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End of Summer Road Trip

Whether it’s a weekend trip to Seattle or a two-week trip to the Philippines, I love packing. There’s nothing more fun than getting everything planned out and organized.  But there hardest part is choosing things to leave behind, because the easiest way to travel is lightly.

In a couple of days I’ll be going on a week vacation with my family and this time we’ll be driving to our destination. When on a road trip packing lightly is necessary because no one wants to be crammed into a van with bags stacked on top of you…especially for 16 hours on their way to the desert. So here is a little sneak peek into what will be in my bag(s). Let’s hope it’s less than 3 bags.

FACIAL WIPES When on a road trip you’re usually in a car for hours at a time with limited access to a restroom. Throughout the day my face gets oily, even if I’m just sitting. Facial wipes will not only help me stay refreshed during the drive but also during the actual trip when I’m out and about. I would also recommend bringing hand sanitizer or body wipes because we all know how rest areas are…

SNEAKERS On a road trip being comfortable is key. On trips I usually wear flip-flops and pack my shoes into my bag, but to save space I’ll be wearing my shoes during the road trip. Easy to slip on sneakers are ideal for sliding off and on when at a pit stop.

EXTRA SHIRT Because taking a sip of coffee and potholes go hand-in-hand. An extra shirt makes sure you don’t take anything away from your originally packed wardrobe.

BASEBALL CAP A hat is perfect for desert weather, but will also hide my messy hair from all the naps I’ll be taking.

ENTERTAINMENT I get bored quick and I want to make sure that I have enough things to keep me from going insane. I don’t get carsick easily so I’ll definitely bring a book or tablet with my favorite magazine subscriptions in it (Preview Magazine feat. Amiee Song!!!). I’ll definitely have my phone, and that being said I’ll have a power block with me. I’ll have to remember to not get too consumed with my things and to take in the scenery and have fun with my family.

CAMERA I’m all about the memories. But again, I must live in the moment and not experience my vacation through a screen or lens.

POUCH Instead of having a backpack with me during the whole trip I’ll take a small pouch with me to hold the essentials. The main items that I’ll have in my pouch are gum, power block, hand sanitizer, facial wipes and my contact cast/solution. 

Wondering where I'll be traveling to? Stay tuned #instastories #volumetwelveblog

New Year, New Things

The New Year is finally here and I have so much to be thankful for. The past year has had its ups and downs, but I’m ready to tackle the year ahead. One thing I’m grateful for was the chance to visit the Philippines to see my family and celebrate our reunion. That trip is the reason I never got to set any resolutions, but I did give them some thought before I left. The last two weeks of the year were so hectic that the New Year just flew by; I never had the chance to celebrate it, as I was 30,000 feet in the air. As I settled back into my daily routine and adjusted to my usual sleeping habits, I was able to finally think of resolutions. I know by setting resolutions I will most likely fail within the first week or maybe even forget that I set any resolutions to begin with. To make sure I actually stay on track I needed an incentive - which already defeats one of my goals for the year. There are three things I want to achieve or do more of. These are small resolutions/goals that will take some time to set into daily habits, but are definitely doable. But because I thought about my goals a while back it gave me reason to splurge on my trip. I subconsciously bought items I thought would help enforce my new goals.

My first goal is to read more. I lose interest while reading books, so I decided it didn’t matter what I read as long as the content was relevant to me. What’s more interesting than a fashion magazine? I buy magazines and browse through for inspiration, but I don’t actually read it for the content. I usually pick articles and features to read, but I want to challenge myself and read it from cover to cover. My hope is to reduce stress, stimulate my mind, improve my memory and to immerse myself into a subject I feel excited about. My motivation for this new goal is Metro Magazine - a beautiful fashion magazine based in the Philippines. I bought several magazines during my trip, but I’ll start with this one. When you think about fashion magazines, the Philippines isn’t the first country that comes to mind. But this magazine can definitely compete with other magazines you see at the checkout stand. It has gorgeous photography, great design and you get to see fashion through the perspective of the Philippines.

My second goal is to be more organized. It’s not that I’m unorganized, but I can sometimes be inconsistent. I might be organized with how I arrange my room, but not with scheduling or keeping track of important tasks. So I bought this planner by the one and only, Karl Lagerfeld. I’m hoping that having a planner like this (fashion related) will keep me motivated to write down anything important. At this point everything is digital, you can do everything on your smartphone, tablet and computer, but I find typing notes and reminders in my phone a hassle. I still like to physically write notes to myself, so I think having this planner will be more beneficial for keeping track of my life. This planner is perfect; it’s pretty small so it’s easy to carry around. Plus the fashion elements and quotes make it fun to write in.

ironic because I’m trying to save. I think having a large wallet will help me keep track of receipts and coupons. The thing about small wallets is that you can only have the essentials in it, so I tend to throw away any receipts and never carry any change. With a large wallet I can hold more coupons, gift cards and punch cards, which will hopefully help on the occasions that I do spend money. I also see this wallet as a souvenir and an investment. I bought this in the Philippines, which is the first place I’ve seen a Fred Perry store, so this might have been the only chance to buy an item from Fred Perry that isn’t from online shopping. Also, if you know me I’m all about store experience! And a nice wallet is a great investment; it’s something you’d always use. It’s a quality leather wallet with a classic look that not only holds my money, credit cards, or receipts, but it’s large enough to also hold my phone. And I’m the person to never put my wallet or phone in my pockets. Think what you want, but I really think this will motivate me to be more responsible with my finances and spending.

And just to top it off I bought some new sunnies, but Sunnies! Unfortunately, I lost my Ray Bans during my trip, but I found a pair that looks exactly like my old ones and they cost 10 times less! I also bought some hair products from Bench/ Body. A part of saving money is finding great bargains, which all of these were under $10. 

I hope everyone has the motivation to also stick with his or her goals or resolutions. Don’t be afraid to fail, start over or to even scrap a goal for a new one! If you have any tips or recommendation for me, please share! And stay tuned for my travel blog of my trip to the Philippines