Preventing Breakouts While Traveling

From the humidity in Asia to the freezing cold weather in Canada, these key items have survived the traveling test. I've raved about some of items before (in this post), but am now so in love with the fact that they have helped maintain my skin from any weather related issues. Read below to see what items kept my skin cool, hydrated, and most importantly, acne free!

For the last 6 months, I've been traveling back and forth and have been using these key items for my daily routine. Since the weather in LA doesn't change too much, these go-to's have been my holy grail and what I've recommended to my friends who have acne prone skin. After all, the last thing I want is to go back to that horrible battle with cystic acne so I wanted to make sure that I would be well protected during my trips.

I decided to reach out to Credo Beauty experts before my adventures. Not only do they have knowledgeable staff that can answer any of your questions (in depth), they also have a fun rewards program so you can earn while you shop. They arranged a kit of what they deemed to be best for my skin after our chat and they were right on target with their suggestions. If you aren't familiar with Credo Beauty, they are my one-stop shop when it comes to finding the safest, cleanest, and best beauty items from skincare to makeup.


If you aren't familiar with my regular routine and must-have's, click here. I am a creature of habit and I believe that if a product has been working, don't stop using it. Therefore, my make-up routine has not changed at all. 

What has changed recently is the addition of these 3 items below, which have kept my skin hydrated in the heat and cold. 

  • Trilogy Rosapene Radiance Serum: A little goes a long way and I've tested this product for about a week and noticed that when I don't wear it, my skin is pretty dry and gets tight. It's lightweight and has no smell to it, and they a travel size that you can throw into your bag for extra hydration throughout the day. I actually mix a bit of this into my foundation each morning but the directions say to put it on before your moisturizer. 
  • Zyderma Clarifying Cream: This was recommended to me because my skin was acting up a bit from prior travels and I wanted to get it under control before I left LA again. Zyderma is easy to use and does wonders for acne prone skin. You simply place it on the problem area and leave it on (preferably overnight) but you can also wear it under your make-up. Again, a little goes a long way because I keep a small sample container with me for each trip and have yet to run out.
  • Herbivore Blue Tansy Mask: I love a good mask, as I'm sure many of you do as well. There's a slight smell and the formula is gel-like, but it does really well with exfoliating your skin. You just need a thin layer and for sensitive skin, you can leave it on for just 5 minutes. Normally, it's recommended for 15-20 minutes or until the mask is dry. I like to do this with my teeth whitening strips at the same time to maximum relaxation. This comes in a travel ready package and is perfect for carry-on's.

In addition to these, I also make sure to drink plenty of water and get at least 6 hours of sleep when I travel so that my skin doesn't have a chance to act up. I also make sure to not try any new products while I'm on the road, a mistake I've made twice before and the results were not pretty.

I will say that everyone is different but so far, everything I have received from Credo Beauty has worked well for me. It's always nice to find products that work right away, which saves you the stress of having to try a million things before finding that "one". 

Try Credo Beauty out and see for yourself. At the very minimum, you'll have a peace of mind purchasing any item from them because it's either fresh, clean and/or organic so you can't fuck up (hah). 

P.S. This isn't a sponsored post. Just sharing what works for me to help those who are fighting/recovering their acne!

Sperry, A Travel Friendly Shoe

For someone who is always on the go and hates checking in her luggage, I am always searching for travel friendly shoes that are not only comfortable, but also versatilely stylish. Typically sneakers are my go-to, but when it comes to island adventures, boat rides, and beach bound getaways, I reach for my Sperry's

The first time I wore Sperry's was in college. I remember them being super comfy, easy to throw on, and that they fit perfectly in my backpack (as I would switch into them after work). Unfortunately, because I moved every year for 4 years straight, they got lost in the shuffle of packing and unpacking, and it wasn't until recently that I reunited with Sperry.

Sperry's are one of the many pairs of shoes that I tend to overpack when I travel for three reasons:

1. They fit well in small spaces and don't lose their shape when squished, although I don't recommend packing them that way. I just personally tend to pack 4-6 shoes wherever I go, regardless if it's a weekend getaway or a week long trip. A selection of shoes are certainly one thing I have to have when I travel. 

2. They're versatile. From joggers to jeans, Sperry's tend to pair up well with any outfit. Not to mention they're easy to wear and there's a pair for everyone in your family from mens, women and kids. 

3. They're a timeless classic. Your parents have been wearing Sperry's long before you and our future kids will be rocking them too. Since 1935, Sperry's use high quality materials that lasts the test of time. They're reliable and are made for land and sea. 

With that being said, I'm excited to have been reunited with Sperry again and cannot wait to take them on more adventures.

