December 3, 2023


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Danielle Carolan on her favorite productivity & fashion finds

“Gal on the Go” isn’t just the name of the podcast she co-hosts — it’s in fact, in her lifestyle. Danielle Carolan, the multi-channel content creator with more than half a million YouTube subscribers, is all about “the vibes,” she told The Post from her restful Florida home.

“I create lifestyle-related videos,” she said. “I became known for making college week-in-my-life vlogs and now I graduated, so I’m taking everyone along on my post-grad journey. My viewers also enjoy the beach, boat, pool vlogs — it’s very feel-good and that’s something I want to exude in my videos.”

When she’s not uploading vlogs, she’s producing engaging, relatable podcast episodes with her co-host, Brooke Miccio.

Now, the recent University of Georgia grad is embarking on her move to NYC. This gal on the go is fully prepared to trade in her flip-flops and beach tote for comfy commuter shoes and a Metrocard.

Danielle Carolan

“I’m so excited to share my passion for fashion and the outfits I’m wearing through all of these experiences,” she said.

Carolan lives and breathes planning and the “go get ‘em” attitude, so much so that she designed a line of daily planners to shop with Doing Well Daily. 

“I watch YouTube when I want to get inspired,” she said. “I’m motivated when I’m up and doing things and it’s important for me to show days when I’m getting things done so it’ll motivate others. But, I show the days when I don’t feel that way too, and that’s perfectly OK.”

But you don’t have to be a podcaster or influencer to harness your inner “queen” CEO. Carolan shared that you can simply savor your mornings by writing a gratitude list, burning your favorite candle and shuffling a coffeehouse playlist on Spotify — small things that make a world of difference in her routine.

You also don’t have to break the bank to have an Instagram-worthy day. Carolan shared her favorite products — including notable Amazon buys — so you’re fully equipped with everything you need to channel the “hot girl summer” vibe she discussed on the podcast. 

Danielle’s Top 5 Favorite Products

Urban Outfitters Croc Baguette Bag, $39

Urban Outfitters Croc Baguette Bag

“I have used this white shoulder bag from Urban Outfitters for so long and it’s great if you’re a college student or if you want to make your outfit more chic,” she said. “It goes with everything, perfect for a gal on the go and it fits my vlog camera, my phone, my wallet, and my sunglasses.”

PAVOI Gold Chunky Open Hoops, $13.95

PAVOI Gold Chunky Open Hoops

“If you instantly want to put yourself together, a pair of thick gold hoops looks fun,” she said. “You look like you really tried but in reality, it took you five minutes to get ready.”

Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk Eau de Toilette Fragrance, $72

Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk Eau de Toilette Fragrance

“The Replica Beach Walk perfume is great because Maison Margiela literally ‘replicates’ scents,” she said. “This is my second bottle and it’s described as ‘sunkissed salty skin.’” 

As a Florida native, she adds, it’s on-brand with her beach vibe aesthetic.

Kindle Paperwhite, $129.99

Kindle Paperwhite

“I adore my Kindle Paperwhite and it seriously has got me reading again,” she said. “With this Kindle, it stays charged all day long, I can add whatever books I want to it, and it’s so skinny, so there’s no excuse not to bring it with you. It’s great for traveling or if I’m waiting for a doctor’s appointment.”

Nike Air Force 1 Sage Low Shoe, $100

Nike Air Force 1 Sage Low Shoe

“My white Nike Air Force 1 Sage’s are my life,” she said. “I wear them with dresses, with jeans, and actually everything. I love platform sneakers because they give me a little more height and confidence as someone who is a bit shorter.”

Danielle’s Productivity Favorites

I’m big into the vibes for the day — candle-lit, the whole thing,” Carolan said. “To be productive, you have to be feeling good, which is the most important thing. Listen to your body and get into the right mindset before starting your day.”

Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Machine, $214.95

Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Machine

“Without a doubt, a cup of coffee gets me out of bed,” she said. “I’m a big Nespresso girl and there’s just something about the art of making your own latte and frothing the milk that’s so satisfying.” 

Carolan’s coffee machine features the smaller pods and the included milk frother.

DWD x Danielle Carolan Daybook, $42

DWD x Danielle Carolan Daybook

“The biggest way I stay productive is with a planner,” she said. “I designed my own exactly how I want to start my mornings.” Carolan’s two-page planner has a section for writing affirmations and gratitude for the day, the other side featuring an hourly layout with two to-do lists — perfect for organizing school and work schedules (or work and side hustles) separately. 

