The summer vacation is here. If you are lucky to be going on a trip, here are some easy and time saving tips to pack your carry on or suitcase.

How to travel easy: packing tips & lists

I usually travel with a carry on, so I try to layer up on what I’m wearing on the plane. Next to that I try to organise my carry on the best I can.

How and what to pack in your carry-on or suitcase

I fold and organize vertically, the Kon Mari way. That way you can see better what’s in there.

I use pouches, preferably transparent ones : tech, socks and uderware, make up, all in different little pouches. They make a happy little family.

The tech stuff goes in the section of the carry on that is the easiest to open, because of the customs section where you have to take all of that stuff out.

Skin care goes in to little containers in the transparent bag. Save all your sample size products for travel. Use toothbrush cover up, that thing goes in your mouth, so keep it clean! All of these things should go in a section of the bag that is easy to open. They usually also ask you to take these out at the customs section.

Shoes can also go in a plastic bag. However, I like to put shoes in cotton tote bags, far more ecological and you’ve got your bags for dirty laundry or shopping right by your side.
Scatter your money, because you never know.  Also in Iran you have to pay in liquids everywhere and can’t get money from the cashmachines or pay by card due to the economical protectionism. So this tip is a super important one when traveling there.
Put name tags on the bags in case they get lost.

What to bring with you on the plane, especially if you fly long distance.

*Eye drops

*Throttle syrup

*A sheet mask

*Phone charger + external battery

*Empty water bottle that you can fill up once you land.

*Noise cancelling headphones, they are priceyer but worth the money.

  • IPad charged with books and movies. External charger.

*Whet  wipes and Kleenex

*Gum. Chewing gum is not only good to relieve air pressure, but it also helps reduce stress because of the brain thinking that the body/ stomach is eating, so it thinks that your body is in rest mode to eat and there is no external danger. Cool huh.

*Snacks

*Different small wallets with money to scatter around your backpack, vest, pocket of your jeans.

*Camera

*Medecine and vitamins

*A transparent pouch with touch-up make up for when you land.

I hope this list can be of some help when packing. Please tell me if I forgot something, as I like well rounded things and tasks. I  like love to complete my go to list. No pressure.

Love, Maureen

capsule wardrobing step 3

Capsule Wardrobing step 3

After weeding out your closet aka donating what is ill fitting or just doesn’t make you happy and storing items that aren’t for this season. You’ve lived at least two weeks with a capsule that, like mine, probably is far from perfect. If you have had to buy clothes because you didn’t have proper fitting ones or lacked basics to combine thats fine. But, know that it always better to wait a while until you get a better insight of who you are and what your would like to communicate to the world with your clothes.

reflection


and your current style of clothes with or without the help of a few handy questionnaires, its time to move on.

Let’s find out what gets the fire burning inside! Let’s seek out exitement and inspiration!

Where to find this…

Blogs ! Bloglovin is  a great tool to keep al your favorite bloggers in one place. It’s also handy to find a range of styleblogs and select upon the style of the bloggers that speak to you, which ones you’d like to follow.

Magazines ! Although I have to say ( sorry print media) I find it much more inspiring to see real people in real life do their thing with fashion instead of watching air brushed models. There is also too much focus on selling what’s hot now and it may or may not have anything to do with your personal style.  You’ll find a broader range of inspiration online. Plus they are expensive.

Instagram: Instagram is a pool of inspiration when it comes to finding personal style ideas.

Tv shows and movies! Find a character which style you like.. For instance Penny, from “the Big Bang Theory”. If you like poppy colors and you like having that “Girl Next Door” look, then that’s probably your thing ! The next step is to find other characters of other shows that have that same vibe, like maybe Rachel from friends. She has the girl next door look too, but in a more grown up way. You might like sexy Cécé from New Girl or Jess, which are clearly two different styles. Cécé has a more Kardashian vibe which you can also look into and Jess is completely retro.  Julianna Margieles from “The Good Wife “makes me think of Robin from How I met Your Mother and so on and on you could link one character to another. Stylists on these shows have put a lot of work and thought into completing the whole character on a fashion level. So you should definitely benefit from their hard work to help you find your style.

Pinterest!  Again, a pool of ideas and information about anything you’d like.

This one is the most fun. Ask your girlfriend for a drink on a sunny day and sit outside on a terras where a lot of people pass by. Look at the different styles the people are flaunting. Don’t forget to take a notebook and a pen with you.

The final step is taking a friend that isn’t into fashion at all into a higher end store and going over different fabrics and colors and shapes of the clothing they sell. This way you can touch the items and feel  the fabrics and the colors you like. It’s better to do this in a high end store, chances are their clothes will be made of higher quality fabrics. No one want’s to touch synthetics the whole time. Don’t buy anything! That’s where the not so into fashion friends comes in handy. A better option is to take your boyfriend or husband, who will probably turn pale once he sees the prices of the items there.

Don’t forget to take notes of anything you like. Try to group them into categories such as:

-VIBE

-COLOR PALETTE

-STYLES

-FABRICS

Try not to worry about make up and accessories. That’s just the icing on the cake we still have to make & this will just flow naturally after you’ve did your research. Not tho say that make up and accessories are for anyone, some people just like to go au naturel, without too much fuss.

Love love,

Maureen