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Travel Beauty Products For A Jet-Set Look

Travel beauty products

Adventurous, exciting, new…it’s how I describe travel, even when it’s completely exhausting. To keep my self sane and not feeling completely out of whack, there are a few travel beauty products that are must-haves and result in the ‘effortless travel chic’ look that we all want. Most of these are items you already have or can easily pick up before your next flight.

Hydrate! One obvious solve is to drink lots of mimosas water, starting by picking up a bottle of Fiji goodness at the airport so you have one handy on the plane. A mimosa or two won’t hurt, just drink some extra H2O.

Masks and moisture strips are my skin savior and so easy to travel with and just as easy to apply. My favorites include strips to brighten my eyes and a detoxifying or brightening sheet mask which brings me back to life after a long plane ride. Miss Spa line of masks are travel-friendly, packaged individually and are good for all skin types. You can find them at Target {win!}.

Cleansing oil is kind of my new thing. I love how hydrated my skin feels after using and it’s easy to find in travel size. This along with make up wipes are key for red eye and loooong international flights. For my upcoming flight to Croatia and Italy, I’m packing DHC Beauty deep cleansing oil.

Marula oil, like Marula Pure Beauty Facial Oil… another oil that I live, but has a different purpose than cleansing oil. It’s great to use on the plane as well as at any final destination {hot or cold}. Use on your face, cuticles…even your hair. Something else that works great, and you have in your cupboard, is coconut oil.

Hydrating face mists and essential oils are also amazing items to take when traveling as they help your skin not to freak out. They calm, hydrate, reduce irritation and add a glow. I’m traveling with Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist and Darphin Tangerine essential oil. The mist is great to carry around and reapply as needed {they don’t clog pores} and the essential oil helps hydrate skin while you sleep.

Green Bay Packers Weekend Agenda

Green Bay Packers

Happy Friday and holiday season, lovelies! After being in Maui, San Diego, Los Angeles and Miami…I’m now on my way to Green Bay. This weekend, I’ll enjoy everything Titletown has to offer…including the cold. Cheers to a big win, good football and more festive holiday activities. Here’s your Green Bay Packers Weekend Agenda…

Green Bay Packers Weekend Agenda


I’ve talked about hot cocoa, hot toddys, spiked hot cider…but not a hot egg nog. I’m not usually a fan of egg nog, but when there’s whiskey involved…I change my tune. Try this Hot Cider Nog to keep you warm this weekend. I know I’ll be doing the same.


Whether you’re hosting a party or not, eating appetizer-made meals just feels festive. It’s also perfect to serve up during Sunday Football. Just sayin’! Short on time? Trader Joes has what you need with these hostess ideas and more quick and easy ideas here and here.


I shopped up the NFL Shop for some warmer GB gear, but for those not going to the game, shop the new Topshop winter arrivals…fur, sequins and this ‘Dear Santa’ Sweatshirt.


Obviously Green Bay beating up on the Cowboys is the main show this weekend. Turn on Fox at 3:25pm CST. If Aaron Rodgers isn’t enough for you this weekend, watch Chris Hemsworth in In The Heart Of The Sea opening this weekend.

Workout Anywhere, Anytime With These 4 Tips

Workout Anywhere, Run, adidas Boost

With summer winding down, these darker mornings are a serious struggle, right? 5am all of a sudden feels like the middle of the night and soon it will be WAY too dark to go for a run. Getting out of bed feels like a big accomplishment. What I need is a serious dose of workout motivation and the treadmill isn’t it. Some new running tights and music stream from RockMyRun are two… but I also need new ideas to workout anywhere, anytime.

Workout Anywhere, Anytime

Tip one when traveling is to always stay at a hotel with a gym. The bonus is you don’t have to pack for cold or rainy weather, which saves valuable room in the suitcase. You can usually find what you need at Westin hotels and their WestinWorkout Fitness Centers.

