Friday Faves!

Happy Friday, everyone!! It’s a stormy rainy day in Boston, what better way to hop into the weekend with my fave post! πŸ™‚

Here is what I’ve been feeling this week:

  1. New glasses

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Have you guys heard of Zenni’s Optical? My sister has shopped there for years, and has about 47 pairs of super cool prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses from them. I hadn’t gone to the eye doctor in an embarrassingly long amount of time, so it was high time for Ms Booyah to get her eyes checked this week. So I went to a very nice eye place in a very nice New England town, and I found a pair of eyeglasses that I absolutely loved. What I didn’t love was the fact that they would cost me $388.87. For one pair of glasses. I’m only nearsighted, so I only wear glasses for driving and reading things that are far away. I was absolutely floored. My extremely sensible sister gave me a wake-up call: hello, that is an outrageous price to pay for eye wear when you can get a pair from Zenni’s for less than $50.

At first, I wasn’t that thrilled about it, but then I started looking online and found the SUPER cute cat eye glasses pictured above. They cost $17.90. Seriously – with free lenses, and a protective coating over the lenses – they were less than $20. ARE YOU EVEN SERIOUS RIGHT NOW! I can now go back and buy 19 more pairs of glasses, for the $400 I would have spent at the fancy place. Also, you can upload a selfie so that you can “try on” the glasses online before you buy. Booyah Tip (from L’s sister, J): Measure your current pair of glasses and compare to the measurements given online so you know how they will fit on your face. πŸ˜‰

2. Athleta Energy Chaturanga Capri

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While I was waiting for my brow appointment on Newbury Street (all the important things in life, obv), I wandered into Athleta to check out their new fall stuff and absolutely fell in LOVE with these really cute capri bottoms. The bright blue color is amazing, and I’m obsessed (they look way better on Athleta’s site – I couldn’t find a picture that would do them justice, so check them out over there). I love the striped pair that I have – the material is thick, totally opaque and wicks sweat like a champ. I love that this pair of crops doesn’t have any pockets so you don’t have anything poking you when you’re laying on your back doing ab exercises (sit-ups are hard enough as is without a zipper digging into your back).Β  Love, love, love these! ❀

You can find them here.

3. Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver

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For more than 120 days, these two women have withstood obstacles (insurmountable obstacles, to any regular person), at the notoriously difficult Army Ranger School. They are the first two women in history that have graduated from Army Ranger training, receiving the coveted black and yellow Ranger Tab on their uniform. I have goosebumps on my arms as I type this – it is so incredible, and swells my heart with such pride, when I think of what these incredibly accomplished, astoundingly athletic and patriotic women have achieved. Just think: we, as women, can do anything. This is monumental.

Watch the video here.

4. Jennifer Aniston’s wedding band

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OK so this might be a little shallow after the accomplishments of America’s first female Army Rangers, but LOOK HOW PRETTY! Pure gorgeousness. I also love her simple mani.

5. CEP Compression Socks

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I grabbed these for a steal! As my training runs get longer over the summer in preparation for my plethora of fall half marathons, I finally invested in a pair of compression socks to help accelerate my recovery. Wearing compression socks after a long run helps your muscles to recover faster and more efficiently. I will be wearing the shiz out of these (and, I grabbed two pairs on clearance for a steal at City Sports – definitely watch out for deals on these, as they are normally around $60 for a pair).

Check them out here.

I hope that you guys have a wonderful weekend! I’m not up to much – hopefully the weather cooperates and I’m able to hit the beach again! Other than that, I’m looking forward to a relaxing, mellow weekend. What are you guys up to this weekend?? Tell me all about it in the comments! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

With warmth,
L

Happy Spring/Friday Faves, wooooooo!

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Yay! It’s finally Friday. We made it, yet again. I def thought it was Friday when I woke up yesterday, so I’m especially glad it’s finally here. And it’s the first day of SPRING! WOOHOO! Here’s what I’ve been feeling this week:

1. Uptown Funk Treadmill Dance

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You must watch this. Los Angeles choreographer Carson Dean posted this video of him dancing on a treadmill to Uptown Funk (pretty much the best song on the radio right now, and when we hear it during gal workouts, we almost always take a break from burpees and take a moment to get funkyyy) on Saturday, and it went viral immediately (justifiably so). LOVING IT!

