My Travel Packing Guide

I love to travel, but when it comes to packing, I dread every inch of it. Trying to pack and organize my entire life into small bags is definitely a challenge for me. However, over time, I figured out the best ways to bring your must haves in an organized and “light” way.

~Toiletries and Makeup~

Let’s start with toiletries! They are the oh-so dreaded part of packing for me. I have so many lotions and potions that I can’t live without. For me, I try to pack very few products in my checked bag in case the airline loses my suitcase along the way. For starters, I always write down a list of what I use. I categorize it into my morning routine, shower, night routine, and products that I will use on the plane. After, I go through my products and decide what I need and what I can live without. I even check to see if they are sold in smaller sizes. If they aren’t, I’ll pick up travel size containers to fill. For any beginners, liquids, gels, creams, and aerosols that will be brought on the plane need to be under 3.4 ounces and carried in a one quart-sized bag. This may sound intimidating, but trust me, you can do it. Coming from someone who has SO MANY products, it is possible. I always over stuff and that is totally acceptable. However, one way to reduce the amount of liquids is by switching up products. For example, I always use the Batiste dry shampoo in the aerosol can. Instead, I checked my local Ulta and found that they sell a small container of dry shampoo powder. This takes away one less item to put in that baggy and ensures you will have it with you at all times.

With my makeup, I also try to cut down on the liquid foundations and bb creams. Changing to a powder foundation or stick product makes it easy to slip into a separate makeup bag and not have to shove it into the little plastic baggy. Also, consider using 2-in-1 products, like a cheek stick that doubles as a lipstick or eye product. There are always ways to get around the rules and switching formulas is an easy and efficient way to do so!

Airplane skincare is super important. The air when flying is extremely dry and harsh on the skin. Depending on how long the flight is will depend on what you will use and need. I recommend packing a few sheet masks to use while flying and a micellar water to cleanse. Any other moisturizers and/or serums should already be packed in your bag and good to go!

~Clothing and Accessories~

Now that we conquered all the beauty products and essentials, now it is time for packing clothing. The best way to save space and organize your suitcase is by using suitcase organizers. They are either cloth packs that come in different sizes or plastic seal tight bags. They keep clothing separate and clean.

Always pack your shoes at the bottom. If you are bringing a sun hat, pack it upside down and stuff it with underwear, socks, or swimsuits to optimize space. If it helps, keep polaroids of outfits in the suitcase for instant and easy ideas. Bring a separate bag for dirty laundry, so they do not touch clean clothes. If you forget, check your hotel room for a plastic laundry bag to use instead.

Keep in mind the kind of jewelry you will be bringing. I always recommend bringing inexpensive pieces in a compact jewelry case. I recently purchased one in Target and it has perfect compartments for earrings, necklaces, etc.

~Carry-On~

Now that we have the main two packing tips out of the way, let’s talk about your carry-on items. You are allowed one carry-on that will fit in the overhead compartment and a personal item, which will slide under the seat in front of you. I always bring a small duffle and a purse. In the carry-on, it is important to pack a few items. In case your checked bag is lost, your carry-on should have underwear, socks, pj’s, a bathing suit, and an outfit or two. It’s more of a safety precaution, but can also include a change of clothes depending on how long your flight is. If your carry-on is your only suitcase, then it will contain all your clothing.  In my purse, I’ll have a few entertainment items, my phone, headphones, a phone charger, books, snacks, water, my baggy of liquids that I’m bringing on the plane, and pills. It is extremely important that you always carry-on your medication, whether it’s Advil or allergy medicine.

~Entertainment~

This is the fun part! I obviously always bring my phone and have music on it, but lately I have been reading some great books and downloading a few podcasts. They make the time fly by!

~~~Books~~~

In a Dark, Dark Wood By: Ruth Ware
The Woman In Cabin 10 By: Ruth Ware

Here We Lie By: Paula Treick DeBoard

~~~Podcasts~~~

A Killing on the Cape

Up and Vanished

Unconcluded

In The Dark

Serial

I clearly love true crime podcasts and books in the thriller/mystery genre. If it is not your cup of tea, I recommend checking out iTunes for all the top podcasts and Amazon for the latest book releases and best sellers.

