Bon Voyage...start packing!

Wow ok, so I never thought so many of you would want to hear my tips on what to pack for your next Summer vacay. As mentioned on Insta, I packed the best (half) suitcase (I shared with Max) three years ago when we went to Europe for 3 weeks. I managed to put together so many different looks with the few pieces I had packed so thought I would share my wisdom.

A bit of a disclaimer: you all know by now that my colour palette is very simple and does not involve colour, so please feel free to substitute some of the items with colour i.e. add a printed top or a cami/tee in colour. (THAT IS NOT A LICENCE TO GO ROGUE ON ME) :)

TOPS

White tee x 3 - personal faves include: Monrow Tissue V Neck Tee and James Perse Casual Tee

Stripe tee x 1 - I love this Splendid option

Cotton Singlets (white, stripe and black) Bassike or James Perse are my fave. 

 

Silk camisoles (black and white)- dressier for evening with your skirts or jeans with wedges or sandals (statement earrings if you want to be fancy). My personal faves are: Scanlan and Theodore or these Equipment Silk Camisoles

Printed Silk Cami/Cami's (can be worn at night/day with one of your skirts with either the wedge or flat sandals). I have found a few nice options for you. You may want to take a few as they're so light and you can mix and match with the bottoms I've listed below.

Denim Jacket/Chambray Shirt - for those chilly nights or days if traveling to cooler countries. I draped my chambray over my shoulders most nights.

Leather Jacket If traveling to Europe in September (England or France) wear it on the plane to save space

Bottoms

Denim Skirts or Shorts - whatever you’re comfortably in. Take light denim, white and black to coordinate with your top options.

Jeans (one pair light denim or black if going to cities rather than beachy towns)

Dresses

Linen wrap dress or something similar (good for day and night) Flat sandals in the day and wedges at night. If cold you can throw on a denim jacket or leather jacket.

Printed Dress x 2 - which works with all shoe options (perhaps a polka dot wrap dress, striped or something in Leopard print). I've found a few options below. These can all be styled with all of your shoe options I have listed below! My personal fave is the white linen wrap dress below. This dress could take you from day to night - Superga Sneakers or Golden Gooses worn with a wedge, earrings and denim jacket for the evening. Hello Holiday Chic!

Beach

Cover ups or shirt dress which can be worn from café to beach or if you’re cool to a beach club.

If you’ve got the rig for it: a cute little black or white playsuit is cute too! Again this is a great Beach to Bar option. Wear it with your black sandals or gold/nude flat options.

Bathers of choice

Shoes

Shoes are always the hardest thing to decide on as they take up the most room and weigh the most. But I believe the below options will cover most looks. (Keep in mind I packed all of this in half a suitcase as I shared with Max!)

1 x neutral (nude or tan) flat sandal - I also love gold as it goes with everything! 

1 x Flat Black Sandal

1 x walking shoes which look cool with bottoms and even dresses. E.g. Superga and Golden Goose (linked below)

1 x Wedge (black or nude) - if you’re a heels person like me

1 x thongs/flip flops for beach/pool

1 x Sneakers if planning to workout properly overseas

Extra items/info:

Workout gear if you’re going to be working out.   

Buy some washing powder so you can hand wash your tees. We managed to travel three weeks and just hand wash tees etc.

Accessories- statement earrings - great way to lift a classic outfit.

If you’re traveling with a black bag, pack a small nude clutch/nude cross body (The Daily Edited do a great nude and it’s the perfect size)

Day Outfit Options

◼️ White denim skirt, stripe cotton singlet (tucked in), gold/nude flat sandals or cool sneakers if walking a lot (if chilly throw on your chambray over your shoulders or denim jacket)

◼️Light denim skirt/short, white tee, black sandals and black cross body bag (accessorise with cool sunnies or even a headscarf in your pony to be EXTRA)

◼️ Black denim skirt, animal silk cami/white or black silk cami, superga walking shoes add cool sunglasses

◼️ Black linen wrap dress/ white wrap dress, superga sneakers or tan/gold sandals/slides. Add nude or black bag with sunglasses

Evening Outfit Ideas

◼️Black Denim skirt, white silk cami or white cotton singlet, black sandals and black bag (wedges if you’re a heels gal like me) Wear a bold lippy if you’re feeling too plain Jane

◼️White Denim skirt, black silk cami or printed cami, wedges and black bag

 

 

 

Gifts for $100 and under for the gal that has it all

So I don't know about you but each year I am totally stuck as to what to buy for Christmas for the gal that has it all. So I started to think about what cool stuff is out there that maybe you wouldn't buy for yourself but would be 'nice to have'. So here it goes:

Head to Mecca for hundreds of ideas! Who wouldn't love a Dyptyque Candle? I can't justify buying one for myself but hey, if someone wants to buy one for me - yes please! And you honestly can't go wrong with the Mecca Cosmetica Perfect Pair Lip Duo - I received this a couple of years ago and keep it in my hand bag. It will pretty much suit anyone in my opinion. 

Just when we thought the personalisation trend was over - it seems to be growing stronger and stronger.  The Daily Edited have made it easy for you by creating a section for you to shop gifts under $100!   All such cute little gifts that you wouldn't buy yourself. 

I am yet to meet a gal who doesn't love Activewear - let's be honest, just because you're wearing all the gear doesn't mean you've ACTUALLY been working out! So here are a couple of my top picks for under $100. 

