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Taking a long flight has its perks and downfalls. While it’s exciting traveling to a new place, the flights can sometimes become dull and irritating. I like to keep as busy as possible on a flight, making it go by faster and keeping me calm. Some of my favorite tips keep my mind and hands distracted. I also have tips for flying with a pet here!

Candy + Meal Time

If you’re lucky enough to fly first class, they will obviously include your meals. When I’m flying coach, I like to bring something packaged that will last a few hours before being eaten. No matter which class I’m flying, I also love to bring lots of candy and gum! This gives me something to secondarily focus on. Keeping my mind occupied. Whether I’m reading a magazine, watching a movie, or on my phone. I find snacking or chewing gum distracts me for at least a little while. Plus its yummy. Win-win.

Reading Material

I switch up reading material from books to magazines. I like to purchase a few magazines to read in case there’s no Wifi on the flight for some reason. The magazine keeps me busy while the excitement of the flight dies down. Once I’m bored with reading those, I’ll take a break and work from my phone/laptop or watch a movie. Once I’m bored with the digital world, I’ll go back and read a book. This takes my mind away  from the plane and once again, distracts me from the oh-so-boring flight. I normally bring a book with me and purchase magazines at the airport. However, I should purchase both beforehand to save money. Convenience gets the better of me.

Digital Distractions

If you’re blessed with Wifi on the flight, this can consume your entire trip. Without ever needing another distraction. Hello social media. JetBlue now actually offers FREE Wifi on every single one of their flights. Hallejulah. I like to bring my MacBook for work, when switching off from my phone. Having both keeps me the busiest. I also do this when working from home, so it’s a normal situation. There are also movies on most flights now. I like to time my flight by watching movies too. For example, I’ll read for as long as I can. Then watch a movie (about 2 hours down), then have a snack/meal, distract with my phone/laptop then watch another movie (2 more hours cut off). This honestly makes the time fly by. (No pun intended, or was it?)

Keep Moving

I get up to stretch my legs, stand up a bit, and use the ladies room every 1-2 hours. This helps circulation as well as keeping the body busy. I normally get extremely restless on flights and need to move around when possible. I love the aisle seat because of this reason! I don’t recommend doing this if you have a middle or window seat. Unless you don’t mind disturbing your fellow seat mates.

Sleep It Off

Some people can fall right asleep on flights. This is especially true for red eyes. I have always wished I could sleep on flights. I normally end up falling half asleep, and then waking up in a jolted gasp with a few people looking over at me. (Embarrassing). Consequently, I personally do not like to sleep on flights and prefer a day time trip. But I do know plenty of people who will sleep for most of the journey as if it was nothing. So, if you can sleep in public, then definitely do so. You will wake feeling refreshed and have extra energy for the trip ahead.

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved vintage, classic fashion. That old Hollywood vibe, the Audrey Hepburn classic looks from Pretty Face. The classic glamour that never goes out of style. Finding an original, incredibly unique piece that I will love forever is better than anything fast fashion can give me. Think of a designer bag you’ve been coveting for months, a fur coat, diamonds and pearls. This is why I love thrift shopping. If done right, the best statement pieces can be found.

Thrift Location

Location is everything when done right! For instance, in Rhode Island, you can find a decent amount of findings. Head to the city of Providence, and there are better thrift shops. But, in New York, or California, where more people have designer, luxury, high-end items, there is so much more. My last trip in New York, I came across a Dolce & Gabbana gown for $500 at a thrift shop. I’m still kicking myself for not buying it. It was a one of a kind piece! The top was strapless, while the corset fit like a glove. Under the bone corset top, the gown flared out into a beehive silhouette. It was honestly one of the most gorgeous, perfectly fitting dresses I’ve ever come across. (I’m also really wishing I had taken a picture…) Anyways! If you go to a well-to-do area of town, there will be more expensive finds that were taken care of as well.  Research thrift stores beforehand and have an idea of where you will go and in what time frame.

