Hello et Bonjour! I get a lot of email that asks what my favorite gear is, what I would recommend for bloggers just starting out and all kinds of questions that very sadly, I can’t always answer individually anymore. So this page and my FAQ now act as a place that I can provide you the answers to those questions. If there’s anything you don’t see covered between these two pages, please message me via the contact page. Merci beaucoup!
For heavier photography jobs closer to home, I rely on the Alta Series 10 tripod. It’s too heavy to carry far but it is great for shooting close to home when wind and other factors necessitate a very sturdy tripod.
I always upgrade with every new iPhone that comes out. The latest model finally comes close to replacing my camera. I also always buy mine unlocked, so that I can get local SIM cards when traveling abroad.
I own this primarily for replying to emails while traveling and reading. I’m such a bookworm that in the days before e-readers I would literally have one carry-on full of books and one that was just for camera equipment.
For years, I used other hard drives only to have them fail on me every 16 to 18 months. I now rely solely on LaCie, whose hard drives seem to withstand my rugged travel schedule and abuse without fail.
I love using this for booking last minute hotels and until I had the app, I didn’t realize how often I actually do this when traveling! It has changed my travel life. Use code “kalana” for a $25 credit.
I use the Rimowa Salsa Air. It’s light as a feather but tough as steel and the four roller wheels work so well I barely have to just touch it to move on its own. It’s a flawless piece of luggage worth every penny.
When I want to pack light, I use the Tumi Voyageur Super Léger which not only looks great but can also be surprisingly roomy owing to its soft extending sides. It really makes traveling light a total breeze.
Staying connected while traveling is so important to the job I do. Owning this device and refilling it as needed is the easiest and most cost-effective option for me. Using my link gets you a discount on your purchase.
This community didn’t exist when I was a new blogger and by the time it did, I thought I had it all figured out! Ha! Please don’t make my mistake. If you’re looking to have a great blog, it’s so worthwhile.
This is my go-to salon in NYC. It’s French and so luxe, without the absurd price tag and proves taking a little extra time is so worth it. Mention my name or code BA2-KA for a discount plus VIP treatment!
Lilly and I go back to my childhood and I still wear it because it simply isn’t possible to be wearing a fun Lilly print and be unhappy. It elevates my mood the second I slip into any of their clothes.
I absolutely HATED wearing blue jeans until I discovered this amazing NYC-based company. Now, I feel confident and sexy when I wear their jeans and I’ve pretty much stopped buying jeans from any other company.
From Denim & Supply to Purple Label, there isn’t a situation in my daily life or travel career that Ralph Lauren can’t dress me for. I even have pieces from Ralph that I’ve owned since I was in college!
Susan is a fellow Francophile and a close friend with an impeccable eye for design. If you have little ones, her beautiful stories on traveling with her children, Henry et Marie, will be especially poignant.
Jamie and Kevin create beautiful visual art that I never fail to fall in love with. They are one of my favorite creative teams in the world. And it just so happens, they love France as much as I do.
These businesses have paid to be listed in this category but please note that I am VERY picky about who I will do business with. If I have listed a company here it is not just because they have paid for the privilege but also because I am confident in recommending them.
Please note that some of these links, but not all, are affiliates. This means I will make a small profit should you choose to purchase products through these links. This in no way influences my decision to recommend certain products over others. I only ever share the things I have genuinely used, loved and would recommend whether I did or did not have the possibility of compensation from recommending them.
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