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Travel Essentials

July 19, 2018

I am currently en route to California with only one flight standing between me and a much-needed fun family vacation! Normally, when I travel it’s for work. It is nice to be switching it up and going somewhere solely for fun. I wanted to share some of my travel essentials and things I do/wear/use the day I am traveling anywhere.

The first thing I always do is prep my skin before getting on a plane. My face gets very dry when I travel so I try to keep it as hydrated as possible. I use all the same products I normally do, I just add a couple extra steps of moisturization to ensure my face stays hydrated for the duration of the travel day. I start by cleansing my face with Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (1). I have recently started using cleansing balms and I don’t think I will ever go back to a normal cleanser. Balms don’t seem to strip my face of moisture or dry it out like some normal cleansers do. Next, I neutralize my skin by using Kopari’s Coconut Rose Toner (2). This instantly puts some moisture back into my skin after cleansing, and it smells divine! Then I apply an eye serum (3) (I am very generous with this step because my eyes seems to soak it right up) and a Vitamin C Serum (4).  Both by Dr. Dennis Gross. Next I apply Rose Hip oil by Naturopathica (5) to my entire face and neck. This is my favorite step. The oil feels so good on my skin and I feel this step is essential to keeping my face moisturized all day. I then follow that up with an Elemis Superfood Day Cream (6). I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup the day I am traveling so I opt for Nars’ Tinted Moisturizer. It gives the perfect amount of coverage and has SPF. I am a nut about sunscreen, so I double up on the SPF by using Supergoop’s Setting Mist with Rosemary (8). I keep my skin hydrated thru out my flight with Dermalogica’s Hydramist (9). This stuff is so refreshing and instantly makes my skin feel hydrated. Kopari’s Coconut Melt (10) is my go to body moisturizer the night before I travel, and pretty much every night while I am on a trip. It can be a little greasy, which is why I don’t use it during the day. At night though, it transforms my skin while I sleep. It is a game changer! Kopari also makes a coconut oil spray that is lighter and is perfect to use for the day.

Aside from prepping my skin, there are some other items that I keep handy while traveling. My husband recently bought me a three meter iphone charging cord. We always wish our charging cords were longer and this takes care of that problem.  It is especially great for the airport when outlets can be long distances away. He bought the pretty rose gold color (he knows me well), which is a bonus!

I also recently just got the Wireless Apple Earbuds and I am obsessed. They sync with my iPhone and Apple Watch, and come with a case that charges them in 15 minutes flat. I wasn’t sure how much I would actually use them, but I use them all of the time!

I follow the Skinny Confidential and love everything she posts about and recommends. She recently posted about Liquid IV and how she adds it to her water for optimum hydration. One bottle of water with Liquid IV equals the same hydration as 3 bottles of water. I am terrible about drinking enough water so I had to give it a try. So far it seems to help, and they offer some great flavors.

Comfort is the key when it comes to what I wear when I am traveling. In the warmer months, I love to wear a dress and no one makes a more comfortable dress than Rachel Pally! Not only does this one shoulder dress feel like a pair of pajamas, but it doesn’t wrinkle or have to be dry cleaned. Win – Win! I get cold easily so I always have a scarf with me. By Malene Birger does the perfect size scarf in my opinion. They are a great weight and she always offers beautiful prints. Both scarves below are available on our website and are on SALE! Lastly, I almost always travel in sneakers and we all know that Golden Goose is the sneaker king. My sweet hubby got me this leopard pair (you can never have enough leopard) for Christmas this past year and I wear them with everything!

These are just a few of the things I can’t live without when it comes to traveling! Next up, sipping yummy vino in California wine country!

Featured, Travel

Ashleigh’s Essentials

September 17, 2014

I am so pumped to be heading to New York City in less than 8 hours!  It will be my first trip there and boy do we have a packed schedule.  We will be seeing several of the lines at Mosaic and what they have to offer for spring 2015.  I am anxiously waiting to see some of my favorites like Elizabeth and James, Giles and Brother, and of course Kelly Werstler.  We will be staying at the Empire Hotel and if you’re a Gossip Girl fan like I am then you know how estatic I am right now to be there!  My bag is already packed and outfits have been carefully selected, so now all that is left is to make sure my purse is filled with my essentials.

My first must have item in my bag is of course my phone with my favorite headphones by Yurbuds.  These are made for women and fit comfortabally in my ears.  I also love that they come in fun colors, I have the yellow and light blue, but they also come in pink and purple!  I also use these when I work out and they don’t fall out while running!  I can’t go anywhere without my day planner and a notebook to jot stuff down.  I snagged the planner at Tjmaxx and the notebook at Target so they were great buys.  Sunglasses are also a must when traveling and these by Dolce and Gabana are perfect! They are large so I can hide my tired eyes behind them and are kinda edgy so they will be a fab addition to any feminine outfit.  You should always carry a compact with you to keep you looking fresh on and off the plane.  The Stay Matte Pressed Powder by Clinque is my life saver these days.  I also am bringing my favorite Blistex and Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm to keep me looking polished for our appointments.  Remember that Tarte mascara I told you about the other day?  I love having the small tube to keep in my purse for any necessary touch ups throughout the day.

Can’t wait to share with you more of our quick trip to NYC tomorrow and all the beautiful clothes we are going to see!

Featured, Lifestyle, Style, Travel

Raleigh Rendezvous

August 20, 2014

Several months ago while scrolling through my Instagram feed I stumbled upon The School of Styling’s page. What caught my eye was their beautiful logo, and as I was browsing their collection of posts I saw that they were having their first workshop at the beginning of August. It was going to be held just up the road from me in Raleigh, NC. After briefly visiting their website I knew I had to find a way to attend this event. After several days of thinking it through I decided to take the plunge and sign up…..and boy am I glad that I did! A couple weeks ago I packed my bags and headed to Raleigh for the workshop. I won’t lie, I was a little nervous about who I would meet and what I would learn, but overall I was extremely excited about the opportunity. I started my first day in Raleigh very early at Heat Studios. Heat stands for Highly Effective Athletic Training and focuses on high intensity interval training. It was, by far, one of the hardest cardio workouts I have ever done. I would highly recommend it to anyone in the Raleigh area that is looking to torch some major calories!!


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The School of Styling workshop was held at the historic Merrimon-Wynne house. It was absolutely breathtaking! The house was built in 1897 and features 15 foot ceilings! I immediately called my husband and told him I had found our dream house…he just laughed! These pictures do not do the house justice but I tried to capture the beauty of this awesome place as best as I could.






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