It has been an interesting year, with many highs and lows, but I am ending it on a high, with my first blog on my new website. A lot of time, thought and hard work went into it, but I feel it truly represents me and my business and I am so excited to share it with you.
I am always being asked about packing, and while I can easily pack a capsule travelling wardrobe for a client, I am not a light traveller myself. I enjoy options and find the term, less is more, some what over used. My motto is be prepared, and I like to be, for every possible occasion.
Here are some key items that will be in my suitcase for summer.
Sun Protection and Make-up
There are certain products that you can not go without on a summer holiday or any holiday for that matter. Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived is a must for very fair ladies. It takes the edge off my extremely white legs. Sunscreen is next, Heliocare advanced Gel for my face and Cetaphil Day Long 50+ for my body and the entire family, I love their non-greasy feel and super protection. Finish off with a hat.
Make-up is a very personal choice, but I like to keep it simple for the holiday. There are some lovely products that can quickly take you from beach to cocktails. A good bronzer is a must, I like this Bonfire Beach Mosaic Bronzing Powder from Niki Professional and the Enlighten Powder Iluminator is fantastic to highlight your cheek bones. Try a new lipstick colour, look for one slightly brighter, darker or lighter than your usual shade.
You should have a bit of fun in the holidays. Yes, it has been a long year and yes, we are tired, but looking fantastic never goes out of style no matter what your age.
Shorts, skirts and tank tops are holiday staples, but don’t forget to add something extra. Show off your shoulders in a print, or cover them up when it gets cooler with a kimono. Dresses in bright colours with bold accessories are exactly what is required. In the hotter regions, go for cotton and linen, but do not forget your denim jacket and puffer for the unpredictable coastal climate.
For parties and family events try linen pants, a sheer top and wedges. Or opt for a floral dress with strappy sandals and minimal accessories. Or try a printed kimono.
You do not need many pairs, but there are a few that are a necessity.
Firstly sandals for the beach. Ipanema are my favourite brand for beach footwear, as they are very stylish and extremely comfortable, from slides to thongs there are many styles and colours to choose from. For lounging a pair of sparkly thongs or denim slides and then a pair of block heels or wedges for a little extra height on a night out. I don’t think you can ever have too many shoes.
Put away your studs and be bold with tassel earrings, statement necklaces or try a neckerchief. If you do not like bold colours, why not try metallics for some sparkle. Nail polish and caps are other great items to add some colour. And a handbag – I love this shopper from Forever New for when you need to carry snacks for the kids or this perfect sized leather saddle bag from Ateljee Ltd for when you are on your own. Hair accessories are also making a comeback so bring out the sparkly clips and scarves to tame your wind swept locks.
Stepping out in your swimming costume can be intimidating, but don’t let minor body issues keep you from having fun with your friends and family.
If you are very self-conscious get an amazing kaftan or sarong to wear over your costume. Just remember EVERYONE has cellulite or some insecurity, embrace your body and love yourself. There are so many different styles of full piece costumes and bikinis, maybe you just need some advice about which style will suit your body shape best. I found this stunning black and gold one after an extensive search.
Remember to pack a good novel, eat loads of ice-cream and laugh and dance as much as you can!
Give me a call in the New Year and we can update your look for 2018 or just go shopping.