Lunchtime Reading: March 19

  1. I love my Fitbit Alta, but I wish it was more stylish. Maybe updating it with a leather band will help?
  2. In honor of Stephen Hawking’s passing last week, watch The Theory of Everything and be amazed.
  3. 11 things you should do the day before you leave for vacation. (Travel+Leisure)
  4. How to buy and style trench coats just in time for spring! (The Work Edit)
  5. Krispy Kreme now sells Nutella-filled doughnuts. What?!! (Bustle)
  6. What does it cost to be big on Instagram? (BuzzFeed)
  7. Nordstrom has the cutest home goods right now– love, love, love this tote and this sleeping bag!
  8. 14 new travel destinations to visit before everyone else does. (CN Traveler)
  9. A hip city guide to Madrid, courtesy of The Everygirl.
  10. Watching TV can help you learn a new language faster. (CNN)

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Lunchtime Reading: March 1

  1. 3 things I learned after moving to Europe to pursue a dream. (The Everygirl)
  2. A comprehensive guide for combating acne scars and dark marks. (Teen Vogue)
  3. I just ordered this skirt in pink and I can’t wait to try it! It’s a bit more feminine than I usually would go for, but what’s life without a few risks, right?
  4. Networking tips for introverts. (My Domaine)
  5. If you’re going on a trip any time soon, make sure you bring an emergency travel kit with you! (Barefoot Blonde)
  6. In-flight beauty rituals to steal from Sports Illustrated models. (Travel+Leisure)
  7. Trying to kick your phone addiction? Here are 5 tips to help you out. (Mashable)
  8. Where to watch all the Oscar-nominated films if you live in Washington, DC. (Washingtonian)
  9. I am in love with Hitha’s AM/PM series. Her newest on Rebecca Allen is a must-read. (Hitha on the Go)
  10. The Whitney has an amazing exhibit on the role of art in protest. (Smithsonian)
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Lunchtime Reading: February 27

  1. I found the cure for tired eyes: this concealer and this blending brush.
  2. If you’re visiting New York, don’t miss the Whitney, an amazing museum for modern and contemporary art. (CN Traveler)
  3. The spring cleaning checklist I’ll be using to freshen up my apartment. (Clean Mama)
  4. Modern feminism is ruining femininity. (Total Sorority Move)
  5. Once again, Timothee Chalamet absolutely kills the style game. (GQ)
  6. I ordered this sweater from Anthropologie and absolutely love it!!
  7. A guide to getting photogenic hands. (Into the Gloss)
  8. How to spend 48 hours in Aspen, Colorado. (The Zoe Report)
  9. It’s taking so much self restraint to keep from buying this gorgeous leather backpack from Everlane!
  10. Airlines could start charging different fares for different people. (Refinery 29)
  11. What a $1,500 rental budget will get you in cities across the U.S. (Urban Turf)

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Lunchtime Reading: February 8

  1. What I’m wearing: this hilarious tee-shirt, courtesy of Hitha.
  2. Marks and Spencer has the cutest one-pieces! Perfect for vacation 🙂
  3. I started reading The Defining Decade, and it’s great. 10/10 would recommend.
  4. A hilarious, brutally honest DC bucket list. (The Medium)
  5. Thirty travel goals for 2018. I want to do all of them! (CN Traveler)
  6. Not sure if I am excited for or terrified of the new K-beauty mask I got? (Allure)
  7. This weekend I saw Call Me By Your Name and it is my new favorite movie.
  8. Need some new workout jams? These playlists have you covered. (Refinery 29)
  9. Embracing the Danish idea of Hygge will make your winter suck less. (Darling)
  10. How to take better travel photos, according to a professional photographer. (The Everygirl)

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Lunchtime Reading: February 6

  1. The most beautiful coffee shop in every state. (Architectural Digest)
  2. I can’t get this song out of my head. It’s so infectious and happy!
  3. Is preventative Botox a thing? Apparently it’s a thing. (Allure)
  4. I heard about this book while listening to a podcast last week and I can’t wait to download it on my iPad and read it.
  5. The look for less: leather biker jackets. (The Work Edit)
  6. Looking for a cafe to sit in while you work or study? This website helps you find just the right place.
  7. Which is the fastest growing state in America right now? (NPR)
  8. The perfect three-day getaway in Charleston, SC. (Travel+Leisure)
  9. 44 essentials for the early 2000’s girl. (Thought Catalog)
  10. Speaking of nostalgia, anyone born in the 90s will remember this print. (Huff Po)

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2018 Travel Wishlist

This year, one of my resolutions is to travel to 5 new countries. I’m hoping to do some serious travel this summer and perhaps some shorter trips during the rest of the year. Here are 10 countries on my list that I would love to visit!
1. Norway
https://www.boredpanda.com/norway-landscape-photography/
Doesn’t it just look amazing?! I know Norway is super cold and rather inhospitable in the winter, but in the summer it’s 24 hour sunshine! I’d love to visit Lofoten (pictured above), Preikestolen, Jotunheimen National Park, Bergen, Geirangerfjord, Trolltunga, Svalbard, and Oslo.
2. Turks and Caicos
https://www.visittci.com/accommodation
Flights to Providenciales are ridiculously cheap and look how clear the water is! How could I not go?? There are plenty of places to stay, both in terms of resorts/hotels and more casual Airbnbs. All I need is a swimsuit, a good beach read, and some shades!
3. Indonesia
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Originally I planned on going to Bali with my friend in March. But given the volcano eruptions on the island and the giant ash cloud hovering above it, I think my trip is going to be postponed until further notice 😦 Bali is one of those amazing places that is relatively cheap to get to ($750 roundtrip doesn’t sound bad!) and so affordable to stay at! Between the rice fields (pictured above), beaches, and waterfalls, it seems like a slice of paradise.
4. French Polynesia
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To be honest I don’t know barely anything about French Polynesia other than that it has cool beach huts (pictured above) and is in the middle of the Pacific. But honestly, what else do you need? If only I could afford to stay at one of these luxury resorts!
5. Switzerland
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There has been talk of a family trip here this summer. I’d love to visit the big cities like Geneva and Zurich and Bern, but what I’m really excited for is the mountains! I want to go to Zermatt to see the Matterhorn (pictured above), Interlaken, Lucerne, Laggo Dello Stabbio, Valais, and Verzasca!
6. Zanzibar (Tanzania) 
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One of my best friends is going to be in Madagascar with the Peace Corps, so Zanzibar is on my radar because it’s the closest tourist-y destination to his country. I hear it’s got beautiful beaches!
7. Portugal
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This place looks like paradise!!! I’d love to visit Lisbon, small towns like Sintra, as well as beach towns like Lagos and the rugged Azores islands. The colorful houses and crystal clear blue water look so inviting!
8. Iceland
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The Land of Fire and Ice is calling! One of my dreams is to go here in the summer when the nights are only 4 hours long and go for a road trip around the Island. Everything looks so lush and verdant there…seems like paradise to me!
9. Nepal
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Hiking Everest? Probably not. But trekking the Annapurna Base Camp circuit? Heck yes! Nepal is expensive to get to, but I hear that once you’re there it’s pretty cheap. Almost all of my family vacations in the States have been to the mountains out west, and I’d love to go abroad and see some more!

10. Australia
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As you might have noticed, this year I’m really drawn to two things: water and cool rock formations. I know it sounds simple but seriously, nature is so awe-inspiring! I would love to see the 12 Apostles (pictured above) and go snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, but I would also love to check out some cities down under like Melbourne and Sydney.

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