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Travel Etiquette

Welcome back to another Etiquette post. If you’ve missed out on the first two posts of this series you can catch-up right over here: Salon Etiquette & Gym Etiquette.

Whether you’re heading out-of-town for a weekend on the train or hopping on a plane for a few weeks away from it all, there are some rules to live – And travel – By when you hit the road.

Read on for some of my top Travel Etiquette tips to help you navigate the world of travel without breaching etiquette or falling victim to poor manners.

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[1.] Remember – You are not alone

Please, for everyone’s sake, refrain from doing the things that you would only do in the privacy of your home – From nail clipping to singing aloud – These aren’t for public consumption.

We all thank you!

[2.] Be cognizant of noise levels

I listen to music non-stop while I’m traveling, it helps pass the time and keeps my stress levels down, but I always make sure that I’m not disturbing the people around me. Speakerphone conversations, phone calls of a personal nature, and hearing-ruining volumes that everyone around you can hear should all be avoided.

[3.] Watch what you eat

Highly aromatic foods can disturb or even nauseate the people around you so try to keep that in mind when you’re planning/buying your travel meals. There are tons of easy-to-carry foods that have little to no scent so try some of those on your next trip – Salads, fruits & veggies, nuts & trail mix, and energy bites and all tasty, healthy options.

I once sat next to someone who ate a rotisserie chicken on a train from Paris to the South of France and I swear I could smell it on my clothes and in my hair for the next two days!

[4.] Keep an eye on your things

Yes, the automated voice over the loudspeaker urging you not to leave your belongings unattended is easy to tune out, but that doesn’t mean that she’s wrong. Make sure you’re tidy, that you know where all of your luggage is, and that you’re not in other people’s way. I spend a good portion of my time in airports and train stations tripping over people’s rolling suitcases because they don’t know where they left them.

For the sake of my perpetually clumsy, I urge you to keep an eye on your things!

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[5.] Be reasonable

Repeat after me – When you’re traveling, SHIT HAPPENS.

And sometimes, that shit is bad. Delayed flights, lost reservations, missing luggage – It sucks and it’s easy to lose your cool over. Tension and stress are high, but try your hardest not to take it out on the people around you. It’s not the gate attendant’s fault that the plane left without you, and the poor crew manning baggage claim didn’t intentionally ruin your trip by misplacing your suitcase.

Rather than overact and risk ruining your trip with a bad attitude, try deep breathing, going to your happy place, or thinking about how much worse things could really be. Not helping? That’s why there’s a bar at the airport!

{Images from Wanderlust}

What travel rules do YOU live by?

Want to see more of my travel tips? Be sure to follow me on Instagram where I’ll be sharing my upcoming Greek Island adventure.

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Gym Etiquette

After the warm reception to my Salon Etiquette post I thought I’d take some reader requests on the topics of etiquette & appropriate behavior. The number one being – Gym Etiquette.

If you’re a regular gym go-er you’ve probably come face-to-face with some fairly horrifying things at one time or another. From bizarre locker room behavior to people who make you shake your head and roll your eyes.

[1.] Dress appropriately

I love a good croptop, but your gym attire should aim to be functional. I’m not saying you can’t look fabulous – I fully support finding stylish workout gear – But you shouldn’t be dressed for the club. Or the beach.

You should be dressed for the gym. Because you’re at the gym!

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[2.] Clean up after yourself

For the love of all that is holy re-rack your weights. Take your towel with you. Don’t leave mats and jump ropes all over the floor. Pretend you’re in kindergarten and are being graded on how well you tidy up your personal space.

[3.] Be aware of your surroundings

Whether you’re changing in the locker room, waiting in line for a cardio machine, or checking your phone while you walk out the door, be sure that you know what’s going on around you. Don’t walk through someone’s workout, don’t make people uncomfortable with your behavior, and don’t keep other people from completing their workouts because you’re not paying attention.

[4.] Share!

Space on the floor, machines, weights, lockers – What do these all have in common? They’re for everyone. That means you need to share them.

Every single time.

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[5.] Don’t disturb others

This is, without a doubt, my number one pet peeve at the gym. Carrying on NSFG conversations and listening to music out loud are two things you should never do at the gym. Ever.

Is your workout time the only chance you have to catch up with your bestie? That’s great, but take it outside for a walk instead of talking about your weekend one night stand, in detail, within earshot of 30 people. Why yes, I have had this happen to me at the gym.

{Images from Gym Motivation}

What’s YOUR biggest gym pet peeve?

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Beulah London

While I was in London for Fashion Week & the CCUOCO SS15 show I spent some quality time wandering around beautiful and elegant Elizabeth Street. The sweet, tree-lined street is dotted with outdoor cafés and chic stores. Nestled among the stylish shops is a crisp white boutique filled with racks of stylish, ladylike pieces. From red-carpet ready gowns to breezy Summer dresses to accessories, everything in the shop is beautifully feminine and effortlessly stylish.

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This sartorial oasis is the up-and-coming Beulah London and I had the good fortune to spend a few blissful minutes with the founders chatting about their company, new collections, and charitable goals.

