Union Square Farmer’s Market with ThePeachBox

Union Square Farmer’s Market with ThePeachBox

One of my favorite things about living in the city is waking up on a Saturday morning with no plans, and heading out to see what I stumble upon. One spot I always find myself gravitating towards is the Union Square Farmer’s Market, and this past weekend I saw it as the perfect excuse to buy myself some flowers and show off my new bracelets from ThePeachBox.

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It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for peony season, and I’m equally obsessed with dreamy white dresses and tanks for summer. There’s just something so light and airy about a white sundress with a few gold accessories. In this post, I’m wearing my two favorite pieces from ThePeachBox collection– the Roman Empress Bangle and the Buckle Bangle, which I’ve been pairing together with a two-toned watch on my opposite arm. I always have a tough time with bracelets because my wrists are so tiny, but these are specially shaped for smaller wrists. Plus, they’re 18K gold-plated (which is pretty incredible considering how affordable they are) and they’re extremely easy to take on and off.

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I’m always amazed at how fresh and reasonably priced the produce is at the Union Square Farmer’s Market. These strawberries were $5, or two for $8, which is pretty great considering how expensive berries are in the city. Plus, you can’t beat the novelty of buying them at such a charming little spot that’s been around for over 10 years.

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Aside from fruits and vegetables, there’s no shortage of baked goods and sweet treats from homemade banana bread to classic oatmeal cookies. My favorite vendors, of course, are those selling bunches of freshly cut flowers and plants like these mini succulents. Although the crowds of people who flood the square each week are a clear indication that I’m in New York City, the market still gives off a locals-only, small town vibe that reminds me of the little markets I used to frequent back in Florida.

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I’ve linked some of my favorite white dresses and other accessories below. Visit the ThePeachBox to find the bracelets featured in this post, and be sure to us my code, “ricejenna” for 15% off through July.

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Exploring Wynwood: Miami’s Art District

Exploring Wynwood: Miami’s Art District

As a born and raised Florida girl, I’ve road tripped from the east coast (where I’m from) over the the west coast of my state more times than I can count. From the unbeatable nightlife, culture, cuisine and of course, the beach, a trip to Miami never disappoints! But aside from hitting up south beach or heading to one of the best EDM festivals in the world, there’s another area of Miami you NEED to see. If you’re a fan of all things colorful and whimsical, or if you love impromptu photo shoots (calling all basic girls… Myself included), visiting Wynwood is an absolute must.

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Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t in my favor on the day I chose to roam the streets of Wynwood, but I didn’t let dark skies rain on my parade (literally). Actually, I sometimes prefer overcast skies for photography purposes. Who knew I was such an optimist?!

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With an umbrella in hand, I made my way over to the most iconic area, the Wynwood Walls. It turns out, NOBODY was there because of the weather… AKA I must be crazy. You can’t tell, but it’s drizzling in this shot. Confirmed: I’ll do anything for a good photo. This is also where you can find the colorful striped mural in the featured image of this post.

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This mural of baby Hulk is a crowd favorite. I adore the way it flows onto the pavement to create a water effect.

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If you choose to visit the iconic Wynwood Walls, I challenge you to venture out beyond the enclosed area to see some of the beautiful murals pictured below among countless others. There are many galleries to explore as well, and believe it or not, Wynwood is home to some pretty awesome breweries. On my next visit, I plan to go on a beer crawl. Some of the spots I’ve been told to hit up are KUSH Wynwood, The Butcher Shop, Wynwood Brewing Co., Gramps, J Wakefield Brewing, and Boxelder Craft Beer Market.

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Do you plan on taking a trip to Wynwood? Which mural is your favorite? Connect with me in the comments!

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How to Pack For a Month in Europe in a Carry-On

How to Pack For a Month in Europe in a Carry-On

I know this may sound harsh, but I always feel sorry for people who go to Europe with a massive suitcase (unless they’re studying abroad). I mean, do you really think that’s practical for a trip where you’re going to be bouncing around every few days in another continent? Trust me, no amount of outfits is worth lugging a huge suitcase on trains, around cities, to your accommodations, or to and from airports.

