Hello beautiful people!
As for many of you, it is spring break time. My spring break has not happened yet, so this is the perfect opportunity for me to share some of my favorite things that I will be taking with me on spring break. If your holiday has already happened, you may simply carry on these ideas for the summer, or use them during the year (they all still apply for non-holiday times). I love and rely on these simple things and I hope they will help y'all out!
This is fantastic because it is in a small bottle so it will not take up space, but also instead of taking tons of makeup and brushes on your holiday, you may simply toss this into your bag and use your fingers to melt a bit of it into your skin. It will provide a warm glow for a night out with friends, minimal effort required and the only clean up is to replace the cap and wash your hands.
This is a fantastic invention! Whomever decided it was smart to put sunscreen in stick form was very intelligent. This little SPF stick is simple to apply, you can roll it onto your skin without getting your hands dirty, and throw it into any bag and be on your way. However, this is great for your face, but I would get a lotion or mist for the body (just imagine how long it would take to spread this tiny stick of SPF along your entire body).
I chose the ivory sandals because they will match any outfit! I do not have my own pair of these sandals yet, but I plan to purchase them prior to my spring break. I first heard of them on Shark Tank, while watching in my economics class, and I have been checking them out online. These are genuine leather sandals, made in Uganda by a non-profit that sends all of it's employees to college. This company is incredible and the products they create have a very high reputation. I am excited to try out the sandals ASAP! Check out their website and story here!
This is a fantastic investment for a trip because you can wear it as a cover-up to the beach, or throw on sandals and wear it out to dinner. I love the beachy print on this dress and the fact that it has a slit so the breeze will keep you cool at any time of day. Also, a multi-functional dress will leave more room in your bag for other fun things.
One thing I love about Vera Bradley is that they always have things on sale. As long as you are willing to go out of your comfort zone and get any sort of pattern, there are specific patterns of each bag design that are always on sale. This bag is handy because it has a cross-body strap, a small outer pocket for things you need to keep close, and a giant inner pocket to throw everything into. The best part is that you can dump your supplies out of this bag and into a drawer, and use this as a tote to the beach. The fabric is completely washer-safe!
This little bar is tremendously helpful. In order to maximize space in your travel bag, get a facial soap bar that you can toss into a jar and then you can use it to wash your face, your body, and even your hair. If you are freaked out by changing your hair routine, just bring along some of your own shampoo.
Just so you have a little extra fun on spring break, and also avoid doing something you may regret and getting a permanent tattoo, get some of these little henna tubes. Jagua sells kits of dye. All you have to do is screw on the thin tip and design away. Your temporary tattoos will last up to 3 months, but your parents can be reassured knowing that you do not have a permanent ink mark on your skin.
This bikini is a fantastic investment because it can safely double as a top (hey, if you're at the beach you may as well take advantage of it). Athleta is a great women's swim suit brand because it is made tough and you can feel comfortable knowing that your top is not going to fly off into the ocean. Click here to check out the super cute back on this swimsuit!
I love Clif bars because they are so easy to grab and go and feel safe that you are eating something healthy for you and natural. Personally, the full-sized adult Cliff bars are too much for me to eat in one meal (I am only 5' 2" and I cannot hold much food) so I have taken to eating the kid bars. These are organic and very healthy, but they all taste like sweet cookies and desserts. One box of these will last for you and friend to share for the whole week (snacking only, eat some fruit and veggies also!).
Technology is a wonderful thing, is it not? This water bottle is perfect because it will keep your drink cold for many hours, and it has a autoseal lid so you will not lose any of that fresh water out on the salty beach (it's very important to stay hydrated, especially in the sun). Also, there is a little snap-close pocket for your keys/key card or any other small items that may fit in it. This will most definitely come in handy!
I discovered an app called Think Dirty via a blog that I follow and this app is really going to benefit me. For anyone who is trying to be more health-conscious in regards to the products used on the body, this app allows you to scan/search for your product and will give a detailed rating of the product and all of the ingredients in it. The products are rated on a scale of 0-10, 0 being the most pure and 10 being the most toxic and dangerous. All of the body products I have shared today have a rating of 2 or 1 on this scale!! Y'all should download this app here and start scanning away to see what you are really using on your skin!
I hope you all have enjoyed and that this will be helpful to many of you preparing for a safe spring break journey. Have a spectacular weekend and I will see y'all next week!