What’s in my Carry on? Flight to London

For my college graduation trip, I chose to travel to London with my family. And one of my favorite parts of a city vacation is researching things to do and places to see. I knew that I absolutely wanted to bring my DSLR camera which meant that I needed a new and larger bag. I wanted to find a purse that was large enough to carry everything I wanted in my carry on but small enough to be used as an everyday purse and also fit my DSLR, and maybe a spare lens.

I researched ~large~ bags that also had a strap that could work as a crossbody. I was stuck between the Fossil Maya Hobo and the Madewell Medium Transport Tote. I really wanted a zipper but I also wanted a wearable color and the only Fossil Maya tote that was reasonably priced was Green. So I ended up purchasing the Madewell Medium Transport tote in English Saddle (this purse does come in a wide range of colors).

Madewell Medium Transport Tote

The medium transport tote is $158 that has short straps and a long strap, It has a front pocket and a zipper pocket on the inside. I signed up for their free insider program so that I could get free shipping and free monogramming. So if you’re interested in seeing what I brought in this bag as my carry on to London, keep on reading!

  • Sudoku: this game somehow makes times flyyyyyy. Also, this book is extremely light and fairly small which is a plus.
  • A Cat pouch filled with feminine products: There is nothing worse than your body surprising you with that time of the month and not having feminine products on you. I usually carry a few panty liners, two normal sized pads, two regular tampons, and two light tampons.
    • This cat pouch was a gift from one of my best friends when she went to Amsterdam, so I can’t link it.
  • My iPad mini: I use this to download Netflix shows and movies because normally the airplane tv quality is crap.

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  • My Large Glossier pouch:
    • Travel sized toothpaste, travel toothbrush & floss: I like to carry these justin case I get motion sickness, or if my luggage gets lost.
    • My Birth Control Pills: also in case my luggage gets lost, certainly can’t get these in another country.
    • Feminine Wipes: sometimes I just want to freshen up after traveling for hours.
    • Vaseline lip balm: I have talked about this product about 100 times but it is my all-time favorite and I bring it everywhere with me.

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  • My Sunglasses: These are just in here because I forgot to pack them and I didn’t want them to get crushed in my suitcase.
  • Tissues
  • Nest Indigo Rollerball: this is one of my favorite scents and I like to be able to freshen up when I get off the plane.
  • Colourpop Blotted Lip in Drip: This is a nice subtle color that I like to keep in my bag in case I’m looking a little boring and lifeless,
  • Crabtree & Evelyn Citron hand lotion: This scent makes me happy and it’s one of my favorite lotions. Never hurts to carry a hand lotion around.
  • Pen and Pencil
  • My Wallet
  • Apple Charger for my iPhone and iPad
  • Travel Charger: I realized that I didn’t need this because the plane actually had USB slots on them to charge my iPad and iPhone but it came in handy during the long adventure days in London.
  • My Bose Earbuds: these are my all-time favorite earbuds, they are extremely good quality and are very comfortable. Earbuds are always a travel necessity.

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Urban Outfitters Women’s Clearance under $30

First, all of these photos are off of the Urban Outfitters website.

Second, I love looking at the Urban Outfitters website but I usually only look at their clearance because I’m a broke college student. In the past, I have found some really great pieces at a great price. I decided to go through the Women’s clearance and look at the items under $30. Here are 13 items that I found….

If you’re interested in any of the items, I linked each item.

UO Jade Cut-Out Turtleneck top (left)

This top was originally $39.99 & discounted to $9.99

It comes in Pink, Maroon, and Grey. I really like this top because it can be dressed up or dressed down

Silence + Noise Twist-Front Cut-out Tee (right)

This top was originally $39.00 & discounted to $4.99

It also comes in Black but in only one size.

I have been loving the twisted crop tees lately.

Silence + Noise Bengaline Bardot Top (left)

Originally $49.99 & now $9.99

XS-M still available.

Off-the-shoulder tops have been a huge trend.

I just purchased a sticky bra and I’m interested in trying it out with something off the shoulder.

UO Goldie Velvet Cropped Tie-Front Top (right)

Originally $39.99 & now $9.99

M & XL available.

Another style that has been really catching my eye lately.

A great way to show off a beautiful bralette.

UO Velvet Cowl Neck Midi Dress (left)

Originally $69.99 & now $9.99

This is perfect if you’re looking for a statement formal dress.

Future State Long Sleeve Ugly Christmas Tee (right)

Originally $49.99 & discounted at $9.99

I guess it really is the perfect time to buy your holiday sweaters!

Out From Under Drop Needle Tube Top (left)

Not a huge discount but still a good buy, now $10!

Comes in a bunch of colors, too. Another top that can be easily dressed up or dressed down.

