L’s Spring Break Packing Must Haves

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Whether you’re off to spring break (in reality or in spirit) or planning a warm getaway, these travel essentials must make it into your suitcase. Get ready to get your tan on! ๐Ÿ˜‰

1. Panana Hat

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This hat is pretty much my favorite thing ever. I wear it all summer long to shade my face from the sun, whether I’m laying on the beach or not. It’s cute, chic and goes with pretty much anything – and adds a little flair to your basics. You can also completely smush it in your suitcase and use damp water and a hair dryer set on low to reform the shape. If it’s good enough for Paul Newman and Ernest Hemingway, it’s good enough for me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Panama Hat, J.Crew, $58

2. Tote Bag

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If anyone tries to tell you that anything other than L.L. Bean’s Boat and Tote bag is the best bag ever, they are clearly wrong. You can stop searching – this is seriously the best tote bag ever. It’s durable, strong, watertight and simply a classic (and you can monogram that sh*t). You can even use it to bail water out of your sinking canoe – I speak from personal experience. It’s made in Maine, and was originally made from builder’s canvas and used in the 1940’s to haul ice – it’s been tested to hold up to 500 lbs (so you can bring ALL the snacks to the beach with you). And, it’s incredibly reasonably priced. Win all around.

Large Open-top Boat and Tote, L.L. Bean, $34.95

3. Adorbs Bikini

swimI hate to dip in the same honey pot twice, but I love me some J. Crew. I’ve been buying their swimwear for years (you can get some great sales, too! Watch out for those 30% off coupons via email). This bikini (full disclosure: I have one in purple) is cute, flattering, retains its color/shape no matter what, and comes in more sizes and styles than you could possibly ever want (most of swim tops come in bra sizes, so you will get a near perfect fit for your girls every time). I love their solid colored suits because they are so easy to mix and match, and you can adjust the style based on how daring you’re feeling, since their bottoms come in a wide variety of cuts with varying degrees of bum coverage. This top has a great detail of boning at the sides and comes with a removable halter strap, so you can keep flashing to a minimum when you dive in the water to cool off.

Twist-bandeau Underwire Bikini Top, and Sport Hipster Bikini Bottom in Neon Pink, J. Crew, $50 and $40, respectively

4. Sunscreen

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Hi, have we met? I’m a beach ghost. If I laid down next to computer paper I would blend in. Thus, sunscreen is a MUST. It’s really a must for everyone, no matter what your skin tone (I’m shaking my finger at all of you non-sunscreen wearers). I will NOT leave the house/hotel room/shady spot until I am covered head-to-toe in SPF 70. No sunburns here folks! This sunscreen is a great one for your beach bag because, since it’s a spray, it’s so easy to apply (Warning: Not for use in windy areas! You’ll get blotchy coverage!). Or, if you’re me, apply/reapply a bagillion times out of sunburn paranoia. I’ve been using it since it came out, and I’ve always been happy with it.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheerยฎ Body Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70, $10.99

5. Bb Surf Spray

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Pretty much the best Spring Break hair product ever invented, Bumble and bumble surf spray gives your hair the perfect, glossy magazine-worthy beach waves, turning your post-pool party hair from yikes to yes in a few spritzes (so you can go from laying on the beach to happy hour without spending forever getting ready). Even my crazy curls get a beach-y, piece-y, matte texture that looks phenomenal with a newly acquired sun-kissed glow and brand new freckles. The. Best. And it works for all hair types, even my sister’s pin straight hair, if she would let me try it on her. ๐Ÿ˜›

Bumble and bumble surf spray, $27

6. Cute Dress

splendid dressI always like to bring a “cute enough for dinner but casual enough to throw on over my swimsuit” cotton (read: breathable) dress, because you never know where your next spring break adventure will take you. It’s perfect for packing in your tote bag and throwing over your suit to go out after the beach, and it can be dressed up with accessories to still look super cute and stylin’ over cocktails and a nice dinner. Versatility with vacation clothing is a big deal to me, and I do my best to make sure what I bring can be worn for multiple occasions. Simple, chic and versatile is where it’s at.

