#GetPacking: Wandering Style – What to Wear on Your European Adventure!

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Over the next three months we will be plotting our summer getaways and we hope you’ll join us! Every week we’ll be packing our bags and traveling to a new destination with Contiki, the worldwide leader in travel tours for 18-35 year olds. Each destination means a whole new wardrobe fit for the locale. On our journey you’ll be able to get tips from top fashion bloggers on beauty and style and sneak a peek at their travel essentials. This week we’re preparing for our European adventure with globetrotting fashion blogger, Francesca Garcia-Miro of Drifting Nomad. Find out what’s in her Shopcade and get her tips on what to wear in her three fave European cities.

I’ve been living in Europe for the past 11 years and have been able to travel, get lost, learn and absorb various and diverse cultures. If I had to pick three of my favorite destinations -with the risk of sounding cliche and cheesy – (and probably because I still have a lot to explore, get to know and learn) they would most definitely be Paris, London and a tie between Barcelona and Amsterdam.

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is simply magical and really, who doesn’t love a city where you can find Nutella crepes in every corner? I did a few posts with some of my favorite corners of Paris last time I went for Valentines day. You can find them here & here. My ideal outfit in Paris would be a long peplum pastel skirt and a striped t-shirt with silver or gold oxfords and a nice hat. A cute yellow dress with some knee socks and a fun coat if it gets chilly could work as well. Of course, a camera always in hand. If I travel during winter a nice fur coat with some skinny leather jeans are a great option.

 

 

London_Big_Ben_Phone_boxLONDON is grey, gloomy and it rains too much but I dare to say the variety of cultures and amazing people you find around the city is very similar if not greater than what you find in New York (and I’m a die heard NYC defender.) Fashion, style and personality abounds the city, it’s impossible to not get inspired. You can constantly feel inside a Mary Poppins scene though some neighborhoods can get extremely sketchy. During winter I feel like camel coats can be the perfect fit or an all white outfit with a cute pastel color oversized coat seems like something I would wear as well. London during summer simply calls for a crop tied vintage blouse, some high waist old mom jeans, a bandana wrapped around your head with some cute JuJu sandals or Supergas as well.

 

amsterdam.html_IMAGE1AMSTERDAM is amazing. A city surrounded by beautiful canals & people in bicycles. On the food note, their Olie Bollens in winter are to die for. As a matter of fact, take a look at some of my first posts where coincidentally they were of one of my trips to Amsterdam. Of course, you will see these balls that I am talking about in the first picture. If you haven’t noticed by now that I am a sucker for all things dough, IE: Funnel cakes, pancakes, doughnuts, cookie dough, etc., take a trip with me to Amsterdam and watch me eat 15 of those dough balls a day. Oh and cheese, I’ve seen cheese be made here and tried ALL sorts of them. What else can anyone ask for? (Oh yeah, HEINEKEN beer) The perfect outfit for a trip to Amsterdam would be some ripped jeans, a fluffy coat, a pair of Supergas a coal beanie and a backpack for when riding your bike.

 

Want to getaway? We are giving away a once in a lifetime adventure AND all the essentials you will need to survive your voyage – travel bag, hi-tech headphones, clothes…yes, yes, yes! We know, it sounds too good to be true — but this getaway is the real deal. Click HERE to see what dreams are made of so you cab hurry up and #GetPacking.

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#GetPacking: Win All Your Summer Travel Essentials…AND A FREE Trip to Mexico!!!

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Win a FREE 6 Day Trip to Mexico from Contiki

As you know, we’ve been teaming up with Contiki, the worldwide leader in travel tours for 18-35 year olds, to plot our summer getaways. We’ve been packing our bags every week and heading out to a new destination every time, gathering tips from top fashion bloggers on beauty and style along the way. This week’s adventure is for the girls and guys out there looking for the THRILL of a lifetime. If that sounds like you, read on! Want to immerse yourself in adventure activities, water sports, cultural sites, an unbelievable variety of food, and a sizzling nightlife on a 6 day trip to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico? Well, we’re giving you a chance! This trip, valued at $1,275+/£769, can be yours for FREE and here’s how… (more…)

#GetPacking: Spring Break Beauty – The 5 Products You NEED to Fake A Killer Tan!

