What’s In My Bag? | Aruba 2015

What’s in my bag blogs always interest me, so I’m sharing some details. Life Looks Better In Black gives a glimpse into some overall big picture thoughts and opinions. As if I don’t share enough, now you can OD! Enjoy or don’t! Xx

Bag: Mansur Gavriel Tote Black & Blue

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LV Passport Case: essentials, duh.
9ft iPhone Charger: because when traveling, and especially in life — that regular length cord just does not cut it!
Snaaaaacks: betches get hungry, the bar I had in my pantry was Nature Valley Peanut Butter something, ehhhh.
Reading Material: How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are – I’ve read it before, great book so I’ll read it again. I learn new things every time I pick it up and it feeds my Parisian addiction.
LV Card Case: no need for a wallet on vacation. Store ID, credit cards, insurance cards, and cash. All the necessities without the extra weight!
Meds: vitamins and prescriptions, necessities you know.
Headphones: downloaded the Rosetta Stone app on my phone so I can take my French language course on the go! Great for when you’re bored in the airport. Also feeding aforementioned Parisian addiction.
Evian Facial Spray: miracle worker for flights, keeps you feeling refreshed!
Sunglasses: I usually travel with 2 pairs because of the sheer fact that I’ll likely lose a pair in the ocean. Or both. Yikes! Celine’s and Tom Ford this time, wish me luck. 😉
Moleskine Journal: I write a lot. I always have something that I want to remember but will likely forget. Also has a hardcopy calendar. I keep my Le Pen with it because I love the way it writes and you never know when you’ll need a well writing black pen.
LV Makeup Bag: great for storing all makeup and beauty products. Also doubles as a clutch for a dinner/night out at your destination.

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Contents: all my fave products!
Le Miuix Hydrating Face Moisturizer, Byredo Gypsy Water, rms beauty oil, Lucas Papaw Ointment, Aruba Aloe, Chanel Sublimage La Creme Yeux, the lip slip by sara happ, Avène Cold Cream lip balm, MAKE eye makeup remover, Crest 3D White toothpaste, shampoo & conditioner (samples).

Makeup: Chanel and NARS everything! (More to follow…).

If you really know me, you’re likely shocked to see I’m moderately organized and not causing a scene at the airport. I’m extremely relieved to escape the frigid temps and icy, slushy, wet sidewalks of NYC. #OneHappyIsland here I come!

Xx

P.S. Wrote this while on Wifi from the air, so there’s no links to products. If you have a question, ask me! 😘

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Perfectly Packed for Paris

Time for another European exploration! A few months back with December ending, I felt an oh so familiar urge… I had a little bout of faith and decided to book a flight to Paris, for tomorrow.

Looking back at it now, eh, maybe not the best idea. But in reality, why the hell not? I’m a huge advocate of doing amazing things while I’m young. And just doing amazing things, period. Always. LIVE LIFE NOW. I’d rather see the world and travel with friends and live my life as uncontrolled as possible at a young age. Because obviously, when you’re old, you’re old. Kidding — you’re more wise! And you won’t do half the shit I’m thinking about, so to each his her own.

I did a quick segment a few weeks ago about packing for a quick weekend trip to Richmond & Charlottesville, VA. This part will be about what to pack while traveling to Paris in the Spring (for 1 week).

ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING THAT’S BLACK, DUH.

Key: don’t pack too much. Shop in Paris & draw inspo from the locals – see Paris specific but also European general shopping tips below. Chic.

Le Parisian “Look” – Le Obvi

from Stockholm Street Style
from Stockholm Street Style

Simple, classic, pieces that can be worn time & time again.  2-3 pairs of pants (black fitted minnie/jean/leather pants, dark denim, even high-waisted)

Layers, layers, layers. As always with travel – simple tees & tanks in black, white, grey, navy & beige/tan will always be a great baseline. They can go underneath a sweater, cardigan, blazer, or worn alone with a scarf and will always understatedly complement whatever else you’re wearing. Oversize sweaters – spring can still be cool in Paris, although whether has been exceptional lately. Quilted Burberry jacket also perfect.

Image from Harper's Bazaar
Image from Harper’s Bazaar

Think unisex. Menswear, loafers, oxfords, blazers, & crisp blouses.

Simple, monochrome dresses.

from Stockholm Street Style
from Stockholm Street Style

Shoe staples: ballerina flats, ankle booties, cute sneakers like Supergas (not trainers), although I may bring mine with all of the fun activities we have planned AHHH! Heels but maybe not stilettos (cobblestones, duh).

Shoulder bag or messenger bag. Maybe my neon yellow Cambridge Satchel Co? Maybe a chic white backpack? Nothing too flashy and definitely logo-free! The obvious Louis Vuitton, Chanel 2.55 & Hermes Kelly are quite common & more than OK in any city you ever travel to. C’mon nowwwww!  If only I had an Hermes Kelly… tear face. 

Definitely understate your clothing and go a little cray cray with your accessories. Why not? It’s fun! Wear a bold, thick chunky necklace with a dramatic side part in your all black outfit with a pop of white. Wear a knee-length midi-dress with a gorgeous pair of drop earrings and 2 or 5 thick bangles on each wrist. I’m a huge fan of mixed media within jewelry. Meaning, mix your delicate, luxe pieces with costume jewelry whenever possible. Wear your watch. Wear a scarf.

Seriously looking forward to hitting some Parisian consignment shops. MAJORRRRRR yes! Save some $ on designer items while having amazing new options in my closet. Win/win. Here are some shops I’m looking forward to perusing for a 2nd hand and much less expensive look.

  • Violette et Leonie (114, rue de Turenne, 75003)
  • Les Ginettes (4, rue Sabot, 75006)
  • Le Vestiere de Yasmine at 7, rue Trousseau, 75011

Stock shops (basically glorified outlet stores) are also a great way to shop while on a budget (clearly what I SHOULD BE ON) – will definitely be hitting up the following…Maje Stock, (6, rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006).  Sandro Stock (24, rue de Sevigne, 75004) & Zadig & Voltaire Stock (22, rue du Bourg-Tibourg, 75004). Look like a Parisian within moments & at much more affordable prices than the boutiques. 

ALSO CANNOT WAIT FOR: French Drugstores! Beauty post will absolutely follow this trip with all of my amazing French beauty finds!

Can’t wait to speak French. Wish us luck in the City of LOVE…(ing) ourselves. Not sorry. Take care, betches.

 

Images via: Stockholm Street Style