Monday, September 16, 2019

Brighton Bucket List

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Surprise! If you follow me Instagram then you might've seen that I am going to London soon, but what I've yet to share is that I am also going to Brighton!! So the original plan of the trip was to go to Paris for a few nights, but we instead decided to head to Brighton instead! Basically anyone and everyone who knows me knows how much I've wanted to go to Brighton, aka I've been talking about the place for years (i.e. I've also mentioned it on the blog here and here).

Semi-funny story, I was actually telling a friend about it the other and she knew about it from Pride and Prejudice! In case you're not familiar with Brighton it's a little town on the English seaside, that literally looks like the most adorable place ever.

So today I wanted to share a bucket list of the things that I want to do during our short stay in Brighton. We are only going to be there for 2 nights, so one full day, so we for sure want to make the most of our time there!

1. BRIGHTON PALACE PIER


3. SHOPPING IN THE LANES


5. THE BEACH

6. THE ROYAL PAVILLION

7. MAGAZINE 


9. EXPLORE THE TOWN


Anyways I'm so excited to finally go and experience Brighton irl!! I will for sure be sharing pictures and about my experience while I'm there to stay tuned for more Brighton related posts!!

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Friday, September 13, 2019

links

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Happy Friday the 13th!! Hope everyone had a great week and has some exciting plans for the weekend! My week was a bit slow. My parents are off adventuring around Italy while I am stuck at home with a baby pug following me around. Although I can't complain too much as I do have some exciting things of my own coming up! Including some road trips, concerts, and overseas trips all coming very soon!! Anyways I digress as my current weekend will be spent working, which I'm not entirely complaining about as the money will be much appreciated at the moment. Anyways here are some fun links to kick off the weekend!

The Mansur Gavriel Fall 2019 collection is dreamy (quite literally clouds and all).

It's no secret on here that I'm into K-beauty, here are 6 Indie K-beauty brands to know about, which I must say they are all very aesthetic.

I recently discovered this brand, AYR, and am obsessed. It's a women founded brand that is full is quality basics. Still a bit out of my budget but a girl can dream!

An expensive roundup of socks, random but as a sock lover I don't hate it.

This article of useful tips for finding good travel deals. Believe or not it is possible to travel without much money! I myself am a testament of this! lol

Fun fact: I love books! Whether it's reading them or just looking at them (lol) I love books! Here are 10 ways to store your books that aren't bookshelves. My personal fave are the books in the fireplace.

This may be a tad premature but love this Halloween decor idea!

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

ultimate designer bag wishlist

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It's funny that I'm posting this because I am 100% not a handbag girl at all. But every once in a while I'll watch a few luxury handbag related videos on YouTube (recently namely Alyssa Lenore, her style is 100% to die for) and I'm honestly amazed by how invested people are in handbags, which thus rubs off on me and makes me want to be just as invested. Though to be honest my invest lasts about as long as it takes me to look up the price of any said handbag and then I loose interest. But for kicks and giggles I thought it would be fun to share a few bags that I would totally get if I had buckets of cash.

As I previously mentioned I am really not a handbag girl, I've literally been carrying the same Madewell Zip-Top Transport Tote for the past year and a half (which is looking dingy af). With that being said I am also incredibly picky with bags. I'm not a high maintenance gal so with that I really don't like anything that looks high maintenance. So for the most part I stay away from anything super structured and basically everything that you have to carry like in the crook of your arm. So to put it lightly there has been much deliberation over the bags on this list.

Chanel Gabrielle // As a total luxury handbag amateur this bag has been a recent discovery of mine and I am obsessed. I have never really lusted over Chanel until discovering this bag. I just love how this bag is simple and not too frou-frou with a bit of edginess thrown in. I actually found a "dupe" for this bag on Yesstyle and am highly considering getting it because it's just such a "cool girl" bag.

Mulberry Mini Alexa // Really throwing it back here, if you follow handbags you know this bag is olddd news. So much so that they don't even make this bag anymore. I just think it's the dreamiest cutest little thing. I have no joke wanted this bag since high school and it's probably the most affordable one on this list too.