MALIN+GOETZ Vetiver Candle, $55

MALIN+GOETZ Vetiver Candle

“The vetiver scent is so luxurious and relaxing at the same time,” she said. “I feel like I’m at a nice hotel, so I always burn the vetiver candle.”

Naturally Serious Get Even Cold-Pressed Peel Pads, $29

Naturally Serious Get Even Cold-Pressed Peel Pads

“Every day, I use the Naturally Serious Peel Pads and massage my face,” she said. “It’s refreshing, just like a spa, and wakes me up in the morning.”

Sunday Riley C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum, $85

Sunday Riley C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum

“I’ve probably purchased four or five of these by now,” she said. “Sunday Riley’s C.E.O Serum makes my skin look so glowy and radiant, and it’s perfect for putting makeup on top afterward.”

Danielle’s Fashion Favorites

“My style is chic and trendy, but I adapt depending on where I am,” Carolan said. “Right now, I’m in love with baggy jeans and I can wear a cute little crop top to balance out the look.”

JW PEI Gabbi Bag, $71.99

JW PEI Gabbi Bag

“I’m obsessed with this JW PEI Gabbi Bag from Amazon,” she said. “They have all different colors and it’s so chic right now to wear with a summer dress or a pair of jeans.”

S/M Unisex Nude Slide Sandal, $39.99

S/M Unisex Nude Slide Sandal

“I wear these shoes every day and they’re so great for going to the beach,” she said. “They have different colors and I call them ‘cloud slides’ because they’re so comfortable.”

HYZ Women’s 2-Piece Workout Set, $19.99

HYZ Women’s 2-Piece Workout Set

“I just got this workout set from Amazon and it’s chef’s kiss,” she said.” “Sometimes, leggings are too hot for the summer so I love wearing biker shorts and a matching top.”

Chuangdi 2-Piece Beach Sarong Cover-Up, $10.49 (originally $10.99)

Chuangdi 2-Piece Beach Sarong Cover-Up

“This sarong set as a bathing suit cover-up makes your swimwear look so chic,” she said. “I purchased black and white and throw them on all the time.”

MagicSky 4-Piece Hair Claw Clips, $13.99 (originally $15.99)

MagicSky 4-Piece Hair Claw Clips

“It’s so basic, but I love them,” she said. “The tortoise claw clips are my favorite, specifically the square shape.”

Princess Polly Ollie Straight Leg Jean Mid-Wash Denim, $79

Princess Polly Ollie Straight Leg Jean Mid-Wash Denim

“Princess Polly has great jeans,” she said. “And, they’re comfy, which is what I care about.”

Danielle’s Beauty & Skincare Favorites

“When shopping, I look for products that won’t harm my skin and accentuate my natural beauty,” Carolan said. “I like simple, go-to products that make me look extra glowy.”

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick, $46

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

“I was never one to use foundation sticks because I thought they would be very drying and not great, but Hourglass’ makes your skin look so good,” she said. “It’s magical — I just put a couple of dots on my face, blend it with a brush, and it’s perfect for a gal on the go.”

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Rose Lip & Cheek Tint, $18

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Rose Lip & Cheek Tint

Benefit’s Benetint such an OG product and so great for popping an instant flush to your cheeks,” she said. “It’s great if you don’t want to look too cakey or don’t want to wear a full face of makeup.”

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Lip Plumper, $29

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Lip Plumper

“I love Too Faced Lip Injection gloss, literally any shade,” she said. “Wearing lip gloss is so in right now and the product gives you a little plump that looks so chic.” 

Gisou Honey-Infused Hair Oil, $87

Gisou Honey-Infused Hair Oil

“After I do my hair, I put on Gisou’s Honey-Infused Hair Oil on my hands and apply it to the ends of my hair,” she said. “It makes your hair look fresh, like you just got a blowout.”

For a less expensive option, Gisou has a mini size available for $25.

Dyson Airwrap Styler, $549

Dyson Airwrap Styler

“The Dyson Airwrap is my best friend in the entire world,” she said. “It’s perfect for a gal on the go. It’s expensive but it’s worth it — you won’t have to go to the salon ever again.”

