Not only have I been traveling my entire life, I’m also a licensed flight attendant. Over the years I’ve mastered the art of packing my carry-on bag. A full-size is a different story…but as long as I’m under 50lbs I’m good, right? RIGHT?!
Take a peak at the list of what I pack below. (Pssst: I have a link to a printable packing list at the bottom…)
(PS…this bag is on clearance at Target! Find it here!)
Boarding Passes: I like to print mine just so I have backup because, ya never know
Kindle Fire: pre loaded with a couple of book options
Headphones: pack a splitter if you’re traveling with someone! Makes sharing to watch a show or movie much more enjoyable
Charging stick: because an open outlet can be impossible to find
Chargers for all electronics: be sure you pack any lithium ion batteries in your carry-on because there’s a chance they can catch fire if under the plane
Hand Sanitizer: the things you touch in the airport are grosssssss
Emery Board: not the sharp metal ones…just the little drugstore cheapies
Hair Brush/A few hair ties: my hair is INSANE with all the static so this always comes in handy
A couple of bandaids: in case of blisters or small cuts
A few safety pins: these suckers come in handy in so many ways
Cozy socks: I HATE cold feet and flight attendants can’t change the temperature of the plane so if it’s freezing then that’s most likely how it will be for the duration of the flight.
Shawl or small blanket: just a head’s up…if the blanket a flight attendant hands you isn’t wrapped in plastic it’s been used repeatedly by countless people…ew.
Water bottle: empty, of course, but I fill it up after security
Adult coloring book/colored pencils
Depending on where I’m going I’ll throw in a bathing suit or a change of clothes just in case (and heaven forbid!) my luggage gets lost en route to my destination.
Of course these are just my carry-on absolute must-haves. I know people that pack more than I do and even some that pack less–which I don’t understand how that’s even possible but good for them! Click here for a printable carry-on packing list.
What are your travel must-haves?
First of all, where is summer?! Seriously, WHERE IS IT?! Since it’s only January and we have FOREVER to go until those balmy months, today’s outfit post/DIY shirt is a throwback to warmer weather because I’m ready to start dreaming up festival outfits and sweating my buns off outside. Anywho…
I had been seeing these vintage deep V tshirts EVERYWHERE except in a store where I could actually buy one. I had seriously been looking for more than a year and then just decided to make myself one. I found this ridiculous “cave art” tshirt at a thrift store and DIYd the shit out of it. I ended up loving it so much that I wore it to a Tame Impala show at Red Rocks.
Shirt: Vintage and DIY by me
Boots & Sunnies: Forever 21
**these pictures were taken on a different day than the show…I was too busy pre-gaming in the parking lot….oops.
I may have made this last summer but I’m totally going to wear it and more like it alllll summer. My question is…should I make some of these one-of-a-kind pieces for the shop? Let me know!
It’s the third week of January, how’s that New Year’s Resolutions list holding up? Still going strong? Or like most, have they fallen to the wayside? Don’t fret, you aren’t alone! Unfortunately, each year many of us make New Year Resolutions and more often than not, we fail at them after only a few weeks. It’s not over though, it’s STILL a new year and you have 348 days until 2018. Let’s start over!
What can we do to ensure success instead of failure?
According to Psychology Today, “Timothy Pychyl, a professor of psychology at Carleton University in Canada, says that resolutions are a form of “cultural procrastination,” an effort to reinvent oneself. People make resolutions as a way of motivating themselves, he says. Pychyl argues that people aren’t ready to change their habits, particularly bad habits, and that accounts for the high failure rate. Another reason, says Dr. Avya Sharma of the Canadian Obesity Network, is that people set unrealistic goals and expectations in their resolutions.”
Does this sound like you? Ok, well let’s figure out a way to change that!
Knowing this information we can better prepare ourselves for the rest of the year. Here are seven ways to help make those resolutions stick:
- Make them GOALS, not resolutions. The definition of a resolution is “a firm decision to do or not to do something” whereas the definition of a goal is “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result”. In simpler terms–a goal is basically something you work towards whereas a resolution is telling yourself you are or are not allowed to do something. Sometimes all it takes is a little mind trick, so change up your thinking! Instead of saying “In 2017 I’m going to lose weight” say “my goal in 2017 is to lose x amount of pounds”. Set a specific goal to work TOWARDS not just a new rule you have to follow.
- Focus on fewer. I know I’m guilty of making a huge list for myself each year and I usually fall off the wagon immediately. So take a look at that list you made and pick the most important ones to you and stick to those. Once you start working towards and accomplishing your goals you can set new ones to work towards. Don’t overwhelm yourself in the beginning because this can lead to discouragement.
- Be realistic. This one goes hand in hand with step number 2. It sounds self-explanatory, and it kind of is, but don’t put more on yourself than you can truly handle. Any goal you have will be a mountain at times and it’s better to try climbing one metaphorical mountain than to bounce around on many.
- Find yourself an accountability buddy (or accountabilibuddy as South Park would say). I know you’ve heard people discuss this type of thing when it comes to weight loss but it can work for so many different types of goals. For example, when I lived in Tennessee my mom was always my accountability buddy when it came to morning runs whereas my Dad was my accountability buddy for my financials and my boyfriend helps keep me accountable when it comes to working towards my dreams of self-employment. So find yourself someone you trust to help keep you accountable when the going gets tough.
- Figure out ways to motivate yourself. Watch a motivational video on Youtube each morning during your coffee (or tea!). Write words of affirmation on your mirror so that you see them when you get ready. There are tons of motivation lists online…try out different things and see what works for you. There will be days when you feel down in the dumps and discouraged and these can help pull you through.
