What to pack for a Summer Vacation (Style Inspiration)

It’s my favorite season of the year! Also known as everyone’s favorite time to travel. So let’s get to it…

How to pack….

In my previous blog post, What to pack for a Spring Vacation, I let you in on my favorite packing tip. Roll your clothes, don’t fold them! Now in my carry on I pack clothes and a few pairs of shoes. I bring a separate tote bag ( a big one. You can also use a back pack) for my toiletries, jewelry, and bulkier shoes. In that tote bag I also carry a book, scarf or jacket for the plane ride, electronics and accessories. By accessories I’m talking about plug adaptors (a must if you travel abroad), chargers, and any go pro accessories.

Let’s move on to what to wear….

And OF COURSE a bit of inspiration to follow!

1) Denim Shorts – Sometimes you never know what you’re going to get into on vacation and denim shorts are classic and versatile. I always bring 1 pair.

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2) Tank Tops and Tee’s – Of course! Easy to throw on, go with everything, and easy to pack. Wear it to the beach, to bed, out on the town, exploring, etc. The more neutral the color the more versatile.

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3) Patterned Shorts – Day or Night. Beach or Club. Patterned shorts are easy to dress up or down and go oh so perfectly with tank and crop tops. Also easy to pack!

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4) Crop Tops – Hello Summer! They go perfectly with those patterned shorts! A lace crop top can go from a bikini cover up to a night-time outfit with a white bra underneath and paired with a maxi skirt.


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5) The Matching Two Piece- wear them together one day then separately the next! Kill two birds with one stone on numbers 3 and 4!

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6) Romper or a Summer Dress –  Summer Essentials. The less complicated they are to put on the better! Try to stear clear of ones that require a special type of bra. If you can wear it braless thats even better but give it a cold air test before you wear it out.


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7) The Long One Piece – For lounging around, shopping, dinner, or walking around town. A maxi or a jumpsuit is always a good choice. Especially if you’re traveling towards the end of summer or if you’re in a destination with high winds.

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8) The Linen Pant or Boyfriend Jeans – The temperature will certainly drop in the evening and you’ll be happy you packed these! This is my go to for airport style beacuse it’s comfotable and not to hot when landing at your sunny destination. I personally prefer a linen pant but boyfriend jeans are perfect as well. Boyfriend Jeans can be tricky to pull off but I find that If you wear them with a long flowing top they look perfect. However, If you have the body of a super model…rock the crop top and god bless you!

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9) The Shirt Dress – The most versatile dress! One of my favorite cover ups at the beach. Throw on cute sandals and its perfect for a day tour. Add cute wedges at night and it’s the perfect outfit for a night on the town. A must buy for your wardrobe if you don’t already own a few! Also works well for the aiport! Just throw some leggings on underneath.

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10) The headband and Sun hat – weather you use a head scarf, a hair chain, a straw hat, or a fedora head accessories are a style must! We can’t all have perfect hair 24/7! I personally prefer scarfs and headbands because they’re easier to pack. However, Wearing your hat on the plane makes it easier to bring and looks stylish too!

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11) Shoes – How to pack them? As I’ve stated in previous blogs, wrapping them in plastic bags is the best way to ensure your clothes stay clean! Now I usually bring three pairs of shoes with me. A sandal with no backing that can be easily slipped on and off, a multi tasking comfortable shoe (casual sneaker, flat, or a canvas), strappy sandal or small wedged shoe. The sandal is used for beaches, errands, theme parks, boats, etc. Anything that requires me to remove my shoes or I just need to slip on and go is what I use the sandal for. If it has a small clasp to it that works too (just more effort). The multi tasking shoe is for excursions and tours. If I’m traveling to Thailand where I know I might be doing some excursions in the jungle I’ll bring a running shoe. If I think I might be doing some light hiking up a volcano in Santorini I’ll bring a converse or canvas sneaker. When I travel to the Caribbean, go cruising, or know that I won’t be doing many physical activities I’ll bring a flat. Sometimes I’ll bring a flat and a pair of converse if I’m not sure what the itinerary entails. Finally the strappy sandal or small wedged shoe is for evenings out. Now unless you’re in a metropolitan city many people do not wear anything larger than a small wedge especially in beach towns. If you are traveling to a city like New York, LA, Bangkok, Paris than this evening shoe can be a pair of heels! I like to wear a strappy sandal or a nice pair of flats. Neutral colors are often the best when bringing shoes because you want something that compliments everything. But beware: avoid white in bigger cities. White shoes tend to get black very fast in places like NYC, Rome, Bangkok, etc. Try nude instead!

