Gift Guide For the Jet Setter

Gift Guide For The Jet Setter (1)

Happy Black Friday friends! We held Thanksgiving at our home again this year in Baltimore and it was amazing. My mom is the real MVP. She not only cooks for 20 people, most of whom are not vegan, she also makes sure I have a lots of food and dishes to enjoy with  everyone. Seriously, she’s amazing.

Anyway, back to the Holiday Shopping Guides! I posted my Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide yesterday, but because it’s Black Friday and I have work off, I thought I’d double up and post the next gift guide in the series: Jet Setter. I absolutely LOVE to travel, so even though this one lost out to Stocking Stuffers (71-29) I thought this would be a fun one to post.

ONE. LUGGAGE TAGS
This set of three luggage tags is perfect for any jet setter. I like the marble color but there are a bunch of other styles that are worth exploring too.

TWO. ORGANIC LAVENDER HAND SANITIZER SPRAY
Yes, yes, yes. This stuff is liquid gold.

THREE. TIMEMORY WOMENS PONCHO
Every traveler needs a cozy poncho that can double as a blanket. I like this one because the colors will work well in both summer and winter.

FOUR. QUIETCOMFORT 35 WIRELESS SMART HEADPHONES
Noise cancellation headphones are a must have. These Bose headphones would make an incredible gift for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling, particularly on trains and planes.

FIVE. DAYLIGHT LED TRAVEL VANITY MIRROR
This is the best little mirror around.

SIX. WASH ME TRAVEL BAG
I love this wash me bag! It’s so adorable and perfect for separating out your dirty from clean clothes during trips.

SEVEN. SCRUBBA WASH BAG
I am soooo intrigued by this portable laundry bag, especially since I like to travel with just a carry on. Being able to wash and rewear clothes on my trips would be a game changer.

EIGHT. TRAVEL JEWELRY CASE
I was so excited when I found a vegan leather item from Mark & Graham, like this travel jewelry case.

NINE. ALL IN ONE UNIVERSAL POWER WALL CHARGER
I bought this for my trip to Munich this summer and works like a charm! It was so nice not be worrying about outlet types and wattage.

TEN. MOSCOW MULE CARRY ON COCKTAIL KIT
This carry on kit includes the tools to mix two Moscow Mules mid-flight, including a bold and spicy small-batch ginger syrup.

ELEVEN. ANYWHERE TRAVEL GUIDE
I think this guide is such a fun idea! It’s a deck of 75 cards, which feature interactive prompts like “buy a stranger coffee” to make your next travel experience a true adventure.

TWELVE. PASSPORT HOLDER
Paris is always a good idea, as is Rome, Vienna, Prague, etc. I love how fun and bright this passport holder is.

THIRTEEN. AWAY SUITCASE
The away suitcase change my life. I’m not even kidding. It’s the best luggage I’ve ever owned and I rave about it to anyone and everyone. I bough the bigger carry-on, and have had no issues fitting this over head on planes of all sizes. I have found that airline attendants will try and check it at the gate, but it does fit, even on those smaller European planes. 

FOURTEEN. HEAT RESISTANT HAIR TOOL CASE
A travel case made to transport still-hot curling wands and straightening irons.

FIFTEEN. 2-IN-1 TRAVEL SCARF AND INFLATABLE NECK PILLOW
This airplane pillow scarf inflates to give you neck support and makes a soft, warm infinity scarf between flights. I don’t own this product, but the reviews were shocking good.

Are there any travel items I missed? Tell me in the comments below!

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Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Stocking Stuffers Christmas Gift Guide Under 100

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I did a poll to see what’s the next gift guide you’d like to see and stocking stuffers beat out the jet setter theme 71 to 29, so here it is! This guide is a hodgepodge of items since I wanted to feature a variety of gifts, so bear with me. A LOT did not make this list, because I wanted to cut back and keep all items $30 or under, but hopefully this still has a little something for everyone.

ONE. SCENTED JAR CANDLE
The shining metal lid and vintage-vibe glass jar gives this candle a little something extra, don’t ya think?

TWO. VELVET BOW HAIR TIE
These velvet bow hair ties are my favorite purchase from J. Crew, maybe of all time. I’ve got them in black, gold, mauve, and academic green, and I’m about ready to buy out the rest of the colors – they are that good.

THREE. ROSE QUARTZ CRYSTAL FACIAL ROLLER
I’ve always wanted to try these, but when they first hit the market these rollers were/are a staggering $40! This one’s available for $17 and let me tell you, I’m highly considering it.

FOUR. HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN PERSONAL STYLE KIT
Evidently this kit is filled with “Everything a man needs to be a gentleman and a scholar!” and contains 16 essentials including emergency cufflinks, adjustable collar stays, lint remover, shoe shine towelette, breath freshener, etc.

FIVE. WINE GLASS WRITERS
These pens are the perfect little gift for a hostess with the mostess.

SIX. THE SNUGGLE IS REAL EYE MASK
HOW CUTE?! The snuggle is so real.

SEVEN. SANTA CAP WINE STOPPER
I have serious a soft spot in my heart for borderline tacky Christmas themed items, like this bottle stopper.

EIGHT. COPPER MONOGRAM BOTTLE STOPPER
A copper letter gleams atop a polished steel stopper that adds a personal touch while keeping wine drinkable.

