Friday, May 13, 2016

Airport essentials

I am so excited to be flying home tomorrow! It'll be my first time back since moving out to Vail last fall. I am totally in love with my new town, but I miss my family and sweet tea. I've already shared my travel beauty essentials with you, but I wanted to share what I consider to be airport essentials.

Sweater - I always get cold on flights because I insist on blasting the air full speed at my face the entire time. I love oversized sweaters like this because they easily double as a blanket without looking frumpy. I have this exact one in a lime color I bought last fall and it is so good I just might purchase a second.
Water bottle - I recently learned you can bring an empty bottle through TSA, and yes I had to twitter ask TSA to find this out. Water is expensive in airports and that tiny little cup of soda they give you on your flight just isn't enough.
Sleep mask - I personally can fall asleep anywhere but not everyone is as sleep deprived lucky as I am. Maybe you don't plan on sleeping on your flight, but since I'm going straight from work to a shuttle to the airport and landing after 10pm I'm planning a nice little nap. This mask cute without being too obnoxious because let's be honest all sleep masks are a little obnoxious.
Cozy tee - I think a solid neutral colored tee and jeans or black leggings is the best travel outfit. You look put together enough for public yet still cozy enough for a long flight or layover. I personally am on a gray kick, but black or white are great choices too.
Portable charger - I hate having to find outlets to sit by in the airport. I'd much rather just bring my own! I have this charger in pink and it is seriously the biggest life saver not just in the airport for all times I don't feel like playing outlet hunt.
Journal - Some people like magazines or books, but I prefer journals for airports. Maybe I'm just weird but I feel like I'm forever making lists; this trip will be a list of things I want to do while I'm home since it might be my last time for awhile. I'm also hoping to do a little bit of blog brainstorming. They're also great because you can write down all your travel info to have in one easy to get to spot.
Tote - This is probably the most important thing on the list. My totes must always be large enough to hold my laptop and regular purse, have a zipper, and good straps. I have a Lilly Pulitzer bag I bought in an Endless Summer Sale a few years back that I'll be using, but I think Longchamps are a very solid choice I'm hoping to invest in soon.
Toms - I think these are probably the best airport shoes ever. They slip on and off but are secure enough for when you need to make a dash to get to your gate on time. A neutral pair is great for when you're traveling light because you can wear them all day on vacation. The ones I've linked have flamingos on them, not neutral, but oh so fun!
Small bag - I like to go ahead and leave all my jewelry off until after I've made it past TSA. I don't want to be the girl that takes 10 minutes to go through because I forgot I'm wearing earrings and have to keep going back and forth. I keep it in a smaller bag inside my tote so I can easily put it all back on once I've made it past.

What do you think is an airport essential?

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Out West Wednesday : I fell in love

I moved to Vail and I fell in love. Now before you get your hopes up thinking this has something to do with my post from the other week, it doesn't. This isn't your traditional girl meets boy love story.

When I first moved to Vail I had no idea how quickly this little mountain town would feel like home. Growing up in a "resort community" I never thought I'd want to go back to one. But I enjoy that even on the most busy days there is a simple peacefulness. At graduation three years ago I thought I only wanted to live in a large city. I couldn't picture myself in any place other than a major metropolitan area, but now I can't picture myself anywhere but here.

I took a leap of faith and moved to a place I'd never visited and fell in love. I fell in love with Vail and I've never been more happy. I don't know where life will take me a year from now but I know I will always carry a piece of this mountain resort in my heart, no matter where I live.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

The top 5 lessons my mother has taught me

I know mother's day was yesterday so technically this post is late, but I didn't want it to get lost in all the mother's day gift guides to I waited to post it. I could have just posted a gift guide myself, but let's me honest those posts are mostly lazy and just for the clicks. I honestly have the best mom in the world so I wanted to share some of her wisdom with you.

1. Consider the Source - Is the person telling you this someone in a place to actually know what they're talking about? Do they have your best interest in mind or their own agenda?

2. Pick your battles - In the scope of life is this even important? Don't go to war over an ant hill, save your engr. for the important things.

3. All you can do is try your best - Nobody can ever expect more than your best. You can never expect more than your best. Give it 100% and you're a winner

4. If you don't want mom to know, don't do it - All moms have a 6th sense they gain while giving birth; they know everything. If you don't want mom to know there's a good possibility what you're doing is shady.

5. Friends come and go, family is forever - You'll have many best friends, but only 1 set of family. I'm very blessed to come from a large family where I know no matter what I have people to go to battle for me for life.

What's the best advice your mom gave you? Or if you're a mom what's the most important advice you hope to give your child.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Top 5 things I'm looking forward to in May

Happy May! I've always considered May one of my favorite months. I love spring and growing up it was the last real time you could be outside without sweating to death in the hot southern sun. Because May is the 5th month of the year I thought I'd share the top 5 things I'm looking forward to this month!

1.Going back to work! Today is my first day back at my job from this past ski season and I couldn't be more excited. I really love my job and the people I work with which is something I've learned is very rare in life.

2. Going home! I have a flight booked back to Mississippi for my baby sister's high school graduation. It'll be my first time to see my family since October; I can't wait to give everyone the biggest hugs. I'm also super excited to eat at all my favorite places and indulge in sweet tea for the week.

3. Getting a new car! I'm flying home on a one way ticket and then driving back to Colorado. While I'm home I'm planning to get a new car. I still drive the very first one I got in high school so it's time to trade it in and upgrade. Anyone have a suggestion of something they love? I'm leaning towards another Jeep, but I'm really open to any suggestions.

4. Heat! I realize my idea of heat and Vail's idea of heat are two totally different things but I'm so ready to put away my snow boots for good. Don't get me wrong I love the snow but I'm ready to transition into a new wardrobe.

5. Decorating my townhouse! I am so excited to make my new home mine. I'll be here at least a year so I really feel like I can make the space mine as opposed to the 6 month rental I was in before. Even though I have a roommate (fingers crossed for a third soon!) I feel like I can really make this into a grownup home and finally buy all those cute home decor items I love

What are you looking forward to most this month?

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