Negotiate

Thrift shop owners are thrifty themselves! They want the best deal they can get and of course want to sell their items. Don’t be afraid to talk the owner down on price. For instance, a $200 Burberry scarf could be talked down to $160. Especially if you mention you are out of town and won’t be able to come back. A Louis Vuitton bag can also be talked down by 10-20% if you mention authenticity. I was able to talk down a thrift store owner 10% because I made a fuss about the bag not having papers. Which brings me to my next tip…

Authenticity

This can be very difficult for many brands. The quality of real leather is usually better than faux. Although faux leathers and fur are becoming less easy to catch, real leather and fur can be felt. Real leather should feel dry, not oily, or slippery. Louis Vuitton is one of the easiest designers to verify authenticity. If papers aren’t available this is important to know. Check the monogram design – it should match, or be a duplicate of itself, on either side of the seams. The seams should also be of quality, and even.

Dry Cleaning

If you purchase clothes, you may steam them yourself after washing to ensure cleanliness. Consignment shops do not wash their clothes, so you may or may not buy a freshly laundered item. If you have more of an expensive piece, like a winter coat, or fur, you’ll want to bring it to the dry cleaner. They should understand that your piece may be vintage, and fragile. This will require special care and handling. And of course, treat your new pieces with care!

Happy thrifting! Here are some of my favorite finds! Including a Burberry scarf, Louis Vuitton bag, silk blouse, and fur shawl. Like what you see? Let me know below in the comments! Looking for more outfit inspo? Check out my Shop page here. 

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Tights are a garment that can easily look juvenile if not styled properly. I love tights in the winter and fall seasons because besides looking super adorable, they add a layer of warmth. I’ve noticed this piece tends to look less than mature when flats are involved. Plenty of women can pull this off, I’ve seen it done. I simply cannot. There’s something about it that reminds me of grade school and I need to put on heels immediately.

Tights can be worn with shorts, dresses, skirts, and even underneath jeans. There are plenty of color and design options. Some of my favorites have intricate, detailed designs on them. I personally enjoy wearing black or navy tights with a matching outfit. This is because this color is more flattering on me, and makes my legs appear smaller. While brighter, lighter colors will often make the appearance of something being larger than it actually is.

I love wearing black tights with high waisted black shorts. A high waisted over the knee skirt will work well also. For skirts and dresses, I enjoy wearing an over the knee length. I don’t find tights necessary with midi length or longer options. Over the knee or riding boots will work perfectly with this length. As for wearing tights with jeans, I like wearing ripped jeans with a high waisted fish net tight and a crop top for a trendy look.

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Mustard yellow is a color I’ve struggled with, but have wanted to pull off successfully. The fit is so important when picking a color that stands out. It’s key to have a quality piece, such as wide leg trousers, high waisted bottoms, a fitted coat, or structured bag. This creates more of an effortless, chic look. Instead of a frumpy, I-don’t-know-what-I’m-doing look. This I found, has been the biggest problem for me. While it’s easy to come across a stand-out color that’s in good quality, it normally comes with a high price tag. I’ve found leaning towards high quality fabrics, cuts, and styles is the best way to wear mustard.

I used to think wearing black with mustard created a bumble bee effect. If done correctly, it pairs amazingly. I chose to wear mustard yellow high waisted, skinny pants with a black, velvet crop top. I added a gold and black statement necklace. The necklace adds a classic vibe to this modern look. I found it at a consignment shop, but I adore the Egyptian style it gives. Additionally, I wore my caged black heels to match the black top.

Another way to wear mustard yellow is with neutral tones. Pairing it with my white tee, and jean jacket was a perfect match for me. The jean jacket adds a bit more embellishment to accessorize with. I also liked how the jacket was shorter than the tee, giving more layers. The white tee was an easy choice for the mustard pants. It can be worn year round as well, depending on how it’s styled. For the winter months, a checkered, houndstooth, or possibly even leopard print would suffice for a coat and gloves. For the summer, a white tee with neutral brown or beige wedges and a bright, colorful necklace would look amazing.

A third way I chose to wear the mustard yellow pants would be with navy. This is especially great in the fall and winter months. I recommend a navy blazer with velvet blue booties.

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