Right now, I should be on my way to Pennsylvania for a work trip to QVC but as Mother Nature would have it, I'm too sick to go. I've felt bad since Saturday but I thought it'd go away and I'd feel better. I felt better yesterday but today, when I got to work, I knew there was no way I'd be able to handle it.

I feel like it's just a cold but I have to go to the doctor to check it out.

That's not why I'm here... I'm here because for the 4th year in a row, I've forgotten the blog's anniversary.

It's not that the date is not important to me, because it is; it's not that I'm not good with dates, because I am. I don't have a reason... it just sneaks up on me every year.

5 years ago today I decided to start this little thing called Royally Pink.

I was home for the summer from my sophomore year of college and missing my sorority sisters and Iona desperately. I was working at a frozen yogurt shop, living at my aunt's house, and was kind of bored. I knew I had to start thinking of my future, of internships and jobs. It was the last summer that I truly had to myself knowing I still had some time.

Somehow, I stumbled onto Carly's blog, "The College Prepster" and was entralled with it. What was a blog? She posted every day? She got free stuff and took these gorgeous photographs? What was this world I had just stepped into?

I became addicted and read almost every post on her blog. She had just graduated college and was moving to New York to work at Levo League (a website I loved almost as much as I loved her blog).

I was a writer by nature and after obsessively reading TCP, I figured I'd be able to do this too. I had a lot to say on a lot of different topics and I knew people around me didn't care to hear, so why not tell people on the Internet?



Here is my first post, 5 years ago *yesterday* Even back then, I was blogging about beauty and was a shopping addict.

I've learned a lot since that post went live:
  • Numbers and statistics aren't everything
  • Be authentic; write as if you were speaking to your readers
  • If you need to speak a day or two to gather yourself, take that time. You're not being graded.
  • Have a good, clean layout that you enjoy looking at; if you want to change it, change it.
  • Write about things that are important to you, even if you think no one wants to read it.
I've written 1,114 posts on this blog over the past 5 years. I used to write 7 days a week, then brought it down to 5, but senior year of college I fell off the wagon a bit. I used to get really hard on myself about missing a day of blogs but I realized it's quality, not quanity, when it comes to posts. I'd rather produce one great post a week than stress and rush about throwing together posts that aren't great. 

The blogging arena has changed quite a bit too. There are more fulltime bloggers now more than ever and when I started this 5 years ago, I didn't think blogging was a job. I would love to blog full time and I think that would be my goal, but not right now.

I love having this outlet, I love sharing everything with all of you, and it's because of everyone who has ever clicked on my blog that I can blog for 5 years. I didn't think I could make it to a milestone like this but I'm really proud. 

Happy birthday, Royally Pink! 

xoxo
B
I can't believe May is over and it's basically, officially summer. I'm excited for summer (yes, seriously) and excited for it to be over because that means FALL. Will you ever get sick of me saying that? Probably!

This month was a whirlwind with many trips, lots of business at work, and a few personal milestones that I won't share. It was an exhausting month but now that the month is over, and after this week, everything will calm down.

I'm making plans for the summer and I can't wait to travel and get out there to see what's waiting for me!

I feel like I didn't have many favorites this month but here's what I did enjoy:





1. Louis Vuitton Cosmetic Pouch: I bought this little adorable baby on Tradesy and it's in perfect condition. I was very nervous to use it but I really started using it this month and I have fallen head over heels. It's so gorgeous and versatile, and the pink interior is so girly and chic. Of all the things I bought pre-loved Louis Vuitton, this is my favorite. I highly recommend purchasing it!



2. NARS Tinted Moisturzer: I did not need a new 'foundation' type product but I was really feeling NARS this month. They popped up at Ulta and I was on an Ulta spree this month. This tinted moisturzer is more like a foundation because it's thick and covers a lot (I can't just rub it in with my hands, I need to apply it with a beauty blender or brush) but I've never loved the way my skin looked more. It evens everything out, covers every imperfection, and leaves a radiant finish on the skin. It's the ultimate lazy girl product (you almost don't even need concealer with it) and I think everyone would love it.

