10 Unique Tips To Help you pack for your next Road Trip!

10 Unique Tips to help you pack for your next road trip!

As you may know, I have set out on a 3 week road trip up the East Coast! To some, packing for such a trip might be a daunting task, but not for me! I know it sounds crazy, but I actually enjoy the packing part! (It’s okay if you don’t believe me. It’s true!) As you know from my other posts on packing, I have certain methods I like to use that help make packing easier, more efficient, and even fun! So lets get started!

Road Trip Packing Tips

1- Make a list of all the places you will be going on this road trip and include how many days & nights you will be there.

This will help you know how many outfits to pack for each specific place!

2- Next to each place/location, write down what type of daily activities will be done during your time there.

This is SO important because it helps break down each type of clothing you need to be packing according to all the activities you will be doing there! An evening out- fancy dress. A day of hiking- workout clothes and tennis shoes! The beach- Swimming suit and beach towel! See what I mean? Nothing gets left out.

3- Next to each location, write down the daytime weather/temperatures & night time temps for your time there.

Keep this weather and temperatures in mind while packing for each place on your road trip list! Sometimes I get a certain style in my head for packing and I fail to realize it might be super chilly at night or rainy, etc! It also helps you plan out if you need light weight jammies or full blown footie pajamas for those potentially cold nights!

4- Establish if your hotels or Air bnb’s will have an accessible washing machine.

If not, plan on bringing a pair of jeans that you can wear multiple times to conserve packing space. Or you can pack lighter, more compact things. Sun dresses are always a good idea! (Unless this is a winter road trip, of course)

5- Go down your list of places/activities/weather and start trying on outfits that “fit” that criteria.

Pay attention to all details you have written down up to this point! They are all important! Reflect back to the list each time you think you have decided on an outfit, just to double check.

6- Take a picture in each finalized outfit to reflect back on what exactly you packed later on during your road trip!

You know how we pack all these cute outfits and then get there and BLANK. What did I even pack??? *Proceeds to empty out entire suitcase and throw clothes everywhere. This step is for you!!

7- Once all outfits are put together and all pictures taken, create different photo folders on your camera roll and title them the names of the places you are going. (Put outfit pics in each folder accordingly)

For example: DC outfit pics, New York Outfit pics, Canada outfit pics, etc. Make it easy on yourself, do a little organization of your outfit pics and you will have an easier time getting yourself dressed and out the door!

8- When packing, place the outfits that will be worn last all the way down in your bag/suitcase. Put your outfits for the beginning of your trip up at the top so you don’t make a huge mess when trying to get ready!

It’s all about efficiency! This one seems obvious, but yet, we all forget to do it! If you have already forgotten which outfits come last in the road trip, look at your list of places and then look back at your outfit pictures! See how that is already coming in handy?

9- Bring an empty spare bag to put your dirty clothes in along the way!

No need to mix the dirty with the clean! This can be as simple as packing a grocery bag, a garbage bag, or even a collapsible sports bag.

*Pack the rest of your stuff as needed!

10- While enjoying your road trip, don’t forget to reflect back on your outfit pictures each day so you recall how to wear & style each outfit with ease!

You’ll be the quickest one to get ready! After all, no one likes a slow poke when they are ready to go out and start their exploring!

Where are you going on your next road trip? I hope these tips help!

Xoxo-

SJ

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France Vintage Clothing Haul

France Vintage Clothing Haul

Hello, fellow thrift and vintage lovers. It’s about that time again! I now present to you, my France vintage clothing haul!

 

A Magical Day in France

It truly was a magical day in France when destiny brought me to Strasbourg the same day that the vintage street market was being held! We only had one full day in the area before we would be heading to the next town. My sister had gone out earlier than me to grab us some breakfast. When she came back, she was like “You are not going to believe this! I’ve got a surprise to show you!” At the time, I really had no idea what I was about to see. In fact, even my sister did not know the extent of her own surprise! She walked me to the beginning of the vintage market, which she thought was only one or two streets long. What she didn’t know, was that it basically went up and down almost every street in the whole town!!!! The most beautiful true-vintage clothing I had ever laid my eyes on!! Racks on racks on racks! AND SO inexpensive!!! I had obviously landed in my own little piece of paradise.

