Bombay Taxi Travels: Austin Adventures

This past weekend I spent a whirlwind 36 hours in Austin, celebrating my cousin's bachelorette party. It was my first trip to Austin, and we stayed in a super-charming Airbnb on the East side of Austin, within walking distance of a number of cute bars, restaurants and food truck parks, which is where we spent Friday night.  Our location was really central-- we were no more than a 20 minute Uber ride away from most spots. We spent Saturday grabbing brunch at Hilliside Farmacy, walking the Barton Creek Greenbelt, and exploring Barton Springs. Nighttime brought dinner at The Hightower and bar hopping on Rainey Street

Like I said, a whirlwind 36 hours. Overall I left Austin with the following thoughts:

1. Cleveland needs to up its taco game

2. Austin is one of the most dog-friendly US cities I've visited

3. I'm definitely going back!

Travel Essentials Under $50

Last year I barely traveled at all and suffered a serious case of wanderlust. This year, things have changed already: I'm traveling almost every single month until June, and I'm pretty excited about it. As any frequent traveler knows, its good to have your essentials gathered together so that when its time to pack, you're not running around frantically trying to get things together. I leave mine in carry-on, so I always have them handy for long or short trips. So what makes up these "essentials?" I've come up with a few based on my domestic as well as international adventures over the past several years, and best of all, these are ALL under $50. 


Top row: Underwear Pouch (to keep your foundation garments protected because good bras cost $50+); fun passport caseuniversal travel adapter (for international travel); lip balm + tint to hydrate in dry airplanes. 

Middle row: Bright scarf (to brighten up your outfits, keep you warm on airplanes, and keep you decent if you are visiting a religious monument); monogrammed luggage tags (to help you identify your black bag from everyone else's black bag); mini first-aid kit (just to be safe).

Bottom row: Cozy slippers (for long flights and to rest your feet after a long day of walking); skin care (these are my FAVORITES; three different makeup artists have commented on my skin since I started using them); kindle fire for your beach reads! 

Do you have any favorites that I'm missing?


The Weekender

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I've been on a lot of short trips lately, both for work and pleasure. And while a roll-y bag is all well and good, I sometimes want something I can just throw over my shoulder. I recently purchased The Weekender Bag at Saturday, and I have to say, this is probably THE best designed weekend bag EVER!!

Why do I LURVE this bag?
1. It has a separate section on the bottom that fits 2-3 pairs of shoes! No more having to wrap your shoes separately
2. An outside pocket to stick your boarding pass/phone while you're in the airport
3. A removable interior pocket (I use it to store my mini flat iron)
4. Two interior drawstring pockets.
5. Shoulder strap in addition to handles
6. You can also design your very own Weekender if you're looking for a more unique look!!

The standard size bag (not the small one) fits a pair of pajamas, a set of gym clothes, a dress, a suit, toiletries, and there's still room to spare! I could comfortably fit in another outfit if I wanted to!

What do you use when you travel for a weekend trip? Do you have a bag you LURVE?

Cleshopaholic Travels to Put In Bay

This past weekend, N and I went to Put-In-Bay for a volleyball tourney-- well, he played. I sunbathed. And I got some SERIOUS tan lines.  There were 10 of us at the Island Club, and as is the custom in Put-In-Bay, we partied like we were 21. I'm paying for it today.

The ride over

Early in the night....

Some (well, one) of us, didn't fare so well...

The 9 am start was ROUGH!

A little slice of tranquility... 

Look who I found!! 

Saturday night bar hopping! 

Dueling pianos! 

And just like that, the weekend was over, and it was time to go home! 

I hadn't been to Put-In-Bay since 2004, and I was pleasantly surprised this time around! Its more than a little frat-party-like, but fun nonetheless!!

Cleshopaholic Travels: Singapore

The air conditioning is on the fritz. Which means that its 82F in our house. Combined with the humidity, it means thats temperatures are very much like those in Singapore. N and I were in Singapore as part of our awesome vacation in April, to celebrate my Mom's birthday. She has always wanted to have a Singapore Sling at the legendary Long Bar at the  Raffles Hotel, so that is exactly what we did.

The inner courtyard

The Long Bar at Raffles. I love the old school fans. But they did nothing for the heat, if I'm being perfectly honest. 

Two of my favorite buildings in Singapore. I just love all the colors in the one on the left, and the one on the right reminds me of something I would see in The Great Gatsby (watched it in 3D and LOVED it!! It was absolutely gorgeous)

One of the nights we enjoyed dinner at Clarke Quay Singapore-- its a densely packed area with restaurants and bars. Sorta like a lifestyle center with restaurants. It was really nice to eat on the water. I really wish we had more lakefront restaurants in Cleveland....

Our hotel in Singapore. 

N and I took my parents to brunch at Sky 57 at the Marina Bay Sands to celebrate my Mom's birthday. As you can see, the views were absolutely incredible!! The next time we visit Singapore, I definitely want to spend at least one night at the Marina Bay Sands so I can hang out at this AWESOME infinity pool!!! 

So one of the places I loved most in Singapore was the Louis Vuitton store at the Marina Bay Sands. Not only does it have incredible views (top right), it is actually built IN the harbor, so part of the store is underwater. There is even a dock around the side, you know, just in case you want to dock your yacht and go shopping!!! There is a LOT of high end shopping in Singapore-- I counted at least 4 Cartier Stores and Louis Vuitton stores, but I'm fairly certain there were a lot more. 

If you do visit Singapore, I highly recommend getting a hotel room with a harbor view-- as you can see, amazing views at day and night!

Overall, I really really enjoyed Singapore. It is incredibly clean, almost disturbingly so for a city of its size, but its nice to be able to walk around and not have to worry about dodging dog poop and potholes.  Singapore's laws actually make it quite difficult and EXTREMELY expensive to own a car, and the public transport system is extremely efficient, comfortable and in no short supply.

So if you end up way on the East side of the world, I highly recommend a stop in Singapore.  You can hit most of the big sights in 3 days, and its definitely worth a quick stop!!