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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.

Zimmermann The Marley Collection

Zimmermann RTW Maples Collection

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Those of you who follow me on Instagram would have seen that I’ve had a busy couple of months. And although I’ve never been one to complain about the trials and tribulations of working in such a fast paced industry, there’s no denying that certain parts of my life have been neglected as of late; This blog included.

At the same time, I’ve been feeling enormously grateful. I have recently had the opportunity to visit some incredible places. Work with an incredible team both in New York, Paris and at home. As well as meet some beautiful people along the way. All of which has made the jet-lag, sleepless nights and an additional five or so kilos well worth every moment.

For the past few days I have tried to grab every rare and spare minute I could find to try and create some exciting travel and fashion content for this blog from my recent overseas trips. Yet I’ve still been too distracted to finish any of them. In fact there are some draft posts which I have been meaning to publish since the beginning of this year (like my LA and NYC travel diaries). Hopefully I will be sharing some of these in the very near future.

In the mean time I’ll leave you with the unbelievably beautiful Zimmermann RTW Maples Collection. Which perfectly combines deconstructed lace, fluid floral prints, pleated paneling, shearling, leather and luxe enamel earrings to create every girls dream winter wardrobe. Mine included!

My favourite pieces from the collection; The Maples Embroidered Robe Coat (if only I had a spare $3000) . The Riot Jacket . Boudiour Mini Dress in black lace. Supportive Dress in black lace. Smock Dress in black . Flounce Camisole in black silk and the Supportive Skirt in black lace. To view the entire Zimmermann RTW Maples Collection and buy some effortless and ethereal pieces for yourself, visit their website here.

Photos are not my own. Source Zimmermann.

Australia's Top 50 Influencer Awards

Australia’s Top 50 Influencer Awards

Australia's Top 50 Influencer Awards

I am so excited to announce that My Blonde Closet has been shortlisted for Australia’s Top 50 Influencer Awards. A new initiative which not only recognises bloggers and influencers, but also celebrates their success and impact across the various digital channels. The winner will be selected in just a few weeks by a judging panel which includes the chief executive of ShowPo, Jane Lu. As well as industry experts from The Australian Financial Review, Cosmopolitan, Buzz Feed and Nova who you can read all about here.

I feel amazingly humbled to be nominated alongside some of Australia’s most inspiring and impossibly talented bloggers. Some of whom I count as daily reads of my own. The truth is that this blog is much more than just a running commentary of the clothes I’m wearing. Or my favourite new beauty products. It’s a place where I share a part of my life. So, for those of you that still take the time to drop by, I want to thank-you from the very bottom of my heart. It really means so much.

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

Lucy Folk Gold Pearl Diver Bracelet

Lucy Folk Gold Pearl Diver Bracelet

Lucy Folk Gold Pearl Diver Bracelet

I spent the weekend doing only things that make me happy and it was the best ever. On Sunday I walked to Gordan’s Bay from Randwick and decided, why stop? I’ve been so unbelievably lazy for the past couple of months. So I walked all the way to Bondi. I have to admit it was a stretch for me. But I’m so glad I did. While I was there I finally had a chance to grab something delicious from Mr Topper’s Toast Bar; Which as the name suggests specialises in Avocado Toast! I love breakfast food so this place has been on my ‘must-visit’ list for a while now.

I also had the chance to satisfy my current gold obsession which first began in LA a few months ago, when I was gifted the most beautiful Chanel bag with gold hardware. Shortly after I selected some pieces from Rumi Neely’s Label You Are Am I; Including a gold lighter and choker with gold detail. Since returning to Sydney it’s gotten slightly out of control. Gold homewares, gold hardware on my new Chanel wallet and finally a trip to freedom to purchase a beautiful brass (gold) coloured lamp.

Yesterday in Bondi came across such a stunning bracelet by Lucy Folk in her new Bondi Boutique Playa (Spanish for beach). For those who aren’t familar with Lucy Folk, she is best known for her bold imagination and contemporary designs adorned with pearls, crotchet and unique textures. The Pearl Diver Bracelet is one of the label’s most popular designs. Crocheted by hand using metallic-gold thread and accented with ten freshwater pearls. I usually wear delicate pieces of jewellery however I’m willing to make an exception with this incredible piece. You can find it online to purchase here.

Photos are not my own. Source Lucy Folk.