracelets and they are a lot to choose from online! My mom got me the ladybug one for good luck and I smile every time I look at it! Click here or on the photo to shop the photo and these Alex and Ani bracelets!

November Favorites

 

Maybe you saw me talk about this hat on my Instagram, but seriously it’s my new favorite thing! It’s so comfy and I LOVE the color! I’m definitely a hat person and I have a similar one in black, but I like the shape and feel of this one much better. I think this hat could be pretty versatile for all seasons so pick it up while it’s still on major sale! Click the photo or link to this hat here and it will take you to Liketoknowit. From there, click the hat photo and you’re on the product page and ready to purchase!

November Favorites

 

Of all people, my brother discovered Juice Beauty haha. In all honesty, I think he went into Ulta for something for men’s skincare and walked out with the entire Juice Beauty line (whoever sold him that, you’re a great salesman lol) BUT the good thing is I actually really love the line too. I had never heard of Juice before that but one of my favorite things from them is this Stem Cellular Exfoliating Peel Spray. You shake the bottle, spray some of your face, then start rubbing it in. The coolest thing happens and some of the dead skin from your face gets exfoliated off which you can feel. It leaves my skin super refreshed and smooth! Click the photo or here to shop it!

 

Last but certainly not least, my favorite of all favorite lip glosses. By now, you know I’ve joined the Butter Gloss train and I’m not looking back. For $5 at target, you can’t beat this. The color is amazing and my lips feel super hydrated! Stocking stuffer idea maybe? I’ll be getting my mom a few of these! Click the photo to shop it!

Okay that’s it for my November favorites! Can’t wait to share things from this month because I already have some ideas I’m storing! haha. Have a great week!

 

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Reflecting on my 24th birthday: 24 lessons I’ve learned

I remember thinking on my 22nd birthday that I was finally getting older, “but imagine what 24 will feel like.” For some reason 24 sounds so much older! There’s a younger feeling about being 21, 22, or even 23. But despite all that I am EMBRACING 24 and I’m the kind of person that feels like everything gets better with age!

Well Scorpio season is among us! Scorpios are known to be the most “secretive” of the signs, and while I don’t like to spill my heart out completely on the internet I do love myself a good deep conversation (or in this case, blog post). I thought it would be fun to reflect on some simple lessons I’ve learned in my 24 years of life. Comment below and tell me if you can relate to any of these life lessons!