I am IN LOVE with this Jaggad Onyx Oversized Tee (hint hint hubby) - who doesn't love a little black and gold. And personally I love that it's not fitted....perfect for the post holiday bloat. 

Or what about this cute little Adidas Number for $39? Can't go wrong really can you?

So keeping within the theme of sharing items that a gal wouldn't buy for herself; here are a few little gimicky pieces which I would personally love - useful and a little kitsch, you're welcome!

This awesome Jewelry roll - yes please! And only $40

I'm obsessed with this Baggu bag set! Who wouldn't love this? 

OMG I am in LOVE with this Wallace Tray Set! Only a few left so hurry!

Treat your gal pal/sister to some new undies....because who doesn't need to throw away all 'those undies' in their drawer? Am I rightttt?

Let's talk accessories.....I am LOVING statement earrings. Perfect little stocking filler if you ask me. My go to is Clover Accessories from my hometown Perth. Put aside at least an hour to go through her website https://cloveraccessories.com.au/

Love me a logo tote - good for anything at anytime really. Gym, beach, weekend away etc etc

And it wouldn't be Christmas without the standard CR Towel would it? LOVE this one!

Guys seriously at the end of the day......anyone will love a good cookbook or coffee table book! What about these as a starting point? I LOVE the Slim Aaron's book personally (just in case someone is reading this....xxx)

 

Hopefully I've given you a few little ideas to get your imagination going! Happy Shopping xx

Gift Ideas for Newbies

So your friend is about to have a baby or they've had the baby and you want to buy something that isn't a bunny rug (don't get me wrong, bunny rugs are awesome!). Here are some ideas for you from 'my best friend is having a baby' to  'the girl I sit next to at work is having a baby'. xx

This is my go to for my bestie's babies - The Georg Jensen Money Box Elephant  It's a little bit on the pricey side so you may want to go halves with someone but it's something they will have forever! #timeless

My best friend gave me this Wedgwood London Bear Music Box beauty and it would settle Max down when he was crying - to this day (at 16 months) he stops screaming when I am changing his nappy once the music starts. 

Someone gave this Purebaby Hospital Pack to me and I loved it. It's a one stop pack of the little outfit items they need when they come out of the oven.

These milestone cards are such a cute idea - I wish I had used them! Great present for anyone and only around $24.95 

How cool are these personalised timber boxes by Malime. They range from $60-$135

These Converse socks are next level cute - am I right? And a bargain at $20 :)

Baby Bags without Being a Dag

I thought I would put together a little list of baby bags which I think are cool yet functional. I'm not sure if you've seen some of the hideous options out there but personally I don't think you need to buy an actual 'baby bag' to chuck your nappies, wipes, wraps and clothes in. You can totally just buy a great tote/shopper style bag and put compartments inside if need be.

My top pick is the State of Escape bag ($299) for it's durability and the fact that you can throw it in the wash when it needs the poo and spew cleaned off it :)  It also comes in a carry case which is perfect to put your nappies, wipes and creams in.

 

If you're flash for cash the good old LV Neverfull (around $1600 but think about it as an investment piece!)is also great for it's size and look. It will be a timeless piece that you can keep and use post baby life.

As for an official baby bag: the Marc by Marc Jacobs bag is a winner (around $400). I had this for Max and loved all the pockets as well as the durable fabric it's made from. It also hangs perfectly on the pram with the help of the Think King Buggy Hooks (please tell me you know about these?!).





Partaaay Looks For The Silly Season

So it's that crazy time of the year where the social calendar is flourishing, which is great, but what the hell do you wear to all of these events without spending a fortune?! Will you be seeing the same people at these events i.e. heaven forbid you wear the same thing twice! Anyway, just something to think about if you care about that kind of thing!

I've put together a list of looks that you can mix and match to get maximum CPW (cost per wear) out of your purchases. And hopefully these pieces will last in your wardrobe - not like those dresses that you wear once, cost a fortune, and just hang in your wardrobe for decades.

My tip: invest in an amazing structured top which you can wear with different skirts which you will get wear out of again. My recommendation is the Scanlan and Theodore Crepe Knit Peplum top. It suits most body shapes and can we worn for a dressy occasion but also re-worn with jeans for dinner! Win Win!

 

 

 

Cool Maternity Threads

I am one of those preggo chicks that doesn't really want to succumb to 'maternity' clothes. I would prefer to buy pieces which I will wear during the pregnancy and after...more CPW (cost per wear!). 

I was lucky enough to have the lovely babes at Label by Legoe http://labelbylegoe.com/ send me some of their gorgeous pieces. The fabric is so flattering and soft to touch. Below I am wearing their Oracle dress in Navy. Girls get onto this - you won't regret it. Cool with sandals, wedges or sneakers. Love, TMM xxx

Minimalist Sneakers

So it seems I have a sneaker addiction....I've chosen the right time to have one though. Has anyone else noticed how spoilt for choice we are at the moment? It seems all the 'Active Wear' brands are coming out with a new cool style every week and my credit card just can't keep up! So here are my top picks of cool, minimal sneakers/kicks! 

My top pick for every day kicks which you can also wear with a skirt/dress are the Adidas Stan Smith's. I bought a pair in Rome and have worn them literally every day. They are the most comfortable shoes I own. True to size by the way. 

Adidas Stan Smith's

Adidas Stan Smith's

Superga Animal Net