My In-Flight Essentials

A list of my absolute essentials for the plane!

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Travel can be stressful in many ways, and one of my least favourites is having to carry a ton of stuff on the plane. It seems to happen every time I travel and I’m putting a stop to it. Whether it’s because my checked luggage was overweight or because I packed unnecessary items, I often end up with a 10lb purse on the plane. For the France trip that I’m currently on, I told myself that I would aim to strictly pack my personal bag with only essentials. Guess what? I successfully did it, and here’s what I packed.

Essentials to me, well also by definition, are things that are absolutely necessary. So I decided that the items I usually pack which I thought were necessary, actually weren’t because I never ended up using them during my travels! The items that I pack now are things that I KNOW I’m going to use either in flight, or before and after.

Wet Wipes

I usually pack a hand sanitizer for my travels but I realize that I don’t really use it! When I’m in-flight I’ll just get up to wash my hands in the restroom and when I get off the plane I also go straight to the restroom, so hand sanitizer is kind of pointless to me. Instead, I’ve packed super light and easy to carry wipe packets from Fur. Since they’re so thin, it’s almost like they’re not even in my bag and they’re much better to clean off or refresh during the flight.

Sleeping Mask & Ear Plugs

I only pack these two things when I’m on a flight that’s longer than four hours. I’m a very light sleeper so ear plugs are absolutely essential, and if I’m trying to sleep and someone has their reading light on, then a sleeping mask also comes in handy.

Lip Balm

Duh. Instead of bringing my whole collection of glosses, lipsticks and liners, I’ve cut it down to one lip balm that I love. The most hydrating one that I own is the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask and it also gives off a nice glossy look if enough is applied! Win-win!

Laptop & Charger

Since a personal bag gets heavy so easily I try to choose my heavier items wisely. Something that’s essential for me is my laptop and charger. It allows me to get some work done on the flight and ensures it’s safe and secure during travel!

Passport & Wallet

Okay these are completely obvious necessities, but I store them together in one flat pouch so that I don’t lose anything. The pouch I use is also big enough for my boarding passes, trip itinerary and any other documents I get while traveling. Since the pouch is flat, it’s easy to stick it in my bag and forget about it!

Emergen-C Packets

The last thing I want while travelling is to get sick, so I pack two or three Emergen-C packets for my flight to give my immune system a little help! These are also super flat and easy to pack.

Pack of Gum

This isn’t just for fresh breath though! Chewing gum on the plane helps with ear pressure, which happens quite a lot for me. I make sure I have one full pack before flying.

What are your in-flight essentials?

xoxo,

Haley

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Mexico Travel Diary

Last week I went on my very first vacation to Mexico and it was a wonderful and much needed get-away. My family and I stayed at the 5-Star Iberostar Resort in Playa Mita and although I haven’t been to many resorts, I can say that this was definitely one of the best I’ve seen. It truly felt like a 5-Star experience, especially because it was all-inclusive. Below are the highlights of my trip and experience at the resort. Hopefully if you haven’t been to Mexico before this will convince you to book your next vacation there 😉 It is seriously beautiful!

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FOOD

Let’s talk about what’s important first, the food! 😛 Since this resort was an all inclusive, anywhere we went we were able to order food and drinks without having to worry about holding money. There were two buffet style restaurants, one was extremely large and the other was a little smaller and closer to the pool. I expected the food to be sub-par as it was buffet style and all-inclusive, but the food was AMAZING! This definitely made our trip more enjoyable because the variety of food was very wide too. Everyday around noon one of the chefs would come out to the mini poolside hut and make either burgers, hotdogs, tacos or paella.

The highlight of my food experience here was the Japanese Teppanyaki. Honestly, I was nervous to eat sushi while in Mexico but it turned out to be very delicious and the show that our chef put on was marvellous!

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SERVICE

The staff at the resort were all very helpful, friendly and involved! Majority of our days were spent poolside and there were always activities going on which made it super fun, especially for the younger kids. A few of the activities that went on during the day were water aerobics, salsa and meringue dance, biking, water volleyball, beach volleyball, and many more. The staff would even go up to everyone poolside and let them know what activities were happening next. This might seem easy but the resort was HUGE so it was a nice gesture for them to remind us what was going on.

