Travel Diaries: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is easily one of the most popular vacation spots in the United States, and for good reason! Beautiful beaches, tons of activities for every age, it’s hard to get bored when you’re there. I’ve been to Myrtle Beach more than a dozen or so times, with it being my family’s go to vacation spot every summer, twice a summer, since I was 6. I have the most amazing memories there, and every time I go back as an adult I’m reminded of all the beautiful times I’ve had with my family.

Check out below for a list of my favorite places in Myrtle Beach to check out!

Broadway at the Beach– this place is awesome. It’s basically an outdoor mall, but so much better than a regular mall. There’s a bunch of stores, a lake, restaurants, a mini golf course, an aquarium, Margaritaville and a movie theater! This was one of my all time favorite places as a kid, and one of the biggest attractions in MB.

Market Commons– This is almost like a smaller version of Broadway at the Beach. It’s a cute, quiet little town with lots of shopping options. They also have a movie theater, as well tons of cool restaurants no matter what you’re in the mood for. It’s a nice alternative when you don’t want to large crowds of going to Broadway at the Beach, but still want a good variety.

Murrell’s Inlet– if you want seafood, and I mean really good seafood, you have to go to Murrell’s Inlet. It’s directly south of MB and not a far drive at all. They have so many restaurants to choose from, but if you decide to go definitely make a reservation because it can get pretty busy during peak seasons. I highly recommend Russel’s Seafood Grill, they have the best food and a cozy feel.

Damon’s Oceanfront Grill– When I was a kid this was my favorite restaurant to go to, mostly because it was right next to our hotel and it was nice to be able to walk over. But besides the proximity, the view is to die for (it’s right on the beach) and they have great food. They’re known for their ribs, and every time I go I can’t resist getting them.

Me circa 2005, on the Pier by our hotel. You can actually see Damon’s in the background on the right next to the three hotel towers!

I hope you guys liked this latest travel diary post! See you next time, as always, keep it klassy, xo.

Travel Makeup Tips

When it comes packing makeup for a trip, it can easily become an overwhelming where you end up over packing products that you won’t actually use. When it comes down to it, if you’re going on a beach vacation for example, you may not need three eyeshadow palettes and 4 different eyeliners, so check out my tips below to minimize and streamline your travel makeup!

Prioritize your favorites/essentials

No matter your destination, it’s important to prioritize the products you know you cannot live without. For me, I cannot go anywhere without packing eyebrow gel, because I feel like even on my most natural days, it really pulls my look together. For some of you, it may be mascara, or lipstick. Whatever it may be, figure out what your can’t live without products and focus on packing just those.

Avoid Breakable Products

If you’re traveling by car, you shouldn’t have to worry about products breaking, but if you’re traveling by plane or any type of transportation where someone else is handling your luggage, you may want to be more aware of the types of packaging your products come in. You may not want to pack a super soft, delicate eye shadow palette, only to have it shattered upon your arrival. Pack products that you know are durable and can stand up to rigorous travel.

Find Multi-use Products

If you’re limited on space, you probably don’t want to have to bring a product for every step in your makeup routine, but don’t want to skimp on them either. My tip for this would be to find products that you can use for multiple things. For example, bronzer and highlighter can be used as eyeshadow, cream blush can be used as lipstick, and dark eyeshadow can be used as eyeliner. Get creative! There are always tons of ways you can use products for multiple different things.

My go-to travel makeup for a beach vacation:

With summer approaching fast, here’s a list of my travel makeup essentials for a beach vacation!

  • A cream highlighter-this can be used on the face and on the body for an all over glow.
  • Mascara- nothing too crazy, just something natural.
  • Eyebrow gel- I cannot live without this, it makes any natural face look even better
  • Lightweight concealer- I don’t want anything heavy, but I may still want to cover up some unevenness, so I like to have some kind of concealer.
  • Lip balm/tinted lip balm- since I’ll probably be spending all day in the, I don’t want a super intense lip stick, so I tend to stick to a lip balm or tinted lip balm if I want a little bit of color

And that’s it! I hope these tips/recommendations can help any of you out there! Xo.

Beginner’s Guide To: Packing Light

Beginner’s Guide To: Packing Light

Hello everyone! Welcome back to another beginner’s guide, this week all about packing light. Whether you’re going away for a quick weekend trip, or can only pack in a carry on for a week away, these tips will help you save space and time!

