RBJello’s Travel Tips

Vapur Bottle

Vapur Reflex Water Bottle ~$10

Summer is already in full swing and I’m sure many of you have upcoming trips. In the past few months, I’ve been really fortunate to travel to some amazing destinations like Eastern Europe and China. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite travel products and tips. Feel free to share some of your own!

Vapur Runway

Vapur Runway Bottle

Major shout-out and thank you to Larinna at iheartspandex who introduced me to the awesome Vapur water bottles. I bought mine almost a year ago and it’s still my go-to travel water battle. These bottles are light-weight, collapsable, freezable and dishwasher safe. Oh, did I mention they are also BPA-free? I love taking mine to the airport and filling it up at a water fountain after I pass through security (so that I don’t spend $4 on a bottle of water).

Colorescience's Mineral Powder Sunscreen SPF 30 Brush

Colorescience’s Mineral Powder Sunscreen SPF 30 Brush $50

As I’ve discussed in an earlier post, I have the most sensitive skin skin on the planet and I’m allergic to most lotions and sunscreens. Colorescience’s mineral powder sunscreen (I use the Medium 1300 shade) is a lifesaver and I love it because I can throw it into my purse and use it any time. I don’t have to carry a whole bottle of sunscreen or worry about refilling trial sizes of sunscreen. While it is expensive, once you buy the brush, the refills for SPF 30 are $19 (prices are higher for SPF 50). Don’t be fooled by the small brush. The sunscreen lasts a long time and its worth every penny.


Vaseline <$5

I swear by Vaseline and Aquaphor. They’re both miracle products and I always bring a small travel size Vaseline with me on trips. Not only can you use it for your lips, dry elbows and dry soles/heels of your feet, I use mine as a make-up remover. I’m not kidding about my skin allergies (I’m allergic to Cetaphil. The stuff that doctors recommend for babies). Vaseline is a great eye make-up remover. Since it’s a jelly, you don’t have to worry about it spilling in your bag and creating a mess in your luggage.

Baby Powder

Johnson’s Baby Powder (1.5 oz) <$2

My old co-workers always knew when I was going on a run because my cubicle would start to smell like baby powder. Besides adding baby powder in my socks before a run, I always bring some with me on trips. If you’re going on a trip that requires a lot of walking, I recommend picking up a travel size bottle of baby powder from your local drugstore. Baby powder helps keep your feet dry, preventing chaffing and blisters (plus your shoes smell good too). My sister clued me in on this tip about three years ago. My feet and I thank her.

Van Cleef & Arpels: They’re Not Objects; They’re Emotional Pieces

VC&A Orchid

Before I left Shanghai, I was able to visit Van Cleef & Arpels’ newest exhibit, Timeless Beauty, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. It was a breathtaking two-story exhibit with over 370 pieces, including jewelry, watches, accessories and archived drawings, from 1906 to 2010. I really enjoyed the short videos, highlighting the history of Van Cleef & Arpels at the Place Vendôme and the handwork behind these magnificent pieces. All together, I think there were seven videos and an hour of footage. If you’re headed to Paris in the near future, you’re in luck! The exhibit will be at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs from September 20, 2012 to February 10, 2013. You’ll have to see it in person because my digital camera does not do these pieces justice!

VC&A Display

The exhibit was meant to look like vines and plants.

VC&A Watch

I was in love with the enamel and diamond watches.

VC&A Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum Ruby Pin

VC&A Drawings

Original designs for VC&A pieces

VC&A Invoice

Thought this was so cool! The original invoice for a snuff bottle.

VC&A Emeralds

I wish my camera could have captured how green this set was (it looks more blue in this photo).

VC&A Display

One of the best displays that I’ve seen. They really highlighted the works and gave you a 360 degree view.

VC&A Grace Kelly

Princess Grace Kelly’s Collection

VC&A Catherine Deneuve

Yes, that is a 3D holograph of Catherine Deneuve explaining the collection.

VC&A Necklace

One of my favorite necklaces

VC&A Watch Night

I covet a Van Cleef & Arpels watch.

VC&A Display3

View of the display on the 2nd story.

8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana Comes to Shanghai


Warm scallops with fresh vegetables, olives and sweet pepper mayonnaise

8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana opened in Shanghai in February 2012 and it is one of the hottest restaurants in town. I had to call three times before I could make a reservation and I finally succeeded when I made reservations over a week in advance. Originally hailing from Hong Kong, 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana is the only Italian restaurant outside of Italy that has Three Michelin Stars. Although Michelin has yet to produce a guide for Shanghai, I eagerly anticipate the day when the Shanghai location receives the same accolade.

Goose Liver Duet

Goose Liver Duet

Burrata Cheese Ravioli

Burrata Cheese Ravioli

Tagliolini Alle Vongole

Tagliolini Alle “Vongole”


Bellini and Fresh, Warm Bread

Strawberry Rice Bavarois

Strawberry Rice Bavarois

Chocolate Sherry Dessert

Chocolate Sherry Dessert

End of Meal Dessert Bites

End of Meal Dessert Bites

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