As some of you may know, my Husband and I recently returned from the UK after living and traveling there for 4 months. We visited 4 countries and numerous cities and wanted to share our travel must have’s with you. Check out my London Travel Guide (HERE), Paris Travel Guide (HERE) or Budapest Travel Guide (HERE).
The first part of most travel adventures is packing and flying. This for me can be one of the most stressful parts because I don’t want to over pack but I also want to make sure I don’t forget any of the necessities. When flying, it is important to keep your important things within reach on the plane and pack the stuff not needed in your checked or carry on bag. I always fly with a personal item bag because it allows me to be within arms reach of my needed items without having to open the overhead bin and disturb those around me. My favorite bag to take with me when I am traveling is my Josslyn Red Convertible Tech Tote and Backpack from Hang Accessories. Hang Accessories is a company that makes high quality handbags, accessories, and small leather goods. This bag comes in other colors but I chose the beautiful fire engine red color so it would stand out and add some pizzazz to my travel wardrobe of black.
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This bag features buttery high quality leather that feels sturdy and looks professional and chic. Check out my video above for a more in depth look at this bag and its features. I love to have all of my important documents within reach when I am flying so that I don’t hold up any lines so the fact that the Tote has a pocket on the front which organizes all of your cards, ID’s, passports, and boarding passes is amazing! It has a magnetic closure and beautiful gun metal studded detail around the pocket as well that just adds to the look.
Also when I am traveling, I always like to pack water and snacks. The cool thing about the Josslyn Red Convertible Tech Tote and Backpack is there are 2 inside pockets that securely hold water bottles. When these pockets aren’t in use they fold up and aren’t in the way for other items you might need to store. I love this feature because it means that my water won’t be rolling around all over my bag or I won’t have to set the bottle down somewhere and risk forgetting it. The inside of this tote is a cool black and white striped fabric that also matches the detachable mirror on the outside of the bag. This bag is spacious enough to fit your tablets, books, and other travel necessities but also not too big to where it is a pain to carry.
My favorite feature of the bag is the fact that it can be a handbag, a cross body bag, or a backpack depending on how you attach the detachable and adjustable straps. Backpacks are my new obsession and are my favorite thing to take with me when I travel. They allow me to be hands free while also keeping my bag with me at all times. The fact that this bag is basically a 3 in one is awesome!
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The final feature that I love is the carry on luggage holder on the back. This is a piece of the bag's leather that can help slide the bag over the handle on your rolling luggage so that your bag can sit on the top of the luggage without toppling over or getting lost. If you aren’t able to hold your bag for any reason this is a great feature to have!
If you have any travels coming up in 2018 I HIGHLY recommend you checking out Hang Accessories. They have a ton of other travel bags, regular hand bags, wallets, and coin purses to fit your everyday needs. Check out their website HERE and use their code "CC20" for 20%off.
I have also linked some of my favorite travel essentials my husband and I used while traveling overseas below
Let me know where you are or want to be traveling to in the New Year!
Since my husband and I are only in the United Kingdom for 3 more weeks, we wanted to take one last big trip. We chose Budapest because my husband is Hungarian and has strong family ties to the country and we felt that it would offer a different culture for us to experience. Let me just say it did not disappoint! If you are looking for a beautiful, inexpensive, cultural place to travel to than look no further!
We traveled to Budapest from London on the airline Easy Jet. This is an inexpensive airline and is similar to Frontier or Spirit in the US. We also bought a Budapest Travel Card which was similar to the travel cards we bought when we went to London and Paris. This card allows us access to buses, trains, and subways all over the city. It also can get you into some Budapest attractions for free or at a lower price. Check it out HERE. If you travel anywhere check to see if they have a Travel card. So far everyone we have used has been worth the price and has saved us so much time and money.
