Friday, January 2, 2015

Packing for St. Thomas

Here are my tips to pack for an easy trip.

1. Find the right suitcase. 

I like my Delsey Luggage Helium Sky Carry-On EXP Spinner Suiter TrolleyIt has lots of room, has a pocket for everything and expands two inches. Also, it has a front zipper for my laptop and liquids, which is very helpful for the security line.
Photo credit: amazon.com 


2. Never use the expanding feature until the return trip. Somehow my clothes never seem to fit as well on the way back.  

3. Roll everything but a suit jacket. Place jackets in the middle. 

4.  Sunscreen, and sunglasses. These are mandatory!  You can always buy some there, but they can be more expensive at the hotel. 

My favoriteNeutrogena® Beach Defence™ Sunscreen Stick with SPF 50+ - 1.5 oz. 

It's not a liquid so you don't have to worry about packing and it fits easily. It has a 50+ SPF and it worked great for me when I was walking around Croatia. However, I would still recommend having makeup with SPF15 for extra coverage on your face.

Photo credit: Target




5. Take one pair of shoes out- probably high heels. I love heels, but I only use them once or twice when I'm at the beach. It will save you some space. 

6. A coverup that can go from day to night. 

'High Tide' Tie Dyed Jersey Maxi Dress

Photo credit: Nordstrom 

8. Extra tank tops and active shorts. 
They are very easy to pack and can be used for many different occasions. 

9.  A book or magazine. 
Yes I'm bringing my ipad mini for most of my reading. However, if I'm at the beach, or on a sailboat, I don't want to risk my electronic device with sand and surf.  A book can dry or be replaced fairly cheaply.  


Photo credit: Amazon



10. A foldable, reusable water bottle.  
This has saved me so much money and space when I'm on vacation. I also take one Propel Liquid Water Enhancer Berry to add to the water if I want something sweeter.  This trick also keeps the vacation pounds from adding up because I'm drinking more water.  
 - Also if you can bring Starbucks Via, I bring them on the airplane because I hate airplane coffee but they will serve you hot water.  Starbucks even makes them in Peppermint Mocha.  


 Have Fun!!!!  


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Regifting Rules


The Rules for Regifting 

1.  The gift is new - this isn't a donation, it's a gift.

2.  The person will enjoy the gift.

3. Big or small, it should match what you would have spent.

4.  Wrap the gift and make it personal.

5.  You already have the right gift and it's perfect for your friend/family, but you will keep it in a box to maybe use it "someday. "

6.  If you need to save money, but you still want to give a gift. You should never go into credit card debt for Christmas gifts.  No true friend would want you to stress yourself out for a present.  Christmas/ Holidays should be about spending time with your friends and family. If you are stuck at work paying for the gift, you aren't spending time with them.

7. Time, in my opinion, is the best gift of all.   If you don't have a gift to give, don't worry just say Happy Holidays  :) and offer to have a potluck for all of your friends or meet for coffee one day.

8. White Elephant Gift parties are great for regifting.  A large group of people bring one gift and either steal the gift or stay with their chosen gift.

8. Enjoy the holiday season

 Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wearables: Fitness Trackers

The holiday season begins tomorrow as well the many parties to attend. And all those calories!  Fitness is key so the next accessory I need is a smart watch. I run 4 times a week and fitness measurement are a way of knowing if my training is working or if I should change my workout. Currently, most trackers measure calories, time, and distance, but I want to add heart rate to that list.


My ideal Fitness Tracker:  

1) I don't want to spend more than $200, but I will if the device is multifunctional. 

2) I personally don't need another screen for email when I'm running because I don't want to think about work. So the display can notify me of a message, but I don't want to be able to read it. 

3) The heart rate sensor has to be accurate and measure 24/7. 

4) The device must relay all the information to an app on my iPhone and/or the cloud . 

5) A long battery life is important


The first fitness tracker that I looked at is the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband   

I love the look of the device. It has no display but multiple sensors. 


Photo Credit: Amazon 


However, the Fitbit does not have a continuous heart rate monitor. So it's not for me. 

