Some of my travel favorites that I either own or are on my own wish list. If you're shopping for a world-traveler this season, check out my recommendations:

Wireless Headphones - I always have headphones with me, whether traveling on holiday or taking the metro to work. I especially like this wireless version for extra freedom when running and fewer tangled cables when traveling. 

Mahabi Slippers - A friend first introduced me to these when we were living in London. Her testimony convinced me to give them a go and I'm glad I did. They are super comfortable, slip on and off easily, and come with removable tread so they can go from indoor to outdoor. 

Travel Steamer - While I might not actually travel with one of these myself, I love the compact design. Living in a small central flat in a metropolitan area, space is a rare commodity. This steamer tucks away nicely and if I really had to, I could pack it for a trip. 

Travel Fragrance - This is actually something I don't technically buy. I have one full-size Jo Malone perfume for home use but the fragrance(s) I travel with are all samples. Every order on Sephora, I choose sample packs because they take up the least amount of space.

Herbivore Face Oil & Herbivore Face Mist - A recent resolution of mine has been to take better care of my skin/face, especially when on the road or in the air. I first tried Herbivore products as a free sample and fell in love. Now, most of their products are available in travel sizes too!

Eyemask - Anyone that has been on a long-haul flight knows that these are essential. I know that overhead reading lights are designed to only shine into one seating area but they never seem to work that way in reality - hence, eyemasks. 

Blanket Scarf - Doubles as a scarf and blanket. The perfect extra layer that you can pull out on cold flights or on arrival. 

Verso Travel Set - Part of my new skin regimen is consistency, that means travel sizes of the stuff I regularly use at home. 

Dry Shampoo - Tried and tested! I finally found a dry shampoo that works well with my in-between hair. Feels silky smooth and doesn't leave additional build-up. On longer flights, I feel like my hair gets oily more quickly than usual. One spritz of this and I'm good to go. 

Swiss Army Knife - This comes in super handy when traveling - just remember to keep it in checked luggage. I had one on my keyring once and nearly lost it at the security checkpoint. Luckily, China customs offers express shipping for confiscated items. 

Rimowa Cabin Luggage - I recently upgraded my cabin luggage this year with the rationalization of a new job with more solo travel. Since I would be lugging my suitcase around airports myself, spin wheels and light body were essential. 



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D and I spent this Christmas with family in Marbella. Unseasonably warm weather made for long walks on the beach and beautiful sundowners on the roof. We walked around the old town of Marbella, peeking in vintage shops and scoping for treasures. Everyone got in on some outdoor yoga sessions to work off all the meals we indulged in. Now ready to ring in the new year!

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Lots of excitement going on to close out 2014 and RING IN 2015. This year was the closest to coming home for the holidays I've done in recent years - I spent the holidays in London with D and his family. We cooked and played loads of board games - actually just many games of Agricola. D planned loads of sightseeing activities as well including two shows: Book of Mormon and Swan Lake! Little did I know, D also had another surprise, literally up his sleeve. We went ice skating at Somerset House for New Year's Eve and he proposed in the middle of the rink! We celebrated with champagne and the fireworks show on the balcony overlooking the Thames. Best way to finish out the year and bring on 2015!