We traveled to our hotel which was in the middle of the city from the airport using a bus and Subway. This took about 30 minutes and was super easy to use. The hotel we stayed at was the Boscolo Budapest and it was pure luxury that didn't break the bank! I booked it online and didn't realize how nice it was until we got there. When you enter the lobby you are greeted with the most delicious scent of flowers and the whole lobby is made of marble. We then made our way up to our room and were blown away. There are different types of rooms to get but we chose the standard smallest room. When entering there is a big reception/hall leading into our room. There is a marble bathroom with a large bathtub and shower, 2 closets, and a large bedroom with a balcony. It felt like a palace. I HIGHLY recommend staying here not only for the luxury, but for the price, and the hospitality. When you stay in the room you also have access to their spa and it is attached to the famous and beautiful New York City Cafe. Check out the hotel HERE. They have locations in other places as well.
Once we settled into our room we made our way to the New York Cafe for some lunch. Since this is attached to our hotel we were seated on the private balcony overlooking the dining room. Even if you don't stay at the hotel you can enjoy the Cafe. It is stunning inside and they have different musicians playing throughout the day. Check it out HERE.
After lunch we made our way to the Citadella which is an old fort located at the top of Gellért Hill. We heard that this would offer the best view of Budapest and it did! The walk to the top is long so be warned but the view is worth it! We made it right when the sun was going down and really enjoyed watching the city light up at night! The fort on top is being repaired so we weren't able to go inside but we were able to walk around the outside. It had bullet holes, and patched walls from WWII which was both cool and eerie. Such history! At the bottom of the Citadella is a church inside the mountain. We didn't have time to go inside but if you do have time I would recommend check it out HERE.
After we walked down we crossed the street to visit the Gellért Thermal Baths. Thermal baths are a Hungarian Tradition to visit so if you have time I would recommend checking them out. These baths are also attached to a spa so you can get massages, facials, and other treatments as well. The thermal baths are thought to have healing properties and are also a place to gather and socialize. This particular thermal bath over 8 baths all ranging in temperatures from 40 C to 7 C. You are supposed to alternate between temperatures to help close the pores and help the joints. The inside was beautiful with amazing tile work and beautiful fountains. I only took pictures in the main area but if you want to check out more click HERE.
We then made our way to a Ruin Bar. These Bars are built in buildings that were damaged by WWII. They fix them up just enough to be accessed safely and each apartment building in this particular one was a different bar. Each had a different vibe and it was a great social scene.
The next day after having a delicious breakfast at our hotel, we made our way to the Castle District. If you only pick one area to visit in Budapest I would choose this one! There are a ton of attractions, museums, and photo spots all in one area. Some of these include Buda Castle, panoramic views of the Danube River, Fisherman's Bastion, and various museums. Entrance is free to the property but admission to the museums costs money. We didn't visit any museums as we were on limited time and would rather see the sites and architecture but if we ever go back we would visit them. The best view is seen from Fisherman's Bastion. The architecture is to die for and you get some great views of both the Buda and Pest side of the city. Check out the Castle District HERE.
After we were done we made a short walk over to Chain Bridge which is the most famous bridge in Budapest. We were able to walk over and get some great pictures. Once we made our way over the the bridge we took another short walk to the Parliament Building. During our walk we saw some monuments, memorials, and Danube Cruise boats. The Parliament building has the most stunning architecture and looks great from all angles! You can buy tickets to go in but we did not do this. Check it out HERE.
We then took another short walk to St. Stephen's Basilica which is one of the most famous churches in Budapest. We saw that you were able to go on the roof so we chose to do this. Be warned this is a long walk up to the top. They do have elevators though if you are willing to wait. The view from the top was amazing and so worth the small admissions price. Once we made our way back down we wanted to check out the inside of the church. Admission is free but they have a small suggestion donation. Once we entered the inside took my breath away! There was gold, and ornate carvings and paintings everywhere. Even more beautiful than Notre Dame! This was probably my favorite place we went to. Everywhere we looked we saw new sites and art. Check it out HERE.
We then made our way over to Vajdahunyad Castle which had beautiful courtyards, museums and vendors inside it's courtyards. We tried Hot Wine for the first time and it was surprisingly good! Right outside the Castle was a huge ice rink they were setting up for December! We weren't able to skate it as it wasn't open yet but I would recommend checking it out. A short walk from the castle was the Millennium Monument this is a beautiful Monument which also has a couple museums on either side of it.