Out From Under Esmeralda Lace Triangle Bra (right)

Originally $24 & now $14.99

This also comes in a black-purple lace, too.

I adore simple bralettes.

UO Deep V Button-Down Cropped Top (left)

Originally $44.99 & now $14.99

M & L available.

Another top that could be paired with sneakers, booties, or heels.

Truly Madly Deeply Notch Neck Cropped Tee (right)

Originally $34 & now $19.99

Also available in Black.

I love how casual yet flattering this is.

And, Here are the last three items…

Out From Under Mesh Ruffle Peplum Top (left)

Originally $34 & now $19.99

This is seethrough, also comes in Floral & Maroon.

I adore the silhouette of this top,

I think this would be lovely with a bralette underneath.

BDG Twig Crop High-Rise Skinny Jean (center)

Originally $69 & now $29.99

$30 is totally reasonable for a nice quality pair of jeans,

so I had to share.

UO Millie Empire Waist Velvet Mini Dress (right)

Originally $54 & now $29.99

I adore this dress, the neckline is super flattering

and the color is beautiful. It also comes in yellow.

Current Skin Care Routine

This might shock you but I don’t wash my face in the morning or at night, only when I shower. I shower about every other day to three days. But every day I wipe my face down with some micellar water whether it’s to remove my makeup or just refresh my skin.

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Everyday

Morning; I start my day with a quick splash of water after brushing my teeth to get any eye gunk or anything off my face. Then I use my Clinique moisturizer followed by the Formula 10.0.6 blemish spot treatment (if I have any). After I let that set, I have been loving the Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial spray and it has been making my skin so soft and moisturized.

Night; If I haven’t showered, I use the Garnier Micellar water to remove my makeup or just clean my face. Then I use the Formula 10.0.6 spot treatment again. Followed by the Formula 10.0.6 P.M. Perfector night cream or the Neutrogena Deep Moisture night cream. Then because I’ve been loving the Mario Badescu Facial spray, I use it again.

In the Shower

Occasionally, before I shower if I don’t have makeup on I will use the Kalos Triple Threat Detox Masque that I received in a FabFitFun or Causebox.

Super simple; I use the Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover and I use this whether I have makeup on or not. This cleanser takes all of my face and eye makeup off like a dream, I’m not sure if it’s meant to be used for eye makeup but it works. Then I use the Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily scrub to help with any texture that I have. This is followed by one of the routines above, depending on what time of day it is.

That’s It!

April Makeup Haul

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Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer: Recently I have been noticing more redness of my cheeks and on my nose, so I decided to pick up a foundation. I looked into the Huda No Filter foundation but it was much pricier than I wanted. I went to the Sephora counter to be matched. I am in color .5 Breeze. The Sephora worker applied this to my face with a brush and I don’t think it looked great, so I’m going to try it with a slightly damp sponge and come back with a review. [Link]

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Smashbox Primer Water: I usually use the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray but I was l also running out of my primer and saw that this does both. I know this sounds stupid, but this is really wet. I appreciate that there is no scent but it is very wet, you need to make sure not to spray too close to your face when setting your makeup. Overall, I think the setting effect is good. [Link]

Colourpop Twitterpatted Eyeshadow: I am really into light pink eyeshadows all over my lid. And I saw that Colourpop came out with Twitterpated and was really excited. It is a Supershock Shadow. This color looks fairly dark in the pan but when you swatch and use it (better payoff when applying with your finger, btw) there actually isn’t much color. This shadow is mostly sparkles, and it has a lot of fallout. [Link]

Colourpop Concealers: So I am really bad at color matching so I ordered three different colors. Light 12 & Light 14. Then I think Fair 6, for a highlight because the website recommended it. I normally use the Maybelline Age Rewind (which can be a little orange). These concealers do oxidize quite quickly. I tried them over a tinted moisturizer today without a primer and I didn’t love the way the concealer sat on my skin, I’ll need to try it again. [Link]

Colourpop Blotted Lips: This is my favorite formula that Colourpop makes, they are transfer proof and they have a lot of “your lips but better” colors which I am a huge fan of. I bought the two from Eva’s collab, Party Wave & Love Bite.

Colourpop Lip Pencils: I have been wearing lip colors more often and learned that lip pencils can make a huge difference. I wasn’t sure where to start so I ordered them in Toy & Brink. Figured they would match most of the colors that I own.

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Colourpop Brow Pencil: I have been using the Glossier Boy brow more frequently and have been loving it, but I have graduation and some events coming up and want to make sure my brows are up to par with the rest of my makeup. I got it in Dark Brown, I’ll let you know if that’s too dark or not. [Link]

Covergirl CG Smoothers: I used to use this back in high school, and recently have been looking into tinted moisturizers again. I wanted the Aveeno CC cream but they don’t sell my color in store. I got this in Fair to Light, and do wish I had gotten it in Light to Medium but this provides nice hydration and a nice smoothness to the skin. This smells really nice, too. [Link]

Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave-in Spray: I have been heat styling my hair a lot more recently because it is usually just a frizzy, curly mess. So I wanted to buy a heat protectant. I read this on one of Allure’s lists and it was one of the cheapest ones. [Link]

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*I left my DSLR at home, I hope these iPhone photos are pleasing enough.

