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The Perfect Paris Packing List

The Perfect Paris Packing List

The Perfect Paris Packing List

Paris is a place that I have dreamt about visiting all of my life. A place where the stars shine brighter, where your heart beats faster and where the summer days seem to last a little bit longer. For as long as I can remember the allure of Paris has always been there.

In July I finally had a chance to visit the worlds most romantic city for work. I have to admit that when I first found out I would be going on this trip, I immediately began to research the cities best croissants and macaroons, before making a start on a rather comprehensive plan for the small amount of free time I would have once all of the work was done.

A trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Eiffel Tower. But there were so many other beautiful places which I had to see; From the Palace Of Versailles, the original Chanel Boutique on Rue Cambon and the newly refurbished Maison Chloe gallery. And than once my schedule was complete I began putting together a detailed and very long packing list.

Luckily I was flying Etihad who so kindly provide an additional bag allowance for fashion industry travellers. There’s no denying two suitcases are better than one! The first was filled to the brim with new lingerie samples which were for the new Honey Birdette campaign shot on location in Paris. And the other, filled with the following essentials which I couldn’t live without…

The Classics.

Or better referred to as my every day wardrobe; Lots of different tops; Including a classic black Country Road silk shirt, Tuchuzy silk singlet, Zimmermann silk t-Shirt, Bassike classic vintage t-shirt and my Bassike long sleeve vintage t-shirt. I also packed my very favourite black knit from Seed Femme. As well as my Top Shop Cropped Cigarette Pants which go with everything.

I don’t go anywhere these days without my Camilla And Marc classic bomber jacket or my Chanel bag which is perfect for any occasions. At the very last minute I also decided to pack my new and very glamorous Aje Embellished Sheer La Pella Top (pictured above), just incase.

A Statement Dress.

It’s always a good idea to have at least one really special dress in your suitcase. As far as romantic silhouettes go, a loose fitting, effortless little black dress remains as timeless as it is dreamy. It’s also just as likely to be to be found on a Parisian street after dark, teamed with appropriate jewels as it during the day with a pair of Chanel ballet flats. On this particular trip I couldn’t go past my favourite Camilla And Marc LBD.

Beauty Products.

I only ever pack my absolute skincare essentials when travelling and tried and true products. I can always count on Alpha H skincare to tame my sensitive skin. And I have recently fallen back in love with Chanel’s skincare range. In particular La Nuit De Chanel, a serum which soothes and repairs skin during the night. I picked this up by complete accident in LA and have used it ever since. It is skin-saving on long-haul flights.

No matter where I’m travelling one of the first things I always pack is a red lipstick. It’s the easiest way to instantly update your look, or make a casual outfit appear more glamourous. And best of all, it’s almost as light as a feather. I also couldn’t go anywhere without at least one beautiful fragrance. Right now I am obsessed with Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris. All perfectly packed in my Chanel cosmetics bag.

Photos are not my own. Source as stated above.

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New Year New Goals

New Year New Goals

New Year New Goals

I’m not particularly good at setting goals. I can never get a grasp on what’s realistic and what’s not, so I usually skip the whole process altogether to avoid letting myself down. But there’s something in the air that has me filled with hope. So I’ve decided that this is the year to set some serious goals. They may or may not be relevant to what you want to achieve, but they’re the things I’ve been needing to change for a while. And hopefully they’ll provide you with a little motivation. It’s onwards and upwards from here!

No putting things off.

I have an awful habit of creating long lists of things to do and not quite getting around to everything. Like yoga, completing the My Blonde Closet e-book I began writing a few months ago or going to Byron for the first time! This is the year I’m going to make sure I tick off everything on my list.

Be less indecisive.

I am at times terribly indecisive. I torture myself with two options. And often myself unable to make a choice. So this year I’m putting a limit on the time I allow myself to make decisions. And I’m going to be confident in my choices.

Step outside my comfort zone.

I have to admit, I hate being in front of the camera. Which is also slightly annoying because I love fashion and blogging more than anything. I also know that in order to achieve everything I want to, this needs to change.

This year I’m going to step outside myself comfort zone, take note of my favourite fashion bloggers (ie. Sonya Esman above) and hopefully find a little comfort in my own skin. Which means personal style posts will be making a come-back to the blog shortly. As well as Instagram in the next few days.

Go home more often.

I’ve spent the summer break at home in Cowaramup and loved every moment: fresh milk, fresh air, slow days at the beach, afternoons spent at wineries, the Margaret River Chocolate Factory. And sand at the bottom of every bag and in every shoe.

Spoil myself.

I’m not going to go crazy or anything. But after two years of serious saving it’s time to enjoy life a little. I want to invest in a camera so I can take better photos for this website. I’m currently obsessed with the new Olympus-Pen E-PL8. And that perfect little black dress from Sir The Label I’ve had my eye on? I’ll have that too.

Make this website everything I want it to be.

I’ve spent the last three years talking about it. Now’s the year to do everything I ever said I would. Watch this space!

Photos are not my own. Source Sonya Esman x For Love And Lemons.

Alpha-H Vitamin Serum

Here’s the thing. Whilst most skincare products will contain the ingredients your skin needs from day-to-day, we all have those moments when you feel like you need something extra to combat a specific problem. Especially during the warmer months. From long days at the beach, to those late nights, your skin is sure to need some additional love and attention.