The brand was launched in 2011 by long-time friends Natasha Rufus Isaacs and Lavinia Brennan. Beulah has since become a staple for the woman who favors flattering, ladylike frocks. Clients include London’s social set, stylish Hollywood starlets, and the Duchess of Cambridge. Yes – Both Catherine and Pippa Middleton have been seen in Beulah frocks at events and outings.

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If you ask the founders what they’re most proud of they answer without hesitation that their company has put them in the enviable position of being able to help enact positive social changes through their charitable trust and philanthropic activities. During a 2009 trip to India they witnessed the impact of the human trafficking and sex trade on the locals, and decided then and there to create an ethical company that would allow them to give back and support these communities.

In addition to offering clients an opportunity to support The Beulah Trust on their website, you can buy their Bag For Love, a chic canvas carry-all that supports education and employment for trafficked women through Freeset Global, or a stunning Shibani scarf which supports the UN’s Blue Heart Campaign.

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It’s clear that in addition to having an eye for timeless classics, these women have hearts of gold, and I for one can’t wait to see what’s next for this amazing brand!

Be sure to keep an eye out for their fabulous new location in London, as well as their first dreamy bridal collection.

What’s YOUR dream Beulah London piece?

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Blogger Confessions {XII}

Welcome back to the Blogger Confession series – Here’s where you’ll get to know me a little better, learn some funny facts about yours truly, and get a peek behind the wizard’s curtain!

It always seems to surprise people to learn that my full-time job is completely outside the fashion industry. I’ve actually been working for a San Francisco-based financial institution since I graduated from Berkeley 9 years ago. All of the writing, blogging, and styling projects that I love to share with you are actually extracurricular activities.

Blogger Confessions Project Juice Cleanse Green Juice Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo

Green juice is one of my favorite healthy indulgences. I love the taste and make it at home whenever I have time, but buy the cold-pressed varieties a couple of times a week. Why do I call it an indulgence if it’s so healthy and good-for-you? Because they can be pricey!

After being stuck on the sidelines with a back injury the last few years I’ve caught the travel bug again big time! My Wanderlust has already taken me to Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, and London this year, and I have trips to Albuquerque, New York, and San Diego planned for the rest of the year.

I only wear bracelets on my left hand. I’m serious.

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I’m an accessories girl. I love clothes, but I could live in basic black separates for the rest of my life so long as I have access to fun, eye-catching jewelry, scarves, handbags, and shoes.

Want to know more about me? Check out these posts: Blogger Confessions, Blogger Confessions II, Blogger Confessions III, Blogger Confessions IV, Blogger Confessions V, Blogger Confessions VI, Blogger Confessions VII, Blogger Confessions VIII, Blogger Confessions IX, Blogger Confessions X & Blogger Confessions XI.

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Links You’ll Love: Fashion, Food & Fitness

Welcome back!

This week’s Links You’ll Love post is going to cover everything from eyewear and styling your Summer looks to recipes, workouts, and healthy living tips that’ll improve your day-to-day life.

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I’d like to start this round-up with a much-deserved shout-out to a local San Francisco online boutique that is doing great things, for a great cause. The team at Amour Propre: Love Thy Self has dedicated their considerable talents to combat bullying among children. They educate and do outreach programs for local schools to bring awareness to the importance of stamping out bullying.

“Imagine living in a world where the cool thing is being cool to others for who they are and not what they are trying to be.” – Amour Propre

You can shop their online store for accessories, kids clothing, and fun shirts and separates – And proceeds will go towards this amazing cause. So lets show them a little love!

Fashion & Beauty:

I am currently obsessed with this video. And completely upset that I didn’t think of it first. Gentlemen, this one’s for you – 10 Ways Men Are Dressing Totally Wrong. In typical Buzzfeed fashion, it’s highly entertaining, but also right on!

Love the style of today’s models when they’re off duty? Check out Harper’s Bazaar’s list of top model fashion – Model Summer Street Style.

Snagging the perfect pair of shades can be a challenge. But not to worry, Fashion Gone Rogue is here to save the day – Are You Wearing the Right Eyewear for Your Face Shape?

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Curious about how things work in the beauty industry? Don’t miss this interview on Coco’s Tea Party – The Business of Beauty: Talking to Lipstick Queen’s Poppy King

Looking for some fun, boho inspired jewelry? Check out the handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces from Washington-based Megan’s Beaded Designs

Health & Fitness:

Sometimes you just need comfort food. And nothing can stand in your way. Enter Mind Body Green’s Vegan Sweet Potato Cakes.

Just because you’re lactose intolerant doesn’t mean that you have to give up on the gooey deliciousness that is cheese. You just have to find better alternatives! Like this vegan, paleo Cashew Parmesan from The Detoxinista.

A major factor in staying fit is keeping your fitness routine interesting – Not only will that keep you engaged, but it’ll keep your body from plateauing. That means adding new exercises, trying new classes, and utilizing equipment you normally bypass at the gym. Need some inspiration? Check out these killer workouts from Its Progression.

Considering giving up sugar? These foods can help you with the transition – 5 Foods To Help Wean Yourself Off Sugar.

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Since one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to try a new type of fitness activity each month I was thrilled to stumble on this Refinery piece – Peek Inside Supermodel Karlie Kloss’ Summer Fitness Diary. I love me some Karlie and love to hear about super fit people’s athlete routines! Adding ballet to my Must Try list!

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