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How to Help Houston

#lovewins

In place of the typical weekly link roundup, I’ve decided to share resources on how you can help those affected by hurricane Harvey. Growing up in Miami hurricane season always kept everyone on edge and although (thankfully) I haven’t personally experienced flooding like many are in Texas, my heart goes out to those affected. So many people lost their homes and are currently displaced. I encourage you to please help in any small (or big) way you can.

I also created the graphic above for your own use. Feel free to share it on social media or print it out to help spread a message of hope. You can download it below:

Texas heart with a white backgroundTexas heart with a yellow background

Ways to help

  1. Sponsor a family in need or request assistance (for yourself or someone you know) on Sugar & Cloth.
  2. Greater Houston Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
  3. YouCaring Fundraiser with proceeds directly benefitting the city + victim relief
  4. Donate to the Houston Food Bank
  5. Donate to the Houston United Way

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September 2017 Calendar Wallpaper

to the moon and never back

With all the talk about the eclipse last month and the shorter days ahead, I thought it would be fun to create a moon phase wallpaper. It features all the phases of the moon that you probably learned in middle school but totally forgot about. And that’s ok, all you need to know is that you can add this terrazzo-like scene to all your devices. Links below!

DOWNLOAD THE AUGUST WALLPAPER

Desktop | Desktop with calendar | Desktop with quote
Laptop | Laptop with calendar | Laptop with quote
iPhone | iPhone with calendar | iPhone with quote | iPhone home screen
iPad | iPad with calendar | iPad with quote | iPad home screen
Apple Watch

Design and illustration by Sarah Khandjian | downloads for personal consumer use only

MORE WALLPAPERS AVAILABLE!

If you’re having major wanderlust, check out some of the other whimsical wallpapers I’ve created.

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How to Pack for 2 Weeks in a Carry On Suitcase

Whenever Kevin and I fly we almost always carry on our luggage. Not only does it save tons of time by not waiting to collect your bag at baggage claim it also guarantees that your bag won’t get lost along the way. So after traveling nearly every month of 2016 and several times already this year, I finally feel like I’ve nailed down my packing game. And that comes from someone who used to be a serial over-packer. I mean, last weekend I wore every item in my suitcase!

Below is a solid plan of what I typically pack on a 2 week trip. There are few items not on the list that I always include, my travel essentials, if you will. These items are definitely worth a look because many have become indispensable, like my bright pink travel wallet.

What to pack

  1. Your favorite pair of jeans; mine are Madewell’s 10″ hi-rise skinny jeans.
  2. Pack a pair in another color; I like black ones because you can dress them up.
  3. Overalls. Definitely my most-worn article of clothing these days. Oh-so-comfy and perfect for fuss free adventures (the side zipper makes them easy to remove).
  4. Jumpsuit. Swap with your favorite dress if you’re not a jumpsuit kinda gal. I prefer this one lately because it can easily go from day time to night.
  5. Favorite tank top in 2 colors; perfect for layering. I love this because they aren’t too fitted and have a higher neckline to protect your skin from the sun.
  6. Striped t-shirt. It can be worn with everything!
  7. Sleeveless white cotton shell, similar. Pair with a great statement necklace for night time.
  8. Comfortable walking sandals. My favorite are Abeo Brynn sandals in brown leather. Available in 3 different footbeds perfect for long days walking or anyone with chronic foot pain like me.
  9. Sneakers. A solid colored sneaker like these gold Vionic Syra sneakers work with jeans and dresses alike.
  10. Comfy flats. Who wants to walk miles in heels? I love these Vionic Posey flats because of the good arch support.
  11. Cardigan. Perfect for layering and a must for chilly flights.
  12. Raincoat. If you’re heading to a destination where it rains often I like packing a raincoat because it can also be used a light weight jacket when it’s not raining. My Joules Coast Waterproof Jacket has a soft, jersey lining and comes in lots bright colors (and black too).
  13. Toiletry bag. I’ve tried tons over the years and the small Reisenthel Toiletbag one tops them all. It’s small enough to be carried in a backpack but large enough to hold the essentials including makeup. It’s available in tons of cute prints too.
  14. 2 bras. I like to bring a “real” bra bra (one with a wire) and a comfy bralette or two. My favorites are the Lively T-Shirt Bra (which converts to be a racerback) and the Lively Mesh Trim Bralette.
  15. Smartwool no-show socks; while they are kinda pricey I promise you’ll never wear another brand of socks again. They are the first no-show socks I’ve found that don’t slip off your heel! And even though they ae made of wool they don’t feel scratchy on your feet.
  16. Panties; whether you prefer bikinis, thongs, or boyshorts these are so comfy! 6 are shown above but pack more obviously.
  17. Rolling carry-on suitcase; I like this American Tourister Z-Lite 20″ suitcase because you can wheel it upright. Game changer when maneuvering in train cars and narrow airplane aisles.