  1. Sometimes something we didn’t think we wanted turns out to be the greatest gift.Funny story to start this out: my brother was born premature and my parents spent weeks with him in the hospital. I was used to being the only child so when they finally brought him home I said, “I don’t like him. Can you take him back?” Well, flash forward 22 years and he’s pretty great if I do say so!
  2. Don’t be afraid to fail. In this interview, my good friend Lexy said she feels like failure doesn’t exist and rather everything is just a learning curve. I love that.
  3. Be kind, be mindful of what you say to others, be humble, be a nice person. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou. Sometimes I haven’t forgotten what hurtful things people have said to me. And I don’t doubt that I’ve said something that hurt someone. But if we can be more mindful of how we come off to people, of how our words or actions affect people, I think we should try our hardest. Being nice doesn’t make you naïve, fake, or a pushover, it just means you care how you make other people feel.
  4. It’s okay if you realize people don’t have a place in your life anymore. This has been a huge learning lesson for me over the years. I always felt a personal conflict with issues like this; wanting to be nice and not hurt anyone, yet also staying true to myself in knowing that someone doesn’t align with who I am as a person. Follow that inner voice. You might make mistakes, but everyday things will become more and more clear
  5. Take time to be interested in your Grandparents and spend time with them. They’re gone sooner than we think. My Grandma passed away a few months ago, and that marks the last living grandparent I had. I deeply cherished every one of my grandparents and I only wish I had more time to spend with my Mom’s parents who passed away when I was much younger. See you on the other side.
  6. Hustle with heart…but not always. Taking time to pause and reflect is often just as powerful as being busy.
  7. Follow your heart. I’ve always been a firm believer of this when navigating life, careers, love, friendships, you name it. Don’t let the pessimists get to you. Doing what’s right isn’t always easy and what’s easy isn’t always right but your heart will help you navigate that. I find that somewhere along the line your heart and your mind work together.
  8. Preserve your memories. Keep a journal, print out your photos and put them in an album, take video! I’ve learned too many times that technology is temporary and photos and videos get lost along the way. In a way, our own memory is temporary too. I recently realized that gone are the days when people walk around with the big hefty home video cameras and that makes me a little sad. No one is truly preserving the videos they take. I don’t know about you but I want to look back on my life when I’m 90.
  9. Be a rebel, take chances, create your own path. In 2012 I Facebook messaged Drake Doremus who directed one of my favorite all-time movies that made me want to be an actress and writer/director called Like Crazy. I asked him some advice and he gave me the most honest answers I will always remember. Here’s exactly what he said in response, caps and all. “WATCH A LOT OF MOVIES AND FOLLOW YOUR HEART. DON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER AND DO WHATEVER YOU WANT ALWAYS. BE A REBEL.” Thanks for responding to a random stranger, Drake.
  10. Sometimes figuring out what you DON’T want to do can you lead you to clarity for your true purpose. During my first year of college I was still getting clear on what I really wanted to do in life. It was a time of change and growth and coming into who I was as a person. I still felt mildly embarrassed to admit that I wanted to act and I hid behind my love for writing. I ended up doing an internship at Warner Brothers for MadChance Productions and it was a great experience. It taught me so much and oddly enough I learned so much about what I definitely didn’t want to do. I did not want to be a producer’s assistant and sacrifice my soul. I did not want to be a script supervisor or editor or PA etc. the list goes on. However, one night when I got the chance to be a PA on set I learned that it would kill me if I didn’t take the chance to act. I remember looking at the actors while I was a PA and thinking, “I would give anything to trade places with you right now.” It hit me like a ton of bricks that it would be sad if I lived my whole life with that feeling and vowed not to do that.
  11. It’s okay to be both introverted and extroverted. I like to go out and have drinks with my friends and be social but I also really like being alone and making lists and reading a good book. Don’t feel like you have to fit a mold of anything or anyone, just be yourself.
  12. Be mindful of who and what you put your energy into. If it’s not being reciprocated or you feel like it adds negativity to your life, let it go.
  13. The sound of your dogs snoring will make everything fade to the background. Really, what’s better than coming home and snuggling up to my dogs and hearing them sleep so soundly. (cheesy, I know. But 100% the truth).
  14. Study your craft diligently, be driven, have laser focus. The people that do this, no matter what industry you’re in, are already a step ahead of those who put half effort into things.
  15. Social media is not real life. I’ll say it again…SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT REAL LIFE. (check out this video that explains this perfectly). Man, social media is such a love hate thing for me. I know we’ve all had our days when we wish we had what was on the other side of the screen. But remind yourself that 9/10 what’s on the other side of that screen looks a whole lot different in real life. I still believe that social media can be used for positive things, but I’ve learned to check myself in the comparison game online.
  16. Don’t be afraid to be ahead of the game. I’ve always had that entrepreneurial spirit about me (and I’m sure so many of you reading this do, too!) I started my Etsy shop back in 2013 and no one my age was really doing that. Not because they couldn’t but I just think no one my age really had an interest in doing that at the time. Part of me felt embarrassed to talk about the fact I had an Etsy shop at that time and I’ve learned it’s okay to stand out of the crowd. Be confident in your ventures.
  17. Just begin. The hardest part about doing the work is just sitting down and starting.
  18. Actions speak louder than words. Plain and simple.
  19. Anxiety can be paralyzing. I’ve struggled a lot with anxiety over the past couple years. I don’t have many answers here, but I’ve learned to breathe and look at the bigger picture.
  20. Deep conversations are the best way to connect with someone. I don’t know if I’ve learned this or if I was born this way but Lord knows I love to have deep conversations with people. Deep, meaning more than small talk. What makes you tick, what do you dream about, what do you think shaped you into who you are, etc. So if you’re ever having a day when you want to talk, head over to Instagram and you know where to find me!
  21. Speak with confidence about what you love. I wrote an entire blog post on this and it’s really a huge lessons I’ve learned over the years.
  22. Going out of your comfort zone helps you grow as a person. It can be as simple as going up to someone at an event and having a conversation, or joining a new community, or applying for a new job. That little pang of fear or sickness you feel when you’re doing something new…you’re growing! I wrote a blog post about how joining this network of women helped me out of my comfort zone and truly helped me grow as a person.
  23. True friendships are hard to come by. True friendships are a two way street, not one a one lane highway. They are empathetic, they care deeply about you just as you do for them, they never let anything get in the way, they love you for you. Remember, quality over quantity. I look at some of the friendships I’ve had for over 10 years and there’s nothing like a love for a person like that.
  24. You can’t control what will happen in your life. This is something I still struggle with all the time. I worry about the “what ifs” and it’s a constant reminder that I have to give up control and focus only on the factors I can control.
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Rising Tide Society Holiday Gift Guide: Handmade & Small Business