After this, we made our way back to our hotel for the evening. I took a luxurious bath in my tub and we had a lovely dinner at the New York Cafe. Once again I can't say enough good things about our hotel. We were going to check out the spa but fell asleep instead.
Overall our trip to Budapest was amazing! It blew away our expectations and we are so glad we traveled there! I highly recommend Budapest if you are looking for an up and coming city to travel to that has so much culture and history. You won't regret it!
My parents recently flew into England to spend 3 days in Paris with my Hubby and I. My husband and I wanted to go to Paris to celebrate 2 years of marriage and 10 years together so what better place to do it in than the city of love! If you didn't know, we are currently living in England for the rest of the year (Check out our House tour HERE).
I wanted to share where we went, traveling tips, and photos from our trip. Enjoy!
Day 1: We flew out on a Friday afternoon on the airline Flybe. This is a low value airline since the flight was only an hour long. It was a great airline and I HIGHLY recommend checking it out. When we landed in Paris we took a train to our hotel. We bought a travel card similar to the one we got in London (Check out my London Travel Guide HERE) so that we could ride trains, subways and buses as much as we wanted for the 3 days we were in Paris. The train was nice and clean and it only took 45 minutes! It was cool to see the scenery outside change from country to cityscapes! Once we got into the city it was a short walk to our hotel. We stayed HERE and loved how close it was to the train station. I recommend staying there because of location, amenities, and atmosphere. It is also inexpensive! It is a bit noisy at night so if that bothers you than I would stay somewhere else. Hotels get more expensive the closer they are to the attractions like the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dome so we decided to stay in one that was not close to these. But we were only 20 min away from all of those attractions by bus or subway.
After we settled into our hotel we went out for dinner. We went to a tiny place by our hotel and had the most delicious Italian dinner, wine and ice cream! I don't remember what the name was but everyone was super polite especially since we didn't speak French! After dinner we just went back to our hotel to rest up for the travels ahead.
Day 2 was our busiest day. I planned for us to visit the Lourve, the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc De Triomphe. We ate breakfast at our hotel than took the subway over to the Lourve. It opens at 9 am so we wanted to get there early since it can get very busy. I HIGHLY recommend doing this so that you can spend less time standing in line and more time seeing beautiful art! The Lourve is very big and almost impossible to see all in one day so we planned out the exhibits that we really wanted to see in the 3 hours we planned to be there. We chose to see the Mona Lisa, Egiptian artifacts, Royal furniture through the years, and some jewels! The outside of the Lourve is so beautiful! I recommend going accross the street and standing on a big concrete block next to the road to get the best picture of the Lourve! The muesum is so beautiful and I HIGHLY recommend visiting it if you have time. There is also a mini Arc outside that frames the big Arc in the distance!
After the Louvre we had a quick lunch and made our way to the Arc De Triomphe. This is a beautiful are full of many streets with shops, restarants and street vendors. As we were taking pictures in front of it we noticed you could go on top. We weren't planning to go to the top but realized the line was only 10 min long and decided to do it. I am so glad we did because the view was incredible! You can see everything and even the Eiffel Tower! We didn't plan on going up in the Eiffel Tower because we heard the line is hours long so I highly recommend going up in the Arc instead! Especially since you can see the Eiffel Tower from the top! It makes for great pictures! This was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip.
After the Arc we stopped for some drinks and snacks than made our way to the Eiffel Tower. Even though I have seen the Tower in pictures it takes your breath away in real life! It is huge and truly magnificent. The line was so long to get to the top so we were so glad we went to the top of the Arc instead. You can buy tickets for these attractions ahead of time but we decided not to do this just in case the lines were still long. We didn't want to waste our limited time waiting in line. We instead wanted to walk and see as much as possible. I highly recommend getting a picture from under the Tower, and from both sides. Honestly any angle is beautiful! We than walked accross the street to a large stone staircase and saw the tower light up. It glitters every hour for 15 minutes starting at 7 pm and it took my breath away! I had to stop and take a moment to refelct because I was sitting in Paris, eating Macaroons, and watching the glittering Eiffel Tower in front of me. It was truly magical! You are allowed to drink anywhere in Paris so if I ever went back I would bring a bottle of wine and a blanket to the park right under the tower and watch the tower sparkle. Don't miss it!