Honestly, if I had known that I would stumble upon this glorious vintage market, I would have come to France with two empty suitcases!!! Unfortunately, I came to France with one very full backpack. Three streets deep and one bag full, we agreed we had to peel ourselves away from the market before we got in over our heads! I cannot believe I am actually saying this, but the clothing was so good and so cheap, we literally couldn’t even LOOK anymore because we did not have the willpower to just window shop!!! We walked away in amazement…and concern for how we would be able to carry all of our new finds!

The Goods

Now that I have given you the full backstory, I would like to show you the goods! I will say, it is a MINI haul! (For the reasons I explained above. ^^) I hope you enjoy.

90’s denim jacket with snakeskin print- A fun statement piece to have!

 

Cropped Red jacket from the 50’s- Could be worn for a casual or dressy look.

 

1800’s style blouse from the 80’s- This can be buttoned in a few different ways to create different looks!

 

Saddle shoes from the 60’s- In mint condition!

 

Cream Colored Beret- Perfect accessory to wear in France 😉

 

Vintage Camera- Had to have this for obvious reasons.

 

Faux fur bolero jacket from the 50’s – For a night out on the town!

 

Fringe dress from the 60’s- (Excuse the selfies, I haven’t worn these next ones out quite yet 😉

 

Mini Skirt with pockets from the 60’s- Cute with a casual outfit or even a bathing suit cover up! (Oh, and here is the bolero jacket again too)

Thanks so much for your interest in my France vintage clothing hall! I tend to do a vintage/thrift haul every new place I travel to, so be sure to subscribe to my blog below if you want to see the next!

Also, if you would like to see some of my favorite views and places from this France trip, shop my France photography Prints for sale.

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Xoxo,

Sj

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The Flight Attendant Wife Life

Flight Attendant Grad

He did it!! ….WE did it! Okay ok, I know he is the one who did all the work to become the Flight Attendant, but I feel like I get to say “we” because I had to go without my Kent being home for two whole months!! Luckily, his training was in Atlanta still, so if his class was ever let out early, Kent and I would be able to meet up occasionally! (Gotta love that forbidden romance. Lol jkjk) But still! He had to stay there in a dorm even though we live only 35 minutes away! I get it though, they want everybody to be able to remain as focused as possible. For a good reason too… their training was intense! Like holy cow!

The actual Flight Attendant Graduation was so lovely! Getting emotional wasn’t really something I anticipated on happening, but of course, I did! I freakin missed my husband like crazy, so some emotions were bound to break free! Not only that, but it was also a mixture of me being super proud of him! PLUS, they were showing all these sentimental Airline videos which reminded me of how Kent purposed to me ON an airplane in front of everybody! So obviously I caught a tear or two! After the videos, they had some lovely speakers, a graduation ceremony where each new flight attendant graduate walked the stage, the cutest brunch for everyone, oh! And my favorite part, I got to pin his wings on him! Such a cool feeling to get to do that!

The Flight Attendant Wife Life

I’ll be honest, I did pretty well with maintaining a positive attitude while he was gone. However, you could say I indulged a bit to keep myself happy and distracted there for a while. Hehe! A little ice cream eating and binge-watching goes a long way! So yes, I let my good routine and healthy eating slide for those two months, but it was worth it. I deserved it! Don’t ya think?!

Now that Kent is back home with me again, I have re-committed to my goals with myself and I am back at it! Zero regrets throughout it all, just some much needed TLC while he was gone! Or, you could refer to it as ICBW (ice cream & binge-watching). It definitely feels good to be getting back into my groove though!

I have a ton of learning to do as far as what this flight attendant wife life will be like, but compared to him being away for two months during training, this will feel like a piece of cake! Yes, he may be gone a night or two here and there which sucks, but do you know what that means?! It means I get him all to myself after that for a couple days straight!! THAT makes it all worth it to me in the end.

….Can you tell I have a super crush on him? <3

As most of you know, we took a celebratory trip to a beach in Florida after Kent graduated! It was much needed, to say the least!  We will have our Florida vlog up for ya’ll very soon!

Meanwhile, here are a couple pics from his graduation! (And I say “a couple” because apparently, something has happened to most of the pics from the event. It says they are damaged so they can’t be posted. Sad day. But at least a couple were saved!)

Ps. Thanks to everyone who has been asking about Kent’s training and rooting us on the entire time, it means a lot to us to have your support!

