trials and tribulations of taking care of your skin while traveling

hiya, happy february! i’m heading home for the next two weeks and couldn’t be more excited.


one of my new years resolutions was to be more mindful about how i’m treating my skin in all aspects of skincare – from how aggressively i wash it, to what type of toxins i’m encountering day to day, to how much water i’m drinking in order to keep hydrated. i’ve always been a notorious face holder, rester, grabber, toucher the list goes on…. and it’s been a REALLY hard habit to kick. i find myself (especially at work) touching some part of my neck or face when i’m scrolling through a patient’s chart – gross. needless to say it’s been a tough resolution for me, but a necessary one. and it’s been really fun delving into the complex world of skincare. one of the biggest topics, much to my surprise, was how to take care of your skin while flying. some of these will be new for me [which i’ll be sure to note] but some i’ve already been doing for years. regardless, here is how i take care of myself while traveling.


1. hydrate. this one isn’t new for me, or that complicated. there’s just something about being hydrated that makes your skin that much better. i keep my hydro flask close and full for a solid 48 hours – starting 24 hours before said travel day and finishing the next day. i love the hydro flask because they’re large and they keep things cold for days! when i get sick of plain water, i’ll add some lemon or cucumber to spice it up a bit.  i’ll also add one packet of emergen-c into my bag to have mid flight – can’t be getting sick on vacation!

2. i’ve been using the ole henriksen power peel mask for little bit now and have fallen in love. i’ve been trying to use it bi-monthly and i make sure to plan my mask the night i arrive at my final destination. to be honest, i’m not sure if i should be using it before or after traveling, but it just feels that much better after a long day in the car or in the air. am i doing this wrong?

3. another tried and true product i’ve been using for some time is the caudalie beauty elixir. it’s the best little pick-me-up and hydrator before you take off, halfway through, or when you make it to the final destination. it’s TSA compatible and the scent is in no way overwhelming. unless you’re my older sister, tiffany, and spray half the bottle in one sitting and then you’re bound to get some seriously interesting looks.

4. the other day i was doing my binge reading of into the gloss and stumbled upon this article where they talk about wearing a physical sunscreen before taking off.  i was blown away. i mean, it makes total sense. a physical sunscreen literally goes on top of everything you’re wearing [i believe… beauty gurus, help a sister out] and the article talks about how the physical barrier is combating all those nasty airplane germs.  so i figured i had to give it a shot. i mean, what did i have to lose? one thing that they recommend is this product – which, judging by the reviews looks seriously amazing. i will be making a trip to sephora in denver for it. and i’ll give you an skin update when i get back to burlington.


for now, that’s all i have up my sleeve. what kind of beauty tricks do you have when you fly??

happy february!

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trials and tribulations of packing

happy february peeps! where in the WORLD did january go?!

 comin’ at ya hot from denver, colorado – aka home sweet home. or my first home. now that i’ve lived in burlington for the last eight years, it’s kind of hard to say that where i live now isn’t home. but the house i grew up in, the childhood  memories with my childhood besties, where my parents live will always be home to me.

i wanted to get this post out yesterday but, you know, life happens…


i went to college across the country and flew back and forth for holidays so you’d think that i’d be able to pack a suitcase by the ripe age of 27. yet, it still might be one of the hardest tasks for me. i open my closet and find all of those lost items of clothing; you know, the ones that i haven’t worn in the last three months and i think to myself, “omg i’ll TOTALLY wear this at home, i can’t not bring it!!”

reality check, adison. you haven’t worn it for at least a quarter of the last year. you will not wear it on vacation. 


i wanted to be a better packer. i want to be a better packer. so, for this trip i packed my ski clothes, i packed some workout clothes. and i stopped. i told myself i could only bring 20 items of clothing/shoes to bring home. i’ll be gone for 8 days. no one needs more clothes than that. and if my bag is too full when i arrive in colorado, that means there’s less room for shopping. and who can’t make a trip to nordstrom when you’re around one….?

so i packed and ended up putting 22 items into my bag (obviously i lied and i’m counting my hat and scarf in my count.) and honestly, when i was counting everything, it was kind of hard to get up to the goal of 20.

here is how i did it:

1. avoided bright colors and prints. it’s winter and those things look weird in the winter. 2. steer towards neutrals and basics because they can all be worn together. 3. comfort, really is, key. 4. bringing layers that i can wear with multiple outfits is important. fullsizeoutput_12d4

i threw in my favorite black seven jeans and royal blue gap jeans. they both, are able to be worn multiple times without getting all stretched out and ugly.