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2. MiH Marrrakesh Jeans

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Trend alert for SS15: the flares are back! Good thing, because I never actually stopped wearing them from the early 00’s. πŸ˜‰ Ok, let’s be honest, I am wearing some right now (and I love MiH denim – I got my first pair in Bath when I was on holiday in the UK!). This season’s flares are updated with a slightly higher rise, less distressed look, with maj homage to the 70’s rockers (Mom, we all know you were an original) in true haute hippie fashion (YES! That is basically my scene, all the time). So, skinny devotees, get on the vibe with Joni, Janis and Patti and try them out – your calves will thank you for the breathing room (plus you don’t have to do that wiggle dance to get them on in the morning). I am eying up this pair from MiH, which seem like they are perfectly straddling the line between flare and too much (my fave place to be with denim/life) and I am picturing all the cute peasant-y blouses that will top them off. In order to elevate this style, trying wearing them with a heel, and add a belt at the waist (if higher rise) to accentuate your curves (play up that booty, girl!). The key to flawless flare fit is having them hemmed to the perfect length for you (as a shrimp, I keep my tailor in business). I promise that you will see every magazine editor and fashion blogger photographed in them this spring for their casual-turned-polished look – they are the “new” boyfriend jeans. Peace and love, baby!

3. Tru Organic Vodka

page-TruStraightVodkaI had a cocktail made with Tru this week (on St. Patty’s!) and it was delicious. When I sampled it, I found it to be really smooth and clean, with a well rounded finish. It tastes pretty delicious neat (as in – you won’t make a face when you take the first sip), so you can totally get your Carrie Bradshaw on and have a Tru martini today at Happy Hour and actually enjoy it. And it’s made with organic wheat, which begs the question: why stop being green when it comes to your spirit selection? Also, even their packaging is green and sustainable – they use 25% less glass than conventional bottles – and every component is recycled, recyclable or biodegradable. Can you believe it gets better? They plant a tree for every bottle sold to replenish the forest. As the bartender joked, “Every time a bottle of Tru is sold, they give a bottle to a child in Africa.” Bottoms up!

4. Lululemon Trail Bound 7/8 Tight

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Thanks, Lulu for coming out with these super cute trail running crops two weeks before my first ever trail half marathon. Clearly, I would not fall victim to “new race day outfit” prob I frequently suffer from and use to justify my new run gear purchases. Yeah…these babies are coming in the mail today (I’ve been tracking them on FedEx like a Lifetime movie-level stalker). These tights have durable side panels on the legs to prevent snagging while you run through brush, a higher rise (yay) and SO MANY POCKETS (double yay!). They have the highly coveted (at least by B and myself) side pockets to put your phone/iPod while your run (I much prefer the side pocket to hold my phone over the arm band any day) and a back zippered “Block-It Pocket” on the waistband (so if you go to get a latte immediately post-run, your Emergency $20 won’t be damp with sweat – hey, it happens to the best of us). Which reminds me of this: 23 Signs Your Lululemon Addiction Is Out OfΒ Control. My Little sister from my sorority posted this on my Facebook page with the message “Hahahahaha….this is SOOOO you” – ok Little, you got me. It’s a problem. I know. But damn it I LOVE lulu!

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From my first half, Exhibit A: All Lulu.

5. I Want You to Know (feat. Selena Gomez) – Zedd

zedd-selena-gomez-i-want-you-to-knowOk, so I almost hate to admit that I love this song, but I loooove this song! I heard it and immediately added it to my Half Marathon training playlist, and I’m just really digging it. Good beats, catchy lyrics – you’ll be singing along like a 14 year-old into your hairbrush in no time. You can check out the song here.

6. 108.6 inches

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Congrats Boston, we broke the all-time seasonal snowfall record on Sunday! For all of you that followed along with B & B this winter, you will know about my initial love of the snow (Western New York born and raised, baby!) and then eventual disdain, along with everyone else in Boston Metro. So, let’s take a moment to relive some of the winter highlights that we will hopefully never have to live through again:

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This was real life.

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The Boston Yeti and The Snowst (Snow Ghost) of 2015

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People were literally building igloos in their front yards.

Okay, I never want to look through those stock photos (Google Image keyword “Boston Snow”) of this past winter or I just may end up with snow induced PTSD. Let’s do that again NEVER, shall we? πŸ˜› BYE FELICIA WINTER.

I hope that you guys have a wonderful Friday today and have a kick ass weekend! I will be going to a funk show tonight, doing my usual Sweaturday/Sunday long run and hitting up my nephew’s first birthday party (SO pumped)!! Wooohooo! The excitement level is a 10. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ What are you guys up to this weekend??

