Red shoes, No knickers



September 2012



Travel chic: Yours truly

{byron bay, australia}

Since January 1st 2012 myself and Flattie have been looking forward to tomorrow so much as we are heading off to the wee island of Kos for some sun, swimming, sunbathing and sleeping.  Seeing as I have, in the past, asked my sassy, sartorailly minded buddies about their summer holiday must haves {see here and here} I thought I’d ask myself those same God damn questions….Hey why not? I love a good questionning by me!

What’s your feel good staple?

:Fabulous outfits.  I like to take on holiday all the pieces in my wardrobe that get such little wear, due to our poor climate, but that are fabulous. Short shortness, fantastical prints, floaty fabulous dresses, kimonos, flip flops, ALL my bikini’s.  Knowing all my clothes will get worn makes me feel good.

Any tips on light travelling?

:Surprisingly for me I have trained myself to become a light packer {10kg limit has forced me rather} and the trick is to plan your outfits before you go.  Get everything you want to take out on the bed.  See what you can mix and match and then start cutting back.  If you can wear an item twice it’s going in.  Dresses take up less space and are easy to wear.  Never bother with a towel. Come on.  A cotton sarong can act as a towel and takes up some much less space…space for swimwear that is.

Who makes the best luggage?

:In an ideal world I would have Globetrotter suitcases but I’m still renting so that’s never gonna happen. For hardcore travelling and backpacking I love my side opening Berghaus rucksack {see a similar one here} it makes such a difference.  For fashionable and printastic I have a small and a large Orla Kiely wheelie case.  These never get lost at the airport.

How do you tackle airport security in style?

:I like to have a bag that lets me have my hands free, I {begrudingly} take all my bangles off before I get to the security and have comfy layers and scarves for sleeping, leaning on and cuddling up in. Bestie From Africa used to always bring me back a sweet treat from her travels and I have some gorgeous pashminas and scarves from India, South Africa, Burma.  She’s in Thailand at the moment…{hint hint}

What are your inflight essentials?

:Like I said soft scarves, loose clothing and warm socks if I’m wearing sandals.  I like to have on me something to read, a bottle of water, my lense case and glasses, Nivea facial wipes, toothbrush and toothpaste, a little MAC cream blusher for when I land and the holy grail – Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream. I smother it all over my face as soon as I get on the plane to prevent looking like Magda from There’s something about Mary

{above four photos zimbabwe, africa}

Whose swimwear makes a splash?

:Australian brand Zimmerman make great bikini’s but I also got some super cute super cheap separates from ASOS out of season a couple of years ago.

And accessories?

:My holiday jewels consist of mainly gifted treats from my travels – shell beads from Sydney, paper beads from Zimbabwe, seed beads from Alice Springs, Morrocan silver earrings, beer can earrings from Africa. I’m obsessed with taking hats {we need to protect our faces, Ladies!} – again pur-chased from my travels – large straw hat £1 bargain from the floor of a shop in Cyprus, reworked cotton sunhat with Zimbabwean print material wrapped round it, a gifted leather visor…

{above two: south of  france}

What is your holiday must-have?

:A guide book with a map of where I’m heading, my camera, at least two hats and two pairs of sunglasses, knowledge of where to head for a little vintage/local shopping trip and a companion who has the same sense of adventure.

What is your summer beauty secret?

:I get a pedicure and a wax before I go. I wear suncream religiously – everywhere – and in the evenings moisturize like my life depended on it. No make up, no perfume just me and my saweeet holiday glow.

{a nudist beach near the gold coast of australia}

See you in a week my Shoelets…..

Posted in Bestie From Africa, Kaspia Calypso, Outfit city, Travel

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