If your favorite hotel {or home} doesn’t have a gym… grab a jump rope, resistance band or Barre3 ball. These items are easy to pack and take anywhere {yes, the ball deflates}. Find a 10 minute jump rope workout here, resistance band exercises here and Barre3 streams online with 10-60 minute classes.

There are also plenty of “DIY exercises” that you can do anywhere… planks, anyone? You can workout your abs, arms and legs with these exercises and these exercises.

Another workout anywhere, anytime friendly option is streaming online workouts. Barre3 is fantastic, but you need internet. So, what do you do in those rare moments of no wifi? FitnessGlo lets you save workouts to use in those {frightening} instances.

Read here for other on the go tips from TonieGirl.

Summer Vacation Starts Here + $500 Cash Giveaway

Santa Monica

Today is the 2nd day of summer and what better way to celebrate than with a summer vacation? Maybe with an extra $500 cash to take with you? Now it’s decision time…do you head to a yoga retreat, bum around a beach town or take that urban escape? Or maybe there’s a way to do all three. This cash giveaway has me summer dreamin’…. good luck!

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Ciao… I’m Off To Italy

ciao, Italy, prosecco

Ciao, lovelies! I’m on my way to Italy and am really {extremely} excited, even though technically I’m going for work and not to play. I was there this time last year and had a blast…eating and drinking my way through the week. I’m lucky to be able to do it again. Besides looking forward to a week of gelato, homemade pasta and vino, I’ll be taking a look at Italian beauty products to bring back with me. Let’s hope my limited Italian of ciao, grazie and voglio un bicchiere di prosecco gets me through the week, or at the very least, a glass of bubbly.



Istanbul In 3 Days. What To See + Do.

Istanbul In 3 Days

Last August {yes, I’m incredibly late writing this}, I traveled to Istanbul. Hands down the most amazing place I’ve traveled to. Seeing glimpses of both India and Western Europe in this single city, plus with all it offers in the way of cuisine, architecture, culture and shopping, I wish my stay had been longer. Istanbul in 3 days was amazing, but there is so much to see and do. Planning the trip was a job. I was traveling with my sister and luckily, we both had similar agendas. Here’s a look at our three days.

What to think about

  1. Choose your flight times carefully to maximize your time.
  2. Choose a hotel with easy access to and from your sightseeing destinations.
  3. Check when attractions are closed before planning each day’s agenda.
  4. Look at the weather.

We chose a red-eye flight, landing in Istanbul at noon the next day. We knew we would be tired {who can sleep on a plane}, but it gave us a few more hours in the city rather than arriving in the evening. We chose to stay at the Four Seasons Bosphorus for two reasons. It’s absolutely beautiful and it’s right on the Bosphorus with easy access to water taxis. Traffic in Istanbul is insane and water taxis are the quickest way to get around here. We arrived on a Sunday when some attractions are closed, so we made this a shopping day. This worked perfect since my sister and I can shop under any circumstance and being jet lagged was not going to stop us. End of August is amazing if you like hot weather. High 80s with the lows in the 70s. Perfect blue skies. Just make sure to pack sunglasses and SPF. So, what all did we do?

Travel to Istanbul + Arriving

Before leaving Newark, we converted some dollars to euros, just to have. We knew that Istanbul would accept the American dollar, but would charge us more to use them. You still need to have some American dollars on hand though. You need them when getting your visa in Istanbul. Yes, after landing, you will need to wait in a line for your visa…then head to customs. You can visit a Turkish consulate or use Travisa to obtain a visa ahead of time. We didn’t, but we did reserve a taxi ahead of time. After hours of travel, landing in a new country and waiting through long lines, it’s nice to have someone waiting for you with your name on a sign. You can make a reservation through Istanbul Airport Taxi Reservations. The cost was 30 Euros which was a fraction of the cost of scheduling the airport pick up through the Four Seasons.

