Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Capsule packing aka stuffing it all in!

Last weekend I headed off to Cardiff on a hen do, considering the fact that I was only away one night, I thought hand luggage would do me.

Now I hate packing at the best of times, as sometimes I just don't feel like wearing the outfits I've packed, so end up getting stressed and bringing everything. But this wasn't going to work this time, as there wouldn't be any room to stick in a substitute outfit or two. 

So after thinking long and hard about it I knew I needed to: 
  • Pack things I love, and won't change my mind on
  • Pack interchangeable pieces/shoes
  • Pick a colour base that goes with a lot such as tan/black 
  • Pack Light items, as baby bumps and SPD aren't really compatible with lugging large bags about

My old French connection bandage dress was the first definite item, as dress code for the night out was black dress, and bandage dresses are perfect bump wear at the minute!!

My H&M maternity jeans were the next definite item, they're so damn comfy but still look funky at the same time, so I knew I was definitely wearing them for the flight over. 

Next thing I thought about was a jacket/coat. I knew I'd have no room to pack two different options, so it needed to work for daytime and for the night out- as I wouldn't have my beer coat to keep me warm for once! As it was particularly mild last weekend, my leather waterfall jacket done the trick. 

Onto day shoes. As I had to pack a separate pair for the night out, I wouldn't have room for a different pair to wear for flying home. My new-ish Mango boots stepped up here. Casual enough to work with jeans, but dressy enough to work with a skirt or dress which I usually wear on a Sunday. They are now down to £49.99 btw.

So Saturdays outfit was jeans, boots and the leather jacket. I then decided on my favourite Boden top and I was good to go.

Oasis leather jacket
Boden top
H&M maternity jeans
Mango boots
H&M scarf and hat

Sundays outfit had to work with said boots and leather jacket and also be light, so I went for my favourite H&M tube skirt and H&M patterned top for a bit more colour. 

The wooly items were easy after that, as grey goes with most things, and I just swapped the grey scarf for a mustard one on Sunday to pick up the colour of my skirt.
Oasis leather jacket
H&M top
H&M skirt
Mango boots
H&M scarf and hat

Saturday Night:
French Connection dress
River Island shoes
My Boden bag was a total no-brainer, as it can be used as a cross body bag for day and you can remove the straps to make it into a clutch for night. I don't buy a lot of bags, so when I do I like them to be multifunctional like this one.

So there you have it, a little bit of thought goes a long way when packing. Picking a few multifunctional items definitely helps to keep the amount of gumph crammed in to a minimum. I'll definitely be thinking a bit more when packing in future, and lets face it, the less washing you have to do when you get back the better!!


Friday, 13 December 2013

The old faithful Converse!

I would be totally lost without my trainers, it's great to wear heels when the occasion is right, but I'm definitely a real trainer or 'guttie' (as they are known around these parts) girl. It probably has a bit to do with my Tomboyishness, that has stuck with me since my teens, and a lot to do with my arthritis and orthotics.

Most people have a pair of converse in their wardrobe these days, and if you don't, how the hell do you live without them?! They work with skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, shorts, skirts and even maxi dresses. 

My old faithful navy ones were looking like they had seen better days, and I just thought I'd replace them with another pair the same, but while looking on the Surfdome website's extensive converse selection, these studded ones instantly jumped out at me!

The high top version is perfect for winter, as it stops the cold ankle dilemma, and the studs make them a bit more quirky and edgy than your average pair of trainers.

These are stated as black on the website but they are definitely more of a charcoal grey to me. Which makes them even more wearable as they will go with navy too. They are 30% off at the minute which brings them down to a reasonable £41.99.

H&M top, cardi and jeans
Converse trainers

These will be a permanent feature on my feet over the winter I can imagine. Perfect for pounding the pavements in comfort doing the Christmas shopping, or even lying on the sofa with a cuppa in hand and doing it online which is more my style! 

If you like the look of these particular ones get them here, or check out Surfdome's entire converse range here. I guarantee there's a pair for everyone's taste - because everyone needs at least one pair of Converse in their wardrobe!

While your there be sure to check out the whole Surfdome website, it's not all surfer stuff as I originally thought. They have a massive range of brands such as Ted Baker, Joules, Superdry and Hunter, and have some great sales and discounts.

Right I'm off to finish my Christmas shopping, I'm just getting over a nasty bout of food poisoning so it's online shopping all the way, which suits me perfectly!