June 30, 2016

june favorites

A few of my favorite things from this month!

iPhone 6s. on june 4th i finally upgraded my phone and joined the rest of the world in the 21st century. i had been using my lg env3 flip phone for 7 years. And boy did i use it till it could be used no more. the struggle was very real, and my life has changed in ways you will probably never understand. and sorry to anyone that i accidentally facetimed because i'm like a senior citizen trying to use it

Chicago. i spent the weekend staying with a friend at her apartment in a chicago neighborhood. it was so fun to experience the city living like a local!

Girls. i cannot stop watching this show. i love it. i had to limit myself to only one episode a night or else i would watch it all in one sitting.

Pink a Card nail polish. this perfect light pink is one of my go-to colors for the summer and i've been wearing it all month

Mackinac Island. it's so nice to go up to the island and just relax. no pressure to cram in all the touristy things since we go so often. it's like the island is our playground.


June 24, 2016

favorite travel products

I love traveling but I hate packing a bunch of stuff. Nothing like preparing for a vacation to make me realize how high maintenance I can be. When I go on a trip, I like to take as little as possible. Less to carry and less to deal with. I take only the essentials and remind myself that I probably won't even use/wear half of it on the trip. With all the traveling I've done lately, it's been easier to just leave all my travel products on my shelf so I can grab and go.

1. Batiste Dry Shampoo. I have never been a fan of dry shampoo. They usually smell good but I felt like they did nothing for my hair. Just made it staticy and never gave me extra time before the next wash. This one was different. After using it, my hair actually felt FRESH again. This one actually did the job! I pick up the travel size at target.

2. Hanging/Standing Travel Mirror. Sometimes there is just no mirror on vacation. Or it's always in use and I can't get any time in front of one. I picked up this travel mirror from bed bath and beyond. It's so much easier to just bring my own mirror so I can be on my own schedule and not have to worry about it. This one is nice because it can be propped up at any angle to stand on a table or something, and it can also hang. So no matter your surroundings on a trip, you can always pull out this mirror.

3. Travel Containers. I like to buy the small 1-3oz plastic containers from target to fill with all my shampoo, conditioner, face cleanser, moisturizers, etc. I usually fill them about halfway and use them through out the rest of my summer trips. So I'm not wasting a bunch of space with 4 full size bottles and worrying about leaks. I put all the travel containers in a large zip lock bag for extra leak prevention. The Container Store is another great option.

4. Small Cosmetic Pouch. I have a few of these. One is used for my contacts container, q-tips, cotton rounds, travel size makeup remover. Second one is used for a razor, toothbrush, toothpaste. If I use a 3rd one, it is to store a few jewelry items (with straws on the necklaces to keep them from getting tangled). The Container Store is a great option for these too!

5. Cleansing Face Wipes. These face wipes are so versatile and perfect for traveling. The wipes are large so I cut mine in half and get twice the use! Great for before bed after a late night, when you don't have sink access to wash your face in the morning, or for a quick "airport shower" when you're desperate and out of time.

6. Refresher Spray/Body Mist. My favorite refresher spray was one I used in middle school from Pink and they stopped making it. It was light, citrousy, and simple. Perfect for after gym class or on the go. My new go-to has been this grapefruit scent from Victoria's Secret. I buy the travel size every other summer and it lasts me forever. I only use it on vacation because it's not heavy like a perfume but still leaves a nice smell. I like to use it before going to town or dinner after a long day in the water and sun.

June 21, 2016

going places: mackinac island

Another long weekend on Mackinac Island! This time we were there for the Lilac Festival too. They had activities all weekend but we only went to the parade on Sunday afternoon. Super cute parade and it was so fun seeing everyone on the island gather together for it. Also perfectly timed that all the lilac bushes on the island were actually blooming that weekend! In addition to our usual favorite food spots and stores, we made the short hike to the new fort on the island. Fort Holmes is the highest point on the island. It's not a bad hike and the view is great! I'm finishing up the Mackinac Island travel guide and posting it soon!

June 7, 2016

going places: chicago part 2

Part two begins at 5am on Saturday May 28. It was my cousin's 23 birthday so I brought my "happy birthday" banner and taped it up in our hotel room while it was dark and everyone was sleeping. When she woke up, I had an obnoxious birthday song ready on the speakers. Gotta start the birthday right! We decided to have a chill morning and took our time starting the day. At about 11 we headed out to shop at a couple more places that we saw on the way home the day before. We ate lunch at Grand Lux Cafe just a street away. After a quick break back at the hotel we headed south of the river to see all the parks and the famous "bean". It was so crowded! Next time we will definitely be visiting this area before noon. We decided to explore all of Grant Park and walked all around and down to Buckingham Fountain. So pretty and right on the water! We had a lot of fun hanging out in the park. I think you can walk on a path along the lake that goes all the way up to Navy Pier or at least close.

We planned a special birthday dinner and kept it a surprise from the birthday girl until she walked through the doors herself. We all got dressed up and made our way to The Signature Room at the 95th in the John Hancock building. At the hostess stand, we requested a window seat and were put on the 1.5 hour waitlist. We were willing to wait that long for a window seat since this was pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime thing for us. We ended up only waiting about 30 min and got a table with an incredible view of Navy Pier and the city south of the restaurant. This view and experience is amazing and 100% worth it. We were able to time our reservation perfectly so that we saw the view in daylight, sunset, and night during dinner. Sidenote -The women's bathroom has a great view too! We spent about 2.5 hours up there and then made our way to the bottom floor to pick up some cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory. We ate it in bed at our hotel haha. We had an early train the next morning and a long day of traveling. We talked a later and all agreed this should be an annual trip with new cities haha.
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