More updates coming soon <3

Love, Sj girl

The Flight Attendant Wife Life

Valentine’s Day 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s Valentine’s Day ya’ll!! I really enjoy holidays because it gives me an excuse to celebrate! Let’s just say every time there is a holiday, we usually end up celebrating all week long! Kent and I are considered untraditional (per usual) in the sense that we don’t get each other gifts on holidays! I’m not opposed to gift giving… and it’s not like we are Valentine’s Day haters! We just really enjoy getting each other gifts throughout the year instead! This way, by the time holidays roll around, we can just spend time together and go out to do something fun! I like it much better this way because there is no pressure or stress for finding “the perfect gift”. It allows us to just focus on each other!

This year for Valentine’s Day (week), we have a couple things in mind that we wanna do! But who knows what the actual day will bring! So far, we know for sure we are not celebrating V-Day on February 14th like everybody else! Kent and I are still long distance right now while he is away at flight attendant training! But obviously, we are not going to just let the big day come and go while we are apart, no! We will just move it to a different date!! Hello! So this year, Valentine’s Day will be on February 17th! (And like the whole entire week, of course)

On the big day, we are likely going to have a movie marathon of our favorite V-Day movies! …We are big movie people! Then, we will likely find somewhere special to eat for….breakfast, lunch and dinner. We like food, okay?

Later that day we are also planning on hiking Tallulah Gorge to see the waterfall! That’s what our plans are for now, but we always try and go with the flow and see where the day takes us!

I’ll be sure to post pics later for ya’ll from the hike/waterfall!

 

Meanwhile, here are our mushy gushy Valentine’s Day pics!

Enjoy the day of  lovin’!

 

xoxo, Sj

 

Kent & Sj V-day 2018

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Entry #2 Dear Diary, So this is what it’s like

January 8th, 2018

Dear Diary, 

So this is what it’s like

So this is what it’s like to be alone! Well, technically I’ve been alone before, but not long term. Especially not while being married! Some people may consider it easy to be away from their spouse, but it is definitely not easy to be away when your husband is your best friend in the whole entire world! Kent= BFFE

I guess I should catch you up. My husband, Kent, just started his training as a flight attendant! Which is so fantastic!! Couldn’t be more excited for him! However, this requires him to be away for two months at flight attendant boot camp. Ugh! Two whole months!!

My respect for flight attendants has definitely skyrocketed since he has started this whole process. The amount that they get put through?! It’s intense! In case you didn’t know, flight attendants are not put on planes just to help fetch you drinks, they are there as practiced and trained professionals to keep you safe in the event of an emergency. A lot goes into this!! Hence, the need for the boot camp! (It’s not really called that… I don’t think)

I am only in the first week of being alone while he is in training. It’s going ok so far. I just hope it goes fast because I feel it will get harder each week.

It was super rough dropping Kent off at training, knowing I wouldn’t see him for awhile. Let’s just say, lots of tears! But I am also very proud and happy for him! He is a hard worker and he will do so wonderful with this new opportunity!

How I can Grow From This

Being alone gives me a ton of time to think and reflect on life, who I am and what I want. Kent and I have a strong belief that a person should know how to be happy on their own first, and then an added source of strength and happiness (aka a significant other) can only make it go up from there.💕 I don’t believe that all your sense of belonging, happiness, and hope should be in the hands of one person. But, I do believe that one special person can add to that already existing happiness, a joy more special than any other kind!

“Fall in love with yourself first and then find someone to share it with” -Eartha Kitt

This frame of mind will definitely come in handy while he is away. I get to be reminded that I am independent, I am happy, and I am capable! I knew how to be happy in my own company before, and I can do it again. (Hopefully!) But that doesn’t mean I won’t miss him every single day and have an occasional emotional breakdown.🙃 I know I will, and that’s ok. That’s what love does to ya ♥️

I am confident that during this time, I can work on myself and things that bring me joy, rather than focusing on being sad that he is away. This all feels very familiar, considering he and I dated for a while doing long distance, back in the day. People would ask me why we tortured ourselves with long-distance dating, and I always told them, “When HE’S worth it, IT’S worth it”. I still feel that way! He will always be worth it to me.

Let the long distance- face timing begin!

Love,

Your Girl SJ


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Entry #2 Dear Diary, So this is what it’s like

Entry #1- Dear Diary, am I really going to do this?

December 28th, 2017

Dear Diary, Time to get Real

Dear Diary is not something I would have ever expected myself to say! I’ve never really been good at this journal writing thing. As long as I can remember, I have always loved writing stories, so you would think I would be more eager to record my personal stories! BUT the honest truth? When I was a little girl, I remember overhearing my parents talking about how they “had to” read my sister’s diary (Gasp)! This did not sit well with me, even at such a young age! You could say this is the reason I never wrote in my journal much growing up… (sorry mom and dad!) The truth comes out! Don’t worry, I still love ya. But anyway, I guess I just really valued my privacy. So why am I now ok with making my diary public you may ask?!

