5 ways to stay healthy while traveling

Happy Wanderlust Wednesday everyone! Given that I’m traveling 3 out of 5 days this week (3rd week in a row….), I thought it would only be appropriate to share a few tips of how to stay healthy & feel your best when traveling.


Kayaking & paddle boarding on String Lake, Jackon, WY

One of the biggest complains I hear about traveling (especially when it’s business, not pleasure) is that you feel “gross” or “blah” and “out of the routine”. While I totally get that, I’ve found a pretty good way to avoid that feeling on every trip. This may take a little planning ahead, but trust me- it’s worth it!

1. Workout 1st thing every morning
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View from the top of Cathedral Rock in Sedona, AZ

I think we can all agree that if we don’t work out first thing while traveling, it’s never going to happen. Especially while on vacation! May as well just get it over with so you can enjoy that cocktail by the pool…am I right?!
2. Drink lots of water
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Sunset paddleboarding in Duck, NC

This is key. If all else fails, drink a ton of water. You’ll feel less bloated, you’ll likely eat healthier (and avoid mindless eating), and your skin will thank you. I always keep a refillable water bottle with me so I never feel dehydrated!
3. Pack snacks

Water & Peanuts in Sonoma

When I know I’ll be in the car for a while or have a long day of travel, I always hit up Trader Joe’s before I go so that I can feel prepared. There is nothing worse than being hangry in an airport and your options are (a) 3-day old sandwiches from the food cart or (b) stale pizza from the knock-off Sbarro. A few snacks I like to grab are Quest bars/Larabars, apples/bananas, dried fruit, nuts & homemade PBJs.
4. Walk, walk, walk

Day of hiking in gorgeous Capri

Unless it’s pouring rain or I’m headed in a sketchy area, I always walk. Perfect example is my day on Monday- I was sitting for about 8 hours in a meeting and going nuts. Our dinner was about 2 miles away. Instead of taking an uber, our team decided to walk to the restaurant, walk around town exploring (or bar hopping!) and walk home. When I got back to my room, I saw that I had walked almost 6 miles total. That felt so good!
5. Plan outdoor activities
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Experiencing New England’s fall foliage by foot (with our camera shy pup!)

This is one of my favorite ways to explore new-to-me areas while on vacation. A bike tour around Paris? Sure! A walking tour through the Sicilian vineyard? Why not. A hike to the top of Mt Villarica in Chile? Sign me up! These are all what I call the trifecta of travel: you get a killer workout, meet awesome  people & learn about a new area!
So there you have it- my top 5 ways to stay healthy while traveling. What’s your favorite tip?!

Lea Michele’s Stunning, Airy LA Home

Omg y’all. Yesterday when I was on the airplane (shocker), I was reading my newest InStyle home edition magazine and the page opened up to this beauty:


THIS HOME! It is exactly what my dreams are made of- open & airy, cool toned hues, incredible floor to ceiling iron windows that connect an open concept kitchen-living space to an absolutely stunning back yard pool area.


The relaxing, calming, comfortable vibe makes this the perfect home to host dinner parties, have friends over for Bachelor & spend the afternoon in a backyard BBQ. I mean, I would move in in a heartbeat!


In fact, I even love her style so much that I’m going to put together a post that shows items you can buy to decorate your space with a similar vibe. (How insane are these wall panels….from Anthro!)


Is anyone else as in love with this home as I am?!

View the whole interview here.

Little Girls Room

Any mamas to little girls in the house? I’ve got quite a few good friends who have little ones that are entering that kindergarten stage where they’re wanting to update from the toddler to “little girl” bedroom. I’ve been helping a few with redecorating, so I figured I’d share on here as well!


My biggest tip to these friends is to find furniture that can be re-purposed in another room or at another time. Just because we’re decorating a girls room doesn’t mean we need to have it throwing up pink. Am I right?!

I love the neutral, soft, feminine color pallet in this bedroom…


This bright, whimsical wallpaper provides such a fun vibe to this room…


Again, the fun wallpaper! Also really like this idea of a nook for some pre-bedtime reading…


This bedroom has to be the most chic fabulous little girls room I’ve seen. Well done, Randi!…


The goal of this bedroom is to create a neutral, calming bedroom with some pops of fun! I envision this being a room that she can grow into, throughout her elementary school years. Keep in mind that pillows, rugs & lamps can always be upgraded a few years down the road when a change is needed. Note: For this room, I’m recommending the grasscloth wallpaper on the top 1/2 of the room, as there’s molding on the bottom 1/2…

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Who else is adoring this e-design?!

