Traveling With Jon Hart




2017 saw a lot of changes for me – I grew Brown Paper Doll, changed jobs, and moved cities! In addition to all that change, I also did A LOT of traveling. Jason and I were chatting the other day and reminisced about a period of time that we rarely saw each other. We were both traveling for work and seemed to be passing ships in the night! My trips included Los Angeles, Boston, Rhode Island, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Amsterdam, Dublin, Miami, Ohio, Jacksonville and Dallas. What a whirlwind! With all of that travel under my belt, I’m looking forward to an even busier 2018 with commitments for Brown Paper Doll compounding on work travel.


With that said, I really wanted a new luggage set that has me covered wherever I go and for however long I’m staying. I had a carry-on duffle bag, but it really gets taxing to schlep that through airports when the bag gets on the heavy side.


Luckily, Jon Hart design reached out with an opportunity to try a few pieces from their travel collection. Let me just say… I’m obsessed! Jon Hart has been around for over 40 years, making customizable and distinct luggage, gifts, and accessories. Handcrafted right here in the USA, their products are the most amazing quality that you can feel to the touch. From their durable canvas, high-quality leather, and custom monogramming – the products really speak for themselves. Recently, Jon Hart launched a new color, Rose, which is the prettiest shade of pastel pink. And as you dolls know, pink is my favorite color!


I opted for a couple pieces that would surely suit my travel needs – a 360-degree wheeled carry on, an adjustable weekender, a spacious makeup case, and a zippered pouch for odds and ends.

When Jason and I planned our recent trip to Charleston (travel guide coming soon), I knew this was the perfect opportunity to break out my new pastel travel gear. I decided to take all 4 pieces because I knew I would be packing a lot to shoot new looks, and let me tell you…it was so easy to maneuever with the carry on and the weekender! I can see myself just packing one or the other for shorter trips, but the ease and maangeability of both was a pleasant surprise!


Other things I love about Jon Hart Luggage (besides the monogramming) are the amazing materials and functional design. Each piece is lined with JH monogrammed material, and the pockets and compartments are a dream. I packed everything with ease and extra space to boot! Lastly, I’m so happy that I got the smaller pieces as well. The makeup case actually held my makeup and ALL of my toiletries, while the my zippered pouch held jewelry, a folded silk scarf, phone charger and earplugs. If you are in the market for durable and gorgeous travel essentials, I highly recommend Jon Hart. I know I’ve already started browsing additional pieces to add to my collection. Guess that means I need to add some more travel plans to my schedule! Bon Voyage dolls!


Thank you to Jon Hart for sponsoring on this post


Charleston Travel Guide


When Jason and I left New York over a year ago, we were excited about the prospect of taking drivable trips and exploring the splendor of the South! Coming back to work after the holiday season can be tough, so we thought the end of January would be the perfect time to do a little getaway and revisit Charleston. We’d visited twice before, but it’s always great to see how a city has grown after a couple of years. I had also seen a a boutique hotel called Zero George that I was dying to visit, so visit is what we did!





Jason and I had the opportunity to stay at Zero George, and honestly it’s now my favorite property on the east coast. It reminded me of staying in an Italian villa with the most attentive staff, breathtaking scenery, and an unparalleled attention to detail. It’s a luxury hotel, but not in a stuffy way at all! The cozy spaces and idyllic rooms are elegant, but understated. From the champagne upon arrival (or at any time for that matter), to the Malin & Goetz products (my insta followers know they’re my favorite), to the nightly wine and cheese hour, the hotel has your comfort and every need in mind. Other details I loved included the complementary bikes, morning breakfast, refined furnishings, and the property itself. Jason and I would grab our evening glass of wine and chat with the lovely bartender, or hit the gorgeous beyond words Southern porch and cozy up under a heater. So romantic, yet so comfortable at the same time! Lastly, the best thing about the Zero George are the lovely people who work there. They truly epitomize Southern Hospitality and are willing to help, make recommendations, or simply have a nice chat at every turn. Because our stay was so enjoyable, Jason and I are already planning our next visit!


While Zero George was the highlight of our trip, the food was a close second. Because I’m such a planner, I had quite the variety of culinary spots on our itinerary. From French, to fried chicken, to Italian to seafood…we ate it all! Here are some of the places that made our Charleston tour of restaurants:
Fast & French – A local spot where we grabbed a quick bite upon arrival. It was a no frills space and packed with regulars who had their orders going as soon as they walked in. Their daily lunch specials include a salad and a glass of wine. My favorite part? The selection of Dijon mustards which I could literally put on anything. I had a baguette with brie and ham, white bean soup, and the quintessential glass of red wine.



Leon’s Fine Poultry and Oyster Shop – Literally the best fried chicken that I can remember. It’s spicy and sweet, and we had buttery grilled oysters and hush puppies with honey butter to boot. To wash it all down Jason and I had a couple glasses of frozé, because… why not? My mouth is starting to water just thinking about this place. Definitely a must if you are visiting!



