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Things Bringing Us Joy This Spring

Stylish, Smart Jewelry that Keeps You Safe!

As a female travel community, safety is our #1 priority and when we discovered invisaWear, the smart jewelry that instantly sends your location to emergency dispatchers and loved ones during an emergency, we got so excited. I personally love the key chain that is so incognito and not bulky at all like many safety objects out there. Rajia Abdelaziz, Co-Founder and CEO of invisaWear, started the company after a scary incident when a car full of men followed her and started yelling inappropriate comments. Luckily, Rajia was able to run and get in her car, unharmed; the harrowing experience inspired her to create fashion jewelry that doubles as a safety device.

Colorful Masks Made in the USA

Maybe it’s the old nurse in me but for some reason, I feel more secure wearing surgical masks than cloth masks. So, when I discovered Armbrust American, I got so excited to see they offer the surgical masks in so many lovely colors and that they’re made in the USA (Austin, TX to be exact! They also offer a donate mask option which makes it easy to help those in need.

Fashionable Masks

However, if I’m going out to a nice dinner or actually get dressed up for once, I make an exception and wear a cloth mask (or I wear a surgical mask and a cloth mask over it. I absolutely love the Lele Sadoughi x Eataly mask collaboration! Of course, anything Italian inspired steals my heart. Lele Sadoughi goes beyond just masks though, her accessories are stunning and I can’t wait to rock this pearl belt this Spring!

Cleanse Your Space and Energy with Crystals and Essential Oils

As things start to feel a tad bit more hopeful in the world,  grounding myself and ensuring I’m being conscious of taking care of my mental health has never been more important and one way I do that is with crystals and essential oils. I particularly love the the TRUTH Crystal Set by The Cristialline. The gemstones will help you connect to your inner guidance and find your true north of any situation or obstacle.

RE.VITYL™ offers organic essential oils that will transform you to the Mediterranean coast wit all of their oils sustainably sourced form a small family distillery on the Croatian Coast and the extraction, distillation and bottling process are fully traceable.

Clay Meditation Cushion Set

I’ve picked up the habit of meditation while in quarantine and I always found it difficult to meditate for long on the floor, thanks to my spinal fusion but I discovered the extremely comfortable Clay Meditation Cushion Set by Walden. This cushion set is an absolute game changer and I love the colors they offer. The set is also so well made, filled with hypoallergenic buckwheat hull sourced from Upstate New York, top layer of gel-infused memory foam to for added support and moisture resistant antimicrobial shell with easy clean coating.

Sustainable Workout Clothes

I love Wolven, who makes an initiative to operate as sustainably as possible, but also invests in programs that offset the emissions they’ve created. To address their carbon footprint they’ve partnered with Climate Neutral. This means measuring their greenhouse gas emissions footprint, purchasing carbon credits to offset that footprint, and implementing plans to reduce emissions moving forward. It’s incredible! I’ve been loving their Onyx Crossover Pocket Leggings and matching Crisscross Four-Way top.

Fun Loungewear by

We are loving adorable loungewear line based in Chelsea, New York City, Chelsea Peers! With Spring here and Summer around the corner, sets like the their satin sets and color block joggers and crop top are all we want to live in.

MOVE by MATE Collection

MATE the Label is my absolute favorite lounge wear brand not only because every piece is just perfect but because their whole ethos is based on dressing clean. They even have an impact report on their website. They just launched an active wear line, MOVE by MATE and I basically live in it these days!

Affordable Cashmere

100% Grade A Mongolian cashmere at reasonable prices? Sign us up! We we’re so excited to discover Shop Quince’s Cashmere lounge-wear that won’t break the bank. Especially right now, with the awesome sale they have going on. My favorites are the Mongolian Shrunken Cashmere Sweatshirt and the Mongolian Cashmere Sweatpants.  