☆ Packing Cubes

You may have seen or heard of these before, but they’re great for packing a lot into a small space. Some can get a bit pricey, but amazon has extremely affordable ones in lots of different colors, so there’s one for everyone!

☆ Prioritize

When you’re deciding what to pack, make sure you pack things you actually need and are going to use. If you’re really trying to conserve space, you need to realistic about what you need on the trip, and how many options you really need to have.

☆ Pack items that are versatile

If you pack items that can work for various situations or events, you’ll really get the most out of what you pack. You may want to pack something specific for a particular event, but otherwise try to pack basics that could work in a bunch of different weather situations, or different outings you may be going on.

☆ Travel Sized Products

When trying to save space, narrow down which products are your essentials and try to get them in a travel size, or transfer to a reusable travel sized bottle or container. It’ll save you tons of room and plus if you’re not checking a bag, your products need to be under 3 ounces anyway.

☆ Plan out outfits

It’s easy to just throw a bunch of clothes into your suit case and tell yourself that you’ll figure out your outfits when you get to your destination. Save yourself the stress of not knowing what to wear and plan out the outfits you’re going to need. If you don’t know exactly what your itinerary is, try to plan outfits that will work for a variety of outings you may be doing.

I hope these tips can help any of you guys who are trying to pack a little lighter for your next trip! Stay tuned for more travel posts coming this week! xo.

Travel Diaries: Paris

Travel Diaries: Paris

Welcome back to another travel diaries post! This week is all about Paris. I went to Paris about two years ago, and it was such a magical city. The food alone makes me want to hop on a flight back at any second. Besides the occasionally contemptuous french person, Paris was a beautiful city explore with so many things to do. Check out my favorite things about Paris below!

Food: The food in Paris was amazing. The first thing I tried when I was there was a beignet and I still often dream about it to this day. The second thing I ate was a french baguette sandwich and wow, does it make regular white bread look like the ugly step sister. OH and the macarons. If you go to Paris you HAVE to try the macarons. They make any American made macaron pail in comparison.

History & Culture: In my opinion, one of the best things about Paris is the amount museums, and history there is. The Louvre is arguably the biggest and most well known museum, for good reason, but there is so much more that I wish I had time to explore. Walking around the city made me feel like I was going back in time- there is so much history everywhere you go. It’s really something special, and makes you feel connected to the people who were there before us.

View from the Louvre
In front of the Louvre

Sights: This goes along with the history aspect, but there are so many incredible sights to see when you’re in Paris. Obviously the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe are the most notable, but even just walking along the Seine river provides such a beautiful picture of all that Paris has to offer. You could spend days walking the streets of Paris, exploring every scenic building and landscape. I was truly in awe everywhere I went

My two best friends and I in front of the Eiffel Tower

And that’s it! I hope these provided a brief overview of Paris to any of you out there who are considering visiting! I could not recommend it more, and I personally cannot wait to go back, hopefully sometime soon.

As always, keep it klassy, xo.

Travel Diaries: Italy

Travel Diaries: Italy

Welcome to my second travel diary post! This week’s post is all about traveling to, you guessed it, Italy. I traveled to Italy back in May of 2017 and it was one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever been on. In today’s post, I’m going to be sharing my favorite cities to visit in Italy along with my tips and recommendations for anyone who is thinking about traveling to this magical country.

The first place I went in Italy was Venice– a city with no roads and can only be traveled to by boat. I loved walking around the different canals and seeing all the beautiful buildings.

Recommendations: Definitely go on a gondola ride. They’re SO much fun and it’s such a cool way to see the city. When I went I stayed in an air bnb because the few hotels that are in Venice are a bit expensive, but if you can manage it, I’d definitely recommend a hotel over the air bnb.

The next stop was the Amalfi Coast. We stayed in Naples for a night and then took a train to Sorrento and spent a few days traveling around the area there. Capri is only a short ferry ride away from Sorrento so it was super easy to get to! I didn’t find Naples to be particularly spectacular, but Sorrento and Capri were amazing. The Amalfi Coast is definitely something worth going to if you’re ever in Italy.

