Traveling Made Easy

Easy Traveling

When I visited Portland a few months back, I was searching for a place to find all of the musts for Portland, but in a short timeframe. Sure, I found sites directing me to Powell’s Bookstore and VooDoo Donuts, but I couldn’t find one that really outlined a schedule and an itinerary. That is, until I found this site. I love it breaks things out by neighborhood and tells you roughly how to get to each place. Check it out!

To see my Portland travel diary, click here.

Chaise Lounge

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When my boyfriend and I were in the midst of decorating our apartment, we were trying to decide what to place under the window. We already had a seating arrangement in our living room, which consisted of a sofa and a pouf, so having another sofa seemed excessive. After a lot of back and forth, we played with the idea of having a chaise lounge. While we ultimately went with two chairs, I still do love the idea of having a casual lounge chair in your living room – one that lets you get the comfort of laying down while achieving the level of ‘cool’ you get from a chaise.

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Photos from: Pinterest.

Day Beds

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I remember when I studied abroad in Paris and toured the palace of Versailles. While everything was so beautiful and glamorous, something stood out to me among all of the glitz – all of the beds were day beds. Because I was so fascinated by this, I did some extra research and found that the Kings and Queens would sleep sitting upright, and thus they had no need for long beds.

While I am definitely one for sprawling out and getting super cozy in bed, there still is something so magical and regal about having a day bed. These pictures just about sum up that quality.

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Photos from: Pinterest.

Tricks of the Trade: Packing

Packing

No matter if I am packing for a weekend getaway or a two-week vacation in Europe, I always follow the same routine. The reason for this is that it allows me to see all of my clothes laid out, so I can easily identify unnecessary items or needed items.

The first thing I do is raid my closet for all of the pieces that I could imagine myself wearing on the trip. Silk jumper? Yes. Utility jacket? Of course.

Next, I l toss everything onto my bed so it’s all in one spot. Much like closet organization, things need to get messy for a minute (or two) before they can be perfect.

After everything I think I want to bring on my trip is splayed across my bed, I then start to make piles. Shirts in one pile, sweaters in another, and jeans in yet another. I continue like this until all like items are grouped and evenly displayed so I can clearly see everything. Only then does it become obvious what I’m bringing far too much of and sadly need to put back in my closet.

Laying my clothes out this way also helps me to develop outfit ideas in my mind. There’s nothing worse than getting to your destination and realizing you brought the perfect pieces from your closet, but none of it seems to go together. Thinking of outfits ahead of time ensures me that what I am packing will definitely be worn while I am away.

Of course, I then put everything in my suitcase, but that’s a step that we’ll save for a future post!