You've heard me sing the praises of my LANY backpack here and here. I've learned to repurpose it for just about any occasion which is truly a testament to how versatile it really is. This poor bag has seen sand, bicycles, play cafes, photo shoots and more.
You'd be surprised how much you can fit in it, too! Today I thought I'd share the vacation version since we just returned from Hilton Head.
Stating the obvious here, but I ditched the extra leggings, kiddo underwear and toys in exchange for sunscreen, glittery glasses, tinted lip balm and beach snacks.
I'm nothing if I'm not OCD. Every morning I'd repack my bag with these accessories. It was a welcome change. I can hold anyone over with enough granola bars and maps.
And with these two nuggets...let's just say I always have a back up swim suit AND sundress to take us from the beach to the cafe.
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That said, I hope each and every one of you have an amazing Memorial Day weekend! xo
Okay, I am going to try and sum up the questions I’ve received as best as I can when it comes to our European Family Adventure. Since I’ve returned, I cannot tell you how lovely it is to see people in person, receive texts, DMs and emails regarding how you all followed along and loved my posts and stories. That just warms a girl’s heart and I am not kidding in the least bit. It is so much work to edit and create story content worth posting that is not only visually appealing but actually unique and interesting. I could have stopped at every corner to snap photos but that is clearly not an option.
It’s funny how travel affects your wardrobe choices. Less is more. Simple neutrals meant for mixing and matching. Sound familiar? Well, that’s how I pack my suitcase when I know a lot of walking is in store and comfort is paramount.
I’ve spent many many years of my life feeling guilty for taking time off. 2019 is not exempt but I am a work in progress. Rewinding the clock, it’s safe to say that for the last 20 years of my career, I’ve felt bad asking for time off and even worse when I returned. Now, as a co-founder of a bustling social media agency, I still feel guilty which is weird because it’s my company! Is there something off with my mental health, the American way or do we just have it all wrong?
So, yeah…I’m in Europe with my family. Surprise, surprise. I think they call this Spring Break. I call it heaven x 1M. Inspiration abound and more color than you could ever dream up. Notting Hill was just as romantic as the movies and then some.
I had to think long and hard about what to pack for this trip. And by this trip I am referring to London and Paris. This wasn’t going to be a Fashion Week trip although I did want to maintain some level of style. This was a family trip with much warmer temps than our Chicago. With that said, it’s been awhile since I’ve had to travel international which begs the question…what are my carry-on travel essentials?
Let’s talk travel necessities. I never cared much about my luggage before. After all, it’s thrown around every which way north of Sunday. If it zipped and didn’t way over 50lbs, we were in business. That all changed when Nasaden reached out to me. Talk about sleek, gender neutral luggage accessories that were just as fashionable as I aim to be each and every day.
You’ve probably gathered that I caught a strong gust of inspiration while traveling to Aspen. Probably needed as my blog has taken a back seat to work during the months of January and February. But, sometimes you need to do that. There are only 24 hours in one day and I need to sleep at least one of them!
I am on the tail end of a holiday weekend trip to Aspen with my girls. Why not? Conferences + President’s Day seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to embrace one of my New Year’s intentions: travel more + disconnect.
We set out on Valentine’s Day to visit our Chicago-turned-Aspen friends. After moving nearly six months ago and an open invite; I pounced on great airfare and what would be an awesome mom/daughter adventure.
One of my 2019 goals was to travel more. It’s been awhile and with the stresses, challenges and triumphs of co-building a company these last five years, travel was not a priority up until now. Fact of the matter is that I couldn’t. I had young children who I wanted to be around for and starting a new business venture is a very FT job.
We just returned from a long weekend away with the kids and it was everything we didn't know we needed; not to mention perfect timing before school starts. I can't believe we have a mere three days. <cue the tears...for me, not them!> We took a short drive up to Saugatuck, MI which is only a 2.5 hour trip from Chicago. Yep, puppy, kids and all! Pretty painless in exchange for all that peace and quiet! Here is the house we stayed in. I am 100% sure we will be returning!