Packing Tips

After traveling a ton, here a few of my favorite travel tips I’ve learned along the way.

Store things in your shoes! Mini lint rollers, socks, panties, whatever. This extra bit of space is super valuable and often gets over looked. Also, you probably already know this but try to wear your largest pair of shoes when you fly. So if it’s winter that means boots!

Pack a light weight scarf. It can be used as a wrap if you’re cold on the flight and it’s a great way to give some oomph to a previously worn outfit.

Did you know Google allows you to download a selected map area directly to your phone for offline use? This one is especially helpful when traveling aboard.  It even keeps all your starred locations so you can figure out how to get to that matcha cafe you saw on Insta. You just need to be connected to wifi and note that if you want to download a larger area (I saved the southern U.K.) it can take up about 1+ GB of storage on your phone.

Do you have any other packing or travel tips? Leave me a comment below!

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Links to Love

No Bad Days.

Weekend ahead! I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend after having 3 migraines in the past week. What a doozy! I see weekend breakfasts and lots of time at the ranch in my near future! What fun things do you have planned this weekend?

This week I’m loving…

This pom pom task lamp.
Jeran makes the best drink recipes!
I think every interior door should be this color.
Matcha for your skin.
The cutest faux-leather tote.
DIY glassine-like treat bags. So fun!
Obsessed with this new top c/o Joules.

P.S.

Love stickers? You can download my free sticker designs here!

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Visting England with a Stopover in Helsinki

I’ve officially been back home for a week and I’m already getting some serious wanderlust while I write this post. I think I left my heart in England. This was our third trip over to the U.K. and each time I’m convinced that one day, I will live in one of the tiny villages outside of London. One can dream, right?

Last summer I shared all about my favorite destinations in my London travel guide so today is more of a travel diary. A peek at our travels and a few tips about how we travel so often. But before I jump into the details, I wanted to share the breakdown of the points (since so many of you asked about it on my Instagram story).

Jumping into the airline mile game started a few years ago when Kevin and I realized we were both working like crazy and not taking vacations. So when a career change came up, we decided we were going to make travel a priority for us. We would spend less on little things we don’t need and save for big trips—and play the airline mile game. He started reading tons of blogs about miles and travel and we signed up for a couple credit cards that gave big signup bonuses and put all of our daily purchases on these credit cards, which we paid off each month.

The main card I put all my Sarah Hearts purchases on is my American Express Gold card which now offers 50,000 rewards points when you signup. AmEx points are great because they can be transferred to multiple airlines!

When it comes to hotels, you can also play the points game. The Marriott Rewards Visa card now offers 80,000 bonus when you spend $3,000 on the card in the first three months. So if you’re planning on buying a new computer or some other big home purchases this year, it’s any easy way to earn those points!

LAX -> JFK -> LHR

We took a layover flight from LAX to JFK and spent the day in NYC visiting friends and visiting my two must visit places—Fishs Eddy and Cha Cha Matcha. Then we took an unintended 2-hour Lyft ride back to the airport and jumped on another red eye flight from JFK to London Heathrow.

I almost always get a cold or feel like I’m terribly hungover (even when I don’t have a single drink) after a red eye flight but I overcame the sickness of 2 red eye flights thanks to flying in business class. Hellooooo lay flat seats. Boy are they a game changer!

London -> Market Harborough

We arrived in London in the morning and took the underground and then a train to our friends town of Market Harborough. They live in a little village outside the town called Foxton. It’s full of charming homes of all sizes, rolling green hills dotted with lots of sheep and horse farms. And now you know why I love it so much! We caught up with our friends, played with their adorable kids, and drank gin and tonics. We also got our fix on our two favorite things: for Kevin it’s crumpets and for me it’s Belvoir soda.

