Tip Top Travel

Summer really is around the corner. With white jean and rosé season upon us, I wanted to share some of my favorite new travel accessories and products that I plan to have in tow to all my destinations. Putting a little glam and chic back in travel makes the very daunting process that much more enjoyable!

Please note, these are my personal recommendations. None of this is paid for or sponsored (sadly $). 


If you are going to have to carry things, they may as well be pretty.

AWAY monogrammed bagAway Bag Away Bag charger

While I love my Bric’s luggage, I can’t help but adore the lightweight and very tech savvy AWAY bags (not to mention half the price). I got the Bigger Carry-On monogrammed. I love that you can charge your phone right in your suitcase. Let’s be honest, we’ve all been a little delayed and with too little battery power.

Paravel Monogrammed Duffle

I love this Paravel duffle. It is next on my list and in this fabulous color combination.

Lo & Sons Catalina Duffle Lo & Sons Catalina Duffle open

This is the ideal bag for a quick weekend or to carry-on. I am one of those people always guilty of coming home with a heavier suitcase. Catalina Weekender from at Lo & Sons.

Spacepak kitSpacepak system from Flight 001

I love the idea of compartmentalizing my life- ehh…I mean suitcase. Clean and dirty clothes don’t need to mix and mingle. Available from Flight 001.

Beautiful Traveler

I prefer all non-toxic products on my skin. Here are my favorite to travel with, and they really work!

Amika mini harir dryer

This picture does not do this hair dryer justice. The Amika Mini Ionic Hair Dryer is literally no bigger than a hair brush, but at 1000 watts, it gets the job done just as well as my dyson hair dryer. They are super adorable, lightweight, and prevent having to use any of those hotel in-the-wall hair dryers, or worse- the hair dryers that end up in someones guest room… you know what I mean!

Rahua shampoo travel kitOgee face wipes

The Rahua jet pack has all your safe shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body wash. It smells wonderful too.

Ogee makes the BEST face wipes. Also, the best lip conditioner.  Seriously, these wipes take off all makeup and grime from travel. If on an international flight, I will wipe my face down after I eat and follow with moisturizing mask from Tata Harper  (see below).

Shop Follain Beauty travel kit

Shop Follain has amazing safe beauty products and even offer travel kits for your skin types (Normal, Oily, Dry and Combination). Very easy and convenient.

Sunday Riley Rapid Flash CEO serum  Tata Harper Moisture Mask

I have recently become obsessed with Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum. It gives my skin a serious perk in the morning, especially after a day of travel. I follow with Vitner’s Daughter (and yes the obsession is real).

My skin tends to get really oily when I fly, and the best way to combat that is with moisture (your skin has to overcompensate for the dryness and that is why it produces more oil). I love the Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask. Ideal for a long flight. It just sits on your skin (no need to wipe or rinse).

Beautycounter Suncreen stick  COOLA sunscreen

Many of my adventures will have me in the sun this summer. I love the Beautycounter sunscreen stick. Easy to get through TSA and smells divine.

For an easy all over body sunscreen, the COOLA spray in SPF 50 comes in a 3 oz. bottle and also smells and feels lovely.

COMBAT bug spray

Mosquitos love me and the feeling is not mutual. This Combat Ready Bug Spray  is a really effective bug spray, sans all the bad chemical smells.

The Healthy Traveler

As this summer is going to be a lot of back to back travel, I can’t get sick. Period. Not an option. I am a firm believer in ALL of these products and take them daily. 

Juice Plus

I love these Juice Plus gummies. Somehow they take all the fruits and veggies you needs, juice them, and put them into these yummy gummies. A big game changer in getting my daily doses.

Kor Shot Back Magic Kor Shot wellness

All of my trips with friends always involve long dinners and a little vino (I wouldn’t have it any other way). The KOR Black Magic shot has activated charcoal and is really good for your body right before you are about to indulge a night on the town.

The KOR Wellness shot is made with cold pressed and high quality ginger, lemon, coconut water, and a big bite of cayenne. It is a big boost for the immune system.


I love my Super 8 Greens. The story behind the founder is incredible. She was faced with breast cancer and decided to make a very tasty (almost like sprite) tablet full of the best super foods in existence. I feel SO much better every time I drink it.

Thieves is my daily life saver. I travel with these and take them preventatively, especially while I am on the plane. Easy lozenges and taste great.

Sakara Chocolate probioticSakara Water concentrates

I take these yummy Sakara chocolate probiotics every night. My daily treat to myself.

I also love the water concentrates from Sakara. I drop in  The Beauty water in the morning. It has a lovely light rose flavor. I put the detox concentrate in my water bottle by my bed each night. It has chlorophyll and a blend of 72 ionic trace minerals to help with biochemical reactions in the body.


Giddy Paperie

In this Etsy run, Pinterest savvy, Instagram imaging world, it is often overwhelming to narrow down your choices. I find that to be especially true in the business of beautiful stationery. There are just too many options. I recently came across an adorable line of stationery where artistic talents and charming paper intersect. Based in the cutest town of Winter Park, Florida, Giddy Paperie makes you feel just that- giddy!

Run by mother-daughter duo, Lauren Yochum and Leslie Chalfont, you immediately see there is a great sense of personalization and attention to detail. Leslie’s artistic talents put on paper make the perfect gift (especially with graduations coming up)! Stationery Trends Magazine even agreed by saying they are the top “10 designers to watch in 2017.” Almost everything is available to monogram and they even do fabulous custom work with beautiful artwork to match any occasion. I may be bias, but their boxwood and blue & white happen to be my personal favorites!

Shop here: Giddy Paperie

Be sure to follow Giddy Paperie on Instagram

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Making lists becomes more pleasant with boxwood!

When did your love of stationery and artistry begin? 

Since I was a little girl and my mom always made sure to write my “thank yous.”  So I either found pretty note cards or painted my own. 


Amazing details in these hand painted note cards with an orchid in a blue and white pot.


A custom bridal luncheon invitation that is so special and really eye-catching.

What inspired you to start your business?

After years of helping friends plan their parties and creating the invitations, it seems like the next step to branch out with other items using my art and designs. 

Giddy PaperieOne of their best selling items is the calendars. There is nothing more convenient and pleasing to the eye than a calendar on display.


Browsing through all their images, I kept being drawn to these note cards. I love the color and the envelope liner.

What are your best selling items?

Bar none, our calendars are our number one item. After that, our tea towels! They are easy to give and use, and a little art spread around the house is always a good thing.


I am partial to this beautiful monogrammed stationery considering it is my home state. So clever, and can be created for any state!


The hand painted tea towels make the ideal hostess gift. Very unique and who couldn’t use another tea towel?!

What do you love painting the most?

Love painting flowers!  I can’t grow them very well so I might as well paint them!


Giddy Paperie Artowrk

Absolutely gorgeous prints! Ideal for any room. 


I love these custom invitations with gorgeous font and blue & white watercolor. They really bring a whole new meaning to the idea of custom.

Potted Boxwood is….
The perfect thing to paint…it can be any shape too, and I love all kinds of topiaries and gardens. 


I love the mommy and me stationery. Perfect for little ones with thank you notes to write.


I love Dallas. Especially in this in-between season where it is practically summer, but the heat hasn’t totally overwhelmed you.  I am adoring all the fresh flowers in bloom and the houses looking perfectly landscaped. Today, I wanted to share some beautiful Dallas homes that I have captured recently. They embody timeless charm in so many ways. In fact, that is what makes this city so beautiful!


All photos by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood. 

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Desert Modern

In my mind, a desert home is very synonymous with a modern home. I picture lots of windows, lots of light, and a great play of contrast. White walls, ebony floors, and the perfect balance of minimalism and splashes pattern. I picture big thick slabs of marble, and an even bigger infusion of texture. Let’s not forget, there is also a splash of old Hollywood that would have every Palm Springs home with a sunken bar, oversized ice cubes, and a splash of glamour.


Michael S Smith Palm Springs Home via AD

I love the greenery and water elements of this entry. Michael S. Smith’s Palm Sprigs Home via AD

Emily Summers Desert Home via AD 7

What a beautiful dining area in designer Emily Summer’s Palm Springs home. Via AD

Kitchen Via Elle Decor

I love this small kitchen. Would be an even better Palm Springs bar! Via Elle Decor

Bar via Palm Springs Style 2

A great thick slab of marble on this bar via Palm Springs Style.

Desert home via Elle Decor 2

A beautiful contrasting desert home via Elle Decor. Love the walls and coffee tables.

Desert home via Elle Decor 3

Incredible artwork, and desert landscape in this outdoor shower. Via Elle Decor

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The best kind of powder room style by Emily Summers via AD.

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A beautiful courtyard snapshot at Emily Summer’s Palm Springs home. Via AD

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White walls are the best way to go. So stunning. Emily Summers via AD.

Desert home via Elle Decor

A very relevant and easy masculine room perfect for the desert (or anywhere). Via Elle Decor 

Michael S Smith Palm Springs Home via AD 6

A great open and airy living area. I love the tall ceilings. Michael S. Smith via AD.

Emily Summers Desert Home via AD

Another view of Emily Summer’s desert living room. (I personally  would love it with a dark floor contrast to bring a little warmth). Via AD

Trellis Screened Door via Palm Springs Style

Beautiful sliding lattice work on this hidden bar via Palm Springs Style.

Kelly Wearstler Bedroom

A beautifully textured and incredibly cool mid century bedroom by Kelly Wearstler.

Michael S Smith Palm Springs Home via AD 2

A great living area for entertaining. I love how large it is, yet how perfectly scaled and proportioned it is. Michael S. Smith is amazing. Via AD

Bar via Palm Springs Style

A great thick marble bar via Palm Springs Style.

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I love the use of pattern in this desert bedroom. It is mixed perfectly with modern art and the amount of ideal soft ambience that a bedroom should have. By Michael S. Smith via AD.

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On a larger scale, this would be even better. I love this open, shiny, and modern take on a desert kitchen. Via AD  

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I love how the curtains create their own wall in this clean and fresh bedroom. The right amount of texture for an oasis. Via AD

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Unbelievably beautiful. Michael S. Smith via AD.

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Natural elements create their own beautiful contrast in Michael S. Smith’s desert home. Via AD.



Luxe Laundry

Falling in love with a laundry room is not an easy thing to do. I mean, it isn’t a focal point of a house or a selling factor, but I am telling y’all, if you saw this laundry room designed by Dina Bandman  for the San Fransisco Decorator Showhouse you would quickly be saying “I’ll take it.” Who wouldn’t want to do a couple loads of laundry in a room complete with de Gournay wallpaper. Upon further look at Dina’s design work, I am not surprised she created such a masterpiece. She is definitely a designer to watch.

Happy Week! xo Christina

SF Showhouse Laundry Room 2017 by Dina Bandman

From the instagram of Dina Bandman