Travel Must-Haves for Women

Travel Tips & Tricks: 5 Items All Women Need While Traveling

Ladies, summer is the perfect time for traveling. But whether you’re headed to the 597 square miles of Oahu or the 3,000 miles of Ireland coastline, you have some serious packing to do. And it’s no secret that packing can be an absolute nightmare — from choosing the right clothes to trying to fit everything into your bag, packing can be a long process. So to ensure packing, and your actual trip, go well, here are 5 things all women need while traveling – these travel tips & tricks are a must. You will want to invest in these.

Travel Must-Haves for Women

We’re not talking about the right dress or shoes. These are the essentials you will need to ensure your travel plans go as smoothly as possible. Ready for the must-have travel tips & tricks?

A Great Toiletry Bag

Zuca TSA-Approved Toiletry Bags

Whether you’re going on a quick weekend trip or a month-long excursion, there are going to be a lot of toiletries you’ll need. And while it can be tempting to simply throw your toiletries into your bag, you’ll regret this later on. So make sure you find a great toiletry bag, preferably clear for TSA purposes, that can properly store all of your toiletries. Consider one that has compartments for easy organization or one that you can hang on the bag of a door to clearly see all of your items. You can even get a separate bag for medications, like pain killers, prescription meds, or other pills for premenstrual syndrome or allergies. Zuca has great travel options for your health and beauty travel needs. A good toiletry bag can make a big difference. Their Utility Pouches are fully-lined with durable, easy to clean clear vinyl ideal for organizing your beauty products and the Zuca Flyer Packing Pouch Set includes five packing pouches of various sizes and a one quart TSA compliant toiletry bag.

Packing Cubes

Mumi color-coded Travel Packing Cubes

Speaking of organization, packing cubes are a must-have. Not only can it be difficult to fit all of your clothes and belongings in your bag, but it can be impossible to keep them organized. Fortunately, packing cubes can keep your items organized and neat. Packing cubes can fit in almost any suitcase or bag and you can easily separate your clothing with them — consider using one cube for heavier clothes, one for lighter clothes, one for underwear and socks, and one for accessories. This way, you’ll be able to easily find whatever you’re looking for. The above Mumi Packing Cubes (set of 5) is a wonderful, versatile color-coded option. Each lightweight cube is designed to save space and simplify packing (and unpacking) to maximize luggage space, travel organized, and reduce mess. We love it even more because you can personalize them.

A Quick-Drying Towel

Laguna Blue Quick Drying Antibacterial Towels

You never know when you’re going to need a towel — whether you’re camping, at a hostel that doesn’t provide towels, or if you decide to randomly jump into a stream you happen to come across, having a towel on hand is always a good idea. This is especially true if you’re one of the 58 million people who go to a gym every year and you may need to dry off after a workout. Having a quick-drying towel will keep you dry and moving quickly. We love Laguna Blue, the smart towel. Not only is it quick-drying, but these 100% microfiber fabric towels are also antibacterial.

A Safety Alarm

Sabre Personal Safety Alarm

When you’re traveling, you want to remain as safe as possible. For burglaries and similar crimes, police report only being able to solve 13% of cases due to lack of evidence and witnesses. Thus, it’s important to enact smart safety precautions, especially when you’re in unfamiliar territory. This is true of traveling in groups, avoiding suspicious situations, and keeping personal security equipment. And while pepper spray or mace may seem like good items to have on hand, they’re not legal everywhere. There are two great options from Sabre that are great options. The above Sabre Personal Alarm with Clip & LED Light is easy to activate. With one press of a button, it blasts an attention-getting 120 dB alarm audible up to 600 feet (185 m) away. It also boasts an LED flashlight with on, slow flash, and fast flash modes. It’s weather-proof and clips to clothing, bag, waistband, etc.

Sabre Personal Safety Alarm Keychain

The even more discreet Sabre Personal Alarm with Key Ring boasts the same attention-getting 120 dB siren, is sleek, compact and its modern keychain attaches to your backpack, purse or keys for convenient, instant access; just pull its metal chain from device to sound 120 dB alarm. You can’t go wrong with either of these personal safety alarms. So consider having a personal safety alarm on you. All you have to do is press the button and a very loud sound will go off, alerting anyone near you to your location so they can help if you’re in danger.