YSL Star Bag // I can't say I specifically want this specific bag (although I wouldn't complain). But YSL does so many different things with star motifs and I am obsessed. In case you don't know I love stars and if anything has stars is just makes me want it that much more.

Gucci GG Marmont Top Handle // No one can deny that Gucci is having a moment rn, they are absolutely killing it. With that being said I think the Marmont Top Handle bags are just darling, either the small or the mini is super cute too. And my favorite feature of this bag is the quilted heart on the bag, let me tell you it's always the details that gets me.

Loewes Small Puzzle Bag // Another new to me bag that is dreamy. As I've mentioned I'm not particularly fond of super structured bags and I absolutely love the shape of this. It's structured but not too structured. I also think it's so perfect in the tan color.

Chloe Mini Faye Backpack // Okay so Chloe bags are dreamy, not one can deny that. After the Mulberry Mini Alexa this bag has probably been on my wishlist the second longest (lol wut). Again, I don't think they are making this bag anymore but I still love it. I don't know what it is about it but it's just the most darling, chicest little backpack that I am just dying over.

What are some luxury bags you've been lusting over?
Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Friday, August 30, 2019

links

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Yay! Another post sharing some links!! I'm not going to lie my motivation behind when I decide to post one of these is I usually stumble across one thing I want to share then scramble around to find some other neat things. Soo, yeah. Hope everyone out there had a great week and is ready for the long weekend! I for one am so ready for fall! Very much ready for jeans and leggings and fuzzy sweaters and sweatshirts omg. In the meantime while I try to patiently wait here are some fun things to browse!

So this is the reason for this post, the Hailey Baldwin (Bieber), Princess Diana pictures. They are amazing and everything at the same time.

So I saw this Madewell sweatshirt on an Instagram ad the other day and kinda want it for one reason. I used to be obsessed with this Gameboy Advance game (whoa) called Harvest Moon growing up so when I saw this I was like omg. I just don't really have $75 to spend on a sweatshirt rn though... sad. lol.

This sweatshirt is so cute too!

Speaking of shopping related things I've been eyeing this bag for fall, it's so cute!!

For a girl who hates heels this article about flat shoe trends is a dream.

Making these cookies this weekend.

This dreamy Marine Serre Fall/Winter collection.

So I've been trying (and failing) to be on Instagram less recently, but here's an interesting article about stopping looking at your phone before bed.

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Saturday, August 3, 2019

links

Happy August! Been trying to get back into the hang of blogging again, so I of course have to make one of my beloved links posts! I don't know what it is about these but I just love them! Anyways I can't believe it's already August! Summer has seriously flown by! It has been a good and weird summer all wrapped up in one. But these past couple weeks have been busy traveling around and I've spent a lot of hours in the car.

It's officially August which means it's now "Bad Summer"

Explanation of enneagrams, apparently I'm not the only one confused by them. I took a generic quiz awhile ago and was somewhere between a 6 and a 9 and I'm honestly still not quite sure which fits me best...

A list of some fancy cafes.

This interesting read with beauty writer Mi-Anne Chan.

As someone with "medium hair" here's some medium hair inspo.

I've been trying to get back into bullet journaling and here's a simple spread to increase your productivity.

If you're in need of some new phone wallpapers these from Poppy Deye's are so freaking cute!

Speaking of Poppy Deyes I loved her quick little post on how to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

I'm going to London soon-ish and here's a guide to London's best bottomless brunches!

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Postcards from Kauai, HI

I went to Hawaii back towards the beginning of the summer and man, Hawaii is a place. It wasn't my first time to Hawaii but each trip is just as breath-taking as the time before. But this trip in particular was special because we finally went back to Kauai. We spent a week in Kauai and then a week in Maui, but the week in Kauai is the important part.

Kauai was the island I went to on my very first trip to Hawaii and it was where I fell in love with the place. But on all my other trips to Hawaii (nbd or anything lol), until this year, we mainly focused on Maui taking a few short trips to Oahu and the Big Island. But I have been dreaming about Kauai since that first trip and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

Anyways today I wanted to do a simple post sharing a few snapshots from my trip because Kauai is stunning and it will forever be my favorite island. There's something about it that I just love, I mean it is called The Garden Island for a reason. The whole place is just l
ush and green with the most stunning mountains, called the Na'pali Coast, right off the ocean. Also there are wild chickens! It is a bit less populated and touristy than places like Maui and Oahu but that's just part of it's charm.

