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Links You’ll Love | Spring Break Preparation

Welcome back to a new Links You’ll Love round-up. And today we’re here to talk about SPRING BREAK. As in… How to get ready, what clothes to pack, which skin care you should try, and how to make the most of your Spring vacation this year.


Fashion & Beauty:

If you want to know good beauty products, you ask the experts. Beauty editors! Luckily for us, Elle knows just who to ask –10 Face Moisturizers ELLE Editors Swear By.

If you want to get inspired to plan your next trip check these out – 5 Women-Hosted Travel Podcasts You Should Subscribe To ASAP. Warning: Wanderlust will ensue.

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Someone’s whose career is based, at least in part, on flawless skin, is someone who I’m interested in learning from. Thanks Harper’s Bazaar for the BTS peek – Go Inside Miranda Kerr’s Supermodel Skincare Routine.

Shopping for travel is one of the most fun parts of planning a vacation. 22 Cute Swimsuits to Wear this Spring from Elle, Looking for vacation outfit ideas? Here are the 4 essentials you need to pack from Today, and

Packing, and picking up a few last-minute Must Haves, is an essential part of the travel experience. Check out Refinery 29’s 8 Spring Essentials To Stock Up On Early to get your inspiration.

Food & Fitness:

Curious how the Victoria’s Secret models maintain their killer physiques? Chalkboard Mag asked – Sweat Like a Supermodel: 3 Fitness Lessons We Learned from JoJa.

Did you get ultra inspired by the Olympics? Women’s Health did too! Olympian Lindsey Vonn’s Gym Routine Is Nothing Short Of Badass.

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Stocking your gym bag is the best way to ensure your workout runs smoothly. Check out what’s in my gym bag here, and check out what Karena and Katrina, from Tone It Up, keep in their gym bag here.

Speaking of Tone It Up… Whenever I’m not sure what kind of workout I’m in the mood for, I check out the Daily Moves page on their website and get moving!

Nothing ruins a trip quite as quickly or as thoroughly as an upset stomach. Try a probiotic – Check out Well + Good’s Which Probiotic is Right for You? These are the Exact Bacteria Strains to Look for.

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MCLV Style: Backless Dress

During my recent trip to Crete {read my travel diary here} my suitcase was primarily made up of comfortable clothes and activewear {Spring Break: Packing}. The amazing trip consisted of daily runs, hiking, diving, and road trips, so there was little necessity for chic separates or little black dresses.

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Backless Dress c/o purplemaroon

Scarf – Saako

What I couldn’t resist packing however was this sweet little backless dress from purplemaroon. This new San Francisco-based company has recently put out their first collection – A lovely round-up of easy separates and breezy dresses. Everything is simple, versatile, and easy to style. Three characteristics that I always look for when I’m shopping.

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And what better way to make this beauty pop than with a scarf from Saako Designs, another SF-based company, and the most beautiful background imaginable?

In these shots I’m in front of the house we rented in the grape vine & olive tree covered hills above Heraklion in Crete.

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And the very special bonus?

My father, a longtime lover of photography, decided to try his hand at fashion blogging photography, and captured this gorgeous dress for me. I’m not sure if I’ve posed for him since I was a sullen teenager who’s growl was practically coming through on film, but it was fun to twirl out on the hill while he snapped away.

How would YOU style this backless dress?

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Vacation Beauty: 5 Must Have Products

When I’m traveling I want my beauty and skin care routine to be as simple and effective as possible. A few killer products with minimal preparation time is what I always strive for.

For my tropical Spring Break adventure this year I rounded up my favorite goodies for my trip so read on to see what five products have made the cut!


I recently fell head-over-heels in love with eco-friendly Bay Area skin care company Algenist.

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For this trip I’m packing their divine Regenerative Anti-Aging Lotion for nighttime TLC along with my favorite travel oil for daytime wear – Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47.


After seeing great results from the Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Lotion I just had to try out their Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid with SPF 50, and I can confirm that I was not disappointed.

It’s the perfect lightweight sunscreen for your face and neck on a daily basis. Zero grease!


I’m a huge fan of Tarte Cosmetics and their Cheek Stain in Tispy {a gorgeous sheer coral hue} is the perfect one-stop-wonder when you’re traveling.

Use it on your cheeks, lips, and eyes for a touch of shine and color. There’s nothing perfect for sun-kissed skin!

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Lip Balm

Keeping lips healthy and protected from the elements is a necessity on active trips like mine – Between salty air, sea water, and a shining sun, it’s easy for that sensitive skin to start to look a little worse for wear.

I keep Korres Mandarin Lip Butter Stick with SPF 15 in my toiletry kit for this very reason!


In all of my years of concealing I’ve never used a product as effective, and versatile, as Yves Saint Laurent’s TOUCHE ÉCLAT. Ask any beauty guru or make-up artist and they’ll inevitably have this baby in their tool bag.