This post was in collaboration with Sperry. All opinions stated are of my own.

Photos by KSOLE

Travel Light with Hunting World

Hunting World

Traveling the world one bag at a time

In collaboration with Hunting World.

She hugged him goodbye and watched as he drove off. Her heart was heavy, noticing that each time got a little harder. Turning towards the entrance, she pulled out her iPhone and smiled, staring down at the photo of them on her lock screen. Just three months until she sees him again. 

Grabbing her boarding ticket from her pocket, she proceeded to check-in her luggage but held onto her Hunting World bag. For such a small carry-on, she was afraid that she wouldn't be able to fit all her necessities. However, upon packing the day before, she found it was just enough space and the perfect size to travel around with. Her wallet, phone, phone charger, sunglasses, lipstick, and a few snacks were secured inside with the drawstring tie. Best of all, she would have more than enough leg room after placing this underneath the seat during her plane ride. 

"Flight 543 to NY is now boarding."

She let out a huge sigh, grabbed her things and walked towards her gate. She knew she'd be slammed with work once she landed and should probably have taken her laptop out of her luggage prior to check-in. But her mind was checked out, her heart was too sad, and all she wanted was to run back into his arms. 

It would be a long three months before they saw each other again and they knew that it was getting harder. This was never the plan, but her career kept her on the East Coast a lot longer than expected.

"Hello, welcome aboard." The stewardess said she stepped onto the plane.

She took her seat by the window and stared out onto the tarmac, closing her eyes and allowing herself to daydream of the day they'll be back together again.

Words by Lisa Linh | Photography by KSOLE

From Day to Night with Grana

Beep. Beep. Beep.

Beep. Beep. Beep.

"Ugh, crap." She groaned as she turned over to hit the snooze button one more time. She sighed heavily as she opened her eyes. Sunlight was peeking through the blinds, casting a moody shadow in the corner of her room. She stared at it for a few more seconds before picking up her phone to snap a photo of it.
"There, moody lighting shot for the gram. Now time to post and get my ass up," she said to herself.  

After posting the photo on her Instagram, she tossed her covers to the side and slipped on her favorite black laced satin robe. She looked up at the clock, 10:15AM.

"Maybe I should just sleep in for another hour or so. I really don't have that much to do today," she said to Lucy, her 5-year old black and white cat, who couldn't care less. She petted Lucy and slipped back under the covers, throwing her robe to the side. "Just one more hour," she said as she slowly dozed off. 

Loud knocking on the door.

"OMG, wake up! Open the door!" 

*Knocking continues*

Startled, she woke up to someone to someone yelling right outside her door, along with loud knocking. She got up, grabbed her robe and slippers, and proceeded to open the door.

"What the fuck?" she said, realizing that it was her best friend who was making all the racket. 

"Uhm, did you forget? We're supposed to drive through the Road to Hana today. Get dressed, let's go! I already have our snacks and water." Bev said, as she plops down on her couch. 

Ten minutes later, the two of them head out for an all-day adventure on the island. 

"Pull over here! Let's hike down to that waterfall and get Instagram worthy shots," Bev said, pointing down towards the rocks. She pulled the car over, grabbed her bag, and the two proceeded to climb down the side of the hill. Oh the things you do for a photo these days. 

"Dude, I'm starving. Are we almost back yet?" Bev groaned. 

"Just another 30 minutes I think?" she replied as she checked her phone. "Wait, crap. Traffic," she sighed.

"Well, let's just pull over here. I mean, it is a beach right?" Bev pointed. 

She obliged, made a quick left, and parked their Volvo right on the sand. The two jumped out, stripped off their shorts and crop tops, and jumped into the ocean. 

This is pure bliss, splashing around as the sun started to set, and just enjoying life, she thought, as she floated on her back, staring straight up at the golden sky. 

 Scoopback Swimsuit

Scoopback Swimsuit

This post was sponsored by Grana but all opinions are of my own.

The Perfect Travel Duo with Botkier

"Are you ready yet?" he asked as he checked his watch. It was 20 minutes before showtime and he knew they'd hit traffic if they weren't out the door within the next 5 minutes.

"I'm almost done. Just putting on my lashes!" she replied back, frustrated that he was rushing her again. 

"There. Finally," she sighed, taking a step back to look at herself in the mirror. She didn't have time to fully dry her hair so instead she did a quick side braid and tucked a flower. She decided to go with an off the shoulder dress to accompany her hairstyle and the pattern of the dress made it perfect for the luau. As for shoes, she chose her supportive go-to pair of flats that she's been relying on the entire trip. 

