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5 Pieces to Chic Up Your Travel Style

5 Pieces to Chic Up Your Travel Style

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Last year was a pretty big travel year for me with two trips to London and a family friend’s wedding in Ireland! This year has been a bit more tame with a few amazing trips this side of the pond. But I’ve been jealous watching everyone else’s getaways on Insta this summer! This got me thinking about how much I love airport and travel style (for real…Pinterest board dedicated to inspo here). Usually I opt for my go-to athleisure favorites for traveling. But when I shot this travel look, I started to think how it would be a great option for a more chic approach to travel style. It still has every element of comfort that I look for when I travel – just a little more structured!

Today, I’ll be sharing 5 travel style essentials to be comfortable and still look chic. Make sure to scroll down to find out what they are!

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Top 5 Travel Style Essentials:

1. Casual Drape Trench

Are you one of those people that’s always cold? Because I AM, and I think I’d have a panic attack if I went to the airport without a jacket or trench like this! A drapey trench is a very chic, classic alternative to a sweatshirt or oversized cardi. You can also wear it with so much, so style it with your outfits on your trip – less to pack! This trench would be the perfect option. I have my eye on it – it keeps going on sale and I need to get it ASAP!

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2. White Leather Sneakers

If you’ve heard me say it once, you’ll hear me say it again: A pair of white leather sneakers are a must-have for your wardrobe in today’s world. Especially for the airport with all of the walking, and I don’t know about you, but I just want a closed toe shoe option when on the plane. And now with pre-check it’s easier to wear sneaks because you don’t have to take your shoes off. (Or opt for a slide-on sneaker for easy removal if you fly without pre-check!) There are so many styles out there; you’re bound to find one that you love and that flatters you!

Sharing some of my favorites below:

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3. Stretchy High-Waisted Jeans

There’s nothing I love more for my travel style than a high waist. That tucked in/sucked in feeling is hard to beat! These jeans would be the only ones that I would *ever, ever, ever* fly in because they are so comfy. Jeans can be just as cozy as a legging but formalize a look just a wee bit more!

4. Sleek Backpack OR Structured Leather Bag

I’ve always been one to grab an oversized tote for travel. But mostly traveling in a carry-on this year has really forced me to learn #minimalism. Enter the backpack. I found a backpack by this brand at TJ Maxx and have loved it ever since. It fits SO MUCH and the nylon is easy to wipe off if anything gets on it etc. Just the way it’s made allows for me to fit my must-haves or suitcase overflow into it easily and still stay organized!

On the other hand, a very structured, perhaps smaller leather bag can be a great travel option to house just your essentials you’ll need on the plane: headphones, makeup/toiletries, water, a book? I love a bag that’s small so it can slide under a plane seat easily but still roomy on the inside. Madewell and Cuyana have amazing options at really great price points. I also recommend choosing a pebbled leather option because it’s a bit more durable and stain-resistant than other leather textures!

5. Comfy Button-Down Blouse

Last but not least, there’s definitely a way to wear a silky or button-down blouse to the airport and still be comfortable. Athleta has an incredible line of athleisure clothes that are specifically made for travel and even work! I love this button down; it would be such a breeze to throw on and go. The silk shirt that I’m wearing in this post is from Everlane – very comfy and very affordable! They have so many classically tailored options that are designed with real women in real life in mind. You don’t have to look far for comfort from them – take a look here!

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I know that I mentioned I was exhausted from my week in San Francisco here, but it was truly so fun to get to be back in one of my favorite cities and seeing one of my best friends. We ate such great food and had an amazing time, so I wanted to share some of the best things to do in San Francisco after my second trip!

I was there for 4 days of vacation and then stayed the rest of the week for work. So if you’ve got a 4 day weekend to take or coming up, this post will be helpful in planning where to eat and what to do!

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MY GUIDE TO THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN SAN FRANCISCO:

WHERE TO EAT:

Breakfast + Brunch:

Jane on Fillmore: Jane is always a winner in my book when it comes to brunch and it’s also very Instagrammable. Go for the avocado toast, sprinkle cookies, and a chai latte.

Split: We weren’t able to eat here, but saw it and wanted to go in immediately. It looked so cute and it looks like a great place to get a classic American breakfast.

Project Juice: If you’re in a hurry or wanting to slow down after a big dinner the night before, you can’t go wrong with a juice or smoothie here! If you go to the one on Polk St. just know that they don’t make the smoothies there to-go – it’s their juices and some smoothies pre-bottled.

Thorough Bread Cafe: This place had the best pastries…o.m.g. The blueberry scone and almond croissant were SO good.

Beanstalk Cafe: I had the best almond milk chai latte of the whole trip here – I want another one right now just thinking about it! This is the perfect place to go to for a bagel and other breakfast items if you’re looking to grab something and get going on the day’s activities.