~Relax~

I understand that all of these tips and things to remember can be stressful. At the end of the day, it is important to remember to relax. I love to travel, but I hate the process of packing and actually being on the airplane. I can never get comfortable or sleep and always feel so antsy. For me, bringing skincare items and face masks are ways for me to create a “routine” (which I find comfort in) and do something that I love and that is relaxing to me. I also purchase ear plugs to block out the noise and adjust my ears to the pressure in the air. Anxiety is never fun when traveling, but is completely normal. The key is to find things that will relax you and help you get to your destination. These tips above are aimed to get you feeling organized and to take one less stress away. But reflect and think about what will make you most comfortable if you get travel anxiety. Whether it is writing, drawing, coloring, or watching your favorite movie, the little things is what will make you feel comfortable and have the trip running smoothly. Always engage in self-care and listen to yourself and what will make you feel best.

Happy Summer Travels

-XO Courtney

 

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Holiday Makeup Tutorial

The holidays are fast approaching! If you are in need of makeup inspiration for any holiday celebration, make sure to click and watch my latest video below! All products are also linked below it! More holiday inspired posts coming soon! Stay tuned!

Face-
Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
Tarte Creaseless Concealer
Maybelline Loose Powder in Fair
Makeup Forever HD Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Too Faced Sweetheart Blush
Becca Champagne Pop Highlighter

Eyes-
Too Faced Peaches Palette
Anastasia of Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette
Tartelette Palette
L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara
Ardell Lash Trio
L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara

Lips-
MAC Whirl Lipliner
Marc Jacobs Lip Gloss Sugar Sugar

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The Perfect Christmas PJ’s At Nordstrom

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The holidays are almost here! Whether it’s a gift or for yourself, holiday pajamas are key for this season! Finding the perfect set can be hard, but I’ve found that Nordstrom has the best selection of pj’s for your holiday and Christmas morning!

Make + Model Deck The Halls Pajamas

PJ Salvage Polar Fleece Shorts

Betsey Johnson Plush Sweater

Wildfox Baggy Beach Jumper-Winter Wonderland Pullover

PJ Salvage Print Flannel Pajamas

Ugg Raven Plaid Cotton Pajamas

Cozy Zoe Critter One-Piece Pajamas

Nordstrom Lingerie Sleepyhead Thermal Nightshirt

Linked above are some of my faves! Happy shopping!

-XOXO Courtney

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The Turtleneck and Moto Leggings That Will Save Your Cold Day

When the weekend hit with a 29 degree temperature and a wind that was cold enough to cut through your skin, I knew it was about time to break out my trusty turtleneck collection. But on a day spent holiday shopping and bracing the cold, I knew I also needed a trusty pair of leggings to ease my flexibility.

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My turtleneck is from Primark, which for all my fellow Massachusetts folks, are located in Boston and the Burlington Mall. My leggings are a worn black pair of moto leggings from Nordstrom with ribbed detail-in the thigh and calf. Shoes are from Steve Madden and are my favorite (and the comfiest).

On a day like today, this was a perfect outfit. It was easy and a great way to layer a scarf, heavy jacket, even another sweater, while trying to welcome the cold with open arms!

-XOXO Courtney

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Gift Guide For Him

Cotton and Cashmere V-Neck Sweater

Men’s Christmas Sweaters

Flannel Patterned Sleep Pant

DJI – Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter – White 

North Face Bones Beanie

Kiehl’s ‘Jeremyville – Healthy Skin For Him’ Collection ($45 Value)

Dior Sauvage Set

Ugg ‘Leighton’ Chukka Boot 

Apple Watch Series 1 38mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band

Cigars International Diesel Sampler 6-Pack Gift Set

Men’s gift guide is finally here! Linked are all of the items, which are on sale now through this weekend for Black Friday. There may be additional sales because of Cyber Monday, so feel free to check multiple vendors like Amazon or Target.

Men can be hard to shop for, but the items above are a perfect mix for that certain man in your life! Enjoy and happy shopping!

