Everytime you travel you realize you could have packed less, packed better, streamlined some process, or been more organized. It’s a way of constantly assessing and improving yourself and your practices. I actually quite like this about travel. This is even more true when you travel for long periods of time in only carry on bags.
I am trying to figure out the best way to travel with your makeup and related items and here are some things I have tried so far:
Most of us have or have seen a bag like this before. It closes with Velcro or a zipper and when you open it there is a little hanger at the top so you can hang it in the bathroom and unzip whichever compartment you need at the time.
Pros of the Hanging Toiletry Bag:
Cons of the Hanging Toiletry Bag:
This is the system I am testing on my next big trip. In onelong packing cube I am placing a few different smaller pouches. One will have brushes. One has my foundation, contour and blush. One has shadows and liners. You get the idea. In theory if this works, I will get to memorize which pouch has which type of makeup item that I need and they will stay neat and well organized all within the space of the one long narrow packing cube. I can also easily pull this one cube out of luggage and take it to the bathroom at a Priority Pass lounge, for instance, to refresh!
I will report back how this worked after my upcoming travels!
The main advantage that I see is that everything can be organized in potentially a more compact way than just having one large makeup bag and tossing everything in. A disadvantage is that it could be cumbersome to have to open multiple pouches especially if you have a small space like an airport bathroom that you want to refresh in.
This makeup pouch is actually really cool and I took it with me to Europe and Asia. I liked that you could toss all your makeup in there and pull the string to cinch it closed into a pouch. When you arrive somewhere you just uncinch it and you have all your items clearly visible on the inside surface of the bag.
Pros of the Makeup Pouch:
Cons of the makeup pouch:
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Is there such a thing as a perfect travel shoe? Every foot is different but here’s how my feet feel about the following shoes:
Sanuk Shoes - Travel Shoe Review
I have sung praises of Sanuks for the past 3 years since the first time they saved me (from my Tevas’) in Thailand. The name Sanuk means “fun” in Thai which is a detail I love. I own both the famous yoga sling flip flop and some of their sidewalk surfers and have been eyeing up their Chiba Quests (tried them. review here.) and Pair O Dice to try next.
Toms Shoes - Travel Shoe Review
I have a few pair of Toms including lovely Lunata booties and peep toe wedges, but I never owned their actual flats yet. During a recent “Surprise Sale” I picked up a light colored pair as well as a lovely leather pair. I have not taken them traveling with me yet, but I have worn them around town. [update: since initial drafting of the post I have worn these shoes a lot. The light colored pair soiled easily and I ended up passing them on. The leather pair are holding up much better. They are good for a travel day or urban adventure. I would not multipurpose them for hiking like the sanuks though.)
Tieks By Gavrieli - Travel Shoe Review
After eyeing these for ages I bought a pair to take on an Urban Getaway in Washington DC. Bad idea. The trip involved tons of walking to and from the metro, in and out of museums... I got blisters on the back of my foot in the same spot as the Tevas, plus tight marks around my toe area, my big toe was compressed by the top of the shoe and went borderline numb, and my actual feet, the bottoms of my feet... just plain HURT.
As it stands currently, I will not bring these with me traveling again. Unless something changes drastically, I will continue to wear them locally, around town, running errands, and to coffee dates, but nothing more. They're beautiful. But not for my kind of travel. If this changes over time, I will update.
Birkenstocks - Travel Shoe Review
I bought a beautiful pair of Birkenstock Gizehs before the Exotic Southern Caribbean Cruise and wore them virtually non-stop. I had a great experience with these. The footbed provided great support and the style I chose was perfect for casual or if you want to class it up. I wore them on the ship, on land, to the beach, and it was great. Due to the texture of the footbed, especially if you get a bit of sand (try to avoid) down in there, it can irritate your foot skin after a lot of walking. But i never developed any blisters with these!
Tevas - Travel Shoe Review
Ah, the Teva sandal. Universally loved by travelers!
I bought a pair of black, thin strapped Tevas because I wanted a sport sandal that was plain enough to also wear with skirts and dresses that I love to wear. I also wanted something that could handle if I did some fun water activities involving minimal rock climbing to get into caves and so on.
The fit of the Tevas was generally pretty good. I liked how they looked (for a sport sandal) with casual clothes and skirts. What got me was the back of the heel. When I was walking the streets of Bangkok I wore blisters into the back of my feet with these. :( Good thing I had some bandaids on me..
Depending on the trip, I may consider packing the Tevas again. I will definitely bring a supply of bandaids just in case, but mainly I would reserve them exclusively for a day of shoe-necessitating water/rock adventures where you need foot protection and non slip grip.
