Thursday, January 22, 2015

The (Usually) Forgotten Things to Bring on Your Next Trip

Thanks Yessi for the pic

I am a huge planner, have some perfectionist tendencies, and always prepare for the worst; I'm that lady you see that always has a mini first aid kit in her purse. And all of that mixed together means I spent months scouring the internet for tips on what to bring with me for my semester abroad. Now that I'm here and have gotten a handle on what's truly useful, I thought I'd share with you the lesser known odds and ends that are a ton of help when traveling, particularly for long periods of time. 

[From right to left, top to bottom]

Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens: Long plane rides do strange things to the skin. For some people it gives them dry patches, for me it gives out a big dollop of oil. So to avoid looking like a complete mess upon landing, these blotting linens take away that fresh from the gym look.

Conair bobby pin holder: With so much travel there's no time to be worrying about how you lost all of your bobby pins. If you can't find this set, an empty tic-tac case works just as well.

Coin Purse: I have no idea where this coin purse came from. It was just hanging around my room, and after coming back from Rome in the summer I threw all my foreign coins in there so they'd have a place. Having this comes in handy though because cash (and exact change) is king outside the U.S. (I'll just have to pick up a chicer one in my travels).

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black rollerball: Traveling is a good time to try out a perfume you're contemplating buying the full size of.

Tide Single Load Detergent: I opted to bring along a pack of these to start myself off. I figured if a disaster happened I didn't want to be running around in a place I don't know looking for detergent. A good precaution.

Sephora Dry Clean Solid Brush Cleanser: The less liquids the better. This bar will keep everything clean and mess free.

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter: I've always been a makeup wipe person, but switching over to this butter eliminates chances of things spilling, and will last a lot longer than a month (most packs of wipes are a little under a 30 count). There are also oil versions, but the butter is a little less messy.

Butter London Scrubbers: I can't live without my nail polish so an easy remover is a must.

Luggage Weigher: Restrictions on flights are pretty tight especially when your trying to shove your life into a suitcase. A portable weigher will keep everything in check (or at least give you a heads up of future fees).

Modal Earbuds: Like my college tips post, always being prepared for your headphones to die is key. I picked these up from Best Buy and they seem pretty good. Guess I'll find out when my iPhone ones go.

Hope this was helpful 
xx Jasmine 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Chateau de Versailles

The Chateau de Versailles was my first big place to visit in France. The Chateau is so huge and beautiful. I enjoyed the symmetry of everything, it was a different style to all of the modern curvature seen back in New York City. My friends and I spent most of our time sitting around and enjoying the view, which is just as spectacular as you could imagine. Being here in the off season of tourism is nice since there are less crowds, but at times we did get pretty cold, but that's a small price to pay for the wonderful time. 

To keep up with all of my adventures in Europe you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram
xx Jasmine 

 Dressed in: H&M sweater, Levi jeans, ASOS boots, Zara purse, Hourglass lipgloss 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Quick Update

Hello! This is going to be a very text-heavy post, but I promise it’s exciting. I hope the picture of a cute dog makes up for the slight boringness. I’ve mentioned it briefly before, but the time as come and I’m about to board a plane to my semester abroad. My school has a pretty awesome program so I get to travel to France, Italy, and Spain this semester. I’m starting off in Paris, which again is unreal since I hoped to travel there when I was very young.  I’m headed in to slightly warmer but rainier weather so not too bad. I’m very excited (despite being a nervous flier), and can’t wait for the various trips I’ll be taking around Europe. Needless to say (that phrase is very contradictive) all my upcoming post we’re be very exciting and I hope you enjoy them. Right now the plan is post twice a week (one post more travel heavy and the other more focused on one aspect i.e. fashion, beauty, tips, etc), but that could easily change once I arrive there. I’m ready to have a lot of fun and experiment with the structure of my post and I hope you enjoy them.  I’m flying out in a few hours (currently doing the blogger writing post in the airport thing) so get ready to dive in with me.

Bon Voyage
xx Jasmine

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Scores of the Sales

I wasn't quite sure what to do with this week's post, but I've been so in love with both of these items ever since Thanksgiving and since they are both in the post-holiday sales they deserve a stand alone post.

Zara Office City Bag: The most exciting new addition is my new Zara purse. The minute I got it I started hugging it to my chest (please tell me I'm not the only person who does this). It's one of their mini bags, but it does hold a fair share of stuff, and it was easy for me to transfer all the junk I carry in my bucket bag. I also very much love the pockets on the back and front. They're really convenient for having easy access to your cell, hand sanitizer, or as a place to shove receipts into. Both the mini size (unfortunately only in navy blue) and the large size are on sale on Zara's website.

