IMG_1105Let me just start off by saying, I HATE THE GYM! I HATE IT, I HATE IT, I HATE IT! For me it’s intimidating, makes me feel like an amateur, and I don’t want to see anyone while I’m jiggling around everywhere. That sounds like a nightmare! Unfortunately, none of my clothes fit me and as bad as I HATE the gym, I HATE feeling the way that I do! I have gone back and fourth my whole life between going to the gym, and being as far away from a gym as humanly possible. That is no longer an option for me at this point, it’s time for a life-style change. I hate when people say that, it’s like what does that even mean. It’s so vague, or maybe I don’t like it because it means I know it’s going to be difficult. For someone who HATES going to the gym as much as I do, I have to think of ways to get motivated! So I’m about to put these things that always work for me into effect!

  • Set Your Home Screen to a Picture of YOURSELF that You Loved the Way You Looked! A lot of people do this with celebs, but a picture of yourself is way more motivating. It’s because it’s more realistic. You’ve done it before, so you can do it again!IMG_1158
  • Cute Gym Stuff: Not just an outfit, I’m talking everything! Shoes, bag, GEAR and clothes. I HAVE to have a cute gym bag to put me in a good mood. When I look at my bag, I want to get happy! IMG_8856

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  • Set Alarms on Your Phone! If you have a plan to go, don’t just say, “Okay I’m going to go to the gym today.” If it’s not something that is already set in your routine, pick a time and set alarms on your phone! I know for me, if I do not have a specific time, chances are that it’s not happening!
  • Positive Reinforcement: What is something that you actually do love doing? I would try and recreate that feeling right before you walk into the gym, and right after! For example I looovvvve acai bowls! Before I head into the gym I put myself in a good mood by having one, since it’s a healthy treat that I love! Also, right after the gym I reward myself with 30 minutes of reading a good book or watching my favorite show! That way, I have something to look forward to. This helps train my brain to not think DEATH when I think gym, which is the usual response my brain gives.FullSizeRender
  • Gym Playlist: Create a gym playlist! I don’t mean slap one together. I mean create one specifically for the gym and save it for the gym only! Make it a treat you can look forward to! In the beginning especially, it should be something that you are excited to listen to!

These are tips from someone what hates the gym with a fiery passion from the depths of my soul! haha I wish I were joking! I hate the way gyms look, smell, feel, EVERYTHING! Every time I put these into effect, it sucks less and less. Eventually it starts to not suck, and then I wake up looking forward to it. If you have any tips PLEASE leave me a comment down below! Getting back in shape is going to take time, patience and discipline, but I hope this can help motivate you! Wish me luck mine starts on Monday, and I’m going to need it!

Your Friend

Torri!

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So I’m going to get a little deep, I hope that’s okay. This is a topic near and dear to my heart! With International Women’s Day, MY OWN AMAZING BFFs, and because I’M OBSESSED with the show GIRLS (it’s on HBO, SERIOUSLY GO WATCH!), I feel inspired to talk about this. Girl friendships are complex, but can be one of the most beautiful and rewarding gifts we have in this world. They enrich, inspire and empower you! They can mold you, shape you and influence you into the person you become. How extraordinary is it to have someone to order a large cheese pizza with and sit on the couch, with no pants and no judgement? To drag to a lame party they REALLY aren’t excited about, just so you can talk to the boy you’ve been obsessing over? Someone to talk about the Illuminati with and debate other dumb conspiracies that don’t even really matter? Who has received numerous pictures of all your shoe-to-outfit combinations because you just need a second opinion? Someone to answer your call at 3 AM when you’re crying over an unworthy boy? Someone to biotch about your job, your boss, your boyfriend, your family? Someone who knows the name of all of your co-workers and all the things that bother you about them, even though they’ve never met anyone you work with? A companion who understands your silence and your words. I feel lucky that as girls, we get to have these unapologetic, deep, soul-touching friendships.

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The hard part comes just like anything else, with age. You move, get jobs, start relationships, life happens. Sometimes, you can feel the once constant everyday presence of your BFF fade and slip away, like sand through your fingers. It’s heart breaking, but life doesn’t come with an instruction manual, and try as you might, things still change. When this happens you can either become bitter and resentful, or understanding and loving. It’s your choice. I, unfortunately, have been both. Resentful of new friends and new lives, and let me tell you, that only furthers the gap. Although it’s immature, we are all human and all anyone can do is try to be better. Here’s the thing, there is only one you! Let your BFF grow and expand into new friends. No one can take away your past and just because things are different, it does not mean that they love you any less or that you are no longer best friends. I said I was lucky before, because surprisingly, I still talk to most of my best friends from high school on a daily, weekly, or bi-weekly basis. It takes work to maintain these friendships as you get older, and to find a new normal. But I have some tips to stay in the know, and to stay connected to your BFF!