Just like hotels, the closer restaurants are to main attractions the more expensive they are so we decided to walk a bit before finding an "American" restaurant. After that we went back to our hotel to rest up for our final day.
Eating Macaroons while staring at the glittering Eiffel Tower 🗼• This is the life ❤❤❤ . . . . . #picoftheday #photography #photooftheday #traveling #travelblogger #femaletravelbloggers #instapic #instalike #instafollowers #blogger #bloggerswanted #travel #paris #france #macaroons #eiffeltower #food #foodie #foodblogger #foodporn #desser #igpic #likeforlike #likeforfollow
Our final day was Notre Dame day. We headed over to it and it is so beautiful. It is by a canal and some truly beautiful buildings. We went inside and words can't describe how gorgeous it is! It is free to go in and since we went on a Sunday there was a mass we could join. The stained glass was beautiful and it was cool to learn about the history of Notre Dame. Did you know it was the church that started the Gothic architecture movement? After that we walked around the art district and went to a street cafe. Paris has a ton of little cafes that have the yummiest sandwiches and coffee. We then walked along the canal in front of Notre Dame and checked out some of the vendors. I bought and painting of Paris by a local artist. If you want a unique souvenir or gift I highly recommend checking out the art.
We than decided to just walk the area and stumbled upon some other beautiful cathedrals, cool buildings, and souvenir shops. After that we headed back to the train station and flew home. Paris was truly magical and I am so glad I got to experience it with my Husband and Parents.
I also wanted to quickly show you my gifts I received for my 2 year anniversary. I got some BEAUTIFUL flowers from Home Bargains and they lasted for almost 2 weeks! That is far longer than any flowers I have ever gotten! Check them out for your next bouquet!
Just received the most BEAUTIFUL bouquet of flowers from @homebargains for my 2nd wedding anniversary 💐💐💐 • They were delivered quickly, and also came with a vase• 🌹 What is your favorite flower? 🤔 . . . . . #picoftheday #instapic #dailypic #instafollowers #instalike #travelblogger #travel #adventures #flowers #bouquet #weddinganniversary #2ndanniversary #gifts #gift #views #latergram #insralike #instafollowers #views #latergram #homebargains
Sharing my 2nd wedding anniversary gifts from my Hubby 😍• The gift you are supposed to give is cotton so he got me a book (close enough 😉)• I am also still OBSESSED with these flowers from @homebargains 💐• How long have you been married/in a relationship? 🤔 . . . . . #picoftheday #photography #photooftheday #traveling #travelblogger #femaletravelbloggers #instapic #instalike #instafollowers #blogger #bloggerswanted #travel #views #latergram #flowers #bouquet #anniversary #2ndanniversary #wedding #bride #gifts #gift #colorful
I wanted to finally share my wedding with you guys. Just in time for my 2nd wedding anniversary! We waiting a while for our wedding photos and then life got in the way but I am finally sharing the details!
My husband and I had been together for 8 years at the time of being married. We will be celebrating 10 years together this year as well! We are high school sweethearts and have been together since we were 15 and 16 years old. We are best friends and our families love both of us so much and our friend group is also full of high school sweethearts! Check out their weddings HERE and HERE. This year we bought our first house and moved to England (temporarily, check it out HERE) We are truly so blessed!
When I first got engaged I , like most women, had my whole wedding planned out on Pinterest. Check out my wedding inspiration board and follow HERE. I honestly think Pinterest helped me plan my wedding so much as well as my shower. It is full of so many ideas and inspiration posts. I was immediately drawn to jewel tones for a fall wedding and wanted a peacock theme. I didn't want feathers everywhere so I wanted the theme to be inspired by the teals, purples, and greens of a feather. I added an accent of chrome for a more glam touch.