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse: You’ve most likely seen this bakery on Instagram already and I have to say it’s definitely a must as far as best things to do in San Francisco go. Their branding is so cute and the pastries are unreal. We loved the sticky bun the most out of the donut and churro croissant that we tried. People were lining up for the cruffins (croissant-muffins?!) so if that sounds delicious to you get there early to get your spot in line!

Lunch:

Souvla: I WISH this place would come to Dallas. It is SO good. It’s a Greek restaurant where you can pick a dish to have either as a gyro or a salad. So fresh and so yummy! But definitely go hungry and order the garlic fries and the frozen greek yogurt with baklava on top – YUM.

Gracias Madre: Also another restaurant that I’d just die to have in Dallas. This is an entirely vegan Mexican restaurant but you seriously can’t even tell. Everything on the menu sounded so good. I ended up having vegan chorizo flautas that were unreal and our chips and guac to start were also pretty unforgettable.

Sweet Green: If you’re looking for something quick and healthy, this is the place to go!

Dinner:

Pane e Vino: This restaurant is a must. It’s a very authentic Italian restaurant with such a homey, family feel. And the pizza was some of the best pizza I’ve EVER had. Start with the burrata and get the Alla Salsiccia pizza for one of the best meals ever.

Pizzeria Delfina: Another amazing stop for pizza with a really great atmosphere. Our waitress also did an incredible job of recommending the most delicious things on the menu for us! I’ll never forget the fried risotto balls because they were so, so good. This restaurant also made it onto one of my favorite’s, Julia Engel’s, SF restaurant guide so pretty glad I got to eat there 🙂

The Big 4: I mentioned this bar/restaurant in last year’s post and it was so fun to go back on this trip! It is quite a bit pricier than other spots, so I’d save this for a special occasion or for your last meal before you head home.

Nob Hill Cafe: More amazing Italian to be had here with SUCH good homemade pasta. I would give anything to have that pesto tortellini again… The cozy atmosphere in here is also so lovely for an intimate dinner!

Drinks: 

20 Spot: This wine and apps bar was so cool and an amazing spot for people watching. It’s a former record store which gives it its cool vibes. Go and split a bottle of wine with your friends before or after dinner!

Top of the Mark: I’d mentioned in last year’s post that I really wanted to make it here for a drink, so I’m glad I got to on this trip. We ate a yummy cheese board and sipped on Moscow Mules while overlooking the gorgeous skyline. This is a must do on any trip to San Fran!

Dessert:

Bi-Rite Creamery: When I think of great fro-yo, I’ll be thinking of this place. Their soft serve with rainbow sprinkles was SO creamy and thick. Maybe it’s a good thing I don’t live in San Fran because I’d eat this dangerously often!

The Loving Cup: Even though I was indulging in #allthethings over the past week, I did manage to get a healthier, dairy-free dessert in once – yay me 😛 ! I love The Loving Cup because they can blend up dairy-free yogurt for you with any toppings of your choice.

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BEST THINGS TO DO IN SAN FRANCISCO: 

Dolores Park: We spent Sunday afternoon just sitting in the park, listening to music, and people watching. It made me wish there were parks like this in Dallas! That’s why sitting out in a park like this one is one of the best things to do in San Francisco.

Pier 39: We didn’t get around to doing this but it’s high up on the list for next time. It’s a shopping center with carousels and rides out on a pier! This is also where you can go to see the sea lions sun bathing 😉

Alcatraz: If you’ve never done this before on a visit to SF or are visiting for the first time, it’s definitely a must. Book your tickets in advance though!

Day Trip to Sonoma: We had planned on heading to Napa for the day over the weekend, but you need to make reservations much farther in advance. So we headed to Sonoma for a more relaxed vibe and so that we could do more without any prior planning.

  • Grab lunch to go at Glen Ellen Village Market: My sister-in-law’s sister (say that 5 times fast) gave us great recs for Sonoma and this one was so helpful! We stopped in here first to grab delicious sandwiches and other snacks to go to eat out at the wineries.
  • Head to Benziger + Imagery: These are sister wineries and both so beautiful. I really loved Benziger’s tasting room – it was so easy to taste, grab a bottle, and head out to some chairs to eat our lunch. Imagery was my favorite from the day though because they have lawn games and chairs surrounding the lawn that you can just relax in and take in the scenery.
  • Chateau St. Jean: Make sure to head out to Sonoma before noon-ish so that you can spend a good amount of time at each winery. Most of them close at 5, so since we headed out a little later, we didn’t get to make it this winery. It’s DEFINITELY on my list for next time!

Best Things to Do in San Francisco – Shopping near Fillmore:

  • Lip Lab by Bite Beauty: My sweet friend took me here to make my own custom lipstick for my birthday! It was SO much fun and would be perfect for you and a friend or a small group. Make sure to make an appointment because it’s very popular and unlikely you can get in as a walk-in.
  • Joie: We met the nicest sales lady in Joie, so it made discovering these booties even better (and for 25% off!). They’re the PERFECT boot to wear with bare legs with dresses and skirts. You know how some boots can cut your leg off in a weird way and give you cankles? Well NOT these – that’s why I think they’re worth the investment!
  • Anomie: I mentioned this boutique in my post about San Fran from last year, but I just had to go again on this trip. I’d been wanting to get this shirt ever since my friend had gotten it the year previously. This boutique is super well curated and has really unique clothes, bags, and jewelry. Also obsessed with the candle brands they stock there!
  • Isalis: Didn’t end up buying anything at this boutique, but I loved everything that they had. Definitely worth a stop in and it’s right by Anomie!

