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Packing List: New York City

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After a 15-hour train ride and lugging my three overstuffed suitcases up to my studio apartment, I’m proud to say that I’ve been a New Yorker for about one week. As an Ohioan and Midwesterner, ditching fields of corn and my Jeep for skyscrapers and the subway required some selective packing decisions—especially in the beauty department. Here’s a list of the essentials I couldn’t tackle big city life without:

1. Boo-Boo Coverup Concealer: I’m a constant victim of stress acne , so when the hustle and bustle of the city makes my skin revolt, this cream hides and heals blemishes. Win-win.

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Packing List: Italy

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Next week social media intern Julia is heading to Italy, first to Liguria and then Sicily. She’ll be spending time with her family, swimming in the Mediterranean, and of course indulging in lots of focaccia. (Bring us, too!) Here’s what she’s packing in her valigia

1. Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper: Vacation is when I like to take a break from constantly blow drying and straightening my hair so this curl keeper is the only styling product I am bringing along- it leaves my curls soft and bouncy, plus it doesn’t build up or feel heavy.

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Packing List: New Hampshire

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This weekend, I’m heading out of the sticky city and up to the fresh air of Andover, NH. I’m lucky enough to have a friend with a lakefront house, and even luckier that she doesn’t say no when I ask if she’d like some company. Happily, there isn’t much to do except kayak, cook with the bounty of the local farmer’s market, and make our annual pilgrimage to the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair (which is as awesome as it sounds). Product-wise, it’s all about restoring and repairing—here’s what I’m bringing along.

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Packing List: Disney World!

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(Photo: Walt Disney World)

This year I’m braving the holiday crowds and heading to Disney World for the Fourth of July weekend! While I’m down there, I’m also going to visit Universal Studios to check out the recently expanded home of The Simpsons—Springfield—and did I mention I’ll be celebrating my birthday? It’s bound to be a fun amusement park-filled week! Here’s what I plan on taking along to make the most of my time in Orlando:

1. Longchamp Le Pliage
I love that this bag is water-resistant and that it has a zipper, so I don’t have to worry about things accidentally falling out.

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The Overpacker’s Guide to Travel Style: Guest Blogger

For June, our theme is wanderlust and we could think of no better person to wax poetic on foreign adventures than Kate Thorman, a professional travel writer. Kate’s impressive credentials include being an editor for Mr. & Mrs. Smith as well as the host/producer of the web-based travel and food program The Innocents Abroad. (In fact, she’s actually the cofounder of the show’s production company Abbott & West.) If you think you had the itch to explore before, we can guarantee that you’ll be ready to pull the trigger and book your next plane ticket after reading her travel-savvy posts this week. 

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After too many trips lugging a 50-pound bag from bus to subway to walking across a city, I realized I had to pare down my packing. I certainly don’t abide by the ‘leave half of what you want to take’ rule, but I do have a few pieces that I use as a base for each trip. Sometimes, on a quick trip, I might even just stick to these basics:

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Packing List: Santa Barbara Vineyard Wedding

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I can hardly believe it, but this weekend I’m headed to sunny southern California to celebrate my college roommate’s big day. In a perfect reflection of her personality, Tammy’s wedding will be easy-going (hello, beautiful vineyard), understated, and charmingly romantic (make-your-own candy bag stations!).

Aside from the ceremony, my trip will be all laid-back California style and lush winery backdrops, so I’m packing long-lasting makeup formulas to survive the 90-degree heat and comfy-yet-presentable duds for any vino-tasting detours.

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Packing List: Northern Michigan Wedding

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Any Michiganders out there? This week our senior manager of social media, Rachel, is leaving for her wedding in Charlevoix, Michigan! (Note: longtime Birchbox fans have probably been anticipating this day since October when her engagement bling started popping up all over our Instagram feed.)

Before Rachel left Manhattan for her two week stint in the Midwest we made her spill the beans about which products made the cut for her big trip. Here’s what she’s taking with her, and why:

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Packing List: Mexican Riviera

In just a few short days, I’ll be heading to Manzanillo in the Mexican Riviera for a much-needed vacation with my boyfriend and his family. I plan on staying on the beach from sunrise to sunset, eating incredible food, drinking delicious wine, spending quality time with people I love, and unplugging—save for a few too-pretty-not-to-Instagram moments. Here’s what I’m packing for a week of carefree beach vacationing:

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Packing List: Ecuador!

imageToday, I’m hopping on a plane and heading to Ecuador’s hermoso capital city Quito for a dear friend’s wedding. In addition to comfy walking shoes (I plan to do a lot of solo exploring) and my trusty passport, here are some of the travel must-haves I’ll be stashing in my carry-on: 

1. Oscar de la Renta Something Blue

According to our friends at The Knot, it’s a faux pas to attend a wedding empty handed. With that in mind, I’m packing this timeless scent to hand over to the bride-to-be on the big day. Inspired by the iconic designer’s silk and lace wedding gowns, the refined blend has sparkling notes of mandarin, linden blossom, and bourbon vanilla. 

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How To Wear Lipstick 3 Ways, Peptides Decoded, Birchbox Man’s Summer Survey, and More: Reading List

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news you need to read this weekend.

  • Peptides: Decoded: Skincare pros and addicts alike have been buzzing about peptides for years, but what exactly are they and how do they work?
  • Birchbox Man Summer Survey 2013: Birchbox Man surveyed over 3000 men to get their take on tinted moisturizer, swimsuit style, and a certain gross summer habit.
  • Before Sunrise/Sunset: An A-to-Z Guide: Everyone’s gearing up for the huge summer blockbusters this weekend, but we’ve got our eyes on the latest act from Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater: Before Midnight.

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