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packing tips for travelling light //

hello darlings! well isn’t this luggage a bit extra, hey?! this used to be ME when I travelled – couldn’t go anywhere without a full suitcase (or two) full of every outfit combination I could come up with. I had fantasies that I would wear clothes I never wore at home..& then of course I’d return from my trip, with more than half of my luggage untouched & left feeling rejected (poor things!).

but now I like to think I have mastered the art of travelling light & pack only the essentials for my tripsĀ šŸ’šŸ»Ā it makes my travels so much more enjoyable; no more breaking my back lugging my suitcases in & out of airports, up & down metro stairs, rolling over cobblestones (europe, anyone?) and makes getting ready each day a total breeze because I’m not schlepping through every item I’ve owned since the 90’s to find something to wear.

so! that being said, let me share my top tips for being a total minimalist when packing for an overseas trip (or even just a weekender!) while still having EVERYTHING you need:

1. Use a packing list – there are so many great packing lists online. to find one perfect for your destination, check out these ones here on herpackinglist.com

2. It’s true what they say – we wear 20% of our wardrobe, 80% of the time. REMEMBER this rule when packing. Identify the 20% you wear on rotation, and pack those items. You know they are winning combos for you, AND that you will wear them.

3. Choose a colour theme for your clothes so they all mix & match together. Pinterest have so many amazing capsule wardrobes sorted by colour schemes, that show case how to mix 12 items into 20+ outfit combinations. I’ve done a gorgeous budget travel wardrobe capsule here that has over 30+ outfits combos, and all pieces are under $100. If you stick to a colour theme, you’ll get so many more outfits while keeping your luggage light. My favourite colour palette for summer is white, blush, light grey, floral prints & denim. For winter, I mix black, grey, stripes & denim with some glam necklaces/accessories.

4. Use makeup & skincare samples – you know all those beauty samples you get throughout the year? well store those babies up & take them with you instead of packing large bottles & jars. you’ll get to try out new products on the go & they’re so itty bitty you’ll hardly notice them in your bag! If you’re going on a longer trip, I’d still recommend taking samples & then purchasing new skincare/beauty products while you’re away. you’ll get to come home with travel ‘souvenirs’ that are saaaa much better than a magnet for the fridge or a cowboy hat you’ll never wear again.

5. Only half-fill your suitcase – you’ll never regret this one! Your suitcase will be lighter to carry, it forces you to cull when packing & then you have plenty of space for SHOPPING – without getting slapped with all those overweight luggage fees. ugh. the worst way to end a holiday.

6. remember you can wash as you go – not exactly a packing tip, but don’t forget you can always wash while you’re away. all you need is a sink & a little laundry detergent. so you won’t need a new outfit for every day (chances are no one knows you at your holiday destination so it’s no crime to recycle outfits!) just wash once a week & you’re good to go!

7. Lastly, get some packing cubes! these bad boys are life. they save me every time I travel & now I wouldn’t even do a wkend away without them…they keeps your clothes organised – i use the small ones for my knickers, bras & bikinis, the medium size for all my tops and the largest one for skirts, shorts, jeans & dresses. it saves so much time getting dressed because you know exactly where everything is, and if you’re travelling from one city to another & constantly packing/unpacking, then you will love how easy these packing cubes make it every. single. time.

hope these tips help you Huns…enjoy your travels my darlings!
xxx

that morning hussssh.

it’s no secret I like a bit of peace & quiet in the A.M.

But I’ve never been a morning person..as in, my brain never used to even function before noon (& two lattes), and some days it feels like I really only started to perk up at 11pm at night, you know, right around that time that normal people are heading to bed?

I wish I could say how much I’ve changed..how I’ve found the secret to becoming an “ohhh I’m always up at 5am” type of person & that I bounce out of bed each day like my jam just came on at the bar. But alas, that is definitely not the case.

I can however say that I am usually standing with both feet on the ground by 6.30am every single weekday – even if the only reason is because my partner has literally pulled me out by the legs (not kidding) & is physically holding me up in order to stand.

but I have grown to love the 2 hours of “me” time I get every morning before work. It has become divine & sacred & necessary to me, & gives me that drive to get my ass out of bed each day. it’s my time to spend with you; writing & lettering & pouring what I have onto my screen in hope you might see it on yours.

it does my soul a world of good to have morning stillness. solitude & shusssh.

enjoy your ‘hush’ time, whether it be at the crack of dawn or the quiet of the night

xxx

the weekend that was…& happy easter!

@wild.grace.and.gold

is it just me, or is anyone else suffering from the easter long wkend come down? you know, that feeling you get after spending the last four days drowning yourself in haigh’s chocolate bunnies, darrell lea rocky road, sparkling rosĆ© & buttery hot cross buns? right as you were juuust getting used to the idea of a four day wkend, and then wham! back to reality.

but hey, at least it’s a gentle come down into a four day week, right?! I’ll cheers to that. I’d almost have another easter egg to that if I wasn’t so disgusted by the thought of having one more egg before easter next year.

no regrets though…the easter weekend was certainly indulgent, and I’m not just talking about the food (although the food was devine…anyone see the chia pudding pic above that my mother made?!).

it was a weekend full of time well spent – time alone, time with a girlfriend, church time, knittingĀ time, time with the bf, blog time,Ā & time with family. what more could you want?!

to me, as much as I love each & all of those times, in all honesty, my favourite is time alone. I’ve spent plenty of years feeling bad about how introverted I am – how much I need my space, how difficult I find it to be around others consistently for long periods of time, how much I prefer one on one time over dinner party time. and I’ve really struggled coming to terms with that part of me.

I’m one of three siblings and both my brother & sister are wildly extroverted. as is my father. it can do crazy things to your self confidence when you wish you were one way, but stuck being another.

at times of course it still gets to me…when I brought home my partner for the first time, i worried about whether he noticed the contrast between me and my other family members. it played on my mind that he might wish I was more like them too.

but of course, that’s ridiculous, he thinks I’m perfect!

notĀ really…but he totally accepts me for who I am and I’m slowly coming to peace with how I am too. IĀ have no problems dining alone, seeing a movie on my own or backpacking across europe as a solo traveller either – in fact I love it – and they are things I am very proud of. not everyone can say they enjoy that, or could even do that!

and the point of all that is to say..I did have an indulgent weekend, I revelled in that alone time & i’m grateful to God for that..among many other things the Easter weekend represents. I hope you too had an equally as wonderful long, long weekend. I hope you treated yourself, looked after yourself, and most of all spent the time doing something that made your soul happy.

happy easter again!

xxx