3. Too Faced Hangover RX Primer: This is a primer I purchased years ago, loved, and never got again. I felt the need to have it in my aresnal and boy am I glad I repurchased. It's just as good as I remember because it feels so good on the skin and it doubles as a moisturzer. In the summer, I don't like putting too many layers on so I think this is a great summertime product because you can moisturzer and prime in one step!

4. Nature's Bounty Hair Skin & Nails Vitamins: I received this in a subscription box last month and finished the bottle. I've since went out and purchased a new, bigger bottle because I've never loved vitamins more. I always thought I never needed Biotin because my hair is thick and long, and my skin is decent; my nails always could use some help. Because I never thought I needed these vitamins, I never bothered to purchase them but since I had them, I used them. I noticed a huge difference in my nails and skin -- I don't know what it is, and I don't know if I could explain it, but to me, there is a difference. These vitamins are gummies and taste so good, I could eat the entire bottle in one sitting. Also, they are on the less expensive side (at least in my drugstore) so I highly recommend these, even if you don't think you need them!

What are your favorites of the month?
xoxo
B
Another week in the books and a long weekend is ahead of us! I'm off today and Monday so a nice, long four day weekend is just what I need. I'll be heading off to Pennsylvania next week for a few days on a work trip (what else) so blogging will be limited but for now, here we are!

I don't have much else to ramble on about, other than the weather was less than springy in New York this week but it was a-ok with me. I love a good rainy day!

I uploaded a new Youtube video this week and another one will be coming very soon!


I'm going to the HerConference in July (my 4th time going I think) and they announced some keynote speakers this week. UM Troian Bellisario is going to be a keynote speaker as well as Lisa Sugar. There are a few more speakers to be announced and this year they're going to have an Influencer Track so I'm excited to get a real blogging conference experience.

If you're in New York and have never been to #HerConference, I highly recommend it! You can see my past posts here:


I went in 2016 but didn't write a post about it!



Here's what I loved this week:


Here's what you missed on Royally Pink:
Enjoy the long weekend!
xoxo
B

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After I read "Woman in Cabin 10" a few months back (which I'm just realizing I don't think I did a review on) I knew I was going to have to read more by Ruth Ware. I knew that the first book was going to be 'In A Dark, Dark Wood'.



This book takes place in England (all the best thrillers do) and revolves around the hermit writer Leonora who gets invited to her old friend's Bachelorette party in the English countryside.

Below is the publisher's summary

"What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

Sometimes the only thing to fear…is yourself.

When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods."


I wasn't sure what this book was about and wasn't sure how it would turn out but it was really good. The book starts slowly at first, and I have to admit, I didn't really like any of the characters, but it kept me on the edge of my seat.

At first, you're not sure why Leonora and the rest of the group fell out of touch or why she's invited to this party but by the end, everything makes sense even it comes with a fatal outcome.

By the time the climax of the story hits, you don't even realize what's happening. So many secrets come out throughout the course of this weekend you don't know who is telling the truth or what is the truth. It's truly wild.

I wouldn't say this is was my favorite book ever but it was a decent read and worth it if you don't know what book to read next!

xoxo
B

Handbag reviews are probably going to be my favorite series on the blog because I love handbags more than anything in the world and I have a lot.

I went on a Henri Bendel kick a few months back and bought 3 handbags within a few weeks of each other (whoops -- that's what happens when you have a Henri Bendel credit card and they have awesome sales).

I felt like I needed a regular sized everyday handbag. All the bags I've been buying were either tote bags for work or mini handbags. There was nothing I really had in my collection anymore that could be a regular sized everyday bag.