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you know that I’ve been posting all about this amazing gift guide from the Rising Tide Society! If you haven’t heard of the Rising Tide Society before they’re an amazing community of small business owners, makers, artists, creators, entrepreneurs, DREAMERS of all kinds! It was started by the amazing photographer Natalie Franke and transformed into a place where people can go for support for their business, to learn more about navigating entrepreneurship and so much more. You can read more about RTS here.

This year they put out an amazing holiday gift guide (no fluff here it really is awesome) and I was lucky enough to have some of the products from my shop featured. I thought it would be super fun to show y’all some of my favorites! I am not joking when I say this guide takes the stress out of finding truly unique gifts for your friends and family! Take a look and browse some of my favorites below and be sure to comment and tell me what you love! P.S. Make sure you SUBSCRIBE to the newsletter when you click on the guide and you’ll get discount shops for SO many of the shops, it’s worth it!

Gifts For Coffee Lovers 

“Roasted” Themed Gift Box from Postcard Pantry                      Made to Create Coffee Mug (by yours truly!)

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Hygge Knit Coffee Cup Sweater by Swell Knits.                        Coffee Mocha Handmade Natural Vegan Soap

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Gifts For the Romantic 

You are Loved Pillow by Swell                                                            Isn’t She Lovely Fabric Sign by SweetGrass Paper Co.

 

You Will Forever Be My Always Postcard/Love Note (Me, again!).       Customized Gold Circle Necklace by StampedandFinch

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It Is Well With My Soul Hand Painted Globe                                            Floral Initial Watercolor Ring Dish

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holiday gift guide

Gifts For The Home

Custom Watercolor Map.                                                                              Mini Modern Succulent Planter Set 

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Springtime Bouquet Painting by Amanda Christine.                                        Home Sweet Home Laser Cut Sign
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So Many Books Bookends

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Gifts For the Entrepreneur Woman

You Got This Notepad.                                                                           Double Sided LetterChalk Board
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Be With: Affirm Cards for Self Love                                                         Cultivate What Matters Intentional Goal Planner

Affirm Cards Gift Guide

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Just Begin Canvas Pencil Pouch

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Fall Skincare Routine

Ever since I was little I had the skincare/makeup love gene. I’m the kind of person who absolutely has to take my makeup off before I go to bed and there’s nothing I hate more than dry skin. I love trying new products to see what work best (and also what’s not really makin’ the cut). So, I thought it would be fun to show you all my fall skincare routine and the products I’m currently loving! I could write a long post on my all-time favorites but I wanted to narrow it down and show you my fall favorites and my routine.