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WHAT TO PACK:

One of the best things to do in San Francisco is people watch, and I especially love to see what people are wearing in other cities! It gives me so much outfit inspo. After visiting San Fran last year, I had a better idea of what to bring along on this trip so I wanted to share 🙂

Crew Neck Tees: I always travel with tees like this one in 2-3 different colors. They’re perfect for layering and using as a base for different outfits and with jackets!

Cargo or Jean JacketSan Fran can start to warm up more as the fall months start which is strange, so I didn’t need to bring too heavy of a jacket with me on this trip. That’s why it was essential to top off an outfit with either a jean jacket or camo military jacket in the evenings when it cooled down!

Leather Sneakers: To be honest, I didn’t pack my favorite pair of leather sneakers with me this time and had ALL the regrets. There were so many times when we were going to be walking somewhere to eat and all I wanted to do was grab my sneaks but only had booties. Needless to say, bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes that will go with your outfits! This pair truly is amazing and my all-time favorite.

Fall Dress: If only I’d discovered this dress before our day trip to Sonoma! I didn’t bring a dress with me on the trip, but this one I ended up buying would have been perfect for the wineries. Bring a dress that you can easily layer with a jacket and pair with booties or sneakers to go between more dressed up and casual.

Do you have any San Fran recs? Please share! I absolutely love this city and want to go back already to eat and see more!

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London and Ireland Itinerary + What I Wore

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It has been such a whirlwind since returning from overseas just a week ago! I wanted to relive the trip a bit today by sharing a London and Ireland itinerary and some of my outfits from the trip. We went for a family friend’s wedding in Ireland and decided to tack on a few days in London to see some other family members.

OUR UNFORGETTABLE LONDON AND IRELAND ITINERARY

LONDON:

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What We Did in London:

  • Buckingham Palace: When putting together a London and Ireland itinerary, I feel like it’s almost mandatory to include a trip to the palace when it’s open in the summer. The palace is only open for a few months each summer while the Royal Family is away on holiday, so this is a must see for anybody who’s into the royals or is just obsessed with Prince George and Princess Charlotte like me!
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Kew Gardens: These gardens are gorgeous and it’s definitely a great half-day/day trip option. Bring a picnic basket and wine! The rose garden was my favorite part by far second to the Temperate House. If you’re not afraid of heights, take a walk on the Treetop Walkway for incredible views and photos of the gardens.
  • Kensington Palace (+ Hyde Park, Prince Albert Memorial): Do all three of these together as they’re all within walking distance of each other through Hyde Park. I have yet to go into Kensington Palace but I feel like it’s another key component of a London and Ireland itinerary.

Where We Ate in London:

  • Kricket: SO delicious for lovers of Indian food and affordably priced. Definitely get a reservation!
  • Plum & Spilt Milk: Very sleek atmosphere with really good food at mid-price range. It’s right by King’s Cross Station so very conveniently located!
  • Pimlico Fresh: I’d eat here for breakfast everyday if I could. They make the best avocado toast with smoked salmon and it’s so affordable. Only thing is that it’s very tiny so you have to get there early enough for seats!
  • Chiltern Firehouse: Absolutely incredible food and atmosphere! I’d recommend getting a reservation for dinner here and be warned that it is a bit pricey. This is work including in your London and Ireland itinerary for a special meal.
  • Fortnum & Mason: Maybe one of my favorite parts of the trip! Breakfast was delicious and shopping for tea and biscuits afterward was so fun. Everything in the store is so fancy and English! Make sure to go to the original location in Piccadilly.

What I Wore in London:

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Travel Outfit: Tee | Leggings | Shawl/Sweater (Sold out, similar) | Shoes | Suitcase

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Touring Outfit (basically my uniform for the entire trip!): Tee | Crop Flare Jeans (This style runs a bit tighter than my other Madewell skinny jeans. I still went with my normal 27, but they’re not as stretchy as my other pairs.) | Trench (sold out so linking something similar) | Sneakers

ADARE, IRELAND:

 | London and Ireland Itinerary featured by popular Dallas travel blogger, Never Without Lipstick: Adare Manor

What We Did in Ireland:

The wedding was held at Adare Manor, so we got to do some pretty amazing things during our stay! We chose to do falconry when we arrived, and it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. The pics make me feel like I was in Harry Potter.

 | London and Ireland Itinerary featured by popular Dallas travel blogger, Never Without Lipstick: falconry at Adare Manor