Daytime Shoe


Multi-tasking shoe

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Nighttime Shoe

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11) Outer wear – Do your research on the weather but I always recommend bringing a little something just in case. For summer I bring a jean jacket, a blazer, or a cardigan. You can always roll up the sleeves if it gets warm again, easy to transport, and great for airplanes!

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Few must bring itema for every summer vacation!

1) Sunscreen – The biggest sham all over the world! Most countries have never heard of travel sizes and oh yeah….the cheapest one is 15 euros or 1500 bahts….Just bring it.

2) Aloe Vera Gel – Speaking of suncreen…sometimes you forget to bring it to the beach with you…after you made sure to pack it. This guy comes in HANDY!

3) BLISTER BAND AIDS – Those shoes you just bought for this vacation that you forgot to brake in…OUCH! I always bring a small variety of band aids but the blister ones always get used the most.

4) Ibuprofen – Laying out in the sun all day can give you a head ache and then all you want to do is go to bed. Also that screaming baby on the flight over left you feeling like all day is about to spent in your hotel room. This guy will come in handy. TRUST ME.

5) Pepto, Tums, or a Stomach Relief Aid – Because food poisoning. It happens. Trying a countries native cuisine can be exciting for you but torture for your stomach! Airports and cities also carry lots of bugs and viruses. So wash your hands with soap and water and bring something for your stomach!

6) Dry shampoo – I typically just use baby powder. You can buy it travel sized and its easy to find. Summer is the season for SWEAT and greasy hair is just not cute.

7) Wet Brush – Probably the best invention ever! The ocean and my hair HATE each other. This brush untangled it nicely without causing major damage to my hair. I also bring detangler but your hair may not be as tangled as mine.

8) Waterproof Mascara & Eyeliner – Even if you’re not planning on swimming you will sweat!

9) Sensodyne toothpaste – A lot of dentist friends recommend bringing this travel toothpaste on vacation because if there is anytime you don’t want a sensitive tooth…it’s your expensive vacation.

9) Speaker – I like to listen to music when I get ready, on the beach, etc. Bonus if it’s waterproof. If you forget one. Just put your phone in an empty cup and it will act as a speaker.

10) Waterproof electronic equipment – If you’re like me and HATE leaving your phone behind because you love to document everything get a water proof phone case, go pro case, etc. On my last trip the boat flooded while I wasn’t even on it! Bye iPhone 6! My friend had a head attachment on his go pro (which is naturally waterproof) and he almost lost while on a sea bob. Our other friend had a case with a floatie on it. That other friend was nailing it! You can be sorry or you can be that friend….i’m that friend. sigh.


Bikini Style Inspiration

Temporary Tattoos instead of jewelry

Makeup Tanning Hack

and more styling inspiration to come!


Happy Traveling

City Girl Riss

Tip of the Week: Planning Hack

Tip of the Week: Planning Hack

As someone who travels a lot…my prefered method of transportation is flying! At times I can end up shelling out a lot more than I anticipated but it can be worth it and necessary! Not to mention it’s also the quickest. If you didn’t know my favorite website to use for researching flights is Skyscanner! It gives you the cheapest flights on your planned day of travel and several websites to choose from depending on price. It makes it easy to adjust days, if your travel days are flexible, to find the cheapest days to travel (which is typically a week day.) In addition, you can also do open-ended searches. For example, If you’re traveling from NYC you can type in your airport, city, or state and hit search. It will then give you all of the countries listed from cheapest to most expensive. This makes finding cheap holidays a breeze! Hope this website helps you as much as it’s helped me!


Happy Traveling

City Girl Riss

Ibiza, Spain: What to do

Ibiza, Spain: What to do

Welcome to Ibiza, Spain!

Located on the Balearic Islands. Also known as the party island in Europe!

So in this post I’ll be giving you some ideas on what to do in this charming Island.