With that being said, I’ll be honest. This was my first time packing in a carry-on for a Europe trip, and even I was a little skeptical about whether or not I could do it. I typically pack in a carry-on for trips under two weeks long, so packing for a month was definitely a stretch. However, it’s so much easier to have a small bag– especially in places with hills like Cinque Terre! So, I committed to fitting everything into my cabin-sized bag. Here’s how I made it work:

First, lay out everything you want to bring.

Think about where you’re going. What’s the climate going to be like? Will you have access to a washing machine? I knew I was going to be gone for 25 days, and that some of my B&Bs would have washing machines. I also knew it was going to be hot in all of my destinations besides Budapest, so I would only need a small amount of warm clothing. I also tried to be strategic with what I packed. For example, I brought three white tops that matched all of my bottoms, and two kimonos I knew would look great over my black romper to make different outfits.

Obviously, your packing list is going to vary depending on where and when you’re traveling, and what you plan on doing while you’re there. The key is to be minimalistic, and to only bring what you know you’re going to need. After narrowing down my selection, I ultimately decided on bringing the items pictured below. My only regret is not packing an extra bathing suit, because I was in the water a lot during my trip.

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Packing cubes are your best friends.

These little babies have completely changed the way I pack. Not only do they keep my bag completely organized, but they save a ton of space. Another added bonus of using packing cubes is they basically act as drawers when you get to your destination.

The clean/dirty cube (the large black one pictured below) is one of my favorites because it’s double sided to separate clean and dirty clothes. I also have a black [non-compression] half cube, which is the perfect size for my bras, underwear and bathing suits. Prior to packing for this trip, I also purchased two white and lime green Eagle Creek compression cubes (one full-sized and one half-sized).

To use the packing cubes, I roll everything to the size of the cubes, and fill them up. Believe it or not, I could’ve fit more in them than I did. Don’t be afraid to cram them full if necessary! Lastly, I lay out what I’m going to wear on the plane. (Side note: I actually purchased these Birkenstock sandals after I took this photo, so I opted to wear them on the plane and leave my espadrilles at home).

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The Eagle Creek compression cubes can zip down to almost half of their height. I decided not to use this feature because I had enough space in my bag and didn’t want my clothes to wrinkle from the compression. However, if you want to pack even more clothing in less space, these will do the trick!

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After filling the packing cubes, it’s time to break out the suitcase! I use a Delsey Helium Sky 21″ carry-on. If you’re in need of a new carry-on, this one is more than 50% off right now. Take advantage! I always throw in a few dryer sheets to keep my clothes smelling fresh throughout my trip. Another tip is to use a bag with two wheels instead of four. I know the four-wheelers are easier to roll, but they don’t store as much.

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The two full-sized cubes fit side by side on the bottom of the suitcase, followed by the two half-sized cubes on top. This leaves the perfect amount of space for the rest of your loose items.

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On top of the other cube, I fit my wet brush, curling wand (which I barely used), an umbrella, and two bags. In the black and white patterned pouch is my Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac crossbody purse, which I take pretty much everywhere with me. I also brought my ultra-light longchamp backpack for hiking in Cinque Terre and Plitvice Lakes. On the other side are my white ralph lauren sneakers (I kicked my converse to the curb because they gave me blisters) and my Nike running shoes.

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On the outside pocket, I fit my shower toiletry items along with my Sam Edelman sandals.

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The rest of my items go into my Lo & Sons OG Bag, AKA the most incredible carry-on bag in the world. I’m not exaggerating when I say this bag has a place for everything. There are so many little compartments for your laptop, tablet, pens, chapsticks, keys… Heck, there’s even a hidden compartment for an extra pair of shoes! Definitely check it out to see why it’s such a great investment.

Anyway, inside it, I store everything I wouldn’t want to lose should I have to check my bag, like my electronics, chargers, jewelry pouch, sunglasses, toiletries, and of course my wallet. Click here to read what exactly I fit into my toiletry bag.

I also add items I know I’ll want easy access to like my neck pillow, eye maskear plugsWell-kept wipes, and Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. Tissues are another must, as many restrooms abroad aren’t stocked with toilet paper. Not pictured: Nivea chapstick, pen, travel jewelry pouch, Nikon5300 (used to take these photos), and my wallet.