Shoe Bags

Mumi Travel Shoe bags

You’re most likely bringing a few different pairs of shoes on your trip, especially if you have a lot of different activities planned. But when you wear your shoes outside, they get dirt and other debris on them. And if you just throw them in your bag as is, they’re going to get all of your clothes and belongings dirty, too. This is why you should have a shoe bag for each pair of shoes you’re bringing. Shoe bags simply slip over your shoes to contain whatever mess they’ll make — this can also help you keep your shoes together and organized. You can coordinate your Mumi Shoe bags (seen above) with your packing cubes for your stylish color-coded travel needs.

Traveling is a great experience and you’re probably getting excited about your upcoming trip. So keep these items in mind to make your trip hassle-free and truly amazing.

Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection

Charmed, I’m Sure: Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection

When it comes to fashion, nothing beats a classic. Whether it’s clothing or accessories, a classic piece will absolutely serve you well. We had the pleasure of getting to know a classic jewelry brand that captured our hearts. With a legacy that honors the lost tradition of America’s native and artful history, Don Lucas Jewelry is authentic wearable works of beauty. We had the pleasure of previewing the Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection featuring handmade and crafted charms.

Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection

The Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 collection has a wide selection of sterling silver, fine silver, and various metal jewelry. The handmade and handcrafted jewelry features several gems and potent semi-precious stones, including Turquoise, Coral, Gaspeite, Onyx and lots more from all over the world. The art of handcrafting these exquisite pieces was first introduced to him by Native Americans in Arizona. The brand continues to produce these unique jewelry pieces in the same tradition. Some of our favorite pieces include the multi-strand beaded necklace with the multicolored stone pendant, white buffalo earrings, infinity cuff, and summer fans earrings.

Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 CollectionDon Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection

The main highlight of the evening was the multitude of Don Lucas Charms and how they could be added to necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. We couldn’t wait to jump right in and create our own jewelry piece.

Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection

We had the pleasure of meeting with members of the Lucas family, who are very much involved in the creative process of this Southwest jewelry brand. Attendees had the pleasure of creating their own pieces and personalizing them.

Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection

While we opted out of the engraving (our charm choices were too small), we went all bronze. We settled on a bronze necklace with a bronze little luna charm with a mountain charm on either side. Take a look at our classic beauty below:

Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection

We look forward to wearing our necklace, especially when the charms have so much history and have so much positivity in their meanings. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection and of course our necklace.

Bag Heaven: Welcome the NEW Hex Kindred Bag Collection

Every season we find ourselves on the hunt for something special; whether it be shoes, clothes, or bags. We love seasonal launches because, like the changing of the season, these launches promise new possibilities. As we say hello to the Spring 2019 season, we welcome the NEW Hex Kindred Bag Collection. The award-winning fashion accessory brand just announced the release of the collection which features sneaker and gym duffels, backpacks, slings, and waist packs.

The Hex Kindred Bag collection features a subtle tonal-patterned neoprene that offers a sophisticated and distinctive look. The outer shell is constructed of water-resistant, coated canvas, assuring your bag and its contents are safe from inclement weather. The new look bags are available in eight of the best-selling HEX designs, including the Kindred Sneaker Duffel ($159.95), Kindred Medium Gym Duffel ($149.95), Kindred Sneaker Backpack ($149.95), Kindred Drifter Duffel ($99.95), Kindred Signal Backpack ($89.95), Kindred Sneaker Sling ($59.95), Kindred Waist Pack ($34.95), and Kindred Dopp Kit ($29.95).

We are completely enamored with the oversized tote bag. We can also think of over a dozen times and situations where the sneaker sling would come in handy. Several styles from the Hex Kindred Bag Collection boasts removable straps, fleece-lined and padded interiors, and pockets.

“The dark tones of our global stripe pattern are inspired by kindred tribes of the world,” says Trent Valladares, Co-Founder. “It says I’m a part of the global village, plus of course the subtle monochrome tones can complement any look.”

The Hex Kindred Bag collection is available now at www.hexbrand.com, HEX’s Los Angeles retail store, and premium retail partners around the world.