We started our trip at the beautiful beach Playa d’en Bossa. This beach has many famous Hotels on its coastline! In the daytime you should definitely walk down and visit some daytime pool parties at JET or Bora Bora beach club. The beach also provides activities from jet skis to boats, to floats, etc.

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If you want to see an even better beach I suggest you take a boat ride to Formentera! It’s a small island right off the main one and certainly worth the trip. I didn’t have a chance to make it there myself, you can read why on my Ibiza page, but fellow travelers I know have and it is highly recommended.



When your done spending a day soaking up the sun you have to party the Ibiza way at night and hit up some famous nightclubs! From Pacha, to Privilege, to Space, to Ushuaia, to the famous Amnesia the drinks are always flowing and the music is always pumping! Seriously…some sell ear plugs because they’re that loud! It would seem that Pacha and Amnesia never fail to disappoint. Space was a great time featuring DJ Eric Morillo! Many famous DJ’s spin on the island of Ibiza so be sure to check out calendars to visit your favorite! David Guetta spent all of last summer on the island and Hardwell is headed to the island very soon! The Spanish really know how to put on a show!

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Finally, we had a great time going out on a boat and playing with fly boards, hover boards, and sea boards. DO NOT USE the company that we did, yacht watersports. Refer to my page Ibiza to see why. There are many up and coming water sport companies in Ibiza. I’d recommend, Take Off Ibiza. Here are some pictures from the trip regardless


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and thank god I brought this girl along because the booze was NEEDED! RIP Iphone 6. Everyone needs a friend like her!


If all else fails be sure to stop by Ibiza for the beautiful sunsets! And have no fear…if partying isn’t your thing try the neighboring islands of Mallorca or Menorca. Much more relaxed and family orientated. A definite favorite vacation spot by u germans!


Happy Traveling

City Girl Riss


Summer Style: Bikini Edition

Summer Style: Bikini Edition

Going on vacation this summer calls for the ultimate essential….Bikinis! So naturally a blog post with lots of style inspiration is mandatory! Currently looking for a new bathing suit myself for my trip to Ibiza, Spain! As the people of Ibiza say…Lets get this party started!

First we have the classic bikini


Mint is a flattering color on anyone! (http://www.everythingbutwater.com/swimwear/browse/products/l-space/l-solids/55599+sc36t14+386.html)


A fringe top can make a smaller bust look fuller


Macrame is the newest upcoming trend in suits (http://shopplanetblue.com/indah-ola-macrame-bikini-top-blue)


Strappy Bikinis are all over this summer (http://shopplanetblue.com/blue-life-monte-carlo-tri-top)


A little lace goes a long way (http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=33857731&color=041&parentid=MORE_IDEAS#/)

One piece. Just as sexy as a bikini if not more!











Sporty. Also known as the year Neoprene was discovered








Bandeau Bikini. Always a classic. Always Girly.










Halter Top. The 90’s girl inside me will always rejoice at halter crop tops!








High waisted bottoms and itsy bikini tops make for a flattering stylish suit on anyone!









Well I’m ready to hit the beach! Vacation Time is the best time!

Happy Traveling

City Girl Riss

Tip of the Week: Styling Hack

Tip of the Week: Styling Hack

Whether you’re traveling and staying at a luxury hotel or a hostel…traveling with jewelery is a pain. I’ve tried pill cases to keep jewelery from tangling, zip block bags, small satchels, and in the end I just wind up buying cheap jewelery for big vacations only to throw it away afterwards due to tarnish. If you feel the same way then I have a perfect solution for you. Flash tattoos!

They’re easily portable, will save you space in your suitcase, cost anywhere from 7-30 dollars for a few pages, last for days, and you can customize them any way you want! Not to mention that all you need to do for these fashionable temporary tattoos is cut, wet a paper towel on sponge, hold for a few seconds, peel, and let dry! Even the Queen B likes Flash Tattoos on her vacation!

Not to mention, I hate bringing my nice jewelery on vacation! Nothing against hostels, but sharing a room with anyone other than the people I trust has me stressed about my belongings. Even in nice hotels or apartments from air b’n’b I don’t trust leaving my valuables unattended to. Flash tattoos are a perfect answer!