As someone who comes from a merchandising/ design background I found the process of picking out décor, lighting, flowers, and outfits so much fun! I bought a wedding planner from Walmart (Watch my Review HERE) and it honestly was the best $20 I have ever spent! It kept me so organized and had questions to ask each vendor as well as folders and check lists. I love it! Did I mention it was only $20?!?!
The first step in planning a wedding is finding a venue. Once you have the venue then you have your date which is needed to book everything else. We already knew we would get married at my church so we wanted to find a venue in close proximity. I was looking for a hall with medium high ceilings so the room didn't feel too small or too big, a large dance floor, because my family and I love to dance, good food, and a nice bar. We finally found a place that was PERFECT! It had a great package and was beautiful! So we settled on the date 10/10/15. Our dating anniversary is 10/16/07 so we wanted an October date for that reason and because October is so beautiful!
Once we decided on the venue it was time to go dress shopping! I knew I wanted a strapless mermaid style for me and a long chiffon type dress for my girls. After trying on a handful of dresses at David's Bridal I found the perfect one! It was ivory satin with a sweetheart top, beautiful crystal detail at the hip and a little train. It fit me perfectly and was very comfortable. It made me feel confident and my husband loved it! For my girls we decided on strapless Grecian style gowns in a beautiful teal color. These gowns hugged their frames without being overly tight. They looked stunning!
After dress selection we moved on to accessories and veils. I decided to make my veil with my Grandma. We went to JoAnn's and choose a beautiful Ivory mesh with tiny crystals all over. We also purchased a tiny metal hair comb. We basically just spread it out on the floor, cut it into a circular shape then draped it how we wanted and sewed it to the metal comb. It was super fast and easy and I loved that I made it with her. Plus it saved me a ton of money!
For my jewelry I wanted to wear a crystal necklace that hit around my collarbone. I found a beautiful one at Claire's in their wedding jewelry department. It fit perfectly and was super beautiful. Since I wore my hair down I wore simple diamond studs. I also wore an antique gold and blue ring from my Grandma as my "Something Blue." My garter on my leg was from Icing by Claire's and my shoes were beautiful silver kitten heels with crystals. I highly recommend not wearing high uncomfortable shoes especially since no one will see them. I only wore mine for the ceremony and then when my husband removed my garter, since they would show in the pictures. After that I wore white flip flops. Some people might thing that is tacky but I was happy and comfortable all night! I have also seen brides were white converse, or toms and I think that is so cute!
As for my girl's accessories, I chose beautiful peacock feather hair clips to go into their updos since the groomsmen were wearing peacock feathers as their boutonnieres. I also found gorgeous Australian Crystal necklaces for them to wear. I wanted them in iridescent crystals since they are stunning and would add visual interest to their looks.
As for hair and makeup, I got mine professionally done and my girls just got their hair done. I wanted my hair down in curls with a thick textured braid on one side. It was perfect. My makeup was glam but still natural since my husband likes natural. I had my signature cat eye with a smoky brown lid and neutral pink lips. My girls were in a similar look. Their hair was curled and put into an updo with a French braid on one side. I love how braids just add visual texture to any look.
As for my husband and his groomsmen , they wore dark gray suits, with vests under that matched the girl's dresses. My husband wore an off white vest and tie.
The ceremony was set to start at 2:30. The aisles and alter were covered in beautiful flowers and one of my Bridesmaids played our wedding song on the piano before we walked down the aisle. Right when I put on my dress I realized I had forgotten my slip that puffs out the skirt a bit at the bottom. No one could tell so I didn't stress and just went on with the show. Also right before I went down the aisle I took a big breath and my zipper popped. We were able to easily and quickly repair it though. Finally it was time for my Dad to walk me down. My husband looked so handsome and I of course cried the whole time.
We wrote our own vows which everyone loved and exchanged our rings through smiles and tears. It was a great ceremony surrounded by our loved ones.
After the ceremony we exited the church into a limo while our guests blew bubbles. The bubbles looked great in the pictures! I just picked up a box of 50 bubbles at Michaels! They were inexpensive and everyone loved them. We then drove around and came back to the church for pictures. We moved onto another location to take more pictures that included a gray barn and a field.
