I’m excited to announce that I was one of the first Washingtonians featured in the new Washingtonian Magazine series by Elliot Williams called “What I’m Wearing.” I talk about my commuting style strategy, what I wear to big meetings as well as discuss my time when I was part of the local comedy scene, performing stand-up around DC.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 feelscheap. Honestly, the only reason I didn’t ship it back was because I was lazy and just didn’t get to it in time.
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.
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.
Oversized coat: English Factory – out of season to purchase (also not cruelty free) but you can rent it on Rent The Runway for $30.