How to smart pack

Ok, so in the past I was never known for travelling light.. I’m a girl who still needs variety & I don’t like to feel like I’m wearing the same thing over & over. I call myself a mood dresser, sometimes I feel like wearing certain things & other times I don’t! Equally I hate handing money over for excess baggage & love avoiding those loooong bag collecting queues where I can So how do I get variety without tipping the suitcase scales?? Check out my 5 top tips for smart packing 1. Plan, plan, plan: You need to mix and match your little heart out before your trip!! Every item that comes on holiday with you needs to earn its spot. They need to work hard and most of the items must be able to work back with everything else (please refer to pictures) Think of those staple pieces in your wardrobe that you can dress up & down easily. 2. Colour co-ordinate: I personally like to pack mostly neutrals, then you can easily add pops of colour if that’s your style. This gives you lots of variety & options. 3. Avoid the black trap: Just like your wardrobe at home, your travel wardrobe needs both light and dark options to create variety (please refer to pictures) Pack lighter & darker options for pants, tops, jackets & shoes where you can. 4. Rolling: This is a key technique when it comes to compact traveling, it has revolutionised my packing & will also minimize creasing. 5. Think: Hard about the weather and what activities you will be doing in your trip. I just made the mistake of packing my whole suitcase before checking the weather and saw it will be a maximum of 10 degrees in Queenstown, so off I go swapping a few things over & adding a few extra warmer layers than what’s in the pictures! Sticking to the rules above also gave me a little spare room in my suitcase to add in a few extra spoil pieces in case I was in the mood for something different.. The extra items I added were a puffa, thermal, plain dark denim Jean, 2 evening tops, hoodie & a trusty pair of heels! Here are just some of the combinations…. I trust this post was valuable & happy packing

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  • • Having the best wardrobe, isn’t about having the biggest. It’s about having it filled with all the right pieces that not only work incredibly hard make you feel amazing & of course work for YOUR lifestyle • #testimonial #wearwhatmakesyoufeelgood #melbournestylist #smartshopping #personalstylist #personalshopper
  • • Short dress, longline blazer & adding in some blush hoops to pull it all together • The last item placed on is usually the first item noticed, so never underestimate the power of detail • I’ll be @westfieldfountaingate style suite till 2pm offering complementary 15 min style sessions, before I hit @chadstone_fashion for an afternoon shopping session • dress @paperkitesfashion #wearwhatmakesyoufeelgood #allaboutthedetail #accessorizing #personalstylist #personalshopper
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  • • HOW TO LAYER UP • (without bulking up) Its getting to that trans-seasonal time of year again when we have no clue what to expect one hour from the next & If you live in Melbourne you MUST know how to nail the art of layering to combat our 4 seasons in one day.... Layering without creating too much bulk is simply the art mastering the right combinations & I promise it isn't actually as hard as you think. Just follow these simple rules to make life that wee bit easier & take plenty of style inspiration from 2 of my fav style icons @kosta_williams @magic_fox • Your base pieces need to look great as a stand alone piece
• Make most layers light in weight
• Layer from thin to thick
• Keep thick knits, coats or jackets as the very outer layer
• Add a pattern or texture for interest
• Don’t forget your head, neck, feet & hands. Accessories are a great way to keep warm and add that extra element of style
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  • • Had the absolute pleasure a while ago of helping these 2 gorgeous soulmates dress for such a special day! Even better I got a sneak peak of the ceremony in Daylesford to see them all dressed up & tie the knot ❤️ Such a special bond to be around & totally inspired by what you both share! Amanda dressed by @politixmenswear #shoes @aquila_est1958 & we fell in love with @needleandthreadlondon as a brand for Bianca but when we couldn’t find the perfect dress in Melbourne we had to snap up this incredible dress online from their UK online store #soulmates #brideandbride #wedding #daylesford #wearwhatmakesyoufeelgood #melbournestylist #personalstylist #personalshopper