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Don’t forget to add a name tag in the rare case that you’ll have to check your bag!

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My last piece of advice is not to get discouraged. The more you travel, the easier packing light will be. I promise!

Have you packed for a month-long trip to Europe or another continent in a carry-on? I want to hear your packing advice in the comments! Happy travels.

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What to Pack for a Summer in Europe

What to Pack for a Summer in Europe

Not sure what to bring to Europe this summer? This ultimate packing list has you covered!

So you’ve decided to spend the summer in Europe. Congratulations! Making the decision to go on a cultural adventure is the easy part. The tough part is figuring out what to pack! The weather is different from country to country and you don’t want to leave out something you’ll wish you brought later. Well, good news! This packing list (based on a 4-6 week trip) is all you’ll need before taking off on your European adventure.

Important Tips

Pack light! You’re going to buy items while abroad, even if you don’t think you will. Don’t risk dishing out money on your return flight because of an overweight bag. You also don’t want to be the girl struggling to keep up with the group because your luggage is too heavy

Choose a color scheme. It doesn’t have to be all neutrals, but try to make sure you can wear almost every top with every bottom, and your outerwear pieces and shoes with every outfit as well. This will allow you to make more outfit combinations out of less clothing.

Be practical. If you aren’t sure you’ll wear it, you probably won’t. That fancy dress will probably never leave your suitcase, and you’ll wonder why you ever thought you’d be fine wearing heels on cobblestone roads.

Choose the right bag. If you’re on study abroad, it’s normal to check a large bag and carry-on a small bag to use for weekend trips. If you’re backpacking or on an organized tour, do your best to fit everything into a carry-on or risk holding up your group and paying fees. To do this, you may need to omit a few items from this list. Check the climate in each of your destinations to determine what not to bring.

Share with friends. If you’re traveling with a friend, only one of you needs to pack certain items like a hair dryer or curling wand. You may even consider sharing jewelry, scarves or staples items like plain tank tops and cardigans.

Don’t stress! Anything you forget to pack can be found in Europe— aside from your passport of course!

Now on to the packing list…

Dresses/Rompers

  • 3 sundresses or rompers— I love packing these because they’re a top and bottom in one.
  • 2 maxi dresses— Maxi dresses can be dressed up or down, making them extremely practical.

Tops

  • 2 casual tank tops
  • 2 dressy tank tops
  • 1 short sleeved top
  • 1 long-sleeved top— I like bringing a denim shirt, as I can roll the sleeves or use it as an outerwear piece.
  • 1 t-shirt
  • 1 athletic top

Bottoms

  • 1 blue jeans
  • 1 colored jeans (black, white, or color)
  • 1 flowy pants— These are amazing for bus rides, train rides and long flights. Plus, they look nicer than leggings.
  • 1 denim shorts
  • 1 cotton shorts
  • 1 leggings
  • 1 exercise shorts

Outerwear

  • 2 cardigans— Stick with neutrals like black, white or tan.
  • 1 jacket— Jean or cargo style.
  • 1 heavy jacket— Bring something you know will keep you warm like a leather jacket or light coat.

Shoes

  • 1 sandals— Make sure they’re comfortable!
  • 1 boots— I know they take up more space, but you’ll be glad you brought them when you’re in cooler countries like Amsterdam, London and Switzerland.
  • 1 flatsYou’ll probably wear these the least, but they’re very versatile and come in handy when traveling to places where you need to be covered or want to look less like a tourist (think Paris and Rome).
  • 1 walking shoes— Choose something comfortable like Toms, espadrilles or Converse.
  • 1 sneakers— Bring these if you plan on hiking, canyoning, skydiving etc.

Accessories

  • 2 scarves— Scarves are your best friend! Wear them to instantly switch up any outfit.
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 crossbody bag
  • 1 tote bag— Make sure it has a zipper and isn’t easy to get into!
  • 1 umbrella
  • 1 stud earrings
  • 1 statement earrings
  • 1 simple necklace
  • 1 statement necklace
  • 1 bracelet
  • 1 watch

Other

  •  1 sleepset
  • 2 swimsuits
  • 1 towel— Many hostels charge a fee for towel rentals.
  • 1 neck pillowIf you’re tight on space, bring one that’s inflatable. You’ll be glad you did when you’re trying to get some sleep on a cramped bus.