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  •  Be INTENTIONAL: This is probably the most important thing. When you make plans, follow through. When you say you’re going to call in an hour, call in an hour! You have to be intentional, because things WILL get in the way! With that being said, it brings me to my next point.
  • Be UNDERSTANDING: You love your BFF and you want her to be the very best version of herself. Sometimes that means letting her grow and understanding life gets in the way. Instead of being passive aggressive (guilty), if she doesn’t call you back when she said, meet her with understanding and love. Life happens, remember that.
  • Turn their Instagram Notifications On: Social media is perfect for staying in touch! For instance, I have my best friend’s Instagram posts set to alert me! So every time they post, I get a reminder. This helps me tremendously! It keeps me in the know and always makes me smile to see what they’re up to! Personally, I always leave a comment too!
  • SCHEDULE Phone Dates: Time Zones are the enemy of long distance relationships. With work and significant others, you have to find your sweet spots. For instance, a few of my BFFs and I have a 2 hour time difference. This makes things a little difficult when I go to call her at 9 AM my time! Find a time that matches both of you! Last, but not least:
  • Be mindful of their Schedule: I’m not going to call my BFF with a 9-5 in the middle of her work day! Be respectful of the lives that they are building!

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    I hope you got some useful information out of this and if you live near your BFFs, don’t take it for granted!

    I love you, and go call your best friend!

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(*Sorry it’s been a while! I got a BRAND NEW computer. My old one just wasn’t cutting it, so it took me a while to switch everything over! Thanks for your patience!)

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Vegas BABY!  I recently went to Las Vegas with my BFFs! And let me tell you, of course we ate at the CUTEST places and saw the BEST shows and did all the things we could possibly fit in! (I told you I’m a fun crammer!) Las Vegas, SIN CITY, or as I like to call it CHANDELIER CITY, is basically a play ground for adults. But for real about the chandelier.. I feel like they have a law that there must be a chandelier per every 50 feet! Lol! To me, almost everything looks similar or has the same Vegas vibe. Think flashy, shiny, big! Sensory overload! The air in Vegas buzzes with electricity and excitement at ALL HOURS! It’s funny, because I know they call NYC the city that never sleeps, but I beg to differ! That title most definitely belongs to Las Vegas!  We tried to do a little bit of everything! This is my second time in Vegas, so I have my bearings enough to show you a great time! You CAN’T miss some of these gems! Ah! I’m getting a food coma, and a hangover just thinking about it!

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  1. Whist: If you want to ease into Vegas, or if you just need a break from the strip and want to do some shopping, Whist is the place for you! This place was a DREAM! I’ve also discovered I’m super into loungey places. (Also, not sure if loungey is a word.) We sat outside and the aesthetic portion of my soul was in heaven! Whimsical, charming and just everything you want in a brunch spot! We stayed for HOURS catching up, drinking all the bubbles and pretty drinks! This is the PERFECT brunch spot! It’s located in Henderson, about a 5 minute drive from the strip. Whist is surrounded by great shopping too! The food was FABULOUS! I’m not normally into sweet potato fries, but trust me, ORDER THEM!!!

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2. GAMBLE: Okay, so you’re in Las Vegas. You HAVE to gamble. You just have to do it, right?! DO NOT waste time and money on penny slots, they are confusing and you will be throwing ‘Dolla Bills Yo’ in the trash can! If you are a beginner like me, Roulette is the way to go! Also go to “Old Vegas” to gamble! (It’s the only place I will gamble.) The table “buy-in” is way cheap, like 5 dollars, as opposed to $50-$100!! I normally limit myself to $50 max, but start with $20! I LOVE roulette because it’s super easy!!!! Pick a number, pick a color and BAM, there you have it! Also, free drinks while you’re gambling which is super cool! Good luck tracking down a waitress though! Haha! (The pics below are from my phone sorrryyyy)

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3. The STRIP: Obviously, you have to go down the strip and sight see. This is where you can just feel the excitement in your bones! Seriously, the air buzzes! You should spend a whole day walking in and out of all the hotel/casinos. All of them are different, but with the same Vegas vibe. Everything is so… extra, lol! That’s a good way to describe it. Grab a frozen drink and walk around!

PRO-TIP: Open containers are allowed everywhere! You know what that means! Go to the liquor store, pick your poison and have it with you. Put it in your purse or flask up! Everything on the strip is super, super expensive!!!

