“Monthly Favorites” is the YouTube tag that refuses to die, and for good reason: 1) it’s a great way to share and discover new and thrilling products/tools/snacks/media, and 2) there’s nothing more compelling than knowing what other people find compelling. Before Anything Else is our version of “Monthly Favorites,” and each month we feature a new person with a new perspective. This month’s BAE is Dre Reyes, StyleHaul’s Marketing Coordinator.

Traveling is an expensive hobby of mine, but I’ve been guiltlessly devoted to it for as long as I can remember. There’s nothing more thrilling than exploring new places, facing the unknown, and temporarily living a life that’s not my own!

Right now I’m packing to head back to my favorite city (Paris, duh) and have spent countless hours prepping for my trip; purchasing new, exciting essentials that will help me make this upcoming adventure a success.

Meet the Dre-approved starting lineup for travel necessities – all things I’ve discovered this past month!


Who says you can’t find great deals on luxury brands?

I did some major damage to my wallet on a recent visit to the Desert Hills Premium Outlets, but how could I not? Gucci practically begged me to purchase their Guccissima Tote Bag. It’s the perfect size to carry around everyday necessities – wallet, sunglasses, chapstick, other junk – there’s a home for it all! The cherry on top is its zipper closure, which keeps away pickpockets (a travel purse-must!).

Straight from the archives! Adidas just relaunched their Continental 80 sneakers, and since purchasing a pair of my own, I realize that I’ve never cared about a pair of sneakers the way I care for these babies. While the classic white seems to be the crowd favorite, I opted for the timeless and vintage-looking off-white instead. They’re comfortable, versatile, and crazy cute. I’m obsessed.


Historically speaking, I’ve never been one to experience terrible jet lag, but I do have to put in a little more effort into reviving my skin after a long flight. These #holygrail status products keep me on top of my beauty game, and fit easily into carry-on or checked baggage.

Caudalie, Beauty Elixir // Derma E, Vitamin C Renewing Moisturizer + Serum // Sephora Collection, Cleansing + Exfoliating Wipes


Now this is something I’m really excited to use – my new Calpak Trnk Luggage Set! I’m wholeheartedly trusting these two to safely lug my most precious belongings to Europe. I’m a notorious overpacker, but I fully believe Calpak’s got me covered!

Au revoir, mes amis!



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