3 Destinations On My Bucket List and 3 to Add to Yours

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I love finding pretty luggage! I’ve kind of started collecting because I like different pieces for different occasions or destinations.  I’m the worst at condensing everything into a carry-on (although I’ve been making a little progress with Cody’s help lol) so especially when it comes to family trips we end up needing a lot of suitcases. We’ve also been traveling so much lately that a lot of the time I still have a partially unpacked suitcase on our bedroom floor while I’m packing for the next trip, so having a few luggage options has been a lifesaver, haha.

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joy mangano leather suitcase

The inside of the suitcase has drawer-like sections (like a dresser) which make it really convenient for packing, especially if it’s for the kids. I can use one section for each kid.

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Seriously is there any better feeling than matching luggage? I’ve been looking for a cognac leather style for forever so when I found this one I had to get the matching weekender from Joy Mangano. A classic leather is such a pretty neutral and it’s timeless you can use it forever.

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DETAILS: CREAM KNIT SWEATER (OBSESSED WITH THIS ONE UNDER $100 – WEARING SIZE SMALL) | PINK HENLEY  (ON SALE – UNDER $50 – WEARING SIZE LARGE) | DISTRESSED DENIM | VELVET SNEAKERS (UNDER $100)

LUGGAGE: LEATHER CHRISTIE SATCHEL FROM MACY’S | LEATHER CHRISTIE SUITCASE FROM MACY’S

Hey guys! One of my main goals from last year was to travel more and it’s something I want to focus on this year too. I moved around a lot as a kid and I really think it helped shape me as a person and drove my love for travel as an adult! Some of my favorite memories with my family were on trips and I hope our kids feel the same! I feel like there’s so much to learn from seeing new places and interacting with different people around the world. I know there’s still so much world to see and you could spend a lifetime seeing it all, but below are three destinations that are on my bucket list:

1.  Bora Bora – A little cliche. I feel like everyone has this on their list, but I really want to go anywhere with huts over the ocean! Maldives, Bora Bora, Fiji, it looks like the ultimate tropical paradise!

2. Iceland – I actually hate the cold, Cody and I are both big cold wimps, but I’m throwing that all out the window because everything about Iceland looks AMAZING. The warm lagoons, the Northern Lights, the ice glaciers! I’m really dying to go!

3. Italian Coast – I lived in Florence, Italy for 6 months during college, doing a study abroad, and I was so bummed I didn’t get down the Southern part of Italy and see the coast! I really want to take Cody and the kids back to where I lived and then go spend a week along the coast!

I also wanted to share 3 of my favorite places I’ve been that you guys should add to your bucket list! Ok so Paris is probably one of my favorite cities in the world, but I think that might be everyone’s so outside of that obvious one:

1.  Dubai – travel guide coming soon!! But Dubai was so much different than I anticipated. The architecture, attention to detail, the beaches, everything was so beautiful!

2.  Hawaii – this has become a family favorite for us, we are making it an annual tradition to go here. Everywhere we go nothing compares to Hawaii’s beaches and the it’s in the US, so it’s usually the quickest and least expensive to get to as well.

3. Mykonos – So when we did our big Europe trip last summer, Santorini, was at the top of my bucket list and I actually liked Mykonos a lot better! Don’t get me wrong, both were beautiful, but something about Mykonos I liked more. The town felt a little younger, and the main city area is so cute! They have beautiful beaches and really good pastries!

What are some of your suggestions for destinations I should add to my list?

Below are some more great luggage options for wherever your bucket list takes you.

XX, Christine

*In collaboration with Macy’s and ShopStyle.

11 Daily Routines To Live A Happy Healthy Life

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So obsessed with this sweatshirt!!

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DETAILS:  BLACK ANKLE LEGGINGS (WEARING SIZE SMALL) | STAR SWEATSHIRT (UNDER $100 – WEARING SIZE SMALL) | ADIDAS SNEAKERS (JUST GOT THESE)

PRODUCTS: LA MER TINTED MOISTURIZER (SWEAR BY THIS! IT’S SO HYRDATING) | EYE RECOVERY MASK

I think it’s safe to say we all want to feel happy. At least I hope everyone does 🙂 I think one of the biggest things I’ve learned in life is that happiness is a choice. You can feel happy and healthy regardless of what’s going on in your life. It starts with little choices we make each day that help shape our attitude, and overall feeling of well being.

Here’s the quick hack to 11 Daily Routines to Live a Healthy, Happy Life:

Life Audit: This may seem so basic but it’s important! Think about the things in your life that bring you happiness, the people you hang out with that make you laugh, the things you do that bring you joy, etc and do more of that! Also think about the people who are negative, constantly complaining and hard to be around, or the things that bring you stress, and start cutting those out and replacing them with people and activities that bring you happiness.

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Read: You learn so much just from reading! I always get so inspired by the books. Even if it’s just a few minutes when you wake up in the morning or before you go to sleep, start or end your day with something positive.

