Frequently Asked Questions

Bows & Sequins wearing a stylish and easy outfit for traveling: navy striped sweater, white corduroy pants, Gucci gingham loafers, Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote, Bric's Bellagio cream spinner suitcase, and Tom Ford sunglasses. Comfortable, but chic!

Where do you live?

I’m currently living in the Gold Coast neighborhood in Chicago! After graduating from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, I did a quick stint in Chicago before moving out to New York City. I lived in NYC for three years (in the East Village and LES) before moving back to Chicago. It’s a long, unbelievable story, but essentially, I got evicted from my apartment for getting too many boxes. #OnlyinNYC The stars kind of aligned in a lot of different ways and I felt like I was being pulled to Chicago so I trusted my intuition and made the move even though I wasn’t totally ready to leave New York. In hindsight, I think that’s part of the reason it took me so long to adjust to living in Chicago. After a year and a half, I can just now truthfully say that I enjoy the Windy City.

Which do you like better… Chicago or NYC?

That’s a loaded question… They’ve both got their pros and cons, that’s for sure! Answer coming in blog post form sometime soon. 😉

How long have you been blogging?

Six and a half years! I started my blog in early November of 2010.

What are your favorite stores to shop at?

Online, I’m all about Nordstrom, Zappos, Revolve, and Shopbop. Gotta love fast and free shipping! J.Crew is obviously a favorite, too. When it comes to specialty stores, I love Blue Mercury for beauty, Wala Swim for bathing suits and swimwear, and Tuckernuck for the best curated selection. I’d never turn down a shopping trip to Gucci, either.

Where do you find cheap flights?

I use search engines (like Expedia!) to find the best deals and I keep my eyes on TheFlightDeal.com, too. When it comes to booking flights, a lot of times I’ll book two one-way tickets (even if they are on different airlines!) to get a better price.

How do you pick a hotel when you’re traveling?

Depending on the city, I opt for a hotel or an apartment using AirBNB! Personally, it’s all about the location and the aesthetic for me.

How do you curl your hair?

I actually posted a step-by-step tutorial recently! You can find it here. I use this curling wand and swear by using a texture spray before you curl so your curls last.

Where do you get your eyebrows waxed?

I actually don’t get them waxed… Tweezed only. Cheryl at Channing’s Spa works her magic on them every 4-6 weeks… I wrote a whole big post about that here!

Who does your hair?

Tim & Tabitha at Nine Zero One.

Who takes your pictures?

I credit the photographer in all of my blog posts and Instagrams (unless a friend is snapping my picture!), but I usually work with Melissa Ferrara from Iron & Honey when I’m in Chicago.

What kind of camera do you have?

I have a Canon 5D Mark iii with a variety of lenses (Canon 24mm, Sigma 35mm, Canon 50mm) and a Canon G7X. I take most of my Instagram photos with my iPhone 6s Plus.

What is #JetSetJRS?

No, it’s not Jet Set Juniors. My initials are JRS so I use #JetSetJRS to catalog my travel photos on Instagram.

How do you travel with hats?

I stack them and hand carry them! When I need to keep my hands free, there have been moments where I’m wearing three hats on top of my head in an airport. Zero f*cks. 😂

Are you ever worried about checking your luggage?

Yes! I try to carry-on as much as possible, but with long trips and trips that are for content creation, checking a bag is sometimes unavoidable. When I do check a bag, I carry all of my valuables (camera, computer, designer bags, jewelry, etc.) in my carry-on. I’ve also heard you should document everything in your checked bag in case something goes missing!

I’ve noticed you travel alone from time to time… Tell me everything!

I actually wrote a whole post about this here!

Where’s your favorite place you’ve traveled to?

Tough question! I would move to Paris or London in a heartbeat, but my favorite trips have been the Amalfi Coast and Japan.

Bows & Sequin's shares her in-depth Travel Guide for Italy's Amalfi Coast! Positano, Ravello, Capri, and more. Restaurant, hotel, and shopping recommendations, plus a curated map and five day-in-the-life videos from the trip! This photo was taken at Arienzo Beach Club in Positano.

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