An enjoyable vacation for me is always well planned and organized. I find that when I don’t have to worry about putting together outfits or planning my days I’m much more relaxed! This does take some extra organization beforehand, but it’s definitely worth it. Scroll down to read my tips on staying organized while on vacation!
Plan ahead of time. It sounds obvious but most people don’t do this! I like to plan my trips at least three months ahead of time so that I have a set schedule by the time I head to the airport. This includes booking flights, booking hotels or Air BnBs, transportation within my destination (unless it’s Uber), and an activity itinerary!
Create detailed itineraries. It’s easier to write down a list of attractions and events you want to visit while on your vacation, but it’s better to plan the dates and times that you actually want to go. I always create a detailed itinerary for each vacation that I go on because it eases my mind before travelling and let’s my brain relax when I get to my destination. The details of these itineraries include date, time, method of transportation and the amount of money I assume I’m going to need for food and shopping. I’ve created a template that you can use for your next vacation itinerary too! -> VACATION ITINERARY TEMPLATE
Buy tickets early. To avoid long lines and sometimes higher prices I always buy tickets for events or attractions before I travel!
Brainstorm outfit ideas. Outfits are probably the biggest deal for me, but I’m not ashamed! I love feeling good in what I’m wearing, especially on vacation. I’m definitely not the type to let go of my style when travelling so I always plan every single outfit early. I create mood boards on Pinterest and Instagram that include the style that I want to portray on vacay and then I execute! I plan everything from head to toe (accessories, clothing, shoes) and write it all down in a chart. This way I can avoid overpacking and when I’m actually on vacation I don’t have to worry about pairing pieces!
Use packing cubes. I only recently started using packing cubes but WOW are they a life changer. They make life SO much easier when travelling!! I categorize each cube into shirts, pants, undergarments, swim suits, pyjamas and toiletries and it saves me so much time when unpacking and looking for items.
How do you stay organized while on vacation? I’d love to know! Comment below with your travel tips 🙂
Masking is one of my favourite down-time activities because it’s relaxing but also comes with a lot of benefits for your skin. After years of using face masks though I’ve realized that in order to get the full benefits there are a few things you should do instead of just slapping on the mask! These tricks enhance the effects on your skin and make masking worth your while.
Exfoliate before applying the mask. Getting rid of dead skin cells that may be clogging your pores helps the mask to penetrate the skin deeper.
Follow the time suggestion on the instructions. Taking off your mask prematurely will prevent it from doing its full job and leaving it on for too long will dry out the skin.
Multi-mask your face. One of the latest trends in the beauty industry is using more than one mask at the same time but on different parts of the face. Doing this helps you target the different skin concerns you may have like oiliness, dryness or sensitivity. Below are a couple of brands that carry multi-masking kits!
I recently starting working a second job and today I’d like to share why I chose to do this and how I’m managing my even crazier schedule. I know that a lot of people do this already, but it’s brand new for me and I had to figure everything out for the first time, so for those of you considering getting a second job here is what I’ve figured out so far.
Why I Got a Second Job
It wasn’t that I was dissatisfied with my daytime office job, because I love the work that I do there! I got a second job because 1) I’m travelling a lot this summer so any steady income helps with my savings and 2) it’s weird to say, but I crave a busy schedule and even though I have blogging on the side, I still felt like I had too much idle time during the evenings and weekends. I’m not working full-time at my new job but it’s keeping me just as busy as I would be if I was still in school (I don’t have any summer classes right now).
However my new job is my very first restaurant job so it can definitely get tiring, but I made a promise to myself that I’d do everything I could to make sure I don’t crash 😉 Here’s what I’m doing to basically, you know, stay sane, working two jobs, blogging, staying fit, and having time for family, my boyfriend and friends.
How I’m Taking Care of Myself (Staying Sane)
Sleep. I make it my nightly goal to get a bare minimum of 7 hours of sleep each night but I usually end up getting 8-9 depending on the day! I know that I’ll crash by the end of day if I get less than 7 (am I a sleep snob?) so this is the most important factor in keeping my energy levels up. It also helps me to depend less on coffee, I only have 1 cup a day!
Hydration. I never want to become dependent on coffee, so I limit myself to one cup a day and then switch over to herbal tea if I need a pick me up later on. Otherwise I always have my Swell water bottle with me and I’m constantly drinking water. No pop, juices and I try not to have any alcohol in the evenings even if I go out.
Eating Habits. I know for a fact that once I start eating junk my body starts to shut down and go into lazy mode. I aim to eat little to no wheat (pasta, breads, pastries, rice, etc) because it makes me tired and instead I eat salads with protein, fruits with yogourt, and vegetable stir fry.