Cover blemishes, brighten eyes, highlight… This is a true multi-tasker!

What’s YOUR vacation beauty routine?

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Spring Break: Packing

Here’s the third, and final, installation in my Spring Break series. If you missed out on the first two you can find them here: Spring Break: Preparation & Spring Break: Shopping.

One of the questions I get asked the most is how I pack. Why do I get this question so often? Because I don’t check bags and always manage to get everything into a single carry-on that I can, actually, carry.

So today I’ll be breaking down some of my top tricks for minimizing and getting everything that you need into one bag.

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[1.] Choose Versatile Pieces

Nothing in your bag should have a single purpose. For a Spring Break-type of trip think – A simple black maxi dress that can be thrown over a bathing suit around the pool or worn with a cropped jacket & wedges for dinner.

I usually focus on solid colors that can be mixed and matched with ease so for this trip, in addition to workout/hiking gear, I’ll be packing cropped pants, tunics, soft t-shirts, a skater skirt and a simple maxi & skater dress.

[2.] Minimize Footwear

Whether you’re planning a warm weather vacation or a work trip, choose shoes that can go with various pieces in your bag and don’t double up on types – i.e. You don’t need three different pairs of heels for a weekend away. I promise!

For my upcoming 10 day trip I’ll be bringing a pair of Brooks running shoes, Loeffler Randall ballet flats, and these cute, go-with-everything nude Aldo sandals.

[3.] Learn To Accessorize

The quickest & easiest way to spice up a look is with accessories. Belts, jewelry, hats, sunglasses, and scarves can change your outfit so completely that it looks like different pieces!

This chic little blue Asos dress can go from barefoot on the beach over a retro one-piece swimsuit with my favorite striped Kate Spade tote to dinner out on the town with a cropped jacket, ballet flats & an envelope clutch.

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[4.] Plan Ahead

If you plan looks in advance you can pack the absolute minimum. When you start blindly throwing things into you bag, you lose track of what you’re packing and end up with a suitcase filled with things you don’t need. I’m not saying you need to plan out each day, but have an idea of what’ you’re preparing for.

For this upcoming trip – Heavy on exploring and staying active – My styles will be broken down into three categories:

  1. Sightseeing/Wandering
  2. Hiking/Active time
  3. Water Activities

[5.] Stay Organized

Ziploc bags and zippered pouches are a traveler’s best friend so stock up. Not only should you separate liquids to avoid spills, but you can bag your shoes and dirty clothes to keep the rest of your luggage clean, and even keep jewelry from getting tangled.

I always keep an eye out for cute little pouches and pull them all out when I start packing.

Need more packing help? Check out – Carry On Packing & Vacation Planning: Packing.  

What’s YOUR top packing tip?

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Spring Break: Shopping

Welcome to the second installation of my Spring Break series. In preparation for my upcoming trip to Greece I’m sharing some of my tips and recommendations for getting ready for your next trip.

{If you missed the first post you can check it out here – Spring Break: Preparation.}

Today I’ll be sharing some of the shopping I’ve done to get myself ready for this island-hoping adventure.


I had most of the basics that I wanted to take with me for this trip but I picked up a few fun new pieces and accessories to help me put together some EASY looks while I’m overseas.

This Les Mechantes caftan was the first thing to get swooped up during my shopping weekend – Perfect for dinner out, throwing over a bikini, or sightseeing.

I also swooped up a new pair of cropped white jeans from Paige Denim {On sale – Bonus!} and cozy t-shirts and tunics from Splendid for layering.

Spring Break Shopping San Francisco Fashion Beauty Style Travel Blogger Josie Maran Argan Oil Moisturizer


The very first thing that went into my suitcase was sunscreen. Of course. It doesn’t matter whether you’re as pale as me or perfectly tanned, you need to protect your skin when you’re going to be increasing your sun exposure. Especially if you’ll be at a different part of the equator than your skin is used to.

My top picks for this trip – i.e. sun, sand, and lots of travel time – Are the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47, the utterly divine Eve Lom Rescue Mask {I actually put this baby on while I’m on the plane and by the time you land your skin looks amazing}, and Algenist Firming & Lifting Eye Gel. I just discovered this anti-aging San Francisco-based company and I’m completely obsessed!


If you’re anything like me, you plan ahead when you’re traveling. Not only am I staying in houses rather than hotels so that I’ll have access to a kitchen, I’m also going to take some Must Haves with me to ensure I stay well fed during my trip.

Some of my go-to travel snacks are:

Need more travel preparation tips? Check out my posts on Carry On Packing and Weekends Away: Styling, Deciding & Packing.

And don’t head out for your next trip until you take a peek at this Must Read – Travel Etiquette!

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