Road Trip Survival Guide

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Recycled Karma Hello Friday Sweater similar here / Levi’s 501 Shorts in Roadside Blues / Nine West Zipper Satchel similar here / Tommy Hilfiger T Strap Sandals similar here / Circus by Sam Edelman Gray Glasses similar here

By the time you’re reading this I will be in Tennessee. I will have hopefully endured an eight hour drive with my limbs, sanity and husband in tact. Fingers crossed. Here are my tips and tricks for not coming out of the car a convicted woman.

Have a meal plan.
This is HUGE for me. (Notice the bold, italicized capital letters.) I have worked extremely hard to lose about 30 pounds and I am not about to rebound. Obviously, eating well while you’re travelling can be difficult so here are my tips.

You don’t have to eat fast food. Shocking, I know. But just because you need to get back to the road doesn’t mean you can’t (or shouldn’t) stop for a bite. Long drives can do a number on your physical and emotional wellbeing and more often than not an hour to sit and enjoy a meal out of the car is a welcome relief. Still feeling the time constraint? Pack a meal before you leave and picnic at a rest stop. Saves calories, time and your budget.

Pack snacks. A road trip is not a road trip without snacks and having some on hand will decrease the number of stops you make and keep you from getting hangry. Some things you’ll find in my cooler are snack bars, Fiber One Brownies (the mint one is to die for!), something salty like pretzels or chips, at least two different kinds of candy and plenty of drink options.

A first aid kit is a must.
I have a DIY first aid that I’m always adding to and I keep it in my car at all times. You never know when you’ll need it and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Basic items to include: bandaids, tylenol, dramamine, itch relief, sleeping pills, antiseptic, tweezers.

Organize, organize, organize.
My little mama gifted me the American Tourister Pop Plus 3 Piece Set for my bridal shower last year and it is perfect; simple, well made and…black. Love me some black. (It also comes in a few other colors if black isn’t your thing.) She also gave me a set of Amazon Basics Packing Cubes (2 medium, 2 large) and a set of the smaller Amazon Basics Packing Cubes (4 small). Typically, I use the large ones for clothes, medium for swimsuits or pajamas and the smallest for lingerie and undies. We purchased the Lavievert Toiletry Bag because the luggage set above doesn’t actually come with a toiletry bag and I have a separate makeup travel bag for all my beauty products. I use a David Yurman travel jewelry case my sister picked up at a thrift store for $1.78, similar here.

As for documents, I have this document organizer on my wishlist for next trip. I plan on using it to hold reservation confirmations, prepurchased tickets, passports and to organize carry-on items.

Invest in travel “guides”.
I do not like being lost. Let me repeat that. I do not like being lost and when I’m in the car we don’t get lost. Ever. I like to keep four essential travel helpers in my car at all times. A GPS, an actual paper map of the state we’re visting (you can find these at rest stops or what I like to do is have one mailed to me for free before we go – just google free road map of ________ state), a wirebound atlas (it’s easier to keep open) and my trusty Next Exit book. The Next Exit book is my absolute favorite because it lets you see what is off an exit WAAAAAAAY before the road signs do so you can plan ahead to stop for lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings 100 miles before you’re there.

Dress to impress….
…your butt into your seat. I don’t ever travel in jeans and heels. It’s not practical, it’s not comfortable and road trip ninja skills are always necessary. My favorite travel outfits always include: leggings, a tunic, some type of wrap or cardigan and flip flops.

Preferably not something your husband listens to or you’ll have to listen to him screech the entire trip. (Just kidding!) Here are my favorite eight albums to have on my MP3 player for trips.

Your Favorite Weapon by Brand New
Self Titled Album by Good Charlotte
We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank by Modest Mouse
Greatest Hits by Journey
Oracular Spectacular by MGMT
Self Titled Album by Foxy Shazam
Self Titled Album by The Used
Fang Bang by Wednesday 13

What do you do to stay sane on the road?

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hello friday roadside blues sandals sunglasses BLACK SATCHEL

luggage  packing cubes toiletry bag makeup bag jewelry case document organizer next exit atlas

brand new good charlotte modest mouse journey mgmt foxy shazam the used wednesday 13


Graphic Tee + Leggings Travel Outfit






Gray Chunky Cardigan similar here / Vera Wang Leggings / There’s No Way Shirt similar here / Oversized Glasses similar here / Christian Siriano Cassie Satchel

Tomorrow we’re off bright and early for our Tennessee trip with my in-laws. We’re headed for the Smithville Jamboree and to visit some extended family. Check back this week for my Roadtrip Survival Guide and next week for a detailed post of our trip!

