Travel Beauty Chronicles – Part 3

From the Mouth of Travelers

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Finding new ways to travel light whether its to avoid baggage fees, to have room for souvenirs to take home, or to simply have less to carry and weigh you down  is something we all strive toward. In preparation for my trip to Europe I knew I’d need to find a way condense  my clothes and travel items in order to make getting around easier. Moving from train to train around each city, up and down escalators in the metro stations, and flying from Paris to Rome meant wheeling around a monster suitcase was less than ideal. Plus, carry-on size restrictions for my flight from Paris to Rome are were much more strict than stateside travel. If your bag doesn’t fit you’ll be hit with a 40 EUR fee to have it checked at the gate.

Everything for a 5day/4night trip from Kaiserslautern to Paris, Paris to Rome, Rome to Paris, and Paris back to Kaiserslautern needed to fit in one duffle bag.It was a challenge, and one that I won. I managed to fit 3 pairs of pants, a long skirt, 2 short skirts, 2 cardigans, 2 scarfs, 2 tanks, 3 tops, a pair of booties, 1 leather moto jacket, socks, make-up bag, and toiletry bag.

Vera Bradley Traveler in Classic Black

Check out what these travelers have to say about traveling light:

Tea for Teri– keeps her hair relaxed so that it’s easier to manage and always keeps a hair clamp and bobby pins for a super cute up-do!

Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes – Never leaves home with her Aragon Oil and her go to style is a pony tail with her big floppy hat which is great for style and UV protection for her face and scalp.

Nicole – always carries her mini flat iron, mini shampoo and conditioners to keep her bags light, and to really add some extra space to her bag she uses space saver bags

Janelle – braids her hair before long trips and vacas so that she can focus on fun and adventure and not her hair.

What’s in your travel beauty bag? How do you maintain your hair during your travels? Any go to styles, products, and/or accessories?

Until Next Time! -xo AGT

Travel Beauty Chronicles – Part 2

I’ll be on the move for the next 3 months without my celebrity stylist in tow, embarking on new adventures and training for the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February, so I figured it was time for a change. I decided switch to a more low maintenance  (for me) hair style because I don’t like to spend a lot of time doing my hair when I’m traveling. There will be no hair dryer, flat iron, or bulky hair products to pack for this trip.

The Transformation:

I made an appointment with my stylist, Olivia and headed to Brooklyn to my favorite salon- BelAir Dominican Hair Salon. Olivia always hooks me up and has me looking fab, and today was no different.

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I’m wearing 2 bundles of Virgin Brazilian Curly/Wavy hair in 18 and 20 inches from Diamond Virgin Hair Company. I will post a review of the hair when I return from my trip. If you’re in the NYC area and looking for an amazing blow out stop by and check her out, and if you’re in need of a weave/extensions if you make an appointment on a Wednesday you can get a full head for the fab price of $85.

I can’t wait to explore the breathtaking sites in Paris and Rome, drink wine, eat pizza, and eat yummy pretzels and drink beer at Oktoberfest. I’m flying to Germany, taking the train to Paris, then flying to Rome. My suitcase will be light, which means more flexibility during my travels and money saved, and who doesn’t want that?

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Until Next Time! -xo AGT

Travel Fashion Guide: Set Sail This Summer

hey travelers…. and fashionistas :)

Didn’t we look soooooo fabulous last week in miami… what an exciting time in SOUTH BEACH!!! Since we are already so close to the water, I decided our next BIG adventure should be to hop on a boat and go sail the seas. Minimalism and basics are such a great trend for the summer and following a little cliche nautical theme will only enhance your outfit on the great seas. simplistic, yet trendy is the only way to style your outfit for the boat.

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 This great little outfit shows off the “sailor girl” in us while maintaining a simplistic summer look. an American Apparel tank, a statement necklace, Juicy Couture sailor shorts, a pop of color wedge, straw fedora hat, and a pair of Ray Ban shades is a perfect start to our sailing trip. it mixes our couture labels with affordable styles and will look amazing on any body type.

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Once on the boat, we must continue to sun and darken our miami tan with Saks Fifth Avenue Clarins Sunscreen. it’s amazing, and adds a slight shimmer to your skin while protecting it from potentially damaging rays. The Marianna G red cut out swimsuit will flatter your figure while the Juicy Couture sarong adds a pop of color, and a hip cover up. Some Target thonged flats add in that affordable piece every look needs. Don’t forget to protect yourself from the sun, with a Kate Spade, trend inspired striped hat and Vera Wang oversized shades for a classier look.

Whether enjoying the waves splashing up against the boat or laying out on the boat deck getting some sun, both looks help create a nautical beach look while maintaining trends, style, and affordability. Have a blast sailing the seas….don’t forget to follow me on twitter @missblackseries to catch up on fashion trends and tips through the week….

until the next time….

xo

-miss black