My Packing Secrets

my packing secrets

When you’re a pilot’s daughter, it’s pretty safe to say you’ve traveled a time, or two. Sprinkle in a few luxury press trips and your run-of-the-mill jetset bug and yeah, I’ve packed! A lot. Even though I’m tempted to somehow stuff my entire closet into my suitcase, I don’t. And you shouldn’t either. Travel light with my four packing secrets.

Packing Cubes

e bags packing cubes

Before my recent trip to Canada, I stumbled upon eBags Packing Cubes and I have no idea how I’ve lived so long without them! They’re lightweight, have heavy duty zippers and great at keeping your suitcase organized. You’ll never have to deal with fishing through your entire suitcase for one item hidden at the bottom again. Need a sweater? Take out the cube filled with sweaters! Need a swimsuit? Don’t rummage through all your clothes, take out the cube with swimsuits in it! I’m addicted to these things now and even use them when I’m not traveling. I use a Large Packing Cube to store my leggings and two small packing cubes to keep my swimsuits organized in my dresser. Trust once you’ve tried these, you’ll wonder how you survived any trip without them.

Pre-Packed Makeup

mini kittour jetsetter

Filing up your toiletry bag isn’t just time consuming, doing it last minute makes it so easy to leave things behind. That’s why I have a pre-packed bag with my favorite travel-sized items, ready to go. I keep my favorite beauty travel products in my Mini Kittour Jetsetter so all I have to do is grab and go!

Stuff Your Hats

how to pack hats

I love hats but boy are they a PIA to travel with! For my St. Lucia honeymoon, I wanted to take big, glamorous summer hats for days spent by the beach but was worried they’d flatten out and lose all their shape. Solution? Wear your biggest one on the plane. For the smaller ones, like your summer fedora, stuff it just like they do at the store! I used cardboard from shoe boxes to first line around the bag and then, stuffed them with rolled tops. You need to use every nook and cranny available so you might as well fill your actual hat with some of your clothes. Plus, it helps your hat retain its shape, too. Moms, you can stuff your hats with diapers, too!

how to pack hats

how to pack hats

Keep it Simple

packing secrets

{Duffel: c/o Herschel Supply Co. Hat: Calvin Klein. Tee: James Perse. Necklace: Gorjana (similar).}

It can be oh-so-tempting to try and stuff your entire wardrobe in your suitcase–don’t. You won’t have any room left to bring goodies back and will end up wrinkling more clothes than needed! Pack according to outfits instead of at random and remember to keep it simple. I like to stick to a color scheme so all your shoes, accessories and bags match. The last thing you want is outfits that all require completely different shoes and bags. Think dresses that do double duty and can transition from day to night and head-to-toe looks that are in a similar color family. For more on this, check out my guide on how to pack for anything. 

What are your favorite packing tips and tricks?

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June Favorites

june beauty favorites

I am so excited for this month’s beauty favorites, you don’t even know. Actually, I got so excited to share, I postponed doing so just so I could be a bit more concise, ahh! I could go on and on about how great these products are. So without further ado…

1. RMS “Un” Cover Up 
rms uncover review

Where has this product been all of my life? I picked up this RMS “Un” Cover Up at Citrine Natural Beauty bar and ladies, it is a total game-changer. It is now a part of my daily makeup routine and I am so stinking happy with it. After I had the baby, I noticed really, really bad undereye circles. I’ve always had dark undereye circles but they really got worse. I figured it was due to lack of sleep, but I’ve also read a change in hormones could cause this (fun motherhood stuff, right? Ha.) Anyway, this little pot of pretty goodness is just plain great. It’s all-natural, lightweight, has a pretty sheen and is made out of coconut oil so it’s really nourishing to your delicate eye area. All of RMS Beauty products are certified organic and made of eco-friendly materials, like this recyclable glass pot. Get it here.

