How To Travel Light When You Are A Cosmetics-Obsessed Hoarder

Wednesday June 10, 2015 | Beauty Lifestyle

First of all… why are we still having to play this game of squeezing our liquids in tiny bottles and jamming them in litter sized ziplock bags?

Come on. Why did this ever have to be a thing? And even after this recent bust on the TSA, why should we continue to carry on with this farce?!

Anyway, before getting too worked up about this, let’s just try to look at the positive side of things.

I think there is one upshot to this restriction on the way that we travel. It forces us to travel light.

Before leaving for a 2-week trip to Japan, I made a conscious decision to bring only what I could carry on the plane with me.

My daily beauty regimen can get quite heavy when you add it up by weight.

There was a time when I got used to traveling with everything. More than half of the weight of my oversized bags was made up of personal care products. Which was of course ridiculous.

So the challenge of making this…

Traveling with all these liquids? I think not!

…look like this…

TSA friendly liquid containers

…was a nod to my minimalist sensibilities.

And BAM. We managed to get to Japan without checking in any bags! Hellz yeah!

I’m not saying I’m a pro at this. But here are some of my own tips when it comes to traveling light with liquid personal care products.

Travel ready

1) Do The Research – Read up on travel regulations because they could vary depending on where you’re traveling. As of now if you are traveling to and from the U.S., the TSA limits each traveler to 100ml (3.4 oz) containers which must be placed inside a 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, ziploc bag. But that could change. And let’s hope it does.

2) Gather Your Small Containers – I purchased little salad dressing containers at Target, then later found a cheaper and more diverse array of options at Daiso and Ichi Ban Kan in Japantown.

3) Divide And Conquer – If you are traveling with another person, divvy out the goods between you and your travel partner because you can share the shampoo and toothpaste and other such toiletries vs having to carry everything yourself.

4) Appropriate Container Types – Some products break down when exposed to sunlight. This is true for sunscreens, which have to be kept in opaque containers. Other products that I can think of which must be kept inside a dark container are Argan oil and Vitamin C. So just keep that in mind.

5) Don’t Leave Your Goods – This is what happened to me. I forgot my Juice Beauty moisturizer with SPF. And then had to buy a generic SPF when I got to Japan. Fail.

6) Pack Enough – Make sure you pack enough so you don’t run out. Trickier done than said.

7) When All Else Fails – Check in your bags. Because remember. You can do that!

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San Francisco Bike To Work Day

Thursday May 14, 2015 | Culture Lifestyle

Today was my first time riding my bike to work! Yeah!

It also happened to be Bike To Work Day throughout the SF Bay Area.

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Because I’m a cautious cat and highly sensitive to inner city pressure, I had waited for this very day to make the leap from casual biker to urban commuter.

Prior to this, I even made sure to attend an urban bicycling safety class provided by the SF Bike Coalition. Yup.

I mean yeah, I’ve ridden bikes in traffic before. But never in a city like San Francisco. With all the hills and the trams and the freaking cars, cars, cars everywhere.

Bike To Work Day is perfect for first time commuters like me.

I was glad that Oliver was cool enough to ride with me 😉

We woke up at the crack of dawn and met up with a convoy from our district, which we almost missed!

We started out with 10 people, and as we biked closer downtown, more and more cyclists joined us.

Pictures from SF Bike To Work Day – May 14, 2015

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Adorbs. Each year, San Francisco is becoming more and more bike friendly for families and commuters alike thanks to the efforts of the SF Bike Coalition.

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I saw all different kinds of commuters.
Some wearing high heels, others going bare foot!

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We stopped at several energizer stations placed throughout bike routes offering water, coffee, fruits and other free goodies.

4We made it to City Hall!
And got a little lost on the way…

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Helmets are not mandatory.
But why wouldn’t you wear one?

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A confederation of cyclists.

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Mayor Ed Lee and his helmet.

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That chick with the red shades and purple tights. Swag.

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Stay cool and bike on.

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And remember, share the road.

It feels a lot safer when there are more people biking with you.

And I think the more people bike, the more people will learn how to share the road and how to be considerate with each other.

For you drivers and first time bikers, if you remember nothing else, just remember this…

Bicycles have the right to take the lane!

Visit sfbike.org for more info.

Jealous Of Roses. Current Obsession: Rose Flower Tisane

Monday May 11, 2015 | Lifestyle Wellness

I’m currently obsessed with everything roses.

I’ve had this gnawing desire to start snacking on rose petals. I think the opening scene of Fando y Lis may have been my trigger.

Or it started long before that, with my obsession with rose floral water.

In any case, I’m all about that rose flower power. But not to the point of prancing around eating other people’s rose gardens because, you know… pesticides.

Instead, I visited a tea shop in Chinatown and purchased a bag of these deliciously fragrant Siberian rosebuds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq-6tOBUmNY

WHAT ARE TISANES?

Tisanes are made through the infusion of herbs, spices or other plant material in hot water and does not usually contain caffeine.

They are also called herbal “teas,” but that term can be misleading as all tea involves the plant camellia sinensis.

Rose Flower Tea

In terms of beauty and health, drinking rose flower tisane can help alleviate dry skin and soothe the mind.

HOW TO MAKE ROSE FLOWER TISANE

  • Use 8-10 rosebuds
  • Rinse to clean and “open” the buds to receive hot water
  • Steep rosebuds in hot water for up to 40 seconds
  • Remove rosebuds from hot water. Can be re-used up to three times.
  • Pour rose infused water into cup
  • Enjoy, preferably with a few squares of dark chocolate :)

This is luxury

Such is my idea of luxury!

Not handbags from chanel, or prada shoes or other expensive distractions.

But rather curiously simple things.

Like a soft fluffy white bed, an unhurried hot bath and a steaming, fragrant cup of rose tea…