Thursday, 29 March 2012

Travel in Style!

Hello! Spring has sprung and the sun is out in force (well it is here in London anyway!) and many of us are now thinking about holidays, whether here in the UK or further afield to even sunnier climes abroad.

Whether you're going on a city break, beach holiday, activity holiday or staycation, it's still exciting to be on holiday and to have some time away, so I thought I'd put together a travel in style post with some tips to ensure you arrive relaxed and of course in style!

P A C K I N G

First of all think about where you're going and for how long as this will determine your holiday wardrobe.  Do some research ahead of time to find out what the weather will be like whilst you're there and from there you can put together a capsule wardrobe.  What is a capsule wardrobe I hear you ask! Well, both the phrase and concept was invented by someone called Susie Faux back in the 70s. The owner of a London boutique owner Wardrobe, she's a great believer that women require less quantity, more quality.  This philosophy is ideal for holiday packing, as ultimately you want to pack as little as possible but get the most wear out of what you have packed, meaning you have to get creative and pack items that work well in numerous different outfit combinations!

Don't try to squish your whole wardrobe into your bag, instead pick some core outfits that can be dressed up or down using accessories - it's all about how you wear it!  Also, shoes take up space, so as a rule of thumb, I normally go for three or four pairs - killer wedges (perfect for evenings), some flat metallic leather sandals (work for days and nights), ballerinas (comfy, for during the day) and flip flops (always useful!).  You also want to leave room for picking up those bits from unique shops and markets whilst on holiday!

When it comes to packing, it pays to get organised and make a list so you don't forget any of the essentials.  I consider the 'Pack this!' notepad a real lifesaver when planning my packing essentials (also I'm a sucker for organising stationery!).  Also, take a look at fellow blogger Laura Fantacci's (of my fave fab blog Wearing it Today) blog post on packing.  I've actually cut it out and kept it on my pinboard as a reference guide - and it really works!

Notepad by Knock Knock, £7.50 from Anthropologie
Read more after the jump!



Before you are ready to fill your case, I suggest watching this 'Packing tips with Samsonite' video, which is really helpful in packing techniques, so you use the space in your case as efficiently as possible and also avoid heavy creasing!  The video below is for a weekend trip, but there are packing tip videos for other types of trips here.



If you still have no idea what to take, log onto to www.packinglistonline.com - and after entering your destination, duration and weather, it will provide you with free a customised packing check list!

C H I C  T R A V E L  E S S E N T I A L S

Now that you're armed with all the info and ready to start packing, just consider the things you'll take with you on the journey, to ensure you look chic, feel good and stay organised!

The Journey

You should also consider your travelling outfit - are you going to be stuck on a plane for hours?  Have you got a long journey after your disembark the plane to reach your destination?  What's the weather going to be like when you finally get there?  Are you taking any heavy coats or jackets on holiday?  The answer to the above is that you should choose a comfortable outfit, layering up and avoiding any stiff denim.  If you are taking any heavy items with you, wear them en route, so you can avoid stuffing them in your case.

Make yourself at home

If you're an uneasy or nervous traveller, take something soothing with you to remind you of home or to keep you calm during the flight.  I like to take travel candles and lavender pillow mist with me!

L'Occitane Relaxing Pillow Mist, £12.50
Grumpy Cow uplifting travel candles, £22.00 for four, Cowshed

Hand luggage

If you're travelling by plane, remember to check the airline's hand luggage restrictions and if not, you can take what you like!

I've rounded up some of my picks for 'chic travel essentials' below, starting with a nice case, as you can't pay all this attention to the insides of your case and to yourself and then turn up to their airport with a tatty old case!  Invest in something chic, that will age well and continue to be durable!

Chic travel essentials

Clockwise from top right:

Ordning&Reda leather passport holder in spring green, £27.50, John Lewis - keep your passport, currency, credit cards and receipts safe in here!  Also doubles as a mini clutch!
La Cerise Sur Le Gateau Pouch, £22.50, Red Direct - for your cosmetics en route
Anya Hindmarch canvas beach print tote bag, £165, Matches - works as a chic day or beach bag!
Cath Kidston travel patches holdall, £85, Cath Kidston - if you're only going for a night or two, pack this and you're good to go, or works as carry-on hand luggage
Diane von Furstenburg pop colour carry on case, approx. £81.78, Luggage Guy - make a statement with this bright bag! Full of useful pockets too
Classic panama hat, by Ecua Andino Panama hats, £55, Style Passport - everyone needs a classic hat like this!
Zig zag multi stripe scarf by Missoni, £86, Style Passport - a scarf is a must for me when travelling, as it has multipurpose uses!
Fluoro pink satchel, £105, by The Cambridge Satchel Company - a hands free day bag in a high impact colour, guaranteed to make you happy! 
Bianca buckle t-bar flat sandals by A Piedi, £45, Style Passport - again so versatile, can be worn during the day or evening!
Slim toe post flip flops by Havaianas, £20, Style Passport - everyone needs a pair!
Everett Gimlet Tortoise sunglasses, approx. £59.77, by Warby Parker - a beautiful, classic pair of sunglasses from a new label I'm loving!
Converse Chuck Taylor Ox Classic, £37, Style Passport - a staple shoe that can work with most looks and so comfy!
Bloch two-tone ballet pump - £115, Style Passport - tres chic and tres comfy, perfect for exploring during the day!

B O N  V O Y A G E !
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