2. Colorescience Morning Glow Illuminator

colorescience morning glow blush

Hello, cheeks! Last month I was invited to a Colorscience event (full post on that to come) and one product I absolutely fell in love with is the Colorescience Morning Glow Illuminator. This blush color is flattering on everyone and provides the most perfect, gorgeous glow. And since it’s a powder form, you don’t have to worry about leaving behind any streaks. It’s the easiest way to swipe on an absolutely natural color with a hint of shimmery sheen. For a bit more intensity, apply it over your blush of choice. I sometimes swipe this over my Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush in Irresistible or my Colorescience Pressed Mineral Cheek Colore in Rose.

3. Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter

The hubby randomly picked up some Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter one day as a little treat and I was honestly shocked at how good this stuff is! It’s thick, creamy, supple, moisturizing and a fantastic bang for your buck at under $10. It feels absolutely luxe, and is made with coconut oil, shea butter and Vitamin E. Honestly, this tub totally competes with the pricier potions out there. It’s summer ladies, feed your skin!

4. Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sunscreen

Not to sound preachy, but please, please don’t hit the pool this summer without sunscreen! You should actually be applying it everyday, even when you’re just running to the grocery, even if it’s cloudy out and even if it’s winter. Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45 is a no-brainer; it’s so easy to apply, doesn’t leave an offensive smell and is cooling to the touch so actually feels good when you reapply after a day in the sun.

5. Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils

If you’ve been around this blog for awhile you know I’m extremely picky when it comes to my mascara. So I was pleasantly surprised by the sample of  Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils I got. The formula doesn’t clump and creates big lashes without drying. I used it on and off for a few weeks and it didn’t lose its luster. Plus, it’s enriched with pro vitamin B5.

So that’s what I’m crushing on this month, what about you? Have you tried any of these beauty products or any you’d like me to sample out and review?

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Weekend Things


Hi, friends.

Thanks for being patient while my posts are a little erratic these days. Insert-ridiculous-excuse-here. So, here’s a big all-at-once update.

This Memorial Day weekend, we celebrated the hubby’s birthday and took the little guy to the park. He just absolutely looooooved the swings and thought it was hilarious. It’s probably our last chance to get to the park before the triple digits hit (I am NOT excited), so I suspect many front-lawn playpool days are ahead of us!

Right now, I’m reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and I’m absolutely obsessed. Obsessed! I never thought I’d buy a book about “cleaning” but since it’s a bestseller and, let’s face it, the title really just screamed at me I figured I’d give it a go. If you have any kind of clutter in your life you’re looking to tame, just buy the book. I love how she separates emotional attachments to our objects and explains how there’s no reason to feel guilty about purging when items you own have already fulfilled their purpose. That’s one of the things I personally struggle with the most–admitting whether or not something has fulfilled its purpose and not feeling guilty for letting things go.

The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it.”


{Dress: BCBG MaxAzria (similar) | Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent | iPhone case: Kate Spade New York}

The weekend before last, we did our first trip sans baby to Oceanside, CA. for a friend’s wedding. I never get sick of trips to Cali since the weather is just beyond perfect all the time and it was really, really nice to get away.

My other obsession at the moment is the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale where items are up to 40% off. Squeal! I’ve been posting a few deals up on my Facebook page this past week and here are a few more I’m totally crushing on:

This Splendid Dolman Sleeve Top, which is 40% off right now. Tops like this with jeans and great accessories are my uniform as of late. This Taylor Lace Fit & Flare Dress is perfect for that summer wedding. This Sam Edelman “Turner” Wedge is the perfect neutral. This cute layered necklace is just $9. That’s cheaper than Target, friends! For a good splurge, check out this Jimmy Choo “Large Alfie” Leopard Print Calf Hair & Leather Handbag, which is 40% off right now! And this Kate Spade “Lucca Drive” tote is totally classic and just gorgeous.

There’s also new Joie store that just opened up at Scottsdale Quarter that you should go check out!

Hope you also had a splendid Memorial Day weekend!

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