My Routine + Products

What I’m telling you is typically what I do in the morning or at night, so this doesn’t really include makeup, except for a tinted moisturizer.

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Morning Face Wash

In the morning, I usually wash my face or wipe it clean with the Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towellettes. Facewash is the one thing not shown in the pictures because I took these photos while on my trip and I didn’t bring what I normally use. If I use a face wipe, I actually love the Costco ones. I’ve tried other brands like Neutrogena but most wipes make my skin too oily or they sting. Typically I use the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser because it’s great for sensitive skin and has hyaluronic acid in it. I also really like The Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Glow Facial Cleansing Polish Face Scrub. It makes my skin so bright and refreshed. I got it last year on sale during Black Friday and that was a great decision haha it lasted me SO long too!

Morning Moisturizer

My skin always feels so much dryer this time of year so moisturizer is essential. Next, I put moisturizer on and I’ve been loving this Better Skin Mirakle Cream I first tried this product when I went to BeautyCon earlier this year and loved it! I would not say that unless I meant it and let me tell you, this truly feels like butter slathered on your face. They were kind enough to send me these products because they know how much I love them! Go try them for yourself, you’ll see what I mean!

SPF for the day

Then, before applying makeup like concealer or foundation I make sure to get some SPF on. I think moisturizer and SPF is the secret to great skin. My friends make fun of me because I am the SPF freak always telling people to wear sunscreen but the sun is an invisible damager! You don’t see the negative effects sun damage has on skin until about 20 years later (or so I’ve read). Anyways, I’ve been loving a tinted SPF/Moisturizer lately and this Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is great! It’s definitely tinted and a little goes a long way but it’s a great base with the added plus of SPF. The Cotz Face Natural Skin Tone SPF 40 I also tried at BeautyCon and I found my new favorite face sunscreen! Think of whipped butter, and that’s what feels like is going on your face. It blends into the skin great and it’s perfect for pre-makeup.

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Nighttime Routine

At the end of the day, I always take my makeup off and wash my face. I use the same wipes and/or face wash. At night time, I also like to do an occasional face mask or scrub. I really like Better Skin Lava Magik – Cleanser – Scrub – Mask, which you can use as a scrub or mask. Here’s my experience with it: I loved it as a scrub, I felt like I had baby soft skin afterward. As a mask, not so much. I have really sensitive skin and my face felt a burning sensation after keeping the mask on for just a few minutes. The lava mask is also red in nature, so it might look like it stains your skin momentarily even though it doesn’t. That was just my experience so I’m not sure how your skin will react but do love these products overall.

I love the PCA SKIN Après Peel Hydrating Balm for nighttime. I’ve been switching off between this and the Mirakle Cream but either are super moisturizing! In the photo, this moisturizer is in a little travel container, but it comes in a much larger one when you buy it. It also smells amazing!

Next, I do some spot treatment if I have any breakouts and here are my go-tos for that this fall season. Epiduo is amazing for drying out a zit when needed. I found out about this through my dermatologist and I’ve used it for a while now! Now, for my secret weapon. On my trip to Oahu this past summer, I came across this Hawaiian Healer Salve. The girl in the shop (my favorite local store in Kailua) said it was a miracle salve and she swears by it. She said it makes scars fade, breakouts vanish, etc. She raved about it! I thought I would give it a go, but wasn’t holding my breath. Oh my goodness you guys! It really is magical! I will put this on my breakouts and I wake up the next day and my skin looks almost perfect! It’s all natural and also doubles as a great chapstick. P.S. this would make the perfect stocking stuffer for a friend or loved one! Whether it’s your best girlfriend or even your brother, definitely get this salve!

That’s it for my fall skincare routine! If you’re interested in me going a bit further and showing you my go-to makeup products for fall be sure to comment and let me know below! Any other questions and feel free to reach out! What are your favorite skincare products right now?