Stay hydrated: Drinking water is soooo good for you – for your skin, your health, it even gives you more energy! You should be drinking at least half a gallon every day, which my sound like a lot but it’s surprising how much water you can drink throughout the day once you get in the habit of it. Keep your water bottle full and nearby during the day as a reminder to stay hydrated.

Make the trade: Everyone has different definitions of eating healthy, whether it’s cutting out sugar, carbs, or just getting rid of that one guilty indulgence you know it’s time to kick. Processed foods actually eat away your energy. It’s something I’m trying to be better at! Find a good substitute for the foods you are trying to cut out, and stock up on it so it’s easy and accessible when you are at home. I’m a huge fry junky so we have started slicing up sweet potatoes and cooking them with olive oil and seasoning to taste. It’s a healthy swap for french fries but also satisfies my craving.

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(swear by this tinted moisturizer it’s seriously so hydrating!)

Take a second for yourself: You don’t have to go all out when it comes to getting ready – a little bit goes a long way and less is always more. Even with just a tinted moisturizer (which is important to do anyway because you should always use a sunscreen) and a quick swipe of mascara, you can feel a million times better. Just started using this tinted moisturizer so obsessed!

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Get your greens:  Even if veggies aren’t your thing, you have to find a way to get them into your diet. I’m really excited to try these that I just ordered – they are all your servings in just one tablet and they have gotten amazing reviews. Can’t wait to try them!

Make to-do lists: Between the blog, ILY, family and everything else going on, I have things flying around my head about a million miles a minute most days and sometimes feel so scattered and disorganized unless I sit down and write it all out. To-do lists have become one of my best friends! There’s no better feeling than crossing everything off it as you go.

Get all eight: I am such a grump when I don’t get good sleep!! 8 hours of sleep is ideal, but let’s be honest, we can’t get our 8 hours of sleep every single night. These under-eye masks are a great fix for those tired eye bags and under-eye wrinkles for those sleepless nights, but make a point of going to bed early enough to get 8 hours if you can! It will always pay off.

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Smile: Even if you don’t feel like it, smile! It sounds cliche but it’s one of the best ways to turn around any attitude. If your having a bad day, think about 3 things your grateful for to try and change your attitude and bring a smile to your face.

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Spend more time with loved ones: Because isn’t that what life is all about?

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Get some fresh air: The best results of being active and getting some fresh are just as much mental and emotional as they are physical. No matter how busy your schedule is, anyone can find 5 or 10 minutes during their day to get outside and get some fresh air.

What else should I add to my list? Comment below with some of your favorite small changes that make a big difference!

XX,

Christine

*In collaboration with Neiman Marcus and ShopStyle.

 

Be Mine

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Valentine Tee

Be Mine Tee ILY COUTURE

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DETAILS: BE MINE TEE (WEARING SIZE SMALL) | DISTRESSED DENIM | RED BOOTS (OLD – SIMILAR HERE) | AVIATORS

BECKAM: BE MINE TEERED RAIN BOOTS

My little mini Valentine! I live in cozy tees and sweatshirts – I think that’s one reason I always get so excited for our seasonal pieces!  All our ILY Valentine graphics are up! We brought back some of our favorites from last year and some newbies like This Be Mine tee which comes in a matching tee for your minis.

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DETAILS:  RED HEART SWEATSHIRT (WEARING SIZE LARGE) | DISTRESSED DENIM | RED BOOTS (OLD – SIMILAR HERE) | AVIATORS

BECKAM: HEARTBREAKER SWEATSHIRT | RED RAIN BOOTS

I got a lot of questions asking for details on this Heartbreaker sweatshirt that Beckam was wearing this weekend on my snapchat. You guys all got the sneak peak before it launched 🙂 But how cute does he look! I’m dying!

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DETAILS: BE MINE TEE | DISTRESSED DENIM | WHITE NIKE SNEAKERS | RED HEART SWEATSHIRT | WHITE CROSSBODY TOTE |

We brought back a few of last year’s designs like this heart sweatshirt (also launched a kid’s coordinating design here that I’m so excited about!) This heart on sleeves sweatshirt is another one of my favorites and off course you can’t go wrong with this pizza sweatshirt (although I think we should celebrate our love of pizza all year long…) We are also introducing some new embroidered designs which are becoming fast favorites, like this je t’adore sweatshirt and this kiss kiss tee.

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DETAILS: BE MINE TEE | DISTRESSED DENIM | ADIDAS SNEAKERS

KIDS:BE MINE TEESNEAKERS

Of course I designed some matching mommy and mini pieces! They are my favorite. It’s so funny that now that I’m a mom, I get even more excited about Beckam’s wardrobe options than mine. I love getting inspired and getting ideas for pieces and then getting to see it come to life. And what mom doesn’t love matching her little minis?

Below are more great red options to get ready for this Valentine’s day:

XX, Christine