Now how about a little style inspiration?





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and ending it with my way.

You can find flash tattoos:

on etsy (offers many varieties and styles. Just type in metallic temporary tattoos.)

Mumu: (http://www.showmeyourmumu.com/flash-tattoos-illia-collection)

Bloomingdales: (http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/lulu-dk-love-story-temporary-jewelry-tattoos-pack-of-2?ID=1104804&CategoryID=3376#fn=spp=1&ppp=96&sp=Null&rid=Null&cm_kws=flash%20tat)

Thanks for stopping by. Soon to follow: What to wear for a summer vacation, Bikini style inspiration, and all about my Ibiza trip!

Happy Traveling

City Girl Riss

Where to go in June

Where to go in June

So you like to Travel? Well, here’s why June is a great month to travel…

1) The Weather – Summer is upon us for half of the world and the weather is great! From the U.S. to the Caribbean, to central America, to Europe!

2) Tourist Season – It’s official up and running for every city in summer. So there will be no short supply of tours, ferries, buses, or activities.

3) Travel light – Summer clothes = a light suitcase. You can fit everything worth bringing in a carry-on and let your bathing suits dry on the balcony! (Coming soon: what to pack for a summer vacation)

With that being said my top 3 recommendations are…..

1) Central America

Granted, we are at the peak of tourist season, however, central america is beautiful during the month of June. It hasn’t got unbearably hot yet and the water is just right! Not trying to deal with the crowds? Try a cruise! Many cruises offer private islands that only they can visit. Less crowds than the more popular beaches. Going to Cancun or the Dominican Republic? Try an all-inclusive resort! It’s a great feeling to just get a wrist band and to not have to worry about money during your vacation. If you find yourself up for adventure instead of beaches try Costa Rica or Explore Mexican ruins left by the Mayans. The World is your oyster!




2) Western Mediterranean

From Spain to Portugal, to France. These beautiful countries offer amazingly beautiful coastlines. Spain, for example, has many shorelines and Islands to explore! From the Canary Islands, to Palma de Mallorca, to Barcelona, to the party city of Ibiza! (Post about my trip to Ibiza up soon!) The crowds tend to be easy-going early in June and then rise the closer you get to July. If you prefer adventure be sure to stop by in Pamplona, Spain for the famous running of the bulls the first weekend of July!




3) Central Europe

If you’re not a beach person don’t worry. You too can enjoy the beautiful weather of June! Central Europe is a great place for Hiking and exploring! From Salzburg, Austria, to Lake Königssee, Berchtesgaden National Park in Germany, to lavender fields in France, to the Swiss Alps ! Central Europe surely does not disappoint in its natural wonders and greenery. Now I haven’t been to Lake Konigsee, switzerland, or Austria since I was a kid but I’ll give you pictures from fellow travelers! The first picture from Salsburg, Austria may look familiar from the sound of music….after all…the hills are alive!





Where do you like to travel in June?

Happy Traveling,

City Girl Riss

Tip of the Week: Planning Hack

Tip of the Week: Planning Hack

We all know that planning a trip can be extremely stressful! So I like to use a couple of travel websites to help me plan and organize. One of my favorite website for planning is Trip Advisor (http://www.tripadvisor.com/) where you can look up destinations, hotels, flights, thing to do, places to eat, etc. The best part…its rated by people! It’s a more sophisticated yelp for world travelers. You may have even seen the logo when walking into a hotel or restaurant before!

My best advice for planning a trip would be to do your research! Don’t be afraid to stay outside of a main city but research the type of transportation in the area. If your booking an excursion or tour read some reviews first but keep an open mind! Not everyone will have the same taste as you. Keep travel time in mind. If your going from one city to another give yourself a full day to travel and get settled. On my vacations I like to do a day of travel, a day of activities, and then a day of rest. In Thailand I went from city to city within a 3 day time period and we never felt too exhausted following this time frame. Last but not least, don’t be afraid to only do one tour or activity. One trip I remember being really bummed that no one wanted to do a wine tour with me. So instead we made our own wine tour and found several wine bars to visit with wine flights! All was well in the end!


If you think of any other planning questions comment below!

Happy Traveling!

City Girl Riss