I was buying my aunt a birthday gift (I got her this bag) and saw that the Stanton Top Handle Tote was on sale. I've seen this bag on Henri Bendel's Instagram before and saw that it looked like the Celine Belt Bag, which I adore. Why not just get the cheaper verison from a brand I already love?





The Stanton Top Handle Tote was on sale and I got it for a ridiculous price, and I decided to purchase it in black because believe it or not, I didn't have a black handbag.

I really like this bag -- it's a good size and fits everything you need, and I also really like how it only has one top handle. There's something very uniform and chic about one strap bags. It of course also comes with a shoulder strap which is super handy. The bottom has also four feet that are super handy for when you have to put your bag on the ground; the bottom won't get scratched up or dirty.






The bag is a decent weight, not too heavy or too light and the material is a nice grainy leather. There's one zipper pocket inside along with two smaller pockets which is also a plus. My favorite part is probably the back slip pocket on the outside of the bag because it's a perfect size for your phone and other things you may need in a pinch... which brings me to my next point.

The one con that I have to say about this bag is that the magnetic closure clasp does get a little annoying to keep going in and out of. You can't just leave it open and have easy access. Also, the flap doesn't stay open, you have to hold it up to get in and out of the bag.

Like I said, I like this bag and it's a decent size for everyday. It's just not as practical to get in and out of like a zipper only bag would be.

Do I recommend this bag? Yes definitely but to an extent. If you're not bothered by constantly lifting up a flap and are comfortable just keeping your phone and keys on the outside pocket (which I am). I think it's a sleek, beautiful, simple bag that is high quality, classic yet still trendy!

xoxo
B

Last week I went to a salon in Manhattan for a complimentary blowout and manicure. It's called MB45 and is located in Tribeca. Their whole shtick is that you get a blowout and manicure in 45 minutes; I posted an Instagram gallery all about it last week -- it's definitely worth it in my opinion!

I was not going to do a Manicure Monday post today because it's just been too much but I feel like it's my civic duty to tell you about this.

At MB45 they used the OPI Infinite Shine nail polish which is OPI's version of Essie Gel Couture -- a gel manicure without the LED light.

I've never used this nail polish before so I just assumed it would be like a regular polish; non LED light gel manicures never really last longer than regular polish on me. My nails are just too damaged for that.

Well, I'll be dammed!

It's been one week and there is minimal chipping on my nails. I've never been so impressed with a nail polish formula before.


It was a long week and I was very active with my hands so I'm really shocked that the polish held up well. I could probably last another half a week with this polish and I just might!

The color I got is gorgeous; it's called "From Here to Eternity" and it's the perfect summer pink; it's a hot pink with a touch of coral but not neon, so it's awesome for everyday.



Below is a photo of when I first got my nails done:



Here is a photo of my nails on Sunday, almost a week after the manicure:




I will be running out to purchase a color from this line along with the gel top coat!

Have you ever tried the OPI Infinite Shine? Let me know if your results were the same!

xoxo
B


Happy Friday! It was another long week at work and I'm very excited for the weekend, even though I will be headed to Pennsylvania for the day tomorrow for another work event. There are so many work things in the next few weeks, it's going to be a whirlwind.

In other news, summer is heating New York early because we're in the midst of a heat wave. I surely was not prepared for it but am sort of happy to see it finally warm up. I do like warm weather, to a point -- just keep the humidity away from me! It also means we're one step closer to fall! 

I can't focus on much more rambling because Grey's Anatomy is currently on and Shonda Rhimes is destroying my life; Therefore, here are my links for the week! 




Here's what you missed on Royally Pink this week:

Have a great weekend everyone!

xoxo
B
201I can't believe it's been 3 years to the day that I graudated college. It feels like just yesterday I was still at school, partying and sitting in classrooms, waiting the dreaded day when I would no longer be a student at Iona College.

