Best Weekender Bags of 2017

The 7 best Weekend Bags of 2017 - Best Weekender Bags of 2017

Whether you're traveling for the holidays or going out of town on business having a weekender bag to meet all your travel requirements is key. Finding a weekender bag that is that is stylish, functional and can carry all your travel gear can sometimes be tedious, thankfully I've got it covered and have done the research for you (easy-peasy lemon squeezy.) Many of these weekender bags meet carry-on requirements, with a mix of wheeled luggage to spacious stylish totes, get yours before your next trip!

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Bluboon Overnight Duffle

The Bluboon travel overnight bag has multiple interior pockets that help keep your things organized. The small and large outside zipper pocket are ideal for holding: smartphones, travel documents, wallet, keys or other things that you want to get to easily. You can clip the sides of the bag together if you are not putting a lot in it, or leave it unclipped so you can maximize the space inside to hold more. This large capacity tote is ideal for a short vacation or weekend getaway. It's made out of soft, durable canvas with adjustable genuine leather straps and available in gray/army green/coffee/blue.

√ Carry on. Dimensions:21.2"/9.0"/16.5"  Capacity: 52L

Nicole Miller Sharon City Duffle Bag

Beautiful carry-all makes weekend travel stylish with this pebble-grain duffle bag with loop handles, signature animal-print interior, and detachable shoulder straps. Easily fits underneath seat so no need to mess with overhead compartments. 

√ Carry on. Dimensions: 21"/10"/12"

Po Campo Midway Weekender

My all time favorite, this bag has it all! Ready for life's travels, both big and small. A hybrid, waterproof travel tote and gym bag, it comes complete with a separate bottom compartment for your shoes or wet swimsuit (or anything else you want to keep separate) and is equipped with elastic straps for carrying your yoga mat or jacket. ONE AND DONE!

√ Carry-on. Dimensions 19.2"/13"/2.9"  

Travelon Wheeled Carry-on

Up your style quotient when you travel with this Travelon wheeled underseat carry-on. It features a trendy quilted pattern, contrast trim, dome-shaped design, and comes in numerous gorgeous shades. You can pack a pair of clothes, slippers, cosmetics, a water bottle, or books in this spacious bag. It fits perfectly under the seat and also comes with a matching back-up tote bag to carry extra clothes or last-minute buys. Includes add-a-bag strap and front organizer compartment for all your toiletries. 

√ Carry-on. Dimensions: 8.5"/14"/13.5"

Herschel Novel Duffle Bag

The novel duffle is one of Herschel supply's most popular duffle silhouettes. It features Herschel supply's signature shoe compartment for easy and organized travel while keeping to Herschel supply's classic styling, which I particularly love! This bag is great to take to the gym or for a short weekend away. This also comes in a variety of colors to suit everyones taste. 

√ Carry-On. Dimensions: 18"/11"/11.5"

Witzman Canvas Travel Backpack

Amazing convertible duffle backpack from Witzman. Features include a variety of carrying options with multiple handles which can convert the bag into a brief case/suitcase/backpack/or messenger bag. 2 front zipper pockets, a side pocket, and a main pocket with a laptop computer slot capable of holding a 12-16 inch laptop. This durable pack is great of hiking, camping, or everyday use. All backpacks come with a 1-year warranty. 

√ Carry-on. Dimensions: 13"/21"/7.5"

S-Zone Oversize Canvas Wheeled Duffle Bag

The SZone canvas duffel is a perfect bag for a long weekend getaway, slightly larger-but equipped with wheels and a retractable handle for easy airport maneuvering. This bag measures 24 x 11 x 7 inches, a tight fit, but you might be able to squeeze it on as a carry-on. Available in grey, army green or black canvas material with hand-stitched leather trim and copper hardware. The bag can also be carried in duffel-style fashion with grip handles to transport down the aisles to your seat.

Dimensions: 21.7"/14.8"/10.2"

Shopping for a Cause, 8 Sites You WANT to know about

Shopping for a Cause 8 sites you WNT to know about - Shopping for a Cause, 8 Sites You WANT to know about

The holiday season brings out the giving in all of us. With so many nonprofits and charity organizations, it can be overwhelming sifting through the noise to find ones who truly make an impact. As I have become more consciously aware, I search for ways to give back as much as possible. In my search of trying to become a smarter consumer and create a more sustainable world to live in, I came across a few businesses I wanted to share that allow you to shop AND help support a cause while doing so, (amazing, right?) Below are eight sites you should check out if you want do your part in making the world a better place and are planning on shopping for loved ones this holiday season.

