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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  • • Yes, you’re not seeing things, I am actually in a dress (looking pretty awkward if I say so myself 🙊🙈) Most of you may know I dont love wearing longer dresses myself (simply because they are too feminine for my personal style) but a lot of my gorgeous clients do! So this post is purely for all my ladies out there who do love a good dress! @witcheryfashion seem to be nailing them this season with loads of variety, meaning there is almost something for everyone. From feminine florals in both light and dark colours, to classic polka dots and Khaki shirt dresses. Here are my 2 picks snapped last weekend @westfieldfountaingate • And on another note, I always say “if you feel uncomfortable, you more than likely look uncomfortable” So always stay true to YOUR personal style and stick to wearing what makes YOU feel awesome. You will always look a lot more confident following this rule. Enjoy my awkwardness 😉😂 #couldntstandstill #wearwhatmakesyoufeelgood #personalstylist #personalshopper #dresses
  • Spring / Summer Trend – Sequin’s 
If you thought sequins were purely reserved for after dark, then think again. 
Another trend I’ve seen follow through from Europe earlier this year is the return of the sequin. Throughout France & London last June it was sequins galore and I’m talking more the softer variety. Muted gold, silvers, navy or any of the soft metallic pastel tones being paired back with casual fabrics (even tee shirts) to give that overall soft, chic, even day time feel! 
Ill definitely be adding a touch of sparkle this season! Second pic is from Witchery #personalstylist #personalshopper #trend
  • • Me and my outfit are pretending that it’s not winter today😉• #whiteblazer #springtrend #outfitoftheday #personalstylist #personalshopper
  • • Rapping up our yes pile. Quick and very painless shopping! In only 2 hours we got him sorted so he doesn’t have to set foot in a shop again for a while now! How convenient 💪🏻• #shoppingmadeeasy #personalstylist #personalshopper #newwardrobe #mensstyle #mensfashion #styled @myer
  • • In need of a little FREE STYLE ADVICE OR INSPIRATION this weekend? • I'll be floating around @westfieldfountaingate @witcheryfashion @myer Ripe Maternity between 12-3pm this coming Friday & at the "Style Lounge" located out front of Forever New on Saturday from 11-2pm offering free 15 minute style consultations • No need to be shy, come introduce yourself and let me point you in the right direction 👉🏻• #personalstylist #personalshopper #styletips #styleinspiration #styleadvice #outfitinspiration 📸 @blossomdaisycreative