I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend. I am now starting my countdown to my holiday. In October (2013) the sister and I booked our flights to Seoul and Kuala Lumpur as they were amazingly cheap and we wanted to make our own itinerary and not a tour or resort holiday. I have been really lucky to have seen some amazing parts of the world so I am really excited to add Seoul and Kuala Lumpur to my places I've visited.
So what we didn't take into account was the weather. Seoul is going to be in the minus (judging from advanced weather reports -1 should be the worst) and 30-40 in KL and Penang. Talk about weather change. So a nice mixture of wardrobe is essential.
I am in full travel mode now, packing, perfect luggage (maximise all that vintage shopping in Seoul!), pouches, handbags, shoes oh and of course the outfits!
Here are some of my travel essentials-
Kipling Teagan S Cabin (On sale on the Kipling website).
The quest for the perfect cabin bag can always be trying especially when you're doing a long distance holiday, you need to maximise every baggage allowance as possible. I really recommend the Kipling range, it is excellent, sturdy, practical and value for money. There is a few different designs in the cabin range but i went with the 2 wheeled Teagan. It has 2 compartments which can be zipped into one and even if you do not have a full bag it will fold up until it's full to capacity.
I am pouch obsessed. I love to make sure everything i need is in the right pouch you don't ever want to be that person who pulls every item of clothing and tesco bag out of their luggage just to find the smallest things. I am also in love with transparent makeup bags for holidays. It makes the process at airport security hassle free and tres chic. Here are some beauties i found:
Anya Hindmarch In Flight Transparent Pouch- Via Net-a-Porter £150
Diane Von Frustenberg Set of 3 Lip Print Shell Pouches- Via Net-a-Porter £61
Everyone needs a good travel pillow. I invested in this cute and comfy Cath Kidston pillow as we will be travelling for 24 hours. Suitable ones are also available in Debenhams, John Lewis, any supermarket or a nice budget but comfy one Primark.
Come Snow or Shine sunglasses are a holiday essential. I am obsessed with Ray Ban like any normal sunglasses hag and Miu Miu of course. Currently on my duty free shopping list are these babies:
Ray Ban Round Metal Sunglasses- Asos £120.
Chanel Chain Cat Eyes Sunglasses- Various sunglasses websites/ Chanel Boutique £320
Let's not forget a good Bikini/ Tankini. I have been blessed with what one would say a good rack ;) so I like to look for a good swimming costume with support and a reasonable price. The Kelly Brook for New Look range is absolutely brilliant. They are always selling out. I also recommend Boux Avenue. Here are ones I loved:
Kelly Brook Navy and White Polka dot Frill Spot Suit- New Look £24.99.
Kelly Brook Red Bow Eyelet Stripe Bikini Top- New Look £19.99.
Matching Bottoms- £10.99
Denim shorts have become holiday staples, from boyfriend style to short hot pants style. You could either spend the mega bucks on a pair or go high street. Both are equally as good as one another as i find it's personal fit and not the label. I myself love the denim shorts from River Island and New Look.
Mila Distressed Shorts- Rag & Bone £150 Via Net-a-Porter
Dark High Waisted Denim Shorts- River Island £30
Every pair of shorts need an equally cute T-Shirt/ Shirt...
Blue Leopard Print Roll Sleeve Shirt- River Island £25
Black Scarf Print Silk Shirt- River Island £32
Check Frill Hem Tee- Topshop £36
Printed Split Tee- Topshop £36
Over sized Denim Shirt- River Island £35
I love a good denim shirt, a nice alternative to a cardigan, easy to throw over a dress or a t-shirt. This online exclusive from River Island is super cute.
Everyone needs a good dress on holiday, I find them the most easiest thing to wear and most flattering too especially with a nice necklace or a thin belt. Here are my go to picks from day to night dresses and playsuits:
Tile Print Tunic Dress- Topshop £34
Moto Denim Babydoll Dress- Topshop £36.
Jungle Print T-Shirt Dress- Carven £180 Via My-Wardrobe.
Patch Work Denim Dress- Band Of Outsiders £350 Via My-Wardrobe.
Oh and i am obsessed with this Carven skirt:
Jungle Print Skirt- Carven £210 Via My-Wardrobe.
Ooo and let's not forget the footwear! I am obsessed with sandals, especially as the weather here has forced us all in boots and wellies. It's a nice change to think of espadrilles and sandals:
Crystal Embellished leather Sandals- Marni £260 Via Net-a-porter
I love these, I think they are such an investment piece. Marni have upped their creative game especially in the shoe department. This is a timeless style durable day-to night.
Chanel Sandals and Espadrilles- Price varies in Chanel Boutiques, Selfridges and Harrods.
I am in LOVE with my mint green find from 2 weeks ago.
The Burgundy pair are coming with me eeeek!
If you have some cash to splash these new Havaianas neon camouflage-print flip-flops for Valentino have just landed on Net-a-Porter…In Pink and Yellow at £170. J'adore.
I cannot wait to share with you my pictures on holiday and my outfit posts along the way. Has anyone got any holidays coming up? I love to hear about everyone adventures and love sharing some travel tips. Especially with packing! If anyone wants to come and help me you'll find me knee deep in shoes and bags the weekend coming!!!
Thanks for reading guys!
Lots of love