Ana Luisa Fair Priced Jewelry

Earring Envy: Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings

We know it’s long past Valentine’s Day but we’re still in the mood to talk about Love. Specifically the outstanding  Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings. Ladies, prepare for a dose of earring envy as you feast your eyes on the breathtaking, colorful and elegant pair of linear drop earrings.

Ana Luisa Fair Priced Jewelry

The stunning, hand-painted, gold Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings are dipped in 14k high-quality gold. These distinguished and creative gold plated earrings are ideal for a night out or anytime you want to play up a crisp white shirt. Playful yet elegant, the hand-painted earrings are made to get you noticed. We love everything about these stunners. We love that it is colorful, vibrant and easy to match. We love the geometric shapes and the fact that it is unique and fun-loving; and that it’s a sophisticated take on the fringe earrings trend with it 1/2 inch of swaying metallic chains.

Ana Luisa Fair Priced Jewelry

The enamel and gold plated earrings measure 9.1cm in length; and weighs a mere 9.5g, so you won’t have to worry about them stretching your earlobes. And because they believe in fair pricing, these Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings won’t break the bank. As we stated in our previous Ana Luisa Jewelry coverage, this is affordable luxury!

While you’d expect to pay upward of $163.00 for these beauties, they can be yours for only $65.00. Thanks to Ana Luisa’s fair pricing, you say goodbye to the markup. Ana Luisa remains on a mission to bridge the gap between women and fine jewelry. They guarantee full transparency and fair prices on all their jewelry pieces, so you never have to worry about paying too much for luxury.

We relish in the compliments we receive every time we wear the Love Enamel Drop Earrings. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the design, color and of course, what would you wear them with.

Ana Luisa Everyday Luxury Jewelry

Ana Luisa Jewelry: Everyday Luxury Without the High-End Markup

Is there anything better than getting the best for less? We love saving money but we know it’s only really worth it when what you’re saving on are exceptional pieces. This is the idea behind the Ana Luisa jewelry brand, who offers everyday luxury jewelry for women. Unlike most luxury jewelry brands, whose prices reflect costs to the wholesale distributor, sales agent, marketing and retail markup, Ana Luisa offers a direct-to-consumer approach. Their approach of in-house designers, responsible production practices, and an online selling method allows the luxury-loving woman to afford gorgeous, high-end jewelry without the high-end markup.

Ana Luisa Everyday Luxury Jewelry

We couldn’t resist getting to know the Ana Luisa Jewelry and its beautiful jewelry options. Whether you’re looking for everyday essentials or statement pieces, this affordable luxury brand is what you’re looking for. Our introduction to Ana Luisa Jewelry began with three pieces: the Flower Stud Earrings in Iris Pink, the Tessa Friendship Bracelet in Pink, and the Mona Hoop Earrings.

Ana Luisa Everyday Luxury Jewelry

We were incredibly excited to receive our pieces and although we expected each item to be individually wrapped and placed in separate bags, we realize that it’s not a necessary need. The important thing is “how is the jewelry?” We will say Ana Luisa did not disappoint; let us tell you a bit about each piece first:

Flower Stud Earrings, $75.00 – a 14K Gold plated, delicate flower stud earrings with a natural pearl and an artistic enamel layer that is individually hand painted.

Tessa Friendship Bracelet, $59.00 – a 14k gold dipped friendship bracelet with a soft cotton ribbon braided with a delicate gold plated chain.

Mona Hoop Earrings, $69.00 – elegant, 14K gold-dipped studded hoop earrings with a textured ripple design.

Ana Luisa Everyday Luxury Jewelry

Out of the three pieces, the Flower Stud Earrings were our favorite (it was love at first sight). We generally go for more statement earrings but there’s something about these graceful beauties that just stands out to us. They have a nice weight to them, they don’t pinch or weigh your lobs down, and they’re wonderfully chic. The first item we actually wore was the Mona Hoop Earrings; we love the idea of studded hoop earrings, it’s a great fusion of the two design details and we think a stylish addition to the earring category. Lastly, the Tessa Friendship Bracelet is a lovely and sophisticated version of the iconic childhood bracelet. Unfortunately, we need to get an extender because chubby wrists are a thing but once we get it, we’ll be gleefully wearing the Tessa.

