Archive for the ‘TRAVEL’ Category

10.26.16

BRI’S TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

travel essentials | designlovefest

something i take pretty seriously is being prepared, especially when i travel. i have a list of items that i bring with me on the plane so i can stay hydrated, stress free, and comfortable. knowing exactly what i’m going to bring and having a ritual of sorts is really helpful in maintaining some sort of control over my crazy travel schedule.

i’ve been really open on my blog about the fact that i deal with anxiety on a pretty regular basis. i’m able to manage it successfully most of the time but there are circumstances, like travel, that increase my anxiety and stress level (a lot). i’ve wanted to manage it as naturally as possible through therapy, breathing exercises, etc. and one thing i’ve found that is really helpful to me are products from a brand called Rescue. they are made from a mixture of flower remedies and are all natural and non-habit forming which is really important to me. they offer a variety of products but i personally think the rescue remedy spray and the pastilles work best for me.

travel essentials | designlovefest
travel essentials | designlovefest
travel essentials | designlovefest

i originally heard about Rescue from a mom friend of mine who used the products to calm everyone in the family down during stressful situations and she recommended i give it a try. stress is inevitable so i always have something on hand to help me manage it so it doesn’t become debilitating and keep me from being able to live my life. have you ever tried Rescue products? do you get stressed when you travel? what are you tips and tricks to trying to stay calm? i’d love to know.

travel essentials | designlovefest
travel essentials | designlovefest

and here are a few of my other travel favorites: bkr water bottle, socks, mophie charger, yokoo scarf, caudalie beauty elixer spray and moisturizeraēsop hand sanitizer (smells so good!), bose noise cancelling headphones (these are an investment but i’ve used bose headphones for years and bring them with me on every trip), the cutest ban.do phone case, aēsop hand cream, passport cover, clear pouch, lip balm, and my essential oil roll on. to check stores that stock Rescue products around you, click here. i also purchase on amazon! 

travel essentials | designlovefest
travel essentials | designlovefest

(this post was created in partnership with Rescue, a company i personally support). 

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10.03.16

STYLISH HOTEL IN GREECE

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this hotel, casa cook, in greece looks so beautiful!! i would LOVE to stay here. greece is definitely at the top of my bucket list, it would be a dream to see this place in person.

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07.05.16

TRAVELING TO MEXICO CITY

mexico city travel | designlovefest

i just got back from mexico city last week and had a really great time. this is my third trip with el camino travel (nicaragua here, colombia here) they always plan such amazing experiences, so i’m always happy to go on these trips! they handle all the travel details, find all the cool spots, and even send a photographer to capture the trip. makes travel very easy. they are also doing customized itineraries if you want them to plan your next trip.

now…here’s a peek inside our mexico city trip with my two girlfriends, anna and denise.

mexico city travel | designlovefest
mexico city travel | designlovefest
mexico city travel | designlovefest
mexico city travel | designlovefest
mexico city travel | designlovefest
mexico city travel | designlovefest

we checked into our little bed and breakfast, chaya, on the rooftop and i was so impressed with it. there were so many unique details, plants all over the place, great authentic breakfast every morning, and such a cozy vibe. we really loved staying there.

mexico city travel | designlovefest
mexico city travel | designlovefest
mexico city travel | designlovefest
mexico city travel | designlovefest

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05.16.16

TOKYO TRAVEL PART 2

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posted all about the first part of our tokyo trip right here…and then our overnight trip on the train to kyoto here. and this is part TWO of tokyo! let’s do it…

tokyo travel guide 2 | designlovefest
tokyo travel guide 2 | designlovefest
tokyo travel guide 2 | designlovefest

as i said before, we stayed in meguro at the claska hotel. this was my favorite suite there…the beautiful retro minimal decor was so lovely. and the whole room was in the same warm tones which i really appreciated. above you will see jen performing sia’s “chandelier” for my snapchat haha. also, that’s the traditional breakfast they offer in the lobby which i liked (but they also have american style food if you wanted to switch it up)

after we got home from kyoto it was nice to come back here, relax and then go out for a nice meal. we had dinner at seriously the best sushi i’ve had in my life. it was just the four of us and the chef made each bite special. natalie even cried when he was cutting the cucumber because it truly was like watching art. it was probably top 3 meals of my life. the sushi was like butter and the care that went into the food was truly moving. you’ve seen this doc, right? similar experience to that.

tokyo travel guide 2 | designlovefest
tokyo travel guide 2 | designlovefest
tokyo travel guide 2 | designlovefest
tokyo travel guide 2 | designlovefest
tokyo travel guide 2 | designlovefest

one of my favorite places visually was yukamo suryo. it’s out of the way some, but it was so gorgeous. we made a reservation early in the week and had breakfast there our last full day. it really gave me the same feelings i had when visiting coqui coqui in tulum (see here) it felt tranquil, well thought out, chic, and fancy but not over the top. i think the meal was about $30 and that paid for about a 1.5 hour intimate breakfast experience of different teas and traditional food and dessert. i loved the details in the space the most. the bathroom sink was even amazing.

tokyo travel guide 2 | designlovefest
tokyo travel guide 2 | designlovefest
tokyo travel guide 2 | designlovefest

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05.13.16

TRAVELING TO KYOTO, JAPAN

traveling to kyoto | designlovefest

kyoto is a pretty magical place. tons of gardens, temples, traditional wooden houses, geishas, and misty green views. we took the bullet train from toyko (about 2 hours) and spent one night in kyoto…so happy we did! here’s what we did while we were there…

traveling to kyoto | designlovefest
traveling to kyoto | designlovefest
traveling to kyoto | designlovefest

i LOVED the bullet train. it was like 200mph (one of the fastest trains in the world) and the best way to decompress. i have always loved just zoning out to some music in my ears and staring at all the scenery…it’s always pretty emotional for me. makes me feel grateful to see new sights and relaxes me. price wise, the bullet train isn’t very cheap (about $125 each way) but it was such an important part of our trip so i don’t regret it one bit. p.s. people told us to get the bento boxes on the train…let’s just say, i wouldn’t recommend that. slimy ha.

tip for the train: we were curious if we needed to book beforehand, but it was really easy to buy at the counter when you get to the station and trains were running very often (like every 10 mins!) so don’t worry about it.

traveling to kyoto | designlovefest
traveling to kyoto | designlovefest
traveling to kyoto | designlovefest

we stayed in a ryokan, which is a traditional japanese inn that usually offers tatami-matted rooms, communal baths, and provide you with a yukata (a casual summer kimono made of cotton) the one we chose, and loved, was called gion hatanaka ryokan, and it was only about a 2 minute walk from the yasaka shrine you will see below. are ryokans expensive? yeah, it’s kind of a splurge (we each spent about $180 to spend the night, but that also included the clothes and the traditional breakfast, and public baths) very worth it, i’m telling ya.

traveling to kyoto | designlovefest
traveling to kyoto | designlovefest

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