Sunday, July 13, 2014

Batter Up. Party Down. | Life Lately


Hello Loves & Happy Sunday,

Today I wanted to put up a quick Life Lately post for you all.  This summer has been one of my favorite summers so far.  While for me it may be short - with Student Teaching ending well into June - and my new job starting this Friday - I have definitely crammed A LOT into a short period of time.

On the 11th I went to Miller Park for the Brewers vs Cardinals game.  Now let me make this clear - Miller Park is one of my most FAVORITE places on the planet.  I love love LOVE going to Brewer games - the Brewers are MY team.  It is safe to say that Brewer games are one of the best parts of summer for me.

My Dad, my friend Steph, my friend Michelle, and I packed up our SUV and headed out to Milwaukee for an evening of tailgating, corn hole, and some great baseball.  (My boys did let a 6 point lead turn into a devastating loss - but I am no fair weather fan)!

Here are some pictures from our great evening of baseball, beer, food, friends, and fun.


This tank top though. Batter Up. Party Down.  This is a Milwaukee Brewers' tank top  from Victoria's Secret. It is my favorite thing EVER.


Setting up the chairs.


Best part about the picture - she actually made the shot.


My Dad was the undefeated corn hole champ.


I love Miller Park!


Enjoying the game with Dad.




My ladies :)


No better way to spend a summer.





Steph and I, looking adorable. Right?

I hope you enjoyed this little update.  What MLB team are you rooting for? Let me know in the comments.

With love,

Traci J

Friday, July 11, 2014

Arrivals and Departures | Airport Travel Outfits

Hello Loves,

For part 2 of my travel series, I am bringing to you three different airport ready outfits.  Each one is unique - but they all have two things in common: style and comfort.  

Sometimes you just want to be lazy and cozy, other times you need to look runway ready. Whatever your airport style needs, you will find an outfit for you in this post!

Let's take a look at these outfits.

Comfy Chic
The perfect outfit for airport comfort - mixed with laid-back style.

RockTheRunway
Pairing a cozy tshirt dress with a flowy kimono makes for a trendy - vacation ready outfit.

Frequent Flyer Fashion
For the inner diva in all of us... The black romper and slip on booties make this stylish outfit still practical for the airport.

What will you be wearing to the airport on your next trip?  What outfit or piece is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

With Love and Safe Travels,

Traci J


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Top Ten Travel Tips

Hello Loves,

In less than two weeks I am leaving for a year of traveling around the country as a Leadership Consultant.  I will be traveling to a different city almost each week - and stopping at home to repack about every 3 months or so.  This means that I am going to need to pack a very full, and very efficient suitcase.

As I prepare for my travels, I have been scavenging the internet for the best travel tips and packing advice that I can find.



For those of you that are interested, I will be posting pictures of my packing process and a more in depth post about my own packing essentials very shortly.  Make sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter (@bowsforjustine) for the most recent updates - plus you can help me with any packing dilemmas I might encounter!

Let's get started!

First up we have my favorite videos.  It is no question that one of my all time favorite YouTubers is Ingrid Nilsen (Missglamorazzi).  The first 3 videos in my top ten list are all from her travel series.

1. What's in my Suitcase + Packing Tips

Take note of her use of packing cubes and envelopes.  I definitely went out and picked a few up after watching this.



Ingrid goes through and shows what she packs in a carry on for long flights.  PS. How cute is her carry on bag???!



We all want to look cute at the airport, right? But the most important thing is comfort!  This is by far the best video for looking your best - while still feeling comfy cozy on a flight.




Our next video comes from Louise (@sprinkleofglitter).  Her videos are hit or miss for me.  For some reason I just don't connect with her personality. However, I am a sucker for a look into anyone's makeup collection - so this video earned a spot on the list.



Annnnd we are rounding out the video portion of the list with the queen - Bethany Mota.  Bethany's fun, energetic, and silly personality makes her one of the shining stars of YouTube.  You really have to try to not find her endearing - and even then I don't think any human would be able to do it.


This combines the best of traveling style - and what you need to pack in a carry on. You go Bethers!



Now it's time to move onto the blog posts.  Let's dive right into these.


I have the skin of a pubescent teenage girl.  It loves to break out - I swear it gets enjoyment from sprouting little red blemishes everywhere. To make it even better - I break out every time I travel.  So when I found this post - I let out a little squeal of joy!!!



This is self explanatory. Who doesn't love some good beauty tips?



This post was shown to me by my wonderful mother. It's a list of some pretty useful travel hacks.



I cannot express how in love I am with this.  She breaks down everything - from hair, skin, sunscreen, EVERYTHING. Read this. 



We finish our list with a no nonsense packing guide.  While all of the beauty essentials and frills are fun - when it comes down to it we all just need to know how to properly and efficiently pack a bag!


The journey through this top ten list is over.  What did you find the most useful or the most surprising?  Where do you look for travel and packing tips? I'd love to know - be sure to tell me in the comments!

Stay tuned for my own personal travel tips!

With love,

Traci J