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Labor Day Travel: 7 Items to Toss into Your Suitcase

Last Minute Travel

If you’re like me, you’re always throwing things into your suitcase at the last minute, making your bag almost impossible to zip up. I know I should be telling you how to pack smarter, but there are always going to be times when you can’t help but cram every little thing into your suitcase. I’ve come up with 7 items that you should definitely toss into your suitcase for your Labor Day travels. Sorry for being a bad influence. :/

The mini instant film cameras are so cute! Come home from your travels with memories that you can pin up in your office or put on your refrigerator. This minimergency kit from Sephora packs so many things into its pouch that may come in handy: safety pins, earring backs, stain remover, and more. A wristlet won’t take up much room in your suitcase and is perfect for a night out or for throwing into your beach bag. No matter if you’re going to a hot or cold climate, a scarf is always good have. You can never predict if your flight is going to be freezing, and there is nothing worse than being cold on a plane. I like to put on Pandora while I’m getting ready or hanging out and these portable speakers make the sound a lot better. I have found myself not packing any perfume lately, especially if I carry on, because all of my bottles are too big. You can pick up a travel size perfume bottle so it won’t take up much room and you won’t be smelly while you’re traveling. For bad hair days, hikes, or tours a baseball hat is perfect.

Have a great holiday weekend and happy packing!

What items do you tend to throw in at the last minute?


mini polaroid camera // minimergency kit // scarf // wristlet // portable speakers // travel size perfume // baseball hat


Celebrations in Santa Barbara

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Beautiful view outside of where we stayed

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Spotted an artsy bike on our walk to Stearns Wharf where we sipped on wine at Deep Sea Winery – one of the wineries on the Urban Wine Trail

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Birthday dinner at Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch!

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Amazing trees all over Santa Barbara

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Unique ones too


Cute little area where we ate dinner on the 4th


Brandy Alejandro at Cielito Restaurant

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Me and my twin sister before our wine tour (yes, I’m a twin!)


Gorgeous tunnel at Sunstone Winery


Spent way too much money on wine at the Dragonette Cellars (so good!)

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Rows of grapevines where we stopped for lunch

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Tasted some grapes

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My sister with our awesome tour guide, Scott from Sustainable Wine Vine Tours (seriously, look no further than this place for wine tours in Santa Barbara)

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Loved the views (and wine) at Grassini Family Vinyards

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Tasted wine outside by the lake at Grassini

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Struck a pose in my Free People dress and Madewell bag

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Happy after a day of wine tasting

Activities not pictured:

This was such a fun trip! Santa Barbara was the perfect destination to celebrate my (our) birthday and America’s birthday.

A Merry Colorado Vacation


Packing…decisions, decisions


Traveling in my J. Crew Plaid Scarf  and Patagonia Retro-X Vest


My mad face when my husband takes me down blacks


Coolest old fashion drink glasses at my in-law’s Christmas Party


I think I know what these two need for Christmas…


My favorite view [Beaver Creek]


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Lunch at Moe’s Original BBQ in Vail


It’s never too cold for some gelato


View from lunch at The 10th in Vail


All old – similar > Sweater, Shirt, Jeans, Boots


Snow Day Selfie


Powder Skiing


Last hill of the trip


Festive lights


In mourning that vacation is over – wearing Frye Boots, J Brand Leggings, Slouchy Beanie (old-similar), Fringe Cardigan (old-similar, similar)

Other Restaurant Recommendations in Vail/Beaver Creek: Mountain Standard, Zino’s, Sato Sushi, Sweet Basil

A Little Place Called ASPEN

Colorado is one of my most favorite places to visit because it is such an easy place to disconnect from hectic city life. There is something about being surrounded by mountains and evergreen trees that is very serene and relaxing.  Not only is it a great place to unwind, but it is a very active place with a ton of adventure. During the summer time there is hiking, mountain biking, rafting, fishing, golfing and during the winter time there is skiing, snow shoeing, ice skating, snow tubing and more.

I’m currently in Colorado on vacation and have hit the slopes every day so far! I learned how to ski when I was five years old. There would be blizzard conditions and icicles hanging from my chin and I would still have a smile plastered on my face. I just love it so much.


{My family in the neon onesies back in the day.}

When I think of Colorado in regards to fashion, I think of southwestern, aztec, and tribal. You know, like Harry’s style from Dumb and Dumber during his visit to “a little place called ASPEN.”

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Shop my southwestern/aztec/tribal finds:


FREE PEOPLE Dress >< NORDSTROM Shirt >< TOMS Wedge >< URBAN OUTFITTERS Sweater >< PIPERLIME Cropped Jacket >< CUSP Denim Jacket >< PIPERLIME Necklace >< URBAN OUTFITTERS Boot

Happy Halloween! {New Orleans Style}

When art, jazz music and unique architecture are mixed with skeletons, bloody ghosts and zombies, you know it’s going to be a good time. Downtown New Orleans is magical on its own, but experiencing the city the weekend before Halloween is one of a kind. Check out some of the pictures I took during my visit!

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Happy Halloween!