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As the last hoorah of my summer travels around the world I jetted off to Paris to shoot a project with Michael Kors. When I think of a jet-set life, I automatically think of Michael Kors. The way their campaigns make you feel like you’re in the heart of the action- in some desirable destination around the world. Beautifully choreographed shots capturing that perfect moment in motion; where beauty, fashion and lifestyle become a seamless transition.

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Unfortunately it’s not usually this way in real life. Traveling isn’t easy, it isn’t always fun and for the most part (unless you are a prince with a private jet) it sure isn’t glamorous. There’s packing- which can be treacherous, hours and hours in airports, missed flights, lost bags, and upset stomachs- just to name a few of the things that I’ve experienced in the past month. For me every trip becomes a learning experience, and after a month around the world I’ve teamed up with MK to talk about some summer beauty and fashion travel essentials.

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1) Beauty – packing beauty products is half the battle. If I were to take with me all the products I use on a daily basis I’d need 10 bags. So when you’re going on a trip you really need to narrow it down to the essentials. Obviously there’s the basics – shampoo, toothpaste, etc. But as a woman what are some of the other things that you end up needing that maybe you don’t think of right away?

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1. Nail Polish – if you go on a long trip, especially when water is involved your nails are going to chip. It’s inevitable. Finding a nail salon in other countries isn’t as easy as it seems. In some places it’s actually impossible. So to assure you aren’t left with a chipped hot-mess bring your favorite nail color of the moment. Mine this trip, is this deep shimmering blue. (I used Michael Kors Femme Fatale from the new Glam collection.)

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2. Self tanner – this one is actually SO important to me. I don’t tan that well to begin with, plus in hopes to preserve my skin I slather on so much sunscreen it’d be near impossible to get a good tan anyway! I put a little self tanner on every night and mix it with my lotion to keep my body (especially my legs) bronzed while I’m traveling. (Used above: MK Liquitan Self Tanner)

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2) Style- Packing for travel is all about packing pieces that are re-wearable and easily mixable with other pieces. Long maxi dresses are a favorite of mine. Always easy to wear and throw on anywhere. Neutral colors- whites, blacks, tans, greys are always easy to mix and match. Where as if you back a bag full of bright colors your options might be more limited. One jacket- for the most part depending on where you are going you might not have to wear one at all but it’s always best to be safe. I brought this denim one I loved that has a detachable collar so it makes it easy to switch up a look with the same jacket.

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Michael Kors After Sun Lip Balm

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Total look: Michael Kors Shop the Dress HERE and the Clutch HERE

Photography: Jones Crow

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