This was our intro to Ana Luisa Jewelry and we can’t wait to share other favorite pieces with you. Learn more about Ana Luisa on their blog.

23 Random Things From Amazon For $36.00 or Less

We all know that Amazon is a wealth of products. Filled with things you need and things you didn’t know you needed. The best part, Amazon offers options in price and sellers. Don’t like that particular item but want something similar? Want that item but the price is too high, you can probably get it for less from another seller. Add in the wonderful Prime membership and those random things can be yours with same day delivery. As it is the holiday season, we thought this would be the perfect time to highlight some of the random things we’ve gotten from Amazon through Prime. All of which retail for $36.00 or less. Whether you’re looking for something special like jewelry or something as basic as socks, you WILL find it on Amazon.

You can’t imagine the thousands of things available on Amazon for $36.00 or less. The 23 items we’re highlighting doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what you can purchase from Amazon, so let’s dive right in and see if these random items may be useful in your lives.

fitpolo Fitness Tracker, $23.99 – remember when fitness trackers were expensive? Not if you buy it on Amazon.

HVS HP Sprocket and Polaroid Zip Instant Printer Accessories Bundle, $23.91 – all the accessories you need for your printed photos. A perfect gift for DIY lovers.

NEXGADGET Waterproof Case Compatible for AirPods, $8.99 – why not opt for a sleek, waterproof black case instead of the white everyone has.

Langsdom F9 Headphones, $14.99 – if you love pink and rose gold, like we do, you’ll love these earbuds.

DYAFIN Natural False Eyelashes, $7.99 – you can spend $20 getting your lashes done at a salon, or you could save yourself some money and try these.

ASENKU Pet Grooming Gloves, $9.99Jeselry Extra Bass Stereo Earbuds, $6.99 – Of course these are not related but we received them in the same package. Keep your pet’s fur looking silky everytime you pet them with these grooming gloves; and give your music that boom, badoom, boom, boom, badoom, boom bass with these extra base earbuds.

Karrong Bike Mount Universal Cell Phone Holder, $8.49 – perfect for bike riders. Stay in touch while enjoying a spin around town.

Assorted Color Balloons with Double Action Hand Air Pump, $13.99 – there’s always an occasion for balloons and with the inclusion of a hand pump, you can literally save your breath.

Karrong Bike Chain Lock, $12.99 and Aggly Metal Locking Clip, $4.98 – if you own a bike, you’re definitely going to need a lock; and these locking clips give extra comfort to the wearers in strollers and cars.

AOKE Wireless Single Bluetooth Earbud, $19.99 – available in five colors, this single earbud will help keep family and friends close by.

ALT Lighting E1 H13/9008 LED Headlight Bulbs, $35.99 – totally random we know, but you car owners know the importance of working headlights.

Levsox Compression Socks for Women, $15.99 – not only are these adorable, they are wonderful for relieving leg sweeling and fatigue.

GYS Cap Sleeve V Neck Pajama Pants Set, $21.99 – so soft and comfy, it’s like sleeping in the softest t-shirt.

BamTyo Ultrasonic Pest Repeller, $23.99 – if you’re looking for a non-poisoning way to keep pests out of your apartment, this set of four devices’ sonic pulses will help.

THEHORAE CZ Pendant Square Necklace, $21.99 – you can’t go wrong with jewelry as gifts and this pretty pendant would make a great gift this holiday season.

NUBWO Gaming Headset for PC, $19.99 – got a gamer in your life? Give them a better gaming experience with this very affordable gaming headphones.

VAVOFO Flame Effect Table Lamp, $20.99 – add a bit of a decorative touch to your home with this no-burn table lamp.

AMIR Wireless Indoor Outdoor Digital Freezer Thermometer, $17.99 – know the temperatre inside and outside of your home witht he touch of a button.

Hyrixdirect Wax Warmer Hair Removal Heater Pot, $10.99 – how about your own personl wax system for smooth, touchably soft bare legs, underarms, etc.

JJRC H98 RC Quadcopter Drone with Camera,  $29.99 –  fun for adults and kids, take amazing arieal photos and videos with this very affordable drone.

Geburun Remote Control Car, $32.99 – last but certainly not least, this tough remote control truck which would light up any kid’s heart (probably a few that are kids at heart as well).

