My Travel Uniform + Travel Must-Haves

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If you’ve been following this blog for quite some time you know I travel a lot. I recently shared my Nashville travel diary and my travel style for weekend getaways and I feel like I spent my 20s honing my travel routine. My family is spread across the country (and currently the world with one brother living in Africa for the summer) so I visit them, I travel to see clients for work and for events and then revel in getting to explore U.S. and beyond (as we all do, of course.)

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When I first started traveling for work, I couldn’t make 5 days work in a carry on suitcase. When work travel became more frequent (I was doing trips to NYC every 6 weeks from San Francisco) , I had to figure out how to be more efficient. I started rolling my clothes to maximize space, cut down on my toiletries and making a more conscience effort to bring pieces that had more versatility (tops that could be paired with skirts + heels and with jeans, etc.) Nowadays I can work a whole week in a carry on – hachacha!

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I’ve also learned what I have to have with me when I travel…

1. Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones:

HOLY Game Changer. While they don’t get rid of all noises, they certainly help you not hear that background lull of the plane and they seem to help in getting less annoyed with the crying children or noisy chatty Kathys on the plane. I really can’t believe it took me to being 28 to get a pair of these. A life changing investment if you travel frequently.

2. iPad:

I primarily bring my iPad for reading because I always have a solid amount of new reads downloaded on it. It’s slimmer and more convenient than lugging books around. I just finished The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., am currently reading Big Little Lies and downloaded My Paris Dream (at Taylor’s recommendation) and Astonish Me for my next reads.

3. A good suitcase aka The Delsey Belfort:

My carry on broke on a trip to Dallas in December. Handle damn well came unscrewed and bent and lord knows how it all happened but Jess and I spent a good twenty minutes in our hotel room trying to sort it out. We were requesting power tools to no avail and then resorted to tying a lanyard on the top handle, forcing me to drag my bouncing suitcase around DFW and LGA. What a site I was. My woes were solved by the acquisition of this amazingly sleek, super lightweight Delsey suitcase. I love it. It’s come on at least four trips with me already and I’m pretty obsessed with how chic and European it looks. Not to mention it has all these great interior features and a lock that will ward of anybody thinking about putting their hands on it – ha!

4. Longchamp Tote:

I’ve tried to be the person who carries one of my more expensive, nicer bag when they travel but all that ends up happening is the bag begins to look worn down. So I now almost exclusively travel with this Longchamp. It’s durable, sleek and fits my laptop, my headphones, wallet and my pouch with all the little essentials and more.

5. Eye Mask:

I wrote about my need for an eye mask here but trust me when I say it actually helps a considerable amount with sleeping on planes. (Particularly when combined with the aforementioned headphones). I take about 3-4 Red Eyes a year and this is my trusted combo (plus one of these!)

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And my travel uniform these days? It focuses on comfort and consists of a T-shirt (this censor tee is hilarious so I had to have it but these are my other favorite tees for travel- only $15!) + distressed denim (favorite pairs here and here) + leather jacket (best investment I made last year) + Tieks. Comfortable and no worrying about shoe issues at security or being cold on the plane. I shot these photos just before heading to the airport to fly to San Francisco last month and I’ll be repeating this same look when I take flight in a week to head back out there!

p.s. if your week needs a pick me up…I’m doing a pretty stellar giveaway on Instagram with some of my favorite bloggers! 

Shop the Post:

Cynthia Rowley Tee (I also love this one and this one that are equally as fun- and both on sale!)

Leather Jacket

Gap Jeans

Tieks Ballerina Flats (c/o)

Celine Sunglasses

Delsey Belfort Plus Spinner Carry-on Suitcase (c/o)

Longchamp Tote

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[Bekka Palmer Photography]

Nashville Travel Diary

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As previously mentioned, I headed to Nashville last month with a few girlfriends to celebrate the big 3-0! It was hands down one of the most fun weekends I have ever had and I fell head.over.heels with this town.

People were beyond friendly, the food was ridiculously good and there was live country music everywhere. I hope you enjoy the snaps I took over the course of the weekend and below you’ll find a guide to my favorite eats, drinks and where to stay!

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Wearing: Topshop Dress (only $68) // K. Jacques Sandals / Cuyana Bag // J.Crew Vest

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Wearing: Anthropologie Top // Club Monaco Eyelet Shorts (on sale!) // Cuyana Bag // Max & Chloe Necklace

Brunch at Acme in Nashville, TN

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Where to stay:

The Hutton Hotel:

Perfectly located just down the road from all the action, The Hutton was the perfect spot for us.

Where to eat:

The Southern:

A menu with something for everyone, this was our first stop when we arrived in Nashville. We got seated at a great big booth and dined on fish tacos (with loads of hot sauce of course), salads and burgers.