Splendid 2 x 1 Racerback Dress, Shopbop, $57

7. Wedges

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Steve Madden Montaukk Wedges, Zappos.com, $79.95

8. Fun jewelery

gorjanaI adore Gorjana jewelery because it’s delicate, layer-able and always on-point (in a never-too-much kinda way). This lariat necklace would look equally cute over a maxi dress to style it up a little bit, and you can leave it on over your swimsuit if you want to rock it on the beach like a fashion blogger. Layer it with other necklaces over a flowy top (spoiler alert: one is coming up on this list next) and you have got yourself one hell of a cute outfit. I always find bringing accessories on vacation/Spring Break really does wonders to make your outfits looks intentional and chic instead of throw together from a suitcase. Win.

Gorjana Mika Lariat Necklace, Shopbop, $75

9. Flowy Top

20150326092903If you’ve read B & B before, you would know my undying love for anything and everything Free People (that’s my jam right there). I always love a little hippie vibe thrown into the style mix, and this cute flowy top is super adorbs and super versatile (yessss!). You can wear this tunic over your swimsuit straight to beach if you’re willing to flash a little cheek in the case of a gusty wind (hey, it happens) and you can also dress this up/down appropriately for dinner, wandering/seeing the sights or hittin’ the flea market. The gauzy cotton keeps you cool and comfortable, and looking hella cute.

Take Me to the Beach Woven Tunic, Free People, $78

10. Jean Shorts

hudsonLet’s be honest: Spring Break is nothing without jean shorts. I know my denim, and Hudson jean back pockets are like a Brazilian Butt Lift for your booty. They make your butt look super cute, and the rolled up hem gives your stems a nice leg lengthening situation so you fit right in with Cindy, Naomi, Christy and Claudia (we know my 5’4 self is into it). These ones are especially soft and have the perfect amount of stretch (enough so you can wear them all day but not so stretchy they get baggy and loose by cocktail hour) so you can even take them for a day-long hike in the jungle/shopping at the flea market and be perfectly comfortable.

Hudson Hampton Cuffed Short in Hackney, $128

11. Sunnies

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Sunglasses! A vaca must if there ever was one! You’ll def need a chic pair to go from the beach to sight-seeing to hiking to lounging to happy hour and all over again. If I had an exorbitant amount of money to drop on a pair of shades, it would be this pair. I love the cat-eye look, and I’m obsessed with MK&A’s Elizabeth and James brand. So chic, so flawless – perfection. Want!

Elizabeth and James Fairfax Sunglasses, $185

I hope this list of must-haves helps you to pack for your next Spring Break Adventure! Enjoy it. And wooohoo, it’s almost Friday! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ What are your Spring Break Must Haves?? Tell me all about it in the comments! ๐Ÿ˜‰

With warmth,

L

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L in DC: Weekend Recap!

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The gorgeousness of DC. I love that you can see the Washington Monument from pretty much everywhere (ok, I mean – at least where I was).

Guys! I think I need the delinquent blogger award, because I didn’t even take any pictures while I was down in DC this past weekend. I was having so much fun I forgot I was supposed to be capturing it! Whoops! PS: I’ve also limited my “Vegan for Lent” situation to while I’m in Boston Metro (oopsie – but dude, it was tricky/I have no regrets). Here are some of the highlights:

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Does anyone want to grab a drink? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mission Dupont – Dupont Circle

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Exterior of Mission – it looks way cooler lit up at night!

I met up with friends for drinks after eating some incredibly amazing Ethiopian food on U Street (that was probably not vegan, but definitely vegetarian and DELICIOUS). The first stop was Mission Dupont, a restaurant/bar in Dupont Circle that serves house-made cocktail creations with fresh squeezed juices – YUM! Everyone’s favorite drink of the night was their pineapple jalapeno margarita (I am not friends with tequila, so that one was not my favorite but I’m working through it) that was served with a hunk of fresh pineapple and muddled jalapenos at the bottom of the glass. I had an amazing gin cocktail with fresh-squeezed lime juice, soda water and …something else that I forgot (I was having a good time, what can I say?). YUM! All in all, pretty good atmosphere and fun vibes.

Firefly – Dupont Circle (kinda?)

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Inside of Firefly – there was a giant tree!

We eventually migrated down New Hampshire Street to Firefly, for more of a bar/lounge-y vibe just in time for last call (it’s also attached to a hotel, so there’s that). I ordered a Sub Rosa, a cocktail made with Absolute Citron Vodka, St. Germain, Averna Amaro, hibiscus syrup, rose water, Peychaud’s Bitters – which frankly tasted a like cough syrup-y (sad face – it sounded so good when I ordered it!). My friend, however, ordered a Late Harvest cocktail, made with Brokers gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, lemon, red grapes. First of all – it was PHENOMENAL. Also, it’s made with muddled grapes – I’ve never thought of using fresh grapes in a drink before, but I am ALL over it! It tasted fresh, light and absolutely divine. If you guys go there – get that. Seriously worth a trip. Our bartender Chris was super fun and sassy and we had a great time chatting with him as well – good times all around. ๐Ÿ™‚

Brunch

Brunch is the best meal ever, isn’t it? DC definitely did not disappoint.

