Louis Vuitton Time Capsule Exhibition – Los Angeles 05.18.18 – 06.10.18

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The fashion house Louis Vuitton is making its first stop in North America for its “Time Capsule Exhibition” in Los Angeles. From May 18 to June 10, you can experience this six-part mini pop-up museum featuring some of Louis Vuitton’s classic pieces from archived travel trunks to various Speedy bags from memorable collaborations. Admission is free, and the exhibit is currently located at the Century City’s Westfield Mall, which is also home to numerous designer stores and trendy eateries.

 

 

While being known for its classic pieces, this exhibition highlights Louis Vuitton’s progressive technology and designs. You can immerse yourself in LV history dating back to 1854 and experience how the Maison has modernized its styles to fit changing times.

Outside of the exhibition, you can also purchase pieces from Louis Vuitton’s gifting collection. As a collector of Louis Vuitton’s City Guides, this was the perfect opportunity to grab the latest edition for one of my upcoming destinations, Tokyo (stay tuned for that in future posts). They also have a variety of design books to add luxury to any coffee table.

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If you find yourself in LA before the exhibition closes, I highly recommend experiencing it yourself! It’s a quick stop but innovative and informative to help create a better appreciation for the longstanding Louis Vuitton fashion house.

LOUIS VUITTON TIME CAPSULE EXHIBITION
10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Westfield Century City, The Atrium, Level 1
Los Angeles, California

My In-flight Skincare Routine

Scholar Ibn Battuta once said, “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” What he forgot to mention was that traveling can also leave your skin dry and dull. Check out what I’ve developed as my travel skincare routine to help combat some of the tiring effects of long flights.

Pre-Flight Body/Mind Prep:
Before a long flight, I like to take a nice shower to cleanse and just relax before I head off on another adventure. With all the stress and excitement leading up to a trip, it’s nice to clear my mind a bit. I also like to mentally go through my packing list to make sure that I brought any last minute items that I may need.  I also make sure to shave for baby-soft skin before I head out. It’s hard to predict when my next shower may be or what clothes I may want to change into once I get to my destination, so extra smooth legs just makes things a lot easier later on. After drying off, one of the most important steps is to moisturize! Believe me… this is going to be an ongoing theme throughout the travel journey. I like to go with a thicker cream if possible to keep my skin’s moisture locked in longer.

In-flight Skincare Routine:
Since I’m usually spending the day at work or running errands prior to a flight, I can guarantee that I have my normal daily makeup on when I get onto the plane. Once settled into my seat and we’ve taken off, I’ll grab a Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towlette to remove my makeup. I actually like these better than the popular Neutrogena Makeup Wipes since these have little bumps to better cleanse my face. Plus, the lower price tag helps since I use these everyday!

Now for the next step (face mask), I have two options. I’ll either apply a Sephora Collection Face Sheet Mask for about 15 minutes or so. These are great since they’re disposable. The Lotus Sheet Mask is especially useful for hydrating and soothing your skin. OR if I’m on a daytime flight and I just don’t feel like applying a sheet mask in public (usually me!), I highly recommend the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask. I know it says ‘overnight’ mask but this product works wonders as creamy, oil-free facial mask that really helps to moisturize my skin throughout a long flight. The best part is that it’s completely clear and discrete, so no one will know that I’m wearing a mask!

If I choose to apply a sheet mask,  I may follow it up by applying a quick spritz of a face mist and then apply another moisturizer. I was serious when I mentioned that moisturizing would be a common theme for this post, but it’s worth it! To be honest, if I have a face mist with me, it’ll be whatever mini or sample size I have available to pack easily. For the moisturizer, I love the Clinique Different Moisturizing Gel since it’s very hydrating but still light on the skin so it won’t clog up my pores.

In-flight Body Routine:
To keep my hands, arms, and legs hydrated it’s nice to carry a small lotion too. However, I try to stay mindful of other passengers around me and the poor ventilation on planes, so I pack lotions with no fragrances or very VERY light scents. I love the Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion or the L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream.

However, the biggest game changer is to stay hydrated with good ‘ol H2O! The Aerospace Medical Association recommends to have about 8oz of water each hour if you’re on a longer flight. This is also a great way to force myself to get up, move around, and help get my circulation moving.

Happy travels! 

