5 Travel Tips You Need To Know

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I’ve done my fair share of traveling through the years. Whether you’re traveling abroad, or even for a quick weekend away here are some travel tips I’ve picked up along the way.

1. Use a Rewards Credit Card

Reward credit cards are my jam. Seriously, you can get free airline tickets for just going about your life and spending like you normally would. I have two airline credit cards that I put EVERY purchase on. The two CC’s that I use are the Delta American Express card, and American Airlines Barclay card. I’ve been able to redeem miles on both cards to get free flights! If you use your credit card often, I highly recommend getting an airline card that will rack up miles. **If anyone wants a referral to get FREE miles when they sign up, leave your email below!**

2. Use Hopper to Track Best Airline Fares

If you haven’t heard of Hopper, what are you doing? I mentioned Hopper in a previous post about my favorite phone apps. If you’re planning a trip, download Hopper and put in the dates of your trip. Hopper will keep track of when airlines reduce prices and send you push notifications straight to your phone. They will tell you if they think the price is as low as it will get or if they think you should wait to book.

3. Call Your Banks Ahead of Time

This might sound like common knowledge but you would be surprised how many people forget this step. If you are traveling far, be sure to call your bank and let them know where and when you will be traveling. Nothing is worse than to get to your destination and try to use your credit card, only to be declined. Give your bank a heads up so you don’t have to deal with them later.

4. Properly Pack Your Carry-On

Traveling is all fun and games until someone loses your luggage. Unfortunately this has happened to me many times. As much as this sucks and it’s totally OK to freak out when it happens, if you prep your carry-on you can freak out a little less. Always pack an extra set of clothes in your suitcase. If the airline loses your luggage you don’t want to be stuck wearing the same outfit you wore on the plane. I also like to keep my makeup in my carry-on (make sure it’s TSA approved!). Also don’t forget to pack your chargers. The worst thing that could happen is you lose your luggage and your phone dies! Remember to pack items to make your flight experience a good one. My in-flight essentials are an eye mask, ear plugs, and headphones. It’s better to be over prepared than not.

5. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Okay, so now you’re on a flight. Planes are notorious for drying out your skin. The best way to combat the dry air is by hydrating. I always like to buy a big water bottle before getting on the plane and start drinking it before take off. Once the flight attendants come around and offer drinks, I like to stick to water as well. Another tip for long flights is to put on moisturizer or a face mask. If you don’t want to scare the people around you, choose a face mask that will dry clear. Some of my favorites are by Sisley, and Laneige.

Let me know in the comments below if you guys have any other travel tips! Happy traveling!

A Day At The Getty

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Last week my mom came to town which was super exciting because it had been a couple years since she was in LA. Most of the week we just hung out around the house while my mom cooked all of my favorite home cooked meals (#winning)! On the last day of her trip, my roommates and I took her to The Getty museum. We went to the Brentwood location, not the Malibu one. This was my first time at The Getty. I had heard great things from a lot of people, but I was still shocked to see how beautiful the grounds were. The Getty has one of the most spectacular views of all of LA.

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While at The Getty, we checked out one of the buildings with paintings and photography. We saw Monet and Van Gough paintings, which were really awesome to see up close. After checking out the artwork, we walked over to the garden. The garden was so beautiful, serious GOALS. The scenery was incredible. I enjoyed walking around and just looking at the architecture of the buildings just as much as the artwork inside of them.

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If you like museums and are in the LA area, I highly recommend checking out The Getty. I would definitely go back again and check out some of their other exhibits!

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48 Hours in San Francisco

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This past weekend, Brigitte and Becca and I traveled to San Francisco to visit my friend Sarah who was in town for a convention. None of us had ever been to San Francisco before so we embarked on this crazy 48 hour adventure. We tried to fit as many fun things into our schedule as we could. We ended up walking ALOT (about 30,000 steps according to Brigitte’s Fitbit to be exact). Here were some of my favorite spots in San Francisco.

Ghirardelli Square: Located near Fisherman’s Wharf, we took a stroll to Ghirardelli Square. At the square, they had the Original Ghirardelli Chocolate Manufactory. If you are of lover of ice cream, this is a must have. Their hot fudge is to die for. I got the Ocean Beach with Caramel and Hot Fudge, it was the bomb.com.

Alcatraz: Go. If you’re in San Francisco, go. This is a must see attraction. Definitely buy tickets ahead of time because the tours sell out. You get to take a nice ferry ride over to Alcatraz, where you can see views of the entire city. Once on the island you take an audio tour through the prison grounds. There’s so much history on this island and it’s crazy to see the actual location of the prison. If you like history, definitely go check out Alcatraz.

