Thursday, July 31, 2014

Means To A Destination

And here's a throwback of me circa 2010 having fun at the airport (as always).

Disclaimer: I went to the airport with my Dad and brother last night to pick up my Mom who was coming home from Turkey. Just being there brought back so many positive emotions that I associate with traveling. The following is a thought process and description that I feel a lot of people, and fellow travel lovers, can relate to. Also, don't attempt to walk onto the runway to take pictures; I was given special permission and the planes knew I was there so I wasn't in harms way. Enjoy!

You look out the window and see the fast approaching, neatly labeled, and color coordinated signs that send a flutter through your chest. This is really happening. Your eyes quickly search the listed airlines to make sure you follow the right arrow to your terminal. 

Terminal 1, terminal 1, gotta remember terminal 1. And there's the exit! Okay. Next, parking. 
You drive through the always packed rows of cars in pursuit of that one spot waiting just for you. And there it is! Damn. That car beat me to it. And the drive-through maze continues until you're pulling into a space, smiling at your success.

Popping open the trunk, you stare at your luggage and think "yeah, that'll definitely be under 50 pounds." You go to lift it up and are suddenly certain someone must have filled your bag with rocks while you weren't looking -- no way it was this heavy when you left the house. Okay, sooo...maybe it'll be just about 50 more than 52 for sure... And they don't care if it's only 2 pounds over, right? 

Rolling your overpacked suitcase behind you, you make your way to the terminal doors and forget all about your worries of abiding by the airline weight limit. How could you worry in such a place of adventure? You pause just after going through the hopefully automatic doors because nothing is more inconvenient than maneuvering luggage in revolving ones. 

With just a scan of the layout in front of you, you see families double and triple checking that they have everyone and everything together, business men and women dressed in suits that you can't help but think must be so uncomfortable on long flights, young couples and groups with travel backpacks strapped to them, and a wonderful array or everyone else in between. Laughter and talking is mixed with the sound of wheels rolling against the floor and overhead announcements. 

This is a place of possibility and wonder. This is a means to a destination. This is travel. 
And is there anything better?

Wishing you the best 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Dorm Room Makeup Storage

Coming at you with another dorm post! Besides bedding, this was probably the area of my dorm that I was most excited about organizing. 

I knew I wouldn’t be able to stand having a counter full of products and other miscellaneous items lined up; it would look too cluttered and drive me crazy! So I started looking up organization ideas for how to store makeup and hair supplies in small spaces aka dorms. I knew I needed a different set up than the one I had at home, because again, I knew I wouldn’t have the luxury of space in my freshman dorm (or dorms in general for that matter). 

I came across two wonderful inventions. One from QVC and the other from Bed, Bath and Beyond, although I think they sell it at other places too (I know they definitely sell it in stores at Bed, Bath and Beyond but I couldn't find it online. If you want to see it online, here's a link from another website: Shopko. The first, I used to store all my makeup. It’s a bit hard to describe so I’ll let the picture do the talking. What you’ll probably be able to notice, but can’t exactly see in the picture is that it spins so you can place items on all the different sides. The top also has storage — yay for optimizing space! You can organize each section or each side if you’d like. For example, I put all my face products on one side, eyes on another, etc. The second gadget, if you will, has three compartments for your hair tools (slightly hidden in the picture behind hair spray and what not). In mine I had a straighter, curling wand, and blow drier. The metal that it’s made out of is safe for hot tools so you can just put them right back in their place without having to worry about them cooling off first, or burning the container or counter. Also, there is an area in the back for all the cords. 

The third organizational piece I had on my dresser stored my brushes, mascaras and eyeliners. This is something that I used at home and just brought to college with me. The one I have is basically three cups attached to each other, but you can easily use any cup or mug or whatever you want (I think mine was originally meant for toothbrushes or something). I filled two of the cups with beads and then placed my brushes in them so that they stood up nicely.

Honestly these three things made the biggest difference for me and I hope that you guys will be able to get some ideas from this if you’re like me and are either A) an organization freak B) have too much makeup or C) all of the above. 

Wishing you the best