This weekend I packed light and headed off to Paris, after all, it’s Paris! You want to save luggage space for all your purchases! So I packed up a little tech, jewels, clothes and beauty products and grabbed my Aspinal of London passport holder (with passport inside of course!) and headed off to the Eurostar… Here are my Paris favourites!
I have a new mini suitcase trolly by Kipling. It’s perfect for weekends away as it’s a small size and the bulk of the trolly is made of canvas, so it’s really light to carry around. The thin canvas also means that there is no wasted space of padding which is perfect when you are only packing clothes. Oh and the pink colour, is cute too!
I can’t go anywhere without a little tech, so I have a Knomo backpack which is padded on the inside and perfect for travelling. There are lots of subsections within the backpack, so you can tuck away your iPad, phone, jewellery and everything else in little pockets and know they are safe. I didn’t even need to bring an iPad case as the lining is soft and so protective that I felt my tech was safe to just put inside.
When I’m not carrying my tech and valuables in this backpack, it just looks like a chic handbag which is perfect for cities. It’s a unisex style, so I can use it, or lend it to my boyfriend. The main bulk of the fabric is nylon so it’s nice and light, but the leather detailing gives it an edge of luxury and the marking of ‘Knomo’ is really slick too.
Packing light can be hard. Especially when it comes to beauty products, so I have kept mine easy and space saving by packing travel minis. This Christmas I got a set of Origins products which I was desperate to use, but I knew would be perfect for travelling, so I used a little self control! For everything else I needed, I have packed some mini sizes which came free with magazines. My perfume is by the Library of Fragrance, it is called Fig Leaf. It is a beautiful single scent perfume, which you would normally later up with other scents in their range, but I love this one worn alone. Because it is just a 30ml bottle, it is the perfect size for travelling.
I kept my clothes really simple, mostly ASOS black dresses and black jumpers which can be dressed up with accessories. Black cotton jersey dresses are easy to wear, comfortable and always fit into that smart/casual bracket. Wear with a simple jumper or jacket in the day and wear with pearls and heels for the evening. Easy! My Pearls are by Chanel and my jumper is by 0039 Italy.
Clutch bags are a great evening option when traveling, especially the flat pouch style ones. I have this Kenzo one with me (now out of stock, but check stores like StyleJump for something similar) and I love the print and the monochrome colours. It’s also tiny and light so perfect for packing light. I also have a handful of scarves, as they are light and oh-so-chic in Paris! And of course a few necklaces, like my Chanel Pearls. Since my outfits are quite plain, it’s good to have plenty of accessories. As for these candy pink sunglasses, they are by Boden and they have barely left my face recently!
I always limit myself to 2 pairs of shoes when I’m only going away for a few days. One pair that I can walk for miles in and one pair of flats one pair of (sensible) heels. My shoes of choice are Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats and Hush Puppies heeled boots (this style is available from Schuh). The boots are perfect for meals out and if we take a walk after, they are pain-free!
Of course I travelled with my iPad and iPhone, but I also brought along my Monster Diamond Tears headphones. Not only do they look insanely cool, but they sound incredible and block out all the sounds of crying children on the Eurostar! Seriously, have you ever seen a pair of headphones which is more beautiful than these?!
It’s funny how the things I want and need when I am in London living my regular life, are totally different to what I need on holiday. Last week I was in Bali, the temperature was about 35-40ºc per day with humidity levels of about 95%. Even in the evening, the temperature and humidity barely dropped. Suddenly my needs totally changed and I thought it might be worth sharing my Bali Favourites.
Polka Dot Shoes
‘If it’s nice, go twice!’ Which is exactly what I did with these fabulous Boden Polka dot heels! I figured they were far too beautiful to resist and why choose between pink and blue when you can just have both? These shoes were perfect for Bali evenings and when dinner was over, I would slip them off and we would go for a walk on the beach. They brightened up my black dinner dresses and they complimented my more colourful outfits. Perfect!