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Over the next three months we will be plotting our summer getaways and we hope you’ll join us! Every week we’ll be packing our bags and traveling to a new destination with Contiki, the worldwide leader in travel tours for 18-35 year olds. Each destination means a whole new wardrobe fit for the locale. On our journey you’ll be able to get tips from top fashion bloggers on beauty and style and sneak a peek at their travel essentials. This week we’re preparing for our Spring Break getaway with beauty blogger, Ashley Schultz of Ashley Rebecca | Makeup Artist – BlogFind out what’s in her Shopcade and get her tips on how to fake a killer tan during the warm months ahead.

Vacation is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself to unwind and regroup There is nothing better than escaping to a tropical get-away, while spending hours on the beach drinking cocktails or reading the perfect book. Travel beauty essentials should be stress free and fun, but keep you lookin’ smoking hot all the day long.

 

Here are my top spring break beauty picks from Shopcade for how to get that sun-kissed bronze summer glow without any streaky orange self-tanning meltdowns:

 

  1. St . Tropez Self Tanning Mousse: LADIES, I don’t care how pale you are, this product is the most amazing if not best self tanning mousse that is natural on the fairest of skin tones. With a soft golden bronze undertone, you can see where you are applying it on the skin, which makes accidents and streaks less likely. A great alternative to using before your beach bound vacay to get that perfect golden glow,  without those harmful tanning bed UV rays.
  2. NARS Multiple Stick in “Palm Beach”: One of the easiest products to use, you can apply as eyeshadow, lip color,  cream blush or alternate as a bronzer. The color is the most beautiful bronze tone and easy to apply and blend. Products that have multiple uses are the best kinds to pack for traveling, as they take up less space in your carry on and leave room for little drama.
  3. Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette: With 12 options of gorgeous eyeshadow colors from rose gold to chocolate brown, this is the PERFECT thing to bring on vacation! Not only are all the shades gorgeous with awesome pigment, you can create a million different looks with each one. All your bases are covered in one fabulous palette. (more…)

Ready, Set, #GetPacking!

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It’s that time of year again – we’re stuffing away our cold-weather gear and replacing our winter grays with super-sweet pastels. Not only are the muted hues SO on-trend, they’re also a lot more fun to wear. Oh, yeah, AND they remind us of cotton candy(…and sorbet and ice cream and spring flowers. We could go on forever!)

The suspense is killing us! We can’t wait to slip our freshly pedicured toes into some mint green cork wedges this spring. Can you?!

Not only is Spring (the season and the break) and its oh-so-cute trends headed our way but ALL of the cool stuff that come AFTER finals. We’re talking about SUMMER, duh!! The three months when we forget about the rotten scores we got on our midterms and wash away the college blues with ADVENTURE.

Road trips to nowhere with our best gal pals, late night sunsets, music festivals galore, bike rides through the park, sand in our toes and wind in our hair. We can hear the beaches calling our name already…

For the next 12 weeks we’re plotting our summer getaways and we hope you’ll join us. Every week we’ll be packing our bags and traveling to a new destination with Contiki, the worldwide leader in travel tours for 18-35 year olds. Each destination means a whole new wardrobe fit for the locale. On our journey you’ll be able to get tips from top fashion bloggers on beauty and style and sneak a peek at their travel essentials. The best part – we’ll be giving away some sweet prizes that will help make YOUR summer trip even more exciting. Who doesn’t need a new weekend bag?! Um, exactly.

Make sure to follow the hashtag #GetPacking on our social media channels: twitter, instagram, and facebook to be the first to get the scoop from @Shopcade@ContikiUS, and @ContikiUK.