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The only service that disappointed me was room service. The very first time I ordered, a simple plate of chicken nuggets and fries and a brownie dessert, we waited 2 hours and then ended up cancelling it completely because it was getting too late. However when my cousin and her boyfriend ordered the exact same thing on a different night, theirs came in 15 minutes! So clearly there’s a bit of inconsistency with the room service timing.

ENTERTAINMENT

This resort went above and beyond to provide amazing entertainment for all of its guests. Each evening there was a show in the theatre either in concert form or music/lip-syncing performance. The shows that we watched were themed Boogie Nights, Rock, Pop Love Songs and Las Vegas and they were each about an hour and a half long. The singers, dancers and band were extremely talented and every show was put on very well!

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In addition to the shows, on a few of the evenings before the show times there would be a set up in the lobby with games and drinks that corresponded with whatever theme that nights show would be. On one of the evenings it was Mexican festival themed so there were multiple traditional games going on and a booth dedicated to tequila 😉 Another evening was Las Vegas themed so they had a “make your own cocktail” stand and poker games all around the lobby.

VENUE

As soon as we walked into the lobby we were in awe of how beautiful the resort was and I really appreciated their attention to detail in the design. Throughout the entire building there were gorgeous pieces of furniture, light fixtures and art making it really feel like a 5-Star building. The views of the ocean were insane and at sunset there was enough seating and viewing points for everyone to watch. The pools were in the centre of the resort but a little closer to the beach so that there was easy access if you wanted to go down for a dip in the ocean.

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Overall my stay at Iberostar was unforgettable and a fantastic first impression of vacationing in Mexico. I would 100% go again! If you have any specific questions regarding the resort please don’t hesitate to comment or contact me here!

xoxo,

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My Airplane Essentials

Plane rides can be a real pain, especially when you’re unprepared, so today I’m sharing what my airplane essentials are when travelling! I’m flying to Mexico this week so I thought the topic was fitting 🙂

When packing my personal airplane bag, either a purse or backpack, I like to categorize all of the items that I’m bringing. This makes packing easier, quicker and ensures that I don’t forget anything.

The categories that I create lists by are toiletries, medical, tech, accessories and miscellaneous. Below are the items that I usually include in my personal bag within these categories!

Toiletries

  1. Moisturizer: For face and hands because airplanes are so drying! Right now I’m loving my Chanel hand cream (TSA approved) and I think I’ll bring my Tula Day and Night cream because it’s also small enough and super moisturizing.
  2. Lip Balm: If I ever forget to pack my lip balm I always buy a new one at the airport because that’s how necessary it is for me on flights LOL. I love bringing my squeeze tube lip balm from Vaseline because it’s clear, very hydrating and works well under glosses and lipsticks.
  3. Face Mist: A face mist is something that I like to use after I’ve already applied moisturizer. I love my travel sized Clinique Moisture Surge face spray because it keeps my skin hydrated for a long time.
  4. Pressed Powder: This is a great way for me to touchup my skin upon arrival and it’s super convenient to carry around. I love the matte pressed powder from the Maybeline FitMe collection.
  5. Mini Highlighter: I try to fly with the least amount of makeup on possible but carrying around a mini highlighter works wonders when I want a glow upon arrival! I really like the Benefit Watts Up sample sized highlighter, and I apply it under my brow arch, in the inner parts of my eyes and also on my cheekbones.

Medical

  1. Advil: For those nasty headaches and back aches from the chairs LOL.
  2. Emergen-C Packets: I always carry these with me when I travel because I’m so paranoid of getting sick! Plus they’re great for a boost of energy if your flight is longer than 5 hours.
  3. Cold-FX: I don’t usually take these on my flights unless it’s a really early morning. They’re for prevention of cold and flu which I find really important if I’m travelling far. This is what kept me healthy when I flew to Manila and Hawaii.
  4. Bandaids: You never know when you might need one!
  5. Sanitary Wipes: These aren’t really for medical purposes but I keep them in this category anyway. They come in handy when you’re snacking on the plane or need to wipe something down.

Tech

  1. Phone Charger
  2. Portable Charger: I bring a portable charger for my phone for when I get off of the plane and still have some travelling to do before arriving at my destination!
  3. Camera: I like to pack my camera in my personal bag so that it doesn’t get damaged in checked luggage. It’s also convenient if I decide to take photos or vlog while flying!
  4. Earphones

Accessories

  1. Sunglasses
  2. Hair Ties
  3. Jewellery: I hate packing my valuables in checked luggage because there’s a chance of the whole bag getting lost, so I pack them in my personal bag or wear them on the plane.