The Butler and The Chef: Brunch is one of my favorite meals, if you couldn’t tell by the name of my blog. This little French bistro is definitely worth the wait. Their food is AMAZING. Everything is so freshly made, and tastes so good. Not to mention they bring you pieces of fudge with your check. It’s SO good.

Dandelion Chocolate: Another fabulous chocolate spot in SF. This place is more for the refined palette, those who like dark and bittersweet chocolate. Brigitte and I went here and ordered basically everything on their menu. Although we weren’t able to finish it all, it was definitely worth the purchase. Also, get their homemade marshmallow, it’s everything.

Tacolicious: For our last meal in SF, we got some Mexican at Tacolicious. There was a huge wait, and it was because the food and drinks were delicious. Their queso and carnitas tacos were my favorite. For those drinkers out there who like a little spice in their life, get the Margarita Picante, it’s muy deliciouso.

What are your favorite spots in SF?

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The Blues

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Shirt: Blue by Saks Fifth Avenue // Jeans: Frame Denim // Bag: Gucci // Shoes: Steve Madden (similar) // Necklace: BaubleBar (similar)  // Sunglasses: Stephane Christian in Monroe

Last week I was fortunate enough to travel to Korea with my parents to visit family that I hadn’t seen in about eight years. On Tuesday, my parents and I traveled into Seoul to visit some family friends. Earlier that morning I had stopped by the store and picked up these AMAZING Stephane Christian sunglasses. I’m OBSESSED. Living in California has officially made me a sunglasses girl.

Later that day my dad dropped me off at Itaewon so that I could do a little shopping. There were street vendors as well as a bunch of different boutiques both Korean and American. I picked up a bunch of small cosmetic items which I will be doing a haul post shortly! I also got a delicious Green Tea Bubble Tea which was definitely the highlight of my day. It was fun to see all the different Korean stores and check out the brands that weren’t available in the States. I definitely wish I had more time to explore and shop. If you’re ever in Seoul, definitely take a walk in Itaewon…it’s a sight to see!

PS: This necklace I’m wearing was a safety hazard and almost didn’t get me through security. Luckily, I made it through with both myself and my necklace!

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What’s In My Carry-On

Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 1.40.11 PMTraveling for me is a love-hate relationship. I love to travel the world and explore new places, but I hate packing and unpacking (and the actual “travel” part of the trip). Since I’m going to Korea in a couple days, I wanted to share with you what items I will be bringing in my carry-on.

1. Laptop – This is a MUST, especially on those long international flights where there is a lot of waiting around. Catch up on emails, watch a movie or just surf the web.

2. Camera – If I’m traveling some where special, especially outside of the country, I like to bring  my Digital SLR camera. There’s nothing better than looking back through old pictures, so it’s nice to have them on a camera vs. a phone.

3. Sleep Eye Mask – I’m one of those people that needs complete darkness to sleep, so an eye mask is crucial for some in-flight shut eye.

4. Extra Set of Clothes – There have been multiple times when my luggage unfortunately gets “lost” at the airport. That being said, you want to be prepared with at least one extra set of clothes, just in case.

5. Basic Makeup – Just like the above, in case the airlines decide to lose your bags, I like to keep my basic makeup with me; foundation, mascara, eyeliner, blush.

6. Moisturizer – Airplanes are notorious for drying out your skin. The recycled air on planes sucks out all the moisture in your face. I like to apply a moisturizer or night cream on my face as soon as I get on a plane to ensure that my skin behaves the rest of the trip.

7. Neck Pillow – Sleeping on a plane is never comfortable, but having a neck pillow can assist slightly in helping you fall asleep.

8. Headphones – Although most airplanes provide headphones for you, I like to bring my own  heavy-duty noise canceling headphones.

9. Earplugs – Nothing is worse than a snoring person or crying baby on a flight when you’re trying to sleep. Bring earplugs, you’ll thank me later.

10. Wallet – Of course when traveling you don’t want to forget the essentials; money, ID and your passport.

What do you like to bring in your carry-on?

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What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag

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For someone who is a makeup hoarder like myself, it’s difficult to only choose a few items to take with you on vacation. Lucky for me, this cute bag by Pamela Barsky is big enough to hold all of my favorite essentials (and the quote basically sums up my life). Here is what is currently in my travel makeup bag:

1. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation in Beige

2. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink

3. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium

4. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle

5. MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly

6. MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NW20

7. Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer 

8. Nars Blush in Desire

9. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Flush

10. e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Kit in Medium

11. Rimmel London ScandalEyes Retro Glam Mascara in Extreme Black

 

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