Finally it was reception time! We made our entrance to Countdown by Beyoncé and our first dance was You and I by One Direction.
Our reception hall was more beautiful than I could have imagined! My florist took the flowers from the ceremony and decorated the hall with them. I had purple and teal up lights around the perimeter and a chrome tree with a peacock near the guestbook. I used a vintage brass birdcage as my cardholder as well. I found awesome peacock wreathes at Michael's which I layed down under some vases. The tables had chrome charger plates and the table runners and table sashes were teal with crystal accents. The head table had a silver sequins runner and backdrop. I highly recommend checking out stores like Michael's to add some unique decor pieces to your reception. Plus they always have great coupons! The wreaths I bought were less than $25 each with coupons and I kept one and have it currently hanging on my front door!
I also surprised my husband by getting a neon green, his favorite color, lit ice sculpture our guests could pour their drinks through! Everyone loved it! It was a nice added bonus and looked great on the bar.
Our cake was so beautiful I didn't want to eat it! It was a tiered cake with flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and chocolate peanut butter. Since that is our favorite flavor, even though we didn't have time to eat it. It was covered in a waterfall of beautiful orchids and had a chrome "H" on top. It was perfect!
Then it was onto my favorite part of the night, Dancing! Our dance floor was full the entire evening as I asked the DJ to play the perfect mix of 80's, 90's, and Top 20! I didn't have time to drink, socialize or really eat any cake because I was having too much fun dancing. It was definitely a night to remember.
As the evening wore down and guests left we had our final dance as a wedding party to Applause and You & I by Lady Gaga. The Groomsmen were then allowed to smash the ice sculpture outside (which they loved).
We went back to our hotel and left for our Honeymoon on Monday. Let me know if you would like a Hawaii Travel Diary!
Our wedding day was as beautiful and perfect as I could have imagined! We are both so blessed to have so many family and friends helping us along the way.
Also leave any wedding related questions below. I would love to answer them.
Recently my Hubby and I took a day trip to London and I wanted to share some of the pictures and tips on traveling! We actually walked over 28,000 steps and over 12 miles! We saw a lot of the city but of course not all of it. It was supposed to rain all day so we prepared but it actually ended up being beautiful!
My husband and I currently live about an hour outside of London so we decided to take a train into the city. Driving would have been a nightmare so if you are traveling from the outskirts I highly recommend taking a train. We traveled into the Waterloo station which was very big, clean, and right next to the city. We just had a short walk over a beautiful bridge and we were in the city next to all of the historic places. Not to mention the bridge had BEAUTIFUL views while walking over it.
Before walking over the bridge we passed the London Eye. This is the giant ferris wheel that offers amazing views of the river and city skyline. We didn’t go into it on this trip. My sister who has been to London before went in it and said it is nice but to be warned it is pricey and can take a long time to go all the way around. So plan your time accordingly.
Once across the bridge we made our way towards Chipotle! This is my husband’s favorite restaurant in the states and when he found out there were a few in London he made it his mission to track down! Since it was lunchtime and close to where we were I happily obliged and we had a nice lunch. After lunch we walked into a busy square full of people and also had people in Pikachu, and Yoda costumes that you could take pictures with. There was also a HUGH monument with lions that a ton of people were sitting on to take pictures with. It also provided a distant view of Big Ben which was cool.
Big Ben is starting to be renovated for a while so we made our way over to it. It had scaffolding almost all over it but the top part was still uncovered. This renovation is supposed to last until 2021. Big Ben is attached to Westminster and let me tell you it is big and beautiful! Even with scaffolding all over it was amazing to see the size and beauty of this piece of architecture. You can buy tickets to tour the inside but we chose not to do that. We focused more on walking around and seeing the outside of buildings since the weather was so nice. After that we walked to Buckingham palace. This is quite a long walk away from Big Ben so be prepared. There are many buses that go to all of the main tourist spots so if you aren’t able to walk long distances I would recommend looking into them. My husband and I actually bought a London Travelcard which allowed us all day access to the Subway, Busses, and trains all over the city of London. It was so worth it and I HIGHLY recommend getting one. Check it out HERE.