"Come on!" he yelled once again as he held the door open. She quickly grabbed her backpack, stuffed her make-up bag and wallet in, and rushed out the door.  

To his surprise, they didn't hit any traffic and were escorted to the front of line, so they got to their seats just in time. 

They ordered drinks and munched on taro chips, as they settled in for the show. It was her first luau and their last night on Maui, but despite being such a short trip, they were able to make the most of it.

"Can you put this in your backpack for me please?" he asked, snapping her out of her trance as he handed her his wallet and the keys to their rental car. 

She grabbed the items and placed them inside, realizing how roomy her Waverly backpack was. She was able to put a change of clothes and pair of sandals, along with her make-up bag, wallet, Mophie, water bottle, and camera lens earlier during their drive through the Road to Hana. While she had since emptied it out to carry only what she needed for tonight, she was quite amazed at how well the backpack held up the last 4 days of their trip.

Despite having just one toggle closure, this leather backpack certainly kept all their belongings safe and secure. It also held up well with her rough handling, tossing it into the backseat and flinging it around during their hikes. She isn't the most cautious when it comes to her handbags/backpacks, but this one is a survior so far. 

The first half of the luau came to an end and it was now time to chow down at the buffet. Tables were called in numerical order and as they got up for their turn, she heard a lady next to them scream "ouch." Afraid she had accidentally smacked her with her backpack, she immediately turned and was relieved to see that she was not the source of the comment. Instead, the woman seemed to be struggling with her heels and by the looks of it, they looked extremely uncomfortable.

"Let's go," he said, grabbing her hand and leading her to the buffet. Someone's hungry, she thought to herself.

Thankfully she had chose to travel with flats and these Maxine leather flats were definitely versatile. From exploring Paia to black sand beach, to the luau, her feet weren't in the least bit of pain. Although she was physically exhausted from the lack of sleep overall.

The luau ended promptly at 10PM and they were given parting gifts, the luau's famous banana bread.

"I'm eating this on the plane," he said, as he snuck in to grab an extra slice.

She laughed and shook her head, gazing up at the stars. You can't see this in LA, that's for sure. It was a lovely night and perfect end to their trip. 

This post was sponsored by Botkier, but all opinions written are of my own. 

Skip The Line and Carry On
Raden Carry On by Lisa Linh Lisa Linh

It took me 6 months of traveling to figure out how to pack decently, and by decently I mean skipping the check-in line and bringing just a carry on every where I go. 

Let's face it, who enjoys paying the extra bag fee? Not me! I try to save as much as I can when I travel. I have to admit that traveling as an influencer is harder due to projects/shoots. We tend to overpack and bring more than necessary because we're trying to create content every where we go. Not to mention all our gear which includes our laptop, camera, charger/back-up battery, etc. In the last few months, I've gone through trial and error in getting everything to fit and I am finally able to say that I can travel for a full week with just a carry-on. Yes, it is possible and here's how!

For the last 5 days, I've been exploring Chicago with my closest friends. I've been having an amazing time and cannot wait to put together the recap for you guys. This is my first time in the Windy City and I wasn't exactly sure what to pack or expect in regards to weather. While I did look up the weather prior to packing, I have discovered that it does change on the daily here. So, always remember to pack a pair of jeans/pants, socks, shoes and a jacket.

For this trip, I packed:

  • 8 day looks
  • 1 night look
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • Intimates
  • Wool coat
  • 2 pairs of pajamas
  • 5 pairs of shoes
  • 2 make-up bags

I was able to fit all the above into my carry on and yes, it met weight regulations. The key is to pick a carry on that allows you to utilize the entire inside and has a great range of depth. My go-to lately is the A22 Carry by Raden; it's extremely spacious inside and has a flexible outer shell that actually retains its shape despite how much you stuff in it. It is also secure, has blue tooth capabilities, and has a sleek, chic look. 

Aside from the luggage choice, how you pack your items itself makes a huge difference. My 5 pairs of shoes included a pair of loafers, ballet flats, ankle booties, high heels, and mules. All are easy to pack since they don't take up too much space. They are all travel friendly, comfy and pair up with any outfit. 

Tip: Place heavier shoes on the bottom of the luggage and pile your clothes on top. Flats can be placed face down on top of the clothes and stuff socks/panties into your boots and loafers. 

I'm sure everyone has seen and heard articles about rolling up your clothes to save them from wrinkling and to save space. I roll up as much as I can, but for heavier items, I simply fold them and lay them across on the top. Always wear/carry your heavier jacket onto the plane - it gets cold and makes a great makeshift blanket. 

Tip: Layer up! Layering pieces when you travel allows you to pack lightweight pieces that won't take up too much room and also gives you more options to adjust to the weather.  

