Trip Planning Obsession 2 Packing

First tip make sure something about your suitcase stands out.. travel with colorful luggage or put ribbons and crazy tags all over just so no one will mistakenly take your bag from the overhead bin and carousel.. believe me an airline employee it does certainly happen a little too much.  Imagine how many black bags are out there or how many a like there are on one flight.. you are not the only one who thought that that black hard-case suitcase looked good on the sale you got it from.. sold at the store that is across the nation!

When it comes to packing I am amazing.. when going on the trip.. however coming home not so elegant.  In today’s post you will find the checklist I use for wardrobe and others..  Time to tackle the closet which is small so you would think easier but not quite! (as you can see my deprived in space closet above)

This list is for the fake itinerary we made in the last post.. and UBS stands for Underwear, Bra, and Socks!

What To Pack Checklist

Wardrobe

  • Day 1 Fly/Drive
      • Leggings
      • Nice Top
      • Boots
      • UBS
  • Night 1 Dinner
      • Skirt
      • Top
      • Sweater
      • Flats
      • Tights
      • UBS
  • Day 2 Chillin
      • Lined Sweater
      • White Tee
      • Boots
      • Pink Jewelry/Makeup
      • UBS
  • Day 3 Vancouver
      • Leggings
      • Tee
      • Tennis Shoes
      • UBS
      • Hoodie
  • Night 3 Dinner in Vancouver
      • Dress
      • Tights
      • Flats/Boots
      • Sweater/Jacket
      • UBS
  • Day 4 Drive Back to Seattle
      • Adidas Sweats
      • Adidas Pinks
      • Pink Shirt
      • UBS
  • Day 5 Chillen
      • Leggings
      • Boots/Tennis Shoes
      • Nice Top/ Sweatshirt
      • UBS
  • Day 6 Fairmont
      • Leggings
      • Hoodie
      • Tennis Shoes
      • UBS
  • Night 6 Dinner
      • Skirt
      • Top
      • Sweater/Jacket
      • Flats/Boots
      • UBS
  • Day 7 Wedding
      • Dress
      • Jewelry
      • Blue Shoes
      • Jacket/Sweater
      • Tights
      • UB
  • Day 8 Leaving Fairmont
      • Leggings
      • Tennis Shoes
      • Hoodie
      • T-Shirt
      • UBS
  • Day 9 Unknown
      • Leggings
      • Top
      • Flats
      • Sweater
      • UBS
  • Day 10 Flying Home
      • Leggings
      • T-shirt Dress
      • Boots
      • Sweater
      • UBS
  • Extras
    • Swimsuit
    • Scarf
    • Towel
    • Extra Everything

Everything Else

Toiletries

Hair

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hard Brush
  • Soft Brush
  • Hairspray
  • Magic 10
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Tangle Spray
  • Bobby Pins
  • Hair Ties
  • Hair Clips
  • Bun Help
  • Flat Iron

Body

  • Body Wash
  • Loof
  • Washrags
  • Lotion
  • Perfume

Mouth

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Toothpicks
  • Floss Picks

Face

  • Face Wash
  • Face Lotion
  • Sunblock

Makeup

  • Face Primer
  • Eye Primer
  • Lip Primer
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Powder
  • Bronzer
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Eye Shadows
  • Eye Liner Pencil
  • Eye Liner Liquid
  • Eyebrows
  • Mascara
  • Makeup Setting Spray
  • Evian Spray
  • Blotting Paper

Extras

  • Phone
  • iPad
  • Laptop
  • Chargers
  • Neck Pillow and Blanket
  • Medicines
  • ID
  • Debit Card
  • Cash
  • Medical Card
  • Badge
  • Medicine

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And now I am ready suitcase packed.  I hope this helps you in any way to do or not to do.. Use it make something like it!!

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Trip Planning OC

I am traveling soon.. and I am obsessed with preparation for my trips.  I thought I would share with you my routine.

First and most importantly plan every trip small or big as early as you can, even though I love spontaneous overnight trips that are a drive away.

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(Sacramento Rivercats Game)

Start the planning:

  • I pick a place.  Lookup hotel prices and things to do.
  • Friends or Family in area?
  • If driving I map everything: Drive from home and place to place.
  • Look at weather!
  • Look up the most recommended eats in the place you pick!! A MUST!

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(Hotel in Nashville)

When finding a hotel my research gets intense:

  • Cleanliness is first always read reviews.
  • Location comes second, map it out to see how far you are from everything.
  • Price comes last just because I am willing to pay a little more for CLEAN.

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(Flying into Midway)

Transportation:

  • If flying it must be during the day, I am terrified to fly overnight on a redeye.
  • Rental cars are first based on price.  
  • When we pick it up I smell and look for dirt and I am never afraid to whip out the Lysol spray or wipes.
  • If taking public transportation I map out the routes and bus stops and times PT ends.  And I bring along my hand sanitizer.