Day 1 Begins + Shopping

We had a great ride in before their rush hour traffic. Another pro to landing earlier in the day instead of in the evening. The Four Seasons checked us in, then sent us in a taxi to Nisantasi. This is a shopping district, full of crooked streets, designer stores, and cafes {note: There are cafes everywhere and stopping to enjoy tea or coffee during any time of the day is expected and recommended}.

Istanbul In 3 Days

We found a cafe with outside seating and enjoyed an Italian lunch and a little Prosecco to ‘cheers’ ourselves for making it. After a couple of hours of walking and shopping, we found another cafe to sit and enjoy Turkish tea and simit {a bagel-like snack}.

Turkish Tea, Istanbul

We were close enough to our hotel that we could walk back. We also, at this point, were a little exhausted and decided to eat al fresco at the hotel. Dinner consisted of mezes, tapas-style small plates, a local cocktail of raki mixed with flossed halva and red grapes, and of course, Turkish Delights. All are recommended to try.

photo 3-2 Day 2 + Pool Time

Our relaxation day! We kicked off the morning with mimosas overlooking the river, while we waited for our water taxi. And..I admit that I don’t do great on water, so I also took Dramamine.

photo 1-2 The water taxi took us to the Maiden Tower as featured in James Bond The World Is Not Enough {I love James Bond}. The water taxi was extremely efficient. No other way to go. The cost was 70 Turkish Lira and took less than 15 minutes, with the other option being to taxi to a ferry pick up and then ferry over. Cost would have been a little less, but taken much longer, eating up our mimosa time. Priorities!

At the Maiden Tower, we did not see Bond…but we did have a lovely view of Old Town and enjoyed a Turkish breakfast. After some picture taking, we took a water taxi back to our hotel, then caught a taxi to the Fortress of Europe. 10 minutes later, we were dropped off and spent an hour walking through the fortress before grabbing some bottled water at a nearby cafe and strolling down the river.

photo 4-2 We came to a little neighborhood area with a few shops and restaurants. We visited a couple of shops and enjoyed Turkish Coffee and chocolates at a quaint bakery, before catching a taxi back to the hotel. After a lazy afternoon at the pool and dozing in the sun, we walked next door to the Ciragan Palace Hotel. The hotel is beautiful and deserves a visit, plus the food and ice cream parfaits are delicious.

Day 3 + Old Town

We scheduled the third day to be the busiest, assuming we would be acclimated. We started with breakfast at the hotel…outside of course, with amazing croissants, cherry jam and mimosas. We then walked down to the Dolmbahce Palace. It opens at 9am, however, Harem {the part of the palace that we wanted to see} didn’t open until ‘later’. There was no real time set, it was more of a ‘when it gets busy’ it will open. We walked around the Palace, but had to leave to catch our water taxi before the Harem portion opened. Definitely a miss and not one we expected.

photo 16photo 2-2Back on the water taxi, but this time, we headed to Old Town where there’s a lot to see and do. All conveniently located near each other is the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern and a few Turkish hamams {aka Turkish bath}. You need a reservation for the hamam, but your hotel concierge can help. We visited the Ayasofya, which recently went through a $10 million restoration. After our bath and massage, we walked down to the Grand Bazaar.

photo 1-1 photo 2-1 With thoughts of India and having to haggle, neither one of us were trying to shop or spend a lot of time here. If you have not been to a bazaar of this kind, then you should go…but otherwise, I would skip and focus on the little shops located near the Bazaar. These are full of gifts and souvenirs without the crowds.

photo 15After finding a set of Turkish tea cups, we set off to walk over the Galata Bridge and head to the Galata Tower which has {in my opinion} the best views of the city. This neighborhood is filled with steep brick streets, shops and a lively after work scene. It was neat to see Istanbul heading off to different places after a work day. Some relaxing and fishing and a younger crowd heading into cafes and bars.

photo 2 Our ‘after-work’ plans included dinner reservation at a place I found in my Conde Nast Traveler, Mikla. Mikla is on the roof top floor at the Marmara Pera Hotel, with a chef who helped lead the culinary scene in Istanbul. Since we arrived a little early, we enjoyed pre-dinner cocktails on the rooftop bar, which has stunning views of the Golden Horn and Bosphorus. A perfect last night in Istanbul.

