Next week, I’m making my first-ever (and long-overdue) trip to Italy. (Squee!) My boyfriend and I are starting in Lake Como and then working our way through Cinque Terre, Tuscany, and Rome. I’ll be honest: I’m most excited about the food. That’s not to say I don’t want to wander the piazzas, explore the Tuscan hill towns, and wonder at the Sistine Chapel—I’m just planning to bracket all those delightful things with many quartinos of Montepulciano and cones of gelato. Here are some of the essentials I’m bringing with me:
Madewell Transport Tote: This roomy leather bag is tailor-made for travel. It easily fits my laptop, copious amounts of beauty products, magazines, and (of course) many, many plane snacks.
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask: In Tuscany, we’re staying at La Bandita, an absolutely dreamy inn that is owned by my former Condé Nast Traveler colleague Ondine Cohane and her husband John. Ondine only had one request from New York: Rodial’s famed skin-plumping mask.
Number 4 Haircare Styling Foam: I’m a full-on mousse evangelist. I find that it’s the best/easiest/quickest way to give hair a bit of texture and wave. Number 4’s version smells incredible and dries without any tackiness. I scrunch it in and go—no need to blow-dry.
Atelier Cologne Vetiver: Spoiler alert: We’ve got an awesome gift-with-purchase deal coming up with Atelier Cologne’s travel-size spritzes. Keep an eye out! Me, I’m taking this unisex one on the road.
Inika Mineral Foundation: I recently got a sample of this and liked it so much that I begged our brand team for a second (backup) sample to take with me. The formula is extremely light, dries to a velvet-matte finish, and blends gorgeously.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector: While I don’t plan on wearing much makeup, that doesn’t mean I can’t use a wee bit of highlighter over my blush—you know, to prettily reflect all those golden Tuscan rays. Right?
Karuna Hydrating Treatment Mask: Blame it on Birchbox, but over the years the list of things I consider travel “musts” has changed dramatically. After realizing how tough planes and travel are on my skin, I now consider a great exfoliator and a hydrating mask to be core trip essentials. I love sheet masks because they’re single-use—how great to return with less than when you started!
Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner: Can’t leave home without it. That’s all.
And Sons, David Gilbert: I bought the hardcover of this novel after my friend (and consummate reader) Eimear raved about it. I’m looking forward to unplugging and doing some nondigital reading while I’m away.
Whew! Can’t wait to see you guys in a week!
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5 Beach-Day Secret Weapons
Summer might be quickly coming to an end (sob)—but that doesn’t mean we’re giving up our weekends at the seashore just yet.
We’re rounded up a collection of pocket-sized, sand-friendly supplies—compact enough to stow in your shoe while you’re swimming—to keep you tidy, sun-protected, and even a bit tipsy at the beach.
From a totally no-mess SPF to Steve McQueen-worthy shades, here are the must-haves you need in your bag to finish out summer with a bang.
For Manhattanites, summers are all about heading to Central Park and staking out a spot on the Great Lawn. (When you don’t have a beach, a grassy patch of ground is an excellent stand-in). While we love taking full advantage of sunny days, impromptu picnics pose a major challenge when we need to get to our next fete without looking like a hot mess.
To tackle this challenge head on, we’re relying on these purse companions to to get us from point A (picnic bliss) to point B (cocktail hour) looking fresh:
What’s in Your Carry-On?
Your hotel’s booked and you’ve checked in for your flight. Now there’s only one thing separating you from a much-needed mojito on the beach—packing. While we always have enough pieces to fill an extra large suitcase, the real challenge comes with picking TSA-approved products for your carry-on.
To help ease the preparation for your escape, we asked three Birchbox staffers to open their travel bags and share the items that they can’t leave home without.
Whether you’re jetting or driving, these summer travel essentials will have you at your destination looking effortlessly put-together.
Need more help with packing? Check out the June 2013 issue of the Birchbox Magazine.
Don’t Leave Home Without These 5 Unexpected Travel Essentials
Everyone knows to pack a tube of SPF and your favorite sneakers when you’re getting ready for a vacay. But after polling our globe-trotting editorial team, we realized that we bring a selection of oft-overlooked trip enhancers to rectify even the worst travel disasters.
From the two-in-one power player that immediately freshens up a hotel room to the stain-fighting product you should always keep with you, here are our five travel items that you have to bring with you on your next trip.
Looking for more travel tricks? Check out Birchbox’s June 2013 Magazine for even more ideas.
Today, 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.