Monitor Energy Levels. This is probably of equal importance to sleep because it’s all about the mind! I really try my best to monitor how I’m actually feeling everyday and base my workouts around it. I figured out that it’s important to know the difference between feeling adrenaline versus healthy energy. I know I’m feeling adrenaline when I’m in a go-go-go non-stop mood and I’m treating everything like a checklist, which never ends well and I often can’t fall asleep at the end of the day. Healthy energy for me is when I haven’t been yawning or reaching for caffeine all day, my mind focusses easily and I don’t feel flustered about getting everything done in one day.
Positive Attitude. If I’m getting fed up with my schedule I have a little pep talk with myself to remember what my end goal is. Staying positive is key to staying sane in my opinion.
If you’ve balanced a crazy busy schedule or even two jobs before, how have you handled it all and managed to stay in a healthy mind set? Please share your experience in the comments below!
Eyebrows can be very tricky to deal with but because they’re such a prominent part of our faces they’re one of those things that you should be taking care of! They can make or break your entire look and anyone who’s had a bad experience at a brow salon can tell you exactly what it feels like. Yikes!
Although we don’t all have the exact same brow shapes, thicknesses or colour, there are certain things we could all be doing to make sure our brows are always “on point”! These are simple daily tasks that result in YOUR own perfect brows.
Trim! Whether you get them threaded, waxed or none of the above, keeping the inner parts of your brows trimmed helps to keep them looking fresh and well-kept.
Use a growth enhancer. This one is up to you but I know that as a gal with thinner eyebrow hairs getting volume from product alone is difficult, so I turn to my eyebrow enhancer at night. It’s a quick and easy application and applies like mascara, but to your brows of course. It helps them grow longer and thicker! The enhancer that I’m currently using is from Hello Hair; you can shop it here.
Brush them out daily. Just like your hair your eyebrows should be brushed out, with a spooly, at least once a day. This will keep them growing in their natural form and it keeps them looking clean and feathery.
Keep a tweezer handy. Unless you never get your brows done, keeping a tweezer handy is very helpful to get rid of those random strays!
Use highlighter. Highlighting the arch under your brow accentuates their shape and easily makes your eyes look bigger too! My favourite highlighter right now is the Watts Up cream highlighter by Benefit. Shop it here.
Visit a professional. Did you know that eyebrow hairs are the slowest growing hairs on your body? Try to visit a professional threader/waxer to fix the shape of your brows because if you try it yourself and screw up then it’ll be a long four months or more until they grow back. They may not even grow back the same….so be careful!
What do you babes do to take care of your brows? Comment your tips below! xx
If you’re going to spend your hard earned money and go shopping, you should definitely do it right and consider all options. Looking back to when I first started earning my own money I can see that I was spending carelessly on whatever caught my eye. Fast forward five years now and I’m more careful about what I spend on and I know how to make a proper decision when shopping.
First of all, I budget my earnings accordingly a few months ahead of time so that I know how much I need to save and how much I’m allowed to spend per pay-check. This is key because it gives me an idea of how often I can splurge during the month and sets a strict boundary on how much damage I can do 😉
Once I know my spending amounts I decide whether or not there’s something bigger and more expensive that I want to save for instead of spending on smaller things during the month. For example, my Gucci belt, which was much more than what I had budgeted for spending within a month so I saved for it with my spending money.
The three things that I spend the most money on are clothing, shoes and food. All of these things fall under my spending amount for the month so I have to be careful about what I do with it! If I have a ton of brunch or dinner dates planned then I know my shopping amount will be significantly lower than normal.
To keep it simple, these are the rules that I follow when I’m out shopping…
3 Outfit Rule: If I’m obsessed with an item (clothing or accessory) I always make sure that I can think of 3 different outfits to pair it with in my existing wardrobe.
Similarity Rule: If it’s a basic piece that I’m looking at and it’s similar to an item in my existing wardrobe then I pick out the similarities between the two to figure out if it’s worth purchasing. For example, checked or plaid blazers! Even though they may be different prints, they’re most likely going to be worn with the same outfits and it’s probably not worth spending more money on.
Consider Trends: The most perfect example of this is the pair of white boots that I just purchased. They were a huge trend this past Fall and Winter season but I could never bring myself to purchase a pair because I felt like it wouldn’t be trendy for very long. My prediction turned out to be true because white boots aren’t very high up on the current trend list anymore! However I found a pair for $35 (50% off) and because I still wanted a pair to style outfits with (I had loads of ideas) I got them! If you’re looking at a currently trending item try to consider how long it’ll actually be in style.
Get It For Less Rule: If I believe that I can get a similar item to the one I’m looking at in store for a smaller price then I definitely won’t buy it! Items online are often cheaper than the ones in store so take a picture and look for something similar online before splurging.
