Fashion

When I think of the word ‘holiday’, the first question that crosses my mind is: “How to pack a suitcase?”

What are your plans?  Whatever you’re doing, I’m sure you’ll have a great time whenever and wherever you go. Anyway, this is a very cool and relevant post that I think you’ll enjoy. I hope it inspires you and takes the edge off some of the planning.

I always find packing a suitcase strenuous. For me, it’s the most grueling part. I always worry about packing too much, or too little. Also, there’s the whole breaking a disc in my back from carrying it around… Not fun.

Anyway, I’ve been on enough trips to have ‘cracked the case’ where packing is concerned.

DRESSES/COATS:

If you’re going away and just know that you’ll end up at a party or need a coat for the evening chill, keep them on their hangers – but fold them when you put them in. Also, they should always, always be at the top of the suitcase, so you can take them out easily and hang them up when you get to your hotel room.

UNDERWEAR & SHOES:

I put my bras, knickers, and shoes in the zip-up compartment usually found in the lid of most suitcases. That section is great for blazers and smartwear too – if you’re going away for work purposes. It prevents major creasing.

PJS:

PJs should be placed in the second layer of your suitcase. So, you’ll have your dresses/coats/robes front facing (ready to hang in your wardrobe), and your PJs should be just below them.

The reason for this is that we arrive in day clothes unless being a naturist is your thing… Which, if that’s what you’re into, more power to you!

So, realistically, the first garment of clothing you’ll need is your PJs. That’s why I’d put them second.

OUTFITS:

Your outfits should be placed in the order of days that they’ll be worn. For instance, the clothes you’ll be wearing on your first full day should be just below your PJs, as they’re the next thing you’ll be needing.

TOP TIP: t-shirts/hoodies/sweatshirts on left and trousers/shorts/skirts on right. Think of your suitcase as a trifle. Layer it up, in order.

ACCESSORIES:

Nestle them in between. There’s always room if you just drop them in sporadically between clothes.

BEAUTY PRODUCTS:

Whether it’s your hair or beauty products, keep them locked in a safe bag that won’t leak. I have a beauty bag that fits everything I need.

TOP TIP: leave ALL your liquids in your cabin bag. Don’t leave it in your hand luggage. It’s such a hassle when getting past security!

What suitcase should you take? One that suits the duration of your trip. I have My American Tourister, it’s SO easy to pack and light enough to carry. And, it wheels around pretty well. It’s a dreamboat. Also, the colour is to LIVE for! Can’t carry it around if I’m dead, can I? 💞

OTHER TOP TIPS:

This is a video on how to FOLD your clothes for suitcases appropriately because no-one has the time to carry an iron & board… If your hotel room has an iron and board, there’s no way you’ll be using it… Only I’d do that!

Lastly, I’d advise that you wear clothes and shoes/boots that take up the most space in your suitcase on your flight day. This’ll ensure your suitcase doesn’t go over when you’re checking it in.

what is in your bag?

Guys always want to know what’s in a girl’s bag, well – I’m here to help!

Carex – Hand Sanitiser

I actually cannot go anywhere without anti-bacterial gel. There’s so much pollution and germs around that it’s impossible to go anywhere without it. If you want to know the exact one I carry, it’s Carex’s 2-in-1 moisturising hand gel.

Sunglasses 

I’ve not been getting much use out of them recently because of the rain, but they were worn today! I have my Ray Ban Evolve, the ones I cannot see without. They’re photochromic too – which means you can wear them indoors as well as outdoors.

Bible

Yep. Best book ever written. Read it to and from work.

Umbrella 

Because: this is England, London. Rhianna not included, although – she does live in Brixton (London) now, so maybe.

Perfume

Perfume is a must. I choose to carry Charlotte Tilbury’s A Scent of a Dream. I love how strong the scent is without being overpowering. I’ve received a lot of compliments about it, but I’m not sure if that’s because people think I used to stink.

Mirror

These days my nostrils have been misbehaving due to hayfever, so I need a mirror on standby.

Comb

It’s only taken me 27 years to begin carrying this around… Yes, it has flamingos on it. They’re my fave birds after Doves, Pigeons, Robins, Cockatiels and Magpies.

Purse

The purse to match my bag. Always.

Other stuff I carry: lip balmcrystals (depending on my mood) and Neroli face mist. Oh, can’t forget my iPhone and wireless earphone chargers. The best portable charger/power bank comes courtesy of FEITUN. Lastly, I always, always carry M&S Champagne Truffles.

harry-potter-vans

Abracadabra!

Vans and HARRY POTTER collaborated to conjure up a magical collection of footwear, apparel, and accessories for witches, wizards, and muggles alike. 

Vans have announced a collaboration with Harry Potter to release a very magical range of trainers!

If you want to rep your favourite House at Hogwarts, do it with your feet.

Harry Potter fans and I will be treated to four exclusive colourways including a Sk8-Hi in Gryffindor, an Era in Slytherin, Authentic in Ravenclaw and a Classic Slip-On in Hufflepuff.

There will also be a ComfyCush Era themed one in the style of newspaper cuttings taken from the fictitious publication ‘Daily Prophet’. As a freelance journalist, I approve.

‘Wingardium leviosa’ – but to bring the release date sooner!

(Yes, I’ve read all the books 🤓📚 )

Want to sing up for updates? Click here.

If all of them end up in my wardrobe post-launch, blame Hermoine.

Ray Ban

A hexagonal pair of rose tinted specs. Love.

These shades were the last in stock. I ended up purchasing the ones on display because they’re THAT beaut.

‘Photochromic’ means they lighten indoors and darken outdoors.

Thank you, Ray Ban for designing such beautiful sunglasses.

Evolve

La vie en Rose, baby. 🌹