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Carry-On Essentials

Carry On Essentials

Be prepared for traveling with these easy carry-on luggage essentials! You probably already own most of them too, which makes this post even better. These are the things I always make sure I have before heading to the airport (otherwise you will spend ten times more than needed if you purchase them in the terminal).

1.  Large purse – I tend to bring a larger purse when traveling so that I can stuff as many belongings into it as possible. Whenever I’m packing, I always think I am good on space in my suitcase until right before I head out the door, I realize I forgot a bunch of little things and have to cram them into my purse – hence, a larger purse to make this doable.

2.  Scarf that doubles as a blanket – I typically try to bring some type of scarf onto a flight with me. In the summer, the AC is blasting in planes, so I bring a sheer scarf to cover my arms if needed. In the winter, sometimes the planes are freezing from the cold air outside. Last winter, I boarded a plane at 5am on its first flight of the day after it sat outside all night, and the seatbelts legitimately had frost on them. So now, I always try to bring an additional layer. I also like to cover my face with the scarf if I need to catch some sleep on the flight.

3.  Phone charger – You definitely don’t want to get stuck without your various device chargers, especially if you need to call someone to pick you up upon arrival or are in the middle of an intense phone Sudoku puzzle when your cell dies.

4.  Aspirin – With the oh-so-pleasant combination of a screaming baby, the overwhelming smell of someone’s fish sandwich and the flight attendants enjoying the limelight of the airplane intercom a little too much, you’re bound to need a headache reliever. Bring a travel size bottle in your purse for those emergencies.

5.  Roller-ball perfume – These are perfect for freshening up after a long flight and easy to stash in your purse (and take through security).

6.  Snack – I’m not sure about you, but the mini bag of peanuts don’t do a thing for me. I like to pack some type of trail mix or granola bar with protein to hold off hunger.

7.  Lipstick or lip balm – Always a necessity.

8.  Hand sanitizer – I’m somewhat very much a mysophobe (fear of germs) and have a mini hand sanitizer bottle in every bag I own. (Okay, I get it. I have a problem…but, I also have clean hands.) Airplanes are known for being filled with germs, so help protect yourself from getting sick this holiday season by throwing one of these little guys in your bag.

9.  Mints or gum – You never know who you could be sitting next to on the plane – perhaps your soulmate or perhaps someone who very badly needs to be offered a mint. (These ones are from Trader Joe’s)

10.  Sunglasses – If you don’t bring them, suddenly it will be the sunniest and brightest day you’ve experienced in ages.

11.  Headphones – Confession: Sometimes I put headphones in if the person next to me is particularly chatty. Last time I took a red-eye flight, the man next to me wanted to tell me all about the trip he and his wife just took to Europe. (I’m sorry sir, I’m interested, but it’s three in the morning.)

12.  Identification – Whether it is a passport or driver’s license, don’t forget this!! Same goes for your boarding pass. I download my boarding passes to my phone, and it is super convenient.

13.  Tablet – iPad, Kindle, whatever you like to use – they are much more compact than a laptop, so perfect for the claustrophobic airplane seats and easy to pack.

I hope this helps when you are packing for your next flight. Safe travels!

xx Heather

Category: Home, Lifestyle

Friday Finds 11.06.15

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“I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color.”

This saying makes me laugh because sometimes I’m actually thinking it when picking out an outfit. I’m typically one to wear a lot of color, but I love the sleek, ultra-cool look of an all-black ensemble. I threw together some easy black pieces that are perfect additions to the casual weekend uniform.

1.       Scarves that look and feel like fuzzy blankets are everything I need during chilly days. This blush and black is great because it can be worn over neutral tones for a little kick.

2.       A soft sweatshirt is a must for days of lounging or on top of a pair of skinny jeans when headed to brunch.

3.       I would like to think that I personally brought back the look of ripped skinny jeans. 😉 One day during my freshman year of college, I was running late for a test (not a good idea, Heather). I was wearing a pair of brand new jeans, walking fast and trying to eat my breakfast on the way (a yogurt – again, not a good idea). While in the process of shuffling to my test, I missed a step at the bottom of a staircase and COMLETELY wiped out. Yogurt went flying, my phone tumbled out of my jacket pocket and I was flat on the ground. Completely mortified, I looked around to take in the number of onlookers to this embarrassing event. Only one guy was around, about 20ft. away, smoking a cigarette and staring directly at me. Obviously, this cigarette made him much cooler and superior to me and unable to ask if I was okay. At this point, I had to run to my test with a new hole in my day-old jeans, a bloody knee and scraped up hands. I burst into the lecture hall with tears streaming down my face and took the test just like that.

I still wear those jeans today. I don’t think anyone would think I created the hole myself via completely clumsiness, but luckily for you, you can buy a pair of black skinnies with the hole already in them. No tripping involved. 🙂 Okay, that’s enough embarrassing myself on a public platform for one day, let’s move on…

4.       These cat eye sunglasses are too cute. I am about to order my own!

5.       Butter LONDON nail polishes are some of my favorites. They go on so smoothly and have some of the best glitter polishes I’ve found – definitely worth paying a little more for those special events. I always look at it as a bottle of nail polish is still cheaper than going to a salon for a manicure. I can use that single bottle of polish for countless at-home manis.

6.       I know I’ve talked about charcoal face cleansers and masks before. For me, they are the best way to keep my face clean and help reduce shine.

7.       I have been eyeing this moto jacket from GAP for a little while now. Unsure of when I’ll snap and just make the purchase, but it is likely to be fairly soon.

8.       These Jeffrey Campbell Chelsea-style rain boots are great for those rainy Novembers in the Midwest. Plus they are only about $55, which is a lower price point than most competitors.

9.       Add some drama to your makeup look with this sparkly liquid eyeliner.

T. G. I. F. Enjoy your weekend!

Heather

 

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Simple Sweater & Sneakers

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SWEATER: H&M  //  JEANS: Joe’s  //  SNEAKERS: sold out online – similar here and here  //  PURSE: old Kate Spade – updated style here

Hey All!

I hope everyone is having a good week. I’m still getting over the sugar rush that was Halloween, although I still have a bag of Reese’s in the freezer for all those crucial moments. (Frozen Reese’s are better than normal Reese’s…if you can even imagine that possibility.) But now that Halloween is over, it is time for me to completely fixate on the two upcoming holidays.

I’m already dreaming about Thanksgiving dinner and spending time with my family and friends back in Indiana. My sister and I are planning out our shopping, cookie baking, holiday decorations, Christmas movies to watch, and everything else girls love this time of year. (She has already started listening to Christmas music, but I’m holding off until at least the day after Thanksgiving if I can help it. Poor Thanksgiving gets overshadowed.)

I’ll be sharing some looks for all types of holiday get-togethers in the coming months, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, be sure to subscribe to the Heathered Hues blog by adding your email address in the sidebar. This will allow you to receive an email to let you know when I’ve published a new post.

Thanks a million for reading!

xx Heather

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