Also the quality of these photos are all over the place, some of them were shot with my phone and some with an actual camera. It is a bit cringy for me seeing them all right next to other, so just to warn you.

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda




Monday, July 29, 2019

New Room, Who Dis?

Soo I am currently living at home with my parents (woo). I'm not going to lie it's not my ideal location or set-up, but the price is right (aka free) and my parents are chill so it's not the worst situation either. Anyways I have spent the past few years hating my bedroom here, like the walls were purple, there was freaking weird monkey crap everywhere, and the kicker is that the ceiling was green. Oh! And the amount of holes in my wall from thumbtacks from all the various posters and things I hung up was ridiculous.

Long story short, I finally decided that I had enough and was going to paint my room. With a slow week ahead of me at work I figured it was time to get busy. So I marched over to Lowes to get my paint and brushes and things and went for it. Luckily I had already picked out a paint color back in December, oops, so I didn't have to go through the whole ordeal of finding what I wanted (it's Sherwin Williams Nebulous White btw). Before I knew it, a week later, I had a whole new space.

Anyways to get back into the swing of blogging I thought I would make a quick little post sharing a few snippets of my new room! But all you get is snippets because it definitely isn't anywhere near how I would like it and it's not like it's a giant room either.
My favorite part of my room! I wasn't a huge fan of doing another gallery wall, but I'm actually happy with how it turned out!
My cutie snake plant.
Desk things.
This shelf drives my perfectionist side crazy and I am just never happy with it, but here it is. Also the top half is too pinky and girly for my tastes....
Speaking of girly, just some girly things.

Hope you enjoyed!
Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Amsterdam City Guide


// why Amsterdam? //

Amsterdam was a city I had been dying to visit for ages and when I stumbled across crazy cheap plane tickets I knew I couldn't miss out. So last February I gathered up a group of some of my favorite ladies and we took our very first European adventure together!

So why Amsterdam? Amsterdam is a city full of old world charm combined with cutting edge trends.  While most infamously known for their lax attitude towards drugs and sex it is so much more than that. It's a charming city full of canals lined with crooked houses. The city isn't just picturesque but it's chock full of history, Instagrammable cafes, cool boutiques, and so much more.

The city is also beautiful year 'round! We went during the dead of winter, February, and it was still breathtaking, but I am dying to go back in the spring and see the city in bloom! 

// what to know before visiting //

Starting with the basics Dutch is the primary language in the Netherlands, but have no fear because everyone speaks English too.

Next coffeeshops are not what you think they are. Unlike the rest of the world in Amsterdam there is a clear difference between coffeeshops and cafes. A cafe is where you go if you're looking for somewhere to sip a cappuccino. Whereas a coffeeshop is where you'll want to go if you are looking to get your hands on some marijuana.

Be careful when crossing the streets! You may have heard that Amsterdam is big on bicycling and this is no joke!   Don't loiter in bike lanes and make sure you don't just look for car traffic but also bike traffic when crossing streets. Take note that some of the main streets you have to check for the oncoming bike, cars, and trams.

If you decide to take a peak at the Red Light District just know that photography is not only disrespectful but also illegal.

Finally my favorite, make sure to try some of the local cuisine. Some of the famous street foods in the city are fries, stroopwaffles, and pickled herring. Bitterballen is another great dish, which is basically balls of fried gravy, sounds weird but it's so good! And make sure to pick up some Tony's Chocolonely and Wilhelmina Peppermints!

// getting around the city //

Getting around the city was really straightforward. Starting with the train directly from the airport to the city center. The train station is attached to the airport and it was super affordable and the ride was maybe 20 minutes max to get into the city.

First Amsterdam is fairly walkable. It isn't a huge city and a lot of the big tourist attractions are near each other, so depending on how you plan your days you'll probably barely need to use public transport.