  • Bunratty Castle: If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, this medieval castle will give you all of the GOT vibes. I love going into old homes and castles when I travel to Europe because I love seeing how people lived and how the homes have been preserved over time. This one was especially fun because it was very medieval.

 | London and Ireland Itinerary featured by popular Dallas travel blogger, Never Without Lipstick: Bunratty Castle

Killarney: We took a day trip to Killarney in our rental car. It was such a gorgeous day trip/drive but consider taking a bus or having a driver/someone experienced with driving on the other side of the road get you there. We had white knuckles driving with my Dad, lol 😉 Sorry, Dad!

 | London and Ireland Itinerary featured by popular Dallas travel blogger, Never Without Lipstick: Killarney

  • Muckross House: This was such a cool house to see – Queen Victoria stayed there and they still have her suite setup exactly as it was for her visit.

 | London and Ireland Itinerary featured by popular Dallas travel blogger, Never Without Lipstick: Muckross House

  • Torc Waterfall: We took the walk along the trail from the Muckross House to the Torc Waterfall. The grounds around Muckross House are so breathtakingly beautiful because you’re in a national park. I recommend just going for a walk, bike ride, bringing a picnic – make a whole day of it.

 | London and Ireland Itinerary featured by popular Dallas travel blogger, Never Without Lipstick: Torc Waterfall

Where We Ate in Ireland:

  • Blue Door Restaurant: We weren’t able to eat here because we didn’t have a reservation, but it came highly recommended so I’d love to try it if I ever go back.
  • Sean Collins & Sons Bar: We stopped in here the day after the wedding and had delicious pizza and apps! The owner was so incredibly friendly and came over and asked my family about Dallas, the wedding, etc. Everyone in Ireland was truly so kind and welcoming – the main reason I want to go back!

What I Wore in Ireland:

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Welcome Party Outfit: Dress Option 1 | Dress Option 2 (The dress I’m wearing was TJ Maxx score that I stole from my mom, so I’m linking 2 other options!) | Shoes (sold out, linking something similar) |

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Wedding Outfit: Dress (very TTS, I’m in my normal size 6) | Shoes | Earrings (such a statement for only $28 – closeup below!) | Bracelet | Eyeshadow Palette | Lipstick in ‘Pillow Talk’

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10 Comfy Essentials for Holiday Travel Outfits

10 Comfy Essentials for a Holiday Travel Outfit

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Holiday Travel Outfit:

I’ll be traveling for a wedding at the end of November and that got me thinking all about the holiday travel outfits I love to wear. Since the holidays officially begin next week, I thought I’d share my top 10 essentials that are the comfiest for traveling.

The outfit I’m wearing in this post would make for the perfect holiday travel outfit especially for when you’re heading to a place with colder temps. The thin turtleneck is an essential base layer while the shawl vest may just be the best wardrobe investment you ever make. It’s a warm layer but since it’s a vest you won’t get too hot. The shawl collar also completes your outfit just by throwing it on; just add your basics to finish off the perfect holiday travel outfit. This vest would be a GREAT Black Friday/Cyber Week buy!

Below are my top 10, tried and true, super comfy essentials for traveling! You can’t go wrong with any of these with your holiday travel outfit.

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Style blogger Ashley Deatherage of Never Without Lipstick shares her must-do and must-see picks for 3 days in San Francisco

3-Day Guide to San Francisco

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Style blogger Ashley Deatherage of Never Without Lipstick shares her must-do and must-see picks for 3 days in San Francisco

A couple of weeks ago, I visited one of my best friends in San Francisco for a weekend getaway. I had such an incredible time that I just had to share my tips in a 3-day guide to the city!

Follow along below…

DAY ONE

For most of Friday, I was bopping around the city while my friend was at work. In the past, this would’ve scared me, but in San Francisco I felt at ease right away because the city is so easy to navigate and everyone is so friendly and helpful. I highly recommend taking a solo day (or even a solo trip!) every once in awhile; I swear it does wonders for the soul.

Style blogger Ashley Deatherage of Never Without Lipstick shares her must-do and must-see picks for 3 days in San Francisco

Epic Green Smoothie at Project Juice

Style blogger Ashley Deatherage of Never Without Lipstick shares her must-do and must-see picks for 3 days in San Francisco

