If you told me when I was fourteen that someday makeup would be a hobby of mine, I would have called you crazy. First off, I was an independent, strong 14 year old who didn’t need to wear makeup because I was focusing on school and work and sports (let’s laugh a bit about fourteen year old Jacqui). Second of all, makeup isn’t a hobby, I would say. But guess what? I can still focus on “important” things and *love* makeup. I love trying new products, switching up my eye shadow and browsing the isles of Sephora for something new. It’s fun and it makes me happy. But because of this, I do have a lot of makeup. A lot of makeup that is precious to me and I don’t necessarily want to travel with. What if it gets lost? I leave it somewhere? It gets crushed some how? Traveling with my home makeup bag just made me nervous, so I had to come up with a plan.
There are very few things in life that I think can’t be cured by tea, the ocean, a trip to Ulta or a boozy brunch on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Who doesn’t love gathering a group of friends for mimosas and biscuits on a Saturday morning? We are heading into perfect brunch weather as we transition from summer to autumn. The heat from the summer is fading, giving way to brisk mornings and perfect afternoons. Call up some friends and make plans for brunch on Saturday at one of the best boozy brunches in Greenville, SC.
We have entered the final days of summer! I honestly thought this summer would never end. But on Wednesday you will wake up in summer and Thursday you will wake up in Fall. I know that the seasons changing doesn’t *magically* make everything in your life better, but there is something very therapeutic in a season like Autumn. It’s a season of change, a season of subtle transition and a season of letting go. I’m ready to let go. Goodbyes are hard and this week we are all saying goodbye to the summer season. As you soak up the final summer rays of 2016, I put together five things to remember this week (a little Monday motivation) and in the months going forward.
Three day weekends are my favorite. You only need to take one day off work to make it a four day weekend and with a four day weekend, you can do anything. And by anything, I even mean drive to another city/country that is at least 12 hours away. We drove 12+ hours there and back to spend 48 hours in Toronto.
I have been to a fair amount of places in Europe and in Central America but I had never made it to Canada until very recently. A few friends of mine and I decided to road trip from Charlotte to Toronto. We left after work on a Thursday and ended up in Toronto by Friday evening. We ended up with 48 full hours in Toronto. I don’t feel like we were rushed at all and we got to see the city. Read ahead to find out about the perfect way to spend 48 hours in Toronto.
My first year our of college I felt like a fish out of water. I was in a new town (a small town at that), I was new at my job and I didn’t know but one person in the area (my roommate at the time). Everyone I worked with was older and more established (aka not searching for coins to buy tacos in their couch cushions) and I was having a really hard time making friends. Seriously, I found myself searching the internet for ways to make friends after college. When you leave school suddenly you aren’t forced to be social with people your age. After a year of not making much of an effort, I decided to make some changes. Here are my top five ways to make friends after college.
When I returned from studying abroad in Italy, I looked around my room and felt like something was different. Everything looked the same as when I left, yet something just felt off. After a few days I realized that what had changed wasn’t my room but rather myself. I just had these wonderful four months in Europe, exploring this beautiful continent but you couldn’t tell that by looking at my room. My room is an extension of myself and I wanted to you know how much I loved the world just by looking at it. This began my quest to find the perfect maps for decorating my spaces and pay tribute to my time abroad. I have moved every year since studying abroad but my maps always followed suit. Here are my top five favorite inexpensive maps that I have up to showcase my love of travel.
I don’t know what it is about the end of summer, but it has my motivation seriously lacking. In South Carolina it feels like summer drags on forever. I think part of my missing motivation is going into daydreaming about apple cider, booties and leaves changing colors. This summer has been a hard one so I’m not sad to see it go. I am ready to get some of my motivation back, though. Whenever I get into a funk like this, I make sure to read my list of “Non-Negotiables” I have hanging first thing when arrive at work in the morning. My Non-Negotiables are ten things I don’t compromise on and try to carry with me throughout the day.
The first time I stayed in a hostel was in Rome. My twin sister and I were on our first trip outside of Florence and we were terrified. So terrified, in fact, that we booked a two person private room even though it cost (a lot) more money. Since that first trip to Rome, I’ve stayed in tons of hostels. Not only in Europe but in the US as well. It’s actually my preferred place to stay. Not only is it cheaper than staying in a hotel, but I almost always make new friends from around the world. Most of my friends haven’t been to Europe though so one of the questions I get the most is, “What’s a hostel”?
I think there’s a common misconception about travel and the internet is partly to blame. The biggest distinction I try to make is that travel is not always a vacation. It CAN be a vacation, but it isn’t always. Travel can be warm, relaxing and rejuvenating but it can also be cold, hectic and exhausting. It also comes with it’s fair share of problems. The thing is, you really have to roll with the punches if you want to make travel a part of your life. Part of rolling with the punches is taking what is thrown at you gracefully and moving on. Take the time Nashville tried to kill me, for example. I took a Friday off work and headed to Nashville for a three day weekend. By late Friday night, I was in the hospital.
At 24 years old, I have been places some people only dream about. Since graduating college two years ago, I’ve been to NYC twice, San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto, and Hawaii just to name a few (not to mention my 2 week Eurotrip), which can be really hard to do as a new grad. A lot of people wonder how I can afford to and think that someone else must be financing my trips for me. It’s frustrating to hear, but I wanted to share with you my best travel advice.