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the sweaters i picked are reaaaaaal  versatile. the chunky cardigan on the far left is one of my favorties and it’s actually from tjmaxx and it definitely requires a shirt underneath because it lacks buttons or snaps. the patterned and black sweaters are from lululemon and the tan is from jcrew. lululemon actually has some of my all time favorite fitting sweaters – check ’em out.

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i brought two button up long sleeves, the grey from gap and the checkered from jcrew again. these are great because they can be worn buttoned up all the way or layered over a light t. i brought two other long sleeves, one from a boutique in burlington and the tan and black v-neck is from madewell – both of which can be very casual or dressed up for a night on the town with some jewels and bright lipstick.

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the collection of t-shirts and tanks i brought could be layered under the cardigan or other long sleeves but also, can be worn solo. but, realistically, when it’s february in colorado, you rarely wear bare arms – it’s COLD!

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i chose two pairs of comfortable booties to bring home. my bestie, madeline, is making me a pair of converse so i knew i’d have another pair of shoes to cart back with me…. stay tuned for those pics. the tan are lucky brand and the black are dolce vita from nordstrom rack.

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couldn’t come home without my trusty white and warren travel wrap and cashmere skida hat.

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like i said, i flew in today and leave in 8 days. i’ll be sure to let you know how the clothes end up… i might have nailed the whole packing thing and i might have royally f’d up.

bal harbour getaway

happy monday!

back to reality which means back to the arctic temperatures in vermont. this past weekend i was able to jet set to miami with girlfriends for some amazing sun and relaxation. we stayed just north of miami beach in bal harbour right on the ocean. we spent our mornings in pajamas on the balcony with a good cup of coffee basking in the sun – it was real nice. 5a908cbb-8922-459a-818b-ac7b0c48b901


we spent friday boppin’ between the pool and the ocean soaking up all the sun we could get. IMG_3386.JPG

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saturday we headed over to key biscayne for some boating. seeing miami by boat was definitely one way to avoid all the traffic. the weather couldn’t have been more perfect – 80s and sunny which, apparently, is very atypical for miami in january.

an afternoon of good drinks, sunshine and warm water was exactly what the doctor ordered and we never wanted to stop.

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3/5 of the boating gang.
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rickenbacker bridge

saturday night we headed towards the wynwood neighborhood to eat at beaker and gray and it was AMAZING. the atmosphere was sheek, the cocktails were on point, we couldn’t stop eating, and we obviously had to find room for our mini doughnuts on the dessert menu. let’s just say, you cannot miss this place.

and if there’s one thing you can’t miss it’s the oxtail tortellini.


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this was the best we could do for a group shot. it was a perfectly timed vacation and an amazing escape from reality.

thank you jess for having us.

jordan, thanks for the laughs and adventures on the boat.

2016 in review

as i’m mentally preparing for another year i’ve been scouring over pictures on my computer. new ones, old ones, good, and most certainly bad [admittedly overly self critical over here]. here are a few of my favorite memories from this past year:


marielle and loic’s dinner party was definitely one for the books. and the whole night was extra special because of the paper crowns. fullsizeoutput_970


my co-worker and great friend, jess, and i spent the day at the spa in stowe. massages and facials followed by some steam room and a dip in the pool. it was exactly what the doctor ordered – especially because it was mid week! fullsizeoutput_a4a


every time we go visit our sisters in california i think to myself, “that was one of the best trips out there, it’ll definitely be hard to beat.” and yet, every single time we go back, it get’s a little bit better. our trip this spring was amazing. meagan, was able to fully relax and unwind with baby #1 at home – perfect getaway before baby #2. img_1850


