NYFW 2016: Strutting the Streets

Hi there, lovies!

Yes, I’m back. For those of you who thought that I had died or changed my name and moved to Switzerland, you were very wrong and I’m definitely not in Switzerland. I know I haven’t been on my A-game but I have returned and boy do I have plans for you all this year. So, to catch up on everything that I’ve missed… Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Valentine’s Day. Now, let’s get to work. (:

With the month of February comes the start of Fashion Week season for 2016’s Fall/Winter collections. This past Thursday, New York Fashion Week came to a close and the shows were magnificent. Of course, all the talk surrounding Fashion Week focuses on what’s being displayed on stage, but what about the art that’s being shared off stage?

Think back to Kindergarten art class. You walked into class ready to create the next masterpiece that expresses your young and unique individuality, and you would have it shown in the best museum on earth (your parents’ office or the kitchen fridge.) Each student had their own style of artistry and it was a hodgepodge of greatness. This is basically what street style during fashion week is like. Everyone puts together their unique artistry and shows it off proudly. It’s nothing like you’ve ever seen before and definitely one of my favorite parts of fashion week. Let’s take a look at some of the best, most individual, and one of a kind looks from one of the best runways in the world: the streets of New York.

Captivating Coats

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These coats are proof that you don’t have to conceal your fashionable artistry in the cold. Each makes a statement and immediately captures your attention. I particularly love the colorful, fun fur coats. They’re a great way to spice up a monochrome outfit while staying cozy in the winter weather.

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You know what they say- anything men can do, women can do better (most often in heels, too.) These feminine takes on men’s wear are incredibly flattering and elegant. The cream ensemble shows the formal side of feminized men’s wear with a slimming, cuffed pant and a cream blazer with inverted lapels. The other outfit displays more of a comfortable, business casual, yet chic alternative. The boyfriend fit, pinstriped blazer beautifully compliments the dark ensemble as well as the horizontally striped blouse.

Rocking Rainbows

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I simply love these looks and accessories because they brighten up the streets beautifully. Yes, some of the outfits have different colors in various pieces, and yes, some have chosen to wear one bright color according to the color of their hair, but it works! The trick? One item has the color focus. For instance, in this last photo, the dress has the color focus because it is the largest piece and is predominantly white and sky blue. The other pieces are simply ornaments on this fashion tree and they all marry with the color scheme.

Playful Patterns

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These patterns are a great way to ease into a bold style and they don’t draw too much attention away from the outfit as a whole or, more importantly, you! The key is to put your pattern focus on one item and let the other clothing articles work with your patterned clothing of choice. Above all, have fun with it!

Terrific Textures

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Textures area perfect way to liven up any outfit. They immediately add dimension, depth, and edge to any outfit and turns your ensemble around entirely. I love this netted, black skirt paired with a black and white, houndstooth sweater with fur trim. Though there are several textures and patterns, it’s not too busy and still looks incredibly put together. This is because there is one color scheme and the shapes and textures are all geometric.

Ladies in Color

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These looks are so sleek and I love that one color is the focus in these looks. It’s simple, yet each outfit has a different design that takes a solid color to a whole new level. Some people fear monochrome outfits because they may tend to look boring and one-dimensional. These are some solid examples that disprove this idea. Yes, it’s possible to look like a sheet of construction paper, but if you choose one color and piece together different items that have their own edge, you will come together with an edgy look, classy vibe, or whatever you please.

Whenever Fashion Weeks come around, we love to fawn over the designs that grace the runways, but the streets are a runway of their own. I love that there are weeks dedicated to the art of fashion and that everyone is so fearlessly themselves. I hope you all enjoyed these looks, and let me know which style was your favorite! I love the textures and monochrome maybe I’ll try to combine the two soon. (: I’ll be writing again soon, so don’t stray too far, my darlings!

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

A Night Among the Stars: FGI Rising Stars Award Show

Hello hello, my loves, and Happy Snowy Studded Collar Saturday (boy, is that a mouthful…) Yes, I have been absent from the blogosphere for much longer than I would ever have liked, but being a full time student and having such a demanding schedule really takes a toll! But I promise to be a bit more consistent from now on. (:

What better way to get back into the groove of things than to share with you my experience at my very first award show?

IMG_5930I had the pleasure of being invited to and attending the Fashion Group International Rising Stars Award Show in Dallas this past Thursday, and what a show it was! For those who do not know, the Rising Stars Awards are granted to those in the art and fashion industry who have truly made their mark in their area of expertise. These fields include art, photography, jewelry, beauty, interior design, and, of course, fashion. It was so humbling to be in the presence of such hard workers who have really made a name for themselves, and I was honored to be among them that evening.

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Along with the award shows, the night also included a series of fashion shows from big-name brands like Macy’s, BCBGeneration, Karen Millen, Nordstrom, Belk, and Aftershock London. Here are some shots from the first show by Macy’s.

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I loved the vibrancy of the collection. In every piece color was incorporated and each caught everyone’s eye. In all honesty, there were some looks that were a little too busy in color for my liking. However, each piece within those ensembles was gorgeous and we must remember that not every outfit is ready to wear off of the runway- some are merely meant to inspire!

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This is my favorite look from the Macy’s show because it displays a cute way to dress up a tee-shirt dress that can also easily be dressed down. The pop of color in the shoes was a great choice by the stylist- not too overwhelming, but easily makes a statement.

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Next came the BCBGeneration show. This collection was a stark contrast to the previous of Macy’s- here we were shown a gorgeous compilation of spring pieces in neutral tones with some sparse, light additions of color every so often. The color scheme was made of black, blue and white and the outfits themselves were not at all structured. I think that BCBG did a wonderful job of capturing the carefree and loose aesthetic of spring while maintaining a chic and put together collection. Bravo!

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The romper on the left is so cute. I love the balance of the full-length sleeves with the shorts. A great piece to own for Spring and an even better addition to purchase for Spring Break! *heart eyes*

More runway shows ensued from brands like Karen Millen…

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Can we take a moment to appreciate how flawlessly BCBG combined two of the top trends right now- Leather AND Fringe??? Way to make it to my heart, darlings. *swoon*

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The awards were given in a staggered manner, so after every few runway shows, a few awards were given. The lovely Mrs. Shay Geyer, IBB  Designer and Good Morning Texas Design Expert was the emcee of the evening and did a fantastic job hosting the night. The first awards were for the Rising Stars in Beauty, Jewelry Design, and Art.

IMG_5850Congratulations to Dr. Nalia Malik, the Rising Star in Beauty…

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Megan Thorne, Rising Star in Jewelry Design…

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And Shayema Rahim, the Rising Star in Art!

I would love to also extend my congratulations to the Rising Star in Photography, Brandon Lyon, and the Rising Star in Interior Design, Brant McFarlain.

Besides seeing the awards and watching the shows, I did have my fair share of fun and met/ reunited with some wonderful people!

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It was such an honor to meet the lovely designer Lucy Dang who was also in the running for a Rising Star award in Fashion. I am in love with her designs and beautiful execution, and she was just as sweet in person as I thought her to be. (:IMG_5926

I also had the honor of meeing co-founder and Editor of DFW Style Daily, Leah Frazier. She was so fun to chat with and it was so great to speak to someone as accomplished as her- I gained quite a few key lessons from her. Go check out her online publication, DFW Style Daily, if you haven’t already!

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Fellow bloggers Cydni of It’s Her Strut, Ty Jones of Words and Wardrobes, and I hit it off and had some fun with the photo booth. (: They’re funny, sweet, and incredibly smart. Go feast your eyes upon their blog goodness!

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While chatting it up with others in the biz like Alex Young of Eat Style Dallas, photographer extraordinaire Stephanie Drenka of Geek Glam, and Velma Puente of VP Cosmetics, I would see men in police uniforms walking around the venue. My first thought was, “Wow, security is pretty tight around here if they’re mingling among the guests!” Then, later in the evening I saw the two officers looking at me from behind their cop glasses (BTW: the technical term for “cop glasses” is Aviators. Please remember this…) and they stopped me in my tracks. They asked if I was having a good time and I responded saying of course I was! Then they said that after inspecting me for a little bit they were going to have to give me a citation- my first citation!!! “Oh gosh, a citation for what, officers?” I responded with a light laugh and a smile.

“A citation… for being Fashionably Fierce!!!”

No, these were not your every day police officers.

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These were the Fashion Police.

The Fashion Police prowled the venue throughout the evening and gave out “citations” to some of the best dressed of the evening. Needless to say I was quite flattered and was more than excited to receive my first positive citation from the (Fashion) Police.

I even got to take my first “mugshot”!

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The last award of the evening was the most exciting one- Rising Star in Fashion! The nominees were Lucy Dang, the designer I had the pleasure of meeting earlier that evening; Esé Azénabor, a friend of mine and newly showcased designer at Spring/ Summer New York Fashion Week 2015; and Binzario Couture, who shared a gorgeous bridal collection.

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And last, but by no means least, Esé Azénabor

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After watching all three shows, I think everyone can agree that it was anyone’s game. All three designers were equally deserving of the award as they and their designs were absolutely phenomenal- out of this world!

In the end, Lucy Dang took home the award and now holds the title of Rising Star in Fashion. Congratulations!

After the show’s finale, I met up with dear friend and designer, Allison Mitchell, who looked fabulous as usual. I also got to chat with Esé for a bit afterwards and she, too, looked flawless and was just as warm and bubbly as ever.

IMG_6437IMG_6438Allison and Esé showed at NYFW together, pairing Esé’s clothes with Allison’s purses, and they put on quite a show! Check out both of their websites for more details regarding their work and products.

It was a dream of a night and I still feel humbled to say I laughed and danced among the stars, rising and risen. Thank you, FGI, for such a memorable night!IMG_6441

That’s a wrap! Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I did writing it. Don’t forget to follow me on my Instagram and Twitter, and like my Facebook page to keep up with me when I’m not blogging! If you have any thoughts, feel free to comment below, or, if you have any questions, shoot me an email at thestuddedcollar@gmail.com (:

Stay Fab, darlings,

Kay B xx.

Flower Child

Good morning darlings, and Happy Tuesday!

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Top: Delia’s

Skirt: Forever 21

Belt: Cotton On

Sandals: Target

Bracelet: Nordstrom

Scrunchie: Forever 21

Yesterday I had a few errands to run and wanted a casual yet light and girly look. I opted for my new favorite floral skater skirt and a light scoop neck “Awkward” Tee. I tucked my top into my skirt and after looking in the mirror was happy with how it turned out.. but my outfit needed a kick.

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My skirt is a little high-waisted, and my waist is pretty small, so what better way to define and cinch in my waist than with an edgy belt? I love the gold studs on this belt. It adds some edge to an otherwise flirty-girly outfit (despite the immense amount of black.) The leather belt adds definition and a little something extra to the outfit.

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Since I was on my feet quite a bit yesterday, I wanted to be comfortable so I wore my go-to black, strappy sandals. I have worn these so much this summer, I’m surprised I haven’t acquired a tan resembling the sandal straps yet!

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Because my outfit was predominantly black, I wanted to add some color without clashing with the flower colors. I chose this woven, blue, jeweled bracelet from Nordstrom. I really love the color of this bracelet and the simple gold, jeweled dome in the center. It’s simple and captivating.

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If the floral skirt wasn’t enough, well say hello to my flower power scrunchie. Yes, scrunchies are back, and I wear them proudly. It was way too hot for me to wear my hear down (my hair is short, but it’s so dark and thick and it’s like wearing a woolly blanket on your head…) and I didn’t want to do anything elaborate to my hair, so I just braided my bangs straight back and held my ponytail with this scrunchie!IMG_9812

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So you probably notice a lot of florals in my outfit, but you should know that floral prints are my favorite of all prints! They can translate into any season, and they can be styled in many different ways! Florals don’t always have to be girly, but you can definitely call me a somewhat girly Flower Child.

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Until next time, sunshines,

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

Warby Parker: Waterway Collection 2014

Hello lovelies!

August – the Sunday of summer, the final sip of iced tea, the last head toss toward the sun. Whatever August is to you, it’s here, and things are just heating up so don’t end your poolside staycation just yet; looking at the sun never looked so glamorous.

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I’ve partnered with eyewear company Warby Parker to announce the exciting news of their new line. Let me introduce you to Warby Parker’s Eyewear Waterway Collection 2014. Inspired by warm coastal travels and poolside fun, the Waterway Collection is a breath of fresh air. These 5 styles will have you craving for an excuse to wear them 24/7, I know I’ve already thought of a few!

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1. Percey

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Here’s Percey. He’s versatile as he can be either sunglasses or perscription glasses. No matter the selected use, Percey will make you look trés chic around the clock. I personally love that the frames are clear: Warby Parker has totally modernized a clear frame that can at times be seen as outdated. Percey here looks way ahead of his time and style, and you can too with these sunnies.

2. Welty

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Meet Welty. Welty is dressed in Marine Pebble frames that seem to make beautiful, blue ocean waters and dream filled skies come together. Believe it or not, Welty is a pair of prescription glass frames; who knew that seeing so clearly could look so chic? The frame’s design is similar to that of the tortoise frame style, but what I like best is that it’s not in the dark brown or black color. Rather, it’s in dreamy, light blue hues and it will definitely brighten up your face and make you look captivating!

3. Griffin 

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Now, Griffin is my favorite of the bunch. His whiskey tortoise frame and slightly tinted lenses give him a mysterious yet confident and edgy air. I love that the shape of the frame is a combination of wayfarer, round, and round frames to make it look more unique. Griffin doesn’t need to have a screaming design to stand out in the crowd, so definitely pick him up if you want to look simply outstanding.

4. Bensen

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Bensen. He’s smart, simple, but there are two sides to this fella. The top part of these prescription frames appears black and sleek, but there’s a cool, nearly ombré effect that makes it fade into a crystal blue at the bottom! Who wants basic, solid frames when you can have such chic dimension? If you want some prescription frames that are as unique as your style, check Bensen out!

5. Piper

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Last, but definitely not least, this is Piper! When I first met her, she gave off a very beachy, glamorous vibe. Her frames are in a beautiful Sand Castle color that are slightly translucent but have enough color to have you ache for sand in between your toes. I particularly love that the frames are slightly winged out at the top; it’s a flattering feature for any face! Whether your working on your tan at the beach or taking a day on the town with the girls, you’ll look fabulous with Piper. (And how unique is that color?! *swoon*)

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I don’t know about you, but after seeing this collection I want to take every single one home! I think my favorite part of this whole line is how unique each frame is! Like each person’s style, no frame is the same- it’s unique and makes it’s own statement. That’s what I’m all about, and that’s what fashion is all about! Warby Parker really hit it out of the park with this one.

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The Waterway Collection is out NOW! Go check out the amazing Waterway Collection 2014 online at www.warbyparker.com/sunglasses for their sunnies or http://www.warbyparker.com/eyeglasses for their prescription glasses! You can also check it out at a Warby Parker store and showroom near you! Tell me in the comments which pair of glasses from The Waterway Collection is your favorite! Mine is either Griffin or Piper. (:

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Until next time my darlings,

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go…

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Top: My mother’s closet

Skirt: Forever 21

Necklace and Bracelet: Forever 21

Belt: Dillard’s

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Fun Fact: This is my outfit from yesterday, but my computer crashed so here I am, sharing it with you all today. (:

It was a chill, cloudy day and I didn’t have any plans to step out. But hey, who says you can’t dress up and look nice while kicking it at home with your family? It was a bit chilly, so I opted for a casual three-quarter sleeve top courtesy of my mother’s closet to dress my outfit down a bit.

I really like how simple this outfit is, but then the little details make it unique- the zipper and leather on the skirt, the gold buttons on the top, the tan belt, even the necklace and bracelet add some dimension!

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Sometimes my friends tease me for looking “put-together” and “fancy” at home, but I really like the sweet simplicity of this look! At times it’s fun to be all dressed with nowhere to go… (:

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Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

July Lovelies Haul!

Hey friends, July has come and gone, so normally I’d be sharing my Monthly Lovelies! Wow, where is the summer going? This month is going to be a little bit different… I remembered that I’ve wanted to do a Haul for a while, so here is my July Lovelies Haul, showing you my favorite recent purchases!

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I wore this outfit to the Aero Now VIP Launch Party, and I’ve been loving these pieces so much.

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1. Yellow Peplum Top with Heart Cutout 100_1873 I love how bright this top is; it just screams, “Summer!” I don’t own a lot of yellow clothing and don’t normally gravitate towards it. However, when I saw this top on the racks in the store, the whole world faded around us and a heavenly light shone down on this blouse. Melodramatic? Maybe a little, but it was love at first sight! 100_1877 100_1875 The quarter sleeves and flattering peplum around the waist are really feminine, and the high neckline is chic while the heart cutout in the back is edgy. To top it all off, this top is so comfortable and versatile- I can wear this top with a pencil skirt or white shorts for the rest of the summer, and then jeans, trousers and boots in the fall!

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Here’s what the pieces look like when worn together!

3. Floral Skater Skirt

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My favorite skirt is a “skater skirt,” and my favorite print is floral, so if you combine the two, then you have a winning combination made in heaven. I’m so excited to add this to my skirt collection and I think my favorite part of this piece is the print. It’s floral, but it’s not too animated. It has a vintage feel and it’s classy as well as classic.

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Another thing I like about this skirt is the waistband. It’s not very thick, which I like, and it appears to be more flattering that way. It defines my waist well and would look cute with a thin belt. Above all, it’s versatile! This can be translated through so many seasons and styled in so many ways. I can’t wait to get some good use out of this!

3. White Chain Statement Necklace

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This statement necklace is a little different from what I typically go for, but that’s what makes it so appealing to me. I love trying out new things and finding new ways to style my outfits with the little things as well as the major things. Rather than a bib style, this white necklace makes a360-degreee statement with the white and gold geometric design. It’s ultra chic and very classy, so I look forward to styling it!

5. Tortoise Frame Sunglasses

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I am absolutely in love with these sunglasses! I’ve been wanting a new pair of sunnies, and as you may know from my last Monthly Lovelies post, my go to pair has been my aviators. I wanted something different.. bold yet understated, classy yet fun, and totally different from what you see the everyday-typical-teenage-girl wear.

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I spotted these at Love Culture and grabbed the last pair before you could blink. These remind me a lot of Carrie Bradshaw and Anna Wintour somewhat, two of my favorite fashion icons. I really like the tortoise frame, a definite classic, and I’m excited to have a rounded-near-cateye frame in my collection of sunnies.

6. A Little Studded Collar

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I saved this one for last because this was by far the purchase I was most excited about! Ok, story time…

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Now, you all obviously know that the name of my blog is The Studded Collar. Here’s a little fun fact- it’s not because I like Studded Collars (even though I really do like them)! Long story short, I came up with the title by combing two clothing details I love- studs and collars. When I started writing, I realized that I didn’t own any collared shirts with studs on the collar. I’ve been searching for the perfect studded collar shirt every time I’m out at the shops, and I found this classic beauty the other day. Now, Kay B, writer and founder of The Studded Collar, has a studded collar shirt!

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I love the overall versatility of this shirt (seems to be a theme in my purchases…) and the color that compliments my skin nicely. The material is also nice, it feels like chiffon, so it appears very classy and feels very comfy.

There you have it! That’s my July Lovelies Haul, showing my favorite recent purchases for the month. In the comments below tell me what you’re go to piece has been this summer! It can be an accessory, clothing item, anything! Stay tuned for more from me, and in the meantime, darlings…

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

Travel Style 101: Carry On Essentials

Hey hey hey everyone! It’s time for my last entry in the Travel Style Series, and this one is about some Carry-On Essentials!

Carry On Essentials

When traveling, whether it’s by air, car, ferry or train, it’s really important to have all the essentials in your carry on bag. Honestly, it can make or break your journey, and I think we’ve all experienced that cold, horrific moment when you realize you forgot something crucial from your bag. So, to avoid this nightmare, I’ve got some essentials for you. (:

1. Water

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I always have a bottle of water with me to stay hydrated. I drink so much water and I like to always have it with me if I get thirsty!

2. iPhone/ iPod and Earphones

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No matter where I am, I always have my phone with me, and most often it’s in my hands! When I go on trips, I always have my earphones as well to listen to music, maybe watch some movies, and escape the world for a bit in my own little bubble of entertainment. (:

3. Good Reads

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When I want to take a break from staring at my hot, bright computer or phone screen, I always like to have a couple of books or magazines with me! I love love loooove reading, and I like to keep that up on a plane or car ride.

A book that I am finally about to start is The Fault In Our Stars. Yes, I saw the movie, and yes, I bawled my eyes out, and yes, I wore waterproof mascara so my makeup wouldn’t run because yes, I knew my heart was going to break into a million pieces only to be swept up later from the floors of the cinema. Comment  below what your favorite book is! I need some new recommendations (:

4. Gum

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I actually never chew gum (I’m more of a mint kinda girl) but when I go on airplanes I absolutely must have some with me. I chew it on the plane if I get that weird feeling in my ear while in the air, and I usually go for the Trident Layers. I may not chew gum often, but this one is so yummy!

5. Chapstick

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I don’t know if it’s just me, but my lips get super chapped, especially on airplanes, so I always have my trusty Burt’s Bees Chapstick in my carry-on. Let’s be real, I always have my trusty Burt’s Bees Chapstick with me, period! Their chapsticks are so amazing and hydrating; they leave my lips feeling soft and moisturized.

6. Laptop and Movies

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Typically on longer trips, I take my laptop and a few of my favorite movies with me to keep myself entertained. Per my sweet mother’s advice, I do, at times, take a break to take in the scenery and “God’s creation” that’s all around me, but once I get a little tired of looking at skyscrapers, trees, and cows, I escape to Hollywood and watch some movies.

7. A Journal

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Now, when I am taking in “God’s creation,” I get inspired and write in my travel journal! I love writing, whether it’s about a specific topic, some poetry, a story or just what’s going on in my life. I have a journal that I like to write in about my travels, and it’s super fun to look back and re-live the fun moments.

8. Travel Size Makeup

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If you did decide to wear makeup on your trip, then I think it’s nice to have a few travel-sized makeup  items in your bag. After spending a few hours on the ride, you may want to touch up your makeup, so it’s nice to have it on you rather than search for it later- much more convenient!

9. Comfy Socks

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This is an absolute must for me on trips! When traveling, it’s crucial to wear comfortable shoes with a comfy outfit! (You can check out my first post in my Travel Series for comfy outfit inspo.) But when I’m in a car, on a plane, or even a train, I sometimes remove my shoes and wear some comfy, fuzzy socks! They keep my lil’ piggies warm (am I the only one who thinks that planes, trains, and cars- at times- are always freezing!?) and make me comfortable throughout my journey.

Well, that’s it for this post! Tell me in the comments below what your number one carry-on essential is! While you’re at it, let me know what book you’d recommend! I love reading new books, so I’m open to suggestions. Don’t forget to subscribe for more from me, and follow my Instagram, Twitter, and like my Facebook page!

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx