What I Learned From Someone Stealing My Phone in Thailand… and Other Tips for Traveling Abroad

What I Learned From Someone Stealing My Phone in Thailand… and Other Tips for Traveling Abroad

My trip to Thailand was one of the best experiences of my life- It was my first time traveling internationally. It was a bit of a culture-shock once we landed, but I learned more about myself and the world out there that I had yet to experience. While I had the best time in Thailand, on my first full day in Bangkok, I was the victim of pickpocketing. Not even realizing the “Beware of pickpocketing” signs around the temple- of course-until after i fell victim, it happened in the matter of less than 5 minutes.

I have come up with a list of some Do’s and Dont’s for traveling abroad with links to handy items below!

  1. Do yourself a favor and DON’T bring a backpack to use as your daily bag. I bought a Longchamp ‘Le Pliage’ Backpack specifically for this trip, thinking it would be the easiest way to travel so my hands would be free. I loved that it had a zip top and flap to cover- figuring this made it extra safe, but it didn’t, and my new iPhone 6 was stolen. After reading tons of articles, the best choice would be a crossbody of messenger-type bag. Two of my favorites are the kate spade new york ‘cobble hill – ella’ leather hobo  (on sale right now) and the Longchamp ‘Le Pliage Neo- Medium’ Tote. I always bring my Canon DSLR and GoPro with me on trips, so I like a roomier bag. These two work well, but each also come in a smaller size if you travel light . With these bags, you can zip them up and keep them in front of you and have the pickpocketers not see you as a target.
  2. DO bring an external battery pack. Life-saver on those long flights where you may be stuck in a seat that DOESN’T have a working port (true story). I love the external battery pack I bought from Amazon. It’s a little thick, but can fully charge my phone six times!
  3. DO write down all of the names, addresses, and phone numbers for the places you are going to- think hotels, restaurants, attractions! Do not rely on technology, because we all know things happen-Batteries can die, wifi can not be found, etc. The person in our group in-charge of the hotel address kept it in his email and once we reached the town, he phone didn’t work and we spent the next two hours walking around town trying to find the hotel… not the best situation.
  4. DON’T over-pack. I was in Thailand for 12 days and I fit everything in one carry-on and a small personal and it was still too much! I’ve been spoiled by being able to stuff an insane amount of stuff in my carry-on and I knew, as long as it fit in the overhead compartment, I was good! Imagine my shock when learning, first-hand, that most international carry-on items are subject to size AND weight limitations. I bet you can guess how my experience went. I either had to pay weight-overage fees or was forced to check-in my bag and pay outrageous checked baggage fees. Save yourself the trouble and pack smart and light. It’s also a good idea to invest in a handheld scale to be certain you’re good to go.
  5. DO have fun 🙂 Remember to enjoy your time on your adventure. Go with the flow, roll with the punches, and fully embrace the surroundings and cultures. Appreciate your opportunity to see a world different from your day-to-day life!

With Love,

Steph

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#YSLRougePurCouture

#YSLRougePurCouture

Lipstick: A way to customize your look with just a swipe of the hand.

Enter YSL Rouge Pur Couture. I was able to try out these beauties and so happy to do so!

The two colors I tried were #19 Fuchsia and #9 Rose Stiletto. Fuchsia is a bright fuchsia pink and Rose Stiletto is a berry rose color. I am so impressed by this product. The formula is just dreamy: super creamy, hydrating, but so vibrant and pigmented in color! It is very long lasting and does not dry or crack as the day goes on. With just one stroke, you are ready for the day!

The only downside I see is the price. At $36 a pop, it would definitely make a dent in my wallet, but the pros are really outweighing the con for me.

Overall, so satisfied with this lipstick and is probably one of the best that I have tried!

With Love,
Steph

Steph in Singapore

Steph in Singapore

Some interesting observations while in Singapore:

  • Singapore is absolutely the cleanest place I have ever been
  • Gum is illegal- no where sells it and no one has any
  • Singapore is home to the 100th Starbucks location 🙂
  • At first, you don’t realize what it actually is, but the Singapore SkyPark is the coolest place and gives the best views of the area

With Love,

Steph

FabFitFun Box: Summer 2015

FabFitFun Box: Summer 2015

Summer time and the living is easy! The snow and cold are officially gone from Denver and it is time for warmth and fun!

This box was AWESOME! Check out the goods below:

Wren 14Kt Gold and Black Sapphire Necklace- $100

I. Am. In. Love. With. This. Necklace! It is so simple and delicate, which makes it a great daily staple piece. My favorite item from this box!

The Everyday Wireless Speaker by FabFitFun- $29.99

After getting a speaker for my shower, I found myself wanting to get another one that I could take with me to the lake and beach- and presto- FabFitFun had me covered! Great accessory for all of your summer-time activities.

Inkling Scents Sultry Roll-On Oil Perfume- $25

This is the first oil perfume I’ve ever tried and I am quite impressed. The scent is really alluring and musky (my favorite type of scent), but light. The oil takes a bit to getting used to, but overall I like it.

Gorge “I’ll Make You Look Amazing” Daily Spray- $24.95

Silky. Smooth. Conditioned. Shiny. Soft. If any of those words are how you want your hair to be described as, you need to adopt this daily spray now. This product has completely replaced my serums, oils, and leave-in conditioners. Holy Grail for Hair!

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss- $19

I was a little apprehensive with this product- I’m really picky with glosses, since anything with a sticky consistency goes directly in the garbage. This gloss was different, though. It instantly made my lips look SO moisturized and SO plump. It has more of a tacky feeling, which I can definitely deal with given the results.

Pros: The color is gorgeous and makes your lips look SO moisturized!