With SPRING warmth,

L ❀

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L’s Beauty Faves

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Hi gorgies! Today I wanted to share some of my beauty faves/getting ready essentials. Just like there are people that are foodies and obsessed with all things food (guilty), there is also an equivalent for beauty products. Yes, I’ve been known to get my rocks off finding the perfect mascara that makes your lashes POP or the perf lip color shade for my skin tone. I’ve searched high and low for the best of the best in products since I was allowed to start wearing makeup (I won’t say how long ago that was, but long enough to know some sh*t). I am also really into making at home-beauty treatments (which I will save for another post) and boy oh boy did I have some beauty adventures/disasters (try washing a homemade mashed banana moisture mask out of long, curly hair). Along the way, I’ve learned some stuff and wanted to share the products I swear by (hand on Chanel).

1. Dior DiorShow Waterproof Mascara

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This mascara is the queen of all mascaras. It really gives your lashes a fuller look without looking fake, Kardashian-esque or clumpy. It doesn’t flake off as the day goes on and decorate your under-eye area with black chunks, and it stays put. It’s lasted full-blown teary melt downs, getting thrown into a pool, and stand-up paddle boarding (to name a few). I swear by this mascara, and have bought it for years! It is the one beauty product I will not leave the house without – #redheadproblems include having red/blonde eyelashes that don’t really pop without assistance. The. Best. It really allows you to put your best lashes forward and get your flirt on. πŸ˜‰ And, (B will attest to this), I frequently send snapchats with the sole purpose of sharing the fact that I’m having a great mascara day (you may laugh at this, but my eye makeup game is on fleek).

2. Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Eyeliner

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The second product I won’t leave home without is this eyeliner. When my sister saw my eyeliner routine (sometimes I go back for a second round if one side is darker than the other – hello, it’s got to be even!) she laughed and said, “You’re such a Paisan!” – um, I obviously need to make these Italian eyes pop like a boss. This eyeliner should be the DiorShow mascara’s Ride or Die b*tch, because it stays put nearly as long. There have been nights of me going out (not as frequent as they once were!) where I fall asleep without washing my face, don’t sprawl around all that much, and my eye makeup is still perfectly applied with limited smudging the next morning (if you don’t believe me, ask the Medford Housewives – they’ve seen it in action at 7:30 am Saturday morning).

3. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

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I am pretty fair, and I’ve got a ton of freckles, and finding a tinted moisturizer light enough for my complexion is a challenge. Obv, walking around in life with your face a remarkably different color than your neck/chest is a “no” on the highest level (you would def be a Glamour “Don’t”). This tinted moisturizer is light and sheer, but still has enough pigment that it evens out your skin tone to a gorgie make-up-free-and-fabulous look. I appreciate the fact that it doesn’t irritate my super sensitive skin or cause breakouts (I mean, they usually just happen sometimes). It also has SPF 20 which is a plus (everyone should wear at least SPF 15 on their face/neck everyday – no exceptions!), and is hydrating to boot. Pretty much a winner all around.

4. Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve

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The stand-by classic. I always have a tin of this in my purse. It gives just the most subtle touch of rosy color and shine, and keeps your look natural and low maintenance (I love that we as women – prepare yourself for a broad generalization that may or may not apply to you – spend time and money to look like we just rolled out of bed and #wokeuplikethis – but really, it does take some effort and time to make yourself presentable on a daily basis/maybe only if you have a hot date and want to look nice. Idk. I hope you know what I saying here – it definitely takes a few key products to achieve the fresh-faced look I want to present to the world). This really is a great product; it conditions your lips and makes them look very kissable.

5. Alba Botanica Hawaiian Hand & Body Lotion in Replenishing Cocoa Butter

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I was walking around the gym last week and someone looked up from their locker and exclaimed, “Someone smells like chocolate! Like chocolate brownies!” …It was me. πŸ™‚ I love this lotion, because not only does it smell amazing (cocoa butter-based lotion has been my Go-To since I’ve been shaving my legs), but it is thick, creamy, super hydrating and moisturizing for my sensitive, dry skin. It feels like a special treat every morning when I do the post-shower lotion application, and my skin is still smooth and moisturized when I’m putting on my comfy pants at the end of the day. It’s a must have. And, out of all of these products, it has 100% vegetarian ingredients and is cruelty-free (score!).

