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my no-fail packing list

One of my resolutions for 2018 was to travel more, so I’m super excited to already have two trips planned. Both are long weekend adventures, so I’ll be squeezing everything into my carry-on suitcase. In addition to the basics like passports and tickets, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks for making traveling as comfortable as possible.

Since you can’t bring liquids through airport security, I definitely suggest bringing an empty water bottle with you. Fill it up in the bathroom before you board, and keep track of it during the whole trip – paying for water is my biggest pet peeve, and unless you’re going somewhere where the tap water is undrinkable, keeping that bottle in your purse will save you lots of $$$.

Sunglasses are the #1 thing I ALWAYS forget, so those are usually the first thing on my packing list. Painkillers, like Advil, are another thing that is super annoying to spend money on when you’re supposed to be on vacation. Bring a small bottle with you along with your prescription meds.

What are some things that are always on your packing lists? Comment below!

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P.S. Pin this handy graphic to your travel-inspired Pinterest board for quick reference!

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links i love

stuff i found and loved on the interwebs this week. 

I’m OBSESSED with Refinery29’s “Money Diaries” series (I wrote one back when they first started!) and found this one particularly fascinating. Life goals much?

This relatable haiku series from my all-time favorite website.

I didn’t like my horoscope this month, so I looked for another source – and was pleasantly surprised to find this comprehensive astrological profile.

This next-level influencer marketing.

This food logo quiz that I NAILED.

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in 2018 i resolve to…

It’s January 4, but oh, well. Better late than never! Last year, I resolved that in 2017 I would date myself, get my finances in order, and stop caring about boys. And I actually think I did pretty well – considering that 2017 was the most challenging year of my life, career- and relationship-wise.

I spent a lot of time alone in 2017, swallowed up by NYC, checking off items on my bucket list whether I had a friend or date to come with me or not. I set up traditional and Roth IRAs (adult AF), overcame my fear of getting a flu shot, and ended unfulfilling relationships. Though it was a difficult year, it ended on a high note, and I’m feeling super optimistic about 2018, political situation aside.

So this year, here’s what I’ve resolved to do, using Lady Bird gifs to illustrate. Did anyone see the movie? What did you think?!

Sleep.

More on this here. By a happy accident I got a new and improved mattress a few days ago, so maybe that will help my ongoing quest for higher quality sleep.

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Travel.

I have a little trip booked to Savannah next month, and would love to check off at least one other destination on my bucket list this year. Maybe Iceland, Portland (Oregon), or New Orleans.

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Read.

Would love your suggestions! On my list are BossypantsA Little Life, and All the Light We Cannot See.

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Create.

nyc is my boyfriend is so special to me. I have put so much time and energy into this blog, and feel that I’ve created a brand/image that is essentially my soul on a webpage. I’m so grateful to anyone who reads my posts, and want to create more original content for you guys in 2018.

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Happy healthy new year to you all ❤

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when did my bedtime routine get so long?

I’ve always dreaded bedtime the way a little kid does, though probably for different reasons. I’m not trying to stay up late to eat another snack or watch a movie – I simply can never fall asleep. I used to be part of the “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” mentality, which was alright while I was in college, but my performance in life and at work is significantly poorer when I’m overtired.

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A while ago I wrote about what it’s like having a brain that never shuts off – not because I’m, like, a philosophical thinker (just an over-thinker) – which contributes to my consistent sleeplessness. I’ve tried every trick in the book: melatonin, meditation, hypnosis, lavender eye pillows, Advil PM, milk, and prescription meds, to name a few.

One of my resolutions this year (more on those later) is to make more of a conscious effort to get better quality sleep. I’ve noticed that my activity during the day is just as crucial to my bedtime routine for getting a sufficient amount of sleep – exercise is the big key to this, and I’ll hopefully be doing more of this as I get ready for a major bike ride in June.

My nightly routine, which has tripled in length over the past year, has also helped with falling asleep. Until about a year ago, the only things I’d do to get ready for bed were taking a shower and brushing my teeth. I still do both of those things, but I also do a brief arm workout, use three different face creams, give myself a neck massage, put on a face mask, and take an alarming amount of vitamins. I think that consistency is key for stuff like this, and hopefully sticking to a routine will pay off.

What do you do when you have trouble sleeping? 

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things i will miss about new york

My Saturday morning bagel from Leo’s, around the corner from my apartment

Being able to say that I live in New York. 

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Cha Cha Matcha. I’m *so* close to getting a free drink on my punch card.

Being able to walk to all my favorite stores (mainly Anthropologie & Zara).

Happy hour. Apparently this is illegal in Massachusetts?

The pizza. Lil’ Frankie’s & Neapolitan Express, I will dream of you every single day.

 

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the (most important) men of ‘sex & the city,’ ranked by me

Thanks to a new Amazon Prime membership, I recently binge-watched all six seasons of Sex and the City(No, I don’t have a life.) I’ve always been a fan of the show, but watched it rather sporadically, enjoying a re-run here and there instead of following it serially. Regardless, my recent bingeing and seasoned dating experience have given me a fresh perspective as to which men are worthy and which are trash.