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Changing Leaves in Asheville + The Softest Lulu’s Cardigan

My Mom and I took a southern fall trip back to Columbia, SC to visit my Uncle and then we drove a couple hours to Asheville, NC! I had never been there before and it’s been years since my Mom or Uncle went so we made the drive! We couldn’t wait to see the changing leaves and soak up every moment of the fall season in the south!

First, I will say that I was so happy to experience a crisp fall! It was in the hundreds when we left Los Angeles, so it was drastically different weather haha. Just a week prior in South Carolina it has been so hot though, we actually didn’t think it was going to be cold at all and we were a little bummed. When we got to Asheville though it was only about 50 something degrees! I wished I had packed a few more warmer clothing options but I was so happy it was cold enough to feel all warm and snuggled up.

We only spent 48 hours there and I’d love to do a trip itinerary if you guys are interested! We loved our bed and breakfast that we stayed in and I have so many cute pictures of the place!

Our second day in Asheville, we drove up the Blue Ridge Mountain to see some of the leaves. I’ll be honest with you…it was a little disappointing. The leaves weren’t as popping with color as they’d been in years past and the visitor’s center people confirmed this. They actually said on a scale of 1 to 10 as far as leaf color goes, this year was at a low 3 haha. But I will say, there were patches that we caught along the way driving through the Blue Ridge and it really was breath taking because we just don’t get that color here but it came in waves. The few pictures of the beautiful leaves I got were gorgeous and I wanted to stand there all day looking at the view. When we did get out to take some pictures, it was freezing. My fingers were numb trying to press the button on my camera but it was worth it!

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changing leaves in Asheville

changing leaves in Asheville

The Softest Lulu’s Sweater Hoodie Cardigan: Perfect for Fall!

I got this cardigan from Lulu’s in early October I believe and showed it on Instagram! I had no idea when I was going to get to wear it because it had been so hot I would have been sweating wearing it anywhere in California. I’m so glad I brought it on this trip though, it couldn’t have been more perfect! The material is SO soft and cozy and it’s pretty thick. I love that there are pockets which was nice to stick my hands in when we walked around town. The hood on this sweater cardigan is also so cute and different than just your plain jane cardigan.

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changing leaves in Asheville

Enjoy the fall leaves and stay tuned for more from this trip!

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The Perfect Carry-On Bag + What’s In My Carry-On

I get sort of romantic about traveling. Really, I do. Traveling to me is like adding another color onto my canvas and treating my life like art. It’s filling up my cup a little more. It’s broadening my horizons. I always come back from a trip feeling renewed and with a newfound sense of understanding about something.

But before anything too revolutionary can happen, we have to worry about what to pack in our carry-on. I’ve become a carry-on packer pro of sorts, I even traveled to Switzerland for almost two weeks with just a carry-on (crazy, I know). But I wanted to show you guys what I pack in my personal carry-on bag (the one under my seat on the plane) and show you the inspiring tote bag that’s up in my shop that I am obsessed with! The quote says, “She turned her cant’s into cans and her dreams into plans.”  This could not be a more perfect travel tote. How many times have you told yourself you’ll go to that dream destination you’ve had in your head? This is all about just doing it. Stop thinking about traveling somewhere and make. It. Happen. You can shop this bag here.

Now, what’s in my carry-on? Click the photo above to shop (some) of the items on liketoknowit or you can also shop everything via the links below if you’re interested.

