Summer

Travel Checklist - Pet Edition

Good Morning Lovelies!

I wanted to do a follow up from last Monday on traveling, specifically on our furry little friends! Most of us have pets, they are a staple in most families and provide us with never ending laughs, love and good memories who make the best road trip companions. So just like you have essentials, your furry baby has some essentials that you should not forget when heading out on that road trip. Below you'll find a quick list of times to pack your furry companion before you hit the road!

1. Vaccination Records

You should always keep a copy of your baby's vaccination records in your furry loves duffle bag. Just incase that emergency does arise once you're on the road you will have the important info you desperately need. You will also need these records if you ever need to board your buddy for the day or overnight if you end up taking an excursion that furry buddies aren't allowed to partake in. It's also good to check ahead if their are any additional vaccination requirements for any countries you may be visiting. You don't want to show up and have your bud be denied entry (or worse) because you don't have the records.

2. Collar & Leash

Mainly applying to the furry butt dog owners, we always need to remember that taking our pups out of the car for bathroom breaks must include a secured collar and being leashed. When you're out on the road you're bringing your pup into foreign territory which means new smells for your adventurer to discover that are oh so hard to resist. We'd better be safe than sorry no matter how well your explorer is trained.

3. Tags

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This goes hand in hand with having a collar and leash. You will never want your furry friend to get lost, and they would never want to lose you! But accidents do happen. So be sure that he has a current tag on a collar/harness or both with a current emergency number. Most people travel with a cell phone, making this the perfect number for your baby's tags.

4. First Aid Kit

Something to consider to be permanently in your car, just like you the furry ones can get hurt as well. Today there are a number of pet only emergency kits in the market and if you happen to have the time, you can even put together your own catered to your pets needs. Some basic essentials to include are: tweezers to remove ticks and foreign objects, stypic powder to stop toenail bleeding, eye wash to flush wounds, gauze bandages, adhesive tape, scissors and antiseptic moist wipes.

5. Food & Water

Be sure to bring your furry companion their favorite food so as not to upset their stomach. If you have the spending money you can also get road-worthy food and treats that also take up less space if this is an issue. If you are one of the people who like to cook for your pet remember to make the food ahead of time and pack along with any goodies for yourself. Remember, your pet is used to the water from your hometown, when travelling its a good idea to bring along as much of your home drinking water as you can for their comfort. If push comes to shove you can rely on bottled water as a safe back-up.

6. Seat Covers & Blankets

Vacations are suppose to be fun! But sometimes with fun comes muddy paws and soaked through fur which we all know cleaning up is not fun. Protect your seats with covers and blankets that are made specifically for your type of auto. You'll want to be proactive: don't forget to always carry some additional towels and wipes to clean off that muddy adventurer.

7. Safety Restraints

Something I learned recently is that some states seat belts are now mandatory for your pup. Then when you sit and really think about your best friend as a projectile from being free in your car in case of an accident, you begin to understand the wisdom of securing your baby to keep both of you safe. Do your research and pick the best option for you and your friend to have a safe and fun ride.

                                                                                               8. Bed & Crate

You can't leave home without your furry companions favorite blankie and bed! You wouldn't want him sleeping on the guest bed..or maybe you actually would? Also bring some sheets, too, so if your fuzzy butt is accustomed to sleeping on the furniture he won't leave a scruff of a sign behind. If like my pup your pet is crate trained and has his own little den then you may just want to bring that along for his security and good night sleeps.

9. Fun Stuff

Who could forget toys!! If you have a nervous nelly as a pet when they stay away from home, you can help ease their discomfort by bringing as many toys as that little guy could stand. The familiar smells, his favorite chew toy, will help calm even the most anxious of pets in a strange place.

10. Double-Check Hotel Reservations

So you have everything packed, you're settled, the furry baby is ready and excited to go and you're just about ready to hop in that car and hit the road. Stop, call your hotel/s and confirm your reservation/s for you and the furry buddy. Nothing can kill a trip more like a newly implemented "no pets allowed" policy added since you made your reservation that went unchecked.

I hope you find the list helpful with your furry travels, what type of pet do you have and what can they not live without while traveling?