1. Smith Jerrod

Smith did NOT get enough air time. Hotness aside, he was hands down the sweetest guy in all six seasons of SATC. He stuck by Samantha not just through cancer, but during a relapse with Richard (trash). Not to mention that he was totally unthreatened by Samantha’s success, didn’t care that tabloids thought he was gay, and worked super hard in his own career.

2. Steve Brady

Another under-appreciated gem is bartender Steve, who Miranda is literally so rude to until the last season. It was pretty inevitable that they would end up together, since they had a kid and all, but it’s impossible not to melt when Steve tells her that she’s “the one” at Brady’s birthday party. Also, Miranda totally dismissed him for wanting to be a career bartender, and in the meantime he opens his own super successful bar.

3. Harry Goldenblatt

I’ve always been a sucker for Harry – the reason for his mid-range rating is because he wouldn’t marry Charlotte unless she converted to Judaism. I believe in soulmates and true love, but that really might have been a deal breaker for me. Regardless, he’s super sweet to her, despite how embarrassed she is of him when they first start dating. I love an underdog, and Harry is the ultimate.

4. Aiden Shaw

I know everyone loves Aiden, but there were some red flags about him from day one. He wouldn’t date Carrie because she was a smoker, and TBH he was pretty rude about it. The relationship was a low point for Carrie as well, since she cheated on him, but I always thought Aiden was pretty immature. He was constantly threatened by Big (maybe rightfully so), which came off as petty and childish. Oh, and he nearly booted Carrie from her apartment.

5. Trey MacDougal

Pretty bad. He and his mother were both totally unsupportive of Charlotte’s reproductive challenges, and were annoyingly traditional. Also, he claimed he was a “non-sexual person” and wouldn’t sleep with his WIFE, who caught him getting off to a dirty magazine in their bathroom. The only reason he’s not at the bottom of this list is because he let Charlotte keep that amazing apartment.

6. Jack Berger

Berger is the wooooorst. Threatened by Carrie’s success, listened to frog sounds to fall asleep, and totally hung up on his ex. And he broke up with her on a fucking post-it. Bye.

7. Big

If you’re not a seasoned SATC viewer, you probably think Big and Carrie’s relationship is super romantic. After close and careful analysis, I can safely say that this relationship was damaging and draining for both parties, more so for Carrie. Big obviously had serious commitment issues, but cast Carrie aside to marry 27-year-old Natasha. The only reason he’s not last is that he always encouraged and supported Carrie’s writing career.

8. Aleksandr Petrovsky

Carrie should have kept him as a “lover” and stopped him from moving on to boyfriend status. She candidly told him that she didn’t want to rule out having kids, and he shut her down. He convinced her to go to Paris and left her wandering Chanel and the streets alone. He was rude to her friends, caused her to miss deadlines, and made her eat lunch alone with his ex-wife.

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sunshine blogger award

Last week, I was nominated by The Happiest Pixel for a Sunshine Blogger Award! One of my favorite things about writing a blog is the amazing online community that comes with it. Whether it’s people I follow here or through places like Instagram, it’s honestly such a joy to connect with people who pursue their passions–whether it’s their full-time job or a fulfilling side hustle.

The rules

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

 

The Questions

If you could go back in time, what would you change?

I wouldn’t change anything! I think that everything does happen for a reason, and trying not to live without regrets is something I strive to do. There are some little things, like wishing I was better about not smashing my iPhone, but every problem has a solution.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Teaching, cooking, or writing. Maybe living abroad.

What is the thing you love to do the most?

Visit a new place.

If you had to leave your home and move somewhere else, where would you go?

Back to Amsterdam.

What is your favourite movie of all times?

Love Actually.

What is your dream job?

Owner of a greeting card shop.

If you were to go on a desert island and you could only bring one food with you, what would that be?

Chocolate.

Do you listen to music when you write your posts?

Occasionally. I currently have re-runs of The Office going on in the background right now.

What do you like to do on the weekends?

Go to brunch, visit someplace on my bucket list in NYC, and write.

Do you blog everyday?

I wish I did!

Name one person you are extremely thankful for and without whom, you wouldn’t be where you are today.

Very thankful for my mom, all day every day.

My Questions

  1. What inspired the name of your blog?
  2. What is the last book you read?
  3. What is your favorite sitcom?
  4. If you could have one material possession, what would it be?
  5. What is your favorite dessert?
  6. Where do you see yourself this time next year?
  7. What’s your favorite color?
  8. Do you have a signature dish that you cook best?
  9. What is your favorite social media platform?
  10. Where is the last place you traveled to?
  11. Do you prefer the ocean or a swimming pool?

My Nominees

  1. Powered by Mangos
  2. Style as Needed
  3. The Student Traveler
  4. Jessica Riga
  5. The Franco Fly
  6. Food to Glow
  7. Orchids & Sweet Tea
  8. The Dainty Details
  9. Alexis Chateau
  10. When in Wonderland
  11. Young & Twenty
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