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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

73 Comments

  1. Eye Like Fashion says:

    LOVE these photos. Looking so gorgeous and making me want to get to Paris.

    http://www.eyelikefashion.com

  2. Liz says:

    These photos are so pretty! Paris is so beautiful!

    heritagepurple.blogspot.com

  3. Luciana says:

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  4. Fashion Snag says:

    I love that jacket and totally agree about always bringing one even if you don’t think you will use it.

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  5. Daniella says:

    awesome!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

  6. An American in Paris! Such lovely photos and I am so jealous of your collaboration. Can’t wait to see it!

    XxMO
    madame-ostrich.com

  7. Natali says:

    Superb photos! You look breathtaking, so feminine! Location couldn’t be more perfect too :)

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  8. Diane says:

    I love that denim jacket! The fur is gorgeous!

    xx,
    Diane || http://www.modernisticphoenix.blogspot.com

  9. Valentina says:

    beautiful pictures. great tips..

    Valentina
    Valentina Duracinsky Blog

  10. Neeltje says:

    Such pretty photos! I want to visit Paris again so bad :) x
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  11. Laura says:

    Paris is the best place on earth!

    Xx
    http://www.Lauralexo.com

  12. Whitney says:

    Beautiful pics and such useful tips! I’m sold on the tanner, must get one as the one I have from Garnier smells funny, and taking care of your skin is a must!

    Love,
    Whitney

    http://www.whitneyswonderland.com

  13. Leesa says:

    really amazingly beautiful pics!

  14. Olga says:

    Amazing photos and great advice for a travel life!!

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  15. Bee Nguyen says:

    Um so yeah, basically now I need a faux fur trim on my jean jacket!!! Haha, so in love!

    xx Bee
    http://lightandvibes.com

  16. Jint says:

    Very cool pics, love the black booties!
    Xx
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  17. Cherish says:

    You look so gorgeous and I love Paris.

    x

    lifeandstyle-diary.blogspot.nl/

  18. Laura Rose says:

    Gorgeous photos! Looks like you had a blast in beautiful Paris!

    Laura Rose
    republicofrose.wordpress.com

  19. Lucy says:

    Oh wow these photos are amazing!! lovely look xx

    http://www.itslilylocket.blogspot.com

  20. Julieta says:

    Hi! I’ve been in Paris all the summer and well, the travel wasn’t really glamourous… But well, I like the photos! And how did you do to survive with that hot scarf here?? Kisses, Juli.
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  21. Julieta says:

    Hi! I’ve been in Paris all the summer and well, the travel wasn’t really glamorous… But well, I like the photos! And how did you do to survive with that hot scarf here?? Kisses, Juli.
    http://www.trendalist.com.ar

  22. claudia says:

    Love the maxi dress and denim jacket combo! Shoes are to die for!
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  23. Darcy Jones says:

    That deep blue nail is indeed fantastic- I have recently been experimenting with shimmer in my polishes so l love this MK one! Great packing tips too- FAB shots from PARIS!!!
    xoxo Darcy | The Supper Model

    http://www.thesuppermodel.com

  24. This summer seems cold!! Love the Kors bag!!
    XOX, Gap.
    http://www.gaptoothedgirl.com

  25. Catalina says:

    This dress looks so good with the denim jacket!

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  26. Anastasia says:

    Nice post, love the whole approach;)
    xx
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  27. This shoot is so cool! I especially love the denim jacket with the fur collar and the camo purse!
    xoxo
    Camille

  28. nat says:

    beautiful
    i can’t wait to go there
    x
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  29. Deborah says:

    You’re always amazing Shea…great tips!

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  30. Rosa says:

    amazing pictures !

  31. Lizzy says:

    I love your outfit! You look amaazzzing!

    Shot From The Street | Fashion Blog

  32. Alena says:

    Oh wow, these pics are stunning! You look like you had a blast in Paris!
    Kiss, Alena | meet me stylish

  33. Kacie says:

    Oh my gosh wow all of these photos are so dreamy! I’ve never been to Paris but it looks so dreamy!

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  34. Sasha says:

    You look amazing!
    xx
    SASHA

  35. These pics are absolutely perfect *_*
    kisses

    Francesca http://everydaycoffee23.blogspot.it

  36. Beautiful photos! A little jealous that you were in Paris:), but in all honesty, I love following along!

    Stephanie
    http://ishowedupinboots.com

  37. Lindsay says:

    I love a maxi dress for traveling abroad. Cute shoes.

    pinkandnavystripes.com

  38. Daisy says:

    these photos are gorgeous!

    http://www.daisydaniels.me/

    Daisy x

  39. Lindsey says:

    Great photos! Love the denim jacket!
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  40. Stephanie says:

    THAT jacket… It’s killer. A flawless way to do denim in Paris. Always love your photography. http://www.thepassportlifestyle.com

  41. Bienvenue a Paris! Great pics!
    Have a nice day!
    Angela Donava
    http://www.lookbooks.fr/

  42. Alex says:

    Thanks for the tips, Shea! By the way, you look absolutely amazing. I love that skirt. Paris really fits you great.

  43. Calleigh says:

    I love your pictures :)

    Cute accessories too!

  44. Terrence says:

    These are actually impressive ideas in concerning blogging.
    You have touched some nice factors here. Any way keep uup wrinting.

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