What to Bring in Your Carry-On Bag

It's the traveling season. Wether you have been traveling non-stop this summer, you've been visiting college campuses, going home, or breaking in that last minute trip before a new semester starts. Wherever or for whatever reason you're traveling it's always essential to be prepared. While I may not have always practiced this tactic I have found myself many a-time rushing to throw everything into a bag and rush to leave, making me ALWAYS forget that one essential item I overlooked on my coffee table.

Now we all know the most obvious preparation for travel is packing, but like I said I can just never seem to get it right! if its a weekend trip or a two week cross country plane trip to visit a dear friend I just never seem to do it right. So, to save myself future dilemma and all you lovelies I decided to share with you one of my newly created lists to aid you in preparation!

The Chic Life Carry-On Essentials:

1.) a durable, lightweight, fashionable (duh) backpack, duffle or tote bag| I love this Warhol duffle because its comfortable, lightweight, a bit artsy and doesn't make me look too nerdy while being fashionably versatile and fit a lot of items.

2.) A backup outfit| A lot can happen when you're traveling, especially lost luggage. It's something we all dread and pray that it will NEVER happen, but just in case it does you'll be thankful for the backup outfit complete with shoes. (tip: pack all undergarments in your carry-on as well so you'll never be out of a clean pair)

3.) Makeup, Deodorant, toothpaste & toothbrush| keep you feeling refreshed and looking good during your travels

4.) Headphones, iPhone, iPad & a book| to keep you entertained and to keep you connected wherever your travels may take you.

5.) Sunglasses and a hat| to protect that beautiful face from the sun! this is a must to sunny destinations.

6.) Watch| a smart accessory to keep you on time when your phone dies -- We've all been there! this is so helpful and chic

7.) Camera| While in todays tech age this may seem silly but trust me, save your phone batteries and use an actual camera! I like the InstaxMini so you can print the memories as you go! plus you never know when the moment will rise to give a cute reminder with your number to that cute guy you don't want to forget ;)

8.) Itinerary| for all those you love in need to know of your travel plans and to help keep you organized

9.) Passport, Wallet Credit Cards, local currency| essential for wherever your travels take you, these are absolutes you should always have at all times.

10.) Chargers, chargers & chargers| lets face it, we all have gadgets, we all have multiple gadgets and these electronic devices we covet with out life dependencies require battery operational life. Don't let it go to chance and put it in your carry-on, scared they may get crushed? try winding those wires into a sunglass case for protection.

Did I miss anything? let me know one of your carry on essentials that I may have missed below!

[14] OOTD

So today looks like it's going to be another beautiful summer day here in California. In honor of such a glorious day I dressed for the occasion, especially for a girls day. Wether you're going to lunch, taking a trip to the beach or just going shopping with your girls sometimes it pays to dress up a little. Here I sported a fun flared out skirt that sits perfectly at your waist and a loose blouse thats perfectly lightweight for the hot sun. The 70's are a big trend this summer, in honor of such I broke out my slouchy ankle boots that don't have too much of a  heel for long hours of walking.

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What type of outfit would you like me style? what occasion? let me know in the comments below!

It's all about the Tea

Hello Lovelies!

Today happens to be a day of updates, and a couple tea recipes I stumbled upon on Wanderlust that are absolutely phenomenal, beneficial to your health and falls wonderfully into my new healthy lifestyle I'm developing thanks to the #careergirlchallenge!

Keeping up with the diet and the exercises is a bit harder than I thought. The first couple days was the easiest but when we hit the need to do a 20 minute run (turned into a 20 minute fast walk) and the 50 burpees (which I had to look up) that was the worst for me. I was never much of an exercise girl. I would go to the gym but never do more than use the treadmill or the stepper for an hour. I have made adjustments to the diet plan, I don't have a taste for fish so I substituted with plain chicken which I think is a nice alternative. Hopefully I'll be able to keep up with this, I'm a picky eater but I'm hopeful!

recipes:

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img src: Wanderlust

Black Cherry Iced Tea

When you eat cherries you are enjoying more than an amazing summer treat. They're packed with antioxidants and offer many health benefits including help with insomnia, joint pains and belly fat. Containing flavonoids and procyanidin they can help guard neuronal cells, reducing oxidant stress and fighting dementia. They help with warding off cancer, combat hypertension and strokes, discourage diabetes, fight cardiovascular disease and even helps battle jet lag. It's truly a summer drink worthy of celebrating.