Buckingham Palace was breathtaking ! The golden gates were gleaming in the sun while the red soldier marched in front of the palace. It felt like we were in a movie! There is also a beautiful monument outside of the Palace made of gold and marble. Picture tip: If you want a nice selfie with the Palace climb to the top of the monument and take one from up there.
After walking through a park we stumbled upon Chinatown. I thought it would be more like the Chinatown I hear about in NYC with shops and souvenirs but it was all restaurants. We weren’t able to eat at any but they all looked delicious. Also while in Chinatown we stumbled upon M&M world. It is a 3 story store full of everything M&M’s. It was very crowded but very cool to see. One thing I noticed while in London was there were many restarants but not many souvinier shops. I remember seeing maybe 2 shops which is very different from the US because many tourist destination places have souvinier shops everywhere.
After a quick Dinner at All Bar One (which was delicious) we made our way to the Tower of London. According to my husband this was where people in Medieval times were tortured. Once we made our way over we found that it was a beautiful castle like structure. We didn’t go in this time but we plan on going in on our next visit. A short walk from the Tower of London is Tower Bridge. This is one of the iconic bridges of London. Along the water are different restaurants and boats you can take through the river. It as too cold that day to do this but it would make a very romantic evening out. After Tower Bridge we had been walking around for about 8 hours and decided to head back home.
The best thing about London is all of the amazing things within a short distance. Also the amazing public transportation is an added bonus. All of the history and architecture is fun to see and learn about. I feel that it is very hard/ impossible to see London in 1 day but if you plan your trip with the must see places and rely on public transportation I think you can see much of it in 1 day or even a weekend.
If you don't already know, the Hubby and I have temporarily moved to England until the end of the year! We are so excited to have this experience and I can't wait to share it all with you! Traveling and packing can be such a stressful time so I wanted to share some of our favorite things we packed as well as useful things! I am sharing my favorite walking shoes, packing essentials and all the tips and tricks we are learning along the way! If you haven't seen my English House Tour Video check it out Below.
Walking around our new city today! 🏘 . . . . . #picoftheday #instapic #dailypic #instafollowers #instalike #picoftheday #travelblogger #travel #adventures #ootd #outfitoftheday #fblogger #blogger #bloggerswanted #igdaily #picoftheday #dailylook #dailypic #igstyle #mystyle #instastyle #instafollowers #instalike #instalook #instafashion #igfashion #latergram #fashion #outfitideas #styleideas
Packing Tips: What to Bring
If you guys have done any international traveling you know how long and painful the process can be. Hubby and I actually had a delayed flight out of America which caused us to miss our London flight. In total what was supposed to be only 7 hours of flying turned into 10+. It was a long and exhausting process but since we packed useful things we didn't run into too many problems.
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My Airplane Essentials:
Since you are stuck on an airplane for hours I HIGHLY recommend bringing things to entertain, help you sleep, and snacks! They might have snacks on the plane but from my experience they are either expensive or gross! We also always buy bottled water before we head on the plane so we can stay hydrated. You can also bring an empty water bottle with you and fill it up after security if this works better.
Always make sure you pack everything in your personal bag or carry on that you will be needing on the plane. I like to bring a laptop bag or a giant tote bag. I organize my items inside using cosmetics bags in order to keep everything together. You want these bags to be sturdy and secure. Check out my bag picks below.
Inside your bag you want to make sure you have all your neccessities to make traveling as easy as possible. In my bag I usually have my passport in a cute case, headphones, portable charges, snacks, neck pillow, and throw blanket. I also keep things like hand lotion, Advil, a good book, and over night toiletries. Check out my picks below.
I also receommend traveling in your most comfortable clothes possible. Comfortable does not mean sloppy. I think you can look put together and stylish withough wearing giant sweatpants, and ssweatshirts. My go to airport outfit is usually a pair of black leggings ( the ones below are my absolute FAVORITE), a loose tee, a bralette, and a light sweatshirt or jean jacket ( I linked 2 below under $100!) Also did I mention comfortable tennis shoes? I recently bought THESE shoes from Sketchers and they are so cute and comfortable! I feel like I am walking on clouds everytime I wear them! I also receommend any tennis shoes that fully support the foot and can stand up to all the walking you will be doing. Check out my picks below.