I would be lying if I said it didn't still hurt and I'd be lying if I said that I didn't have anxiety and sadness running through my veins as I write this because I do. Graduating college is the breakup I will never get over; I will forever be the ex-girlfriend who refused to let go.

When I first graduated I went into a severe depression and I'm pretty sure I took it the worst out of all my friends. It wasn't until last year, 2 years in, that I felt ok with not going back to campus and I owe that to the fact that most of my friends were long gone as well, and I was comfortable with my life.

I had a job I loved, I was still hanging out with my friends, and was keeping myself busy. I no longer longed for the feeling of my old apartment or Friday nights at the bar; I was ok.

Today, I am ok but that doesn't mean I don't miss it.

I've visited my campus two times over the past few months to visit old friends and catch up with my sorority sisters and it was glorious. Whenever I drive passed my campus I'm overcome with tears but a true joy. My happiness hits a new level when I drive down North Avenue and I think that's how it will be forever.

When I walk down the street, it doesn't feel like a day has passed. It is so natural for me to be there and to be with my friends.




College made me who I am today; it gave me my friends and it taught me lots of lessons. I had so much fun and those memories will last me a lifetime. College truly was the greatest 4 years of my life, and I'm not being dramatic when I say I don't know if I will ever get that high back.

3 years later, I'm still at the same job I've been at for the past two years, I still talk to all of my friends and we still are creating new memories together. I'm still living at home which is ok with me; I'm not in a rush to move out to a small apartment with roommates when I can live comfortably at home with my mom and sister (who are basically like roommates because we're 3 adults with separate lives and my mom doesn't hound us like a typical mom)

3 years later, I'm coming into my own. I've had a lot of curveballs thrown at me and I'm learning to deal with them on an adult level. I'm not the same girl I was 3 years ago, but part of her will always live inside me because she holds the key to everything I've learned.

This is my Map Necklace, with the address of my college
My aunt who also went to Iona bought this for me for graduation 



I love my school, I love my friends, and I loved my life at Iona College. 3 years later, that has not changed and it never will, but I'm learning to let go a little bit because it's unhealthy to live in the past.

3 years is a long time but not really, because everything is still clear as day.

To all the seniors graduating this year, take it all in. Cherish every minute from now until you walk across the stage. Don't be scared because it will ok... eventually.

To all the rising college students, don't take anything for granted. Do everything you can do to create memories. Stay out till 5 AM if you have an 8 AM class because it won't really matter in a few years; have fun, take a shot, and be involved. Your time is limited at that place you call home and eventually, it will evaporate into thin air but with good people by your side, that home will always live in your heart.

xoxo
B

PS: Below is some articles/posts I've written about graduating and post-grad life. I highly recommend reading them if you're scared shitless!

I've suffered from dry scalp since I was young.. like 11 years old young. All of a sudden, my scalp started to itch and nothing helped. My scalp was flaking and I would have a white dusting on my shirt, which looked like dandruff. I thought that's what I had but the itching was unbearable.

Finally, I went to see a dermatologist and they told me I had psoriasis. Psoriasis is a skin condition which causes your skin cells to build up and that creates dry patches and scaly rashes. It made total sense and just until recently I discovered that psoriasis was not what I had.

Now, I don't think that doctor misdiagnosed me; I think after 13 years, the condition transformed into something else.

However, at the time I began treating my scalp for psoriasis; I used special shampoos, conditioners, styling products, creams; everything under the sun I used. These products would work for a handful of weeks or months but then they stopped and I'd have to move onto something else.

As of a few years ago I kind of just accepted that my head was going to be itchy and my scalp was going to remain in the state that it was in.

It wasn't until recently that I actually found some solutions to my issue and they were helping. My scalp wouldn't get itchy until it was time to wash my hair (I sometimes go 4-6 days without washing my hair because it's so thick, it never gets greasy).

A few months ago I did go to the dermatologist for a check up and told her about my scalp; she prescribed me some medicated shampoo and it helped immensely. She said that it wasn't psoriasis but rather just a build up (there is a medical term for it that I can't remember) and that the shampoo should help.