INGREDIENTS

4 cups brewed green tea
1 cup tart cherry juice
1 cup frozen, pitted cherries
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp agave (or sub for a few drops of raw stevia)
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp vanilla
Lemon wedges and frozen cherries, for garnish

HOW TO PREPARE:

Add all of the ingredients (minus the garnishes) to a blender and purée until combined. Serve with sliced lemon wedges and frozen cherries over ice. Serves 2-3 people

img src: Wanderlust

img src: Wanderlust

Dandelion and Pineapple Iced Tea

Dandelion tea has a really earthy, sweet flavor while providing a vast array of health benefits, making it a great start to an iced tea. The weed-like superfoods act as a diuretic, and helps maintain kidney health by clearing out excess water, salt and waste. Adding the Lime and Pineapple really balances out the earthy tastes creating a great refresher for those hot summer nights.

INGREDIENTS

4 cups of hot water
3 dandelion tea bags (I use the vanilla variety)
Juice of 2-3 limes
1 cup of pineapple juice
Honey to taste
Fresh pineapple and limes, to garnish

HOW TO PREPARE:

Heat the water in a large kettle or pot until boiling. Remove the water from the heat, and add the teabags. Allow to steep for about five minutes. Cool for one hour.

Add the lime and pineapple juices and honey, if desired. Stir to incorporate. Serve over ice and garnish with lime wedges and pineapple Serves 2-3

img src: Wanderlust

img src: Wanderlust

Indian Mango Iced Tea

We all know India is known for their tea. While summer is a little to hot for a warm cup of Chair or darjeeling, this alternative version has all the consistency of chai but with the freshness of summer. Made with a mango purée it creates a silky and juicy iced tea for a perfect summer afternoon. Mangos are an absolute nutritional powerhouse and can aid in fighting cancer, alkalizing the body, regulating digestion, and strengthening the immune system. The benefits don't stop there! Mangos also possess glutamine acid, which helps to increase concentration and vitamin E which can help regulate the sex hormones and boost the libido. 

INGREDIENTS

2 medium sized mangoes
4 cups brewed black tea (I used a brand infused with lemon)
3/4 tbsp lemon juice
Organic unrefined cane sugar, agave, or stevia to taste
Mint leaves to garnish

HOW TO PREPARE:

Peel and chop the mangoes. Add them to a blender and purée until smooth. Add the black tea, lemon juice, and sugar then blend again. Serve in tall glasses with ice and garnish with mint if desired. Serves 2-3

Keeping up with a Corset

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I've been neglecting my corset a bit more than I would like. I decided the best way to help create the overbust I want was to cut out the front pattern pieces and use muslin to drape on the form. What you do is cut out the basic shape but leave a lot of excess fabric on the top of the corset, pin the seam allowance together and then place on the grain line on your dress form. From here I proceed to shape the bust and use a colored pencil to draw out the desired effect. I can then take these pieces back to my original draft and make my adjustments.

I am still working on making all the necessary adjustments before I can even start to make the pattern pieces. I've had to raise the corset heigh significantly to meet the demand of what I want. From this point it's just needed to finish raising the height of the corset, make the pattern pieces and then create a mockup. My main concern is the shape of the back panels and the sides, I want it to be comfortable under the arm but still flow nicely. The back is supposed to be raise with a curve but I have a feeling that won't work with this corset it may look to awkward. Here's hoping I can get further along to have more to show you guys.

Please comment below what you do to get ready for summer and what your favorite summer snack is!

[10] OOTD

Continuing with my summer theme of outfits of the day I wanted to play with a nontraditional way of wearing denim, thus inspiring todays look incorporating a chambray dress. This dress itself is very light and easy to throw on, I paired it with an equally light cardigan. This look is great for relaxing at home, going to class or maybe even a farmers market! I wanted something simple easy and fun while still being stylish and chic.

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What is your go to outfit for Summer? What would you add/change to this look? Let me know in the comments below!

[9] OOTD

It's beginning to feel like summer here and with summer comes hot days, sunbathing, trips to the beach and light and breathable clothing. In honor of the changing of the seasons I decided to dress for the occasion and break out my light and airy comfortable clothes.

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How did you celebrate the beginning of summer? How do you like this look? How do you enjoy the OOTD series every wednesday/thursday? Please comment below and let me know!

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