-XOXO Courtney

 

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Product of the Moment | Sephora Sheet Masks

I have officially found my favorite face masks, and they are the Sephora Sheet Masks. I am so incredibly behind on the obsession, but my love for these are real.

I was actually very nervous to try these the first time around because I am always fearful that new products will break me out. My skin is on the sensitive side at times, and I didn’t feel like having to deal with the consequences if things didn’t go as planned. However, I took the plunge and boy, was I glad I did.

The first mask I tried was the pearl eye mask. I had been running off of a busy twelve hour day with makeup that was slowly melting off of my face. I hopped in the shower, cleansed, toned, and placed these babies underneath my eyes and was ready for the magic to happen. I left them on for the required amount of time, and when I went to remove them, my under eyes felt so hydrated and refreshed. I patted in the rest of the liquid heaven under my eyes and went to sleep to wake up to diminished dryness and puffiness.

I decided to try the orchid face mask a few days later and was equally pleased. Even though I looked like a character out of the film Halloween, I was in love with the outcome. The next day my skin was no longer dry or peeling, and it felt softer than before.

These masks range from $5-$6 and are an affordable way to enjoy the luxury of a sheet mask.

Sephora Sheet Masks

Definitely try these masks out! They can be found at all Sephora retailers in store and online. They are the perfect gift and stocking stuffer for this holiday!

-XOXO Courtney Kaner

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Fall and Halloween Decor

Fall is here, and Halloween is around the corner! Regardless, it is the season of warm pumpkin scents, candles, candy corn, and cozy blankets. It can be hard decorating practically, especially on a budget. The key is to pick items that are reusable every year, interchangeable, and can be used all year round! Below is my latest video one how I decorated my apartment for the season, along with a few inspiration pictures from my Pinterest board !

Most of my vases and bedroom decor is maintained throughout the whole year, along with candles, but I tend to remove the pumpkin decorations and keep them for the next year! My decor is from Homegoods, Marshalls, TJ Max, Michael’s, and Target.

These are my inspirations for my future home! I love how non-traditional the pieces are, using white pumpkins instead of orange, giving a rustic vibe to your home. Candles are an essential with the colder months on their way. If you have a porch or front deck, I recommend having fun and adding barrels of hay, pumpkins, and fall wreaths to the mix.

That is my dream!

XOXO Courtney Kaner

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Fave Beauty Trends From NYFW S/S 2017

With New York Fashion Week here, beauty trends are on the rise with each designer that shows on the runway! Below are a few of my favorites thus far.

Carmen Marc Valvo

Marissa Webb

Desigual

Tommy Hilfiger

Nicole Miller

Carolina Herrera

Misha

Smokey eyes and lots of dewy highlight seems to be the main focus for this season’s S/S 2017 runway!

For more New York Fashion Week updates, stay tuned!

-XOXO Courtney

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Marble Aesthetic

Marble Aesthetic

Marble seems to be everywhere lately. It is no longer what you see in your parent’s bathroom or the counter of an upscale kitchen. The marble aesthetic is a huge trend for accessories, home decor, and even clothing!

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Most of these items can be found in stores, such as Marshalls, Homegoods, Target, Urban Outfitters, Amazon and more! Classic pieces like these can spruce up any bedroom, dorm, outfit, even computer!

My notebook above is from Homegoods, my computer case is from Amazon, and phone case is from Amazon.

-XOXO Courtney

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Back To School, Back To The Backpack

Back to school is here! And although I am bittersweet and anxious about the new academic year to start, it is time to face reality and plan this year’s series of fashionable weeks!

Since fall doesn’t officially arrive until the end of September, we will still be forced to wear cooler clothes for the classroom heat. But that’s not a problem! We can still look back to school ready, while keeping up with the summer weather.

For the first day and first few weeks, a simple striped tee and shorts are a must. You can spruce it up with your favorite adidas, converse, hair and new backpack. My small black bag is perfect for any necessary school items. The long straps allow for shoulder comfort and the distressed material adds a vintage style! I got mine at Marshalls, but there are similar ones here and here.

Whatever your back to school look may be, have an excellent beginning of the year!

-XOXO Courtney

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