I then plan my arrival and departure times according to drive or flight times.  And this my friends is only the beginning tomorrow you will get to see my checklist that I make for every trip and below my itinerary that I put together for every trip:

Before the itinerary I can not express how important it is to find good restaurants this will set the mood for the trip, at least for me if I have good food I am all GRAVY!

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(Best restaurant in Clarksville, TN)

Guys this is a faux itinerary with made up days and flights I will be home and working the holidays…

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Pick up rental car by 3PM

Drive to hotel.

Check into Marriott

Be with family.

26DEC

Staying at Marriott

Visiting with family.

27DEC

Check Out of Marriott

Drive to Vancouver

Check into Holiday Inn

28DEC

Check out of Holiday Inn

Drive back to SEA

Check in to Marriott

29DEC

Visiting with family

@Marriott

30DEC

Check out of Marriott

Check into Fairmont

31DEC

@Fairmont

01JAN

Checkout of Fairmont

Check into Marriott

02JAN

@Marriott

03JAN

Check out Marriott

Bring back car rental by 2PM

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Back-2-School Shopping

Come see what it is that I got Lani for back to school.. I love spoiling her.. she is an amazing young lady!!

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Fall Wardrobe Excitement and PinkTober

I think I say this with every season that comes about because I just love the fact that colors are coming and going and change is about in the stores.  Now it is the time where we get to shop for fall!  Oh.. FALL!! Boots, scarves, sweaters, cozy and comfy!  Bold colors and lots of neutrals.. and don’t forget those subtle or not subtle warm metallics.  Did I mention dusty nude lip colors and warm eyeshadows let’s all sing for FALL.

I started my fall wardrobe shopping by picking out a new pair of taupe boots from Zulily and I know that can be a little risky because who knows if they are really going to fit and to top it off I can not return them.  Then I found an adorable plaid shirt that was lined with florals and I can just imagine them together.  Unfortunately.. well depending on how you look at it that purchase sparked an update to my closet so maybe only unfortunately for my bank account.

The things I am looking for right now are:

  1. Fall Purse- Darker like black or brown
  2. Long sleeve tunics
  3. Tall Boots
  4. Moccasins
  5. Light Scarves
  6. Light Sweaters

(get ready for photos)

So far this is what I have or should be receiving shortly:

Fall Purse:  

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Michael Kors Jet Set Tote(Already Mine)

Tall Boots:

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1.JustFab Valina Grey Boots Leather

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2.Zulily Journey Taupe Boots Leather

Tops:

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1.Zulily Plaid and Floral Button Up

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2.TJMaxx Lined Sweater

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3.TJMaxx White Tee

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4.TJMaxx Red Tank Top

I definitely have more already in my closet so as soon as I have everything together and these items arrive I will be filming a fall fashion video, a fall makeup video, and a PinkTober video.. and here is what PinkTober is…

Finally the most important month of fall is October and that is because.. my birthday!! Just kidding it is because it is national breast cancer awareness month which I like to call PinkTober!! So I will also be on the look out for tons of pink items because whether it is in a ring, a purse, shoes, makeup, or clothing I will be wearing pink throughout the month of October.  If you don’t know my mom and my aunts are BC survivors and I am thankful to the world, my great aunt passed away from it and so I think awareness is the most important step to battling this disease.  Awareness and testing!!

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Current Dream

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I know the dream is always changing but I can’t help but evolve and be inspired by life, that is one thing that we can say about life whether good or bad it is always inspiring.  Let’s all just take a minute and think about that, whether you are down in the dumps or are having the best time of your life there is 2 things to remember: 1. nothing last forever now this is not saying that you won’t be happy forever but everyone goes through hard times and if you want to dwell on the bad things in life then you might just not ever see the good things God has in store for you and 2. good or bad happy or sad whether your life or someone else’s you will find inspiration and someone else could find inspiration in the life experiences that you have.  Us as humans need to take time to see things for what they really are.. we just don’t see the lesson learned that come with bumps in the road.  It is almost as if we are scared to live and if I am being completely honest I AM ONE OF THOSE GUYS!