Cons: Get a bit tacky- it’s not sticky, but it does feel thick.

FabFitFun x CosmoBody Jump Rope- $14

I bought a jump rope earlier this year that was just too long to use, so this is a nice addition.

Scratch Nail Wraps- $12

I’m not totally crazy about the color/print that I recieved in this box, but I’m now open to the idea of the stick on nail wraps. They’re easy and quick to use

Headspace 3-Month Subscription- $38.85

I really like the concept behind Headspace. They offer exercises all focused on working-out your mind through meditation and mindfulness techniques. Head to the Headspace website for a free trial.

Hello Konjac Cleansing Sponge- $12

I actually already use a similar product (which I love), so I know this product is the bomb!

Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer- $7.99

I am all about the spray moisturizers now! This product is just so convenient to use and smells so incredibly refreshing. Five stars!

Grand Total: 275.79

For $10 your first box: http://xo.fff.me/c8MAL

 

With Love,

Steph

True Life: I’m Traveling Internationally for the First Time!

True Life: I’m Traveling Internationally for the First Time!

In one month, it turned from a random and wild idea to actually stepping foot onto the plane for a 12-day adventure throughout Singapore and Thailand!

I have never truly traveled international (my cruises to the Bahamas don’t count), so I am just so ecstatic and excited to have this opportunity to travel to the complete other side of the world to experience a different culture, eat new foods, and try my hand at navigating in a place where I don’t speak the language. I’ll be making stops in Singapore, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and the Phi Phi Islands.

Stay posted for updates on my travels. Time to take-off!

With Love,

Steph

 

Find my Gilmore Girls tank from Arsenic and Lace

Find my Longchamp ‘Le Pliage’ Travel Bag at Nordstrom

FabFitFun Box: Spring 2015

FabFitFun Box: Spring 2015

Spring-time, spring-cleaning, spring-break. Spring is associated with a lot of different things, but mostly it is change.

This year, I decided I wanted to make a change and try out some cool new things…and that is when I discovered the FabFitFun box!

The Spring 2015 box is my first box and I am SO happy with the quality of the products in the box and the overall value of the box.

What I received in the box:

Jules Smith Scarf- $42

Cute colors, soft, and very spring time appropriate! Made of lightweight cotton viscose.

Palmetto Derma Collagen Booster and Restoration Serum- $48

I love serums and my skin seems to be loving this one. Perfect addition to my beauty routine!

Merrithew 3 DVD Set “Intense Body Blast” & $25 Gift Card- $61

Work out videos are the best way to get my butt off the couch and live an active lifestyle. This DVD mixes HIIT with Pilates for a balanced session. Very cool that it came with a gift card so I could invest in a new yoga mat.

ORLY Nail BB Creme- $15

Never knew BB creme for nail existed, but here it is! I’m not sure about the smoothing, moisturizing, and brightening claims, but it sure does look pretty.

ORLY Nail Polish “Cake Pop”- $8.50

Nice neutral polish perfect for springtime.

Yasi Metallic Flash Tattoos – $36

I’m not really into the flash tattoo, so I’ll probably end up handing these over to my little sister.

Rifle Paper Co. Cities Coaster Set – $16

Adorable coaster set featuring New York, London, Tokyo, and Paris! Love it!

OFRA Cosmetics Eyeshadow Brush Duo (#11 and #20) – $45.90

These brushes could not be more welcomed, as I was in desperate need for more brushes as my makeup collection has grown! Super soft.

Sprout It App Card & Miracle Grow Gro-able Seed Pod – $1.49

This was such a cute item. I’ve been wanting to grow a little herb garden and I received a basil pod. So excited for this to grow and incorporate fresh basil into my meals.

Cosmos Creations Premium Puffed Corn -$1.49

Interesting item- I got the caramel coated popcorn, and while it was very tasty, it was just to much on the sweet side for me to really enjoy.

Vow To Be Chic Gift Card: One free dress rental (up to $125) with the rental or purchase of another dress

I don’t have an occasion coming up that I would need a dress for, so this will probably go to the wayside.

Hello Fresh Gift Card: $40 Off First Week of Delivery Service

HelloFresh is a weekly meal-kit delivery services that provides fresh ingredients and recipe cards to make meals at home. I like the idea of this and may try it out! If I do, I’ll share my thoughts 🙂

Grand Total: $273.89

For $10 off your first box: http://xo.fff.me/c8MAL

With Love,

Steph

Cheers to 23!

Cheers to 23!

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 23! Wait, you mean that’s not how the song goes?

I’ve officially retired the unofficial Taylor Swift anthem for all 22-year-olds and joined the “cheers to 23” club. Another year has passed and I can’t believe how much I’ve done. During my 22nd year, I graduated from college, moved to St. Louis, moved back to Orlando, then moved to Denver, CO. I’ve traveled to San Francisco for the first time and then again 8 month later. Some pretty epic road trips across most of the country we’re also apart of the mix. I finally got to check out the new Diagon Alley expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando. I was even able to be an advisor to a chapter of my sorority, Alpha Xi Delta, in Missouri! I moved away from friends and family, but this adventure I’ve been on has been so amazing- and it helps that I’ve had Vishal by my side! Really, so much has happened and this is just a little snapshot. I have no doubt 23 will bring even more fun and adventure throughout the year.

To celebrate, Vishal took me out to the most adorable little wine bar-type place on 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. It is called Crú Food and Wine Bar and it was delicious! We each enjoyed a wine flight, snacked on an incredible cheese plate, and I enjoyed the most delicious filet mignon I’ve had in a long time, while Vishal enjoyed a great mini stone-fired pizza.

Cheers!

With Love,

Steph