5 Things that Give Me Travel Inspiration

I may not be traveling much these days (until I graduate), but I always find time for inspiration even when I’m not on the road. While most people find inspiration through platforms like Pinterest or Instagram, I look elsewhere. In fact, I rarely go online to get the travel bug. Where exactly am I looking for inspiration? I’m not necessarily talking about a where since I don’t have to even leave home to get the urge to travel. There are many items throughout my home, specifically in my bookshelves and the kitchen. If you’re looking for travel inspiration that isn’t online, consider a few of these items that help my own imagination soar.

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Tales of the Traveling Hats

My days as a costumer may be over, but one thing from my past career still matters to me: What’s on my head. I’m not necessarily talking about my hair. On National Hat Day, what’s on my mind is the art and craft of millinery. Why hatmaking? For me, hats provide a sense of nostalgia and a chance to travel back to years gone by. Seeing Kate Middleton with a fascinator or Audrey Hepburn’s wide-brimmed hat in Breakfast at Tiffany‘s instills a sense of romanticism in me. The more I travel, the more I find myself looking for hats. Where exactly have I discovered these sophisticated and whimsical accessories? Follow me as I journey back through former travels and see where I’ve found and worn hats!

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Day and Night in Tucson, Arizona

When I first made plans with my friend Cameron to visit our friend Katie and her husband (also named Cameron) in Tucson, Arizona, I wasn’t sure I would be thrilled to visit the desert. I was looking forward to being somewhere with milder climates in December, but I wasn’t sure what Tucson would look like. Would it be dry and empty with a few cacti here and there like they depict in cartoons? My road trip along Route 66 last year gave me the impression that it would be like Utah, but much drier and more vacant. However, to my surprise, Tucson was not what I expected. There is no doubt in my mind that Tucson is very hot in the summertime, but it is also something else: green, artistic, and full of culture. Whether we were exploring Tucson in the day or wandering around at night, I found plenty that made me think I had found a small treasure in the dry, rugged desert. Continue Reading ›

Fashion and Pantone 2018

One of my favorite things in fashion and design has arrived: Pantone’s Color of the Year. For 2018, the company selected Ultra Violet because of its attachment to mystical and spiritual qualities as well as for its unconventional tone and artistic characteristics. This color is known for being a forward-thinking one. Pantone selected Ultra Violet for its sense of mindfulness and inspiration for communities. Sounds like something we could use a little more of in today’s world, doesn’t it? In Marketplace‘s recent podcast, design journalist Kassia St. Clair brought to light, even more reasons for me to admire this color. For one, it has been linked to many civil rights movements, and St. Clair sees it as a blend of red and blue. This combination emphasizes the need for more unified messaging and viewpoints in a world where we are politically divided. I’m already in admiration of this powerful and deeply moving shade of violet, and as it turns out, some of my favorite fashion brands are as well. Ten Thousand Villages, Studio 189, and We Are Thought also happen to be fans of this Pantone Color of the Year–not too shabby Ultra Violet! Continue Reading ›

The Best and Worst of My 2017 Affirmations

“How you spend New Year’s Eve is how you spend the rest of the year.” -The O.C., Season 1

December is often equated with memories. Memories of childhood pastimes, family traditions, and moments with friends. My memories also contain something else: reruns of The O.C. Call it a cheesy melodrama full of overacting, but to me, it’s still a way to escape. It’s also one of my favorite pastimes during school breaks, and it’s full of advice that continues to ring true to me no matter where I am at in my life. While watching the New Year’s Eve episode, I thought back to how I spent this holiday in the past and if it reflected how I spent the rest of the year. Most of the time, New Year’s Eve had little to no effect on the rest of my year, but 2017 was different. This past year, I spent time on resolutions that were changed to affirmations after advice from Ecocult. How did my 2017 affirmations go? Did I accomplish and fulfill the sustainable lifestyle I wanted? Here are a few highlights and lowlights from the year.

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