So much goodness all in one place ♥

The Tote Project is built on a belief that there is hope for the millions of victims of modern day slavery worldwide. The Tote Project is a way to spread hope, and show people that difficult experiences don’t have to feed into fear, shame and regret, but can instead be turned into compassionate, loving action for the greater good. Their site sells totes and pouches with beautiful watercolored images adorned with inspirational quotes, making these a perfect gift for the hard to please.

Love Your Melon is an apparel brand dedicated to giving a hat to every child battling cancer in America as well as supporting nonprofit organizations who lead the fight against pediatric cancer. They feature high-quality knit beanies, scarves, and ear earwarmers as well as apparel.

At The Giving Keys, they wanted to inspire the world to pay it forward, so they built it into how run their business. Through social impact employment model, every product you purchase supports job creation for people transitioning out of homelessness. Their necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and key chains are imprinted with a single word message, you then are encouraged to 'pay it forward' if you find someone else who could benefit from the message of your item.

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice style to make a difference and that is exactly the motto at PURPOSE Jewelry. Their jewelry is beautifully crafted by young women rescued from human trafficking, by Purchasing with Purpose® you are providing freedom, dignity and hope for these amazing artisans.

Bright Endeavors transforms the lives of young moms by teaching them to craft premium soy candles in a supportive, professional environment. Through their paid job training program, they provide the guidance and job skills young moms need to secure quality employment and begin working toward professional success. Their candles are perfect for every occasion, available in seasonal and year-long favorite scents. They can be purchase in bulk, individually, as well as providing a more mindful candle to venues, restaurants, and event professionals in Chicago.

"Our products, our partners, and our community work in unison to help people break the cycle of poverty, forever. We provide life-changing job opportunities to women in need." What an awesome product, each signed by its creator! The site has something for everyone: men, women, and children.

This can be incorporated in your every day purchases as well as make for great stocking stuffers in the holidays with a powerful impact! Project 7 is a specialty gum and mint brand dedicated to giving back to 7 areas of need in the world, all products are proudly made in America, they also partner with non-profits making impacts both in America and abroad. Great Tasting and World Changing. And to top it off they have SO MANY different fun and funky flavors...Champagne Dreams, Moscow Mule, and Old Fashion gummy bears?!?!?! YES PLEASE

When you purchase LifeScarf products, you are officially creating magic in every kid’s life at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. They are committed to raising awareness about how each of us can help improve children’s lives, 50% of their net profits are given directly back to the children hospital.

Top Ten Gifts for Travelers

Top Ten Gifts for Travelers - Top Ten Gifts for Travelers

We've all been there, stuck without a clue (30 minutes from Christmas dinner) with no idea what gift to buy. You don't want this to be you this Christmas, so plan ahead. As holiday and gift-giving season is fast approaching I've created my

TOP TEN

favorite traveling essentials and unique gifts for travelers in your family. From cozy cashmere socks to a beautiful watercolor scratch off map, I assure you they won't be disappointed! 

Happy Shopping

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24 Hours in Rome

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Rome, known as the eternal city and the capital city of Italy, is a beautiful city full of culture and history. The historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, full of churches, whimsical palaces, ornate statues and monuments, and romantic ruins and fountains. If you're lucky enough to find yourself here with a 24 hour layover you'll want to cover as much ground as possible to make the most of your time there. 

I recommend HIGHLY checking all you luggage through and just bringing a small carry-on back back with your essentials for the day.

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Where to Eat

To get the full experience of visiting Italy, hit some deliciously reviewed Italian restaurants. For a quick breakfast right after hopping off the train, Bar Fondi, is perfect for a quick eat. This cozy little bar is located right around the block from Central Station, be sure not to skip out on their chocolate croissants.

Needing to rest my feet and feed my rumbling stomach following a visit the Vatican I stumbled into Mama' Ristorante Bistrot. The service is exceptional and staff so friendly they patiently explained all the menu options and gave impeccable recommendations, the tiramisu literally melts in your mouth.  