I've never loved a doctor more because I've been using the medicated shampoo for 2-3 months and my head has never felt better!

I do believe that there are cases of dry, flaky scalp that isn't as bad as mine and I think these products would work wonders for anyone suffering on a lesser level.



1. Alterna Caviar Exfoliating Scalp Facial: This product is a miracle worker. You use it before shampoo and you basically massage the product into your scalp with the little feet attached to the bottle. It removes all the dead skin from your scalp (you can actually feel this and it's gross) and cleanses your hair. I am obsessed with this and it's the one product that really worked and made a difference.



2. Drybar Double Standard Shampoo: When I saw that DryBar was coming out with it's 2-in-1 cleansing shampoo I bought a bottle the moment it was available. This is made for lifting and cleansing impurities and product build up from the scalp, leaving you with squeaky clean hair. This really helped, especially in conjuction with the Caviar Facial. My hair felt lighter, softer, and smoother with this shampoo and it left my scalp clean and fresh. It's a must-try!

3. Selsum Blue: This is a drugstore shampoo that is perfect for cleansing the scalp. Once my medicated shampoo runs out I'll start using this again. It's one of those old classics that never steer you wrong and I highly recommend starting with this shampoo to try and rid your scalp of that itch and dryness.

Another tip is to try using sulfate and paraben free hair products. The less chemicals, the better! I've been using them for years because I need to use them when I have a keratin and there really is no difference. Most products are sulfate and paraben free these days!

When all else fails, go to your dermatologist and get that itch figured out! You'll be much more comfortable and happier with a healthy scalp :)

xoxo
B
I've dove deep into the summer nail colors and this week I needed a break. I've been experimenting with bright blues and hot pinks and just wanted something more subdued, but still with a touch of spring and summer.

Bring in, OPI's new 'California Dreaming' Collection...

I purchased this peachy shade, 'Barking Up the Wrong Sequoia' and have been obsessed with it since I received it. This is, however, the first chance I'm getting to wear it.



In recent months I've really taken a step far from Essie and started experimenting with more OPI formulas and I have to say, I really have been sleeping on this brand. I love OPI polishes and they're more consistent than my beloved Essie.

When it comes to Essie, the formulas vary from shade to shade but OPI, all the colors I have are pretty much the same which is great because you know exactly what you're getting. I can appreciate that.

This gorgeous peach shade applies smoothly, evenly, and two coats will do it justice. I use my typical base and top coat with it, which you can shop below. The other colors from the California Dreaming Collection aren't up my alley but they do scream summer!
I'm back!

I didn't think the newsletter weekly wrap up would be so short but I think I put too much faith in myself. I'm not ready for to take a series that I love (because I do love these posts) and put it solely in an email. I also don't know if I have 5 days of true, original content, and I'm confident enough to admit that to you all.

So we are back to regularly scheduled programming here on Royally Pink and I'm excited about it.

I like telling you all about my week and sharing my favorite links; it's just a little more personal. I do think that I will do something else on the newsletter -- something having to do with shopping, obviously. But stay tuned!

This week was really difficult for me; work was stressful, I was dealing with some personal stuff, I started a new anxiety medication so my body is all out of wack, and I got some blood work back. My doctor discovered I have arthritis which at 24 years old, is not good.

I've always known that there was something wrong with my hands and wrists, ever since I was 16 years old and starting spending a lot of time on the internet and a lot of time writing. Well, it was confirmed that I have arthritis and I need to get it treated.

I already was in a lot of pain this week and it got worse as the week went on; also knowing that I have something wrong with me, something that is not common in 24-year-olds, was kind of jarring.

I'm such a happy blogger, aren't I? But this is real and I have issues so why not share them. What's the point of having an outlet if I can't use it?

Anyways...



There was so much going on on the internet this week, here are my favorites!