Unmentionables

  • 1 standard bra
  • 1 strapless bra
  • 1 sports bra
  • 12 pairs of underwear—This is my one exception to packing light. It’s always a good idea to bring extra underwear as you never know when you’ll be able to do laundry.
  • 5 pairs of socks

Toiletries

  • Shower products— Pick up a travel sized toiletry kit and fill it with your own products. I fill mine with shampoo, conditioner, body wash and face wash. You’ll find these products in most hotels and in stores at your study abroad destination, so don’t waste suitcase space on large bottles.
  • Make up bag— Keep it simple! A small bag with SPF 30 BB crème, concealer, mascara, eyeliner, SPF 15 powder, blush, bronzer, an eyebrow pencil, a small eyeshadow duo and a tinted SPF lip balm will do the trick.
  • Medications—Daily vitamins, ibuprofen, sleep aid, anti-nausea, anti-diarrhea and any prescribed medications such as birth control.
  • First-aid kit— A few band-aids and a neosporin packet should do the trick.
  • Packet of tissues— You never know when you won’t have access to toilet paper. Carry them in your purse throughout your trip.
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste (travel sized)
  • Dental floss
  • Moisturizer
  • Pimple cream
  • Sunscreen (travel sized)
  • Deodorant
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Earplugs
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties

Electronics

  • Laptop/tablet
  • Laptop/tablet charger
  • Phone— Look into international plans before you leave. Even if you’re getting a basic cell phone from your study abroad program, take your cell phone for pictures and wifi use.
  • Phone charger
  • Camera
  • Camera charger
  • Outlet converter Don’t forget this!
  • Headphones
  • Cheap hair dryer— Even if you use a converter, your hair dryer may stop working or even fry by the end of your trip.
  • Cheap curling wand

Documents

  • Passport
  • Copies of passport— Hide these in both your carry-on and checked bag.
  • Driver’s license
  • 2 credit cards— Make sure they don’t charge foreign transaction fees! Keep one hidden as a back-up.

Packing Tips

Pack all medications, jewelry, and important documents in your carry-on.

Throw a spare outfit in your carry-on in case your luggage doesn’t make it to the correct airport. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen!

Roll your items to save space.

Invest in packing cubes to save space and stay organized.

Pack laundry sheets in between your clothes to keep them smelling fresh throughout your trip.

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Once you’ve tripled checked that you have everything, you’re ready for Europe! Feel free to ask any questions in the comments, or connect with us on Twitter or Instagram. Bon voyage!

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Friday Favorites #3: Freshen Up

Friday Favorites #3: Freshen Up

Flower lovers rejoice: Spring has finally arrived! Unfortunately, this also means it’s time to tidy things up a bit. To take your mind off of standard cleaning procedures (like organizing your overstuffed closet), I thought I’d let you in on a few of my unconventional secrets. Most of my methods have to do with freshening up your appearance. From ditching wine stained teeth to keeping cell phone germs off your skin, here are my top five spring clean must-haves.

1. Clarisonic Mia 2— I was nervous to invest in this cleansing brush because my skin is so sensitive. But to my surprise, I don’t know how I lived without it now. I think one of the biggest mistakes people make when purchasing a Clarisonic is using it twice a day right away. Under the instruction of Inner Beauty Skin Care, I started using it once every other day for the first week. I immediately found my skin to be much smoother and more balanced.

2. Well-Kept Electronic Wipes— Think about all of the things you touch on a daily basis before you touch your phone. From gym equipment to gas pumps and door handles, our cell phones collect more bacteria than we’d like to believe. All of that bacteria can not only make us sick, but also induce some serious breakouts when we hold our cell phones against our face. These wipes are the solution! They’re completely safe to use on any device, and come in fun patterned packages of 15 for just $5 at Inner Beauty Skin Care.