6. Chanel Chance

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Ever since this perfume was introduced in 2003, I have owned a bottle. I am obsessed (I had a semi-meltdown when my roommate’s cat stealthily broke into my bedroom, climbed on my bookcase and up-ended my bottle all over the floor in college. But then I wasn’t that mad because my room smelled ever-so-slightly like Chance for the rest of the year). I am a Chanel fan regardless (Coco is a bamf, obv) and when this scent came out I ran, not walked, to Sephora and scooped one up. The scent is a lovely mix of freshness meets flowery notes upon first spritz, and then mellows to a sensual spicy composition. The best part is that there are now two additional Chance spin-offs, both of which are fantastic and I also own. I rotate between them based on my mood, what I’m feeling for the day and the season. I own other perfumes too, but this is the one I keep coming back to. It’s like the Mr. Big of perfumes (So is it the best? Abso-f***ing-lutely).

I hope that you guys enjoyed reading about my hands-down faves. Hope you all have a beautiful Thursday! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

With warmth,

L

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She’s baaaaack! Friday Faves.

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First off – a gigantic THANK YOU and *hugs* to all of you who reached out to me during this difficult time. Your kind words and thoughtful messages meant more to me than you’ll ever know. I appreciate that – you guys rule. Well, it’s back into the swing of things for me, with the record breaking 40.5 inches of snow on the ground in Boston making me feel right at home when I landed from Western New York mid-way through the week. Let’s move right along to my favorite things this week, shall we??

1. Moosewood Cookbook

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Not only is the author from my hometown, and the restaurant is close to where I’m from, but I totally stole this 1970’s classic cookbook from my Mom (it’s one of the originals and I’m sure it has seen some sh*t in its day). Something about being half Italian and grief makes me want to cook enough food for my imaginary family of eight. The recipes are not ground breaking or earth shattering by any stretch of the imagination, but seeing the hand written pages covered in cooking smudges is like reading recipe cards from an old family friend. Some of the recipes can be kind of bland, but the hummus recipe is fabulous, and there are tons of amazing soups and great veggie dishes (obv there has to be something epic there – the cookbook has never been out of print for 40 years). I’m excited to crack this baby open this weekend and explore what Mollie Katzen and company made so popular in the 70s. It’s one of my kitchen staples: full of classic, easy vegetarian recipes with wide appeal.

2. Yogitoes Skidless Mat Towel

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Not sure how I would make it through 90 minutes of hot vinyasa without this mat towel. First of all, we’ve already covered how I’m a super sweaty Italian (also my sorority little sister said to me, “Dude, you ARE really sweaty!” after we went to yoga together – it’s the truth! When I sweat, I sweaaaaaaat. No shame in my game here!) and I basically just need a towel on my mat that will catch all the sweat so I’m not pigeon-ing in a puddle. Second of all, how the EFF can anyone stay on their mat when it’s 90Β°F?! I tried it and I slid riiiiiiiight off – into the person next to me, who hasn’t put their mat next to me since (What, buddy? You didn’t want a 5’4 sweaty redhead slamming into you while you’re trying to get zen on?). Third of all, this mat has little silicone grippy dots on the bottom, so you can literally put it on just about every surface (I mean, unless you’re going to spray PAM all over your wooden floors and try to do yoga on that) so it makes it TRAVELABLE! And it’s just a glorified towel, so you can stuff it into your carry-on without lugging a ridiculous 5.8lbs/2.65 kg Lulu mat in a checked bag, as I did once (yeah, I also went shopping on this 10 day excursion that combined a work trip with a bachelorette weekend and on the plane ride home my checked bag weighed 76 lbs/34.5 kg – #lifeprobs). Yeah, so – this shiz is the best. I’m so pumped to get my OM on this weekend, after last weekend – I need it! Also, it is cold as balls out and hot yoga sounds phenom right about now.

3. Matcha

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Basically green tea on crack, matcha allows you to reap the benefits of green tea in a wider variety of ways. Well, what the hell is it? Matcha is green tea from the Camellia sinensis, but it a very fine powdered version, and unlike other teas derived from Camellia sinensis, it hasn’t been fermented (Ok, ok, we aren’t all tea experts – it’s the stuff that gives green tea ice cream, mochi and soba noodles their flavor and color). Moreover, it’s made from tea leaves grown in the shade so that the leaves achieve a dark green color, with the whole process giving matcha its pretty dope amino acid profile, including L-Theanine. The preparation of matcha is a big deal in Japan and takes a long time, if you’re interested, check out the Wikipedia article (you can judge me for including that, but I found it informative! I’m not an expert and don’t want to pretend to be, but basically this shiz is full of good stuff! Plus it’s YUMMY!). I recently got some (from Amazon – shocker, I know) and started adding a small amount (small because the difficulty of preparation/harvesting is reflected in the price) to smoothies, and am excited to experiment with adding matcha to cocktails, sweets and breakfast recipes. Stokedddd. It’s just SO GOOD too. Yum.