Here's what you missed on Royally Pink this week:

Have a great weekend everyone!
xoxo
B

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I received the Epi Slim in exchange for an honest review

About a month ago I was watching QVC for work and everything was on Ez-Pay, which means you can make payments monthly until the balance is finished. I was on the website and came across the Emoji Micro Pedi. It's an electronic callus remover and after watching countless video tutorials of it, I realized I needed it.

I instantly became obsessed because it worked so well. It made my feet baby soft and didn't hurt even a pinch. This is kind of gross but my feet have always been a problem area. I have weird toes and my feet always feel like I was running barefoot through rocks. The Micro Pedi totally changed that and my feet felt like they just went to the spa.

Once your feet are baby soft, you don't need to remove as much, as often. I did a bit before I went away to Florida and some when I came back but otherwise, my feet have been baby soft.




Before this, I was contemplating using a Baby Foot foot mask that makes your feet peel to remove all the dead skin. It's been reviewed countless times in the beauty industry and sounds equal parts incredible and gross; this option is much better!

After about a week or so of using the product (and not posting about it at all), I received an email asking if I wanted to test out Emoji products, one being the Micro Pedi but since I already had one, I opted for the Epi Silm.

The Epi Slim is an epilator, which acts like a huge tweezer to remove body hair. The Epi Slim is specially made for smaller areas of your body like your chin, mustache, underarm, and bikini line. It can also be used for touch-ups on the arms and legs (which is how I've been using it)



The technology works the same as tweezer, that it removes the hair from the root which takes longer to grow back.

The Epi Silm is battery operated so it does move quite fast and I'd be lying if I said I was very hesitant to use it. Just the sound of it scared the crap out of me when I first turned it on, and I was terrified to touch the fast moving head to my skin.

The first few times I attempted it my fear got the best of me and I chickened out after only a few seconds. It felt too pinchy on my skin and I was ready to write it off....

BUT

I can now say I've fallen in love with it and there is a trick to using it.

1. Hold your skin very taut 
2. Move the Epi Silm in the direction that hair grows
3. Just go for it

The third step may confuse you but hear me out...

I used Nair on my arms before Easter and the hair was just starting to grow back before I went to Florida. I decided to try it out on a few patches of hair that were a thicker and more prominent than others and since it was on my arm, I figured the pinching wouldn't be as bad.

Well, I was right but also wrong.

When I was testing it out the first time, I kept stopping at the first sign of pain but when I truly tested it out I realized that those first few pinches were nothing and after 3 seconds, you hardly feel it and it's virtually painless (I have a very, very low tolerance of pain so this is a big deal). This doesn't hurt more than getting your eyebrows tweezed and since it's so fast moving, and you're in control, it's easier and LESS painful than a regular tweezer.

Mind you, the hair was removed in seconds and there was no flinching or teary eyes involved.

I highly recommend buying this to keep in your collection (as well as the Micro Pedi). It won't break the bank and it's perfect for touch-ups on the go. Whenever you see a bit of hair popping up, just epilate it away.

Emoji also has a larger epilator for larger areas on your body! Throw that razor away, you don't need it anymore.

xoxo
B


I feel like I should've gotten past my Kate Spade obsession by now but this phase has lasted for quite a long time.

I've always gone through phases over obsessing about something but this Kate Spade phase is nowhere near over. I think this is a long-term love affair and I'm quite ok with that.

I spend a majority of my time on the Kate Spade website, browsing the new sale items and adding to my wishlist. I always find something that I'm lusting after.

That's what inspired me to write this post... that, and the fact that Coach just purchased them for $2.4 billion.




Kate Spade is pretty good at releasing new products and I feel like it's more than once a season that we get a new collection. A few months ago it was their Moroccan inspired collection with colorful prints, camels, and fringe everywhere... now they just released their floral inspired collection with bright greens, pinks, and blues. I personally really love this collection and really want to buy this bag because it's a nice little crossbody.



