Who doesn’t get excited about free beauty gifts?! I love luxury GWP (Gift With Purchase). Not only is it a great way to try out new products, but they’re the perfect size for travel. I’m constantly buying new beauty products, and I shop around at a lot of different stores. Over the years I’ve taken notes on who has the best swag bags. It’s important to know which stores to spend your hard earned money at, but also to know when. Many of these retailers have multiple GWPs through out the year, but the really good GWPs are specific times of the year.
I never knew I needed a hair mist in my life until now. I was browsing in my local Diptyque boutique, and their limited edition Eau Rose collection caught my eye with its beautiful packaging- my biggest weakness. Coming straight from Korean BBQ -yum- I thought my hair could use some refreshing. I saw the Eau Rose Hair Mist and sprayed my long, thick hair, which loves to trap evidence of all my meals. The Korean BBQ smell was gone, and instead my hair smelled of fresh, vibrant roses. I was hooked.
What is a hair mist anyways?
It’s basically perfume for your hair,
I just got back from LA and with the wildly varying weather I had from day to day (or hour to hour), I had to get creative with my outfits. Although it would be shorts weather during the day, by the evening it was cold enough that it was just awkward to be wearing sandals.
My Stance Juicy crew socks to the rescue! They were a perfect way to add some warmth and style. I mean what’s more stylish than rockin’ Biggie on my socks? I paired them with my clear Yeezy mules (similar here & here) so my socks showed in it’s full glory.
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I always travel light. My hack for packing jewelry securely for travel is using pill boxes.
Why Pill Boxes?
Many travel jewelry cases are soft fabric. While they are gentle on your delicate jewelry, I don’t find them to be as secure when I smush them into my carry on. I think hard cases and ensuring that nothing touches each piece of jewelry, is what’s important. By using a pill box, each jewelry has it’s own space.
🗝 Tip: For extra delicate pieces, wrap in silk or tissue before placing in the pillbox.
Skincare has forever been an obsession of mine. I had acne and excessively oily skin when I was very young and started learning everything I could about products, procedures, medications and diets for healthy skin. My skin has evolved over the past 20+ years and my quest for knowledge now includes dealing with wrinkles, sensitivity and in some areas, dry skin. Because of my large pores and some residual acne scarring (I just can’t catch a break!), my current skincare routine focuses on cell turnover and getting glowy skin to diffuse attention away from my flaws.
My skincare routine constantly evolves as I try new products and replace current products with more effective ones.
You’ll never guess where I had the best food in Reykjavik, Iceland. Maybe some of the best food ever. And, for being one of the most expensive countries in the world, it was actually very cheap.
Reykjavik has some fantastic food carts! One hot dog cart in particular was rated Top 5 Best Street Food Stands in Europe by The Guardian. I highly recommend you check out this article from Iceland Magazine. In fact, print it out and bring it with you. It’s basically a directory of all Reykjavik food carts with descriptions, addresses and business hours.
Reykjavik Food Prices
To give you an idea of the cost of dining out in Iceland,
I just got back from a 2 day bachelorette trip in Iceland. Why Iceland? Because if you follow flight deals like me, Wow Air and Iceland Air are always having crazy cheap flight deals to Reykjavik. It was cheaper to fly to Iceland than Napa. So, the real question is, why not? With a group of 11 girls, naturally our first stop was the Blue Lagoon, but as you’ll read below, it should be everyone’s first stop…
Getting To The Blue Lagoon
When figuring out logistics for my Iceland trip, time was a factor because I was only there for 48 hours,