4. L.L. Bean Baxter State Parka

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Umm….this coat is the best. When you’re from Western New York, you don’t just f&%$ around with cold weather gear. At the beginning of December, a friend of mine (who is FROM New England, mind you) complained about how much she hates our beautiful New England winter. In order to really get to the root of the issue, we dove right in and dissected these feelings. Well, why does she hate winter? Because she hates being cold. And when we found out that part of her winter gear included a 15 year old fleece from Wal-Mart, we decided to help update her winter wardrobe (after hooking her up with Sorel boots – please see number 5 below), I basically convinced her that this parka was a life necessity when you live in the Northeast. I lent it to her for a one mile walk through bitter cold and gusty winds, and her response was, “No wonder you like winter! This sh*t is so WARM!!” Dude, duh. This parka is good for -45Β°F (please don’t miss that negative sign, that would be 45Β°F BELOW zero, or -42Β°C) and is basically a life buffer in the cold. When I have snow pants, thick gloves and a legit hat on, I can’t even wear this for any winter activities unless it’s below 0Β°F because I get too hot. It’s perfect for bundling if you’re tromping through the wicked cold in Boston (like today, when it was a balmy 3Β°F when I got up this morning). You’re def going to be looking very Eskimo chic, but it does the job (uh, and you could buy 2 of these for the price of 1 Patagucci parka). “Look at that f***in character!” (pronounced cair-hac-tah) the locals might say, but I’m from basically the Great White North and I’m warm as hell. Suck it. This coat RULES! Also, PLEASE do yourself a favor and click that link so you can hear that glory of the native Bostonian accent.

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Damn right, Willy Wonka.

5. Sorel Tofino Boots

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These. Are. The. Best. The end. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I hope you all stay warm this weekend, wherever you may be. Looks like Boston is going to get what everyone here really, really wants – more snow! I’ve been watching the forecast bopping between 8 – 10 inches and 16 – 24 inches of snow expected from the weekend storm that is headed our way, and (don’t tell anyone) but I’m not mad about it. You have no control over it, why be upset? You’ve gotta embrace the snow. If I learned one thing growing up where it snows 100+ inches every winter, it’s that. Oh, and – if you want some great winter running gear, check out my previous Friday Faves posts.

Everyone have a great weekend! I’m thinking long, snowy run and cooking up a storm. πŸ˜€ What are you guys up to? Give me all the deets in the comments, because I love it.

With warmth,

L ❀

PS: Lotus was SO sick last weekend! Here is a phot (there’s a video on my Instagram @bubblesandbooyah, too!).

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L On-the-Go! Packing Essentials, Part One.

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What’s in my (Lululemon) bag: laptop, sunnies, scarf, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, Advil, inhaler, gum, headphones, snacks, wallet, gum, chapstick, business cards, book, iPad mini and liquids

I hate packing. I really do. There’s no rational reason behind it because in the grand scheme of things, it’s really not a big deal. I’m heading to Colorado for work/fun and here I’ll share my packing essentials. Due to all the luggage fees, I tend to stuff all the things I need into two carry-on bags. My “purse” or “under the seat” item contains all my immediate essentials for the plane ride. Here’s what I bring!

My “Under the Seat” Carry-on Contains:

  • Laptop/wireless mouse
  • Headphones
  • Sunnies (for the “please don’t talk to me” nap time)
  • Advil (in case of too many bubbles)
  • Wet ones sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer – thanks to my sister, I now carry these in my bag everywhere! I immediately wipe down the surfaces that I touch on the plane (tray table, arm rests, etc) so I will not get sick! Thanks J for turning me into a germ-a-phobe, too.
  • Vinyasa scarf (the best purchase from Lulu ever! I use it as a scarf, obv, but you can unsnap it and use it as a blanket, towel, shawl, etc – the options are endless and it’s come in handy many times over)
  • Gum (for a mouth refresh)
  • Snacks (a must! As a veg, I am always afraid of my protein options so I bring lots of granola/energy bars that are high in the prots: Builder’s bar, bare naked granola bar, Kind bar)
  • Book (this one is about cadaver research so it’s sure to be a deterrent to any chatty seat mates)
  • iPad mini (for the boredom)
  • Liquids, wallet, business cards (self-explanatory)
  • Water bottle! (Not pictured, but I literally bring a refillable water bottle EVERYWHERE)

This airport wifi is a little wonky, so stay tuned for part deux: the roller bag carry-on. πŸ˜‰