Tips on Traveling Well (+ A Giveaway)

As someone who values travel in her life, I also love the art of traveling well. I always travel relatively light – I can use a carry on for a two-week trip. That being said, I love to have everything organized and I spend a great deal of time figuring out how to best do this.

Here are some tips for traveling well

  • I always bring a wrap/throw to have on the airplane. I steer away from those airline blankets (too many potential germs). I have several of the throws from St Frank (that I use as a shawl) in black, gray, and recently I got one in cream. They’re great on the plane but are also a perfect way to spruce up an outfit for evening. I don’t leave home without one.
  • I also like to have several cosmetic bags to put medication, cosmetics, and even snacks in. You never know when you might need them. I love how the mud cloth travel clutch goes so perfectly with the larger clutch size (again, my “bag within a bag” belief).
  • Be sure to have a good book. Have you read A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles? If not, this is a book you may want to pick up. It was such a heart-warming story. I also just started Commonwealth by Ann Patchett and I can’t put it down.
  • Finally, always buy water for the airplane. Staying hydrated is one of the essential things for warding off jet lag.

The good news is that we are having a giveaway. You can enter to win the St Frank throw and Mud Cloth Travel Clutch that I have pictured. All you need to do is:

    1. Follow both St Frank and myself on Instagram
    2. Comment below about what how you travel well and you’ll be eligible to win

Please note that by entering the contest you agree to receive promotional emails from St. Frank.

A winner will be selected on Monday, August 14th!

The core to St. Frank’s mission is their two-fold social mission:

Supporting economic empowerment for artisans
Preserving traditional artisanal craft

They accomplish this through partnering with entrepreneurial artisan organizations that transform the communities in which they work by providing quality jobs, training, and other holistic support to artisans. They collaborate with partners to tell the story of the historical and cultural context of each unique piece. Textiles are the most universal and yet diverse art form – and their pieces are celebrated as such. I personally love the variety they have and each piece is so versatile! Be sure to check out their website or visit them soon at their San Francisco store or the pop-up store in the Hamptons.

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August Moodboard

It’s hard to believe that it’s August – where has this summer gone? I’ve been anxiously waiting for this month to come because we will be doing a little traveling as a family of four (wish us luck!). Even though we have many summer days upon us – there is something about August that gets everyone talking about fall and the holidays (yes, I said it…).

This summer – like no other, I’ve been obsessed with all things white, beige, light grays, you name it. It’s translating in my wardrobe and our home. I can’t get enough. And even though fall will be here before we know it I have a feeling these hues will continue on into the crisp days ahead.

What’s inspiring you this month?

Beauty: My Go-To Products

Becoming a mama of two littles has changed our morning routine drastically. These days I find myself being pulled in so many directions and when I find myself with five minutes to get put together, I have to keep things simple. Lately I’ve been asked by several friends what products I’ve been using – they say I look refreshed (if only I felt that way!). So, I thought I’d share my go-to products I’ve been using since Amelia has arrived.

1. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – This has SPF and a little tint to cover up a few blemishes.

2. Onomie A.C.E. Illuminating Eye Treatment – One thing is for certain, the bags under my eyes are REAL. I just got this in the mail and so far I’m in love with it.

3. True Botanicals Eye Serum – I’ve loved this product for a long time. I use it at night and in the morning. It’s magic! I’ve been a huge fan of ALL their products since Jackson was born – I couldn’t live without my Pure Radiance Renew Oil and Cellular Repair Serum.

4. Glossier Boy Brow – This is a MUST! I rarely get to my esthetician to a brow wax and tint – it’s nice to give my brows a little boost every morning.

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While I’m definitely not a beauty expert these four products have been essential each morning. Do you have any products you love that make you feel more ready in the morning?

4 Tips to Keeping Cool This Summer

This post was brought to you by Lennox. Innovation never felt so good. Contact your local Lennox dealer today to learn more about the precise and efficient HVAC products Lennox offers.


The majority of the country was (and still is) suffering from a heat wave the past few weeks – even here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I live in a rental in the city (buying requires a small fortune!), but we have plans to buy a home soon. Recently, my husband and I have begun the search for a home to buy in the North Bay where temperatures are significantly higher than in San Francisco. And I know one of our top priorities will be to have a well maintained and quality HVAC system for comfort all year long. Even though I dream of looking out big, light-filled windows and watching children play in the garden, I know the feeling of perfect indoor air quality will be just as important to that dream as the perfect tangible things I can see.

If you own your own home, or if you are still dreaming of the day, consider a few ways to keep it cool this summer:

  1. Hydrate all day long! I like to make a pitcher of iced tea or enjoy a glass of cool water. If it’s difficult for you to drink water, consider adding lemon and herbs to give it a bit of natural flavor.
  2. Think about changing your bed sheets for natural fibers. Linen sheets are especially cool to the touch and will keep you more comfortable in the summer.
  3. Add outside activities that include water to keep you cool. I used to always love a silly slide. Even a wading pool can be fun for your little ones.
  4. Take cool down breaks with popsicles made of fruit juice to keep everyone cool.

Yet while these tips for staying cool outside in the summer weather are awesome, it is also important to stay cool and comfortable inside with clean and refreshing air. Striking a balance is key to a perfect summer! This balance can be achieved with indoor activities and projects, and refreshing drinks and food inside for a break from the heat. However, no matter what plans you make for summer warm weather, priority one is to be sure you have a home ready to beat the heat and provide you with cool comfort.

What good is a perfectly designed home if you don’t feel good living in it? I always encourage my clients to understand the importance of having a comfortable and clean environment, capturing both the physical health and mental benefits of a quality HVAC system. Especially during the summer, this is the most important item to ensure your home has is clean, breathable air. Most of the time our indoor air quality goes unnoticed because it is something we can’t see. However, the air inside your home is much more important than you think and dirty air can cause allergies and even health-related problems. Lennox combats this by providing peace of mind with the PureAirTM Air Purification System which destroys the three most common indoor air pollutants: particles, germs and odors. In fact, the system actually filters out 99% of airborne particles like pollen, dust and pet dander. And that matters to our health and the health of our loved ones.

Obviously, this is an investment in the health of you and your family and while it isn’t the same as getting a new sofa, it’s more important to the health and well being of you and your loved ones!

This post is a partnership with Lennox. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.