Miscellaneous

  1. Magazines: Depending on how long my flight is, I love bringing fashion and gossip magazines for the plane. I’m not a big reader so it’s always magazines over a book.
  2. Jacket or Sweater: Airplanes get really chilly, imo, so I like to bring an extra sweater that’s small enough to pack in my bag just in case!
  3. Passport
  4. Wallet
  5. Travel Itinerary: This is usually just a few papers that include my travel plans, flight info and other important things like phone numbers, locations, etc.

What do you pack in your personal airplane bag? Share below in the comments!

xoxo,

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5 Ways To Stay Organized While On Vacation

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!

  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. Buy tickets early. To avoid long lines and sometimes higher prices I always buy tickets for events or attractions before I travel!
  4. 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!
  5. 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.

 

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How do you stay organized while on vacation? I’d love to know! Comment below with your travel tips 🙂

xoxo,

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Vacation Diaries: NYE in Makati

On New Year’s Eve my family and I flew back to Manila from Bohol and went straight to the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati. We didn’t celebrate at the actual hotel but rather on top of a relatives apartment building where we could see all of Makati and the celebratory fireworks going on. I had never seen fireworks so big and close in proximity until this NYE. From every corner of the apartment building’s rooftop there were fireworks going on for as far as your eyes could reach.

Right in front of one side of the building were the Rockwell buildings outlined in a bright yellow lighting and this development had the largest fireworks. It was quite the sight indeed!

We ended up back at the hotel around 1:30am and crashed right away because of our travel fatigue.

On New Year’s Day I went shopping (again) and ended the day with a wonderful buffet meal at the Shangri-La, Makati. The buffet had every food you could possibly think of and it all tasted delicious.

Forward one day to January second and I’m flying out to our next destination…can you guess where? It’s closer to Vancouver but definitely still warmer!

Until next time loves.

xoxo,

Vacation Diaries: Bohol for Christmas

This year my family decided to do Christmas a little differently…okay maybe a lot differently. Instead of a white and chilly holiday in Vancouver, we flew overseas to the Philippines to visit our family and spend Christmas with them. Christmas Eve was spent in Manila at a relatives house and Christmas Day was spent flying from Manila to Bohol!

After our one hour flight to Bohol on Christmas morning we spent the day beachside getting our tans on.

We stayed at the Bellevue Resort and were greeted with a (just about) white sand beach, crystal clear water, and refreshingly warm salty air. It’s safe to say I had an unforgettable Christmas Day.

The day after we arrived, we woke up bright and early to drive to Danao Adventure park. I never thought I would let myself free fall from the edge of a mountain but I DID IT. And it was amazingly thrilling! In addition to the 4-second free fall “Plunge” as they called it, I also went on the “Sui-Slide” zipline between two mountains, and completed a tree root climb.

Between beach and poolside days at the resort I also went island hopping to Padre Pio Island, Balicasag Island, and Virgin Island. It was one of the most surreal experiences I’ve ever taken part in. I’ve never seen more beautiful sands and waters as these!

Stay tuned for my next Vacation Diaries post on Tuesday! ❤️ Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my loves!

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Vacation Diaries: Starting 2018 in Waikiki

I started 2018 in probably the best way I could’ve ever imagined…in beautiful Hawaii. Immediately after New Years Day, my family and I flew from Manila to Guam, stopped over on four islands, and finally arrived in Honolulu.

Our flight was unexpectedly long as what we thought would be a direct flight from Guam to Honolulu ended up being an island hopper plane. We flew for a total of 4.5 hours from Manila to Guam and another 14 hours to Honolulu. It was tiring but so worth it.

Our 7-day vacay here consisted of multiple beach days, snorkelling, surfing, body boarding, tanning, shopping, a luau and pure relaxation. I can honestly say I’ve never felt so relaxed and refreshed in my life. It’s that Hawaiian magic 😉

Enough with the chit chat though, I’ve had a few requests about the outfits and swimsuits I’ve worn over the past week so I’ll try my best to include everything below!