Consider Upcoming Sales: The worst feeling is when you buy an item and a week later it goes on sale. Especially when you can’t even get the discount applied afterwards! If you know a store is about to have a sale then wait to purchase the item. The in-store availability may not be good but if the sale is applicable online then there’s a good chance you’ll find what you’re looking for!
Have you ever worn a face mask to sleep? Neither had I before I found out about this amazing “overnight” face mask by Breezy Body. The concept seemed a little strange at first and I was worried that it might get messy, but this product truly blew me away! After just one overnight application I could tell that this overnight masking thing was going to become one of my weekly skincare rituals.
Today I’d like to share what the benefits of this mask are and the different ways that it can be used. Who knows, maybe you’ll hop on the overnight masking boat too! 😉
made with natural ingredients
no harmful chemicals used
good for all skin types: oily, sensitive, dry and problematic
lightweight and non greasy formula = no mess!
It’s like an instant moisture shock to your skin! The active ingredients are sure to penetrate deep into the skin and guarantee hydration.
It soothes, balances, protects and hydrates at the SAME time!
Calendula, chamomile and zinc soothes the skin and tames the appearance of aggravated skin.
Old Man’s Weed, Australian pink clay, and grapeseed work to balance the skin and redefine fine lines and texture.
Organic shea butter, hyaluronic acid and organic aloe vera restore moisture and provide long-lasting hydration. Yay for plumped and radiant skin!
Organic rosella extract, natural Vitamin E, and rganic kakadu plum contain antioxidants that protect the skin from the environment.
HOW IT WORKS
As a quick “pick-me-up” hydration mask! Apply a thick layer of the mask to a freshly cleansed face and let it sit for 10-30 minutes. Wash it off after and say hello to hydrated, softer and smoother skin!
As an overnight mask! After washing your face take a small amount of the mask and massage it into the skin (like any other moisturizer) until it’s fully absorbed. Let it sit overnight or for a few hours and then wash your face to remove any dead skin cells or particles of pink clay.*
*Note: You won’t feel the need to wash your face after using it overnight because it’s so light, but in order to let your skin breath it’s best to take it off in the morning!
I personally like using this product as an overnight mask because it ensures that each ingredient is really working on my skin. I see better results when I wear it overnight and it definitely restores the natural balance of my skin and calms it!
If you’d like to try out the mask for yourself you can find it here: BreezeBody.com
They’re having a 30% off Easter Sale right now so be sure to use code “EASTER30” at checkout for a sweet deal! Happy Masking loves!
Spring is here and you know what that means…spring cleaning! My favourite way to clean up during the Springtime is in my closet. The more that gets thrown out, the more room there is for new things 😉 Although instead of spending hundreds of dollars on new clothing pieces I try to recycle the money I’ve already spent by selling my pre-loved clothing.
Over the years I’ve learned how to properly go through my wardrobe and actually make a dent in the purging process rather than convincing myself that I still wear every single item. We all know that’s never true! It takes a lot of self-control and determination but it is possible! Let’s get started shall we?
Since Winter is ending it’s time to clean out the Fall and Winter seasonal clothing because I’ll know which pieces I did and didn’t wear.
Use the 6 month rule. If you haven’t worn the item within the past six months, chuck it. Don’t even try to convince yourself that you’ll wear it next Winter because it’s most likely going to be replaced with new trends anyway.
Use the 3 outfit rule. If you can’t think of 3 completely different outfits to wear the item with, chuck it. I don’t typically use this rule against formal dresses and such because those are a little harder to create different outfits with, but for pieces like blazers and blouses I find it important to have different uses for them or else they get forgotten.
Compare similar or same pieces. I think I’ve got like 10 white t-shirts and let’s be real, it’s not realistic because I’m always going to go for my favourite one! Compare your pieces if you have duplicates and keep the better quality one. If a few of them have different traits and you can see yourself in multiple outfits then keep up to half of your collection, but be realistic.
Do quality checks. Sometimes we hold on to pieces that we’ve worn a lot in the past in hopes that we’ll put them on again but they may not be in the best shape. Check for underarm marks, tiny holes, excessive pilling and shrinkage. Obviously throw away the damaged goods.
Think about why you bought the piece. If an item was purchased purely because it was a trend and you wanted to fit in then ask yourself if you actually like it! Trends are tricky and at the time of purchase you may have loved it but it was also probably because everyone else did too.
What helps you clean out your wardrobe? Please feel free to share in the comments section below!
To this very day after a full year and a bit of blogging I still get nervous in front of the camera. However, I’ve learned a few things about how to get just the right shot even if my nerves are there and today I’d like to share them with all of you! Some of these photo tips have to do with you and some of them have to do with your surroundings but nonetheless they’ll help you get that Insta-worthy shot.
#1 Be happy and comfortable in your outfit.
Feeling comfortable about what you have on is key to getting that candid or even posed image. No one takes a good photo if they’re feeling awkward and not put together right? Do a few jumping jacks, listen to an upbeat song or do whatever it takes to get yourself in a comfy and vibrant mood to shoot!