Useful Apps for Traveling and Taking Pictures

The countdown is officially ON for our upcoming holiday to Switzerland and Italy! Whenever we prepare for a trip, there are a few apps that I like to make sure are loaded and updated on my phone. From interactive maps to photo-editing tools, I have found these to be great ways to help enjoy our time away and capture memories to look back on.

Google Maps (Free) – Okay, this sounds obvious, I know. However, this has made a world of difference on our travels! When outside of the US, we usually don’t have data plans that allow us to use internet on our phones without wifi. Granted, it’s nice to find a Starbucks with free wifi almost anywhere we go, but wifi hot spots are never guaranteed and some of the best destinations are far from free internet connections. By uploading offline maps beforehand, we can use them whenever and wherever we are without any worries. Plus, the maps are still interactive so the map moves as you move. Also, you can star any specific stores, museums, hotels, restaurants, tourist sites, etc. on a map so you can refer back to it to later. This is how we go about planning our days while on holiday in order to find the most efficient routes to get to various points of attraction. On the flip side, this app lets as also just wander freely and explore new places knowing that we can always find our way back using Google maps offline.

Stylebook (Price: $3.99) – For those who have a tendency to overpack (like me!), this is a fun way to better manage your wardrobe. Essentially, you start by uploading pictures of your individual clothes/accessories or just find photos of the items online. Then use the app to put together different outfits! Sounds simple enough but Stylebook provides so many more capabilities to make the most out of your closet. For example, you can also create packing lists to ensure that you remember to bring everything you need for a trip. For those who prefer to use this app for day-to-day outfits, there is also a calendar that allows you to plan out what to wear on specific days. This could be a useful way to plan out outfits for scheduled wedding/events, corporate meetings, etc. Also, Stylebook takes it a step further and analyzes how much use you are actually getting out of each particular wardrobe piece. When you upload a picture of an item, you can also input how much you paid for it. Then Stylebook calculates “style stats” to evaluate your total closet value, cost per wear for each item, and most packed items. Stylebook can also identify your most and least worn pieces to also keep your wardrobe efficient. Check out the pictures below to see how I utilize the app!

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Yelp (Free) – Once you arrive at your destination, Yelp is an amazing means of discovering local businesses! Be sure to check in to help bookmark these places and leave your reviews.  As a part of the Yelp Elite, I LOVE checking out ratings, reviews, and pictures of food on the app. This also help to decide what sites and restaurants are worth going to and which are ok to pass on.

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Instagram (Free) – Whichever social media platform you prefer, these are great ways to share some of your memories online. I also like to browse through Instagram before my trips to scope out any IG-worthy sceneries. You can also tag your location in each post so you can look back to see where you’ve been!

Facetune ($3.99) – Have you ever taken a great picture, only to go home later and find out that someone totally photobombed your shot? Maybe you’ve traveled to a world famous attraction only to have tons of other tourists all over your picture too? Facetune is a great app to help erase any unwanted people/things out of your pics. Plus. it does a great job of blurring out any undereye bags that you may have developed while traveling!

What apps do you take with you on your travels? Comment below! 

Stop and Smell the Rosé in Napa

Stop and Smell the Rosé in Napa

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It’s still rainy here in the Bay Area, so for today’s Thirsty Thursday post, I’m reminiscing about our sunny trip to wine country. A couple weeks ago, I got to spend time with cousins and friends wine tasting in Napa, California. Our party of 7 enjoyed sipping some bubbly while enjoying the the picturesque views of Domaine Carneros.

Group tastings are offered here for parties of 6 or more and require a minimum spend of $30 per person. Each tasting includes a sampling of four of the winery’s drinks and some finger snacks. However, don’t expect much from the complimentary snacks as they typically include an unimpressive bowl of almonds for the table. Each guest can choose from the Sparkling Wine Sampler ($30), Red Wine Sampler ($30), Chateau Sampler ($30), or Grande Tasting  ($40).  See below for a listing of the specific beverages offered for each tasting option.

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There are also various cheese and charcuterie plates available to accompany your wine. Two of the cheese offering are from a local favorite, Cowgirl Creamery. This was a great way for our out-of-town guests to try a couple local products as well.  Overall, this was such a fun experience. I can’t wait to come back for just a single glass (or two!) with a much smaller party. Either way, the gorgeous views and delicious wines are two things  that we can happily toast to! Cheers! 

What other wineries would you recommend in Napa? Comment below!