North Shore

Shorts: from a market in the Philippines

Bodysuit: from Wilfred at Aritzia

Sunglasses: Rayban

Hilton Hawaiian Village

Shorts: American Apparel

Bikini Top: Design Lab at Hudson’s Bay

Sandals: Romwe Fashion

Necklace & Bag: from a market in the Philippines

Head Wrap: SheIn Official

Ala Moana Mall

Top: Romwe Fashion

Shorts: Zara

Bag: Gucci

Sunglasses: Rayban

Kalakaua Ave

Top: TopShop

Shorts: American Apparel

Sunglasses: Rayban

Waikiki Beach

One Piece Swimsuit: Basta Surf

Hat: Forever 21

Chief’s Luau

Dress: They had these everywhere! I borrowed this one from my sister and it’s from Ross.

Sandals: Romwe Fashion

Turtle Bay Beach

Swimsuit: BooHoo

MORE PHOTOS FROM MY TRIP

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Friday Night Fireworks at the Hilton Hawaiian Village

North Shore waves

Chief’s Luau

Maui Babe is a must buy when you go to Hawaii, it’s one of the best tanning lotions out there, besides Bali Body of course!

Snorkelling at Turtle Bay Beach

Waikiki Beach

The beautiful sunset view from the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Matcha and coconut shaved ice with strawberry, condensed milk, and mochi.

North Shore

Until next time Hawaii! 😍

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Instagram Travel Accounts You Should Be Following

I wish I could travel for a living but realistically that will probably never happen, so I turn to Instagram for inspiration and a little travel fix. Below are some of my favourite travel accounts, take a look!


@taylorcutfilms – Taylor’s page will never disappoint because each photo is something completely new and stunning! His photography and editing skills go beyond just photos though, check out his YouTube channel for mind-blowing travel videos!

@alyssalynch – She’s one of my all-time favourite bloggers and has a page that will captivate you for days. As the girlfriend of @taylorcutfilms, her page features some of the same photos that he edits, as well as pics of her latest outfits and travels. She’s a cutie!

@girleatworld – All your food and travel dreams come true on her page! This is no ordinary food page that’s for sure because each photo contains a shot of a unique treat from the place she’s currently located in and also a distinctive background to tell where she is.

@doyoutravel & @gypsea_lust – Jack’s page has a very smooth flow to it as he travels and explores the world with his girlfriend Lauren (@gypsea_lust). Both of their pages feature similarly filtered and edited photos that catch the eye right away. They just released their Lightroom presets for sale so checkout their pages for more details!

@taramilktea – Originally from Sydney, Tara explores all parts of the world and expresses her creativity through her gorgeous photos. Each destination she posts is jaw-dropping!

@muradosmann – If you’re familiar with the hashtag #FollowMeTo, then you may have come across this page already. It’s literally goals! Majority of the photos on this page consist of @natalyosmann, Murad’s girlfriend, holding his hand and walking into a beautiful travel destination.


Do you have a favourite travel account? Leave some usernames in the comment section below! 🙂

xoxo,

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Road-Trip Essentials – Packing List

Road-trips can be a lot of fun, but only if you’re packing the right items in your vehicle. What would a road-trip be without good music? Or cards? Snacks? I’ve been on numerous road-trips since I was a little girl to Edmonton, Saskatoon, the Okanagan, Portland, and even California so today I’ll be sharing what my road-trip essentials are. If you ever find yourself stuck in the middle of packing not knowing what to bring just print out this list!


  • Music; aux cord, CD’s
  • Laptop for movies
  • DVD’s or USB loaded with movies
  • Snacks; chips, candy, water, Gatorade, nut mixes, etc.
  • Pillows and blankets
  • Advil, gravol, Tylenol
  • First aid kit
  • Bathing suit; depending on where you’re going, you never know where you’ll stop along the way!
  • Towels; for the reason above
  • Plastic bags; grocery store bags and/or ziplock bags; for garbage and the possibility of motion sickness….
  • Sunglasses
  • Charger extension; cords and a box that can charge more than one device
  • Electric fan & spray bottle
  • Cash; stops on the way might not always accept cards, be prepared!
  • Moisturizer, hand sanitizer, lip balm
  • Tissues and/or paper towel; for clumsy drink spills
  • Sandals or runners, vice versa depending on what you wear on your feet into the car! It’s all about being prepared for the stops on the way to your destination.
  • Disinfectant and baby wipes; one pack or more of each for vehicle and body cleaning
  • Cards (Uno, SkipBo, Card Deck) or small games that can be played in the car
  • Earphones; yes sometimes alone time is necessary, especially if there are children in the vehicle!