 

  1. My laptop. I recently had to upgrade laptops because my other one was from 2011 and it would take me 2.5 hours to do something as simple as open a word document haha. I have the 2014 Macbook Pro now and love this one, it goes everywhere with me.
  2. Laptop soft cover case from Etsy. The cutest cover case that prevents my laptop from getting scratched. It has pockets in front too so I conveniently keep all my pens in there, because I’m a pen nerd.
  3. My Planner. Type-A over here, so yes this goes with me when I travel. Especially if I’m getting some work done while I’m traveling I like that I still have my calendar there or to make to-do lists in. I’m a fan of larger planners and this one is very similar (same brand).
  4. My obsession with notebooks is a slight problem, but when I travel I try to keep it simple. I like just a regular school-style notebook so that I have lots of room to write everything I need. Whether I’m taking a break from my laptop and writing down blog ideas in here, making lists, taking notes on a podcast I’m listening to, or jotting down ideas for my next script, a notebook goes where I go.
  5. The 7-year pen. I wrote about this pen in my September Favorites post, but this is the best pen I’ve ever owned. I’m going to Asheville on this trip and that’s where the store is so I cannot wait to spend too much money there!
  6. Currently have The Nightingale with me (so excited to read it!) but I also have a book on writing subtext in screenwriting with me and my Your Best Year 2018 workbook too.
  7. I really don’t like that Apple keeps changing the headphone ports so now I take headphones that can easily plug into my laptop and ones that can go into my iphone too. Here are the headphones I have.
  8. Sunglasses and glasses. I’m a creature of habit in the sunglasses department and I’ve had this style of Ray-Bans for years. It’s a winner in my book. My glasses are necessary for distance. So, if you ever see me and it seems like I’m looking at you but I don’t say anything…it’s because I am blind haha. This happens to me all the time, it’s bad. At the gym, at the store. I should probably get contacts honestly. The pair I have are also Raybans and I got them at Lenscrafters.
  9. I am a snacker if there ever was one. I always need to have snacks on me or I reach a level of starvation and can’t function. Besides what’s seen in this photo, I also took a few more snacks and tried to keep it as healthy as possible. I don’t like feeling like a blog after eating airport food all day, but hey it happens sometimes. On this trip I also took Justin’s Snack Pack Almond Butter With Pretzels, a small Ziploc bag of Trader Joe’s Organic Popcorn with Olive Oil, an orange, a ThinkThin Oatmeal Individuals (6 Count) for in the morning (so I wouldn’t spend 1 million dollars at Starbucks in the airport) and this time my Mom and I took it a little far. We also got our favorite vegetable rice bowl from Aroma Coffee & Tea Company in Studio City the night before and took it as our lunch. I also take my own Jasmine Green Tea tea bag so if I’m on the plane I can have a pick me up instead of coffee if I’m feeling something different.
  10. My HydroFlask . I don’t leave without it. It keeps my water SO cold (or my coffee super hot) and I’d rather drink out of this than plastic water bottles if I can help it!
  11. Advil/Excedrin. I get really bad headaches and sometimes migraines. At times they can get so bad that any sound or bright light is excruciating pain. I try not to take these a lot, but if my headache is that bad while traveling I just want it to end.
  12. Beauty: I pack my makeup bag in my suitcase, but I usually have a few things to freshen up with if I’m going somewhere straight from the airport. This time I took my L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup, N4 Buff Beige, 1 fl. oz., NYX Butter Gloss PRALINE, Bobbi Brown Telluride Shimmer Brick Compact – Sunset Pink, Costco Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towellettes, 4.53 Pound, and Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer 3 oz (Pack of 2).
  13. A sweater. I get cold very easily and I always find myself freezing on planes, so this is a must for me. This sweater cardigan is comfortable yet warm enough to snuggle up in. Here is a similar one.

So by now you’re probably thinking that’s way too much and yes my bag does weigh a lot haha but I am the kind of person that would so much rather have the option of having something than being disappointed that I didn’t bring an item. What’s in your carry-on that I should know about?

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#FallFavoritesFriday Insta Stories: September Roundup

We are fully headed into the second week of October and if you’ve been following along on my Instagram, I’ve been doing my weekly #fallfavoritesfriday! Every Friday I share a few things I’m loving for the fall season; anything from food, clothes, beauty, decor, notebooks, events, you name it! Here are a few things I shared during two of my September fall favorites, hope you enjoy!