Dressing room sitch at Everlane 

  • Project Juice Test Kitchen [Hayes Valley]: First up, I knew that I had to have a delicious green smoothie for breakfast. Smoothies are always better in California with really fresh, organic ingredients (how Cali do I sound?). I went with the Epic Green smoothie and it did not disappoint.
  • Azalea Boutique: I had read about this boutique on a few other bloggers’ SF guides and added it to my list of places to pop in on my shopping pilgrimage through the city, ha. This boutique is well curated (such a millennial word, sorry) with a nice mix of high and low price points on pieces that are minimalistic but still trendy. I got quite distracted at their jewelry collection and came home with the most gorgeous earring by Still House. Yes, you read that right: one earring. I loved how it mixed in with my small gold huggie hoops ($32 on Amazon!) and gave one of my lobes an edgy look. I’ve been wearing it everyday since I wore it right out of the store and I LOVE it. If you’re looking for studs that are sterling or gold, this is a great place to start. My ears are sensitive to metals like copper, nickel, or brass, so I like to invest in earrings I’ll wear everyday that won’t irritate my skin.
  • Everlane: I’ve recently been drawn to Everlane’s elevated basics over and over again while stalking online. I knew that I had to make it into the actual store so that I could get a good idea on my sizing with the brand for future orders online. I really wanted everything in the store, and I was so warmed by the fact that each staff member was so nice and helpful to me during my visit to the store. I fell in love with this shirt (such affordable silk pieces/this shirt is a bit sheer, so I wear a nude cami underneath it) and these wide leg pants (size down!).
  • Lunch at Little Gem: I can easily say that I will never have a bad meal while in California. This healthy little lunch spot was so yummy and my salad was so fresh. My friend grabbed lunch with me and we sat out on the patio because I had to soak up every minute of such incredible weather as much as I could. I was also a VIP member of the clean plate club with this meal for sure.
  • Loving Cup: As some of you might know, I have quite a few food allergies so when I get a craving for ice cream/something sweet things can get difficult, especially when traveling. But good thing I walked into Loving Cup because they have “faux-yo” which is blended frozen bananas with any toppings of your choice. WIN. I had this twice on my trip with walnuts and chocolate chips blended in. I’m craving it again just talking about it!
  • Visit to the MOMA: No, I didn’t just shop myself to death during my solo hours in San Fran (although I would if I could!). I made sure to add a nice dose of culture into my visit by taking a trip to the San Francisco Modern Museum of Art. This was another favorite part of my trip. I loved taking the time to stroll through the museum and take in all of the different exhibits. While I was there, the Edvard Munch (guy who painted The Scream) exhibit was the current installment and it was truly fascinating. I may or may not have tagged along on the tail of a tour group to get some real insight into the artist and what influenced his very moody and emotional masterpieces.
  • Drinks at The Big Four: While we waited for a table to open up at Nob Hill, we headed over for a glass of wine at The Big Four. It had all the right vibes from the moment we walked in mainly because of the jazz pianist playing. I felt like I had been transported into another time while we sat enjoying a glass of red at the bar.
  • Dinner at Nob Hill: This restaurant is a teeny-tiny, cute-as-can-be, family-owned (how many more hyphenated words can I use to describe this place?) Italian restaurant and the food is BEYOND. Like I said before, I have lots of food allergies, so I had the sole and I cleaned my plate without a doubt. My friend had the gnocchi bolognese and it seriously looked like one of those meals that your taste buds will never forget.

DAY TWO

  • Breakfast at The Grove: I met my sister-in-law’s sister here for brunch on my second day and was glad that it was within walking distance from my friend’s apartment in The Mission. The wait wasn’t bad for Saturday breakfast and their almond milk latte was so good. Also don’t miss out on the avocado toast! The Grove was in the perfect location right near all of the boutiques I had visited the day before. Definitely a great place to start your day.
  • Outside Lands: My friends and I went to the Outside Lands music festival while I was in San Francisco so that took up most of day two, but I’m listing some other fun places to hit below. I thought that Austin City Limits was incredible but Zilker Park has nothing on Golden Gate Park. Imagine twinkly lights strung throughout a forest and that’s what Outside Lands was like. Hard to beat, ACL!
  • Midnight Showing of The Room at the Clay Theater: I had NO clue what to expect from this when my friend told me we were going to see “the worst movie ever made.” I also didn’t know that it was somewhat of a tradition for people to head to theaters to watch The Room and scream and throw spoons at the screen. The movie is set in San Francisco so how fitting to be watching it while in the city! The movie really is bad you almost can’t believe it’s real and that actors were paid to be in it. This was such a fun addition to my trip and one that not everyone knows to do on their visit. I also loved seeing the Clay Theater – I always think it’s cool to see more old school movie theaters.

Other Places to Visit:

Hike at Muir Beach: My sister-in-law’s sister showed me pictures from this hike and it looked INCREDIBLE. Like the kind of views you dream about. Obviously, I’m already planning my return trip to San Francisco and doing this hike goes straight to the top of the list.

The Painted Ladies: Before going to San Fran I knew I wanted to see the “Full House” house. I had no clue that there was an entire line of traditional SF houses called The Painted Ladies! We tried to drive by them on my last day but it was raining! But there’s a great park right by them, so grab a picnic or bottle of wine and head to watch the sunset over the city and take in the views of some of San Francisco’s best architecture!

The Color Factory: Even though I’m a neutrals girl all the way, the photos on Instagram of this place are just too good to pass up the next time I go back.

Eat at Palm House: This restaurant had all the right patio vibes and I want to make this place a must-stop next time I visit.