{diamond, polka dot & pink pillow // bed // dresser // mirror // chandelier // patterned & sheepskin rug // wallpaper }

Rustic country home with modern touches

I’ve definitely admired this photo before & think that I actually featured it in one of my “Friday Favorite” posts, but I didn’t realize there was a whole home tour that was attached!


Needless to say, I was super excited when I came across this home tour, featured on Country Living. Mandy Reeves, alongside architect Betsy Pogue, created a beautiful, warm, inviting home. It may be in the country, but with touches of modern (this kitchen!) and rustic (hello shiplap!) this space is sure to please any style.


The exposed beams, touches of nature & accents of wood keep the all white from feeling too sterile. As seen in this house, it’s always a good idea to add greenery!


Well done, Mandy & Betsy- this home is a stunner!

Bathroom Infinity Mirrors

I was helping finalize a bathroom renovation last week and we ordered an awesome round infinity mirror (this one to be exact). Round mirrors have been all the rage for quite some time, but I really like the touch of the infinity round mirror in a bathroom. Often times there is a lot of hardware happening in bathrooms (especially when you include faucets, hardware, towel holders, etc), so it’s nice to have minimal metals on the mirror.

Here are a few examples of spaces that I love…



If you’re in the marker for an infinity mirrors, here are a few I recommend:



Friday Favorites

Happy Friday y’all! I’ve been stuck in a work conference the past three days for about 10+ hours each day, but luckily we’ve had some down time so I’ve been on Pinterest a LOT! (Follow me @southendstyle) . The below pictures are especially fabulous, if I do say so myself! Enjoy friends…

White tile walls + black tile floors + touches of wood = my dream bathroom! So timeless…


While I definitely love round mirrors & this white console, these wood panels are what stole the show- how fabulous are these?! A nice alternative to the ever popular white shiplap…


This bathroom is so bold, what a risk that paid off! I’m loving the cobalt vanity and the roman shades with matching lining (roman shades are always a win in bathrooms!)…


A bright, white boho chic bedroom by the talented Amber…


This is the kind of cozy, chic, stylish nook I could spend hours in…


Have a great weekend🙂


What to splurge on while renting

Having been in 4 rentals (in 2 states!) the past 5 years, I totally get that it’s not always worth splurging on home items. With moving comes scratches, stains, broken pieces, etc. With renting comes small spaces, odd shaped rooms, and the need for specific pieces to make the room “work”. There’s nothing more frustrating than spending an entire paycheck on a sofa that doesn’t even fit in your living room 5 months from now when you move. Ugh, renting woes. However; it’s equally no fun to feel like you’re living out of an IKEA catalog. Let’s find the happy medium…
Candles & Soaps
Ahh, the smells. I have this Anthropologie candle burning year round. And I can confidently say that our apt always smells good. Also, it’s time to ditch the $2 plastic target hand soap and spend a few more dollars on a nicer one. Ex: (hint: often times you can find this style at HG!)
 Start Collecting Art
The past two years I’ve collected two awesome art pieces – this one via OKL and another through a lucky Craigslist score! (similar to this). Also, I’m including good quality mirrors in this “art” category, as they’re so versatile. (Ex: I used this one in an entry way and in a bathroom design).  I’ve found that these professionally framed pieces really help transform my space from “rental” to home. These pieces are going to grow with you in any space and you’ll be glad you bought them.
 Purchase Higher End Textiles
Blankets, towels & pillows are the key to making your home feel luxe for less! These are transferable between any space. I’ve said this before but swap these items out seasonally & update when you can. (Hint: H&M home has cute, inexpensive pillow covers for under $20 if you want to swap often but not spend a fortune!) Think luxurious spa/hotel feel!
Invest in your Bed

I’m talking both the mattress and the bedding. There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep. Nothing. And considering we spend over 30% of our life in bed, I’d say it’s worth the splurge. You can often find higher end sheets on sale at HG. For those living in a high rise or tight space, give Casper a try.

If you’re ready to make your rental feel a bit more luxurious, some shopping sources Id recommend are West Elm, One Kings Lane, Wisteria, Anthropologie, and of course HomeGoods!