 Amsterdam has a mixture of trams, buses, a small metro, and ferries. We found the tram to be the most efficient way to get around the city and you just purchase your pass from the conductor as you board.

Last if all of that is too intimidating there is always Uber. We did use Uber a handful times, when we just wanted to get somewhere or when it was too cold. But just like in any city Uber is not always the cheapest or most efficient way to get around.

// where to eat //


We enjoyed Pluk so much that we actually ate here twice! Pluk is an adorable cafe that serves everything from sandwiches, smoothie bowls and cakes to the most adorable selection of home goods!


The atmosphere of this place is absolutely amazing. This cafe is in a renovated cinema that was built during the '20s! The architecture of the building is breathtaking and the decor is both tropical/beachy and industrial which sounds odd but it somehow works. The food was insanely good too. Another great option with sandwiches, juices, and a variety of hot breakfast items. 


This was one of our first food stops on the trip and it is a must! Another place that is again aesthetically beautiful but also a great place where everyone can get what they want. Also pay a visit to the Kanarie Club for a drink and to enjoy the stunning decor.


Yet another cafe but again totally worth going to. This place was not even a block from our Airbnb and had amazing coffee. It's a great spot for a quick breakfast and a beautiful Insta pic.


If anywhere on this list is Instagram worthy it's this place. Not only do they have a nice variety of sandwiches and breakfast items but also the most insane cakes and milkshakes that are begging to be shared on the 'gram. We stopped by the cafe for a mid-afternoon snack and sampled some of their cakes. While the cakes were a little bit dense, the presentation and atmosphere made it totally worth it.


We ate here on our last night in the city and it's a super cozy spot to go if you are looking for a traditional Dutch meal. Perfect for a cold winters night! 


We came here right before we left for the airport on our final day in the city. It was the perfect place to stop by and fuel up for our long travel day ahead of us. The coffee was good, the atmosphere was great, and we highly recommend the pancakes!


// what to do //


We did this on our first day in the city and it is a great way to get an introduction to the city.


One of the oldest botanical gardens in the world and you will not regret visiting, as it is breathtaking.


The building itself is stunning and it holds a huge selection of stunning art. Don't miss the dollhouses and library!

Visit Dam Square

Dam Square is one of those places you can't not go while in the city and it's also a great place to head towards if you're looking to do some shopping!


Make sure you buy your tickets in advance as they sell out, you can purchase them two months before your visit. The Anne Frank house is 100% worth visiting. The exhibit is really moving and really well done.

Wander the City

As I have previously mentioned the city is absolutely beautiful and it's worth it just taking some time to get lost in the city and discover the city on your own.


This super cool museum is in a gorgeous townhome right across from the Rijksmuseum.  It holds a cool variety works from artists like Banksy, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein. 


// where to stay //


Airbnb's are always a great option if you're looking for a good deal and to get the most of your money. This is the route we went as we were on a tight budget and was better suited for housing 4 people in Europe. Just make sure to properly do your research and read the reviews! This is the Airbnb we stayed at and it honestly couldn't be more perfect for our stay, we highly recommend!

Despite not staying here we did stop by the bar for drinks one night and was blown away by the hotel. 
It's absolutely gorgeous and definitely worth the visit if just for the bar (FYI we were also survived by a cute British waiter so...) And the hotel is surprising not outrageously overpriced for how pretty it is.


This is another hotel that we stopped by the bar for drinks one night and this hotel again is an absolute dream. It is a bit on the pricier side but if you're looking to treat yourself I would definitely look into this hotel.

Thanks for reading!!

xox,
Amanda

Saturday, March 23, 2019

links

Hi everyone! Long time no talk! I haven't posted in so long because I just honestly haven't been feeling inspired or motivated to post anything. But that has recently changed and I want to start devoting more time to the blog again! Although I'm not going to make any promises because life is life. To be completely honest life has actually been hard recently and I've been struggling a lot with my anxiety. But I guess some good is coming out of this as it's inspiring me to do things that I enjoy, like creating and sharing! Anyways I figured what better than to come back with one of my favorite links posts!

