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5 Things You Need to Love – Travel Essentials

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
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Lately, there have been few things on my mind. Coconuts, sea salted orange Lindt Chocolate to name a few. My mind has an open tab on pinterest and filing things in my head over and over again until new things come along. Recently, it’s been anything that makes my life easier. Some old and some new and mostly (all) of my recent obsession travel essentials.

     5 Things You Need to Love – Travel Essentials

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Mara Hoffman Embellished Dashik

My new boho beach dress, they say you shouldn’t wear something that people have seen you on instagram in… I say, bring me that person who said that and I will show her the many ways and reasons I wear this almost every day during my beach trips! You can find it on Carla’s Closet right {Here} The ultimate comfort! You need to LOVE it!

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Photo by Ibrahim Al Beshari

Chanel Hair Mist

I’ve always thought I would damage my hair by spraying perfume onto it. Chances are, I probably would if I have. I was always allured and secretly questioning those women sitting next to me at a restaurant or in the elevator and how their hair smelled so…fruity and had that perfect clean floral or fruity scent. I have to admit though, I did try…just once… but then it just got that sticky alcohol feel to it. Regardless the failed attempts, I was always curious. That’s when Chanel’s Hair Mist came into my life. So, as they say a whirlwind of optimism and the unexpected, I believe both in this case were true. The floral-fruity fragrance Chanel Hair Mist, Chance, (Pronounced CH-AH -NS) isn’t perfume so you can imagine how delighted I was to find out that it boasts a special, protective formula that delicately perfumes the hair without drying it out. The 35 ml size is practical and easy to use—you can take it with you anywhere to revive your fragrance at any time. So I gave Chance a chance.

Important tip:  Spray the hair mist directly onto your brush or in a cloud over your hair and not every 10 minutes.

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Kaizer Travel Bag

When Mary and I traveled together last month for some business meetings, I couldn’t help but stare at her travel bag. I don’t usually stare…at least that long, but it just looked like I wanted to push her, steal the bag and run. Instead, I did the noble thing and got myself one. Identical to hers. Expect mine had a teeny tiny personal touch to it… It has ‘Travel Junkie Diary’ written on it… just to make sure in case one day she’d have the same thoughts I did! Handcrafted Italian leather accessories from Kaizer is definitly one travel Item I am loving at the moment and I think this one is forever.

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My Love for Rimowa

It’s a fact and I don’t hide it. I have a Rimowa addiction.

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My Zara Hat 

I tried googling the right word for someone who is ‘addicted to hat’ …I couldn’t find it. SO, my friend Houda said to call it a ‘madhatter’ or, if you find the word, please have me know. My addiction to hats go way back to when I was 12 perhaps. The Zara hat made a huge debute for me on the Travel with TJD trip! I can never travel without it anymore, so it made it into my 5 Things I’m Loving  and travel essentials category.

Photo by Ibrahim Al Beshari

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Coco Chanel RougeTruth of the matter is, I never expected to have a lipstick on my list. My every day lipstick consists of my lip-balm due to the hot weather in Dubai or the cold weather in Europe. Everything changed when Keira Knightly’s poster wearing the new Rouge Coco Lipstick happened. The collection features 29 new shades in 6 colour palettes (Nudes, Oranges,Pinks, Rosewoods, Reds and Plums), each named after the friends, loves and muses of Mademoiselle Chanel and I picked Emilienne to be my best friend. Numero 452. With their new Hydra-boost complex, the lipstick leaves lips with a supple, comfortable veil of hydration which deeply nourishes and plumps lips. The formula also allows for build able coverage, with a natural effect with just a single stroke or two strokes or more for even bolder color. Plus, it’s so photogenic in pictures!

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Canon Powershot G1x Mark II

For photographers enthusiasts or wanna be photographers (Like myself). I could go on with specifics, but I am still learning every day something new! To those who ask me which camera I am using, this is the one!

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I had asked @dennisstever to help me out with an image I had in my mind. 
After couple of attempted shots, it wasn’t working out the way I imagined it would.
So we just gave up. 
I remember walking deeper in the forest then heard him scream from far: “Michelle, don’t move!” I paused and stood still. 
And he took the shot. 
What you can’t see, is that right behind me was a 6 meter drop to the frozen white lake, snow falling heavily and my heart beating a million beats per second and I was freezing!
I didn’t want to move, breathe or leave. The view from here was incredible. I tossed my baloon up in the air, and waited for it to slowly fall back to me. 
Travel and photography, always an incredible beautiful surprise and adventure. 
Thank you @dennisstever for the photo and for allowing me to put my camera down in subzero temperatures... even for a little while 💫
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Our trips are a reflection of who we are. 
The people on TJD trips are a reflection on the energy we attract. Falling in love with their souls, their strength and the small gestures they do to make you feel so important in their lives. And I’ve felt it. 
When I leave a place like Finland, where I find magic, freedom and peace... my strength is put to test, my balance and my willingness to endure. Because, as someone who is always searching for balance, I find it there. Breaking my own limits, outgrowing myself to live the best way I possibly can, and not the life others expect of me. 💫❄️ #TravelwithTJD @ourfinland
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It’s no secret that I, like almost everyone else, have to take a couple of extra (a thousand) shots before getting the right one. But the most difficult ones to take, are the ones with Chloè! 
I cannot get her to stay still!! This was taken 2 years ago unedited. You can see I was desperately trying to keep her still for the shot until she caved in! 
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The response I had was so far beyond my expectations. 
I got a little emotional when I found out that almost 80 percent of you are here from the very start, 6 years ago!
Your messages this past 24 hours left me overwhelmed with feelings. There are no words, that’s why it took me all day trying to write a caption, and I still came up with nothing’s close to how I’m feeling. 
Everyone I’ve interacted in my life has brought out a side of me, the ones who stuck, where the ones who brought out the beautiful parts of me. 
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Do we define happiness by reaching our purpose in life or by reaching our goals? 
Either way, I think a lot of us put pressure on the word ‘purpose’ and ‘goals’ in life and forget the simplicity of being just happy. 
In reality, we don’t always get fully to where we want to be, because we always find ourselves wanting more of everything... Personally I know I want to be happy in every decision I make, in my personal and business life and it goes far beyond having body goals or couple goals. 
There are days that life beats me down, and days I feel I’m on top of the world. 
But my purpose?? I don’t know yet, and I may never know.... But that doesn’t matter, because I’m still trying to make every single day count. 
So what is more important to you? Goals, a purpose or simply reaching happiness regardless??
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Happy Sunday everyone!