Back to London

After spending time with our friends in the country, we went back to London to spend a couple days in the city. This time we stayed at The Hoxton in Holborn (they have a second location in Shoreditch). This hotel felt very Williamburg-ish, which I just noticed they have a hotel opening there soon, and while the rooms were tiny, they had all the creature comforts you’d like including a fridge. We popped into Waitrose (my favorite UK grocery store because they sell pre-bottled Bloom gin and tonics which is my all-time-favorite gin) and picked up some charcuteries and had that for dinner a couple of nights. It’s a traveling tradition of ours because it’s our favorite meal and saves a couple bucks. And after a long day exploring a city it’s nice to just have a lighter dinner in the comfort of your own room—or hotel bed!

We met up with the  lovely Terri and her husband for breakfast at the delicious Farm Girl Cafe, in West London. We stuffed our faces the entire trip but a few standouts are dinner at Dishoom. It was recommended to me by a few readers as the best Indian food in the city and I can’t believe we hadn’t eaten there before. Now it’s going to be a must-go every time we’re in London.

After almost going the past 2 visits, we made it a point to visit Sketch for afternoon tea after seeing all the photos of the iconic egg toilets. I mean, nothing sells a restaurant like a unique bathroom right? But futuristic toilets aside, the tea as delicious and just so fun. It’s a splurge but if tea is your thing, it’s not to be missed. Just make sure you book a reservation in advance and get there early if you want photos before it’s packed.

A Day in Cambridge

One of my favorite things about blogging is that I’ve made so many friends around the world. So many “internet friends” have become some of my closest and dearest friends. So we traveled to Cambridge for the day to meet up with Claire and her Mr. Unfortunately it was a super rainy day so we didn’t go punting or on a bike ride but that just means we will have to visit again.

We had breakfast at the pretty Tamburlaine Hotel in Cambridge. And even the bathrooms are gorgeous! They also serve afternoon tea in a pretty, light filled room with gorgeous details.

Stonehenge -> Bournemouth Beach

After visiting Cambridge we rent a car the next day and drove an hour and half west of London to see Stonehenge. While we usually skip popular tourist attractions when we travel, visiting Stonehenge was on our bucket list. And since this was our third visit to England, we decided to make it happen. After constantly saying, “Keep left, keep left!” we made it to Stonehenge and couldn’t have asked for better weather. The sun was bright and although super crowded, it didn’t detract from the wonder of seeing the ancient statues.

From there we drove an hour or so south to the beach town of Bournemouth. While this detour was mostly because I had a tattoo appointment booked with the lovely and super talented Amy Billing the next day we hadn’t seen the English coast before and it worked perfectly with our schedule.

We stayed at The Green House Hotel in Bournemouth and before my appointment we rented bikes and rode along the beach. I was so happy to see they had the same Electra bike as mine, just with fewer gears, so it made riding along the coast super fun. That night we drove back to London and stayed close to the airport so we could catch our flight the next day.

LHR -> HEL

When you’re traveling on points, you don’t pay for the airfare but you still have to pay for the taxes. And flying out of London Heathrow was going to be around $500/person just in taxes. We decided to take the long route home and save a few hundred dollars while being able to explore a new city. Our “detour” led us to Helsinki for the night. We did have to pay cash for the flight from London to Helsinki (which had a layover in Copenhagen) but then we flew Finnair from Helsinki to NYC and the American Airlines from NYC back home to L.A. all on business class on points.

While our time in Helsinki was super brief, it was lovely. I now want to do a Scandinavian “tour” of sorts and visit all the major Scandinavian cities including spending more time in Helsinki. Oh and I definitely want to fly Finnair again! OMG, that photo above was the appetizer that was served on our flight! Yes, fresh crayfish that you cracked and shelled and ate on toast with fresh dill. Served with a shot of Finnish schnapps. Definitely not peanuts and pretzels—a girl can get used to this!

What travel questions do you have?

Thanks for reading my travel post and I’ll be sharing more details about traveling on points and other travel tips in the near future. In the meantime, please leave a comment with your travel and points related questions below!

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