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4. The Chandelier Bar: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hang out IN a chandelier? This place is an experience! The Chandelier Bar is one of my favorite bars I’ve ever been to! It’s so freaking beautiful, and it’s like 3 stories! (I think, don’t quote me on that!) Get a yummy drink, relax and enjoy the aesthetic! They even have a mouth-numbing drink! (I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s on my list for next time!!!) This place is just superrrr dreamy!!! (It’s located in The Cosmopolitan. You can’t miss it!)

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5. Paris: Anther must-stop spot is Paris! Run in, grab a drink, lounge out! Comfy chairs and yummy drinks! The ceiling is painted like the sky, it’s weirdly calming. Such a cool spot though! We sat here for a few hours, had some yummy drinks and talked our heads off. It’s super relaxing. One of those places that makes you forget where you are for a little while. This has probably become one of my most favorite things to do in Vegas.

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76C1DFDF-0643-4206-81B3-10CC2F810890 (Cellphone pic, sorry! ^)IMG_82775. Mon Ami Gabi: This is a restaurant that looks like something straight out of a fairy tale! The inside-outside court yards are super dreamy! It’s moderately priced for being on the strip. Everything is so YUM! And it’s French inspired food. We had so much yum cheese, and their fresh bread, OMG! I can still smell it as I’m writing this! Aaahhh, sssooo ggooooddd! Also, I am NOT a Sangria person. (Thanks to 19 year old Torri and those stupid, huge $8 Carlo Rossi Sangria jugs.. Wine pong, don’t ask.) But I gave their’s a try anyway. It was a good move, for sure!IMG_8300IMG_8305IMG_8312IMG_8299IMG_8273

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6. Go see a Cirque Du Soleil O Show! Samantha and I managed to get a steal off of Craigslist actually, lol! I don’t know if I would recommend doing it, but it worked out awesome for us! We saw O and it was freaking GOOD!!! We were OOOO-ING and AAAAHHH-ING the whole time! Lol! But it’s amazing what the super humans in this show can do. And even what humans are capable of doing, in pulling a show like this off. My mind was completely BLOWN AWAY! I’ve heard every Cirque Show is amazing. This was my first one and it was probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen!

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(^^^Cell phone pic of our best ‘O’ faces! Lollll)

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7. Old Vegas: Old Vegas, hands down, is totally my vibe. You should definitely spend a day down there day-drinking. And then gamble at The Cortez at night! (I knowww, same name as AHS Hotel! Love that season!) There are so many awesome restaurants/bars. Container Park is down there as well. It’s a cute area made out of shipping containers, with shops and restaurants all throughout. All the bars in Old Vegas are super cute, tons of art everywhere you look! One restaurant worth mentioning: Park on Fremont. We had a Mac and Cheese Philly Cheese Steak! I am not even joking! And YES, it was sooooo freaking goooddd!

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8. Bottiglia: OH MY GORGEOUS! THIS PLLAACCEEE! This place had my favorite meal of the trip! We got the full experience! Also, I think it takes winner in ‘The Cutest Place in Las Vegas’. Bottiglia is about a 10 min drive from the strip and sssoooo worth it! IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL AND LOUNGEY! Want to talk about dreamy aesthetics? Ugh, I though I died and went to heaven, lol! And allllll the pastaaaa!! Yuummm! Super cute Italian fine dining, it was amazing!! I am so mad at myself that I did not bring my camera! So these cell phone pics will have to do. Just know this place was it!!! Also, we didn’t come for brunch but we did see they have $10 bottomless ROSE! Next time I’m in Vegas I will be here with some Rose! That is a fact! You should too!! UGH, I just wish I had more pictures to show you, but these are all I got!!!IMG_1486

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9. Bachi: So this is only in Vegas and it is a true GEM! I’m not usually a huge burger person. I mean every now and again, but this place.. I am DROOLING again! Like, legitimately swallowing my saliva so I don’t get it on my keyboard! They do Asian-Style burgers? I know seems like a weird concept, but just please trust me on this one! This is a game changer! Bachi Burger was on one of those shows that features unique, yummy foods. They have toppings like apple vinegar, pineapple ketchup, and miso butter! I’m so upset right now because all I want is one of these burgers, but I’m in Florida and there is nothing I can do about it!!! (First world problems.) PLEASE try this party in your mouth. They have 3 locations, all in Las Vegas, but none on the strip. MAKE IT HAPPEN! GO!

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(Bachi Brussel Sprouts, yumm!)