It is also very important to have sturdy, reliable luggage that will last more than 1 trip. You also want to make sure your luggage is tagged clearly with your information in case it gets lost. One of my tips is either to pick a luggage set or luggage tags that stand out so you can easily find your luggage on carousel. See my picks below.
Since my husband and I are staying in England for over 4 months we had to pack a lot of clothes including a lot of bulky clothes. In order to get these to fit into our suitcases we bought vacuum sealed bags. These were a life saver and helped fit everything in our luggage! They also have sets where you don't need a vacuum which is perfect for all of your vacations! Another thing you can use is packing cubes. This again compacts the clothing in your suitcase in order to utilize all the room. Check out my picks below.
The most important thing to remember when traveling is to not stress, enjoy every moment, and relax. Don't worry about things you can't control and have as much fun as you can when you get to your destination!
Let me know down below what your travel tips and tricks are! Stay tuned for more posts from our England stay.
Hey Guys! I recently returned from a girl’s getaway with my sister to Fort Lauderdale Florida and wanted to share some pictures as well as tips on how to pack light but effectively! Make sure to follow my Instagram HERE to see our amazing pictures as well as pictures of my future trips! Hint Hint…
My sister and I have never gone on a vacation just the 2 of us so we decided to go somewhere tropical, inexpensive and “close.” Now when I say close I mean within a 2-3 hour plane ride since we live in Ohio. Fort Lauderdale is perfect because it is a change of pace from Miami or Orlando but one can still get inexpensive and quick flights from almost anywhere in the country. We actually stayed in the city Lauderdale by the Sea which is a more relaxed small town vibe. We loved it! We stayed at this BEAUTIFUL Mexican themed motel that only had about 13 rooms and each one had a kitchen, courtyard and was poolside! I HIGHLY recommend it and you can find out more information about it HERE.
This area is perfect for a couple, a family, or just some friends if you are looking for a relaxing, quiet vacation. I wouldn’t recommend Lauderdale by the Sea if you are looking for nightlife, clubs, or a ton of restaurants. Overall the trip was awesome and I didn’t want to come home!
My sister and I chose to fly a budget friendly line since we are budget girls and the flight was only 2 hours long. When flying budget many of those lines charge for every little thing. The airline we flew allows each person a free personal item which can be a backpack or purse but charges for a carry on suitcase or a checked bag. Our airline was cheaper for a checked bag so we shared 1 suitcase to save money then stuffed as much as we could in 2 backpack/laptop bags. The nice thing about tropical vacations is that the clothing you pack can be minimal and lightweight. I also recommend checking a bag versus carrying on because you can get away with packing bigger liquids if needed.
So with all that said here are some tips I learned from this trip!
1. Pack light! My sister and I were in Florida for 5 days and 4 nights and tried to pack an outfit for each day and night. This was a HUGE waste of space and time. We ended up just wearing the same bathing suit cover-up everyday so we didn’t need the other 2 that we packed. I usually just bring a maxi dress as a cover up that is lightweight so it can dry overnight either in your room or outside. Also, I packed 3 pairs of shoes ad only ended up wearing 2. I always wear tennis shoes on the plane so those weren’t in my suitcase but I packed a pair of flip flops for the beach and “nicer” sandals for at night. I never wore the nicer sandals because I wore long dresses every night so you never saw my feet. My sister packed a few pairs of nice sandals and never wore them so my advice is if you need to bring a pair make sure they can match all of your outfits. Also on the lighter note, you don’t need to pack all your makeup. Whenever I go on vacations especially if I am going to be in the water or outside a majority of the time I try to give my face a break from makeup. I only usually pack eyeliner and waterproof mascara. I don’t wear this in the water but I do wear it out at night to make me look a bit more alive. But don’t forget your skincare!
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