Nails Inc. Be Gelouse Collection: I have the bad habit of clicking around on Sephora's site whenever I'm bored, and though it puts me in danger of spending wayyy too much money I'm happy my aimless browsing led me to this Nails Inc. nail polish set. I had no plans of trying out any Nails Inc. polishes, but the colors in this set are everything I could possibly want. Purple is my favorite color, so having two shades in one set is perfect and all of the other shades just go so nicely togethe and fit right in with most Fall and Winter color palettes. I just tried out one of the polishes and they are great. They mimic gel manicures with their opacity and high shine, and they're holding up very well five days later. If all of that hasn't sold you, the set is only $29, marked down from $42! I hugged this one too.

From the top, clockwise: Piccadilly Place, Grosvenor Cresent, Uptown, Old Bond Street, New Oxford Street, The Boltons
All of the nail polishes are available as individuals here except for Piccadilly Place and The Boltons.

Happy New Year!
xx Jasmine 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Those Christmas Lights

The entire week of finals I was super excited to come home to this ugly Christmas sweater. I do realize I should probably be more concerned with coming home to friends and family (I was), but this sweater is pretty sweet. Dinosaurs have always been a low key love of mine, I mean Jurassic Park is a movie I watched over and over as a kid (and still do now). I'm never for a reboot, and that's no different for Jurassic World, but I can't really resist velociraptors and Chris Pratt, so I'm sure I'll eventually see it. It seems to have that creepy/scary mood I enjoyed from the original and though it could get a little overdramatic I'm cautiously excited for the movie.

Moving on from dinosaurs, I hope everyone celebrating Christmas has a wonderful day tomorrow and anyone who is celebrating something else or just chilling I hope your day is wonderful as well. I love how a few days before Christmas day I still get very excited and feel like a kid. That joy is
always a special one.

xx Jasmine 
P.S. Sorry for so many "ohh lets look to the side and show off my jaw picture." It's a bit ridiculous haha. 

Dressed In: Etsy sweater, Gap shirt and jeans 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Once Upon a December

Last year, I was quite disappointed I didn't plan ahead and buy tickets to see The Nutcracker ballet around Christmas time, so this time around my roommate and I made sure we had tickets when they were on sale. I love going to Lincoln Center, and out in the city in general, because it's an excuse to get all dressed up. I broke out this long sleeved dress and though it was comfy I think the fit could've been better if it was in a more cotton or jersey-like fabric. I was forced into boots because it was raining all day, but I can't really complain because I love my chelsea boots and they kept my feet from hurting with all the walking. 

I danced back in school for ten years so the thought of going to see the New York City Ballet left me bouncing like a little kid from excitement the entire day. The show was equal parts fun, impressive, and cute. I see why it's a holiday tradition for many people, and I've been converted into one of those people who say you have to go see it at least once. It was a very magical night. 

Dressed In: H&M dress, Anthropologie belt (similar), ASOS tights, ASOS boots 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas Wish List 2014

Christmas Wish List

Finals are kicking in soon so it's time for a wish list. My Christmas wish list isn't very abundant this year. Since I'll be abroad all of next semester I don't really want to buy anything that's going to be left in my room for four months. That being said, there are still some things I'm lusting after and hope to scoop up before I get on the plane and here they are:
BDG tent dress

Celebrating my birthday in Europe is one of the major things I'm looking forward to and a cute, warm dress is a must buy before I leave. Right now I'm in love with this cozy turtleneck one from Urban Outfitters.

MANGO black velvet top
$47 -

I'm always looking for new sweaters, what can I say I get cold. This one from Mango is cute and uplifting.

MANGO khaki pleated skirt
$47 -

Though I have a very strong desire to wear them, I still haven't really figured out which types of skirts I want to add to my wardrobe. This skirt seems like a good place to start though because it's flirty but still sleek.

Got to keep my passport looking chic on my many travels.

MANGO black belt
$28 -

This is a rather boring item on the list, but I'm in desperate need of a new black belt. I love these types of buckles. I think they add a nice detail to any outfit.

At the moment I don't have any rollerballs I can take with me next semester so of course I see that as an opportunity to try the Elizabeth and James Nirvana perfumes I've been eyeing. They work well mixed together and separately they're great for transitioning from fall to spring.

Hedgehog home decor

I've never tried anything from Lush before, but this year I've seriously fallen in love with looking at their holiday bath items online. This cute hedgehog is a must try over the break.

Honeycomb Shoulder Bag Lilac
$55 -

I've been looking at a couple light purple cross-body bags this year and I find them so adorable. Purple is my favorite color even though I don't wear it often, so I think I should have at least one bag to make up for it.

Good luck to anyone taking finals soon!'
xx Jasmine 

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