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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


Travel Junkie Diary

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.



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


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!



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 guess my last trip to the Arctic was my last icy adventure for the season. I’ve had 4 since the beginning of the year and despite being a beach girl, I can’t wait to go back! Probably sooner than you think ;) Back in Dubai and summer kicked in already but missing everyone on the #TravelwithTJD team. I’m staying in Dubai for a couple of days to catch up with work then, heading off to an island 🌴. Can you guess where? :)
  • We all crave isolation from time to time to get disconnected from whatever it is that keeps us awake at night. To just go, and say nothing and think nothing that connects you to anything at all. We hope in the end that whatever you love always loves you back. Returning from a ‘letting go’ place such as the wilderness in Finland affects me emotionally and sets me off balance, because my happiness was always about following my heart, so where do you go from here? When you leave a place of reality that is better than your dreams? #TravelwithTJD
  • Things I learned along the way: Anyone that abandons you is teaching you how to stand on your own two feet - anything that annoys you is teaching you patience and anything you can’t control is probably teaching you to let go and not having anyone questioning your loyalty is one of the most freeing feeling in the world... Kinda like how this photo means to me... especially when you learn how quickly people judge others. Being in the wilderness is everything! I’m so in love with Finland 💕 #TravelwithTJD
  • I first came to Ivalo last year, and today, almost a year ago, I’m back here with incredible people who trusted me as I guided them into the wilderness beyond the arctic circle. From huskies to ice fishing to snowmobiling at night as we search for the lights and even tasting arctic cuisine, every single one of them had the adventure in them screaming to come out. Our phones were somewhere in our backpack and not a care in the world of anything but the moment we were in. For the longest time, it felt nice being around people who gets it and who travel to experience new things for their own validation and no one else’s. Would you like to join the next trip?#TravelwithTJD
Pic by @framewithaview
  • When you decide to leave and take that chance out on your own, your road won't be paved in colored tiles and most of the time you will be told by friends and strangers that you won’t be able to last so long or that your nuts and possibly judged on every move that you make. As I moved on with my dreams and my days turned into months then years, I’ve had mixed feelings of happiness and being afraid. As someone who loves their own space and is comfortable on my own, I’ve had times where things didn’t always go my way instantly but I knew it eventually falls into place. I might have fallen flat on my face sometimes, and have underestimated my own capabilities at some moments... but I’m more confident than I was when I first started and what made me even braver, was my willingness to live up to these moments because in the end, it was all worth it. #TravelwithTJD
  • I never felt comfortable having anyone take my photo, I am always the one behind the lens and if not, I always have my tripod with me with my remote control. I’m grateful for @dennisstever to have made me feel so comfortable in front of the camera for this shot. It took us more than 24 hours travel time to reach @wildernesshotelinari on our #TravelwithTJD in partnership with @activeholidayfinland and this is the view from the beautiful aurora cabin. 
Picture by: @dennisstever
  • if I say I’ve got you, it means I’ve got you. Whether it’s at 4pm or 4am, I’ve got you. Whether it’s through the phone or face to face, I’ve got you. Whether its big or small. Whether you’re here or not. If say I got you, then, I got you. 💕 #TravelwithTJD
  • A little midweek overload on carbs and spring vibes with @theitalianwayuae before my trip back beyond the arctic circle ❄️. Happy Wednesday everyone! #TheItalianway
  • When people ask me about one of my favorite deserts in the UAE, it’s right here. The world's largest uninterrupted sand mass, the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) - Have you ever been?
  • A throwback to 3 years ago when I spent a month in Bali. It has changed so much during the years but still, some places remain so beautiful ☁️❤️
  • Have you ever been to Maldives? 🐠
  • I could be staring at the same mountains that loomed over passing Vikings and I’m in love. I’m in love because I chose a life that feels good over a life that looks good. I’ve set goals for myself further than the perfect abs or couple goals on instagram. I might have not climbed mountains but this is my beautiful adventure... And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

#PPSolitude @passionpassport