Four Travel Essentials You Need NOW

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Everyone knows I love a good deal. I love ingenious design even more–especially when it comes to doing less with more, something that is essential when on the go.

Recently, I’ve come across a few products that I think are GAME CHANGERS when it comes to making it easier to get out there and get after it. I’m sharing my favorites right here.

1. This travel hoodie:  XY37 designed this travel hoodie, and I think it is absolutely brilliant. t is stylish but functional, and contains pockets for all the things a   needs: a passport, ear buds, neck pillow, iPhone, knit cap, water bottle, and so on. I don’t think I’ve seen anything this awesome!

2. These travel adapters: Never get caught without the right plug again. This set of adapters will take you all over the world, and they work in 150 countries! You need these!

3. This set of travel organizers: Keep your items separated with this chic set of organizers. I especially like the laundry pouches!

4. This deep sleep eye mask: It can be hard to sleep on planes, trains and in automobiles, so I always recommend ways to work around the noise.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Travel Lover in Your Life

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What????

How is Valentine’s Day almost here? That can’t be right, can it?

And yet, it is! Winter’s annual holiday all about love is almost upon us, and for better or worse, that means a mad scramble for last-minute dinner reservations, concert tickets, boxes of chocolate, and more.

I’m here to help. Truly, I am, and that’s why I’ve put together a list of a few last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts for the travel lover in your life. Many of these come from my own wish list, so you can rest assured, I’m not steering you the wrong way. *wink*

1. This set of Kate Spade Travel Bags: I love these. Not only are they stylish and cute, they make separating clothing in a hotel or inside of luggage so much simpler. This is particularly useful when it comes to swimsuits and other wet items. No one wants those to mix with unworn clothing!

2. This super-slick passport holder: Carrying essential documents has never been more fun–or fashionable. Every jet set traveler deserves a pretty way to carry a passport, ID cards, and more. It just makes it all a little bit more fun.

3. This set of luggage packing cubes: Make travel simple for the one you love with a set of organizers that keep items separate and easy-to-reach while traveling. More than a few times, my luggage has looked like an absolute DISASTER after a few days away from home, and this solves that problem beautifully.

4. This scratch the world map: I love this. I think it’s such a cool item. Basically, it allows for a person to peel of countries one-by-one with each vacation. For someone who likes to travel overseas, this is amazing. What a thoughtful and cool keepsake!

5. These mini travel essentials: I’m a huge fan of Burt’s Bees, and this group hits all the highlights, from hydration cleanser to foot cream. What a great thing to “throw in a bag” before the next trip? Best of all, this is TSA friendly.

Traveling? Bet on Longchamp

Handbags have been a bit of an obsession of mine for years. I love a good clutch, a rare vintage find, and a classic style.

And that’s part of why Longchamp tops my list of “must-have” handbags while traveling.

There’s just something about this brand, a French import that is known for sleek luggage, small leather goods, fashion accessories, and, of course, timeless handbags.  I’m in good company here– Duchess Catherine and her sister Pippa are also known Longchamp addicts.

My favorite bags come from the Le Pilage line, a series of bags developed in 1993 that took the world by storm and haven’t gone out of style since. These bags are foldable, packable, and roomy. They provide a wealth of uses, and they wipe clean if anything get spilled on them. I find them to be essential whenever I’m gone for a few days or a week. They never let me down.

Never tried one? You should. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

My Palm Beach Essentials

Ahhh, winter.

I don’t like it. It’s not the snow that bothers me, or the cold… it’s the endless days of both. When show first falls, I love it, but once it hangs around for more than 48 hours. I’m over it. I need a break to somewhere warm, sunny, and beachy.

For the last five years, that place has been Palm Beach, FL. We started going in 2011 (ironically the island’s centennial) and fell in love. My husband and I begged each other to go back as often as we could, and I’m thankful we’ve been able fulfill that wish.

A short (or long) escape to Palm Beach comes with its own tips and tricks. It truly is a different world there–a beach town that’s never really buttoned down, but a place that is also what full-time resident James Patterson calls “Disneyland for adults.”

Over the last few years, I’ve cultivated essentials for a trip there–a few things I can throw in a bag and use to get by no matter what we get into on that island.

Today, I’m sharing that list with you. Hopefully, it will also give you some ideas for your next beach vacation, wherever that might be. Without further ado, here’s my list of Five Palm Bach Must-Haves:

 1. A Lilly Pulitzer Scarf. It’s practically a sin to step foot on Palm Beach without some Lilly in your bag, and a light-weight, versatile scarf does the job beautifully.

2. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. Has there ever been a better lipstick invented in the history of man-kind? This shade looks fantastic on everyone, and goes from day-to-night in a snap.

3. A classic pair of Palm Beach Sandals. Jackie Kennedy loved them, and she started a timeless trend that keeps going strong even today. These sandals aren’t just comfortable, they are easy to dress up or down. Your feet will also look and feel great, which is the number one rule.

4. An oversized straw hat. Skin cancer is real, folks, and apart from lathering on the SPF (which you should do every day no matter where you live), a large straw hat can give you an extra boost of protection and a dash of fashion right along with it. You can never go wrong with one!

5. A simple tote. You’ve gotta have something to take around the island as you shop for finds and stop by the beach. I love a simple, crisp tote that goes from beach to lunch. Can’t leave home without one!