Hi, friends! Happy Thanksgiving week! I had some grand plans to launch more gift guides last week—but my birthday was Thursday and I decided to give myself a pass to do some celebrating and get through a busy week at work.
Today I wanted to share with you the things I love for travel in case you need any gift ideas for the jetsetter in your life. Over the past few years, I’ve traveled a lot for fun and have become quite the efficient packer—especially since I always seem to wait until the last minute to do it! The items below are the things I reach for time and time again when I’m leaving town—I promise each item has a purpose and all make my life easier when traveling. The last thing I want to do on a trip is overpack since it’s a pain to carry around unnecessarily stuff, especially if you’re covering a lot of ground.
So, without further ado, let’s hit the road, shall we? (Hah, couldn’t resist!)
It’s that time of year again—gift guides season! I’m certainly not trying to rush past Thanksgiving, but have gotten feedback over the years that these gift guides have been helpful for y’all when shopping for your loved ones or making your own lists to pass onto Santa. As such, I wanted to start gift guides today so that y’all have a little bit of time to research gifts before the Black Friday sales. Online window shopping/adding things to my cart before the prices drops is always my strategy for a seamless holiday shopping experience.
A few weeks ago, my friend Kate came over for a wine night and I was asking her for feedback on my holiday gift guides. She told me that she likes to shop for the more expensive items on her list on Black Friday, and pick up all the smaller ($25-50) or hostess gifts later on the holiday season. So, I’m going to heed her advice and start today by sharing some things on my Christmas list + some things that I’d totally make sure are on yours because I use them almost every day!
If there are any particular gift guides you want to see this year, don’t hesitate to let me know! As always, I’m going to be offering all types of holiday content this season, so if gift guides aren’t your thing, there will still be something here for you. Read more “2018 Gift Guides: My Christmas List”
When I moved to DC, I decided not to bring my car with me because the parking in my building is $275/month and I pretty much Metro/Uber/walk everywhere anyway. When I lived in Arlington, one task I did use my car a lot for was returning things from online orders that didn’t work out. Now that I’m sans car, I’ve been mailing a lot of my returns back. Most of the time it’s free, it just takes a while for the refund to process and hit my credit card. So one Friday night a couple weeks ago, I decided to just hop on the Metro after work and ride out to Tysons Corner mall to do a bunch of returns so they’d hit my card before the statement closed.
(Isn’t adulthood fun?)
Back when I had my car, I typically did returns on a slow Sunday afternoon or after work during the week—it’s been a long time since I’ve hung out at a mall on a Friday night. And let me tell you, the mall is still ~the place to be on a Friday night if you’re in middle school. It brought back memories of when my friends and I would get dropped off at the mall and walk around aimlessly for hours—some things never change!
After I made my returns, I decided to shop around a little bit since I was already there. I popped into LOFT, and one of the first mannequins I saw was wearing this Plaid Flounce Sweatshirt and I knew it had to come home with me.
(As an aside, it’s no secret I’m a big fan of ordering clothes online, but I will say, it’s super nice to be able to take a few sizes and styles of an item in the dressing room and try them on to see what fits best—it’s a lot more streamlined than ordering two sizes, waiting a week for things to ship out to you, only to realize nothing you ordered fits and you need to return them. It really made me think about how I could save a lot of time in the long run if I made the effort to shop in-person more often.)