Zero Restaurant & Bar – Nestled in our charming hotel is one of the best dining experiences Charleston has to offer. We had an elevated tasting menu with seasonal and local ingredients, featuring must-haves like the venison, beef wellington, and lamb shoulder ravioli. I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention that I had the best dessert I’ve ever had in my life here: a coconut tres leches cake. Divine!


167 Raw – Quite possibly one of my new favorite restaurants of all time. Everyone you ask in Charleston will say this restaurant is a gem and literally worth the wait (there’s always a line)! Started as a counter with 4 seats, this seafood restaurant has expanded to around 20 seats where diners can enjoy the freshest oysters, ceviche, and the best lobster roll I’ve ever had in my life. AND remember, I go to the Hamptons every year for my birthday and lived in the Northeast! It’s a bold statement, but I stand by it. If you’re going to Charleston, please go here. You’ll thank me later!


So quite honestly, Jason and I didn’t do many traditional “activities” while on this trip. We really wanted to get away, enjoy different scenery, and just be in each other’s company. That being said, Charleston is the perfect place to wander down cobble-stone streets, pop into shops, and say “why yes, I would like another glass of wine.” Jason and I found ourselves strolling down King Street, riding bikes around the city, and making conversation with lovely locals and other visitors alike. Of course, I did some shopping – where two stores really stood out to me!



Celadon, located right over the bridge in Mount Pleasant is the most charming home and gifts store that had me with hands full within minutes. They have the most unique home accessories, furniture and treasures that had me thinking of ways to bring everything back to Atlanta. I left with the most gorgeous throw pillows and a couple cards for friends back in New York. On the apparel side, I fell in love with a boutique called Maris DeHart. Personally, I found it to be the best boutique in the city. While Charleston definitely has a preppy and Southern style, Maris DeHart brings a modern edge and fresh perspective to the scene. Everything is perfectly on-trend and at a great price point. I got a couple pieces that I can’t wait to share!

And there you have it… a little recap of our trip! I can’t say thank you enough to Zero George, Celadon, and all of the lovely people we met during our stay. If you are planning a trip to Charleston and need recommendations, or have any questions feel free to reach out! I can’t wait to plan my next trip back!


Thank you to Zero George and Celadon for partnering on this post!


My Beauty Routine


A new year means some new products in my beauty arsenal. While some things have been added, some products I use have been the same for years. What can I say… I have my favorites! I’m sure many people would agree that there are some products that stand the test of time and are staples, but there’s always room to explore and find new ones! While I by no means consider myself a beauty expert (I’m always learning new tips and tricks), I think I’ve gotten pretty good at my beauty routine over the years. I’d love to share with you what I use and some of the new products that I’ve tried recently.


I start my makeup routine by using a liquid foundation. My go-to for years has been MAC’s Matchmaster, but recently I’ve started using Urban Decay’s All Nighter Foundation! I love a matte finish that doesn’t look dry or ashy, and I love the wide range of shades that is offered, as my skin’s pigment can fluctuate between seasons. Shout out to Northeastern Winters and Florida Summers! As a splurge, my other favorite foundation is Armani Luminous Silk.


After I apply my foundation, I set with a finishing powder. I usually use MAC’s Studio Fix Perfecting Powder, but recently I was gifted Lancôme’s Translucence Silky Loose Powder and I really love it! Highly recommended.


Ok, now that my foundation is set, I move to eyes. I tend to love a neutral eye with smoky corners, so I love the Naked palette, like so many others. You really can’t go wrong. Sometimes I also layer Mac’s “Expensive Pink” over a neutral shade to give a shimmery a bronzy color. On my skin the pink is more copper, so I really love it. As a splurge, I use the Tom Ford “Cognac Sable” and “Golden Mink” palettes. They have the perfect combination of matte and shimmer so you can customize your look. While I use the brush in the Naked palette, I tend to dab on the Tom Ford pigment. I find it’s more intense and lasts longer. I finish my eyes with a MAC Pro Longwear Black Eyeliner and Benefit’s “Yes They’re Real” Mascara!


As a tip, I like to do my eyes before I apply blush in case some of the powder or mascara finds its way to my cheeks. It’s easier to clean up/perfect in this order! When my eyes are complete, I dab some pink on my cheeks. I alternate pretty randomly between MAC’s “Dollymix” (I apply with a brush), the NARS “Orgasm” Liquid Blush (liquid is my fav in this color) and Tom Ford’s Cream Cheek Color (I use Pink Sand or Paradiso) which has a bit of shimmer.


The “Finishing Touch” includes some strobing (applying highlighter) to my upper cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, and at the top of my eyebrow arch to add a glowy look. When I want my look to last EXTRA long, I finish my look with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray. Just a couple light spritzes makes my look last from morning to evening!


I hope you guys liked hearing about my routine and if you have any questions on the products feel free to reach out! AND if you have any products you think I’d like, please send them my way!

Lots of my love! Xo

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