Fall Favorite #1: Trader Joes Maple Leaf Cookies

You guys. These are so so addicting that maybe you shouldn’t even try them. At this point, Trader Joes should just sponsor me because I buy everything seasonal they offer. I’ve gone through attest 5 boxes of these maple cookies, it’s bad.

Fall Favorite #2: Nordstrom BP V-Neck Pullover Sweater

You guys might remember me showing you this on my stories about two weeks ago, sorry for the bad photo but I thought you might remember this if I pulled it from my stories! It really is the softest sweater I’ve owned and I love the way the neckline sits. It’s so comfy, and even though I ordered an XS, it’s still roomy and not tight. If you click here, it will take you to a page where you can shop the different colors I’ve linked to. Unfortunately most of the sizes sold out except for XS. If you think we’re the same size than you’re in luck, but if not then keep checking back! I also linked my all-time favorite NYX Butter Gloss and OPI Nail Polish!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Favorite #3: Tazo Peach Cobbler Tea

Maybe peach cobbler is a summer thing, but to me this smells like fall spices and I love it! I am a huge coffee drinker but I’ve also become such a tea lover these past few years! I always go for a hot tea in the evening and when I want caffeine, this is my go-to recently! It smells like you’re drinking a pie, and what’s better than that right?

Fall Favorite #4: Monthly Themed Calendar

I got this at HomeGoods because I am obsessed with everything when I go in there and I couldn’t resist. This is the cutest monthly calendar with each month being a different theme that fits a holiday or season during that month. I showed September and October on my stories and thought you guys would like it! It’s magnetic so it can go on your fridge too!

 

That’s it for my September roundup! Check back at the end of October for that month’s roundup and be sure to follow me on Instagram and follow along on my stories! Have you tried anything above? I’d love to know, or if you have anything fall-related you think I might like feel free to message me!

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The Ultimate Fall Bucket List: 23 Things I’m Dying to Do This Season

I’m embracing fall with everything I’ve got this year, so I thought it would only be fitting to do a fall bucket list. I live for the holidays and October through January are my favorite months to relish in everything that makes my heart content.

Recently I was writing in The 52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration and it asked me to write down everything I love about fall. I wrote that I love feeling cozy inside and out, I embrace the idea of hygge, I love that Scorpio season is approaching, I love tradition, and I love that fall brings a season of wonder, change, comfort, and balance.

This fall in particular I am embracing my wanderlust by taking a trip to Asheville, North Carolina at the end of October that I’m SO excited for. I’ll definitely do some blog posts about that trip so stay tuned. But this season I’m also embracing the idea of growth and development not only internally but also within my creative projects (like the short film I’m making with my brother) and I’m championing the cliché idea that fall makes us want to try new things and be cozy while doing it.

So without further ado, here’s my fall bucket list AKA everything I’d love to do this season

  1. Bake a pie
  2. Play in the leaves
  3. Go apple picking
  4. Go through a corn maze
  5. Decorate Pumpkins
  6. Host a Friendsgiving
  7. Take a scenic fall foliage drive
  8. Go to a football game and tailgate
  9. Watch Hocus Pocus
  10. Make a homemade fall-inspired coffee drink
  11. Make a gratitude list
  12. Roast pumpkin seeds
  13. Carve Pumpkins
  14. Find a new flannel
  15. Have a fall photoshoot
  16. Go to a fall festival
  17. Find the perfect fall-inspired nail color
  18. Get a new notebook
  19. Snuggle by the fire
  20. DIY my Halloween costume
  21. Find the perfect fall sweater
  22. Read an inspiring book
  23. Create a new fall-inspired coffee mug design for my Etsy shop

If you’re in the Los Angeles area like I am, check out this list of must-do things during fall in LA.

What’s on your fall bucket list? Comment below and tell me, I’d love to hear from you!

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