Rolf & Daughters:

This place was so delicious. Not to mention it provided the perfect hideaway as a thunder and lightening storm was raging outside. We were tucked into the corner and had a long meal full of crafted cocktails and one of the best pastas I’ve ever eaten.

Biscuit Love:

My god is this place heaven. Besides having ridiculous biscuits piled high with gravy (they don’t look appealing as you can tell from the above photo but trust me when I say W-O-W) they also excel at Bloody Marys, iced coffees and those stuffed doughnuts you see in the above photo.

Acme Feed + Seed:

We ended up at Acme twice during our short stay. First for afternoon drinks amidst live music and then for Sunday brunch. Their brunch menu is off the charts. We all ordered something different and the food is very Southern and very good. The entertainment is low key and the bartenders fun.

Where to drink:

The Stage:

We ended both Friday and Saturday nights at The Stage because the live music was that fun. The dance floor is crowded but the bands played so many great songs that had us singing along that we didn’t even notice those around us.

Tootsies:

Tootsies is famous and the crowd confirms that. We stayed for only a few moments at night but revisited during the day when it was less crowded. Make your way to the roof deck to see the main strip from above.

Honky Tonk Central:

Three floors with live music on every floor, we set up shop both Saturday during the day and Sunday after brunch at this tourist spot, sipping on Bud Lights and making new friends while loving all of the small bands that will take requests with a $20 donation.

All my girlfriends and I are trying to plot a return to this boot-scootin’, country lovin’, delicious town ASAP because it was that good of a time. Have you ever been? If you haven’t, I can’t recommend it enough!

A big thank you to The Hutton Hotel for providing a media rate for our stay. 

The Best Summer Activities in NYC

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With summer unofficially/officially upon us, I’ve gotten to thinking about how I’ll be soaking up the season this year in New York City. I’m going to be on the road quite a bit but will have some weekends to enjoy and while I have my personal favorites, I decided to round up some of my friends’ favorites as well. Consider this your guide to summer in NYC if you’re living here, moving here or just visiting here. So many good recommendations from my buddies and many of which I myself haven’t even done! Summer Bucket List = all set!

Summer in New York City:

Bar Sardine in the West Village is small but perfect for summer nights. They open up the glass walls so it’s breezy, warm, and bright. The cocktails are amazing, too! – Julia

There’s no better time or place for picnics in Central Park! It gets really crowded on the weekends, but half the fun is scouting the perfect spot and claiming it with a big blanket.  – Carly

Running (biking or walking) along the east river. The breeze is a welcome reprieve from city heat, and you can’t beat the view! – Hallie

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My favorite thing to do when it gets warm out is to be outside as much as possible! I walk everywhere, and just signed up for Citi Bike so am looking forward to riding around the city a bit more… and there’s nothing better than packing a delicious picnic in the park. Cheeses from Murray’s, a baguette from Amy’s, and maybe a little rosé. There’s nothing better than a leisurely day spent reading, napping, and catching up with friends in the sun. – Grace

Stone Street in the Financial District is so great to enjoy some beers and sit outside under the tents. Feels like spending the day in Europe! I also love Grand Banks – it’s a boat on the Hudson with the perfect breeze and endless rosé. – Hailey

Dinner with a glass of rosé at Jacks Wife Freda or Cafe Gitane. – Alicia

I feel like everyone knows places like the Boat Basin and the Frying Pan so they tend to be overcrowded so I have been trying to be find a new waterfront spot for drinks. A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon Pier A Harbor House in Battery Park City. Huge venue, tons of beers and oysters as big as ya head. Gorgeous views of Lady Liberty to boot! – Alyson

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A train to the Rockaways – must stop at Rockaway Taco & /or Rippers on the beach at 86th street. If you want to learn to surf, try Locals Surf School. And ice cream from Van Leeuwen or even just Mister Softee in the park! – Bekka

Brooklyn Crab is super cool! I spent a very long day there last summer and it’s my goal to go all the time this summer. BK Bridge Park has cool spots to grill outside too which I’ve heard is really amazing and want to do this summer. – Jenny

Walking the Highline and then biking to The Loeb Boat House in Central Park! – Carrie

One of my all-time favorite summer activities in New York is an evening aboard The Honorable William Wall. This floating clubhouse (part of The Manhattan Yacht Club) not far from Ellis Island is accessible by a fleet of motorboats that ferry out from downtown Jersey City. $18 gets you a ride to and from the clubhouse, and once aboard, drinks are relatively inexpensive. My advice? Pack a picnic (there’s no food served) and head out in time for sunset. Grab a spot on the top deck that looks back at the NYC skyline and get tipsy while enjoying the cool breeze that can be hard to find within the sweltering city. – Taylor

And in case you need some outfit inspo for what to wear to all these awesome activities…

Summer Outfit Inspo:




Hope you enjoy all the recommendations and here’s to a summer filled with memorable moments and of course, plenty of rosé.

[Photos via Instagram]