- Make the attempt to reach your goal a daily HABIT. It is said that all it takes to create a new behavior is 3 to 4 weeks, so commit to your “new habit” or attempt at reaching your goal for 30 days. Just 30 days and then see where you are.
- Remember to love yourself and forgive your mistakes. I think this is arguably the most important on this list! It’s so easy to get down on ourselves for slipping up but it doesn’t have to be that way! We are only human and we are completely imperfect–take a step back, realize the mistake and try, try again.
Go ahead, dust off that list you made a few weeks ago and get back to it!
What are some of your goals for the year and how are you planning on reaching them? Do you have any suggestions for better ways to keep motivated in 2017?
Okay, so she’s a long way from being ready, but…….I have been keeping this secret for months. M O N T H S. Which, if you know me, is a huge deal. But here it is, I’m spilling the beans….A couple of months ago I made a BIG decision…I bought a vintage camper. Why, you may ask? To turn it into a mobile boutique, that’s why!
I’ve had the idea of a mobile shop in an old camper for years and after spending two summers in Denver and seeing all the mobile shops in action, I just KNEW I had to make my idea a reality. I finally realized that in order for this to actually happen I was going to have to make some moves and take a few calculated risks. I started spending hours daily researching what to look for, things to stay away from and tips and tricks on restoring. I quickly realized that this was a project that I absolutely could not do by myself like I had originally thought–I was depressed and lost nearly all hope but I kept looking.
One day as I was perusing Craigslist, I stumbled upon a post for a couple of campers in my price range (which, let me tell you, wasn’t a lot) so I sent an email inquiring–I figured I could at least just go take a look. A day later I got a call and voicemail from Ken, the camper owner, and he tells me that he restores campers to their original glory or flips them into mobile spaces for people–he’s currently working on a mobile art gallery and just finished up a mobile photo booth and even a BBQ food truck. I was SO excited but I was really skeptical because, again, I didn’t have a ton of money to throw around. Anyway we set up a meeting and Jonathan and I headed up into the mountains to take a look.
There were several to choose from but we knew from the moment we stepped into Gloria that she would be mine. Seriously, we both just knew. I waited for a few days for some more research and budgeting and then I wrote the check.
As soon as the title was handed to me and I was alone to take measurements I sat down on the floor and cried. Happy…excited…terrified–I honestly felt everything at that moment.
(Meet Gloria. A 1966 Red Dale camper trailer.)
She’s been partially gutted, had her paint stripped and she needs work from the rails up (literally!) but she’s got good bones! I will be keeping the stove, the ice box and rebuilding the couch that pulls out into a bed so that I can use her for camping as well.
Here are some of our first draft renderings:
In the first view, you can see the couch which will be used to display pillows, blankets and other cute home goods. The area with the sink will have a cabinet that goes over it so that it hides it and becomes a flat display area.
Still trying to figure out how to put a small fitting area across from the sink and stove.
And here is a sample of how it will look all set up on site. I’ll have a roll out awning and some cute display furniture to make the shop look cohesive and inviting.
The actual body work hasn’t gotten started due to winter weather but the goal is Spring/Summer 2017! EEK!!! Again, this is just the first rough draft so there will be a lot of changes but it feels awesome to be lost in the right direction.
I am also planning on branching out from strictly vintage to handmade and new boutique items that fit with the Chance & Coincidence aesthetic. If you’ve had any type of experience with buying or with having your own shop, (mobile or otherwise) I would love to hear from you!
Are mobile boutiques or fashion trucks a thing in your area? If so, what’s been your favorite and why?
So this blog has been around for awhile now and unfortunately it’s been dormant for most of its sad life. The past two years have taught me so much of who I am and what I want (and don’t want) and I’m ready to actually do this thing. No more half-assed posts that I throw in there just because I feel pressured to do it or to just fill space. I’ve been planning and dreaming up this relaunch for months and I’m terrified and excited that the time has come to release it out into the world.
Anywho, without further adieu, welcome!
The new Chance & Coincidence will be a blog that focuses on my journey to creating and expanding my side hustle (aka my shop), outfit posts, DIYs, travel, tips, ideas, inspiration and things that genuinely make me happy. I may occasionally throw in a story or a memory because let’s be honest–weird stuff tends to happen to me, but I’m going to try my best to be much more focused in my approach. I’m hoping that as I do this more and more the blog will continue to organically grow into something that I’m truly proud of.
Take a look around…you’ll notice some new sections that I can’t wait to delve into in the coming weeks. This is what you can expect from each section–new and old:
Start Here/Meet Me: my about me section so that you can take a tiny peek into my head
Projects: DIYs, things I’m working on, etc.
Life: this will eventually be split into sub-sections but for now it’s a space for tips and tricks, anecdotes, inspiration, current music playlists, guest posts, things I’ve been into lately, fitness, food, things to do in Denver…anything that happens in life.
Adventures: pretty self explanatory–travel and things I get into
Style: Outfit posts, Style tips, things I’m dying to buy, etc
Shop: A link to the Etsy shop which will be relaunching with a new look in February and a link to “Gloria”…you’ll have to wait until Friday to see what the heck that is 😉
You’ll notice that the old content is still here but you can expect new content three days a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7AM MST. Follow my Instagram or Snapchat (username: fallingupstairs) for daily posts.
What would you like to see on here? Leave your ideas in the comments below!