So being one of those people I have been trying to come up with ideas to spark my interest and something besides makeup and shopping that I have always been good at is cooking and really enjoy putting my everything to create something that is beautiful to the eye and to the tongue.  I love finding recipes in book or online and challenging myself to make it.. and once I do make it my own.  Cooking for the world is now a dream.. I love throwing dinner parties and cooking for family and friends and then getting in there face to find out there thoughts, and I have always wanted restaurants, bakeries, delis, a food court but I think to make that dream a reality and be able to survive in this economy is going to be a battle not so easy especially for someone who is a little sensitive right now.  So my kind of not really new dream comes in 3 categories in particular order:

  1. Write a successful cookbook
  2. Have a successful cooking show(this has been a dream since I was a child)
  3. Have my own food truck (I believe this is a great way to network my skill and name into the above dreams)

I have started to write down all of my recipes that I have in my head and ones that my SO puts in my belly.  On a side note this is why my love and I got so close we used to talk about all of things we enjoyed and one of them was of course food.  He happens to make amazing food that as such an exotic taste.  I told him when he made his PRC (Puerto Rican Curry) that it needs to be served as a Sloppy Joe type sandwich with good bread roll and toppings and belongs on a food truck OUR FOOD TRUCK!!

So yes lets recap because I get so excited… I have began to write down recipes and I am planning on creating them for my family and perhaps for YouTube.  I write down ones that I have had in my head and ones that we create on the spot, my favorite challenge is to follow chopped ingredients and make meals using the same stuff.  I might not have the pressure of the clock but when something is delicious that is a plus.  What to do first.. a few tasting parties with friends and families.. until the truck comes rolling in but I need the cheddar cheese dough first haha…

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Next Trend In My Closet

I am just going to go on the record and say that…

Big huge chandelier statement earrings are going to be the next big thing!  At least in my closet anyways.  I think that the statement necklace has been a thing for quite sometime and as they will never go out of style we will see the beauty of a bare neckline.  Not to mention the heat of summer that makes anything on my neck (even a stray hair) cause me to sweat rivers.

I am not talking about just plain thin chandelier earrings as there is nothing wrong with those there could be some bohemian looks that call for a medal thin chandelier earring but I said statement I am talking about thick gemstones milky stone ones.  The good thing about these statement earrings is that you can buy them pretty cheap and they are not as heavy as they look.  Now the fun part of the list places to get them:

  • Shop Miss A- shopmissa.com (everthing is 1 dollar)
  • Burlington Coat Factory- In store hunting.
  • Aliexpress- aliexpress.com (hunting with good prices long shipping)
  • Of course Target and Walmart you just have to hunt.
  • Etsy and Stella & Dot- the earrings can get a little pricey but are gorg.

I wanted to show you a few examples of what type of earring I am talking about.. I wanted to give a range of prices and stores to look at so if you want to see more you can click any of the captions and it will take you to that store:

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Kate Spade $128

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Bauble Bar $32

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Shamelessly Sparkly $15

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Etsy $9

What do I love about these statement earrings?

I think that there is statement jewelry that can be a little out there and loud.  Nothing wrong with being loud and out there but sometimes you can be loud and make your presence known with a little bit of elegance.  Sure we all did the highlighter neon ear cuffs that look like wings with rhinestones.. or maybe that was me!  And yes we all did the huge JLO hoops but that had extra weight with a rhinestone encrusted lips hanging off of them… again maybe it was just me but with the shows I watch on VH1 I highly doubt it.

I have always been the person who wanted to wear a tiara everyday and when that wasn’t going to work I thought of chandelier earrings but my choices went towards hoops and loud ear cuffs.  So I gave up big earrings because the loud encrusted ones are so heavy they were hurting and I decided to buy a lot of studs.  Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with studs especially a fierce stud with a statement necklace, but my sweaty self is tired of wearing heavy necklace.  Keeping to the TV networks the ladies on Bravo have showed me confirmation in the elegance of wearing a statement chandelier earring.  However I can honestly say that in my closet I was ahead of certain trends with accessories, colors, prints, and more.. so I think I might be on to something with these earrings even before RHOBH.  Having thought about it for a few years now but not really seeing an opportunity to jump besides the plan of glamourizing my bridal court if I ever get married, but now that Lisa wears them magnificently here is my chance to pounce.

I hope that if you want to follow me in the next trend of beautiful bold statement chandelier earrings and bare neckline beauty (or for me keeping my sweaty neck free of heavy chains), you can find some incredibly amazing pieces whether they are quality genuine gemstones or costume jewelry that only cost a buck.  Let’s see if my prediction as to what becomes trendy comes true, but I will say it again I think statement chandelier earrings with every outfit will be a thing!

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TRAVEL SEEKER- Nashville TN

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Travel Seeker- Nashville, Tennessee

When I think of Nashville I think of southern fried foods, BBQ, soul food, and music country and blues to be exact.  I also think of hot humid weather, crazy bugs or crazy in the head mosquitoes.. and who can forget southern folk(I have wanted to be a Southern Belle for decades).  Of course I could just be influenced by the perspective that Hollywood or the media gives off.  Its almost like when you can smell something you have no choice but to imagine what it taste like, with the media or Hollywood you see things or hear things about places that you can’t help but have “preimagined” (<< possibly my own new word) view.  I thought of things that I like to experience in new places, and that was probably the easiest of this whole post.. I want to shop sales and local shops, eat amazing food, have fun, see the city, see some history, and of course look my best.  Oh yea and I hope to get a little relaxation at some point but not necessary as long as my family and I have fun.

