Beach Essentials

I love the ocean and as much as I despise the summers of New Jersey (the disgusting combination of hot and humid), I do look forward to going to the beach! So, here’s a quick look at my beach essentials.

I have a 22″ beach tote that I bought from Francesca’s (click here to view their current adorable prints) which is as spacious as it is lightweight. I love everything about this bag, with the exception that its not a zip top, which means I can’t really let it out of my sight as effortlessly.

currently my favorite beach tote!

currently my favorite beach tote!

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Favorite Travel Carryon Bags

I am obsessed with travel bags – luggages, carry-ons, garment bags, et al. I love them so much that this is an ongoing category in which I consistently make purchases to grow my collection. However, due to my extreme pickiness, I purchase these travel related items very carefully and methodically, which means I know exactly which pieces are my favorite and why. Today, I’d like to share my top 5 carry-on (non rolling) bags with you, each perfect for a specific type of trip.

I would also like to thank Neepa at Accessible Style for inspiring me to finally write a post I’ve gotten asked about a lot. She did an Instagram challenge (head over to hear page for all things fashion and in particular, personal stylist) and I had so much fun participating that I decided it was time to share my thoughts on my blog.IMG_7126

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3 Day Paris, 1 Day Normandy Itinerary

The itinerary below is designed with keeping the landmarks/sights in close proximity so that it is easier to navigate the city. Although it is broken up into a 3-day Paris and 1-day Normandy itinerary. Anyone with limited time and/or a more aggressive approach to Paris can do it in a shorter time. Simply mix and match sights to your liking/interest and skip the ones that don’t interest you as much.

Day 1 – Paris

Champs Elysees & Montmarte Districts

walking guide from Champs Elysees to Montmarte

walking map of Champs Elysees to Montmarte


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Why I Hate Snapchat But am Embracing it Anyway

Awhile ago, I got on snapchat for reasons that were very event specific. While it was very useful for the occasion, I found the interface to be incredibly cumbersome and not very user friendly. The constant snap notifications were beyond what my patience level could handle and I ultimately decided to delete the app from my phone. Since then, family and friends have persistently tried to sell me the “fun” of snapchat and I have very adamantly refused. Beyond the dissatisfaction with the interface, the following string of reasons also contributed to my very strong disinterest in this social media tool:

1. It’s for teenagers

2. I have no use for it

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Ask Saadia Features: Solo Destinations in the USA

This week’s featured question from the ASK SAADIA column:

Hi,
I want to travel somewhere alone and in the US in August/early September… any recommendations? I was thinking maybe a short trip like 3-5 days. I have no preference about where, and would like to spend as little as possible. A national park would be cool! 
Thanks,
Richa, NJ

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Ask Saadia Features: Accommodations in Paris

This week’s featured question from the ASK SAADIA column:

Hi! So I’m FINALLY going to Europe for the first time!! We are doing a river cruise in France. We’re gonna do Paris and Normandy on our own. Any suggestions on where should we stay, eat and see?? Our dates are August 9-12, budget a maximum of $200. We would like to have free wifi, but are willing to pay if needed. We would also like to stay either near the Eiffel Tower or the Opera.

Thanks!

-Abby, CA

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Ask Saadia Features: Affordable 4 Star Hotel near Sunset Blvd

This week’s featured question from the ASK SAADIA column:

Hi,

I’d like to book a hotel for one night (August 4th) in Los Angeles, near clubs/nightlife, preferably around Sunset Blvd. My price range around $150 and I’d like to stay somewhere nice. Can you help?

Thanks,

-Richard, NV

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Ask Saadia Features: Do You Recommend Buying Travel/Phrase Books?

This week’s featured question from the ASK SAADIA column:

Hi S, do you recommend travel books by Fodor? I kind of want to get one for France and Italy. But if it’s not worth it then I don’t want to waste money on it. Especially if I can go to a few website to get the info. Also, what about language books do you use those? To study up on phrases?

Thanks!

– Net, CA

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Ask Saadia Features: Summer Airfare from New Jersey to Europe

This week’s featured question from the ASK SAADIA column:

I need help finding airfare from New Jersey to Prague (by way of Salzburg or London for a day if possible) and a return from Dubrovnik to New Jersey. My dates are not flexible (flying out August 27, must arrive in Prague around noon August 29, return on September 12). I don’t care how long or how many stops the return flights have. I am willing to fly from JFK if its more cost effective. I also don’t wish to fly budget or lesser known airlines to save money.  Can you help?

Thanks!

– Humayun, NJ

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My Advice for New Graduates

Most colleges in the States have already had their graduation. Now, as a newly graduate you are either sitting idle at home pondering on the next phase of your life, using the summer as a breather before going off to grad school or some other form of higher education or prepping to step into the working world. All with bright intentions, great hope and glimmering prospects of a fantastic future ahead. To each of you, I can only offer one advice: STOPTake a gap year and TRAVEL!

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