Shows I’m Currently Watching

  • Gossip Girl: A classic, I’ve watched this 1 1/2 times before but I really wanted a show that was mindless and would distract me from my everyday life.
  • River: This show is different but really fun to watch, it’s basically about a cop that sees dead people that are relevant to his life or cases. It’s really interesting and very different than Gossip Girl.
  • Absentia (Amazon Prime): The main character in this is Castle’s partner from the show Castle. This is super good! I don’t want to give too much away but it’s a mystery/crime show.
  • How to Get Away with Murder: Along with the other two shows, I’m watching this with my family, this is filmed differently, there are a lot of flashbacks but it keeps you on your toes and allows you to make your own guesses and assumptions, even though they’re probably wrong.

Guide to a Minimal Wardrobe

Recently I’ve been thinking about all of the clothing I have and how little I actually wear. I’m still a poor college student but my goal is over time to get rid of unnecessary & unworn clothing and shoes. I created a list of clothing that are simple and can be worn with many different outfits. This does not include pajamas and workout clothing, just everyday wear.

***I use the term ‘minimal’ loosely

  • Neutral-colored long and short sleeved tops
  • Neutral tank tops
  • 2-3 Sweaters
  • Few chunky cardigans
  • Denim jacket
  • 2-in-1 Winter/Rain Jacket
  • High-waisted black jeans
  • High-waisted blue jeans
  • High-waisted black leggings
  • Few sweatshirts
  • Few flannels
  • Casual sneakers
  • Booties
  • Waterproof/Winter boots
  • Sandals
  • Mules/Flats
  • Black purse
  • Brown purse
  • Maybe a colored purse
  • 3-4 bras
  • Few neutral colored bralettes
  • Few chunky scarves
  • Denim skirt
  • Few causal dresses
  • Few night/occasion dresses
  • Few body suits
  • Simple jewelry
  • Bomber jacket
  • Loose shorts
  • Few denim shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Watch

I know this seems like a lot most of these you only need 1 or max 3. It’s more efficient than having 30 tops, 8 pairs of jeans. Sweaters & cardigans that don’t match anything. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a few statement and colorful (versatile) pieces. Seasons make it difficult to make a wardrobe really small.

~Below are some of my favorites, if you want some inspiration:

Denim jacket: https://www.missguidedus.com/light-blue-oversized-denim-jacket-10052550

Sunglasses: https://www.quayaustralia.com/collections/women/products/jezabell

Denim skirt: http://us.asos.com/asos/asos-denim-original-high-waisted-skirt-in-waterfall-blue/prd/7128422?clr=midwashblue&SearchQuery=&cid=15177&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=122&gridsize=3&gridrow=9&gridcolumn=3

Long sleeve: https://lucaandgrae.com/products/beige-sweater?variant=388466704385

Short sleeve: https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/SHIRTSTOPS/topsblouses/PRDOVR%7EG2513/G2513.jsp

Purses: https://www.fossil.com/us/en/products/maya-small-hobo-sku-zb7285607c.html

https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/BAGS/totes/PRDOVR~F5788/F5788.jsp?color_name=english-saddle

Watch: https://www.fossil.com/us/en/products/jacqueline-three-hand-rose-gold-tone-stainless-steel-watch-sku-es4352p.html

https://www.fossil.com/us/en/products/the-commuter-three-hand-date-tan-leather-watch-sku-es4348p.html

Mules: https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/SHOESANDBOOTS/clogs/PRDOVR~G8388/G8388.jsp?color_name=english-saddle

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/tory-burch-max-espadrille-mule-women/4788741?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=DUST%20STORM

Jeans: https://www.ae.com/women-ae-denim-x-vintage-hi-rise-jean-seaspray/web/s-prod/0436_9931_871?cm=sUS-cUSD&catId=cat7010084

Leggings: https://www.girlfriend.com/products/black-girlfriend-legging-4008-jb

Bomber: https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/levis-ma-1-bomber-jacket/4454725?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=NAVY

Dress: https://lucaandgrae.com/products/mauve-dress-with-knot-twist?variant=37892787585

Winter Essentials

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Winter in New England has been wicked cold so far this year and it seems impossible to warm up, especially when you’re dad keeps the house at 62 F. I wanted to share my winter essentials to cope with the frigid cold & icy weather.

