Travel

Away Carry-On Luggage: Follow-Up Review

I purchased a piece of carry-on luggage from the Away brand just before I left for London. A few months into my trip, I wrote a review summarizing my thoughts about the luggage and the brand. At that point, I’d taken the suitcase on my international flight to London, as well as two weekend trips. It was enough to form an initial opinion, but now I have more to say after 6+ months of European adventures with my Away bag at my side.

If you’re interested in why I purchased the carry-on, be sure to read my original review. I wrote in depth about the multiple options (in size and color) offered by the brand, the features of an Away bag, and the price.

My Away carry-on is also featured in my post “What to Pack in Your Carry-On.” I wrote…

I love the matte finish and the square shape. It’s extremely durable. And I’m a fan of the two-sided interior – I was able to fit quite a bit in this bag.

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Lifestyle

Best Banana Bread Recipe for the Fall Season

One of my favorite fall recipes is chocolate chip banana bread. I absolutely love the fall season for all the holidays and the excuse to make good food. My mom and I do a lot of baking for family and friends, and a seasonal bread makes for a great gift. Pumpkin bread and chocolate chip banana bread are our go-to’s, so I thought I’d share the recipe for those of you with a seasonal sweet tooth.

We’ve used Raechel Ray’s recipe for years. It never lets us down. I keep the recipe stored in Paprika, an awesome recipe manager app that I can access on both my computer and my iPhone. You can enter recipes manually, or paste a link to an online site and Paprika will do the rest.

When we make banana bread, we typically double the recipe (select “scale 2x” in the app and it will automatically calculate the new measurements). Our doubled recipe makes a large loaf and a small loaf, and sometimes we’ll freeze the smaller loaf or wrap it up as a gift.

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Travel

Ultimate Guide to Planning a Trip to Europe

So you’re planning a trip to Europe – you’re touring Italy or vacationing in Greece, and you’ve got an entire Pinterest board dedicated to the trip. That’s awesome! I’ve been there, and the conceptualization stage is a fun place to be, because the possibilities are endless and the world is your oyster. But when it comes to the nitty gritty of trip planning, things can be a bit more difficult and overwhelming.

Sure, there’s plenty of information about booking your flight or what to pack for your week in Spain, but how do you actually go about planning your trip from start to finish? Where are you supposed to begin?

Having studied abroad as a student and then lived in London for 6 months, I have some experience in this area. My roommates and I planned trips to Copenhagen, France, and Italy while we studied abroad. And when my time as a Program Assistant was up, I traveled with my parents to Germany and Austria and then met a friend in Ireland.

Along the way, I’ve learned a lot about planning European travel! I’ve worked with my family and friends to plan the logistics of multiple trips abroad. That’s why I’d love to share what I’ve learned in this ultimate guide. There are several ways to go about planning a trip, and I’ll walk you step-by-step through each stage of the process so that you can make all the necessary decisions with confidence.

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Lifestyle

October Desktop Calendar: Free Download

Happy October! I am so ready for cozy sweaters and pumpkin patch pictures. (Probably only one of those two things will happen here in Florida.) I’ve designed this desktop calendar, as well as an accompanying iPhone wallpaper. I shared the iPhone wallpaper for the first time last month, and I loved using it as my September lock screen. The iPhone wallpaper is compatible with the following models: iPhone 7 Plus / iPhone 7, iPhone 6S Plus / iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S / iPhone 6. *You may have to pinch the image to rescale on smaller devices (I have a 6S and it worked like a charm). 

Looking forward to sharing the content I have planned for the rest of the month! As a reminder, I post every Monday and Thursday.

Click on the link below the image to download the full-size design. Enjoy!

Click this link to download the full-size desktop calendar (2560 x 1600).

Click this link to download the full-size iPhone wallpaper (1080 x 1920).

Fashion, Lifestyle

5 Instagram Accounts to Follow for Fall Style Inspo

Fall is my favorite season of the year, because I love wearing jeans and sweaters and cute booties! You would think I’d have had my fill of “cooler” temps during my 6 months in London, but the heat wave brought record-high temperatures and I’ve lived in shorts and t-shirts all summer. Now that I’m home in Florida, I hope it will begin to feel like fall in the coming weeks. (I mean, it IS almost October.)

So on the blog today, I’m sharing 5 Instagram accounts to give you some fall fashion inspo. I follow so many fantastic Instagram accounts, but I’ve narrowed it down to these 5 by scrolling through my Instagram “collection,” or “saved” posts. I use the bookmarking feature in Instagram to save posts I’d like to go back to later, especially outfit inspo. When I get around to it, I screenshot these “saved” posts so I can look up the pieces I love in the LikeToKnowIt app.

It was actually really enlightening to scroll through my bookmarked posts and see which accounts they’d come from. For example, I hadn’t realized so many of my “saved” posts came from @jaimeshrayber! Now I’m excited to share her account because I absolutely love her style and her feed.

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