Summer is moving fast people, make sure to fit that road-trip into your schedule even if it is just for a weekend! Until next time…happy traveling!

xoxo,

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LA Hot Spots

As some of you may know, I visited California twice last year and I just returned from this year’s trip with my sister. My Godmother, Uncle, and two cousins live in the area and since I barely see them I’ve decided to travel to LA at least once annually.

Los Angeles is my dream city, mainly because of their year-round sunshine 😉 Can you blame me though? I live in a city where it rains more than half of the year! Through my multiple trips and crazy Instagram exploration skills, I’ve come up with a list of what I believe to be the hottest tourist spots and activities in LA.


Food

Alfred Tea or Alfred Coffee– you’ve either been here or you’ve seen famous pics of their drinks on Instagram. This is the cutest little café serving everything from coffee to ice cream! Try out the iced matcha latte if you stop by.


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MILK – let me tell you, I have never had a better snicker doodle or red velvet cookie in my life. This little gem’s menu is one that will have you stumped and wanting to order every item!


Afters Ice Cream – This is not your average ice cream parlour that’s for sure! My favourite flavours here are the Jasmine Green Tea and Milk & Cereal flavor. This time around they had added new flavours, one of them being Thai Tea and it tastes EXACTLY like thai tea! Yum!


Urth Caffé – Looking for a quick breakfast snack, full lunch, or a sweet and refreshing drink? Urth Caffé has everything and more that you would expect from a “café”. I tried the Mediterranean Plate and Coconut Green Tea Boba and it completely made my day!

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Porto’s Bakery – Dream up every pastry or dessert you’ve ever wanted…..lucky for you Porto’s Bakery probably has it ready for you behind the counter! I’ve never seen a bakery as big as this one. The service was excellent, the lunch item I got (Pork sandwich) tasted delicious, and their famous cream cheese rolls made my mouth water.

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Tourist Spots

LACMA – you know those super tall lamp posts that everyone likes to take pictures in? This is the spot! It doesn’t end there though. LACMA has a huge variety of places for photo ops, so if you’re in the LA area make sure to visit.
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Beverly Hills Sign – right in the heart of Beverly Hills you’ll find freshly cut grass, flawless sidewalks, silver fire hydrants, and the BH shield on almost everything you look at. The pool of water that says Beverly Hills behind is a great place to stop for a picture.
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Rodeo Dr. – you know me, I love to shop 😉 Window shopping at it’s finest happens on Rodeo Dr. where you’ll find the most luxurious stores in all of LA.

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Venice Beach – the beach vibes here are real! I personally love walking down the pathway right along the beach to watch street performers, purchase little knick knacks, and catch the best bites to eat.

Santa Monica Pier – I’m warning you, do not walk on the sand with barefoot on a hot summer day. Don’t even wear sandals. When I visited Santa Monica last August I went down to the beach to take photos, my mistake. The 30 degree weather had my feet burning like never before!! The pier is definitely on the pricey side, but good for photos and fun if you really want to experience the rides and all. The light blue lifeguard shacks on the beach also make for fantabulous photos.

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Activities

Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour – I could do this bus tour for the rest of my life it’s so good. There’s always something new to see with this tour. You have the freedom of getting off and back on at any of the tourist spots. This is how I get around Los Angeles to visit all of my fave places.

Universal Studios – I really love USH more than Disneyland now because in my opinion most of the park is for an older audience. The food here is fantastic and the rides are quite fun!

Disneyland – obviously Disney has to be on the list, but it’s not a place that I would visit every time I travel to Cali. It’s become pretty expensive to get even a day pass, so if you can try to find a Groupon or something!

Visit or Hike to the Hollywood Sign – so I found out this year that the hike is actually 5 hours long, so my family and I took the easy route and visited the park that you can view the sign from. We still had to walk up the hill if that counts 😉

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Walk the Walk of Fame – definitely something to do during the daytime near the Chinese Theater. At night it’s also really nice to walk along the star strip and visit some of the restaurants and shops in the plaza nearby.


Am I missing a few great spots? Let me know, I’ll visit and try them out the next time I travel to LA!

Until next time love bugs, happy travelling!

xoxo,

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