Drinks at the Mark Hotel/Top of the Mark: My dad visits SF semi-regularly for work, and he said that watching the sun set at the Top of the Mark is pretty spectacular. My friend and I tried to make it up there but the line was insane to get in (also note that it’s a $10 cover per person if you’re not a guest at the Mark hotel). We headed to The View at the Marriott instead for our dose of city skyline views!

DAY THREE

Style blogger Ashley Deatherage of Never Without Lipstick shares her must-do and must-see picks for 3 days in San Francisco

Style blogger Ashley Deatherage of Never Without Lipstick shares her must-do and must-see picks for 3 days in San Francisco

Outfit Details: Jacket | Leggings | Tank

  • Breakfast at Jane [Pacific Heights]: SO delicious, SO cute inside. Jane is a must-see/must-eat if you’re visiting and not just for its incredibly “grammable” decor. The avocado toast was one for the books but my heart was really taken with the almond milk matcha latte. I want one so badly right now just thinking about it!
  • Walking & Shopping on Fillmore: Even though my entire trip to San Francisco was an “I’m living my best life” moment, walking along Fillmore was definitely a highlight. We’d just had some really yummy brunch, the weather was right at what I call “I love life” temperatures, and all of the shops were so my vibe and well curated. Some of my faves were…
    • Freda Salvador: A girl in my friend’s office had been wearing Freda Salvador slide-on loafers that my friend had just been obsessing over for weeks. I had never heard of the brand before, but I am so glad I know about it now! This line makes gorgeous, gorgeous shoes in very classic yet elevated styles. Although they’re investment pieces, it’s clear that these shoes last for many seasons because of their high quality craftsmanship and materials.
    • Anomie: This boutique was so perfectly curated – I walked around touching everything because every piece was something that I was dying to take home with me. I really loved the…
      • Boy Smells Candles: I LOVE their pink branding, and I think I’m going to get the scent ASAP.
      • Ouigal Shoes: WOW, these shoes are so gorgeous. They’re pretty affordable for shoes that are real leather with real leather soles. I felt like the styles were so classic and easy to wear with
      • Jenny Strange: My friend got the cutest tee made by this artist. There were so many precious tees in this boutique – this one with lips on it was hard to walk away from!
  • Philz Coffee Truck at the Marina: Grab a ‘Mint Mojito’ (like a chai tea latte with mint – delish) and sit and take in the views. This was another one of my favorite parts of my trip. The weather was just right and I was surrounded by views of the Golden Gate Bridge and classic San Francisco townhouses. We just enjoyed our drinks and sat and chatted on the grass right by the water while watching people play fetch with their pups. I completely get why everyone who lives in San Francisco is obsessed with it.
  • Walk along the Golden Gate Bridge: After chilling at the marina, we hopped in an Uber to go walk along the Golden Gate Bridge because I had to have at least one really touristy moment (and get the perfect Instagram, obviously). It was really windy and chilly but the photos and views are second to none. Put on your walking shoes and make sure to make it to the bridge!

Transportation Tips: UBER. With San Francisco as the city of Uber HQ, you can guarantee that each Uber ride will be a pretty pleasant experience. I enjoyed each of my rides and the conversations I had with drivers about what to do and see in the city. Also, don’t be afraid to do Uberpool. For some reason I had an aversion to this initially but it was always the cheaper option and was just as easy as riding on my own.

Packing Tips: If you’re coming from Texas, or the south in general, pack your layers! I couldn’t believe how cold it was especially at night. I definitely could’ve used a lightweight sweater or pullover and maybe a puffer jacket to layer in under my jean jacket!

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Style blogger Ashley Deatherage of Never Without Lipstick shares her must-do and must-see picks for 3 days in San Francisco

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Palm Beach Packing List

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As some of you may know, I graduated from college this past weekend! It was very exciting but also such a crazy feeling to know that I am done with that chapter of life and moving into the next. To celebrate the occasion, my mom and I are taking a getaway to Palm Beach 🙂 We are so excited to head out this morning and head straight to the sun and sand!

As any blogger would, I have been planning my outfits for this trip for a few weeks now and I can’t wait to share them with you on the blog over the next couple of weeks! For now, I thought I would share some of my favorite pieces that are in my suitcase as well as some new obsessions I’ve come across that would be amazing to have in your beach trip wardrobe if you’re heading to la plage this summer.

  • Embroidered slides: Comfortable, bright, and $40 – what’s not to like?
  • Gingham Two-Piece Set: I am kicking myself over and over again for not grabbing this set on sale because it is so dang cute. But I do love that it’s under $80 and a designer dupe!
  • Cult Gaia Ark Bag: This bag has been an ‘it bag’ for quite some time now, but I’m finally coming around to the idea that it would be a good summer wardrobe investment. Tie a scarf onto it for a classic look or even use it as a beach bag to hold all of your essentials!

What do you love to bring with you to the beach? Heading anywhere special this summer? Let me know in the comments below!