They also just released their convertible bags; they've taken their convertible straps, stickers and bag charms to the next level and you can swap out covers for two different bags, the Byrdie and Candance Satchel.

There are so many different covers for each bag, giving them totally different looks. One of these is on my list but I may wait until my birthday to ask for it.

Below are some of my latest wants from Kate Spade!




xoxo
B
Hello there! I'm back in New York after a long winded week in Florida. I was there for a special Ulta Beauty conference but it was an extended trip because we had an event at a local Orlando Ulta on Friday May 5th, otherwise I would've been home Wednesday night.

I do really like traveling and I'm happy to have a job that allows me to do that. Yes, the only places I really have been are to QVC in Pennsylvania and Florida, it's still a great experience. I've never flown alone before starting my job and it's definitely something that made me anxious the first time. Now I feel like an old pro and I throughly enjoy traveling alone. There's no one holding you up in the airport and you can go at your own pace, plus it's nice to just have some quiet alone time. I also feel super fancy walking through the airport alone, like I'm important enough to be by myself (does that make sense)




Anyways, it was a great trip with lots of laughs and lots of business. I got there Tuesday afternoon and jumped right into some work, with Wednesday being the day of the conference. Friday was another day filled with work but Thursday was my favorite because we got to go to Disneyworld.

I was really exhausted after my flight on Tuesday (it took off at 8 AM) and I don't think that I ever recovered. I was really tired the entire trip and as I write this on Sunday, I still don't feel completely back together. I'm very sensitive to everything from travel to the weather so anything will disrupt my routine/being. It was very taxing on me to be so tired for the entire trip but I took some naps and powered through.

We stayed at the Wyndam Orlando Resort and it was really nice. The hotel wasn't too crowded and I really liked that there was a bunch of hotel buildings instead of just one. It felt very tropical. I didn't sit by the pool at all but it was a nice pool. The food was also delicious even though I only ate at this hotel twice.




The weather in Florida was spectactular. It wasn't too hot or humid, even at Disney -- I was so pleased with this.

The trip in general was great, my flights were good for the most part (I got way motion sickness on both and both flights were delayed)

I got my makeup down by one of our artists @ the conference
Now, let's talk about Disney. I haven't been to Disneyworld since I was 14 years old so 10 years later, I was so excited! I got my Disney backpack from Danielle Nicole Handbags at Macy's and it was the perfect little bag to bring to an amusement park, and the fact that it's so festive is just a plus! It was comfortable on my back the entire time and fit so much... it's very deceiving in size!



The day was perfect; sunny with some clouds but not too hot or humid. We only went to the Magic Kindgom but in my mind, that's all you need if you want to experience Disney.










We went on a handful of rides: Space Mountain, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Speedway, Winnie the Pooh, the Tea Cups, and the Runaway Train. I really wanted to go on Peter Pan's Flight because it's my favorite but there just wasn't enough time in the day. We finished dinner at Tony's (the Lady and the Tramp inspired restuarant) we were going to go on It's a Small World, the Haunted Mansion, and Peter Pan's Flight but we wanted to shop and see the fireworks show, and there just wasn't enough time.

I was so tired at this point I didn't even care.

We got some Disney treats like Mickey Mouse icecream, ate lunch in Tomorrowland, and shopped down Main Street. I got a Cinderella ring, Mickey Mouse Birthstone studs, a Neverland shot glass, a Chip (Beauty & The Beast) mug, and a magnet. I went a little crazy but I was feeling the Disney magic.

Like I said, I haven't been to Disney in so long and going as an adult is something I highly recommend. Go without kids, go with a small group... I now understand why people go on Bachelorlette parties and Honeymoons -- it's so incredibly magical to be in Disney. You transform into a child with child like wonder and it made me so happy. I honestly cannot remember the last time I felt so light, worry free, and happy.

