5 Packing Tips For Travelling Fashionistas

Packing tips for travelling fashionistas

Even the best laid travel plans can not 100 per cent predict the weather. So what’s a travelling fashionista to do when faced with unpredictable climate and strict luggage limits? Pack well.

Katrina Barry, very frequent traveller and Managing Director of travel icon Contiki, shares her top tips with TLL for a fashionable and functional packing job.

5 Packing Tips For Travelling Fashionistas

  1. Go big on accessories, light on main items: Jeans, tops, skirts and dresses all take up valuable space in your shopping bag, I mean suitcase. Pick only a few durable pieces (avoid patterns as you’ll only want to wear them once or twice) that can be mixed and matched then teamed with space-saving accessories such as scarves and statement necklaces. You’ll come across looking like you never wear the same thing twice!
  2. Shoes. Be ruthless: While this is an area I struggle with myself, I cannot stress enough how important it is to only take the necessities. To clarify, necessities are a nice pair of flats or sandals (replace these with boots if going into colder climates), a good pair of walking shoes and some dress shoes for special nights. Anything additional is overdoing it and will likely go unworn while taking up precious space.
  3. Easy pack hat: Because there is nothing stylish about sunburn, and besides, a cute fedora or straw sun hat can really add that je ne sais quoi to an outfit. But don’t just stash any old bendable brim in your bag. There are plenty of brands that are creating stylish hats that can be rolled, folded or balled up then bounce back into shape. One of these is definitely worth investing in.
  4. Pack items you wouldn’t mind ditching: You may not be planning to shop on your trip, but when faced with those items you just could not find at home, many of us crumble. I often pack items that I don’t mind wearing, but also wouldn’t mind ditching so I can follow a one-in, one-out rule when space becomes an issue. If travelling with a group, ask your Trip Manager where you can donate any unwanted items, or find out from the concierge at your hotel.
  5. You have carry-on allowance. Use it: Sure, you may not want to be weighed down in your stop overs by carrying extra items, but a small backpack or overnight bag with a few extra wardrobe options can really come in handy. Bonus tip: pack your favourite and most functional travel wear in your carry on, just in case your luggage arrives at your destination after you!

Got a tip to add? Drop us a line in the comments below… 

London Fashion Week SS15 highlights

London Fashion Week – celebrating its 30th year in 2014 – and we were on the ground to see it unfold. What will you be buying in stores this coming spring/summer 2015?

  1. Feminine, flowy, sheer dresses and skirts.
  2. Monochrome prints; also clashing colours and loud botanical designs.
  3. Pale blue and cool citrus tones.
  4. All white – pant suits, dresses, coats and skirts.
  5. Feathers, tulle, sequins and ruffles.

Here’s what LFW was like on the ground…

London Fashion Week SS15 - TravelLiveLearn.com

It’s exciting to be a part of London Fashion Week, especially when the sun is shining upon the home and hub – neo-classical landmark, Somerset House. Our pre-show ritual is to indulge in a glass of bubbles in front of the building, overlooking the Thames!

London Fashion Week SS15 - www.travellivelearn.com

Plenty of fashionistas milled around in the courtyard of Somerset House, where you can watch the shows being live streamed, or get in on the people-watching action.

London Fashion Week SS15 - www.travellivelearn.com

Here was some live filming going to air across the internet. This year’s event has been hailed as the most technologically advanced Fashion Week to date, reflecting the city’s status as a leading tech capital of the world.

London Fashion Week SS15 - www.travellivelearn.com

What’s trending this SS15? Brights will be brighter, punctuated by cool citrus hues as well as striking shades of orange, aqua and hot pink. Vivid graphic botanical prints digitally translated onto soft and sensual fabrics like silk will be popular. Metallic laminated cotton was seen throughout the showcase; the fabric creates sleek and structured lines with elegant translucent fluidity. Optical illusions are on the way too, in tops and skirts featuring geometric patterns on light coloured fabric, covered by mesh to achieve the look. Clashing colours and outrageous designs will be a feature of soon-to-be-released garments, as will sequins, ruffles and feathers.

London Fashion Week SS15 - www.travellivelearn.com

Asian-inspiration featured heavily during this showcase, not only in terms of some really interesting fashion on the catwalk, but Chinese and Korean models were favoured for many of the sets, and celebs from all regions in Asia attended to cover the major fashion fest.

