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Showing posts with label Warehouse. Show all posts
Although there's no denying that the prospect of going away on holiday can result in some instant zen-like calm washing over you, sometimes the process of booking a trip, packing and making it to the airport in time can be a bit of a stress fest, particularly if you're contending with hand luggage restrictions. When I last went away (to sunny Morocco!), I know one of the things which I found particularly tricky was negotiating what I was and wasn't able to pack away in my carry-on bag, but with some careful planning and preparation I managed to (somehow!) have enough space left in my case for plenty of books and some all-weather wardrobe essentials. Speaking of wardrobe essentials, deciding what to wear on your flight can be a little bit of a dilemma too- and I know that the last time I was on a long-haul flight I wish I'd packed a set of pyjamas to change in to! Having said that, there are plenty of flight ready fashions in the shops at the moment, many of which offer perfect capsule wardrobe options for the rest of your holiday too:

High Neck Tunic Dress, £42, Warehouse/Botanical Kimono, £45, Oasis/Stone Set Ring, £8, Warehouse/Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses, £125, Net-a-Porter/Cloudy Stone Statement Collar Necklace, £20, Warehouse/Whistles Verity Mini Backpack, £180, Very Exclusive/Jacquard Stole, £22, Accessorize/Knitted Cardigan, £22, Boden/Graphic Hoop Earrings, £17, & Other Stories/Superstar Supercolour Shoes, £67, Adidas

It's a style truth universally acknowledged that you really can't go wrong with the humble black dress. This simple style from Warehouse caught my eye a few weeks ago, and it really is an ultra-versatile essential, which makes it a must for any suitcase, don't you think? I've become something of a kimono convert over the last year or so, particularly as they're such a great option for making a statement without having to make too much effort. I tend to team the styles which I have in my wardrobe with block colours, and this floral print design from Oasis would be a real boon to any selection of basic pieces, as well as perfectly practical for keeping cosy during a flight.

With practicality in mind, I'm always sure to stash a cardigan and scarf in my hand luggage- a must for any plane journey, particularly if you feel the cold as keenly as I do. This basic cream knit from Boden is a great neutral essential, and again a real holiday staple if you're jetting off somewhere which has a tendency to get a little bit chillier in the evenings. This Accessorize scarf is simple and super chic, and again would seamlessly see you through your holiday as it's a real multi-purpose gem. In terms of accessories, I tend to keep jewellery to a minimum when I'm on holiday, but this simple ring from Warehouse is a lovely finishing touch. Sunglasses are another summer style essential, and you'd be hard pushed to go wrong with a classic pair of Ray-Bans; these Wayfarers have been on my wish list for ages, and if you can't treat yourself when you're going on holiday, than when can you?! 

A statement necklace is another great holiday must-have, particularly if you're teaming it with lots of basic bits and pieces. This design from Warehouse is a new found favourite of mine, and I can imagine it being a real investment purchase. Holiday hand luggage can be a fair old headache, but recently I've come to realise that the humble backpack presents the perfect solution- particularly as it leaves you hands-free to tackle the baggage carousel/clutch onto your passport for dear life/carry more Duty Free purchases! This Whistles number is ideal for travelling, and such a simple staple that you'd definitely get plenty of use out of it long after you'd disembarked. With simple accessories in mind, these earrings from & Other Stories have well and truly rocketed to the top of my wishlist, and again, would prove the perfect addition to a pared down holiday ready wardrobe. Regular readers will also know that I'm a huge fan of comfortable footwear, and can think of no sturdier (or more stylish!) investment shoes than these much coveted Adidas Supercolours- ideal for saving on suitcase space if you've got a walking-heavy break planned!

Although there's no escaping suitcase stress, there are plenty of products in the shops and online which are designed to make the packing process as hassle free as possible. I know from experience that it's virtually impossible to decant the entire contents of your makeup collection into a carry-on bag, and although traveling light with toiletries can be a little bit of a headache thanks to hand luggage restrictions, it's the perfect opportunity to get to grips with some new hero products:

Nars Cheek Palette, £45, Selfridges/Foreo Luna for Combination Skin, £145, ASOS/Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (75ml), £14/Alphabet Bags Large Canvas Pouch, £20/REN Glow and Go Kit, £12, ASOS/Tweezerman Eyelash Curlers, £17, ASOS/Stila Eyes Are the Window Palette, £30, ASOS/Eyebrow Tamer, £10, Space NK/Pineapple Phone Case, £40, Kate Spade

If you're traveling light but don't want to compromise on your everyday beauty bounty, then you'd be hard pushed to go wrong with this cheek palette from Nars, which offers the perfect combination of summer holiday ready shades as well as a bronzer and highlighter. Bonus points for the ultra compact brush too!  Although I'm not a stickler for a strict skincare routine if I'm heading off on holiday, it's still important to keep thinks ticking over, particularly if you're contending with strong sunshine. My skin has improved dramatically since I invested in my Foreo Luna, so it's a staple which would be right at the top of my packing list. There are plenty of travel sized goodies to invest in too- and Kiehl's have got a lovely miniature selection of their full size favourites on offer, including their hand salve- essential for any long-haul journeys. Keeping things organised is also a must- and this pretty pouch from Alphabet Bags is a brilliantly bold way to see you on your way stress-free.

