Category Archives: Fashion & Travel Secrets

3 Basic Dresses for Summer

3 Basic Dresses for Summer
3 Basic Dresses for Summer

I freaking love summer for so many reasons, one of those reasons are of course dresses. I don’t know about you but I hardly ever wear capris or even shorts for that matter. The fact that I am short myself and a little on the curvy side, I have a hard time finding shorts that look and feel good, and the same goes for capris (they tend to make me look shorter unless I’m wearing heels).

So basically my wardrobe in the summer consists of dresses. I have A LOT of dresses. Dresses for almost every occasion and the key is you really only need a few that you can do a lot with. In this post I will show you 3 dresses for 3 occasions that will surely get you through your summer.

  1. The first being a maxi dress. There is a lot you can do with a maxi. Dress it up or down, flats or heels, there are really no rules.
  2. The second is the classic “little black dress”. However, for summer you want to keep it simple and not elegant, even if you’re going to a function at night.
  3. The third is a wrap dress. This type of dress looks good on EVERYBODY.

Check out the different accessories paired with each type to get the full effect. If you stick to these basic rules you can mix and match to create even more styles. A little really goes a long way.

3 Basic Dresses for Summer
Thanks for reading! XOXO *Lindsay*

Sample sized savings

Sample sized savings
Sample sized savings

I love trying out new beauty products. It can often be hard to find new items without spending a fortune on regular sized products. The travel section of stores is often limited to when it comes to different brand. We have discovered some not-so secrets when it comes to trying out new products.

The first being Birchbox. This is a one of a kind service that actually sends you a customized box once a month for $10. This could be filled with anything ranging from food samples to skin care. You will be able to customize your Birchbox profile to exact what you want. We were using it regularly but took a break earlier this month.

Secondly there is Ipsy. Similar to Birchbox but each month you will receive your items in a makeup bag. Makeup is what Ipsy prides themselves on. We haven’t tried this yet but it’s on the back burner.

Any nail polish fans out there? Julep is a nail polish only site that will send out a box of colors each month. This sounds great, but how much nail polish do you really need?

Our last stop on the samples train is Sephora. Often the section right next to the checkout is where you will find a lot of their smaller sized products for less. I’ve tried out the best products in this section.

Birchbox and Sephora are my go too for trying new products. I think it’s great to try out new product lines because you never know what you may love.

Thanks for reading! XOXO *Lindsay*

Get a freight forwarder to beat your freight quote

Get a freight forwarder to beat your freight quote
Get a freight forwarder to beat your freight quote

Sending a delivery can be an expensive thing to do, especially if the delivery is urgent and you don’t have a lot of time to shop around. Extra delivery costs are inconvenient and often unnecessary, so it’s always good to plan in advance and find a way out of paying these extra costs.

Shopping around is always a good thing to do but when you go with a cheaper service, there’s every chance that you won’t get the same quality of service that you would with a more expensive company. Getting in touch with a freight forwarder will eliminate this problem for you. Freight forwarders work together with lots of different companies and can negotiate discounts with them so that the company gets more customers and the customers get lower prices.

If you’re going to use a freight forwarder, the best way to do it is to shop around beforehand and find the lowest freight quote you can. The freight forwarder will then work to beat this quote, so the lower the quote you give them, the lower your final quote will be.

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There are lots of ways in which freight forwarders can get their customers discounts, many of which would not necessarily work if you tried them yourself. For example, freight forwarders have the power to get discounts simply by asking. They also have a good knowledge of each company they work with so they’ll be able to advise you on the best days and times to send your goods.

To get the best discounts, it helps to be flexible. Firstly, you should try to be available all day when you want your goods picked up, as it usually costs more to arrange a morning or afternoon pick up. If your goods are ready to be picked up at any time, you can save money by filling up unused cargo space. Most companies would much rather sell of the last of their cargo space at a low price than leave it unsold and not make any money from it. A freight forwarder will be able to find out which companies have leftover space and arrange for you to get a discount for it.