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10.  SOHO SUSHI BURRITO: This is a real thing! It’s exactly what it sounds like, too! Think one GIANT sushi roll FILLED with whatever your heart desires!!! They have some prepared options too, because it can be a bit overwhelming with sssooo many choices!! I will tell you mine was sssoooo gooodddd! Haha! They put it in front of me, I took some pics, then I BLACKED OUT AND IT WAS GONE!!! lol! The good thing about being in Vegas, is that there are sushi burrito places everywhere, haha! Think Subway, but with all your favorite sushi ingredients!

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In hind sight, this was kinda almost all about food! LOL! I’m a little embarrassed, I’m not going to lie. But hey, isn’t that what a vaycay is for though? Right, lollll. Anyways! When you’re in Las Vegas next time, I hope this helps you out! It was such a blast getting to see my best friends and exploring together. Since I had so much to say about food in this post, lol, let me know what food place you’d like to try the most in the comments below! Hope you’re having an awesome day! I love you bye!

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IMG_1017.JPGMy hair is SUPER LONG! But it was not always like this! (SEE tiny pictures above) My hair was totally stuck at one length FOREVER. We’re talking YEARS AND YEARS! It was a a lot of trial and error, but I’m pretty sure I have the secret sauce! I get asked all the time about how I got it so long, so I wanted to share the knowledge with you! There are a few things that totally changed my hair game!IMG_8021.jpg

  1. SULFATE-FREE Shampoo and Conditioner: This is number 1 because it’s probably THE MOST IMPORTANT! Sulfates are horrible, horrible, horrible for your hair. Especially if you dye your hair!!! They dry your hair out and FADE your color! A lot of people think sulfate-free shampoo is expensive, and most of the time that is the case. However, these are super cheap and what I use. I have used $30-60 dollar shampoo and conditioner before, and this stuff works JUST as well. This completely changed everything for me! The texture, the look, the length, EVERYTHING. And for about $6 a bottle, completely affordable. Another thing I love, is switching it up with these guys. You should keep your hair guessing. Notice one is for volume and the other is for repair and defend. They have tons in this line that do different things! I switch them up always, and ALWAYS SULFATE-FREE. Total GAME CHANGER!!! IMG_8079.jpg

 

2. WIDE TOOTH COMB: This is also another game changer. I used to be really, really hard on my hair with a brush. Over about 2 months time of only using a wide tooth comb, my hair was noticeably thicker! It’s annoying at first, because it take about a week to get used to. But once you get the hang of it, using a comb becomes quicker than ripping your hair out with a brush! Make SURE you always start from the very bottom tips of your hair when brushing. Things go much easier, and it won’t rip your hair out! I also wanted to mention that if I’m in a hurry, sometimes I use a “Wet Brush” (I’ll put one in the picture below). They have these at Target or Walmart and are the next best thing, because of their flexible bristles. If you are serious about getting longer, thicker, healthier hair though, wide tooth combs are what you should use exclusively! (I can’t take all the credit, my friend Coral taught me this trick. Thanks Coral!) IMG_8074.jpg

3. REGULAR TRIMS: Every 4 to 6 weeks you need to get your hair trimmed if you want it to grow. I know this sounds crazy, because why cut it if you want it longer? Trust me, if you don’t get trims, your hair WILL break off at the ends. And this is why people’s hair gets stuck at a certain length. Without regular trims, your ends will split and your hair will plateau. If you’ve ever wondered why your hair has been the same length for years, this is probably the main culprit. It is kinda crazy that cutting your hair leads to long hair though, haha!. IMG_8080.jpg

4. Argon Oil: Argon Oil is my personal FAVE. It’s what got me to the lengths my hair has reached now. But if you can’t find or afford it, this is a good dupe. A little goes a long way. This should be used when your hair is wet, right when you get out of the shower, without fail. Put a dime size amount in your hands, focus on the ends and work your way up! Use little to none on your scalp, unless you have super dry hair!IMG_8028

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5. NO HEAT: Once you implement all the tips above, you honestly won’t really need to add heat to your hair. I no longer straighten, blow dry or anything! Lay off the heat as soon as possible! Embrace your natural wave or texture. Definitely stop blow drying immediately!

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I hope this helps your hair game! Let me know if you have any hair tips in the comments down below! I’m dusting the glitter off my clothes in Las Vegas with my best friends since high school! SO, SO, LUCKY to have them! Tons of posts coming! Look out for a comprehensive review of the Taco Bell that serves alcohol!!! Hope you have a great day! LOVE YOU BYE!!

