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Weekend Packing

June 9, 2015

Weekend Packing

I’m in the middle of packing for our wedding weekend (eek!) and am trying to go over in my head all the things I’ll need whilst I’m gone. I thought this would make a great opportunity to do a post on weekend packing, as I feel like I’m doing it so often (we quite often stay at my parents’ house on a weekend), especially when it’s for something particularly important like this one.

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These are the kinds of things I usually pack for a Summer weekend away (3 days/2 nights). This amount of clothes gives you enough for 3 day outfits and 3 evening outfits, in case something gets marked or you change your mind.

Clothes

  • 3 dresses (1 smart, 2 casual)
  • 2 pairs of trousers (1 smart, 1 casual)
  • 1 skirt (smart)
  • 3 shirts (2 smart, 1 casual)
  • Pyjamas

Accessories

  • 2 pairs of neutral coloured shoes (1 flat, 1 heel)
  • 1 neutral coloured bag
  • Jewellery

Cosmetics

  • Cleanser, toner & moisturiser
  • Cotton wool
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Make-up
  • Hair grips & bands
  • Perfume

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And a few extra tips on what I’ve found to be useful:

  • Borrow

Cut down on what you pack by trying to borrow things that other people might bring. This will obviously only work in a group scenario, but I have been known to borrow so many hair products and shoes whilst I’m away with my sisters and it means packing lighter as a group. Some things you can cut back on as long as one or two are packed: toothpaste, hair products (dry shampoo, hairspray, etc.), chargers). Don’t forget, if something small is forgotten, you are likely able to pick it up at a shop anyway.

  • Re-use accessories

Don’t overpack the types of things that can be re-used. I rarely pack more than two pairs of shoes (one flat, one heel) and one bag and I just ensure that they’re neutral enough to go with the outfits I’ve included.

  • Don’t overpack for weather changes

No, you can’t always predict the weather, but there’s also no need to pack a ton of different outfits, all for different weather scenarios. The key to this is layers and small essentials – a light rain jacket or small, portable umbrella is enough to tackle rain and a long-sleeved shirt or thicker cardigan is plenty for a chilly evening. It’s easy to panic if there’s something unexpected forecast, but it’s just about thinking ahead and being sensible.

  • Plan ahead

Don’t pack the night before your trip, throwing everything you like into your bag or case at the last minute. You will probably end up with plenty of nice outfit choices, but you won’t be able to wear it all and you’ve probably packed more of one thing than another, so you’ve probably wasted space. It may not be quite as fun to plan each outfit ahead of time, but it’ll save you time and space later on, so it’s worth doing. By all means, take a change of clothes in case of emergencies, but don’t overpack for the sake of it, your luggage carrying arms won’t thank you for it!

  • Downsize where you can

Do you really need to take every make-up item in your vast collection? Probably not. As long as you have enough for a daytime look and a nighttime look, then you’re good to go. I have two different bags for my make-up, one contains pretty much everything and the other is the one I use for occasions such as this. This kind of stuff takes up a surprising amount of space, so anywhere you can cut back is ideal.

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One-Piece Picks

May 19, 2015

Everyone has their favourite choice of swimwear – whether it’s a high wasted bottom, or a strapless top – it’s as unique to you as any other fashion choice. Although I’ve always worn two piece swimwear on the beach, I’ve been really intrigued by one-pieces this year and think I’ll be buying a couple to take on our honeymoon later on this year. Sometimes it’s nice to feel a little more covered up, especially if you’re not interested in tanning your mid-section while on the beach, and to change things up a bit. I like variety in all areas of life, so I wouldn’t expect this to be any different. Who knows what I’ll be into next year, but for now here are a few one-piece favourites.

One-Piece Picks

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Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses

March 19, 2015

Now that I’ve got a couple of appointments booked for me to try on some wedding dresses, I’ve started to think about what dresses I would like to see my bridesmaids wearing. With 6 girls in total, it means there’s quite a few shapes and sizes to take into account so I’m thinking carefully about what style will suit them all, as I want them to look beautiful but also feel comfortable on the day. I haven’t decided on a definite colour scheme yet, but I love the muted pastel tones that seem to be popular at the moment, my particular favourite being a dusky lilac/taupe sort of shade. Here’s a selection of dresses I’ve liked while I’ve been looking around, all of which are from ASOS, which I’ve found a particularly useful source because it stocks so many different brands.

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Wedding Guest Dress Season

March 10, 2015

We’re getting towards the time of year when you start receiving all those wedding invitation, who knows, you may have even received a few already. So, if you’ve got some Spring and Summer weddings planned, then it’s best to get ahead and start looking at buying a dress now – while there’s so much gorgeous choice, and your still early enough to avoid someone else getting the same thing as you. I’m a planner, and love to know that my outfit is sorted well ahead of time, so I see nothing wrong with getting sorted now, especially if you have a few occasions to attend and you want to get the most value out of your purchase. Here are a few of my favourites when it comes to occasion wear.

Wedding Dress Season

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Colour Crush: Blush

January 22, 2015

I feel like my favourite colours vary significantly depending on what aspect of my life we’re discussing. For example, in terms of decorating our home, warm greys would be my first choice, whereas if you look in my wardrobe then blue would probably feature the most – so I’m pretty surprised when a colour makes it onto my radar and makes me want to wear it, decorate with it, feature it in my wedding, etc. This is exactly how I feel about blush. I wouldn’t say I’ve ever been a heavily pink person, but there’s something about this specific shade that I’m absolutely smitten with, and when you mix it with gold then I am just in heaven. It’s made a big appearance in recent years and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon, so I’m just going to keep enjoying it completely, from clothes and accessories to soft furnishings and homeward pieces. Here are a few items that have been catching my eye in this, my current colour obsession.

Colour Crush: Blush

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