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. 

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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