Packing Tips for a Long Weekend Getaway!



I recently went on a quick trip to Florida over the past long weekend and I was reminded how hard it is to pack for short trips. Over the many trips I have taken, I have acquired a few tips to make packing easier, including some that I have shared below.

1. Packing Cubes/Bags


Do you ever get to your hotel for a short trip and find you can’t bring yourself to unpack? I know the feeling well. I love these packing cubes by Eagle Creek because they act like drawers when you are too lazy or don’t want to waste your vacation time unpacking, but they also keep all of your clothing accessible in your bag.

2. A Good Duffel Bag


My Le Sportsac Duffel is constantly being used! I usually don’t get to unpack it between uses because I use it so frequently (of course that’s probably more about my procrastination issues…). If you get this same bag, which I highly recommend I would suggest going to a Le Sportsac store, because they have so many more patterns and colors than online.

3. Carry on Essentials


I don’t know about anyone else, but wherever I go, my carry on bag stays basically the same. I bring my IPad (and charger) to read and watch movies, my headphones so I can listen to music and watch the tv set on the airplane (I am totally guilty of watching HGTV for the entire plane ride!), a lipbalm because the plane air is so dry, a headband so I can pull my hair out of my face and sunglasses (okay so these are more for when I Iand, but it always takes me forever to find them if I put them in my duffel, and I always want them as soon as I get to my destination so I can go to the pool, beach or just enjoy the warm weather from the balcony).

Hope this helped!




My Makeup Essentials — Sophie

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Although I don’t own a large amount of makeup, I still absolutely love doing and experimenting with makeup. I pretty much own the basics, which I love to splurge on.

These are my essentials:

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  1. Bon Voyage Collector’s Set Eyeshadow Palette— Tarte

This eyeshadow palette is essential for evening and dressier occasions. I love the gorgeous combination of light shimmers and rich, heavy colors. I can even channel my inner Cleopatra with the purples and dark shimmery green. Sadly, this palette was a limited edition and can only be found on Amazon (but I highly recommend it!)

  1. Nail Lacquer in Slapper Truly Teal— butter LONDON

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Butter London nail polish. It is amazing quality and totally worth the money. It has an extremely smooth and silky application and the vivid colors are beautiful. This bright teal in particular also is my favorite nail polish in the summer and looks amazing next to a glowing tan.

  1. Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer— Too Faced

I was a little skeptical when I first purchased this bronzer because of the pale, shimmery colors. I then realized that it worked as both a luminizer and bronzer. Being the middle of February, it gives my cheekbones a warm, wintery glow.

  1. Custom Lipstick — Bite

This is pretty much the only lipstick I ever use. If you have read the post, you may know that Zoe and I actually created these pigments ourselves in the Bite Beauty Lip Lab. I made a light, pinky nude color that smells like vanilla mint. I love it because it looks gorgeous sheer, but it also can be layered on for a bolder lip color.

  1. Radiant Touch Concealer in Luminous Almond — Yves Saint Laurent

Honestly, I don’t use concealer very much and don’t have much experience with it. This concealer takes away my dark circles and blends perfectly, it also highlights my eyes and brings more attention to them.

  1. Gold Brush

Sadly, I am unsure what brand this brush is from, but I use it for a variety of things, including blush, bronzer, luminizer, and powder.

  1. The Pore-Fessional — Benefit

I LOVE THIS PRIMER. I usually know primers as gloopy and uncomfortable on my skin but this one is light and velvety. It not only masks my pores but also makes the colors of my makeup more intense and vivid.

  1. Le Prisme Powder Blush in Vogue Orange — Givenchy

I am not a big fan of shimmery blushes, so it helps that this one is matte. The color is a pinkish peach and gives a nice, subtle flush to my cheeks. However, it is VERY pigmented and I have to be careful to not overuse the blush (or I end up looking like a clown).

  1. Nail Lacquer in The Full Monty — butter LONDON

Just because I love Butter London so much I had to add a second nail polish. The color is gorgeous, a muted gold without much sparkle, perfect for casual occasions.

  1. Mint Julep Lip Butter

Lip balms and butters are absolutely essential for me in the winter. I am always seen carrying one and this one is my absolute favorite. It smells amazing and the container is tiny and adorable.

  1. Behind the Scenes Eyeshadow Primer — Lorac

I don’t use this item very often, I really only use it for vibrant or sparkly eyeshadow colors. It is the only eyeshadow primer I own, but it is extremely lightweight and easy to apply and remove.

  1. Eyeshadow in Goldmine — M.A.C.

This eyeshadow is only used for special or dressy occasions. It is a brilliant gold that I use with other matte neutrals and browns.

  1. Bad Gal Waterproof Mascara — Benefit

I have owned this mascara for a reeaallyy long time and it is pretty much the only one I use. It glides on very easily and stays put for a long time, which is very important for me. My only complaint would be that it takes a while to remove.

  1. Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer— Marc Jacobs

I am VERY picky about my eyeliners but this one just stood out to me. It is long-lasting and I will guarantee that it is smudge free. This color in particular is black and creamy and is extremely easy to apply.

Thanks so much for reading!

Tell me what YOUR essentials are in the comments, along with any ideas for posts, and feedback


Valentines Day DIY – Washi Tape Stickers!



I hope everyone is having a good Friday!

I have a quick DIY that is super versatile (definitely not just for Valentines Day!)

Why not just buy stickers???

a) you can totally customize washi tape stickers

b) washi tape is easily removable — you can stick it anywhere and it will come off easily!


1. Parchment paper

2. Sharpie

3. Washi tape

4. Scissors


1. Draw your shape with sharpie ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE PARCHMENT PAPER FROM THE SIDE YOU WILL STICK YOUR TAPE ON (otherwise the ink will transfer onto the tape)

2. lay tape strips down on the side of the sheet that you didn’t draw on


3. once the area that is drawn on is fully covered, cut the designs out


4. peel the design off and stick it anywhere you want!

You can also use a hole punch to make a bunch of tiny dots like I did for the light switch here:IMG_4974

Thanks for reading!