This is one of my favourite journaling tools: these watercolour brushes are each filled with beautiful watercolours. Great for adding vibrant colours to your journal sketches on the go.
I've been traveling a lot lately, and carrying a large tote everywhere has been taking its toll on my shoulder. Taking a cue from my friend Luvvie, I invested in this Vera Bradley backpack for travel -- it's light, it's roomy, and it doesn't have that loud pattern that Vera Bradley is known for. Score.
I've been a Nikon girl since I started learning photography -- my first camera was a Nikon F-Series film camera. I've graduated to many different models over the last 20 years that I've been shooting -- and this one is the beast that I take with me anywhere I want stellar shots. Beautiful images, high definition video.
For many years, I was a Moleskine user, until I stumbled across this journal. Just like Moleskines, it's a comfortable size for throwing in a handbag or backpack (5.75"x8.25"), and just like Moleskines, it has a handy pocket at the back and an elastic band to keep it closed. But unlike Moleskines, this lovely little journal also numbers the pages, and has a lovely index in the front, so that you can keep everything organized and tabulated. And of course, I get the unlined version, so that I can sketch, draw and doodle unencumbered. A lovely new find.
My professional cameras are big and unwieldy -- a bit cumbersome to carry around every day -- so this little bad boy is what's always at the bottom of my handbag. I can easily shoot this camera manually by moving dials (instead of having to log into tedious menus), the picture quality is almost as good as my big girl camera, and get this: I can wirelessly transfer any shot I take onto my iPad or iPhone to process and upload to Instagram (or Facebook or even my blog) on the fly. I love this camera.
I don't get the chance to wear cocktail attire very often, so when an opportunity recently arose, I snagged this dress on sale. I love that it's form-fitting (and holds everything in place), without being hootchie (the knee-length hem helps there). My new favourite LBD.
I've long maintained that the best way to dress is in "urban pajamas": clothes that are comfortable enough to sleep in, but not so comfortable that you wouldn't want to be seen in public in them. This robe dress fits the bill beautifully. (I bought one in red.)
I have tried every pair of blue jeans that exist on the planet, it seems, and these are my absolutely favourite: they fit right, there's no butt-gap, and they're so comfortable that they're almost like wearing leggings.
I've been a fan of FashionABLE scarves ever since my trip to their facilities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Proceeds from the purchase of each scarf goes toward providing the women who make the scarves, who happen to be former sex workers, a sustainable living, so that they are able to stay off the streets and provide for their families, while restoring their dignity. An amazing organization.
Sometimes I travel with a ton of camera gear: it's heavy, and bulky, and way too precious to put in checked luggage. In those instances, it's time to roll out the wheeled camera bag. I especially love this one, because it doesn't scream "expensive gear in here!" -- and when I'm not traveling, I use it as pretty camera storage in the corner of my office. (Also, it's really rugged: I've had mine for years, dragged it all over the world, and it still looks new.)
I own a couple of these: this unisex circle scarf is light enough that it packs down nicely, warm enough to wear around your neck in cold destinations, and light & large enough to act as a swimsuit cover-up in sunny ones. Best. scarf. ever.
Expensive, but it honestly lasts forever, and I never do long-haul travel without it. Put a single drop on your fingertips, and rub it into the back of your neck: the tingling and aroma will immediately ease your travel nerves away.
As I've been growing out my hair over the past 18 months, I have tried a ton of different hair products, and none work as well as these two in tandem. The Knot Today is a leave-in conditioner that I finger-comb through soaking-wet hair (and it detangles like a madman), followed by the Curling Custard (a little goes a long way), and then air-dry. The result: good curl definition, minimal frizz.