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One of my favorite pastimes is traveling. Whether the trip is near or far, I love experiencing different cultures, trying new foods, and seeing a bit of life in a new place first-hand. And of course, searching for the perfect souvenir!
Today, I’m sharing my favorite tips for decorating with travel souvenirs.
Well, this is it: the last day of 2013. Can you believe it?
This year was full of changes. For one thing, in February my husband and I moved from San Francisco:
That was definitely the biggest change of the year. For anyone that has moved across country, I think you’ll understand why I don’t want to do that again anytime soon! It was really difficult getting rid of so many belongings, finding a new apartment in New York’s crazy rental market (we definitely lucked out), and saying goodbye to close friends. Getting used to the weather was also challenging: the summer even more so than winter!
The best thing about New York has been reconnecting with our friends who live here! It’s nice to have a built-in group of people to hang out with. We didn’t have that in San Francisco.
I still feel like a New York newbie, but I do feel at home in my cozy apartment, and I’m fairly confident navigating the NYC’s streets (my iPhone’s GPS definitely helps). I’m looking forward to exploring the city even more in 2014.
One thing I wish my husband and I could have done more of in 2013 was travel. Although it was a slow travel year, we did take a few fun trips. In March, we met a group of friends in Chacala, Mexico for an awesome getaway.
Chacala is a tiny village located on the Pacific coast of Mexico. If you are looking for a relaxed vacation, then you need to visit. Chacala is quiet, beautiful, and not touristy at all. It’s located just north of Puerto Vallarta, which is also a great city to visit, so it’s easy to get to and from. I can’t wait to go back one day!
We also took a short trip to Wisconsin in August for a family reunion. It was fun to see everyone in one place, especially these cuties!
And just a couple weeks ago, we spent the day in Philadelphia. It was such a fun trip. Next time, I’m hoping to spend a couple of nights because one day was not enough time to explore the city properly!
One of my biggest accomplishments this year was starting (and keeping up with!) Hello Little Home. I’ve always enjoyed blogging, and I was looking for a place to share my interests in design, fashion, food, beauty, and travel. Hello Little Home was it, and my first posts appeared in April.
I love having a creative outlet, but most of all, it’s super fun connecting with readers and other bloggers. Thank you so much for visiting and sharing this space with me!
Here’s a small review of Hello Little Home in 2013. My most popular post was 5 Tips for Decorating a Small Space
- DIY Soft, Silky Hand Treatment
- Peek into My Bedroom
- Everything but the Turkey: 40+ Thanksgiving Recipes
- Layered Pumpkin Mousse
My favorite post of the year was I’m Getting Organized: Starting with Jewelry! I’ve really tried to keep up with this system, and it’s so much easier to find that perfect necklace when I need it.
- DIY Shashi-Inspired Tassel Necklace: I wear this pretty necklace all the time!
- Step by Step: Get Flawless Summer Skin: these products are a lifesaver for my oily skin, and I use them in winter, too.
- From Flat to Fresh: Update a Boring Beige Living Room (Part 1): I love decorating and it was so much fun pulling these ideas together! Check out Part 2 and Part 3, too.
I have lots of great recipes, projects, and posts planned for Hello Little Home in 2014. I’m taking the rest of the week off from blogging, but come back next Monday for a new post!
Happy New Year!
What was your favorite part of the past year?
This year, more than any other in recent memory, really flew by. Our move had a lot to do with that (new things to do and see), but it’s been an eventful year even without a cross-country schlep. I’m not sure where the time went, but now the holidays are just around the corner!
The holidays come with a lot of travel. I know a lot of people hate flying – including my husband who gets nervous at the slightest hint of turbulence – but I actually enjoy it. When else do you have so many uninterrupted hours to disconnect?
I also enjoy packing my bags and picking the perfect outfit! Here’s what I’d wear and pack:
Whether you are traveling by plane, train, or automobile (remember that movie?), the key is to dress comfortably.
- Start with a cardigan. This Apt. 9 Cashmere Open-Front Cardigan is lightweight and has a beautiful pointelle pattern. I love cashmere for traveling – it’s like a soft hug – especially when it’s this affordable! Bargain tip: the sweater is from Kohl’s, which always has great sales. Before checking out, search for an online promo code and use it on top of the sale price.
- Under the cardigan, layer a lightweight t-shirt like this V-Neck Tee from Old Navy. If you are flying, remember that security may make you remove a sweater (especially if it’s oversize), so avoid skimpy tank tops.
- Wear leggings or skinny jeans with lots of stretch. J Brand’s Stretch Denim Leggings are super comfy but look really sharp.
- Choose shoes that can be easily slipped on and off. I like the ease of ballet flats in warm months, but my feet get too cold in winter, so I prefer booties like Sam Edelman’s Petty.
- A wrap or large scarf is a must! Apt. 9’s Twill Wrap comes in a ton of colors. Wrap it around your neck, use it as a blanket, or fold it up to use as a pillow. Just don’t forget it at home!
- Keep your jewelry simple. I prefer to wear a simple pair of hoops. These Sequin Studded Hoop Earrings are just right.
- Don’t forget a classic watch. I have the cheapo version of this Michael Kors Chain Bracelet Watch, and I love it so much. It’s time to upgrade though, because my inexpensive version is tarnished and turns my wrist a greenish-gray every time I wear it!
What to Pack
I usually only pack a carry-on and a large tote when I fly, so every inch counts! This is what I carry in my tote bag.
- Select a bag that will fit under the seat in front of you. Le Sportsac’s Le Zip Tote is ideal. The foil snakeskin print is attractive, and the fabric is durable and washable (who knows what’s under those seats?). Plus, it’s just fun to say the name!
- Pack a tablet. I always pack my iPad when traveling, and it provides endless hours of entertainment. Play a game (I like Yatzee), read a book, make lists and get organized, or watch a movie. Not to mention, you can connect to WiFi on most flights.
- Headphones are a necessity. These Frends Over-the-Ear Headphones are super chic. They are definitely on the pricey side but worth the upgrade. Santa: are you reading this?
- Keep germs at bay. When it comes to flying, I’m a total germaphobe. The minute I sit down, I wipe down my armrests and tray with Hand Sanitizer Wipes. I also carry Bath & Body Works’ PocketBac Hand Sanitizer. It’s small and comes in great scents.
- Bring a book. On my next trip, I’m looking forward to reading Wally Lamb’s We Are Water. Stock up on trashy magazines at the airport bookstore, too!
- Pack a snack. Food can be really hard to come by when traveling, and there is nothing worse than being hungry on a long flight or being stuck in an outdated terminal with no food options. I always pack a couple Lara Bar Roasted Nut Rolls (so good). Grab a bottle of water after you get through security, too, and you won’t get dehydrated waiting for the flight attendant to serve you.
- For long-haul or red-eye flights, you’ll need a few extras. Even the most comfortable shoes are unbearable when you’re trying to sleep, so take a pair of warm slippers. Old Navy’s Sherpa Moccasins are cute and cuddly. You’ll need a comfortable sleeping mask, and the ones the airlines are scratchy and constricting. This Cat Eyes Sleep Mask from Mary Green will put a smile on your face before you doze off. Finally, ward off the plane’s dry air with a good Nasal Spray. Your nose will thank you later!
Are you traveling over the holidays? What are your must-haves?
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