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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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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.

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 Christmas Gift Guide

My Christmas Gift Guide

My Christmas Gift Guide

You’re sure to have a luxurious Christmas with this edit of can’t-go-wrong presents and dream-ticket gifts. Some items are currently on my own wish list and others are among my favourite things at the moment. Buy them for someone special or simply spoil yourself. For quick, easy shopping click on the name of the object from my christmas gift guide below to head straight to the direct site…

Left to right :

Chanel Classic Wallet. A classic black Chanel wallet bears all the distinctive characteristics of the brand’s iconic designs. Made in grained calfskin with gold metal hardware.

Christie Nicolaides Adara Earrings. There is nothing quite as beautiful as OOT jewellery and these handcrafted hammered gold brass earrings are a perfect addition to any jewellery collection.

Byredo Unnamed Fragrance. Unnamed is a unisex blend of gin accord, pink pepper, orris stem, lush violet, tree moss and fir balsam which allows you to name the fragrance yourself, then label the bottle as you wish.

Lack Of Color Grove Fedora. An amazing hat is a timeless wardrobe stable and the perfect addition to a chic wardrobe. I wore the Grove Fedora to my Christmas and it has been a staple piece ever since.

Mason Pearson Hair Brush. I recently wrote a post about how every girl should own a Mason Pearson Hair Brush. Which is why it makes the perfect gift for someone special or yourself.

For those who are still stuck for a gift idea a virtual gift card is always the perfect last minute present. My favourite online shopping destinations; The Undone StoreThe Fashion Bunker or The Iconic.

Photos are not my own. Source as stated above.