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What I Pack: Carry-On Travel

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Never Without Lipstick How to Pack a Carry On

Ah, yes. No packing series would be even near complete without the mention of mastering the art of the carry-on. When it comes to carry-on travel, the thing I really fear the most is getting my toiletries right, not so much my clothes. I’m going to go through step-by-step the method to the madness that is travelling with a carry-on. It really is SO much more convenient and can guarantee that you’ll have less time waiting around a baggage claim carousel.

Be strategic about what you wear on the plane

What you wear on the plane can provide you immense opportunities to lighten your carry-on load and make spacing more efficient in your suitcase. I recommend to wear any heavier jacket on the plane. This comes in handy as an added pillow or blanket when the airplane temps get chilly. I also recommend to wear your athleisure gear on the airplane in order to avoid having to pack chunky tennis shoes in your bag. There’s also something about walking around airports in your most supportive shoes that makes me feel extremely comfortable. Go for comfort on the plane and add in edgy elements with your jacket if you’d like to spice up your athletic look to be more in the loungewear chic direction.

**Jewelry: Always, always, always pack your jewelry into your purse or tote that you’re taking on the plane; I just always like to have it as close as possible to me if I’m not wearing the pieces I brought on the flight. But this is also another opportunity to simplify and wear jewelry on the plane that you could be happy with each of your proposed outfits for your trip. Or opt for studs on the plane and bring one pair of statement earrings in your bag to add some oomph to less casual outfits.

Attempt to predict your activities (as best as you can)

As hard as this can be, most of the time we leave for trips with at least a vague idea of what our itinerary might hold. If you have somewhat of an idea of what you’ll be doing on your trip, you’ll be able to determine what you’d like to wear for those activities in order to feel the most comfortable. I used to be too idealistic in my packing thinking that I’d want to be in anything other than my basics for vacation activities. Comfort does not, I repeat does not, mean you have to sacrifice style. The key to avoid overpacking a carry-on is to pack versatile basics. Think of the trust and comfort you find in your basics as well as their ability to be the foundation to more than just one killer outfit. I recommend to bring

  • V-neck tees: (long sleeve or short sleeve): rely on your tees to keep you comfortable and able to layer easily; throw on a jean jacket or leather jacket over your tee to spice up the look for nighttime
  • Slip-on sneakers: comfortable for lots of walking, easy to throw on with many looks, brings an edge to a basic look
  • Black Leggings: this is one of those scenarios in which I’m saying I wouldn’t judge someone if she used her black workout leggings as the basic foundation of daytime, non-workout looks on her trip; you’d have one less pair of jeans to roll up and pack if you choose this option!

Bring 3 tops for 1-2 pairs of pants/skirt with 1 pair of shoes (Think 3…2…1…)

These recommendations really center around nighttime dressing for dinners, nights on the town, etc. Let a trusted pair of white, black, or blue jeans be the foundation of your nighttime looks or styled daytime outfits. Shirts take up less space when packing than shoes or jeans. That’s why I’m allowing a bit more variety here in your shirt or blouse choices. Pick 3 (maybe 4) tops that you’d be comfortable wearing either out at night or during the day. This will give you the opportunity to pack more seasonal or trendy items; with a solid foundation of jeans and your favorite pair of wedges, for example, your style-savvy pieces will really get to do all the talking. Trust me, there really is no need to pack more than 2 pairs of jeans (or 1 pair of jeans, 1 skirt) for a trip! Save yourself the space.

Don’t try to pack your entire stock of makeup

I cannot tell you the number of times I have lugged along a massive eyeshadow palette on a trip and done my eyeshadow maybe two times. Not to mention how I used to (okay maybe still do on occasion) pack about 10 different lipsticks with me, you know, just in case. With varying daily schedules and changing amounts of time to primp in the mornings, you’re most likely going to be sticking to the basics. Bring along foundation/tinted moisturizer, concealer, blush, one trusted eyeshadow (or use a contour duo as an eyeshadow duo as well – my favorite here). This way you’ll avoid the pressure or guilt for not giving extraneous makeup the attention it needs for this trip. Less is more, trust me. As far as skincare goes, stick to the items that will bring your skin moisture since flights can be very drying. For more details on what I pack when it comes to skincare and hair products, read my post here!

Invest wisely in your carry-on suitcase

Carry on suitcases are small but (can be) quite mighty. Just because it’s a smaller suitcase doesn’t mean you should skimp on quality. Now I wouldn’t recommend spending over $125 on your carry-on, but definitely ensure that you’re receiving a quality luggage partner for the price you’re paying. I always prefer carry-on suitcases with four wheels and that are wide enough on top for me to set my purse or tote down if my shoulders get tired.

On a Spring Break note: I know that many Spring Breakers are either on Spring Break now or will be taking flight within the next week! I’m linking some last minute Spring Break essentials below that you can’t leave behind. I made sure to link items that you’ll be able to get ASAP via Amazon Prime.