For the past couple of months I’ve been applying the Alpha-H Vitamin C Serum each night, before going to bed. The result? Better skin. And not in a subtle way. In just a few weeks this made my skin about 10,000 watts more radiant. Not sure which serum is best for your skin? Have a quick read of my guide below and you’ll be sure to find what you need for your own summer skincare needs…

Alpha-H Vitamin B Serum.

If you’ve had enough of fine lines, uneven skin tone and tired looking skin then you should try the Alpha-H Vitamin B Serum. It is formulated to take on the daily environmental elements and prevent the appearance of premature ageing. If you’re not used to high-quality active serums like this, I recommend using it on alternative days at first. Just before you go to bed. Otherwise you might find it really rich at first, which is totally normal.

Alpha-H Vitamin C Serum with Grape Seed.

Think of the Alpha-H Vitamin C Serum as a good nights sleep in a bottle. This light-weight serum assists in the improvement of radiance, elasticity and skin texture. Whilst helping to reduce pigmentation, refine pores and provide protection against future sun damage.

Alpha-H Vitamin E Serum.

If you’ve spent too much time at the beach these summer holidays and your skin is crying for out for hydration and antioxidants this is the serum for you. The Alpha-H Vitamin E Serum will provide your skin with longer lasting hydration. Whilst the healing qualities of vitamin E will repair damaged skin cells, dry skin and sunburn for a brighter, healthier complexion.

Photos are not my own. Source Alpha-H.
My Guide To The End Of Year Sales

My Guide To The End Of Year Sales

My Guide To The End Of Year Sales

Given the influx of sale emails that have arrived in my inbox in the past twenty four hours it’s safe to say that the end of year sales are in full swing! With Christmas finally done and dusted, now is the perfect time to pick up some special pieces for yourself (with a little less guilt). With so many great discounts on offer from various retailers, it can get rather overwhelming. So to help you get a head start here is a small edit of my favourite end of year sales. Best of all you can now shop  them all without having to leave the comfort of your own couch…

ASOS.
Up to 50% off selected styles.
Labels include Alice McCall, Stevie May and Zulu & Zephyr.
While stocks last. Ends midnight 31 December 2016.
www.asos.com

General Pants.
Up to 80% off selected items.
Labels include One Teaspoon and TheUpside.
While stocks last.
www.generalpants.com.au

The Fashion Bunker.
Enter the code YEH25! for 25% off all full price styles.
Labels include Cmeo Collective, Keepsake, The Fifth Label and Finders Keepers.
Ends midnight 31 December 2016.
www.fashionbunker.com

THE ICONIC.
Use the code EXTRA25 for a further 25% off all sale items.
Labels include Auguste, Camilla and Marc, Maurie and Eve.
While stocks last. Ends midnight 31 December 2016.
www.theiconic.com.au

The Undone Store.
Up to 50% off selected items.
While stocks last.
www.theundone.com.au

Sir The Label.
Enter the code YESIR for 20% off everything.
Ends midnight 26 December 2016.
www.sirthelabel.com

Steele The Label.
50% off storewide.
Ends midnight 31 December 2016.
www.steele.com.au

SurfStitch.
Up to 80% off over 7,000 styles.
Labels include Auguste, The Bare Road and Zulu & Zephyr.
While stocks last. Ends midnight 31 December 2016.
www.surfstitch.com

Virgin Australia.
Find your perfect getaway for the new year.
www.virginaustralia.com

Zulu And Zephyr.
Use the code BOX30 for 30% off all full price, new season and already reduced items.
While stocks last. Ends midnight 28 December 2016.
www.zuluandzephyr.com

Always be sure to double check terms and conditions when shopping online as changes and special exclusions can occur to during promotional periods. And be sure to hurry, before sizes and styles sell out. Happy shopping…

Photos are not my own. Source Sir The Label.

What To Pack For The Christmas Break

What To Pack For The Christmas Break

When it comes to getting ready for the summer holidays a tight style edit is crucial. Versatile and light weight separates in all black, as well as sophisticated accessories will ensure your set for an effortless Christmas break. I’ll be heading home to Margaret River in Australia’s South West, so I’ll be packing wardrobe staples perfect for beachside adventures, lounging around and nights out at the local pub. As well as the additional essentials below…

Lack Of Color Grove Fedora. If there’s one thing you can’t forget to pack it’s a brimmed hat. I wouldn’t go anywhere this summer without it.

Matteau Swim Tri Top and Petite Brief Bikini. There’s nothing more chic than a black, classic-cut bikini top and brief with a seam-free finish. You can also wear them as much as you want and they will never be referred to as “that” bikini that you’ve worn every day.

Matteau Natural Beach Bag. If there’s one thing you can’t forget to pack it’s your beach bag. The one above from Matteau is perfect as it is light weight, expandable and features woven cotton handles.The best feature is the netting. As your sure to leave any beach sand at the beach, rather than finding it in your bag later!

The Beach People Avalon Towel. Luxe towels are like the perfect pair of jeans. The best ones are undeniably sophisticated, perfectly worn-in and soften beautifully with age. Which is just a few of the reasons why I love the range of beach towels from The Beach People. This season it is all about their new designs and The Avalon is my current favourite.

Classic Sandals. Make sure you pack a simple pair of nude or black sandals. Slides are my favourite this season and there are an incredible variety if you know where to look. Just remeber, keep it simple. I’m going for minimal leather sandals with raw-cut edges.

Photos are not my own. Source as stated above.