Comfort is everything when you’re facing eight hours in a vehicle. On our way to the Dominican Republic we saw a woman in five inch thigh high boots wobbling through the airport and I have to admit, I giggled. Let’s be honest, there’s absolutely no reason to look that good while you’re trying to get some place worth looking good.

What are some of your favorite travel outfits?

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Stripes + Wedges






Mudd V Neck Tee / SO Chino Shorts / Nine West Riley Sandal / Nine West Zipper Satchel similar here / Circus by Sam Edelman Gray Sunglasses similar here / Khaki Hat similar here

As a bit of a preface, I am always the one taking pictures from family gatherings to vacations so it was a bit odd for me to be in front of the camera and equally as odd that my husband was behind it. We’re both still learning as far as fashion photography, but for a first shot I’m pretty proud of how he did! Of course, the fun part of having your husband behind the camera is you end up with a couple photos of your butt and accidental (on my part) shots like this:


This should be an interesting ride!

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Thrift Haul


AGB Layered Sweater similar here


Merona Burgundy V Neck Sweater similar here

this is available in 22 colors/styles!


J Crew Boxy Striped Sweater similar here


Lou & Grey Patterned Marle Sweater similar here

legitimately the closest match was in mens!


Loft Turtle Neck Tunic Sweater similar here

If you are cringing at the mention of Goodwill (or as my grandma says “GW”) and think that it’s only for people who can’t afford to buy new things, you are seriously missing out on some of the best deals ever. I’m not talking just clothes, almost all of my barware has come from Goodwill or other thrift stores and I love picking up old, one of a kind furniture and bringing it home to live with us. Matter of fact, my tv stand is an old record player and my nightstands and “bench” (which is really a DIY upholstered coffee table) are from Craigslist. I love old furniture so much that we drove all over creation purchasing old dining chairs for guests to sit on at our wedding ceremony. It was really beautiful and we got so many compliments on it.

Moving on.

If you have some patience and willpower you can absolutely find fantastic deals and name brands in your neighborhood Goodwill. I consistently find (and buy) brands like Loft, Charlotte Russe, Forever21 and J Crew for a fraction of their retail value and sometimes the original tags are still attached, so they’re essentially brand new.

Of the five items mention above, one is J Crew, one is Loft and the Lou & Grey sweater still had a tag on with a retail price of $59 – I paid under $20 for all of it.

What’s your opinion on thrifting? Love it or hate it?

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AGB  striped sweater v neck sweater tunic sweater gray sweater



20% ulta coupon

WOW! If you aren’t already, run to your email and see if you got this coupon! I literally just checked and BAM! 20% off my entire purchase in store or online from now until July 1st!

I just added a NARS concealer to my cart and it appears to be working on prestige brands! Deals like this are not common so if you received the coupon, stock up on your favorite high end products!

Shipping is free over $50 and remember to go through Ebates for 3% cash back!

What I’m buying:
NARS Radiant Concealer
Benefit Cosmetics 24 Hour Brow Setter

Ulta faves:
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
Smashbox Photo Primer
NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray

What did you score?

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Good Shoes Take You Good Places Tee

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Apt 9 Good Shoes Tee similar here / Levi’s Super Skinny 535 Jeans in Mid Roast / New Look Court Heel similar here / Nine West satchel similar here

This is what I wore to visit all my “fathers” on Father’s Day. I wore it to breakfast with Papa (my moms’ dad), to my in laws’ and to my dads’ house for cupcakes and chill. Later that evening I swapped my heels for sandals and my satchel for my Del Mano Striped Crossbody Bag and headed out to a Froggy Fresh concert (totally not kidding!) with my husband, my mom and stepdad and my two youngest siblings.

How do you like the lovely venetian blind shadows? “Baby, you look like a zebra.” Oh, Foxy Shazam.

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Casual Dinner + Movie Outfit

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Apt 9 Long Sleeve Black and White Striped Shirt similar here / Levi’s Super Skinny 535 Jeans in Mid Roast / New Look Court Heel similar here / Christian Siriano for Payless Cassie Satchel / Sterling Silver Pearl Studs similar here

I apologize for the low quality photos; I’m currently working on coming up with a new system. Moving on.

My husband and I went out for sushi and to see the new Wonder Woman movie – which is incredible and I definitely recommend it – and I wanted something sexy but not overdone all while keeping it simple. Black and white stripes. Boom.

Fun fact: Levi’s Super Skinny 535 jeans are my absolute favorite jeans ever. They come in so many colors and washes and are super affordable. Levi’s has made an “updated” super skinny jean (the 710) which is stretchier and feels more like you’re in pajamas than in smokin’ skinnys.

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