Beats me.

So here ya go, Mom and Dad! …the diary of mine that you never got to read! This sounds pretty contradictory I realize, but I think I am ready for this change.

Up till now, my IG & Blog have remained pretty neutral and fun-lovin’, but there is so much more that goes on behind the scenes! Obvi! So let’s get real, shall we? It’s time for me to open up! In this journal, I imagine I would like to share my inner thoughts, relationship experiences, life updates, and anything else one might pour into their diary! Oh! And things I learn from Kent!! …Did I already mention that? Because I’m pretty sure he deserves a category of his own!

Recently, I made friends with a lovely gal that reminded me how important it is to be brave, be you, and not be afraid to tell people what you believe, even if it is the “unpopular” opinion. This really impacted and inspired me to make an effort to speak my opinion and show my truest self! I guess you could say this is my New Years attempt at being more open with the world about who I am, even if they might not agree, like it, or care!

So, here I am World!

“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal, and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.” -Audre Lorde

For starters-

My name is Sj! I am 24 years old. I’m married to my soul mate and #1 inspiration, Kent. I am a Blogger, Youtuber,  Instagrammer, and Stylist! I crave new adventures 85% of the time. The rest of the time I am perfectly satisfied staying home with my hubby and puppy, snuggling and watching Anime. Or GOT.

I have a hard time fitting a niche because I’ve got my hands in all the baskets (is that how the saying goes?). I’m very happy that way though. Not everyone can be comfortable living life in a box, as some find themselves doing. The last thing I want to do is try and fit a mold that doesn’t work for me!

So “Me” a: Lover of God, fashion, craft making, singing, dancing, adventures, home decor, progress, cooking, traveling, dream following, writing, self-expression, empowerment, people, relationship observation and motivation, performing, bohemian lifestyle, ever-changing hair colors, and being married! So why choose just one? Live each day doing the things you love. I believe you can be all that you set your heart on becoming. <3 WE can live in a world that we design.

Hmm.. what else?

I have a precious doggo named Lucy. She is a Yorke!

We live in a renovated Cotton Mill apartment downtown.

Lucy and I walk everywhere together now that I have decided to leave the car life behind and use my legs! Best thing ever.

Kent and I have strong goals and plans to retire in 6 years! ( Yes, that’s right! More deets on this later).

We are in the middle of renovating and decorating our new apartment!

Kent has just been hired as a flight attendant and we will be balancing our marriage with some occasional long distance and lots of travels together soon to come!

We have lots in store that we would like to share with you this year!

So follow along with my personal Diary and posts!

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Shop #sj2themoon- December Market Day

December Market Day

Crafting is a huge passion of mine that gets put on the back burner far too often, but not today folks!!! It’s goin’ down!

I had so much fun doing market day this month! My husband was able to come with me that morning to help me with the shop, and boy did I learn a TON from him! I knew he was a great salesman, but I had never truly seen him in action (because I don’t spy on him at work like a creeper, obvi). So wowza! He taught me so many things about sales and promoting myself, etc. Maybe I will make a future post about the sales tips he taught me! But anyway, I was really blessed and grateful to have him there with me!

Overall, starting a pop-up shop has been a great learning experience for me. The shop takes an army to set up and take down though!!! So needless to say, I am very grateful for my In-Laws for being there for me and helping make that happen! This is something I have wanted to do for a very long time and I feel lucky to be given a chance on it!

Seeing your own dreams come to fruition is the most empowering feeling, it’s something I want to continually experience throughout my life and I encourage you to do so as well! That is what #becomingbohemian is all about. So go follow your dreams, lovelies!

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How To Style Your Macrame Jewelry- Lookbook

How To Style Your Macrame Jewelry- Lookbook

 

I went adventuring into Columbus Georgia recently and stumbled upon the most perfect river walk on the Chattahoochee river! (Still can’t get over how funny that name is to me!) It was the prettiest place to make a lookbook for my macrame jewelry and flowy boho dress! This river walk was so stinkin cool because it had what they call “The Island”, which is basically the cutest little area with trees and rocks that overlook the river! The island is technically connected, but from a certain angle appears to be disconnected because of how far out it goes into the river.