3. Method Cleaning Products— I may get some grief for this one, but these products have truly caused me to enjoy cleaning. Unlike its competitors, method’s all-purpose sprays comes in scents like pink grapefruit (my favorite), lavender, ginger, and rosemary. I also use the wood cleaner, which smells of almonds and leaves my table looking shiny without the greasy residue. The best part? The entire line contains naturally derived, non-toxic ingredients.

4. Borracha Wine Wipes— Where are my red wine drinkers at? I’m s0 excited to share these with you all! These wipes erase those pesky stains, so you can keep your pearly whites shining all night long without skimping on the pinot. I will say, the citrus flavor doesn’t exactly taste the greatest. However, the company claims the wipes won’t effect your taste palette, which I’ve found to be true. You can bulk order these babies on Amazon for a discounted price per wipe.

5. Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner— Let me start by saying this isn’t something I’d probably buy for myself. It was actually a gift, and a really great one I might add! Now that I know how well it works, I highly recommend it. This ultrasonic cleaner is super easy to use. All you have to do is add water, insert your jewelry and turn on the timer. I use it on my watch once every couple of weeks, and it makes it shine like new. You can pick one up at your nearest Brookstone or purchase it online here with free shipping.

Before you prepare for your spring cleaning routine, I recommend listening to this Ellie Goulding cover. It’s pretty incredible. And as always, reach out to me in the comments or through social media with any questions!

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A Weekend in Costa Rica

A Weekend in Costa Rica

What to bring, see and do for a seamless weekend in this Caribbean paradise.

If you’re looking for the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure in a destination, look no further than Costa Rica. Last March, I traveled to Playa Hermosa for a spring break getaway. A year later, I’m still dreaming about the black sand beaches and breathtaking sunsets. If you’re thinking about experiencing this Caribbean island for yourself, this all-in-one guide is for you!

Traveled from: Ft. Lauderdale to Costa Rica

Arrived by: Spirit Airlines

Stayed at: Sandpiper Inn— Highly recommended!

Visited: Playa Hermosa and Jaco

What to bring:

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1. Sun dress— Something easy to throw on over a bathing suit and wear into the evening without getting too hot.

2. Beach bag— I usually bring a linen Free People shopping bag as it hardly takes up any room in my suitcase.

3. Sunglasses— For obvious reasons, you’re going to need these.

4. Bathing suit— Pack at least one! You’ll be living in it all weekend.

5. Sunscreen— The UV rays are extremely strong in Costa. Don’t forget to reapply frequently!

6. Wet brush—This brush can tackle even the worst ocean-induced tangles.

7. Sandals— The black sand in Playa Hermosa is scorching hot during the daytime! You’ll want to wear these until you hit the water.

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8. Sneakers— There are tons of great hiking trails in Costa Rica. Bring these to make sure you’re comfortable.

9. Athletic shirt— I brought a couple of American Apparel racerback tanks to wear while I hiked and during my zip-lining excursion.

10. Athletic shorts— Pair these with the athletic shirt and sneakers for your outdoor adventures.

Must-dos:

Surfing— Costa Rica is one of the best surf spots in the world! But while Playa Hermosa is a surfer’s paradise, it’s not ideal for beginners. I rode my first waves in Jaco, which is much calmer. Carton is a great place to rent boards at a fair price!

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Zip-lining— An adrenaline rush in Costa Rica isn’t too tough to find. Zip lining is available all over the island, and the views of the water are incredible.

Trits icecream sandwich—This Costa Rican treat consists of a vanilla ice cream between two graham cracker sugar cookies with a drizzle of chocolate sauce. It’s truly the best ice cream concoction I’ve ever had! You can find them at almost any convenience store on the island. Tip: There is a button of the bottom used to pop the sandwich out of its container with ease.

Graffiti Restro Café— In downtown Jaco, just a quick drive from Playa Hermosa, is a restaurant called Graffiti. It’s a bit pricier than other spots in town, but it’s worth the splurge. The seafood dishes are absolutely incredible and the presentation is even better.

Watch the sunset every night— Costa Rica sunsets are hands down the most beautiful I’ve ever laid eyes on. Make yourself comfortable and enjoy.

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