memorial day weekend was one of the most spontaneous and memory filled weekends of the year. spending a weekend at my friend, jess’, camp in charlotte is a luxury and it might be one of my all time favorite places in vermont. it’s so easy to unwind and  not have a care in the world when you’re drinking wine on the porch watching the sunset. Processed with VSCO with c1 preset


our trip to wisconsin this summer was anything but boring. we kept it exciting by visiting the anchor [seen on diners, drive-ins, and dives], running a half marathon and doing some water skiing all within 72 hours. img_2019


one of the highlights of the summer was when my mom came to visit us in burlington. we hiked, we ate, we sat in the sun. we survived a monsoon and went to a show at shelburne museum all in one evening. we, also, wore hats. img_2237


tiffany turned 30. we had the best sister celebration at topnotch in stowe. after a morning of pampering, we took to the pool with cocktails. Processed with VSCO with g3 preset


we spent many a day on the lake. one of the most memorable afternoons was this one. hard to beat a day on the boat. great friends, tunes, and a beer or two will turn anyone’s day right around. img_2423


it will most certainly be hard to beat this day right here – day one of brenna’s bachelorette party at the palms resort in vegas. i think that’s probably all i should say about it…img_2459


ian and i hiked sterling pond this fall. we randomly saw friends halfway up, went for a dip at the top and took the long way home through stowe. it may have been the long way because of all our detours… doc ponds, cider mill, cabot.fullsizeoutput_ce0


twr – aka my dad – made an appearance in burlington this fall. lots of coffee, some exploring in montpelier, and a belly full of pizza rounded out this long weekend. img_2897


can hardly wait for what 2017 brings.

only the best place in the world

yes, you heard me correctly-the best place in the world. aka: northern california. i might be just a bit biased seeing as that 2/4 of the sister quad is there and my (almost) 3 year old niece and my 4 month old nephew.

my sister, jen, lives right outside the castro in corona heights. from there we travel back and forth to/from st helena to see my sister, meagan, her husband, jude, and the kids. this trip went by WAY too fast. it always flies by, but holy moley it was a whirlwind.


tiffany and i landed friday and headed right up to st helena. after an evening of wine with meagan and jude, we hit the hay. jude went to work the next morning while the rest of us drank coffee, played legos and changed diapers. we later met jude at cook [the restaurant/tavern he and meagan own in town – one of the best places. ever. oh, and they continue to win a place on the Bib Gourmand list.] i digress…. it’s amazing.

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after brunch we sat and drank wine. from here – the view really is terrible.

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saturday night we headed back to the city and went to the Sia concert. i’ve never been more obsessed. overall it was an amazing show. like knock your socks off kind of show. i’m still in shock. this is now my new favorite song and you can bet it’s been playing on repeat.

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sunday we spent galavanting around the city with elyse.

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if there’s anywhere you should travel in the near future – make it northern cali.

until next time, california. xo.

vegas essentials

greetings, friends!

this weekend was spent celebrating my friend, brenna’s, bachelorette party in las vegas. packing for this trip was one of the harder trips to pack for because i had to keep a few things in mind: i knew it was going to be over 100 every day, we were going to be exploring the city throughout the day, and then had to gear up for a night on the town. a few essentials that i couldn’t afford to forget…. IMG_2526.jpg

diff sunglasses // md solar sciences mineral tinted creme // caudalie beauty elixir // smashbox photo finish face primer // baby lips chapstick


wore sunglasses about 90% of the time while in vegas. these ones by diff were perfect for the job – cute, protective and seriously functional.

wearing sunscreen for me is a total must. i apply it daily and my new favorite is by md solar sciences. i use the spf 30 with mineral tint which is perfect for re-applying during the day – you don’t have to worrry about re-applying makeup afterwards!

when we got ready to go out, i made sure to use face primer to protect my make up. i really like the one by smashbox, it goes on evenly (as long as i’m well moisturized) and it dries quickly not leaving me greasy at all.

