Ahhh Packing. Not my favourite verb. For most people I assume it brings feelings of excitement and “yay, holidays!” For me, procrastination and “do I have to?!” Leaving it to the last-minute is my forte, hello 10:45pm the night before flying.. which has its pros and cons but mainly means I have to be quick and efficient. No time for farting around picturing myself swanning about London in particular outfits.

Although it takes me a while to get my ass into gear, once I start I am pretty good at finding my rhythm. I have a relaxed type of order when I pack.. Starting in the bedroom and working my way to the bathroom. This way I can stay on top of whats done rather than running around like a headless chook.

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My outfit for a recent flight to Hong Kong

BEDROOM:

Clothing: I usually get out all the clothes I ‘think’ I need and chuck them on the bed. Then before they hit my suitcase I do a recheck whilst wearing my BE SENSIBLE hat and cull anything that I really don’t need ( I’m looking at you second pair of ripped high-waisted denim jeans). I also grab out my outfit for the plane which always consists of loose clothing and a jacket (I’m cold-blooded) and a scarf. I always take a scarf onboard as it can double as a light blanket for around your shoulders because damn that aircon can be strong! My biggest tip for when packing your clothing is to Roll, Roll and Roll! You will save so much space through rolling your clothes and better still your garments wont be too horribly crinkled when you arrive. BO-NUS! 🙂

Shoes: Depending on where you are headed shoes are a bit of an obvious one. I try to take a small variety mixing it up between comfort and style and ALWAYS pack a pair of heels just in case! My general shoe pack consists of some sneakers for when I’m feeling a bit sporty, high tops because I’m a midget interested in style and some height, a pair of heels and some ballet flats. If you have some extra space and are headed to colder times I suggest also packing a pair of slippers.. your frozen feet will thank you!

BATHROOM:

I have my bathroom essentials split into 3 major bags; make-up, skin care/bits and bobs and hair care. Because I travel so often this is usually how my things stay stored year round. Lazy or thoughtful? You be the judge.

Clear Bag: In my bits and bobs bag I have a range of things; all my girly needs, nail file and clippers, a spare face mask, medicines and skin care products.

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Bits, Bobs + Skincare

Hair Bag: I like to ‘borrow’ the small travel sized bottles they give you in hotels and refill them with my own shampoo, conditioner and hair masks to save space. A good hair mask and some hair oil is a must for me as it usually takes a bit of TLC and time for your hair to adjust to the new climate.

Makeup: My make-up bag is BIG, HEAVY and super UNCONVENTIONAL. I’ve had the same bag for years but just can’t seem to bring myself to ditch it for a newbie.It literally contains everything I need… ever. Competition makeup, false lashes and daily essentials are some of the things bagged up in this bad boy but if I’m only going somewhere for a quick trip and am not competing (HA! NOT OFTEN) I pack my daily make-up essentials in a much smaller bag.

Once everything is out and ready its time for a game of packing tetris so that it all fits nice and snug. A few quick tricks; put smaller items inside shoes, wrap perfume and hair tools in jumpers/clothing and most importantly don’t forget to ROLL! Did I mention to roll? Hehe. Enjoy your trip!

 

 

Coffee was definitely one of my first real loves. I first tasted coffee around the age of 7 and it made such an impression on me that it quickly started to rival my strong bond with Milo. Of course I wasn’t allowed to start drinking coffee until much later on but now its very much a part of my daily routine. I have also become a liiiiittle bit of a coffee snob, I make my morning coffee with ground beans in my own little stove top cafitiere and absolutely love trying out new recommended coffee spots! So, of course the Sydney Aroma Festival was the top selection in this Sunday’s Funday list!

Alas, waking up with a migraine was not on the list but it soon became the reality. One of the many annoying things that come with being a female also brings me occasional migraines and lucky for me my day off was when it decided to hit 😓 Anyway, 4 painstakingly long hours later I was feeling more myself and was ready to get caffeinated. Probably not the best way to recover after said migraine but hey, whos judging!?

For those of you that haven’t been to the Aroma Festival let me quickly sum it up for you. Tents, crowds, coffee. Waiting in queues for locoffee-sydneynger than 15 minutes is expected and average tasting coffee is also to be expected. In fairness I think some stalls were trying their best to bang out coffees as fast as humanly possible but at the same time this doesn’t really lead to AWESOME coffee.. ie. my first coffee of the festival, a very watery luke warm almond milk latte. But I have to admit the atmosphere of the whole thing is pretty darn cool though with live music from djs, coffee tastings and dessert stalls everywhere.

After devouring a bag of roasted chestnuts (picture not included due to immediate inhalation) I headed on over to the Double Roasters van hoping that my second attempt would be a winner. It was… albeit a very tiny winner, this soy latte was worth it! I also picked up some amazing dark chocolate from CICADA. This stuff is heavenly. Unlike other high percentage dark chocolates this one has no bitter taste but instead hints of red berries and caramel. It was the perfect way to end my day after a couple of pizzas (yes I ate a whole pizza) and some red wine 🙂

 

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I’m one of those types of gals that is constantly chopping and changing when it comes to skincare products. Maybe it’s because I haven’t yet felt the touch of my skin care BAE #sarcasmintended or maybe its just because I am living in the ‘grass is greener’ mindset. Either way, its lead me to become a little bit of a guinea pig in my own skincare journey.

I have pretty normal type skin, the occasional breakout before flow comes to town is about the worst of it. But… I spend a buttload (literally) of time sat on an airplane. Let me tell you, the silver flying box really isn’t a trip to the facialist. So because of this, I have been told (by a lovely lady at Dermalogica) my skin can sometimes be on the drier side.

This is usually my story when I head into any beauty department store on the hunt for new skincare and recently it landed me at Lancôme. I haven’t tried any of Lancôme’s products in the past but as a cult Lisa Eldridge follower on YouTube (she is currently the global creative director for Lancôme for those of you wondering!) I was more than willing to give some stuff a go. I ended up coming away with the Doceur cleansing duo and the Hydra zen gift pack… Bring on the freebies!

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After using the products for well over 2 and a half months now I am a) noticing a change in my skin, b) all out of the freebies *see photo above and c) receiving lovely comments on my skin, win!

The products all have a slight floral scent and whilst bringing moisture and life back into my skin they don’t at all feel heavy and oily like some products I’ve tried for dry skin in the past. I love the whole ritual of cleansing, toning and moisturising, whether its to wake myself up or help wind down after a rough day at the dance studio so I use these products morning and night, switching the day and night cream.. obviously!hydra

Overall my skin feels softer and my complexion is brighter which makes me a very happy chappy! So, if your anything like me with skin that can sometimes rival an arid desert I really recommend you give these products a try. I know they are a little on the pricey side but if you try them through buying the gift packs you really do get your money’s worth with all the added extras! Besides if there’s one thing we should all be investing in (in my opinion) it’s our skin as we wear it for life 🙂

Check out more details on the products here http://www.lancome.com.au/skincare/by-range/hydra-zen/