Day 4 + Travel On

We did not want to leave and easily could have stayed another few days to enjoy the hotel, visit the Asian side…head down to the southern coast. It’s a reason to go back and I’m sure I will.

Packing What To Wear For Holiday Travel


Monday Night Red-Eye: Travel Wardrobe

Monday Night Red-Eye To Tuesday Casual: Flying Straight To Shopping + Spa

When packing what to wear for holiday travel, start by doing the obvious and look up your destination’s weather. I’m  headed to Boston for a week of eating, eating and more eating, but need to pack for freezing weather {yes, a white Thanksgiving is a maybe}.

Next, choose your color palette of black, brown, winter white…you get the picture. This helps narrow down options of what to bring and also allows for you to mix and match what you pack. For my trip, I chose to go with a black palette.

Next, pull out a couple of ‘destination weather’ must-haves to build your travel wardrobe around. Since I’m headed somewhere cold, my must-haves include a puffer coat, an oversized, chunky cardigan, velvet blazer, knee-high flat boots, high heeled ankle boots, and a fur scarf.

Last, make a list of activities for each day to help build your travel wardrobe. The bonus of packing this efficiently is that you eliminate bringing all of the ‘extra’ that you don’t need. Can you say “carry on”?

My list

  • Monday Night: Flying
  • Tuesday / possible snow or rain: Shopping + spa day
  • Tuesday Night / possible snow or rain: Dinner + drinks with friends
  • Wednesday / possible snow or rain: Shopping + mani-pedi
  • Wednesday Night / possible snow or rain: Dinner + drinks with friends
  • Thursday + Night / cold but sunny: Eat, eat, eat, watch football, + the movies
  • Friday / cold but sunny: TBD which could mean brunch, shopping or playing a tourist
  • Friday Night / cold but sunny: Dinner, drinks + The Nutcracker at the ballet
  • Saturday: Brunch with friends + flying home

With your ‘destination weather’ must-haves and a list of what you need to pack for, build your wardrobe with pieces that can easily mix and match. The interchangeable pieces make sure you’re ready for anything, including those last minute changes.

Tuesday Night Out: Dinner + Drinks With Friends

Tuesday Night Out: Dinner + Drinks With Friends

Wednesday Casual: Shopping, Lunch + Mani-Pedi

Wednesday Casual: Shopping, Lunch + Mani-Pedi

Wednesday Night Out: Dinner + Drinks With Friends

Wednesday Night Out: Dinner + Drinks With Friends

Thursday: Thanksgiving Comfy

Thursday Casual: Thanksgiving Comfy + The Movies

Friday Chic: TBD + Ready For Anything

Friday Night Out: Dinner + Drinks And The Nutcracker

Friday Night Out: Dinner, Drinks + The Nutcracker

Saturday Casual: Brunch + Flying Home

Saturday Casual: Brunch + Flying Home

Pack extras that you need

  • Work Out Gear: sports-bra, running shoes, running leggings
  • Pajamas + Robe {Love Ophelia, of course}+ Slippers
  • Tights, leggings, and knee-high socks
  • Undergarments {camisoles add extra layering}
  • Sunglasses
  • Clutch purse + other accessories

Make sure you have your must-have hair and beauty products….Safe travels!

Beauty Travel Tips: Get Packing

beauty travel tips

It’s time to get packing and my first focus is on which beauty products to bring {of course}. This week is all about Los Angeles and really long days that will most likely turn into even longer nights. So, to keep myself looking fresh and bright…aka awake, here are my beauty travel tips on what to pack.