Here is what I have found in my investigation and when we get home I will let you know what we did and how it went… I guess this can be considered an open letter to my family as a list of things I want to do and to the rest of the world as recommendation of some stuff to do in Nashville, Tennessee.

SHOPPING

Of course I want to shop and then get home and do a Show & Tell Haul Video.. Everyone knows I am a shopper and my favorite shops are outlets and then little boutiques.. so that is exactly what I found-

Outlets-

Every city I go to it seems like Simmons Outlet malls are everywhere, and I am not complaining.  They always include the big name stores like: Coach, Kate, Mike, Disney, and more.  The ones in Nashville are called the Opry Mills and they have different stores like: The Cosmetic Market, The Nashville Store, and of course a bakery called GiGi’s Cupcakes.

http://www.simon.com/mall/opry-mills

Boutiques-

I searched for a young hip district specifically for shopping.  I found the Second Ave Shopping District,  this is an area that has bars and nightlife entertainment and of course they have little shops.  These are definitely smaller local boutiques and specialty stores and I am excited for the possible finds.

http://www.nashvilledowntown.com/play/shopping

EATING

When I think of the food in Nashville, I think of fried pickles and fried green tomatoes.  I don’t know why I associate fried foods with the south it’s probably one of those “preimagined” thoughts from Hollywood.  Not only do I want to try the fried pickle and green tomato but I want to eat something nice and amazing and lets face it a little pricey.  Everywhere I go I like to try at least 1 expensive restaurant (in LA we ate a few- not recommended for the wallet).  For Nashville I did my investagating and came up with one that seems to be the one I really want to try:

Margot Cafe-

Everyday is a different menu and from what the website says the cuisine is rustic Italian and French with an emphasis on the regions of Tuscany and Provence.  The building is also a bit of art has it is from the 1930’s.  If I were to order from the menu tonight here is what I would choose and the prices-

To Share- Both

Homemade Potato Chips with Aioli- $5

Cheese Plate: Gruetli, with Strawberry Jalapeno Jam- $12

First Course- Either

Lettuces with Pickled Peaches, Ricotta Salata, and Pistachio Vinaigrette- $7

Pizza with Broccoli Raab, garlic and Chiles, and Fresh Mozzarella- $10

Second Course- Either

Pan Roasted ½ Chicken, Escarole with Caesar Dressing and Crutons- $24

Patty Pan Squash with Kale and Pesto Stuffing and Walnut Bread Crumbs-$18

After Dinner-

Peach Sorbet with Pecan Lace Cookie-$5

Why not order all of the above, when is the next time I will be eating at this restaurant.  Only God knows and so I will let you know what I had and show you some pictures when I get there.  Check out the menu-

http://www.margotcafe.com/

ACTIVITIES

We already know a few things we want to do like:

A Pedal Pub-

This is big bike that seats up to 16 people and everyone bikes around the city drinking.  I am not going to lie I am so so so… LAZY!!  But I have always wanted to do this and being that I get to do this with my cousins makes it all the better.  Now if only we can find one that supplies the alcohol and not just the exercise.

Graceland-

Needs no explanation!  Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to go see where Elvis lived, and this is a good 3 hour drive in a state we know nothing about.  I hope we can make it plus I have a friend in Memphis I would like to see!!

http://www.graceland.com/

All About Nashville Day Pass-

I think these are a great idea for any city you plan on traveling to, they normally come with a slew of fun.  This one comes with the following-

  • Music City Trolley an hour long ride around the city, which will include State Capitol, the Parthenon, Music Row, and The Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Walking Tour of Nashville this tour is on your feet (more exercise) but you get to see the behind the scenes at Ryman Auditorium and if you don’t know now you know this is the home of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Country Music Hall of Fame I am so excited for this one.. I love all music and country is one of my tops.  After all this is Music City so be prepared to hear good music.

http://www.viator.com/tours/Nashville/All-About-Nashville-Day-Pass/d799-3131AAN?pref=02&aid=g8769

WEATHER

The weather for the week that I am going to be there is sunny and in the 80’s, one day is going to thunderstorm and the humidity is going to make it feel like it’s in the 90’s.  Which means I am going to be sweating and in need of air conditioning.. and my fashion choices are going to need to be non layered so maybe not cami’s under my shirts, and flowy lightweight.  My next blog post will be definitely looking at my wardrobe for my trip either in picture form or video form.

That is it for this Travel Seeker- Nashville post.  I hope you enjoyed it and be sure to check out what we really end up doing in a post when we return from our trip.  I love and appreciate you all!  Don’t forget to make everyday AMAZINGLY AMAZING!!

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