So What's the TDF Travel Shoe Recommendation?
Sanuks are, hands down, my number 1 favorite brand of travel shoes! I can’t see myself traveling without them, to be honest. I love the style, comfort, and versatility they offer. I feel like if I had to bring only 1 pair of shoes (always bring at least two so you have backup if you get a foot issue) but if I could only bring one pair, I would bring sanuks because I feel that they can tackle almost everything - casual clothes, a skirt or dress, sidewalks, beaches, trails....
I love the hidden fun-fact within the name Sanuk and Thailand has my heart (along with almost everyone else who ever goes there) so a Thai word is perfect for the travel shoe that also has my heart. I haven’t tried all of their styles (yet), but I recommend this shoe brand without hesitation for someone looking for a great travel shoe with no added fuss!
Birkenstock Gizeh is the runner up! Definitely bulkier, but they offer even better foot support and if you choose the style carefully they can be more versatile than you typically think of Birks!
What is your Favorite pair of Travel Shoes?
Do you have a brand of travel shoe you don’t leave home without? Any recommendations of other brands I should try? Please share!
To Be Continued...
I meant to publish this post about a year and a half ago. (Oops!) My sanuks and Birkenstock’s are still my favorite, but I am trying 2 other brands soon. 1. Bali Elf. These are handmade leather shoes. I ordered a pair of the midsummer sandals (review here) as well as a wedge (review here) . But the sandals could be a travel companion depending on how things go!
Also the Wiivv custom insoles and custom sandals. I’m eager to see how the fit is and will do a full review in the future. Time will tell if either of these take the place of my favorite travel shoes!
Some other popular travel shoes on my radar are Allbirds, Suavs, Rothys, and the Everlane Day Glove.
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Looking for the best natural, non-GMO cocktail mixers on the market? Check out Q Mixers!
Q drinks is a Brooklyn, NY based company who had the goal of elevating mixers. I have tried their Ginger beer and their Grapefruit mixers.
The Ginger Beer stands out among a crowd as hands down the best I have ever had from any brand. It is incredibly fizzy with a beautiful ginger punch and ends with a kick of spicy pepper. It is so good and I crave it. It works perfectly for cocktails (copper mug mules anyone?), but also is a special treat on it’s own!
I recently tried the Grapefruit after “meaning to” for ages. It’s good. But the Ginger Beer is Incredible. The Grapefruit was refreshing and light as a beverage alone, but I felt the grapefruit essence was a little too light when mixed. If it had a but more intensity on the grapefruit I would love it, but I feel that the grapefruit is a little too subtle now and gets lost.
I still think it’s refreshing and enjoyable and would consider repurchasing, but the knockout here is definitely their Ginger Beer. I also love that their mixers are Non-GMO!
Have you tried anything from Q?
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Is it the greatest pencil skirt ever? I don’t think so, but it does have some great features. Here’s the deal:
On paper it seems perfect. Here’s where it’s falling short for me:
What’s it like to wear Encircled's Dressy Sweatskirt?
These are my first impressions of the encircled Dressy Sweatskirt. You can check it out here. If you bought one, let me know what you think!
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Below are my thoughts 6 weeks after buying this item:
I was tired of my polyester-filled comforter which was a terrible heat regulator. All night I would toss and turn because of being too hot since the material did not breath well. I would throw off the comforter. Instantly I'm freezing. Pull it back over me. Wait... it's too hot again. *kicks off the comforter* and the vicious cycle continues...
I wanted to try something new and I wanted it to include sustainable materials, heat regulation, and no polyester!
I had been seeing a lot of advertisements for weighted blankets and thought it could be a good time to give them a try. Weighted blankets and comforters are often recommended for those coping with anxiety via pressure therapy, giving the soothing sensation of being hugged. However, as I did research, I found many sustainable weighted blankets and comforters that contained recycled polyester. I think it's great they are recycling the polyester, but I was on a personal mission to find one without polyester.
I had seen the Bearaby ads all over social and decided to take the plunge.
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Because the blanket would be shared, I decided to get the Bearaby Napper Blanket [ review here ] for the couch naps and get a full weighted comforter for the bed. I ended up ordering directly fromSomnos via Amazon (saved $50 read here) and I think it’s basically a dupe for all the reasons you can read in the article I just linked.
One thing to note is that weighted blankets are NOT for everyone. Some people will feel more anxious under the weight of the blanket. And they can take time to adjust to. Personally I always sleep with a sheet, a comforter, and another blanket on top of me. I think it’s because I liked the weight of it. However, I would get so hot at night and thrash so much that sheets would be all over the place in the morning as mentioned at the outset. But I always fell asleep more quickly with all those layers. So for me, I the transition was not hard. I feel like I am finally catching up on sleep because I feel that I am sleeping much more soundly. I also make a habit of natural sleep aids and melatonin which definitely help. When I pair that withthis comforter, I barely move all night.
