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3 Things You Shouldn’t Wear to the Airport

Ahh, the airport, one of my favorite places to be. It either means I’m headed off to an adventure or about to return home to my bed (which either way is very exciting). I love packing, snacking, and people watching, which makes why I love the airport pretty obvious.

After years of traveling alone I have basically got my airport style down to a science. Starting out with very little consideration for how I dressed to now wearing almost the exact same thing every time, I have come a long way. Through this trial-and-error process, I have narrowed down some simple things you shouldn’t wear to the airport.

Lots of/Any jewelry or a belt:

Jewelry, belts, and other metal accessories will all take up time getting through airport security. Often times you might forget to take something off and have to spend additional time at TSA to realize you left your big watch on. Not to mention, it will take more time to put it all back on. If you insist on wearing jewelry, keep what you want to wear in your carry-on and put it on after you are cleared through TSA.

Lace-up shoes:

Again, this adds time at TSA. Not only are you inconveniencing the people behind you, you’re adding unnecessary stress to your travel experience. Opt for slip-on sneakers (+ socks because no one likes smelly feet), Birkenstocks, or something easy to get you through TSA.

A giant handbag full of stuff as your additional carry-on:

This is especially relevant to those of us who only do carry-on. If you have your carry-on luggage and then try to put all of your other things like liquids, cosmetics, etc. in your purse and lug that around you will be miserable. Use a backpack and put your purse in either your carry-on or your backpack and take it out when you get to your destination. The backpack is easy to carry, transport, and fits a lot more with better organization. For those of us who check luggage, this might not be as necessary since most of your stuff can go in your luggage but, I still recommend a backpack for everything you bring on the plane with you! Backpacks zip completely, which prevents your stuff from spilling everywhere if your bag falls over.

 

REVIEW: Lush Cosmetics Shampoo Bar 

Hey guys! Today I’m reviewing one of the Lush Cosmetics shampoo bars: Montalbano! As you know, I work for Lush and so I’ve been eyeing the shampoo bars for some time now. 

The other day on my way out I decided to pick one up and give it a go in honor of Earth Day! Making shampoo bars versus bottled liquids help save 118,000 gallons of water each year. (They are also EXCELLENT for travel, as they are a solid product. Lush even sells tins that fit the bars!) 

These little genius bars retail at $10.95 USD and come in a variety of scents/styles. You get anywhere from 60-90 washes depending on variables such as how much you use, length, and thickness of your hair amoung others. 

 I chose Montalbano because of the Scilian lemon oil and green olives, which together will strengthen my hair and give it fantastic shine! (I am also obsessed with all things lemon scented). It is a deep cleansing shampoo bar. There is also Rosemary in this bar to keep your scalp soothed. Montalbano is VEGAN. 

 

Montalbano

 
How to use: Simply wet your hair, run the bar under some water to get it sudsy and work onto your head to get your desired lather going. Then use your hands to massage the lather into your scalp. It is VERY important that you keep the bar out of the water when you aren’t using it, to help keep from product melting away unnecessarily. Then, rinse out the shampoo! 

I am BEYOND impressed with this product. I loved the lather, the price point is excellent for 60-90 washes, and it made a noticeable difference to the shine and strength of my hair. I have been completely converted to shampoo bars and don’t see myself ever going back. 10/10, would recommend to anyone and everyone. 

Until next time 

Xoxo, 

Kat 

Where I’d Rather Be… 

 

Ring of Kerry, W. Ireland

 

Where I’d Rather Be…

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Lake George, Colorado (view from the plane)

Where I’d Rather Be…

Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Where I’d Rather Be…

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Mizen Head on the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

The Carry-On Essentials You’ll Never Leave Without

 

I love all kinds of travel but, I particularly love airports. There has always been something so poetic about a place where everyone could be headed off to an adventure or waiting for someone to come home to them.

I also love packing. It’s the first thing that really makes a trip feel like it’s actually happening. So, you can imagine the perfect storm of combination of excited emotions that came over me as I prepared for my most recent trip to Ireland. As I sat on the floor of my room with my carry on packed (after losing a suitcase for 12 days I refuse to check a bag ever again) I thought about the things I needed to throw in my tote bag to keep handy for the 5+ hour redeye flight.

The first thing I can guarantee I will always have in my bag are butter socks. They are fuzzy socks kicked up a notch with some Shea butter blended into them. I wear my slip-on Top Shop sneakers when I fly (to make it easier to deal with security). No matter how long the flight is, the best feeling is slipping on butter socks to get comfortable. You can snag a pair here from Nordstrom for $6 a pair.

Kind of along the same lines is my oversized scarf. The one I am currently obsessing over is this one from Free People. It actually ends up being a small sized blanket when unwrapped and spread out and is one of the warmest scarves I’ve ever had. It’s perfect for when the plane is chilly or you want to get some shut eye.

This is something I learned as a tween watching Michelle Phan which I swear by. I always have a face mask with me on the plane. Recycled air dries your skin out unlike anything else and for someone like me, it’s a wonder my face doesn’t crack into a million pieces after a long flight. I pick a few of the Montagne Jeunesse brand up every time I stop by Ulta since they’re pretty cheap ($1.99). Grab the ones that are the paper masks, throw it in your bag, and put it on when you’re ready to relax! You might look like a crazy person for 20 minutes or so but, if you don’t want to look too insane just take it out and wipe your face with the mask. To help your skin also bring a big bottle of water, chapstick, and a travel sized moisturizer.

After the face mask I throw on some of these under eye recovery patches from Earth Therapeutics. The dehydration caused by the recycled air can cause puffiness under your eye and if sleeping on red-eye flights is hard for you these will also help with dark circles in the morning before you land.

My current snack obsession is sweet potato chips. I HATE sweet potatoes but seriously these chips are the best thing I’ve ever had. I can eat an entire bag in one sitting. Grab a small bag of  these babies to open on the plane when you get hungry and need to munch. My favorite brand is Food Should Taste Good.

I’m one of those people that can’t sleep on planes because I’m too excited to end up where I’m headed so, I always have my Kindle with me full of books I haven’t read yet. On the last flight I was on I read the American Sniper autobiography and Looking for Alaska by John Green. Getting to read two books and not have to carry them both with me always reminds me why the Kindle is so awesome.

An interesting thought for anyone traveling internationally; bring your own pen. This way you can easily fill out customs forms before you land or declarations papers when returning home. Plus, it never hurts to have a pen in general.

And there you have it! Beyond the obvious travel carry-ons, these are the things you will find in my black hole tote bag every time I am out on an adventure somewhere.