La Diplomate – Logan Circle

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Le Diplomate

I loved this spot! As soon as you walk in, you are greeted with an upscale French cafe vibe, with thoughtfully chic architecture and decor (I immediately regretted that I was wearing head to toe Lulu and not real clothes). If it wasn’t only 30ish degrees out, I would have happily spent the afternoon dining “en plain air” in the seasonally outdoor cafe. The food and service were equally impressive, and seemed to warrant the restaurant’s popularity. My Saturday morning brunch was very un-vegan: I ordered an Egg White Omelet with Ratatouille. The Ratatouille was seriously delicious (YUM) but the most outstanding part of brunch was the basket of fresh, crusty bread made in-house that they brought to your table (Dude, who doesn’t love fresh bread? I would have happily gone for seconds). My friend ordered the Spinach Omelet with goat cheese that was pretty bomb, and I’d definitely recommend it if you’re hitting this spot for brunch (especially since it tasted better than mine)! Sadly, I skipped the mimosas because I probably still had some alcohol in my blood from the night before – but the cocktail menu looked extensive and exciting. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜›

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The bread at Le Diplomate – noms!

Tryst – Adams Morgan

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This is the place to plop down on a couch with your laptop and spend the day sipping their amazing lattes and people watching. Tryst has a chill atmosphere and laid-back vibe – as in they provide animal crackers on the saucer with their Direct-Trade coffee drinks, mismatched silverware and a surprisingly extensive menu. Even though it was packed on Sunday morning, the huge windows and high ceilings still gave a feeling of openness, and the foiled ceiling and vintage-y couches made me feel like I was in a prime hipster hot spot (I was). I ordered a soy Chaipuccino (a Chai with a shot of espresso in it) to start, which alone is worth coming back for. Their brunch menu was HUGE and had just about anything you could want – I chose a Spinach Frittata, made with sauteed spinach, shallots, Gruyere and eggs, and served warm with a side of fresh fruit. It was fantastic and the perfect sized pre-flight meal. YUM! My friend ordered the Lemon Poppy Seed waffle, which was perfectly light, fluffy and lemon-y and served with a homemade blueberry sauce that was out of this world. Between the two, I satisfied my savory/sweet tastes that I always crave at brunch, making me feel perfectly content before heading home to Boston. Also, it’s worth noting that they had plenty of vegan options that I ignored, since I already had plenty of eggs, butter and cheese during the weekend – what’s one more meal? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Tryst was definitely also a winner. ๐Ÿ™‚

All in all, I had a fantastic time and felt like I got a great introduction to the DC nightlife and great brunch spots (I’m hooked!). Also, you guys in DC have like ZERO snow compared to us in Boston, so it was glorifying to walk around with no gloves, or hat, and I could see the sidewalk (and the opposite side of the street, with the absence of the gigantic snow mounds). Such a fun city! Refreshing, and exciting – and I can’t wait to come back!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

What did you guys do this weekend?? Tell me all about it in the comments.

With warmth,

L

PS: I’m just going to leave this here for you because it’s Monday (just in case):

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L On-the-Go – Tropical Style!

Well, I’ve finally finished doing my least favorite thing ever – packing!! – all while gabbing with my bestie on the phone and having a full fledged fashion show in my bedroom for way longer than necessary. I even risked setting the jeans avalanche free from the top shelf of my closet while I was digging around trying to find my running visor I stowed up there sometime in August. I do, however, love writing these posts because I usually find them super helpful when reading other people’s packing essentials. I’m heading to Florida for 7 nights and 6 days, and the weather right now is between 70 and 80ยฐF (gorgeous). If you’ve read any of my previous posts, my one requirement is that everything must fit into a carry-on approved roller bag (bc I am not into checking bags – I like to stow and go).