Tea: nothing is cozier than cuddling with a giant throw blanket & watching Netflix with a mug of warm tea. My favorites are Green tea with Lemon and Cranberry Hibiscus.

Slippers: Who wants cold feet?

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Robe: Getting out of the shower in the winter is one of the worst things ever. A robe against freezing to death. The one my mother got me for Christmas is from Saks Fifth.

Deep Hydration lotion: I can’t be the only one who gets insanely dry during the winter. It almost feels impossible to keep your skin moisturized and un-flakey. I love the Gold Bond Rough & Bumpy and the Vaseline Deep Moisture Jelly Cream.

Lip balm: Waking up with cracked, bleeding lips is disgusting and uncomfortable. I always try to have a lip balm around me. I recently purchased the Smith’s Rosebud Salve from Sephora when I was browsing since I left my Vaseline lip balm at school.

Hand lotion: I am really bad at wearing gloves during the winter and I work on the computer a lot and find that hand lotion is an essential. My favorite is the Crabtree & Evelyn Citron & Coriander Hand Therapy.

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Winter Hat: This doesn’t need any explanation, a winter hat is one of the best ways to reach peak coziness. I prefer the hats with the pom-pom on top, I find them more flattering.

Night face lotions: I do wear makeup most days and difficult to find time to moisturize every morning and let it sink in before I put my makeup on. I also have a lot of dry patches on my skin in the winter and need that extra moisture. But I am currently searching for a deep hydration face lotion.

Humidifier: I wake up every morning sounding like I smoke a pack of cigarettes a day, my nose sort of bloody, and lips cracked. I recently remembered that I packed a humidifier when I moved back from school. Using a humidifier at night makes an incredible difference.

Throw blanket: A soft and really large blanket makes the cold months a little more bearable. I’m a cuddler and definitely enjoy a good blanket to wrap myself in.

Heating pad, or heated stuffed animal: My roommate bought me this pig stuffed animal that you put into the microwave and it heats up, like a hot water bottle. It is amazing!! My dad keeps the house at around 62 degrees and cuddling with my lil pig makes it way better.

My Favorite Youtubers

Throughout high school and my first two years in college, I watched a lot of Youtubers. I watched comedy YouTubers like nigaghiga and beauty YouTubers like Ignrid Nilsen. My junior year of college I fell out of it and found myself with a Netflix addiction. In September, I seem to have watched all of the shows that I wanted on Netflix and found myself enjoying Youtube again. I only watch beauty Youtubers and their vlog channels now, though. If you’re interested, below is a list of my favorite YouTubers at the moment (in no particular order).

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  • KathleenLights: OK, so KathleenLights is my #1 favorite currently. She is extremely relatable and quirky. She has a few collabs with Colourpop, an affordable makeup brand. She just started her own nail polish line, KL Polish which has exploded. Also, Kathleen just always seems so excited. She mainly does makeup tutorials, makeup hauls, makeup reviews.
  • Aspyn Ovard and her vlogging channel: Aspyn is a lifestyle Youtuber, she mostly does life hacks and fashion related video. She has her own clothing store online. I like her vlogs with her husband, Parker because they seem sort of relatable and I get bored with my own life sometimes.
  • Gretchen Geraghty: Gretchen is not relatable at all. She goes to Boston University, which is very expensive and lives a very luxurious lifestyle. But she posts A LOT of clothing hauls which I personally enjoy. I watch her luxury hauls even though I could never afford anything.
  • Ingrid Nilsen: I have been watching Ingrid for YEARS, #tbt to missglamorazzi (not sure how to spell it). She used to mainly be beauty and fashion but she has expanded her channel to be more of a lifestyle channel. She is very open about self-care and women’s health. She does still do beauty and a lot of skin and hair care videos. She has done extremely well on Youtube so a lot of her products are unaffordable but I appreciate how real and honest she is.
  • Zoella and her vlogging channel: I’ll be honest, her accent drives me crazy but Zoella is SO cute and has some great beauty videos. She also has her vlogging channel, that I don’t love because to be honest, I don’t really care for her boyfriend. She also has some of her own beauty products which are adorable.
  • Rachhloves: She is a Canadian Youtuber who has a beauty channel and a lifestyle channel. I haven’t watched her lifestyle channel yet though. Rachel is super relatable and does a lot of beauty reviews and hauls. I love watching her honest beauty first impressions.
  • mirellabellebeauty: I sort of forgot about this channel but Mirella is super relatable and very honest which I really appreciate. She is a professional makeup artist and does some breathtaking looks. She is very down to earth and I feel like she doesn’t show off like a lot of other YouTubers.
  • Hot Ones by First We Feast: This isn’t a beauty channel, but watch the Kevin Hart video. It may be the funniest video!!!

I have been enjoying a lot of their Vlogmas videos this year as well, so if you like that kind of videos definitely check them out.