Sustainable Comfortable Sneakers from Brazil

Our latest fav sneakers are by Brazilian brand, Cariuma, especially their OCA Lows that you can wear with lounge wear, dresses, jeans and more! And the best part? For every pair purchased, Cariuma plants 2 trees in the Brazilian rain forest!

Nap Dress

Spring calls for pretty dresses that make you feel light and happy and we love Hill House Home for that. One of our favorites is the The Ellie Nap Dress in the perfect Powder Blue color.

CBD Skincare

CBD for skincare? You read that right! The Lord Jones Royal Oil 1000mg Pure CBD Oil is the perfect facial oil made from just two ingredients (1000mg of CBD and Grapeseed Oil) designed to provide extreme moisturization and to help you bring out the glow in your beautiful skin. Lord Jones is one of the most high quality CBD brands out there, clean, vegan and cruelty free.

Mother’s Day Gift Idea

With Spring comes Mother’s Day and it has been months since I’ve seen my dear mother who lives in Michigan. So when I was thinking about what to get her for Mother’s Day, the Olive & June’s Mother’s Day Mani System first came to mind! It is the most perfect gift with the most gorgeous packaging. It”s truly my go-to gift!

Natural Skincare

With my 34th birthday just around the corner and a pandemic under my belt, the skin around my eyes could use a little love and LilyAna Naturals’ Anti-Aging Eye Moisturizer with 0.5% Retinol sure does the trick! I also love their Vitamin C facewash. The clean beauty brand’s mission is to holistically raise awareness in wellness, education and the cruelty-free movement!

Travel Hair Tools

It’s Springtime, the light is at the end of the tunnel and we’re slowly (yet carefully and safely) going back to travel. Harry Josh Pro Tools are my ultimate favorite and I was so excited to see that they offer travel styling tools like the Travel Curling Iron 1.25 Inch and the Travel Ceramic Flat Styling Iron which are so easy to pack and are powerful too!

Blue Light Frames and Eco-Conscious Earrings

Shop Machete is definitely one of our favorite brands out there right now, featuring a line of eco-conscious, affordable jewelry & accessories. We’re loving the Suzy – Optical Blue Light Frames in Classic Tortoise to protect our eyes from blue light, living on our laptops these days!, the Mini Hoops in Amber which are the perfect size since I don’t like hoops that are too large and the perfect for Spring, Biwa Pearl Bracelet which is absolutely gorgeous and so well made.

Cool Sunglasses

Sunny days are upon us and our go-to shades are the Amelia Frames in 22k Chocolate Gold with SkyForce Air TM Cape Sand Lenses by Randolph USA. These authentic aviators are handcrafted in small batches in the USA and take 6 weeks, 200 steps to design. They’re truly built to last and are gorgeous!

Keep Your Wine Chilled

Keep your spring bottle of wine or bubbly perfectly chilled for hours in this gorgeous insulated wine chiller by Vinglace. No ice required!

Japanese Cast Iron Teapot with Stainless Steel Infuser

Spring is about renewal and things that make you feel good so I made a commitment to start drinking more tea and I love this TOPTIER Japanese Cast Iron Teapot with Stainless Steel Infuser to do just that. It’s absolutely gorgeous and so well made!

Dream of Travels in the Near Future with Dame Traveler: Live the Spirit of Adventure Book

Since it’s still going to be awhile until we can travel internationally again, we’re continuing to dream with the help of Dame Traveler Book! Photo below by Dame Traveler book contributor, @hellomissmay.

All female contributors – With a serious focus on diversity, you’ll find women of all abilities, races, religions, sizes and identities inside each chapter.

• Over 200 breathtaking, full color images.

• DT Insider Tips of recs from myself and Dame Travelers themselves!

• History of Dame Traveler’s creation – An in-depth backstory of the brand’s creation, as well as my personal story of grit.

• Safety tips for women – A curated list of our best and often overlooked safety tips specifically for women traveling solo.

 

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  • Reply Rosanna Stevens April 26, 2021 at 1:18 am

    Love that Hill House dress, such a pretty vibe!

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