Long time no chat! I've [unfortunately] settled back into reality this week, and I'll be honest, it's been rough. I miss the carefree lifestyle of Hawaii, and the sound of my alarm going off every morning is dreadful. So bear with me as I slowly ease back into things, and get through editing the hundreds of photos I took while on vacation (photo diary + Oahu Top 10 coming soon!)
Not only am I gearing up for a crazy busy fall at work, the travel doesn't seem like it will be letting up either! In a span of 10 days in September, I'll be hitting up Boston, Ottawa and Quebec City, with only one night in my own bed at home. Add in birthdays, trying to soak up the last of the warm weather at the cottage, and my best friend's engagement party and I don't know how I'm going to fit it all in. Thank god for lazy Sundays and September Issues!
Speaking of September issues, I'm starting to curate my fall wardrobe and deciding which pieces to purchase in the coming weeks (while still totally enjoying summer to its fullest!). I know 70s is a major trend this Fall...but I'm not quite sure it's for me. Even crop tops I got on board with eventually, but I'm having a hard time with the 70s. So to my fellow fashionistas out there, any advice for me?? You've got a sense of my style through this blog, so I'm open to your suggestions ;)
And now, while I haven't been back in the real world very long, I have rounded up some fun links below:
I think we all secretly wish we were Parisian....but alas, that is not reality. French skincare secrets? Now that's something we actually can incorporate into our lives.
After about 30 seconds in Hawaii, I abandoned all makeup and thoughts of styling my hair. Wet hairstyles are now my jam!
For all my fellow Game of Thrones fans out there: if GoT was released in the 80s. Laughed so hard!
Refinery29 wrote an amazing piece on how fashion blogging has changed recently...perhaps for the worse. Let me know what you think about this one in the comments below, as I'd love to chat about this.
I have no idea what's going on over at DKNY, but I'm quite started by the fact that they've wiped their social media accounts. And now Aliza Licht is leaving. Good on Aliza for being so successful with her AMAZING book...and I think DKNY has made a really bad move.
What are you up to this weekend?
Hey there! This is just a heads up that I'll be somewhat MIA around these parts for the next 2 weeks, as I'm off to Hawaii for vacation!! Be sure to follow along on the adventure on Instagram (#KrisGoesToHawaii), and just in case you miss me, I've rounded up some of my travel-related posts below. Aloha!
Missed my #LLL30DaysOfTravel Instagram series? Here is the complete round-up of my very best travel tips: Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4, + Vol. 5.
Some more in-depth tips specifically for packing your toiletries, as well as a peek into my own toiletry bags (Part 1 + Part 2).
Make sure you don't waste any time by never packing these 5 things.
You can pretty much guarantee that I'll have my This Is Ground Mod Mobile with me en route, as it's my #1 En Route Essential.
And finally, for the techies out there, my Top 5 Travel Apps, plus how I keep my devices fully charged on the go!
Time to wrap up my #LLL30DaysOfTravel Instagram series! It's been so much fun sharing my best kept travel secrets with you, and thanks for adding your own variations in the comments!
1. I'm a big fan of travelling carry-on only, and to make sure I don't exceed my bag allowance, I put my tiny purse directly in my tote bag. 2 bags in 1!
2. Always have an in-flight entertainment back-up plan. You never know when the airplane's system will conk out, or if you'll have an unexpected delay. I usually have a couple magazines and a book tucked into my tote bag
3. Use a travel toothbrush holder to carry makeup brushes so the bristles don't get squished, and your makeup bag stays clean
4. Stuck on a long haul flight? Treat yourself to an in-flight facial! Trust me, your skin will thank you
5. Bringing a hat on your trip? Your best bet is to wear it on the plane (hence how I became known as Lady With Hat). If you must pack it, make sure to stuff the inside with clothing to help keep its shape!
6. My final, but probably most important, travel tip. Keep a journal while you travel. It may seem small, or silly to some, but I've learned the most about myself as a person while I've travelled. I want to remember the experiences and the thoughts I've had while on these trips. Trust me, it's fun to look back on
Sorry that this edition of the Weekend Edit is getting up a bit late, but we spent a full day out on the lake in the sun today. So I think I'm forgiven. :P
Let's have some real talk for a moment, shall we? Do you ever find yourself obsessing over small, insignificant details? I think blogging can really be bad for fuelling this, as we obsess over getting that Instagram shot juuuuuust right (can you move that glass a smidge to the left? Nuh uh, back to the right...you know what I mean). Well, one of those things that I obsess over is the perfection of my planner. Yes, I'm still pretty attached to my paper planner despite this digital age, and I'm afraid to admit that I had a mini meltdown this week after an incident involving leaked salad dressing. To save you the details, basically my planner was ruined, and the pages were so stuck together and sticky that I couldn't even retrieve any data. Yeah, I had a meltdown. And I was really hung up about it until I realize, hey, this is really stupid, just get a new one. It wasn't my camera, it wasn't a pearl earring (yup, lost one of those before), it was just some paper. So I bought a new one.
In a way, it was kinda nice to be freaking out over something so silly, after the last several months of overtime, and micromanaging, and crazy workloads have finally settled, and it offered me a nice laugh in the end. We all have to laugh at ourselves sometimes.
Thanks for real talk guys. Work has been crazy up until the last 2 weeks or so, and I think this tiny, insignificant things pushed me over the edge...but in a totally good way. Has that ever happened to you?
With that I'm going to jump right into some links because, with a new planner and all, I've decided to try out the Bullet Journal system. Has anyone given it a go?
Carrie's outfit has be reliving the 90s in a totally good way. I have no idea how or where I'd wear this dino print jumpsuit, but I want!
Anna's vlogs are my absolute fave, and her LA one is adorable.
Joelle rocked an all black look this week that has me thinking she just walked off the Bad Blood set with ma gurl Taylor Swift.
Our Canadian dollar is awful right now, so contrary to my usual MO, I probably won't be doing any shopping while in the US next week...except perhaps a few naughty Sephora purchases. I've got my eye on the new Marc Jacobs Primer, and the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops.
And finally, to leave on a positive note, Gabriella has perfectly summed up one of the many reasons why I love blogging.
And in case you missed anything on Love. Loft. Life. this week:
Lipstick Files Vol. 3 - Summer Faves // OOTD - The LWD // Travel Tips Vol. 4
What have you been up to this weekend?
The final countdown is on! Only a couple more days until I take off for Hawaii, and I've been having such a fun time with this Instagram series. It continues right up until Tuesday, and here is a round up of the last couple of days:
1. Fold vs. Roll. Fold delicate items like silk, linen, and blazers. Roll everything else to save space. Use fabric hair ties to keep stubborn items rolled up!
2. Pack your belt inside the collar of a shirt. Good use of packing space, while keeping your collars crisp!
My main motto is to bring only as much jewelry that you can wear on the plane (and look normal). However, if I need to bring an extra something something for an event or night out, then I pack it inside a clutch so it's protected and safe.
I don't have an international data plan, so I always look up where things are located before leaving on a trip. I'll make little routes on Google Maps on my phone and then take screenshots. This way, my own personalized maps are saved for offline use! (And of course, I always have a good old fashioned paper map on me).