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Home Away From Home at the Sanderson Hotel


Home Away From Home at the Sanderson Hotel

As much as I love to travel and explore new cities — especially during fashion month — being gone for an entire month is really tiring for the organized, routine, homebody side of me. The longer I’m gone, the more I realize how I’ve actually put a lot of great habits in place at home to make sure I am taking good care of myself physically and mentally, and it can be really difficult to keep them up while I’m away!

Since this trip is a whole month long, it’s given me some good time to think about how I can make myself feel at home away from home. Here are some of the things I miss from my home routine and what I’ve been doing to keep myself going in spite of that:



Breakfast in Bed

What I miss: When I’m at home, I love cooking healthy, usually homemade meals. Typically my breakfast includes hard boiled eggs, some fruit, some nuts and always a coffee to get myself going right away. I usually have a quick but delicious lunch and I love a stir fry with veggies and some kind of protein for dinner. I definitely mix it up from day to day, but I still have my favorites, and I start to miss them when I’m traveling for so long! Don’t get me wrong – I love trying new foods and eating out, but it would be nice to have a good home cooked meal sometime soon!

How to solve: It’s probably unreasonable to try to cook every meal while you’re on the go, but you can definitely find good breakfasts and healthy snacks to pack or buy at a local supermarket. It always feels like you have to eat out while you’re gone, but most hotel rooms actually have a fridge and some even have a microwave, so it’s such a great idea to make a stop at the nearest grocery store when you arrive and stock up for the week. I’m also normally a little more lax with my nutrition when I’m on vacation, but for longer trips I think it’s totally ok to stick to the health habits you have at home and try to eat well!


Nike Shoes

What I miss:  I’ve figured out that the best workout routines for me are Reformer Pilates and Hot Yoga. I’m pretty disciplined with my schedule at home when it comes to working out and I make sure to get in regular workouts each week, whether it’s through a class or just on my own. Currently, I’m suffering 100% from MAJOR jetlag and a busy schedule so it’s hard to find time to work out.

How to solve:This is a really difficult one if your schedule is busy, but two things help: 1. Most hotels have free gyms with great equipment! and 2. You can work activity into your day. When I’m at home, I’m working at my laptop a lot more, so it’s super essential to schedule workouts in order to get exercise. When I’m away, most times it’s to a big city with lots of activities and I can easily get in a lot of walking. They say even if you only have 10 minutes for a yoga video on youtube or a quick walk, that’s enough to feel a lot better than doing nothing at all!

quiet-morningsBath with Roses, Home Away From Home

What I miss:  Another routine I really like to keep at home is having a full, quiet hour or so in the mornings for me to plan my day, have a cup of coffee, read something and just get my thoughts sorted out. During Fashion Weeks especially, I almost always have an event or a meeting right away in the morning, and tend to start the day off in a rush! I’m excited to be able to collect my thoughts each morning when I return.

How to solve: Especially with the jetlag, I’m not sure if I can get my quiet mornings back while I’m away, but I can get quiet evenings! Most of my rooms have had nice bathtubs that are perfect for a relaxing, evening bubble bath. If I go to sleep feeling relaxed, I’m more likely to wake up that way and start off my day a little better.


my-peopleMichelle Take Aim, Queen of Jetlags

What I miss: This is probably the obvious one… I miss my family! I’m really close with my siblings and parents, and my nieces and nephews are the cutest on the planet (not biased at all). It’s hard to be in communication with everyone I love given the time difference and distance for so long.

How to solve: Facetime has been my best friend this month! I’m so thankful for technology that allows us to stay in contact with people from literally across the ocean. I’ve been able to find times that both my family and I are free to connect almost every day that I’ve been gone. It’s also been really fun to connect with other bloggers that are in my area while I’m gone. I love meeting new people and getting to know friends better, so I’m also thankful for Instagram connecting me with so many people during Fashion Months!



Suitcase, Packing

What I miss:  I think we can all agree that living out of a suitcase is not an organized way to live (lol). I’m not an extremist about things staying perfectly clean, but I definitely feel better when everything is in its place and my room looks nice. I miss my closet space (I mean, it’s never really enough is it?), my desk and my organized bathroom drawers.

How to solve: The best solution I’ve found to staying organized is to unpack right away when I arrive. Even though I’m only in one place for a week or so usually, I feel so much better if my tops are hanging in the closet and my jeans are folded in the drawers. Everything feels more at home when it has a place. A lot of hotels have great housekeeping which also helps, but I still like to spend 10 minutes at night rearranging and organizing my room in the areas that the hotel can’t really do for me.


Do you guys have any tips for staying sane while you’re gone for a long time? I’d love to hear them!

  • Aya
    Posted at 12:26h, 23 February Reply

    I totally understand you, while being away your hole routine changes and that actually effects you in many ways that a lot of people don’t actually notice, they start feeling anxious, tired and overall being homesick !! i love your tips, their really helpful and gonna make a big difference !! Xx

    • michelle
      Posted at 15:22h, 27 February Reply

      Aw thanks so much Aya!

  • Ariadna
    Posted at 12:49h, 23 February Reply

    Loved reading this post, I struggle with many of these things when I go abroad for more than a few days! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

    • michelle
      Posted at 15:23h, 27 February Reply

      Yes! Traveling is the best/worst.

  • Samantha Lee
    Posted at 12:54h, 23 February Reply

    Love these tips! I think establishing little routines even just in your daily life are so important. I’ve been trying (key word: trying) to wake up earlier each day to start my day with a cup of coffee and a latte, instead of rushing the moment I wake up. Honestly, I wish I could have like 3 hours to eat my day going at at leisurely pace, but that’s not just not possible, haha. It’s really the little things that help keep us centered. :)

    • michelle
      Posted at 15:23h, 27 February Reply

      I completely agree. I wish I could spend three hours each morning preparing for the day! How amazing would that be!

  • Mireia
    Posted at 13:49h, 23 February Reply

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Stephanie Castillo
    Posted at 22:27h, 23 February Reply

    Love these pics, especially the bathtub relaxing!


    • michelle
      Posted at 15:24h, 27 February Reply

      It was amazeeeee.

  • Aria Di Bari
    Posted at 02:14h, 24 February Reply

    This post is so relatable! I think trying to stick with your morning routine as much as possible is the best way to feel home!

    • michelle
      Posted at 15:24h, 27 February Reply

      Agreed! I feel like if you start the day off right, the rest of the day will be easier.

  • Fia
    Posted at 03:00h, 24 February Reply

    What a lovely post! I especially struggle with working out and organization, but travel routines are so important to have and yours were really helpful to read. Thanks for sharing! x
    Fia from

    • michelle
      Posted at 15:25h, 27 February Reply

      Thanks Fia! Those are the two biggest challenges for me too!

  • sara nena
    Posted at 03:11h, 24 February Reply

    Crop toooooooop, thumbs up

    • michelle
      Posted at 15:25h, 27 February Reply

      hahah, thanks!

  • Steal4Style
    Posted at 07:18h, 24 February Reply

    Definitely the food is one of the most important things to feel like I’m at home. So nice tips!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • michelle
      Posted at 15:26h, 27 February Reply

      Mmmm yes. I always miss a good home-cooked meal when I’m away.

  • Sheila Joy
    Posted at 10:18h, 24 February Reply

    Such a great post, Michelle! I was out of town for only 8 hours yesterday, but I missed my home cooked meals so much. I can understand how hard it must be when you’re on the go so much, so creating rituals that work when you’re away is so important. Taking 5 minutes to center myself and meditate is something I like to do, and you can do it anywhere!

    • michelle
      Posted at 15:29h, 27 February Reply

      Such a great idea! I know that even 10 minutes of quiet can make a huge difference in my day!

  • Ewa Macherowska
    Posted at 04:05h, 25 February Reply

    Nice post dear :) Thanks!

    • michelle
      Posted at 15:35h, 27 February Reply

      Thanks Ewa :)

  • Lea
    Posted at 05:17h, 26 February Reply

    I really enjoyed this post and loved how you always give an option how to help with the things you don’t have when you’re away from home.
    Lea, xx

    • michelle
      Posted at 15:42h, 27 February Reply

      So glad. Thanks Lea!

  • Samantha Sheinson
    Posted at 13:43h, 27 February Reply

    Traveling for a month is hard! I always unpack my things even if I am staying just for a weekend. I feel so much better later too!

    • michelle
      Posted at 15:46h, 27 February Reply

      Yes! I feel like that is the most important tip – otherwise my room just becomes chaos!

  • Gina
    Posted at 07:05h, 01 March Reply

    Michelle! Well, it definitely seems like you and I are very similar in our priorities and daily habits. I can’t imagine trying to stay looking as amazing as you always do while traveling for such an extended time period. Gosh, it can be such a challenge even with the comforts of home. These are all such great tips! I think the diet & nutrition part would be my biggest challenge bc I’m so strict with what I eat and it is almost impossible tube that diligent when forced to eat out.
    Thanks so much for sharing the tips and for being so honest! Your blog and style inspires me, girl!
    XO! Gina

    • michelle
      Posted at 11:16h, 01 March Reply

      Thanks so much for all of your kind words! It’s so encouraging to hear from readers that are getting inspired by my posts – that’s the goal!

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