  • Portable charger: You can’t always rely on plugs being available in the airport or on the slopes/beach!
  • Passport, wallet, boarding pass organizer: This has a place for everything – why haven’t I had this in my life until now?
  • Tan Towels: To get that last minute glow if you’re heading to the beach!
  • Chapstick: This one is for sure necessary on the slopes or after hours in the sun.
  • Sunscreen: No matter where you’re going, sunscreen is necessary
  • Bags for wet or dirty clothes: Nobody wants damp bathing suits or stanky workout clothes wreaking havoc on the other clothes in your suitcase. Prevent that from happening with these bags that’ll also make packing up to come home easier and more organized!
  • Micellar Water for Makeup Remover: This micellar water wipes away everything and can be used on a tissue or cotton pad if available. If you want to get a deep clean after a long day out or of traveling, rely on this removal technique.

 

Never Without Lipstick: how to pack skincare and hair products

What to Pack: Skincare and Hair

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Never Without Lipstick blog: what skincare and hair products to travel with

Since Spring Break is coming up for a lot of you, I thought I’d get started on a little packing series to give you an idea of how and what I pack for travelling! I think the biggest question I’m always asking myself when I pack is, “What am I going to need?” And trying to foresee the future is just as hard for packing as it is for life, ha!

So the motto that I like to go with, as you might’ve noticed for a lot of things, is to Keep It Simple! Make sure that you pack the essentials you know you’d be lost without and then if something comes up, buy a travel size or make due without it!

HAIR

Brushes

If anything, brushes take up a ton of room, so don’t bring big round brushes if you can go without them. If you must have them, I recommend making a place for them in your suitcase rather than your toiletry bag! And by all means, don’t let those bristles get near a silk shirt or a sweater!! I recommend one of these brushes for a full-size brush, a travel-size wet hairbrush (especially for you curly-haired gals), and a teasing comb (which is optional but who doesn’t want some of that Southern lift?!).

Styling Tools

I almost always travel with a curling wand (I recently got the Beachwaver and I’m in love! I got it on eBay for $68, so I recommend starting your search for it there!). Curling irons or straighteners are pretty easy to travel with and can easily slide in your suitcase somewhere. My mom always travels with hers in this little heat-protected case which is smart to make sure it doesn’t break in your suitcase and can cool it down if you need to throw your iron in your suitcase in a hurry!

Hair Accessories

Something to live by: do not travel without a multitude of hair ties and bobby pins. Very important. It may just be because of my bangs and growing them out that I get panicky when I don’t have a bobby pin near, but they can come in handy so often while travelling, especially on nights or days you don’t want to style your hair. I can’t live without my black or brown hair thingies (bright colored hair ties are a no for me, I don’t know why!).

Products

For this category, I think I can keep it pretty basic. Don’t leave home without a travel-size version of your beloved hairspray or dry shampoo. These two products would definitely be on the list of things I couldn’t travel without!

SKINCARE

Shower Essentials

Face wash: Now this is an essential you just can’t go without. Don’t risk a breakout from using a new face wash at a hotel or from a CVS! Bring your most-trusted daily face wash with you. I recommend one that’s relatively gentle and good for everyday wash. But I’m also not opposed to bringing a travel size of an exfoliating wash (my favorite here) if you’re needing to slough off some dry skin and clear out pores.

Body Wash: Okay, you might be thinking this is a dumb one because hotels always provide body wash. But hear me out. The body wash they give you is such a tiny amount, pretty weak cleaning-wise, and who likes squeezing out body wash from a tiny container with slippery wet hands?! Who feels me? That’s why I recommend bringing 1-2 travel sizes of body wash (in easily squeezable bottles 😉  OR why not try out one of these sponges. They’re pre-loaded with soap and are good for up to 14 washes! That can last perfectly for a vacation!

Skincare

Now this might be one of the hardest categories to know how to pack for. I know I get nervous about what I might need because there’s always an opportunity to have a breakout or get a nasty cyclopes-style pimple. That’s why I recommend bringing the essentials that keep your skin together in your weekly routine.

Moisturizer: Moisture is what keeps your skin happy and changes in its moisture levels are what cause problems. Don’t take that risk! I recommend this SPF moisturizer because it’s lightweight, great for sensitive skin, and guarantees protection from the sun.

Toner: Bringing toner is a really smart choice if you don’t have time each morning to wash your face. Even on busy mornings, I’ll just wipe toner over my face to refresh it and bring out any impurities from my pores. Do be careful with toners when travelling because they can be major leakers. I like to secure the top of mine and make sure to put them in a separate Ziploc to prevent toiletry bag chaos. Or if you want to bypass that risk when you travel, pack these Witch Hazel toner pads. I LOVE them and love the small exfoliating beads on the pads because it feels like I’m almost getting a face wash in!

Spot Treatment: Travelling can be hard on one’s skin: flying on planes, eating new foods, changing sleep routines. These changes in circumstances can lead to unexpected breakouts. That’s why you should bring a trusted attacker for unwanted pimples. I rely on this SkinCeuticals cream with 0.5% retinol to spot treat troublemakers.