It’s hard to believe that I’ll be headed off to New York in just a few days! I’m excited to start traveling again but will definitely miss the warm weather in Palm Springs. As you might imagine, I don’t really have much in my closet that’ll allow me to survive in frigid temperatures. For the past month, I’ve been frantically shopping for an all-new wardrobe just for this trip. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much luck finding winter weather clothing because stores here have already moved on to their Spring collections. At this point, I figure worst comes to worst, I’ll pick up what I need when I get there… but the anxiety of not being fully prepared sucks. But hey, an excuse to go shopping in New York, right? 😉
What did I shop for, you ask? Luckily, I was able to find some things online and at my local TJ Maxx & Marshalls — everything from plane must-haves to everyday outfits to wear in the city. I was looking for a long wool coat for the longest time but haven’t found it yet. It’s a classic piece to wear in NYC, so I’m really hoping to find one when I’m there!
I learned from my last trip to Chicago to never ever wear jeans on a flight, no matter how short the flight might seem. Our trip to New York City this time around will be a red-eye flight, so comfort is key. I’ll be wearing my leggings, sherpa pullover, and warm slip-ons to keep my body warm. Since I get cold easily, I’ll be bringing a light blanket in my carry-on in case I need it. Sleeping on a plane has never been my forte, but I am counting on sleep masks and neck pillows to help David and I sleep through most of the flight. I’m really hoping that we can get good rest so that when we get to New York, we aren’t exhausted. Since we’re only there for 4 days, I really want to make the most of it and not sleep the first day away. Dry eyes and parched lips are two things I suffer from greatly on the plane. Something about the air in-flight — it’s unusually dry. With that said, eyedrops and vaseline are must-haves to keep with me so I stay hydrated and comfortable through my destination.
Makeup can be bulky and get heavy quickly, so picking and choosing the essentials wisely is key. I always find myself in a dilemma: When traveling, I prefer to keep my makeup light to avoid irritating my skin. At the same time though, I want to be photo-ready during the day. Can you say the struggle is real? Travel-sized eyeshadow palettes are the best because they don’t take up nearly as much space as regular sized ones, and they can even be transported in my purse for touch-ups throughout the day. The same goes for blush/bronzer/highlight compacts! On vacation, I opt for neutral colors because they are appropriate for everyday wear. If you are a brush kind of gal when it comes to application, I highly recommend investing in a travel-sized brush set. It saves so much room in the luggage. I’ve forgotten makeup remover wipes on countless occasions now. I can’t let it slip this time! A clean face at night is especially crucial when traveling because my skin is more prone to issues like breaking out when I’m not home.
A face moisturizer that doubles up as a primer is perfect for travel. I have been loving Origins’ Original Skin matte moisturizer because it leaves my face velvety smooth! It can be used both in the morning and at night. In the AM, I follow with my Chanel foundation which has SPF 15. As far as body moisturizer goes, I really love the HEMPZ moisturizer because it smells pleasant and keeps me moisturized all day long. The exotic green tea & asian pear scent is super fresh! I also can’t leave the house without a quality eye cream. After a long day of exploring, a cleanser is a must to completely get rid of all makeup and impurities. I’ll also be packing a few face masks in case I have some down time to unwind in my airbnb! I’m pretty low-maintenance when it comes to hair for the most part. Because my color-treated hair gets brassy easily though, purple shampoo and conditioner must travel with me. As for styling, I typically just bring a standard curling iron and a brush.
EXPLORING THE CITY
While I did not find the classic wool coat I had in mind, I did score an olive green, fur-lined parka from H&M for only $30. It’s very versatile and I can easily layer it over a fitted sweater or a long-sleeved turtleneck. I’ve been told that New Yorkers are known for wearing all black. So, I’ll be bringing several pairs of black jeggings and leggings. For someone who’s used to driving literally everywhere, the amount of walking involved in NYC is BRUTAL. I am tempted to bring at least five pairs of shoes, but realistically speaking it will most likely just be my Nikes and black combat boots. One thing I’m really looking forward to is bundling up in winter accessories. Scarves, fuzzy socks, and chunky knit beanies are just some things that will be coming with me! For a long day out exploring, the last thing you want to bring along is a heavy bag. A small backpack is a sweet compromise because it’s roomy enough to fit most things you’ll need for the day, and doesn’t put too much strain on one shoulder like some other bags do.
David and I are going to try and fit everything we need for this trip in one luggage and our carry-ons. It’s going to be a challenge because winter clothing takes up so much more room. But, we don’t want to lug around more things than we have to or pay an extra fee for a second checked-in luggage. Plus, I may or may not be bringing some new things back home… ha!
Anyhow, I’m elated to be spending a few days in the city. Currently taking recommendations on things to see, do, and eat as well 😉 As always, thanks for reading! XO