You’ll be charged on the amount of space you take up, and if your parcels are shaped irregularly, then you could end up being charged to ship air along with your parcel. Your packages will be measured to the widest and tallest point and this will include any bulges, so if you do have oddly shaped parcels, the best thing to do is to pack them tightly together inside a box and use smaller parcels to fill up gaps between bigger ones. This way you’ll only be paying for the space that you’re using.

For a cheap freight quote get in touch with a freight forwarder now to take the stress and expense out of transporting goods across the world. All you need to do is fill in a form with details of your packages and they’ll match you up with a suitable company and get you the best deal possible.

 

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Thanks for reading! XOXO *Lindsay*

The 12 Days of Pink: Rainebrooke checkpoint-friendly cases

The 12 Days of Pink: Rainebrooke checkpoint-friendly cases
The 12 Days of Pink: Rainebrooke checkpoint-friendly cases

It’s been three years of our 12 Days of Pink. Each and every year I have to put Rainebrooke in the mix. When we first started this blog, Rainebrooke was the first company to reach out and offer us up samples of some of their pink laptop bags and cases. Three years later, we are still loving what they have to offer.

One of the greatest features surrounding Rainebrooke is their line of checkpoint-friendly laptop cases. What exactly do I mean by checkpoint-friendly? Well for those of you traveling a lot these cases make for easier removal during checkpoint areas.

Today we bring you Funchico v2.0 Vintage Laptop Case. Vintage inspired items and clothes are my absolute favorite. I swear I was born in the wrong decade. If I could go back to the 50′s or 60′s I would be in heaven.

Lets take a look at this awesome vintage case:

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Here’s the skinny:

  • “Clamshell” style vintage laptop case
  • Padded, checkpoint-friendly laptop sleeve
  • Sleeve is completely removable
  • Four feet on the bottom to protect from water and dirt
  • Unique exterior of pink and ivory herringbone tweed
  • Fawn-colored faux leather trim and handles
  • Adjustable/Removable shoulder strap
  • Front pocket with silver closure for smaller items
  • Ivory nylon interior with zippered pouches for cords
  • Pass-through pocket in the back

Dimensions:

Size: 18 x 18 x 4 inches
Laptop compartment: 14.5 x 12 x 2 inches (sleeve), 15.47 x 10.51 x 2 inches (without sleeve)

Like we said before, Rainebrooke is our go-to for pink laptop bags and cases. We love all the colors and styles and you really can’t go wrong. We hope you take a look at this fantastic line!

Thanks for reading! XOXO *Lindsay*

Hotel Prices Got You Down? Try Airbnb Instead

Hotel Prices Got You Down? Try Airbnb Instead
Hotel Prices Got You Down? Try Airbnb Instead

Lets face it hotels are not cheap.  With a trip to Toronto quickly approaching, it was time to figure out where on earth I was going to stay.  After searching many hotels in the area it was clear I was going to be dropping about $140 a night for 3 nights, yikes! There was no way I was going to be able to afford that. A friend of mine suggested Airbnb.com.

Here’s the skinny:

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 33,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

Sounds pretty great right? That’s what I thought too and started searching immediately for a room to rent. PLENTY of options for every budget is what I found.  One of the best things is getting a few people together and renting out an entire apartment or condo. My visit to Toronto in June is costing $200 total (that’s all 3 nights) I would be paying up the nose with a hotel.

Now some of you might be saying, hostels are much cheaper, and yes you would be right but with a trip that involves a conference, getting ready in a bathroom with a few other people is not what we had in mind.

Helpful tips:

  • Do a little research on the area you’ll be visiting. Airbnb lets you view locations in a map view which is super, this way you can see exactly how close you will be to your location.
  • Read the cancellation policies for each property you view. Make sure that if need be you can get out of your rental. Each host can pick from flexible, moderate, and strict, so make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into.
  • Read the reviews. Clearly the more reviews there are on a property the better off you will probably be but not necessarily  Make sure each review is a great one, not just ok.

We are very excited to put Airbnb up to the test in the next few months. Stay tuned for a detailed review on our stay, our fingers are crossed!

Thanks for reading! XOXO *Lindsay*