NINE. ECOTOOLS PERFECTING BLENDER DUO
The perfect blender. And the perfect low-cost stocking stuffer item.

TEN. PURITY COSMETIC SHEET MASK
Cruelty-free, vegan, and a total steal at only $6

ELEVEN. WOOD BARK COASTERS (SET OF 4)
These coasters have me daydreaming of cabin vacation in the woods. I also love how the full set of four is only $15, which tends to be the price of only one coaster nowadays.

TWELVE. PERSONAL MINI HUMIDIFIER
This stocking stuffer is for anyone who appreciates the straight up magic of humidifiers. It’s perfect for travelers because it works with a battery or USB and fits the size of a standard water bottle.

THIRTEEN. HERSCHEL MEN’S RAYNOR RFID PASSPORT HOLDER
This men’s passport holder is not only very stylish, it’s also designed to protect your passport and credit cards from unwarranted scanning.

FOURTEEN. GOLD DOT 12-MONTH DESKTOP CALENDAR
The perfect desk accessory to kick off 2019.

FIFTEEN. POO-POURRI BEFORE-YOU-GO TOILET SPRAY
This may feel like a gag gift, but I promise you it’s not. This stuff is the best. It scientifically tested and stops bathroom odors before they ever begin. It’s also made of essential oils and other natural compounds so it’s completely chemical-free.

SIXTEEN. DAYS OF THE WEEK SCRUNCHIE SET
Scrunchies are back in style and you can’t go wrong with including a few in your stockings this year

What items are on your stocking stuffer list?

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A Saturday in Annapolis

A Saturday in Annapolis

Last weekend Dex and I headed up to Annapolis to watch the annual Navy – St. John’s croquet match and visit his college friends. We lucked out because it turned out to be a incredible spring day.

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Finally, a frameable photo together!

For anyone who hasn’t been to Annapolis, it’s a cute cobblestone city (the capital of Maryland, too!) on the water. I highly recommend making the trip from DC, because it’s about an hour away give or take.

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I wore this by the way. Aubrey Off Shoulder Dress the spring day event. And while I got a lot of compliments on this dress, I wish I could say it was the best dress ever. Truth is, I bought this dress a few months ago and had every intention to return it. Even though I liked the style of the dress (that OTS situation is killer), the material is very thin, has little give, and feels cheap. Honestly, the only reason I didn’t ship it back was because I was lazy and just didn’t get to it in time.

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All that being said, I was thanking my lucky stars now that I had this dress in the back of my closet – tag still on and everything (!) – for me to bring to Annapolis, just in case. Despite the fabric, I do love the color, clean lines, and simplicity of the dress, which gives it a tailored look and feel. The dress is sold out in light blue, but pink is still available! For reference, I’m wearing a size XS. I paired the dress with a hat I got at TJMaxx.

Dress: by the way. Aubrey Off Shoulder Dress ($72)

 

Awaiting Peak Bloom

Awaiting Peak Bloom

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Peak cherry blossom bloom is a big deal in DC, at least for me anyway. For a few brilliant weeks, the city I know and love transforms into a real life Instagram – no filter needed!

Cherry blossoms are very temperamental by nature, so peak bloom (aka the point where the blossoms are at their pinnacle of picturesque-ness) is dependent on slight changes in weather – something I track almost religiously. And this year, peak bloom has been pushed back several times from mid-March to its current prediction, this weekend. Good things come to those who wait, right?

I’m not exactly an early bird, but I really hope to dig deep and get up early before work to shoot some blossom pictures this week. Two, possibly three, years ago I took this photo on my iPhone (below). I’m still quite proud of it and it remains one of my favorite shots to date. I’m not sure if I can get a better one this year, but boy I am going to try.

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Outfit details:

Have you been to DC to witness the cherry blossoms? I’d love to hear about it. Let me know in the comments below!

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Also, good news – I saw a dog today.

DC Restaurant Review: HipCityVeg

DC Restaurant Review: HipCityVeg

One of the reasons I enjoy working in metro center (downtown DC) is how many restaurants and food options there are – especially for plant-based eating. Since expanding to DC last year (it’s Philly-based), HipCityVeg has quickly become one of my favorite lunch options.

Hip City Veg is a fast-food style restaurant with burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps, etc. and everything is 100% plant based. Just walking in you know off the bat that’s it’s not a regular fast-food joint, it’s a ~*cool*~ fast-food joint. For starters, they’ve got a full wall with plants and, my favorite, plant-based books! I almost cried with happiness the first time I walked in and saw The China Study displayed prominently. And, everything that comes with your meal (napkins, bag, cutlery) is compostable. How awesome is that?

Their philosophy:

Embracing healthy bodies, a healthy planet, and compassion for all living things, we bring delicious vegan food to people everywhere.

This place “gets” me.

I’m a creature of habit and while I’ve tried lots of items on the menu, like the Ziggy burger, which is their flagship item, and chick’n nuggets, I usually stick with my go-to: the arugula taco salad with crispy chick’n on top (pictured below).

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How delicious does this arugula taco salad with crispy chick’n look?

If you’re in the city and looking for a quick meal, I highly recommend Hip City Veg. It’s directly across from the Capital One Arena (formally Verizon Center) so it’s a great option for pre-game bites. I wouldn’t recommend coming with a large group for a sit down meal, however. Seating is limited.

Have you tried HipCityVeg? If so, what’s your favorite meal?