You can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun. Bali is pretty darn close to the equator and the sun was powerful from early in the morning until the sun went down in the evening. I’m a pale skinned girl and I know I could burn in minutes in Bali without suncream, so I never left our room until I was fully creamed up. I have used Dermalogica‘s factor 50 Sport cream before and I know I can trust it, so when I found out I was going it was the only sun cream I wanted to take. I used it every day along with Dermalogica’s Aftersun and I am proud to say I never burnt my skin at all. Even after a long day of exploring paddy fields, a temple and a rain forest, my skin was protected. I am a pale, pale girl and the Bali sun is hot, hot, hot; this suncream and after sun is the best I have ever used. I cannot recommend this duo enough!
I don’t normally think of myself as a sarong kind of girl, but they are a tropical travel essential. I used mine as a beach cover up, a skirt to wear in the morning to breakfast and I even used as a shoulder cover one afternoon when I wanted to protect the back of my neck and shoulders from the sun. You can always buy these on holiday, but if you have one at home, it’s worth packing it. I was shocked how much use I got out of mine, in fact, I don’t know what I would have done without it!
I took a few pieces of clothing by HotSquash to Bali and I loved it all. Hot Squash use tech fabrics to help keep you warm or cool (depending on which collection you shop from) I have a basic pink tee shirt and a simple black dress. I wore the tee shirt in the day with a skirt (or sarong as a skirt) and I wore the dress in the evening. Both were made of light-weight cotton jersey which felt soft and comfortable to wear and did feel much lighter and cooler to wear than most of my other clothes. The super simple shapes and block colours make them great holiday staples to mix up with different skirts, pants of accessories and despite the fabrics being light and comfortable, they were never see-through like other light fabrics can appear.
Everyone loves a Birkenstock shoe and I wore mine every day in Bali. From breakfast to the beach, these bad boys came in very handy! Not only do Birkenstocks look cool, but they are insanely comfortable. I got mine from Zalando, but they are also available from ASOS, Office and Schuh.
I’m a sunglasses addict and these Miu Miu beauties are my very favourite! The black crystals sparkle in the sun and the cat eye-shape is really flattering. I wore these every single day and I absolutely adore them! Oh and it took me a while to reflect the palm trees in the lenses, but doesn’t it look pretty? As for the amazing LA print teeshirt I am wearing it with, that is by Wildfox Couture (I wear their clothes a lot!).
On a sixteen hour flight from London to Bali, this Ted Baker suitcase kept me happy. Not because it looked so snazzy as I was wheeling it around the airport. Nor because it made me look fancy as I put it in the Business Class overhead lockers. It kept me happy because it stored everything I needed safely and wheeled around like an effortless dream! I don’t think I can ever go back to cheap luggage, Ted Baker has spoilt me! Read more about it here.
I took a lot of baths when I was in Bali, from bath bombs to bath salts, I spent a lot of time in the bathroom! My very favourite product had to be Espa detoxifying seaweed bath soak. It was perfectly relaxing and smelt like a dream. While my bathroom at the resort was stunning, with this bath soak it became spa-like. It was perfect! It’s a good job I don’t have a decent bath in London, I would never get anything done!
I generally wear quite heavy perfumes; lots of oud, rose, fig, woods and spices. Somehow all my regular perfumes seemed quite Wintery and heavy for the tropics, so I opted for something a little more Summery, fresh and floral. I went for Ellie Saab Resort Collection, a beautiful floral citrus eau de toilette. Lots of jasmine, orange flower, florals and a hint of fresh fig. Normally this would be too pretty for me, but it was perfect for the Bali weather and kept me feeling fresh all day long (which in 95% humidity is impressive!) Oh and they say wearing perfume helps keep mosquitos away, so I wore this on my neck, wrists and even on my ankles.
Headphones are pretty damned important when you take a 16 hour flight and a girl can’t always rely up the airline to provide good equipment. These Monster Headphones are my current favourite, they are comfortable, block out a lot of external noise and give great sound quality. Plus they look super cool! Please can we talk about the metallic orange finish? The Kenzo Clutch bag was a lucky find from StyleJump.
What are your travel essentials?