#2 Location is key; stay away from distractions.
The perfect background is hard to find and that’s something I used to struggle with a lot (I still do sometimes) but it doesn’t need to be difficult! If your focus of the image is you then choose a background that has the least amount of distractions. Go for a simple wall, an empty (or semi-empty) sidewalk or the front of a minimalistic building. If there’s text on the building you’re in front of, don’t let it stop you! Try to photoshop it out like this one below.
#3 Lighting sets the mood.
We all know that lighting can make or break a photo so when you’re taking a picture make sure that it’s on point. Ideally you’ll want daylight for your photos as it shows every texture, feature and detail in the shot. My favourite time of day to shoot is about an hour or two before the sun is going down or in the early morning when the sun isn’t fully up yet. Two rules I try to follow are: 1) don’t have the sun to your back because the shadows will ruin the entire picture and 2) don’t standing directly in front of the sun because the glare might cause extra shininess, whites will glow and your eyes will be squinting no matter how hard you try not to.
#4 Capture candids.
Don’t just take posed photos because you’ll eventually get bored and your mood will go downhill (at least that’s what happens to me). If I only go for posed shots and then they don’t turn out the way I wanted them to it’s tough to want to shoot more! Capture candid photos by using the burst feature on your iPhone or rapid shot on your camera. I guarantee your photos will turn out much less structured, you’ll look happier and you’ll have at least one shot you love!
#5 Find a pose that you love.
Just to make this confusing for you here’s a tip that contradicts with #4 haha! If you want your photos to be posed (which is 100% acceptable too) find 1-3 poses that you love the way you look in and use them! By practicing these poses in a mirror and figuring out which ones are best for your figure your shots will always be clean.
What are your tips for taking a good Instagram shot? Let me know in the comments below!
Travelling can often bring on sickness, especially if you’re on long haul flights often, so today I’d like to share my tips on how to prevent that from happening! A couple of these tips were given to me by my best friend and when I was travelling last December I tried them out and successfully avoided any illness on my trip.
Sickness while travelling can arise from a multitude of factors some of them being fatigue, large groups of people in close quarters, exposure to foreign diseases, and stress. Therefore it’s important to cover your bases before and during your trip to ensure those bugs don’t get to you!
Do your research before you go. Depending on where you’re travelling to, there may be viruses and diseases that you need to prepare for. Sometimes this involves getting shots beforehand and other times it just means avoiding specific types of foods and water.
Stock up on Vitamin C packets. Every single morning while travelling I take an Emergen-C packet or tablet in a glass of water and not only does it boost your energy but it also helps support the immune system.
Take Cold-FX daily. Taking Cold-FX pills helps prevent flu and cold symptoms and reduces their frequency, duration and severity. I honestly think that taking these was a huge factor in why I didn’t get sick during my three week trip.
Drink from disposable water bottles, not tap. Wherever you go if you know it’s not 100% safe to drink from the tap then don’t. Even in restaurants you should ask for a bottle of water rather than a glass because you never know where it might be coming from.
Pair up your sleeping schedule as soon as you can. If you know you’re going to by flying during the nighttime hours of your destination then sleep as much as you can to catchup to that places time zone.
Carry a hand sanitizer at all times. Keep those airplane and airport germs away!
Do you have any other sickness prevention tips for travelling? Share them in the comments please!
Over the past few years phone cases have shifted from being just about protection to a stylish everyday accessory. Some people like to match their phone cases to their outfits (I admit I occasionally do so myself) and others use them to simply express their personal style. CaseApp has now made it 100x easier to make your phone case reflect your personal style with their handy-dandy customization tool. Not only do they sell phone cases though, they also sell laptop skins! How exciting!
Customization on caseapp.com is an easy process and it goes like this…
Upload 1 or more images of your choice. You have the option of collaging photos.
If the image doesn’t cover the entire case you can choose the background colour.
Choose the material of your phone case; matte or glossy.
Optionally add text or clipart to the case on top of your image(s).
Voila! It’s off to printing and delivered right to your doorstep!
The same goes for laptop cases and skins as well, very convenient if you ask me! You can even match your phone case to your laptop case, woo!
Since I wear mostly neutral colours and accessories I chose to make my phone cases minimal in black and white. I found a couple of quotes on Pinterest and stuck em on the cases! They turned out beautifully and the quality of the cases definitely lived up to my expectations.
I’m hosting a quick international giveaway on my Instagram page (@haleyestradaa) and I’ll be announcing the winner tomorrow evening (Monday, March 5th at 10pm PST). Head over to my profile to enter! xx
For now feel free to use my 20% off discount code “HALEYESTRADA20” for some $$$ off your purchase at caseapp.com!