The 2nd one I considered was the Adidas Fit Smart. A strong point was that it did have an app that relayed your heart rate, however the battery life is only 10 hours.


Photo credit: Best Buy.com 


The third fitness tracker was the Samsung Gear Fit. It had a good battery life (2-3 days) and heart rate monitor. However, it was out of the running because it doesn't work with the iPhone. 

So, I think I'm just going to wait for the Fitbit Surge next year. 


https://www.fitbit.com/









Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fab Find: Navy Wool Peacoat

I love this coat for the upcoming winter. I have so many long coats in my closet that I'm set for when I go out. However, sometimes, I feel they are too formal.  This year, the peacoat is on my must have list.  The look is short enough, but the fabric is warm for the cold days.

Fall is for the amazing and soft leather jackets and peacoats rule the winter.



Photo Credit: http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=95285&vid=1&pid=129357002

and I know it's a little early in the season, but for gloves I always go for Old Navy ($) or leather Ugg Tech Gloves ($$$)  
'Fashion Shorty' Tech Glove
Photo Credit:
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ugg-australia-fashion-shorty-tech-glove/3209180?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=3221&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_8_D

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Day 6: Shopping



Best Ice Cream 


New necklace.  It's not real red coral, because it was only around $8.  It doesn't matter, I love the color. 

Packing: Hindsight is 20/20

What I wish I packed:
1. Another pair of sweatpants or shorts. Dresses are great for walking around town but Vis has a lot of outdoor activities.

2.  A lot of body lotion and suntan lotion. My skin is very dry with all this sun. However unless there is a non-liquid lotion, I brought all I could. I might go pick some up at the market here.

 What I didn't need to pack:
My one pair of heals. I'm walking too much on cobblestone and there's really no nightlife here on the island. My days have been spent on the water and my nights sitting down, eating and drinking for hours. The food and wine has been amazing. 




Day 6: Blue Cave Day








If you go on a tour, ask what's the price of lunch. It's not included and we learned the hard way. It was a good lunch, but it was very $$$$.  Live and learn. 

Also if you go during peak times here on Vis skip the blue cave tour. The cave is really pretty but the tour is run like bumper boats.  If you want to see the location, you should go really early in the morning (like 7-8 AM). You might be able to see the cave and the water is less bumpy in the A.M. 

Black swim top Victoria Secret
Black swim bottom Forever 21 
Coral dress Forever 21  
Shoes Keen 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Always bring the sunglasses!






Day 2:   Lunch 
Coral Dress: Forever 21
Black tank top: Express
Pink flip flops: Old Navy

Tip: Great wine here on Vis. Order something local


Day 3: Walking around Vis 
Blue tank top: Express
White t-shirt with pink flower: American Eagle
Shorts
Blue sneakers: Puma


Day 3:  Dinner
Black tank top: Express
Denim  mini skirt : American Eagle
Off white sweater
leopard print flats


Day 4:  Bike ride to the beach 
Nike swimsuit
Boat shoes. I use Keen shoes and they are great for any outdoor/water adventure because they dry very quickly but still can used for normal wear.  You have to wear shoes in the water because the beaches are hot stones and there are sea urchins underwater.  You do not want to step on one.
http://www.keenfootwear.com/us/en/product/shoes/women/waterfront/venice
Blue t-shirt




 So far it's been great weather.  It's been sunny and in the 80's. It got cold last night, but it was fine with a light sweater.






Croatia: Let's start the tour

Day 5

Military Tour 
Vis has had an interesting and long history. When it come to war, the island is in the right place to see who's coming in and out of the Adriatic Sea. Also, it's fairly easy to defend because of it's rocky coast and high mountains. So one thing past leaders of Vis have done, was to build lots of tunnels.  Today, the locals give tours of these underground landmarks. I learned a different aspects of WW2 and more about the croatian history.
To learn more about the history visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vis_(island)

I recommend it but also add the wine tasting to the tour.






Jeans
Pink shirt American Eagle
Puma sneakers