If you have trying delicious, homemade pasta on your to-do-list in Rome, look no further. Close to the Pantheon, Mamma Roma has mouthwatering pasta which is prepared in a variety of dishes, they also have homemade Limoncello which is a perfect night cap.

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If you have a bit of a sweet tooth or went in the deadly heat of the summer like I did, make sure you try their gelato. There are so many different flavors I couldn't pick just one!

Gelato - 24 Hours in Rome

What to Do

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Ceiling inside the Vatican

To make the most of my time and cover as much ground as possible purchase a one day ticket on the Big Bus Tours. Ticket are €27 and make four different stops that allow you to hop on and off, exploring at your own pace. When you want to join the tour again you simply go to a pick up location and you're on your way to the next location. There is free wi-fi on board and prerecorded commentary available in 9 different languages. The main land marks on this tour are the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Vatican Museums, and the Trevi Fountain. When you stop by the Trevi Fountain make sure to bring change to toss in, as it is thought to bring good luck! Additionally, you can save 10% if you book advance online here.

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Colosseum 

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Hercules Statues inside Vatican museum 

Getting Around

If you are arriving by plane at the Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino International Airport-Rome's main airport it's rather efficient and well connected to the city centre by public transport. If you arrive late-night this may limit you to an irregular bus into town or just grab a taxi.

  • The Leonardo Express leaves every 30 minutes to Roma Termini (*see #1, bottom left corner of photo below), Rome's central train station (~ 35 min trip). Tickets cost €14 and are available (within 7 days of departure), tickets sold at the departure platform are €15. Make sure to get your ticket stamped at the yellow machine before getting on the train, I failed to do this and had difficulty explaining myself on the way back!
  • If you're traveling with more than two people, it's more cost effective to share a taxi, they have a set price of €48 and can accommodate 4 persons with 4 bags of luggage, (hopefully you will just be traveling light if you're here on a layover like I was). This will take you about 45 minutes depending on traffic.

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Best Hikes in San Diego, California

Best Hikes - Best Hikes in San Diego, California

San Diego not only boast a beautiful coast line and beaches, there is plenty of adventure and site seeing inland as well. Being a Virgo and an Earth sign I need some sort of nature mixed in with my hectic schedule, while in San Diego I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by so many great hiking spots here are just a few of my favorites!

Cowles Mountain

Cowles Mountain Hike

Three miles round trip, one of the more popular trails in San Diego. This trail includes steep switchbacks which can get pretty crowded, the back of the mountain also has a trail that provides more shade and a less strenuous hike.
◊ Difficulty: Moderate
◊ Dog friendly 

Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain Hike

A total of 5.6 miles this very popular trail is beautiful in the spring when the flowers are blooming. If you're looking for an extra treat arrive around 5:30am-5:45am and you can reach the summit at sunrise.
◊ Difficulty: Moderate
◊ Dog Friendly

Three Sisters Falls

Known as one of the most challenging hikes in the San Diego area, Three Sisters Falls is not for beginners. There are rocky terrains, steep inclines, and a small amount of rock climbing involved. Be sure to bring a lot of water to this hike and sturdy shoes. If you're lucky enough to go when there has been enough rain fall, bring a suit to cool off and slide down the falls.
◊ Difficulty: Hard

Torrey Pines Trails

Hiking Torrey Pines - Best Hikes in San Diego, California

Multiple trails for all skill levels each offering a rewarding, gorgeous view of the ocean and if you look closely you'll be able to spot colorful paragliders soaring through the skies.  
◊ Difficulty: Easy

Cedar Creek aka Devil's Punchbowl

This is by far one of my favorite hikes due to its diverse scenery. Almost 4 miles total, you start off hiking through the flat lands downhill into the valleys to your final destination, a spectacular waterfall which pours into a natural pool, surrounded by 75-foot cliffs.
◊ Difficulty: Hard
◊ Dog Friendly

Lake Poway aka Potato Chip Rock

Potato Chip Rock Hike

For those who "do it for the gram" this iconic rock ledge provides the perfect stage. I recommend starting early in the day to beat the afternoon heat and crowds as this spot has really gained popularity. Almost 7 miles round trip, be sure to bring lots of water and a small snack.
◊ Difficulty: Hard

Find more information about these hikes and others at the

San Diego Hikers Association

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