London Fashion Week SS15 - www.travellivelearn.com

We met some cool cats waiting for the shows to begin…

London Fashion Week SS15 www.travellivelearn.com

 

The star-studded Catwalk Edit in Chelsea preceded Somerset House’s festivities, showcasing 50 amazing labels across women’s Ready-to-Wear, lingerie, swim and accessories. It was another brilliant opportunity to get in on the fashion action at LFW. –Click here to see all the pics and read about trends launched at The Catwalk Edit this year. Our highlights….

THE CATWALK EDIT LINGERIE AND RTW

Catwalk Edit, Canopi and Umit Kutluk; Ana Gely A Photography

We also dropped in on the special Catwalk Edit held in Chelsea, complete with all the beautiful people (and gorgeous fashion). Pictured: Canopi and Umit Kutluk; Ana Gely A Photography

Catwalk Edit, Caterina Stratank; Ana Gely A Photography

Catwalk Edit, Caterina Stratank; Ana Gely A Photography

Catwalk Edit, Buenas Noches; Ana Gely A Photography

Catwalk Edit, Buenas Noches; Ana Gely A Photography

Catwalk Edit, Buenas Noches; Ana Gely A Photography

Catwalk Edit, Buenas Noches; Ana Gely A Photography

Catwalk Edit, Li Jing; Ana Gely A Photography

Catwalk Edit, Li Jing; Ana Gely A Photography

Catwalk Edit, Kiss Me Deadly; Ana Gely A Photography

Catwalk Edit, Kiss Me Deadly; Ana Gely A Photography

 

Catch you next year! londonfashionweek.co.uk

-Sarah Blinco & Cooper Dawson

5 simple ways to reduce your stress levels

5 ways to reduce stress - Beth England 2

Beth England, Content Assistant at beautyheaven has a passion for writing and all things health and well being. Here, Beth shares her five ways to relax and recharge, following her recent chat with stress management expert, Carolyne Gowen.

5 simple ways to reduce your stress levels

We all experience stress at some time in our lives. According to meditation and stress management expert, Carolyne Gowen, a small amount is actually healthy as it keeps you alert and more motivated to get what you want. But there’s a limit. “If you live in a constant state of stress, it has a negative effect – physically, emotionally and mentally,” she says.

How do you know when your anxiety levels are getting out of control? Chronic stress can have serious physical consequences including, according to Carolyne, weakened immunity and increased heart rate and blood pressure. Whether you have five minutes or five days, here are our top tips for reducing your stress levels.

5 minutes: concentrate on your breathing

It doesn’t sound like much, but five minutes is often all the time you need to let go of stress. Breathing exercises are a great way to activate your body’s relaxation response, restoring calm in between meetings or after a busy day. Whenever you feel anxious, try doing a mini meditation by closing your eyes and focusing on taking deep breaths until you feel composed again.

30 mins: make time to eat well

It’s worth taking as much time as you can afford to eat your meal, as chewing slowly will aid your digestion. Eating healthily is also key to keeping your stress levels at a minimum. Where possible, choose low-GI foods such as whole grains, which will help even out your blood sugar levels and stabilise your mood.

1 hour: get active

For the ultimate stress relief, you can’t go past exercise. According to Carolyn, any form of exercise, “From a simple walk to working out in a gym” is worthwhile and effective at reducing fatigue and increasing concentration. Prefer to indulge in a more sedentary activity? A relaxation massage is another great way to release both physical and mental tension.

1 day: give yourself a day off

Taking a day off mid-week is not something many of us usually consider, but it’s actually a great way to relax, recharge and dedicate some time to yourself. Spend an afternoon watching your favourite old movies, or at the park with a good book. For the ultimate stress-buster, ensure you finish up with a good night sleep. Pillow mists, such as The Body Shop Wellbeing Deep Sleep Dreamy Pillow and Body Mist, are great for relaxing the senses as you drift off.

2 days +: take a break from the routine

For a stress-free weekend, Carolyne recommends clearing your schedule of activities. Where possible, turn off the computer and, as the expert puts it, “just do what you love”. This could be reading, sleeping, gardening, cooking… the list goes on.  Still feeling tense? You may wish to consider taking a holiday. It doesn’t have to be big one – a few days away may be all you need to relax and refocus.

5 ways to reduce stress - Beth England