Julia Engel is the gal behind Gal meets Glam – an online lifestyle mood board propelling tips on beauty, fashion, home and travel. As a trailblazing blogger and certified workaholic, Julia inevitably has a few tricks up her sleeve to get her through the daily grind and ensure she leads an organised life amidst the hustle.
Today, we’re taking a look at a few of Julia’s most-used gadgets and gizmos of 2017. Shining the light on her handbag essentials and rummaging through her trusty blogger’s arsenal will get you feeling all of the inspiration to start your 2018 right. Here’s a few of this style icon’s must-haves from the past year…
The Cuyana Laptop Bag
If you’re a blogger or social media frequenter, you’ll know that a lappy practically houses your entire life. It’s paramount to keep these bad boys safe. Julia says, “I mentioned in this post about how often I use my laptop sleeve and it’s without a doubt one of the most-used items of the year. It also made for one of my favourite gifts to give this holiday season, too.”
Just because we don’t always have a hairdresser on demand, doesn’t mean tousled locks aren’t unattainable with a little helping hand. Julia deems Morroccanoil Treatment her “#1 hair product of the year and I’ll be going into 2018 with it. My hair is the longest it’s ever been and healthiest, too. I saw a drastic difference when I started using the oil consistently after washing my hair.” We’re ready to douse ourselves in the stuff.
When you travel as much as Julia, it’s no wonder that good luggage is high on the list of must-haves. “I can’t think of a single trip where I didn’t bring my Steamline carry-on. Regardless if we’re going on a quick weekend escape or a long, overseas adventure, I always have it with me. It surprisingly carries a lot more than you think – it’s held up exceptionally well and gets lots of compliments along the way. It’s definitely the cutest piece of travel gear I own.”
Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara
Beauty tips can never go amiss. When it comes to the all-important step of donning lashings of mascara, we’re always up for new cult favourites to add to the try pile. “I’ve been using this mascara for a while now and love, love it,” says Julia. “I used to hop around from different brands, but now I’m pretty loyal to this Bobbi Brown one. This could easily top the whole list for the most-used item!”
Ray Ban Clubmaster
Shady ladies rejoice. It’s time to block out those harsh summer rays whilst staying stylish. Julia admits that: “Although I don’t wear sunglasses often on the blog, I always have a pair with me. If you were to search in my bag on any given day of this past year, 99% of the time you would find my Ray Ban Clubmaster sunglasses.”
Long haul flights ahead? Need to block out the hustle and bustle of city life for a few hours of serious werk? Julia recommends grabbing a pair of these funky headphones. “A few years ago someone told me about these headphones after I complimented and asked them about their own (they had this same pair on). A few months later, my mother in law bought them for me for my birthday and I’ve traveled with them everywhere since. They’re noise cancelling, incredibly comfortable and super chic – a win-win!”