My first link isn't so much a link as much as it is a recommendation, a Netflix recommendation to be exact. If you're into K-dramas (or even if you aren't) you need to watch Romance is a Bonus Book. It's the cutest, feel good drama and I just love everything about it.

This hilarious list of 10 Things That are Great in Theory, Disappointing in Practice is one of best things I have read recently.

Glossier just dropped a Mango Balm Dot Com and to be honest I was looking for an excuse to place a Glossier order and this was it.

Would it be links post if I didn't share a What's Coming to Netflix next month?!

For all of my fellow stationary pals here are 34 Pretty Desk essentials that you probably need!

To be honest I'm not super into mukbangs, but I have been loving Stephanie Soo. She's a really good story teller and I like playing her videos when I'm just doing chores or something around the house.

Anyways this list was short but sweet! The perfect little list of things to get me back into being more active on here!

xox,
Amanda

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Links

It's finally Satur-yay!! Hope everyone out their had a great week! My week started off with a bang (so cheesy), or a bust. But Monday evening my car broke down at a stoplight, literally one minute I was sitting, waiting at the light and the next the light was green and my car wasn't moving. By some miracle I managed to get it off the road, but it was kind of traumatic and there were definitely many tears and phone calls involved. Anyways long story short the engine is busted and is currently being replaced. But other than that this week has been pretty smooth sailing, but I am for sure glad the weekend is finally here and I of course have some fun links to share today!!

73 Questions with Saoirse Ronan, have I mentioned that I love her?!

As I'm sure many of you are well aware the Nordstrom Anniversary pre-sale started this week!! A things I'm loving: this sweater (tho I do not need more sweaters), these pants, this top, and may have already bought this tee. Also can't decide if these shoes are cute or too extra/frilly...

I generally like to keep these links posts pretty light, but this article by Rachel Held Evans is v good.

Rose ice cream!?!? (Also if you haven't tried the Angry Orchard Rose Hard Cider I highly recommend)

Chloe Bruderer. I recently discovered her on Design Love Fest after saving basically all of the wallpapers she designed, but I am obsessed with her designs. She started a hashtag called #hotboiwithlacroix and it is seriously the brilliant thing ever, exhibit A.

5 Make-up trends that are currently trending in Korea.

I have been making this granola on repeat, no joke.

In case you haven't heard National Ice Cream Day is on Sunday so here is where you can get free ice cream.

Omg Ariana Grande's new song. queen.

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Korean Skincare for Beginners

As I've briefly mentioned previously Asian beauty products have always peaked my interest, which I think things that aren't American peak my interest in general but that's another story. But more recently I have actually been getting even more into Korean beauty and skincare (and fashion). Anyways my interest and curiosity led me to purchasing a handful of products and I have developed a whole new little routine. Approaching K-beauty can be a little intimidating especially if you're new to it. In case you didn't know Koreans are very gung-ho about skincare, so in return the skincare industry over there is insane and there are tons and tons of products. I wanted to make a post to not only document my experience so far but also if you're interested in K-beauty and new to it too then maybe this will help you out a bit!

If you are new to K-beauty and you want to learn more I've found Soko Glam to be a great resource. If you Google anything about Korean skincare it won't be long until you come across the phrase "10-step skincare routine," which I agree sounds a bit daunting. But Charlotte Cho breaks down each step perfectly here and explains the reasons behind each step. I also highly recommend her book The Little Book of Skincare, which goes way more into depth about Korean skincare and just skincare in general.

Before I get into the fun bits I'm going to talk about my skin type real quick. So I unfortunately was blessed with acne-prone skin, combination skin that leans more towards the side of being oily. So my t-zone for sure gets oily and my cheeks are drier but they aren't dry to the point of getting dry patches or anything.

So this is for sure I very, very basic routine consisting of only 4-steps. I couldn't quite bring myself to the 10-step routine just yet because a) my previous "routine" consisted of only 2 products and b) even though K-beauty is more affordable your girl doesn't have that kind of money. So I broke down what looked like the most important steps and focused on that. So the steps I focused on were the double cleanse, tone, and moisturize.