For beauty products, travel sizes are key. You can easily get travel sized bottles at Target and just fill them up with your daily necessities. You can also get sample sizes of your favorite items from Sephora ;)

Tip: Break down your large make-up bag into two smaller sizes so that they are easier to place into your luggage. Keep one bag for night time routine pieces such as shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste, etc., and another for core make-up items. If you happen to run out of space in your luggage, you can throw your core make-up pieces into your purse/personal bag and that way you can touch up once you land easily.

Tip: If you have one or two beauty items that don't meet the regulations (and aren't too big), try separating them and placing them randomly throughout your luggage to have it pass through security. It sometimes works, but not guaranteed as each airport is different.  

Lastly, always remember  - if you can sit on it and it closes, then you're good to go!  

Lisa LinhRaden, Travel, Travel Tips, How To
In My Shoes: My Clarks Story + Giveaway

Shoes: Hotel Molly in Off White Leather / Top: Bobeau / Shorts: Cotton On

Known for their original desert boots, Clarks has been a brand that is not only well-known for their comfort but also for their quality designs. I've been a Clarks fan for years, relying upon their variety of styles to get me through long trips (including a full day at Disneyland)! 

I decided to spend a few days in and around Los Angeles to show you 3 different looks built around my favorite pairs of Clarks, and 3 places that are worth visiting (for this summer).

1.  Image Gallery in Natural Snake: Starting off with an hour drive towards Palmdale, KSOLE and I made a trip out to Vasquez Rocks. This natural area park is the perfect backdrop for the Image Gallery (mules), especially with the snakeskin pattern. 

I was amazed by the grip of my mules as I climbed around the area. I did not slip once, but I did trip on my dress a few times (hah). Vasquez Rocks is great for viewing the sunset (or sunrise), as those are the park's hours. Take the bae out and enjoy the view, fresh air, and disconnect yourself from your phone for awhile. You can also hike throughout the park, if you're up for it!

2. Caslynn Shae in Light Tan Nude: Looking for a pool party? How about brunch? Why not both? At The Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills, every Sunday until September, you'll be able to eat poolside while listening to amazing tunes by a live DJ. For any day event, the Caslynn Shae wedges are my go-to, especially in nude. They're the right height and will keep you comfy from day to night. 

Don't forget to get a drink or two from their new cocktails menu. The best part is that you can also stay at The Avalon so make it a weekend getaway with the girls!

Stay tuned for a full recap on their new Sunday fun day ;)

3. Hotel Molly in Off White Leather: If you're up for exploring the city, hit downtown and check out the famous lights! The LA County Museum (LACMA) offers a variety of entertainment that will last all day. The most popular being The Broad and Rain Room right now, but be prepared as they are in high demand so plan ahead. 

For a full day of walking, I love wearing my Hotel Molly's. Great for any casual look and adds in a classy touch to any outfit. 

I love the ambience and mood the LACMA lights create and it certainly is a popular place to take cute couple photos, so bring your camera too. 

Whether you're up for a drive or want to stay local, Clarks has a shoe that fits any place and any look for everyone. 

Clarks Giveaway: Win a shoe of your choice! (Closed)

Edit: This giveaway is now over.

I'm teaming up with Clarks to giveaway TWO pairs of shoes to TWO winners! Winners will be selected and contacted via email on April 20th.

Use the Gleam form below to enter - good luck!

Wanderlust with Panasonic

Disappearing from reality doesn't necessarily mean you have to fly away to a foreign country. Taking short breaks throughout the day to soak up the sun can be as easy as turning left. Take a detour from your normal drive home or roam the area around your office, you'll never know what you'll find. 

KSOLE and I found little field area on our way to the Venice Canals. We immediately pulled over and turned on the emergency lights. We actually had people drive by, slowly, gawking out their window at us (haha). Rest assured, we were not blocking traffic and I do suggest to always safely park when doing spontaneous stops. 

In collaboration with Panasonic, I took these ear buds out with me during our drive. It just so happens that they match the color of my Lulu*s cape dress. Now I'm going to be honest, I don't really like ear buds because they never stay in my ears. However, Panasonic nailed it with these! Totally tuning out KSOLE now and not to mention, those noisy kids on the airplane. 

Speaking of airplanes, I'm in the mist of planning for NYFW but before I get too caught up, I just want to remind everyone that I am running a 5-day birthday giveaway on my Instagram right now! So make sure you're following me ;) Can't believe I'm turning 28 soon! Ah.

[Details] Lulu*s dress, Steve Madden heels, Dogeared Jewelry necklace, and Panasonic ear buds.