i brought the beauty exilir with me everywhere while in vegas. i used it during the day, halfway through the night on the town, and after flying. it’s a great ‘pick me up’ leaving my face moisturized and radiant.

being the serious chapstick addict that i am, i’ve gone through quite a few brands. my recent favorite is a baby lips from maybelline. it works well as a chapstick but acts as a double duty agent providing some color and sheen limiting the need for lip stick.


overall, the trip was a massive success. we spent our days at the pool and our evenings exploring the city. we dined at portofino at the mirage and adventured down fremont street.

[tangent about portofino for a hot sec…. be warned.

dinner was one our biggest highlights of the entire trip. the food was out of this world, an amazing wine list, and excellent service by the general manager. it was one of the best meals i’ve had yet. if there’s one place to go when checking out vegas, make sure portofino is the place.]


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pool party at the palms
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picture after dinner at the mirage

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first night out
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me, brenna, claire

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xo

gay island \\ cushing, ME

this weekend was one for the record books. it was one of the best weekends i’ve had in quite some time. lots of friends, fun and sun in a little place called gay island. the island is right off of the small town, cushing, which is 90 minutes north of portland. my boyfriend’s family owns a house on the island and i’ve been lucky enough to partake in the festivities.


we rounded up our friends and hopped in the car thursday afternoon. cushing is about 6 hours from burlington and the island can [quite honestly] be a pain in the ass to get to at night. we decided to drive to portland, enjoy some amazing dinner at duckfat, crash for the night and finish the journey the following morning.

friday rolled around and we hit the road. honestly, the last part of the drive is my favorite – yea, i’m sure it doesn’t help that the end destination is beautiful and who doesn’t love vacation- but the drive is also the most scenic and the back roads of maine are drop.dead.gorgeous.


we loaded up the boat and full steam ahead to gay island. we couldn’t have been luckier when it came to the weather – 80s and sunny throughout the whole weekend. IMG_2362

the house on the island is quite simple, and quite amazing; no plumbing, no built in electricity, no wifi, no television. once you get to the house it’s easy to ‘unplug’ and really spend some time and appreciate your surroundings. the house sleeps up to 10 but just be sure not to invite people you can’t stand; it can feel small when you’re sitting at the kitchen table and you actually have to make conversation. 😀


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 when we got there we decided to take the ‘newbies’ exploring around the island. there are some loose woods behind the house, and lucky for us, no cars.

it might be an old wives tale in the andrew’s household, but i’ve heard there is a rogue camel on the island… i’ve yet to see said camel during any of my trips. 😀

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friday night hit and we watched the most intense lightening storm from the porch. each strike of lightening was better than the previous lighting up the entire sky. it was INSANE. after that we had an epic battle of monopoly and hit the hay dreaming of camels.

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took about 1000 burst photos and got about 2….

saturday was spent fishing from the dock, attempting to dig clams on the beach at low tide, and cruising over to port clyde for some oysters and cocktails.

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the biggest oysters! 

after loading up on ice, cold beer and fresh lobsters,  we MAY have hit a bit of rain on the way back to the island. just so happens that it was the only rain we saw all day – figures

the rest of the day was spent in a plethora of ways: lounging, reading in the sun, fishing, shell hunting, napping, you name it. after a delicious meal of fresh seafood the boys stepped up and did the dishes. it was too good to not capture.

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sunday, reality sunk in as we had to head back to vermont. luckily none of us had to get back for anything in particular so we weren’t in a rush. plenty of breakfast, coffee, sunning, fishing, and more coffee was had. jumped off the dock a few times and we called it a wrap. cleaned up, loaded our gear back onto the boat and caravanned back to the 802.

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i must’ve drawn the short straw…. or something? let’s just call it a moment of weakness… i rode in the dingy all the way back to the main land. comical.

clearly, it was one of the best weekends i’ve had in a while. thank you to everyone who was able to make it happen and i can’t wait until next time!

goodbye for now, gay island!