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Here’s What I Packed:

  • 3 cute dresses (one super casual that can double as a swim cover, a maxi and a regular dress)
  • 1 pair of jean shorts
  • A ton of athletic shorts (6 pairs – don’t judge me)
  • 6 pairs of socks/3 headbands
  • 4 short sleeve shirts (one Lulu swiftly that can be worn running)
  • 4 tank tops (that can be worn in real life/layered and while working out) + 3 tanks (that will definitely get sweaty and gross on long runs)
  • 3 bathing suits (bc I’m a female and obv need three different ones)
  • 2 pairs of crops (casual/active wear)
  • 1 pair of skinny jeans + 1 long sleeve shirt + 1 zip up jacket (to worn if it’s cool in morning/evenings, and on the way home)
  • Sports bras
  • 1 cardigan (if it’s cold, or to be layered over tanks/dresses)
  • Water bottle, arm band, gels, inhaler, bodyglide, extra sunnies (all the essentials for long runs)
  • Extra packets of oatmeal for snacks
  • Red Sox hat and running visor (bc I’m a ginger)
  • Various accessories – long necklace, chunky necklace, bracelets
  • Booyah jar (transferred into a Ziploc bag)
  • Chargers for phone and Garmin watch

….And it all fits!

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Well I’m off to bed. I have an early day tomorrow!

Goodnight all!

L โค

New Mexico is sooooo dope.

Don’t worry my darlings, I’m documenting all the gorgeous food I’m shoveling in my face and doing some solid pre-dawn 5 am runs in 32 degree desert freezing cold, all so I can report back and write an amazing, fun and thorough recap worthy of B&B. It’s gonna be epic. Stay tuned.
Tomorrow we will be venturing to Santa Fe. I have never been before and I cannot wait!! I am super excited because I have only heard amazing things about it. Keep your fingers crossed that I’ll be able to hit up the Georgia O’Keefe museum – I love her art, she’s a total BAMF.
With that, I’ll leave you with some pics I took during landing. ๐Ÿ˜€
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Happy Hump day everyone!! Sending you all love and warming thoughts.

Xo,
L

PS: If you absolutely cannot wait or if you just want a sneak preview of what’s to come, check out my Instagram account, @bubblesandbooyah (you can also find this in my side bar of my page). I’ve been posting up to the minute updates on IG, so check it out!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ Including the fact that I’m basically walking around on the Breaking Bad set, which is AWESOME.

PPS: I’m eating my weight in the sliced fruit they are putting out for “light snacks” and I think my colleagues are totally judging me. Sometimes you just have to hold your head up high and not give a f**k, bc Cantaloupe rules. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

L on the go – part deux!

Whew! Man it’s hard to get my blog on when I’m running around like a crazy person and adjusting to a different time zone. Anywho, I succeeded in exercising this morning (my first full day here!) and ran a semi-slow/semi-pathetic 4 miles at 5:30 am this morning in downtown Albuquerque. In the dark at least, New Mexico seems pretty awesome. ๐Ÿ˜€

In actual blog news, I’d like to share part two of my packing list: the carry on! I packed this baby to the gills yesterday morning before heading here, and I’m proud to report that I successfully fit everything in there AND (bonus!) my bag still fit all the way under my seat – woohoo!

I got this awesome printed Lulu backpack on sale in CT with my sister. She always finds the best Lu on sale and it must have rubbed off on me that day bc this bag is SICK. It literally has a billion pockets and fits all your sh*t.

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Here’s what I packed.
Laptop (to keep in contact with all you lovelies, although I’m blogging this from my phone during a talk – shh don’t tell) ๐Ÿ˜‰
Wireless mouse (I love this thing)
Book (second one in my ancient Egypt series by Wilbur smith – it’s AMAZINGGG!)
Wallet (no brainer)
Phone charger (just in case you have a moment to juice up in the airport)
2 magazines (Glamour from Dec and Jan bc I’ve been wicked busy and haven’t even opened the December issue)
Glasses/sunglasses
Wet wipes (no germs for me! I wipe down all surfaces I touch on the plane – along with those of my colleagues, I don’t want those germs either. So I’m talking armrests, tray table front and back, etc. Yes, I’m certifiably nuts).
Hand sanitizer ( see reasons listed above)
Advil (altitude sickness is not gonna win)
Hair elastics (always need those)
Gum
Pens
Snacks!! (Nuts and a builders bar in addition to the lunch I packed and also stowed in here)
Liquids (hair products, perfume and eye make up remover – My essentials.)
Vinyasa scarf
S’well reusable water bottle

And that’s it. Fight the urge people, to not fall victim to over packing.

I hope this helps in your holiday travels, I’m sending you love from the beautiful southwest today!!

Xo,

L