2017 Holiday Gift Guide Series: For The Nomad

On my 16th birthday, my aunt bought me a beautiful luggage set as a gift but told me I could return it and get whatever I wanted if I felt like it instead. I was young and dumb and did just that, trading in the cute purple hard luggage set for Tory Burch flats and a Tory Burch bag, both of which I ended up rarely using. My aunt gave me the greatest gift I ever returned, and I still regret it to this day. It's annoying to drop money on buying good luggage, but I've had so many suitcases fall apart and disintegrate that I'm now all for investing in high-quality ones.

I've been traveling so much lately on the weekends that I have come to appreciate what I take with me on each flight/train ride. Travel essentials make wonderful gifts–– they stand the test of time and will be used again and again. Think about how many times a year you get on a plan or go on a weekend road trip. I get so excited every time I receive a travel makeup bag or a fun luggage tag as a Christmas present! Some of my favorite travel pieces are my Free People scarf (doubles as a blanket, I swear), my wallet phone case, and my wireless headphones! I also love to wear a good pair of sweatpant joggers when flying–– they are comfy, but don't look too sloppy. What are your travel essentials?

P.S. –– All of the items below are under $300 (with most way under $100), including the wireless headphones and suitcase. You don't have to shell out too much money to travel comfily in style.

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Outfits I've Worn to Work So Far

This post has been highly requested–– I think a lot of you are looking for some business casual outfit inspiration to help you figure out what to wear to your own jobs, and I hope this helps! As you can see, my office is very casual. On most days, especially since it has been colder, I have opted to wear some combo of jeans/sneakers/a sweater or light jacket. It has been super hard for me to take these photos, as it gets light relatively later and gets dark much earlier since it's getting later in the year. I had many more outfit photos that were practically unusable because of the weird outside lighting and the fact that I'm backlit by the lamp behind me on my nightstand.

Fall in Philly

I love taking quick weekend trips. Lately, they have been my go-to, as they are such a nice way to escape the city and see new places. I never really thought I'd ever end up visiting Philadelphia, but I ended up spontaneously going with my friend Marlee–– her sister lives there, so we figured a quick trip couldn't hurt! I am so glad we went. It was one of the most fun weekends I have had in awhile, and I was blown away by how much I liked the city. Philly has such charm to it. The food was great, the bar scene was outstanding (seriously, why is everyone so happy and nice at bars let me know), and the art murals everywhere were another nice little touch.

5 Tips on Shooting Outfit Photos With An iPhone

I had the most wonderful time in Philly this weekend! This is one of my favorite outfits I've shot in a long time, and I shot it all on my iPhone–– total proof that you don't have to splurge on a fancy camera to take outfit pics if you're an aspiring blogger. Usually, when I post outfits, I blab on and on about why I love each piece. Today is going to be different–– I'm gonna give you my top 5 tips on how to shoot great iPhone photos.