favorites from Tulum


great beach cover-up // Céline shades


Mayan Ruins – Pyramid El Castillo


beach beds at Ziggy’s – we spent days here!


fish tacos and mango margaritas


@mybikeislost checking out the waves!

Here are a few highlights from the quick trip my husband and I made to Tulum, México. We had such an amazing time! It was the perfect way to escape the snow and cold of Chicago for an extended weekend. Our days were spent eating tacos, lounging in the sun, and enjoying margaritas! If you haven’t been, I highly recommend visiting and relaxing on the white beaches and exploring the Mayan ruins along the Yucatán Peninsula.

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Packing for Italy

 I’m leaving this week for Rome and thought I would share my tips for packing light. International
travel with a small suitcase and carry-on can be easy and completely manageable


All the tech essentials I need to stay in the loop: inbox, music, webs, blog, and work.


Keep it simple. Seriously, just the essentials: tees, jeans, and a sweater or two.
Edit your look from day to night with accessories: scarf, different shoes, makeup.


You can never go wrong with a leather jacket.
Perfect for a chilly morning and later for dinner in the evening.


Keep your accessories to a minimum and select neutral colors that will go with any look.
I usually bring 3-4 pairs of shoes: flats, boots, sneakers.


this backpack = the perfect carry-on


Besides packing my technology in my carry-on, I always pack a few toiletry items and my
makeup bag (TSA regulated sizes in a quart-sized plastic bag) should anything happen to my
checked suitcase. 
I also bring along vitamin C packets, Zicam, green teabags (I drink tea everyday
and prefer my own:), and hand wipes. A few snacks and gum, too.


Everything I need for a 7-day trip in Rome. This Heys 26″ suitcase is the perfect size for me to
wheel around the airport and easily carry up several flights of stairs in Rome.

Marc by Marc Jacobs backpack

– Macbook Air
– camera
– earbuds
– magazines
– book 

– Luna Bars
– vitamin C packets and Zicam
– green tea
– granola bars

– 1 quart-size bag with TSA approved toiletries
– makeup bag
– hand wipes
– scarf, sweater, and socks (since I’m always cold during flights)

checked luggage
Heys 26” suitcase

– toiletries (everything over 3 oz)
– chargers and adapters
– extra shoes
– umbrella
– European hairdryer
– clothes for 7 days

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