My Must-Have Travel Products

Did you know that there are millions of little bacteria in your bathroom? These little guys attach to your toothbrush or razor and make for one nasty product. After learning that statistic and planning for my travel in the past month I could only cringe at the thought of how much bacteria I am exposed to in other bathrooms and even in my own makeup bag. From Mexico to Omaha to Amsterdam I knew I needed to be protected - and could not afford to get sick. I turned to Steripod to keep my toothbrush and razor clean and fresh for up to three months. I was so excited to partner with Steripod and the InfluenceHer Collective on this post. I have actually used these products in the past and really loved them! I love the cute colors - pink for me and blue for Jon and how organized they make me feel! You can get 20% your order here or scroll to the bottom of this post to find out how you can win these products!

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I try to keep my cosmetic bag packing minimal when I am traveling especially out of the country. I try to narrow down my makeup to a few must-haves and then stick to a toothbrush, toothpaste, razor and lotion. It is as easy as that! I used to pack the whole kitchen sink when I traveled but I started a new rule that if I hadn't used it in the past week at home I probably won't need in on a short vacation!

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^^ I swear Stella sees my suitcase and gets SO sad. She is always climbing in it or hanging right by my side - like mom PLEASE don't leave me.

Steripod was so nice allowed me to do a giveaway for you guys! If you head to my instagram here you can enter to win a $25 Sephora gift card, one pack of the razor protectors, the cosmetic bag you see featured in these pictures and A YEAR'S SUPPLY of the toothbrush clip-ons. Anddd there will be two winners!! So go enter now it closes next Monday 12/18.


This is a sponsored post in partnership with Steripod and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own


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Your Stories - #2

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Rarely do we see wounds that are still open. People love to hear about the final ending.”
— Brene Brown

This week another follower was kind enough to share what she has been going through with her mental health. I am so in awe of how brave, strong and amazing you guys are. Thank you to the brave women who shared her story for you all this week (if you want to share your story email me at emma@withacitydream.com). To this writer - I am sending you so much love!!


     "It was in the fifth grade when others began to notice a difference in me, and I began to notice one in myself. I was no longer participating in daily activities at school, like going outside for recess, but rather I would stay inside and spend time with the teacher. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to spend time with others, I just couldn’t find the energy in myself to do those things anymore. This would be the beginning of what would be a long journey ahead of me, one that I continue to work hard to beat to this day.

        In the seventh grade, I was diagnosed with clinical depression. This is when I began treatment with my first therapist, and officially knew what was actually going on with me. I was prescribed anti-depressants and was attending therapy every other week to get me back on a normal path. I was struggling with self-harm and thoughts of suicide, and overall just had a lot of anger in me. Part of the reason I have depression is because of biology and a history of depression in my family, but the other reason was very situational. There were certain events that triggered the depression inside of me. At this point in my life, I was being severely bullied to the point of having to transfer schools to escape what I was going through. I was feeling sad, alone, and had an overall feeling of emptiness inside of me. Some of my thoughts would include things like telling myself how worthless I am, how I lack a purpose in this life, and things would be better off without me. However, I still continued to push forward.

         All throughout high school I continued to struggle with my depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm. It was not until this past year that I really began to work hard to make a difference for myself in terms of my mental health. After going through the traumatic experience of having a physically and mentally abusive relationship with an ex-boyfriend, I sought help from a number of counsellors and therapists to heal all the damage I had been through throughout my life. I found a therapist through Aurora Mental Health Center who I worked really well with, and she helped me realize that only I can really control how I feel about things. She didn’t look at me as my mental illness, but rather as someone who just needed a little help. Through my work with her, I realized that I needed to change my perspective on life and focus on all of the good things that I had around me.

        As of today, I am 21 years old and currently studying abroad in Sydney, Australia. When I was 12, I would never have expected this for myself. I used to find it difficult to look ahead at the next year, or even the next five. Although I still struggle with depression from time to time, I find it easier to cope with now that I have good mechanisms in place for myself and a strong support system to back me. The biggest piece of advice I can give to others on how to live with depression is to find others who bring positivity to your life, whether it is through friendships or personal relationships. Having constant positivity has helped me get through some of the darkest times in my life, even when I didn’t necessarily want to hear it. My other piece of advice is that if you do self-harm, you need to put an end to it. It is a tactic that so many people use to try and focus on a physical pain and avoid the pain inside of themselves. I covered some old self-harm scars with a tattoo that says, “Be kind”, not only to myself, but to others, too.

 I encourage others to seek help if they need it, and if you see someone struggling, reach out. It is important to talk about things like this, even if it is a little uncomfortable at first. But it was things like others reaching out to me or me talking to others who share similar struggles as I do that saved my life in the long run. "



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Casual Holiday Style

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On November 28th (tomorrow), all Free People US stores will be participating in an all-day shopping event where 25% of purchases will go directly towards Girls Inc. I am so proud to be participating on Instagram in letting you guys know about this because I 1) love Free People - always have always will and 2) after some research into Girls Inc. I am so hooked. I am not being paid to talk about either of these things on my blog but I loved this holiday outfit and decided it was a perfect platform to share it + the Girls Inc. messege. 

Girls Inc. is all about inspiring girls to be the strong, smart and bold girls we are have inside us! They are an advocate for girls who aren't being heard and have a network across the US that mentors and helps girls through trained professionals. As a girl who hasn't always felt strong, smart or bold I love this mission. So yay go girls - I hope you guys go and shop tomorrow!

Shop My Look: Blazer c/o Free People // Top similar // Jeans Zara // Loafers similar (these are amazing dupes for the Gucci ones!) // Bag 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving with your families if you celebrate! I am so thankful to be in Mexico with my family and Jon! We are having the time of our lives - make sure to follow along on Instagram here. I just wanted to take a second to say how much I love you guys - my followers who comment on my pictures, read my posts and support me through all my ups and downs are the best. I wish I could meet you all and give you a giant hug. I decided to find some free desktop backgrounds that were festive as a little thank you! Just click the link below the images to download - I know it is not a lot but I hope it brightens your day!

Enjoy your time with family or you weekend!!

Download the Noel wallpaper here

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Download the snowflake wallpaper here

Download neon Christmas Cheer here

Download joy wallpaper here



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