The weather was perfect and made for a great day of pictures! My photoshoot for that day was featuring my dress from Mindful Bohemian and my adorable Macrame Jewelry from macramental! (It can be worn as a necklace or headpiece!) This piece of jewelry is a one of a kind, custom made piece, so be sure to put in your request for a custom design to match your personal style! OR, browse her beautiful current collection of jewelry that is out!

Meet The Shop, macramental

Macramental is the cutest macrame jewelry shop ever! She is seriously so talented at making her macrame jewelry. Not only that, but I love what she stands for! Her motto is “Discover the beauty within you”, which to her, refers to “the importance of self-improvement, getting close to nature, and listening to your inner voice!”

In her own words, she says, “Each jewelry piece is made by the ancient technique of macrame. According to this, all of them are totally made by knots that come exclusively from hand.
Applying macrame is a kind of powerful contemplation that requires total concentration and demands you to be at the present time. This spiritual approach blesses every outcome creation with the same energy that dominated the whole procedure.
Using healing gemstones that are full of energy and enlightening aura, combined with a stylish macrame design, helps me to accomplish my goal of reminding us all the value of our being, the power of our mind, and the uniqueness of our spirit.
Living away from the big city now has provided me ways to keep myself concentrated.
Being close to nature makes my understandings more targeted and simple, which gives me the peace that is needed in order to create beautiful, balanced jewelry. I hope that as you wear your macramental jewelry, it will also urge YOU to ‘Discover The Beauty Within'”. 

I love the way she worded that! You can tell how much talent and passion she has for her business. Personally, when I wear her jewelry, I feel like I am able to express my true self, not to mention it makes me feel like a goddess.. and I am totally ok with that! <3 Follow her IG account and click here to visit her online shop!

Also, grab this flowy dress from Mindful Bohemian, use code “sjmoon” to receive free shipping!

Here is the rest of the photoshoot, enjoy!

*All pics taken by my husband, Kent. 

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How to Wear Metallic Freckles by Mr. Kate- “The New Makeup” Tutorial

How To Wear Metallic Freckles by Mr. Kate

Well, you already know how much I love metallic tattoos, so I was so excited to try out the temporary freckles as soon as I heard about them! I received three different colors/types and it is going to be SO much fun styling them! They are fantastic for special occasions, parties, festivals, or just everyday wear if you are into that sort of thing 🙂

 

Beauty Marks

First I will be using the rose gold freckles from the “Color Freckles” packet. These temporary metallic tattoos work the same way as other temp tattoos do. To begin, cut out the shape you want, peel off the plastic, place it face down on your skin (on the desired area), dab paper on your skin using a damp towel until saturated. Peel back the paper and voila! I will say though, it is important to pat down the metallic freckles on your skin afterward to fully seal them down. I chose to put this one across my nose!

 

Next, I am choosing to use the freckles from the “Confetti” packet. I am cutting out the triangle-like shape for both sides of my cheek bones! Follow all the same instructions as before and remember to pat them down after!

 

Last, I am using the tiny little heart shaped freckles from the packet called “Freckles”. In this packet, you have gold and silver options! Too cute! This time, I am putting some on both sides of my cheeks.

“The New Makeup”

Thanks Mr. Kate for the rad freckles! Can’t wait to try the daisies next!

You can purchase these beauty marks here!

Have fun with them and don’t forget to show me how you style your freckles!

 

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How To Style A Mumu- Desert Dweller Lookbook 

How To Style A Mumu- Lookbook

I recently visited Arizona, as you may know! So naturally, I wanted to do a mumu desert dweller lookbook!

This photoshoot is featuring my mumu dress by Mindful Bohemian and beautiful pom earrings by Mad Maven.

All photos taken by Joseph Kent Craig. 

While searching for the photoshoot location, we stumbled upon this perfect spot right outside of the desert botanical garden in Mesa, Arizona. I didn’t realize how much I would miss the desert scene until I went back to visit! However, I would still choose my new home in the woods over the desert. But who knows, maybe I will become a winter visitor someday! …Or “snow bird” as we like to call them 😉 If not, I will at least include some cactus and succulents in my house to remind me of my original home!

So back to my mumu! I recently came across the store Mindful Bohemian via Instagram. This store has TONS of goodies that appeal to my bohemian soul. The dress I am wearing in this shoot particularly called out to me, especially knowing I would be visiting Arizona soon!

So, be sure to check out this store along with Mad Maven on Etsy. Enjoy the desert 🌵

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