Step 1: Cleanse with an oil cleanser
So I start my routine off by cleansing my skin with an oil-based cleanser all over my face. I have been using the Banila Co Clean It Zero cleanser. I know oil cleanser sound scary, but this honestly melts off all of make-up and oils that have built up on my skin and leaves my skin feeling soft and ready for the next steps. To use this I just take a little bit of the cleanser massage over dry skin and then rinse it off with some lukewarm water.

Step 2: Cleanse with a water or gel based cleanser
Now that I've washed off all of my make-up it's time to actually clean my skin. So I wash my face, again. Double cleansing is actually something I did previously and it honestly makes a difference. I've been using this Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser which this cleanser is just a really good basic cleanser.

Step 3: Tone
So after all the washing it's time to use a toner! Toners are made to cleanse the skin (again) as well as reset the pH balance of your skin and prep it for absorbing products that you are going to put on next.  I have been using the Acwell Licorace pH Balancing Cleansing Toner. I chose this toner because it isn't super harsh and it has a lot of ingredients that are good at brightening acne scars which I've been all about recently. 

Step 4: Moisturize
Finally I apply my moisturizer. Moisturizing is a super important step, even for those of use with oily skin, as this is most effective in maintaining the health of your skin. An added bonus it will also help prevent fine lines and wrinkles in the future. The moisturizer that I have been using is the Cosrx Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion. I have been loving this moisturizer because it's super moisturizing without feeling super heavy on my skin.

I also want to point out that I do have a few products on my wishlist too that I have been wanting to add to my little arsenal. First is an essence, which is apparently the basis of a Korean skincare routine. These are used between the toner and moisturizer and are formulated to tackle more specific issues. The one that is currently on my wishlist is the Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. Snail mucin is apparently a super great ingredient for repairing your skin as well as brightening hyper pigmentation. I've also been wanting to get my hands on the Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine. This just looks like a super cool and innovative exfoliant that is also convenient and gentle.

So that is my current K-beauty skincare routine! I do try exfoliate about twice a week too, but I have just been using a gentle Aveeno exfoliant that I already had for that. I haven't been using these products long enough to say I've noticed a difference in my skin, but what I can say is that I have been enjoying doing this little routine. It's actually really relaxing to take the time to do this every morning and night.

I hope this was helpful for anyone who wants to dip their toes into K-beauty as well and I defiantly plan on keeping you all updating on this little K-beauty journey!

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Friday, June 15, 2018

Links

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Can we just have a moment for the fact that we made it, it is finally Friday!!! Can I just say this past week was the longest week ever and for literally no reason. I had a little getaway last weekend at the beach with a few friends and came home early Monday morning. While our trip was definitely much needed and loads of fun, I have just been feeling drained and slightly under the weather this whole week. So I am so looking forward to have this weekend to just chill and celebrate Father's Day too of course!

A really interesting article on how we treat the heads of fashion houses as well as the role they play in the brand.

Mental health is extremely difficult to understand, for both those of us who struggle with it and those who don't. With everything going on in the news recently these two pieces on Darling that focus on the myths and meanings of depression both seemed extremely relevant, with one focusing on treating depression and one on how to offer support for depression.

PSA Reformation is now sold at Nordstrom. Can I just say Nordstrom always has their finger on the pulse and never fails me.

In honor of Pride here's a little tidbit on the history of the rainbow flag.

I've been getting into Korean fashion recently so I was all over this article on 6 affordable Korean brands you should know about.

While I'm on Korean things I picked up this book from the library and it is actually really enlightening. I also may or may not have made a cheeky little order on Soko Glam after slightly panicking over how little I do for my skin.

Wit & Delight wrote this great read on Kate Spade and celebrating her life.

6 living rooms that prove you don't have to sacrifice coziness in order to have a pretty space.

I'm not going to lie I do like nice things but I am also notoriously thrifty and rarely pay full price for anything. Here are some helpful tips, including things that I actually do, on how to snag deals on great pieces.

Last but not least this Who What Wear list of travel essentials is legit goals, like can I one day be this fab when I travel??

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda