How to Pack for One Week in a Carry On

How many times have you been on a trip and when you finally arrive to your destination, it takes forever until you get your check-in suitcase?

I've been on many trips, both domestic and international, and over time I've learned how to pack my suitcase efficiently. I'll be heading to Oahu, Hawaii soon with my husband for a much needed vacation and I wanted to share with you how I normally pack for a one week long island vacation, all in a carry-on suitcase. I use the Samsonite Omni PC Hardside 20" Spinner as my carry-on which, in my opinion, is amazing. It surprisingly fits A LOT and I have managed to go on several trips with just this one suitcase + my backpack. That's it! No checking in bags, no waiting at the luggage carousel for who knows how long for that check-in bag. Just grab it, and go!

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Here's how I pack:

1. Roll instead of fold

I find rolling my clothes a lot more space efficient. The great thing about going on island vacations is that you'll be packing light. Most of my clothes always consists of mainly bikinis which doesn't take up much room. Any shirts I bring will be of very light material and easy to roll up. I'll throw in a few pairs of cut off shorts and maybe one sweater with still enough room for more

2. Limit your footwear

Since you'll be on the beach most of the time, you probably won't need to bring much footwear. You'll be barefoot more than half the time! But I always bring one pair of sneakers which is one of the bulkier items that I wear on the flight. I'll also bring one pair of flip flops and one pair of more decent pair of sandals for when you go out to eat. I always do just fine with these 3 pairs.

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3. Bring only the essentials

This goes for any beauty needs or toiletry essentials. Items like sunblock, moisturizer, eye cream, toothpaste, toothbrush, leave-in conditioner, etc — try to fit it all in one decent sized bag. Most hotels provide a blow dryer so you won't need to bring one. Remember to consider that any liquids you bring must be in a 3 oz. sized bottle. And don't forget those quart size zip lock bags to store them in!

4. Leave room for any extras

If you're the type that frequents island vacations most of the time, then you're probably one of those people that always brings your snorkeling gear. I always make sure to leave just enough room for them. Depending on the size of your fins it may or may not fit in your carry-on, so make sure to check the size first. Also leave room to pack your GoPro to document your snorkeling adventure ;)

5. Take advantage of your personal item

If ever you run out of space in your carry-on and still need a little more room, this is where your personal item comes in. I always use my Herschel Retreat Backpack because it's easy to bring around and it's pretty spacious. Also make sure to have any ID's, credit cards, passports, and important documents safely stored in your personal bag.

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Now this is just a general idea of the method I use to make everything fit. But I hope this is a little bit helpful for those going on a one week island vacation. If you have other ways of packing efficiently, feel free to comment below! I'd love to hear them :)


Birthday Trek

Today is my birthday and I'm even closer to hitting 30. I always told myself that I'll never freak out about not being in my 20's anymore, that I'll always be young no matter how old I get. I admit, it's hitting me just a little. Maybe it's the fact that I won't be in my 20's anymore. But it's like what they say: 30 is the new 20 so bring it on!

My husband and I decided to do a bike ride all around our neighborhood instead of the typical dinner out somewhere. We recently purchased the Trek Marlin 5 Mountain Bike in matte metallic gunmetal and it is just beautiful. And yes we got matching bikes because why not?

Hat: Anti Social Social Club | Shorts: Nike 10K | Hip Pack: Herschel Supply Co. | Shoes: Nike Haurache

Hat: Anti Social Social Club | Shorts: Nike 10K | Hip Pack: Herschel Supply Co. | Shoes: Nike Haurache

I love this bike because it's very durable and rides smoothly. Its hydraulic disc brakes make it so you can stop on a dime. The matte metallic gunmetal gives it this gorgeous sleek look and the frame is made of aluminum making it a little lighter than the steel frame. Good for me so I can at least lift my bike when I need to. And best of all, it's much more affordable than you would think.

Eventually we'll take on an actual trail, so that's why we went with mountain bikes. I really want to challenge myself and do more exciting things because that's what life is all about!

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How many of you own a bicycle and how often do you ride?

Volition Beauty Now at Sephora.com

Last week I received an adorable package from Volition Beauty with 3 beauty products from their new line: the Oil-Control Mattifying Mist, the Helix AM/PM Eye Gel, and the Tumeric Brightening Polish. They have just launched at Sephora.com today, and I was one of the lucky ones to receive these products before they were available to the public. 

My favorite of the 3 is the eye gel because for years I have always struggled trying to find ways to brighten up my under eyes. Previously I was already using an eye cream that worked great. After switching it up and trying out Volition Beauty's eye gel, it seems to be working just as well! My under eyes still look brighter after a week of using it, so I know it's working. It has a smooth and light texture, not heavy on the eyes at all. I also don't even have to put a lot, so a little goes a long way. It also seems to be fragrance free which is nice because I'm constantly smelling different scents from all of the products I use on the daily including dry shampoo, moisturizers, etc. 

I do love nicely designed packaging so I just had to photograph the boxes that the products were delivered to me as well as the products itself. It's simple and modern, with a touch of feminine. The integration of a watercolor texture adds an organic feel to the products. And the choice of light and modern fonts tie in well with the overall look. I absolutely love the rose gold and how it was nicely distributed throughout the packaging. 

Thank you Volition Beauty for giving me a chance to try out these products. Check them out at Sephora.com to see more!

Breezy VoxBox from Influenster

I'm happy to say that the Breezy VoxBox is my first ever from Influenster. If you haven't heard of them, they are a website where you can review almost any type of product and also potentially get a free VoxBox from them. They have themed VoxBoxes that go out every month that have different products for you to try out and review. I signed up on their website with no huge expectations at all. After about a week I received an email saying I was on the list for the Breezy VoxBox, which I will be reviewing in this post.

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster in return for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

One of the very first products I tried out was the Sour Punch because who doesn't like candy? There were two kinds that were given: the Ragin' Reds, which obviously had all red flavors, and the Pineapple-Mango Chili Straws. The Ragin' Reds were my favorite because I was just always into flavors like strawberry, raspberry, etc. I normally pick out all of the red flavors in any candy that I consume and leave the rest for my husband lol. The Pineapple-Mango Chili straws were very interesting. They were good but left this very spicy aftertaste that I wasn't too fond of. Overall, the Ragin' Reds win.

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The last time I used Head&Shoulders was years ago when I was probably in high school. But I have to say this is a great shampoo and conditioner combo especially if you have a dry, itchy scalp or battling dandruff. I've suffered from an itchy scalp in the past and it occassionaly comes back, mostly during the summer when I'm washing my hair more often. So to receive this shampoo & conditioner combo was perfect timing! They really do help relieve the itchiness which makes my days more comfortable, especially on hot days.

I don't normally buy Origins products so I was excited to receive their A Perfect World Age-Defense Moisturizer and Age-Defense Eye Cream. What's great is that they both have SPF so you can use these in the morning before you head out anywhere. I love the consistency because it's very light and has a nice refreshing scent. After a few days of use I noticed my under-eyes were a little brighter (i have dark circles unfortunately) so it was nice to see it working, and my face felt nice and smooth from the moisturizer.  

If I wanted to get waxed, I would normally go to a salon to get it professionally done. But it was nice to get to try Nair's Wax Ready-Strips for the first time. I have a high pain tolerance so pain wasn't an issue for me when trying these out. They're a decent size especially if you're using them for your face, and they're very easy to use. I used them just to touch up some strays on my face and they worked pretty well! No heat required. If you need quick touch-ups when you're on-the-go, this does the job.

I've been using ProFoot Heel Rescue for about a week now and have seen huge results. The great thing is that not only can you use it for your feet, but you can use it for your elbows and knees too. It has a nice consistency to it, not too thick, and is non-scented. In such a short amount of time you're skin will feel super hydrated and smooth.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my thoughts and experiences about the Breezy VoxBox! If you'd like to join Influenster and receive awesome products, you can sign up with my link here.

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Summer Style

With busy schedules and working non-stop throughout the week, it's nice to have a day or two to sit back and relax. I don't always get to sit by the pool and do absolutely nothing. In fact, I take my pool for granted and often forget that it's even there. 

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Since it's been so hot in LA lately, I opted for a lightweight button up shirt to keep cool and allows for that summertime breeze to blow through. I paired it with my favorite Issa de' Mar 'Hina' bikini top underneath. I'm obsessed with it because it looks great by itself or with a loose top, and it also comes with padding to give it a nice shape. And can't forget a good pair of levi's cut-off shorts and a woven beach hat to complete the outfit.

When you find yourself stressed out, headaches and all, remember to take some time to relax. Your body will thank you for it and you'll feel energized to take on the incoming work week.


Hat: Brixton // Button-Up Top: Urban Outfitters // Bikini Top: Issa de' Mar // Denim shorts: Levi's // Sunglasses: 9five

Cruising Malibu

It was a perfect day to be outside so my husband and our good friends Chris and An Dyer decided to go for a spin in the Porsche GT3 and Ferrari 458. We drove to Malibu and took the scenic route to enjoy the speed of the cars. Hit a bit of traffic on the way but when you're sitting in these cars, traffic isn't an issue. We made our way to Geoffrey's Malibu for an early dinner which we built up an appetite from the long drive. The view of the ocean was breathtaking! Good food, good drinks, and good company. Scroll down to see more!