Danielle’s Wellness Favorites

“To me, wellness is feeling good in your own body and feeling comfortable in your own skin,” Carolan said. “If there are products to help me feel my best, more power to them.”

321 Strong Foam Roller, $26.99

321 Strong Foam Roller

“I use a foam roller on my body every morning and every night,” she said. “Like a lot of others, I sit at my desk all day and have terrible posture. I just roll out my back and it instantly brings my body to how it should be, even getting the kinks out if you can’t get a massage.”

Celestial Seasonings 40-Count Sleepytime Caffeine-Free Herbal Tea, $3.74

Celestial Seasonings 40-Count Sleepytime Caffeine-Free Herbal Tea

“I love the Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea at night if I want to grab my book and get super sleepy at night,” she said. “It’s really magical and it changed the game for me.”

Self-Love Workbook for Women, $9.59

Self-Love Workbook for Women

This self-love workbook is a great tool to pair with your online therapy session, which is a recent addition to her lifestyle.

“I think Better Help is the best thing in the world,” she said. “I just started going to therapy and the service makes it so accessible to go to therapy online.”

Danielle’s Travel Favorites

“I travel all the time as a gal on the go, and my biggest tip is being prepared for your plane rides,” Carolan said. “I always romanticize my travel day and have Drake, Justin Bieber, and Ariana Grande downloaded on my phone before taking off.”

Copco Chevron Hydra Bottle, $14.97

Copco Chevron Hydra Bottle

“This reusable water bottle is great, particularly for travel,” she said. “When you go through security, you don’t want a big water bottle in your bag and this 16-ounce bottle is great for packing with you.”

Liquid I.V. 16-Count Hydration Multiplier Powder Packets, $24.99

Liquid I.V. 16-Count Hydration Multiplier Powder Packets

“I love Liquid I.V. when traveling because you get dehydrated easier,” she said. “I love to put it into my small water bottles when I’m on the go, too.”

KeMeng Retro Brown Tote, $59.98

KeMeng Retro Brown Tote

Carolan loves her Louis Vuitton Neverfull, but this tote is a more affordable option. 

“I used to be a backpack girl, but I travel with my Neverfull every single time,” she said. “It fits my laptop and absolutely everything you need.”

Hanes Ultimate Cotton Fleece Full-Zip Hoodie, $26.02

Hanes Ultimate Cotton Fleece Full-Zip Hoodie

“I always bring a jacket or sweatshirt with me on the plane — I get cold no matter what time of the year,” she said. “I buy a couple of sizes up of the men’s Hanes zip-ups and they look so cute, even with just a tank top and leggings.”

Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, $28

Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

“I love Olaplex’s shampoo,” Carolan said. “I dye my blonde hair a lot so I love them for maintaining my color and style.”

She also likes the brand’s conditioner as part of her haircare routine.

Danielle’s Tech Favorites

“If a piece of tech can improve my life for the better — it sounds dramatic, but it’s true — then I will purchase it,” Carolan said. “If it’s a better camera quality for my YouTube videos or an Apple watch that will help me be more on-the-go with things, I’ll get it.”

Apple AirPods with Charging Case, $119, originally $159

Apple AirPods with Charging Case

“I love going on ‘hot girl walks’ with my AirPods and listening to music on Spotify,” she said. “It’s the best.”

Amazon Echo Show 5 Smart Display with Alexa, $79.99

Amazon Echo Show 5 Smart Display with Alexa

“In the morning I use my Amazon Echo Show and there’s a screen on it with a clock,” she said. “I play music on it, I ask Alexa for the weather and it’s great for not using your phone right after you wake up.” 

JBL Clip 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Bundle, $49.99

JBL Clip 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Bundle

“I’m a big shower listener and I use the JBL Clip 3 speaker for all my music,” she said. “You can bring it to the beach — or clip it to your bag — and it’s so loud.”

Swhatty Gold Apple Watch Band, $13.99

Swhatty Gold Apple Watch Band

“For my rose gold Apple watch, I purchased this inexpensive gold Apple watch band,” she said. “It looks so chic and I want my watch to look good with the rest of my outfit.”

Share Sunshine 3-in-1 Charging Station, $29.98

Share Sunshine 3-in-1 Charging Station

“I have this three-way charger on my desk,” she said. “It’s super sleek and charges my Apple watch, my phone and my AirPods at once.”

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