I've always been a Disney kid and I'm currently watching Aladdin; I love the message of all the Disney films and just the wonder that it brings to my life. It reminds me of a simple time when you had nothing to worry about and you were a child with not a care in the world. Being in Disney was so great and I could cry thinking about it.





I actually did cry at Disney; when I turned down mainstreet and saw Cinderella's castle, and during the fireworks show. The show is called "Wishes" and is based around all the 'wishes' made in Disney movies. At one point during the  show a voiceover of all the time wishes are mentioned in Disney movies such as "Genie, I wish for your freedom!", "I wish I could never grow up!" "I wish I was a real boy" and hearing that just sent me over the edge. I have never been so impressed with a firework show.

This is also going to be replaced with a new show on May 12th called "Happily Ever After" which I'll be excited to see next time I go... which I will be going; I want to go every single year!

So that is my little recap -- I hope it wasn't too boring or long but I just wanted to share the trip with you all!

xoxo
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I am by no means a traveling expert because I haven't been a ton of places. But, recently, I've been traveling more for work; whether it's a weekend trip or a longer period of time, I can pack accordingly. *I did this post back at the beginning of 2016 on how I pack for a weekend work trip

As you read this, I'm in Florida for my annual work trip for an Ulta Conference and I spent the weekend packing my life away. I'll be gone 4 nights & 5 days so I brought more stuff than usual and checked a suitcase.

I have a lot of new travel accessories that made packing a lot easier and I wanted to share how I packed this time around.

What I used:




So, I start by rolling my clothes* and putting them on the bottom of my suitcase. The Target suitcase is super roomy, very lightweight, and comes with multiple compartments to help pack efficiently. It even came with a little extra bag that I assume would be used for laundry but I used it to put two pairs of shoes in.

*Rolling your clothes is best to maximize space and it works out really well for me.

After all my clothes are laid out, I stack on top. I'm not that concerned with my clothes being wrinkled, I can't remember the last time I ironed my clothes.

In the Lilly Pulitzer bags, I put my underwear, socks, and bras so that goes on top. I also had a pair of new, unworn shoes that I stuck in a corner.





I added two extra bags that I wanted to bring with me, my Gigi New York Clutch & my Mila mini backpack from Danielle Nicole.  If you really wanted too, you could pack things inside these bags to free up some extra space.

In one of the slip pockets on the side of the suitcase, I put two delicate, fancy shirts that I may not want to touch anything else.

I added my skincare bag on top of everything and will add my makeup brushes and jewelry case.





My carry on is going to be my Louis Vuitton Keepall 45; in there I'll keep a pair of flip-flops, possibly my makeup bag, a book, laptop, iPad, chargers, hat, sunglasses, etc. Anything I may need the moment I get off the plane, when I'm waiting in the airport, or on the plane will go in there. If you don't have anything over the liquid limit according to skincare, this would also be a good place to keep it.

In addition to the carry on, I'll bring my NEW Kate Spade bag as a handbag where I'll keep headphones, my cell phone, wallet, etc.




A few tips to stay organized: 
  • Make a list of what you know you'll need to pack
  • Write out what you will be doing each day you're away so you know what kind of outfit to bring
  • Enlist the help of travel accessories to pack things in; don't just throw jewelry, socks, underwear, chargers, etc into a bag.

I know that this was kind of straight forward but these are my favorite posts to read, almost like 'whats in my bag' so I figured I'd share! Plus, I wanted to offer some tips for organization as I'm an organization freak.

I highly recommend checking out the Design Love Fest collab with Target because she has a ton of great travel accessories. Also, I know I shared a lot of Henri Bendel but they are the best in terms of travel accessories in my opinion, and I have a few more that are on my list. They're a bit pricier but sign up for their emails to be notified of sales *they are ALWAYS having sales, especially on their travel stuff!*

I hope this helped in some way! Happy travels!

xoxo
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