What I Don’t Like About The Somnos Therapeutic Weighted Blanket AKA Bearaby The Sleeper Dupe
The one thing I have to say that I hate is the zipper. I get that it gives you versatility to unzip and each person have their own blanket or to leave zipped and each person has the correct weight on their side of the bed. That’s not the thing. What I hate is the dark color of the zipper. In general, it looks nice to have the crisp white with the navy trim and navy zipper, but if you lay the comforter on the bed and there’s this one weird navy stripe in the middle of the bed, it’s just odd. It makes it really obvious if your comforter is slightly off center too. So no big deal because you’re going to put a duvet cover on right?
I put this awesome duvet by Sheets&Giggles [review here. Amazon here. Their site here] and you can still see the dark zipper through the cover. :( Now it’s possible that the actual Bearaby or Somnos duvet cover is thicker and would cover that zipper if you got it in white, but I can’t say for sure. If only they had just made the zipper white. Then you could use a white duvet cover with no problem. If you’re opting for the gray cover then I doubt you’d have any issue. For me the trouble is I am in love with my S&G sheets/duvet [review here + Amazon here] so I want to keep them. Which means I have to live with an almost perfectly white set up, with the exception of that stupid dark zipper poking through. ? oh well.
Anyway, if you check out either of these comforters I’d love to know if you are for weighted blankets or if they don’t suit you. No wrong answers, just personal preferences! These would make a great gift for a loved one with anxiety or sleep troubles.
Suavs are lightweight, breathable shoes that wick away sweat allowing you to wear them sockless for your every day life and pack them up easily for travel. Using a digital knitting machine means there is no material waste from cutting out patterns and that is one great step towards sustainability.
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I guess everyone has different styles and tastes, different needs and preferences, but it’s funny how some things seem to get overlooked while other things get over-popularized. I feel like Encircled’s All Day Work Dress is severely overlooked online and I have no idea why!
What Encircled Has To Say About The All Day Work Dress (My Thoughts Added In Bold):
So comfortable, you’ll forget you’re in workwear. 100% agree.
The All-Day Work Dress is made from machine-washable, soft and breathable 4-way stretch fabric. Haven’t washed yet, but the fabric has a nice stretch and is super comfy.
This tailored dress is zipper-less so you can just slip it on and go. Found it easy to put on and take off, personally.
Layer with the Everyday Twist Top for a work-perfect look. Love this look. See Below. Everyday Twist Top is a great piece from encircled!
Encircled's All Day Work Dress Fabric:
Encircled's All Day Work Dress Fit:
Who is Encircled’s All Day Work Dress For?
Anyone who loves to dress up and look polished while still being comfortable would love encircled’s All Day Work Dress. If you pretty much live in dressy sweat pants or encircled leggings (no judgement!) and only dress up occasionally, this may not be the best investment piece for you. But then again, it is a classic, timeless look so it would also make a reliable go-to dress for those special occasions that may be few and far between for you. You decide.
My Personal Review of Encircled’s All Day Work Dress
As seen on the encircled website:
I don’t understand why it seems like no one is talking about this dress?! I know the price point seems high, but this is a really, really, REALLY nice dress.
The tricky part about these softer materials is that they can be clingy in a way that not everyone wants (regardless of size/shape) or that isn’t always appropriate for all occasions. But a more structured dress is often made from materials that are not sustainable. That presents a difficult situation for a conscious shopper.
Somehow encircled has addressed this issue with this dress! It is nicely fitted at the top with a classy neckline and once you hit the waist there is a snug under layer and then the layer on top is more structured with those really flattering pleats (is that the right term?) and pockets!
The pockets are great! I had an iPhoneXS Max in my pocket and it fit so nicely that I actually forgot it was there. I ran around my house wondering where I sat my phone down and then I remembered it was in my pocket. Haha! No joke!
Anyways I think this dress is a great marriage of super comfortable, sustainable fabric together with a wonderfully classy and professional dress design. If your lifestyle involves dressing up often then this may be a good investment piece for you. If you’re more of a casual person all the time, then it maybe wouldn’t be your jam.
I went with the recommended size Small for my measurements and it fits great. I am short at 5’2” and the dress hits just perfectly at the bottom of my knee which is my preferred length. If you are taller just bear in mind that it will be a bit shorter on you. There is a helpful box with the dress measurements from shoulder to waist seam and then from waist seam to hem so do check that out.
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