View of Positano
Amalfi Coast

Recommendations: There are several bus companies that can take you to smaller towns outside of Sorrento, such as Positano, or to other ferry ports to go to the other smaller islands around the coast. I’d highly recommend skipping the bus and taking a ferry instead. It’s not that much more expensive and it’s significantly safer and less stressful to travel on. My best friend and I took a bus to Positano and the winding roads around the mountains made us not only nauseous, but a little fearful that the bus would go over the rail-less edge.

The last place I visited was Rome. I only spent one night there, so I definitely want to go back and see more of the city. I hit the major spots while I was there, including the Trevi Fountain, which was even more amazing in person as it was in the Lizzie McGuire movie. Even though it’s a super busy tourist spot, it’s definitely worth seeing if you find yourself in Rome.

Recommendations: If you want the traditional picture of you throwing a coin in the fountain, you literally have to stake out a spot next to the fountain. It’s one of the most popular tourist spots in Italy, and for good reason, so you really need to be patient if you want that once in a lifetime picture. I’d also recommend checking out the cool local shops they have in the surrounding area. My best friend and I found this amazing store with every kind of Lemoncello you could think of and as many samples as you want. We found tons of last minute gifts there so it’s always worth checking out the local shops.

My last and final suggestion for your travels to Italy would be…..you have to eat pizza!! Pizza is honestly one of my favorite foods and the pizza in Italy was just as amazing as I expected. They have it at legitimately every restaurant so it’s always a safe menu option, and it’s to die for. I loved trying pizza in every city we went to.

One of the many pizzas I ate during my 10 day trip

I hope you guys enjoyed my latest travel diary post about Italy! I cannot wait to go back and visit this country again, and explore even more that it has to offer. I hope my recommendations help any of you guys who are considering traveling there as well!

As always, keep it klassy. xo.

Travel Diaries: Washington D.C

Travel Diaries: Washington D.C

Ah, our nation’s capital. What a truly beautiful place to visit. The first time I went to DC I was a sophomore in high school, and I was mesmerized by the living and nostalgic history that is present no matter where you go. Fast forward to college, when my best friend decided to attend George Washington University, and I found myself visiting more and more. D.C has quickly grown into one of my favorite cities to visit, (partly because I always love seeing my best friend) with endless things to do, great food, and fascinating sights, you really cannot go wrong.

☆ First, the sights.

When you go to D.C you HAVE to go to the monuments. You have to. It’s a non negotiable. I know it’s super touristy, and you may think it’s overhyped, but let me tell you, it’s not. Every time I see them I’m just as mesmerized by them as I was the first time I saw them. My personal favorites are the Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, but you can’t go wrong with any of them.

*Tip- if you have the chance to, definitely go see them at night, it’s magical.

☆ Food

No matter what you’re in the mood for, like any city, D.C has many options. On one of my recent trips, I went to a Mexican restaurant called Mission in Navy Yard and oh my gosh, it was amazing. The food, the drinks, you can’t go wrong, they’re were all to-die-for. It’s conveniently located across from Nationals Park so if you’re in town to see a game, I highly recommend checking Mission out.

Another great option is Sweet Green, if you’re in the mood for one of the greatest salads on earth, or A Baked Joint if you want incredible brunch and coffee. Baked and Wired is also owned by the same people if you’re looking for amazing baked goods that come in vegan and gluten free options in the Georgetown area.

If you’re looking for another fantastic option, definitely check out Founding Farmers They have giant french toast sticks filled with cream, so you basically are required to stop and try some.

☆ Museums

So there’s an incredibly large amount of museums in D.C, but I thought i would share my favorites that I’ve visited.

The Newseum– if you’ve never been here, you NEED to go. It’s a museum centering around the role free press has played in major historic events and the effects of the media. They have tons of exhibits ranging from a 9/11 gallery to an “Inside the FBI” gallery, and a Berlin Wall gallery.

If you’re for something more art related, the Renwick Gallery is amazing. It’s a Smithsonian Art Museum and they have some of the coolest exhibits and pieces. I went once back in college and I still hold it as one of my favorite D.C experiences.

Me on the floor of Renwick Gallery, yes it was allowed.

I hope you guys enjoyed my first Travel Diary, and stay tuned for more to come! As always, keep it klassy, xo.