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A Travel Packing List for Horrible Packers

TravelMaría ElenaComment

I know. It's the end of July and I am blogging about packing now that most of you are getting back from your vacays. But you know what? Your next trip won't necessarily be a vacation. Shout out to all my business girls! (yes, I just wrote that with Destiny's Child Independent Women song in my head. #DontJudge).

As the title may have hinted, I'm a horrible packer. To the point that every time I travel with my boyfriend, he's ready with an extra toothbrush, PJ's and socks. He knows me too damn well! I don't know if it's the lack of time or that I always feel overwhelmed before a trip, but every time I'm packing, I leave behind most of the things that I need, except my makeup bag! I always bring my makeup with me. #BeautyAddictProblems. 

Since you guys know I recently got my new Kate Spade agenda and booked my next MUCH NEEDED vacations, I wanted to feel all tidy and organized by creating a packing checklist (PDF download here) with a little help from my family and friends, as you may have imagined. Plus, I'm planning on cutting this into rectangles so it can fit in my agenda pockets. Then I'm laminating the pieces so I can write on them with dry erase markers and reuse them every time I need. Eco-friendly and genius, I know (thanks Youtube!).

You will notice that I wanted this checklist to be perfect for any traveling done during warmer months, but if you guys want me to create one for colder seasons, let me know. I'll gladly create one for you guys... after doing lots of research since I live in the tropics, duh! :P

Thanks for reading! Please share this if you have any horrible packers in your life. lol. 

xo,

Elena

New 2016 Kate Spade Agenda!

LifestyleMaría Elena2 Comments

Ever since middle school and all the way through college, I was the girl with beautiful handwriting who would always keep a planner for all her to-do's and upcoming appointments. Little Miss Perfect, huh? I remember that my favorite part of going back to school was starting a new agenda. To give you an idea, my summer vacations consisted of theme parks, beaches and searching stationary sections in stores for my next fabulous weekly agenda. But somehow, as I ended college and started working full time, my planning habits and beautiful handwriting went away! Please let me know if this happened to any of you too.

Well this changed recently. You know that feeling you get when you are extra overwhelmed with too many things happening at the same time? That's exactly how I've felt these past weeks. I felt like I was juggling information in my mind and I needed a system to keep it in order. Not iCal, not a to-do list, not a notepad. An agenda.

Plus, you guys know I love watching Youtube Vloggers and lately I've been noticing a huge Planning community coming out of nowhere. And I gotta say I love it! It's been getting me back into my planning days and it sure has helped me get more organized. YES!

So long story short, after researching Erin Condren Life Planners, Day Designers, Design Love Co and Filofax planners, I decided the

large Kate Spade Agenda

would be the best way to get back on track with my planning habits.

I ended up calling my local Kate Spade to reserve my

17 month 2016 agendas in black and white stripes

. Now I'm in love and can't wait for August to start! But I can show you how this little masterpiece looks like here: 

Isn't their packaging amazing?

I made this dashboard from a promotional notepad I got a while back. You can check a tutorial

on how to do this from one of my favorite planning bloggers, MaeBad on Youtube.

I just really love how simple, clean and chic this agenda is. 

If you're still not convinced this planning community is for you, check out the #PlannerAddict tag on Instagram. 

I'm trying to use this blog to keep you guys updated with my agenda to see if I get a little bit excited about being organized again! Are you in for more posts like these?