 

IMG_7992-2.jpgTraveling is the best thing anyone can do for themselves. It’s an investment in your soul. Going to the airport solo, is like one of my most favorite things to do. Everyone is going somewhere. And as everyone rushes past me I’m like, “Where are they going?” I wonder what their middle name is. What’s the best thing that’s ever happened to them? Who was their first kiss? What’s stuck to the fridge in their kitchen by a magnet? This is probably because seeing all those people, all doing something, can almost make you feel small. In the best way, it’s the realization that there is a bigger picture here. It’s inspiring, to me at least. In a few days I will be soloing at the airport and I’m BEYOND STOKED! Since traveling is one of my biggest passions, I have some packing tips and tricks to make everything go as smooth as possible.

The first thing I ALWAYS, ALWAYS strive to do is: carry-on only. In some instances, it’s unavoidable, but more often than not, a carry on and a personal item is enough!

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Carry-On: Functionality trumps looks in the luggage department, ALWAYS! I have the cutest flamingo luggage set and when Matt and I are running through the airport, GUESS WHAT? I ALWAYS make him switch with me, lol. His is less bulky, rolls easier, and maneuvers better. See, FUNCTIONALITY! Get a carry-on with those qualities! (I’m actually about to take his when I go to Vegas in a few days)

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Personal Item: Back packs are the BEST for this! Personal Items are super important to me, because it’s how you’re going be comfortable. Here are a few things I recommend!

  1. Make-up wipes:(My personal FAVES are pictured above) I throw on a little BB cream while I’m flying, use the make-up wipes on the descent, and then re-apply right before my plane lands! (This keeps me fresh faced)
  2. Toiletries: I keep these in the front pocket of my personal item (backpack), far away from the clothes in my carry-on. That way, if they bust, they won’t ruin anything inside the bag.
  3. Chargers/Electronics: This way you won’t be in a bind if your phone dies (easy access), and you can keep a tight watch on your electronics! (In my case laptops and cameras)
  4. Hair Brush: If you have long hair, this is a must. Especially if you’re like me, and like to sleep on planes.
  5. Head Phones: I love to listen to podcasts and music. When you’re traveling, anything can happen and you may be left alone for prolonged periods of time. Make sure these are with you! BTW: I made the most perfect travel playlist in Spotify. It’s called “Planes Trains and Automobiles”. Seriously, look it up. It rules!
  6. Book: Like I said, anything can happen! If your flight gets delayed, or if you have a long flight, it’s always a good idea!

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Packing Cubes: If you want more space in your suitcase, this is a great way to make it happen! It’s like some Harry Potter magic, lol. I’m honestly not sure why these things work like they do, but OMG! It’s magic. These were $8.00 from Walmart! I’m not super experienced with them yet, but so far they have blown my mind! I still can’t figure out how they work!

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Shoes: It’s hard to pack shoes because you don’t want what touches the ground to be near your clean clothes. I use our “reusable grocery bag” because it can be washed after and is just convenient! (Doubles as a dirty clothes bag too!)

So to be honest, by nature I am a textbook over packer! This year I want to be the best version of myself, so I’ve decided to make an ultimate minimal packing list. Here it is!

The Ultimate List to Not Over Packing

  1. Tops: One dressy, two casual, one tank.
  2. Bottoms: Black leggings, grey leggings, one pair of jeans.
  3. Outerwear: One flannel, a jean shirt, and one jacket.
  4. Dresses: One dress that can be dressed up, and one super casual.
  5. Undergarments/Swim: One bathing suit, one bralette, one bra. (Underwear as needed)
  6. Sleepwear: One over-sized sleep shirt dress.

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This has all of your bases covered, without over crowding yourself! You will be ready for whatever!

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PRO TIP: Wear your most comfy outfit! This shirt is basically a blanket! Also, I always wear some sort of comfortable sandal or flipflop, because my feet swell on planes. Also LEGGINGS, always LEGGINGS! These sandals are made out of yoga mats, HIGHLY RECOMMEND! (THIS SHIRT IS CURRENTLY $11 at Target in the sale section!)

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I am so so so so so so EXCITED! I will be in Las Vegas with two of my very best friends since high school. We’re just excited to be together. It could be anywhere, as long as we’re together! This is my second time in Sin City! If you have a must do, leave it in a comment, so I can add it to our list! DEFINITELY going to the fancy Taco Bell that serves alcohol! I’ll let you know how that goes! Anyways, I hope this will help you in your travels, from a recovering over-packer! Packing is super annoying, but also so exciting, because it means an adventure is awaiting you! Always say yes to an adventure!

Anyways, love you!!! Bye!