If you're looking to treat yourself to a bit of pampering on your holidays, then this Glow and Go Duo from REN is well worth snapping up, particularly as both of these masks are tried and tested treats from their mainline skincare range- the Flash Rinse Facial is still one of my must-haves. My mascara tends to slide (both literally and metaphorically!) when I'm heading off anywhere hot, so a good pair of eyelash curlers are a great fuss-free alternative- these ones from Tweezerman are a brilliant investment purchase. If you're finding that suitcase space is at something of a premium, then a compact palette like this one from Stila is a perfect alternative to packing lots of separate shades- and the colours are gorgeous too, don't you think? Keeping things compact, this eyebrow tamer from Space NK is a great alternative to bulkier beauty buys, and well worth snapping up if the combination of saltwater and sunshine means that your brows (like mine!) tend to be more unruly than usual! Finally, giving your gadgets a summer makeover is the perfect way to get holiday ready- and this colourful phone cover from Kate Spade is just perfect for the job!

What are your in flight fashion and beauty essentials?

(Image credit:  Warehouse, Oasis, Net-a-Porter, Very Exclusive, & Other Stories, Accessorize, Boden, Adidas, Selfridge, ASOS, Kiehl's, Alphabet Bags, Space NK & Kate Spade.*This is a collaborative post.)

21.07.2015- Summer Style: In Flight Fashion

In my book, you can't beat a burst of florals to welcome in the spring. Whilst, in the immortal words of Miranda Priestly, they may not be groundbreaking, there's no doubt that they're a real seasonal failsafe, and are perfect for pepping up transitional favourites too. One of my favourite things about the change in seasons is being able to rediscover some of my favourite prints at the back of my wardrobe, as well as browsing for some new key pieces in the shops and online. With brighter days and warmer weather (hopefully!) just around the corner, I've been eagerly keeping my eyes trained for the pick of the floral crop springing up- and so far I've found a real bounty of beautiful, botanically inspired pieces:

Poppy Print Jacket, £60, Warehouse/Flower Pussybow Blouse, £38, Topshop/Dutch Master Floral Print Trouser, £20, Oliver Bonas/Shadow Floral 2 in 1 Dress, £55, Oasis/Laura Mercier Cheek Melange, £32, Space NK/Winter Garden Navy Watch, £75, Olivia Burton/Hotpotch Trainers, £59, Boden/Blue Flower Statement Necklace, £28, Warehouse/Pretty Flower Ring, £6, Accessorize/Gardena Georgette Blouse, £70, Ganni/90s Black Floral Sweatshirt, £25, Rokit.
This poppy print jacket from Warehouse rocketed to the top of my wish list as soon as I saw it. Not only does it incorporate a really stylish, ultra modern long line, but the print is really unique and packs a punch without proving too overwhelming. It's also a really versatile investment, and ideal for styling with some simple tailoring, or with jeans for a slightly more relaxed feel. Much like the humble shirt, the basic blouse is another largely unsung wardrobe hero of mine, and this design from Topshop is simple, chic and sophisticated. I love the painterly feel of the print, and the subtle colourway makes it the perfect piece with which to bridge the gap between winter and spring in your wardrobe.

I've posted on countless occasions in the past about my love for the floral trouser- the many pairs in my collection are, without doubt, some of my most worn wardrobe staples. This pretty pattern from Oliver Bonas caught my eye in their sale- what an absolute steal! I'm already eyeing them up in preparation for the arrival of the warmer weather- it pays to be optimistic after all! In recent weeks I've also noticed that there's a definite gap in my wardrobe for some new season dresses- and this chic design from Oasis ticks all of the right boxes. I adore the sophisticated pattern and the shape is perfect for carrying through from winter.

With the arrival of spring, I'm sure I'm not the only one who reaches for some new season beauty buys. This gorgeous Laura Mercier palette is the perfect purchase if you're looking for a fresher face-and the floral theme is ultra pretty too. If you're looking for something slightly more subtle, then search no further than this lovely Olivia Burton watch- ideal for adding a splash of spring chic to your perennial style favourites. You might remember that back towards the end of last year, I fell in love with the bevy of botanical designs at Boden's SS15 press day. Whilst I'm waiting for some of my favourite pieces to appear online, I'm biding my time by pining away for these amazing printed trainers- an ideal purchase if you're looking for a practical punch of colour to see out these dull winter days in style- and perfect if you're always on the go. If you can't quite bring yourself to bid farewell to some of your woollen warmers just yet, then adapting them for the transition into spring with some key accessories couldn't be easier. This gorgeous statement necklace from Warehouse offers an instant update to your wardrobe staples, and this pretty pink ring from Accessorize is a lovely subtle touch, don't you think?

Now, I'm sure I'm not the only one who is eagerly anticipating the arrival of warmer days if only to be able to leave the house without being wrapped up in layer upon layer. This Ganni blouse just screams out for 'no coat' days, and the delicate print is a really refreshing change from so many of the darker, solid block colours which make up the majority of my winter wardrobe. Definitely one which I'm adding to my shopping list! Finally, if you're after something unique and full of character, look no further than this vivid sweatshirt from Rokit- the perfect purchase to make now if you really can't wait for spring. 

Are you looking forward to waving goodbye to winter? 

(Image credit: Warehouse, Topshop, Oliver Bonas, Oasis, Space NK, Olivia Burton, Boden, Accessorize, Ganni and Rokit.)

27.01.2015- Spring Shopping: Fresh Florals