Well that’s our list of 23 random things from Amazon for $36.00 or less.  As we said Amazon is a wealth of products. Any of these products catches your eye?

PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale

Shopping NYC: PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale

The gifting season is almost upon us and we all know one gift that’s always a hit for the ladies – jewelry!! What’s better than giving the great gift of jewelry? Saving on those holiday jewelry gifts. We’re happy to once again share the upcoming PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale. As you know, we are obsessed with the stunning Italian Resin jewelry (which you may remember Rihanna rocked in the June 2018 issue of Vogue). Well, here’s your chance to score some of the gorgeous PONO jewelry at wonderful sample sale prices.

PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale

Get gorgeous gifts galore with a stop into the PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale where the bold and beautiful baubles are all 50-80% off.  Shop and save to your heart’s content while you meet PONO’s Creative Director, Joan Goodman and feast your eyes on gorgeous goods from $5.00 – $500.00.

PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale

Go big with a posh pair of oversized Moon Resin Earrings – once $100 and now all yours at a fantastic $55.00. Score the sensational hand-sculpted, beaded Italian resin Allegra Necklace, previously $600.00 – now available at an amazing $250.00.

Steal the crystal-clear multilevel geometric Sea Glass Necklace for $175.00 down from a former $415.00, or own the Angle Bangle, a fusion of poetry and geometry – regularly $65.00, now yours for only $25.00. For the finish, indulge your wrists at the bangle bar, where 3 pieces are yours for only $25.00, 5 go for $30.00, and 10 can be taken for $50.00. All bangles are originally valued at $30.00 – $45.00 each.

How do you get to the  PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale? Head over to 224 W 30th St., Suite 304, between Seventh and Eighth Aves. Hop on the following subways: B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to Herald Square, or the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to Penn Station. The sample sale runs from Monday, Nov 26th through Friday, Dec 7th, from 9am–6pm. Please note the location is closed on Sundays. For more information on PONO and the upcoming sample sale, call (212-216 0022).

What are you looking forward to buying at the PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale?

beautiful jewelry: bracelets, necklaces and earrings

GIVEAWAY: Mujus Jewelry. These Sustainable Accessories Empower Women

Almost four years ago, while attending an Accessories Council holiday gift ideas event, we were first introduced to Mujus Jewelry, a stunning handcrafted jewelry brand with sustainable connections.  We were so captivated by these gorgeous jewelry pieces, we highlighted their eco-friendly jewelry again the following year.  That was too long ago, so we’re back to share some more of our favorite pieces from Mujus Jewelry and offer you, dear readers the CHANCE TO WIN a piece from the jewelry brand that empowers women.

Mujus Jewelry pieces are handcrafted in Ecuador by artisan women who are either single mothers or heads of household. Mujus Jewelry Founder, Paola Delgado created the brand to reconnect with her culture and create a more meaningful life for both the women in Ecuador and for herself. By making these beautiful pieces, these women gain financial independence, strength, and an amazing sense of self. Mujus Jewelry’s Working Mother’s Program not only teaches these women the art of jewelry making, it allows them to work from home to spend more time with their families.

As we’ve mentioned before, the jewelry pieces are carved from Corozo Nuts, seeds from the South America tagua palm tree that are known as vegetable ivory. It is incredibly durable and lightweight and boasts the same luxurious smooth texture as ivory, giving you the same luxury without having to harm any Elephants. Doesn’t that sound like a must-have for your jewelry box? Well, here’s your chance to win. We are happy to offer you the opportunity to win one of our favorite pieces from the collection, the Gema Bib Necklace ($69.00), in one of the following colors – Monaco Blue, Teal, and Yves Blue.

The Gema Bib Necklace is versatile and has an aura of its own. The 18″ eco-friendly necklace with 3″ extender, can be worn with an evening gown, or can chic up a basic summer tee shirt. Paola named this necklace Gema, which in Spanish means gem because let’s face it, the necklace looks like it’s made with raw gems. Each piece of tagua nut is hand-sewn together to create this beauty. It takes months to master the art of placing the tagua nut pieces at the right angle, to create the perfect collective shape. So, ladies, are you ready to win? To win the blue color of your choice, enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below:

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