Friday, 14 April 2017

All The Things I'm Packing For A Beach Vacation

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who pack and those who throw everything into a bag and pray for the best. I'm definitely the latter. I used to revel in packing for holidays but now it's an absolute chore. Once I'm done unpacking and ready to change, I never find a single decent thing to wear. I either over-pack or under-pack, there's never a happy medium. I'm travelling to Croatia over the weekend and here's how I'm trying to nail the whole nothing-but-the-necessities packing game.

This is the most important tip I learnt from watching countless Youtube videos. Instead of packing X top for Saturday and Y dress for Sunday, build outfits around the pieces that you plan to take. I laid out all the pieces on the bed and put-together multiple outfit options. I'm taking a Breton tee and denim shorts, which I'm going to wear with leather lace-up sandals. I'm also going to partner the shorts with a billowy embroidered blouse from French Connection. These casual outfits are great for sauntering around the town or just chilling by the beach.

I imagine I’m going to be in a bathing suit for most part of the trip, but when I do need to put on something more fancy, this red dress is what I’ll be wearing. It's a beautiful broderie anglaise piece with cut-out shoulders. Another great option for cocktails or dinner is this bohemian-inspired dress from ASOS. Trimmed with playful pom-poms, this piece is fun and summery. I'm going to pair both these dresses with gold sandals that I bought in Santorini. Oh, I'm also taking a pair of heels – totally unnecessary but I might have a use for them. 

There's a slight chance of rain on one of the days, so some comfortable clothing is absolutely essential. This black jumper and jeans from Topshop are super comfy and provide multiple styling options. This embroidered denim dress from Zara is stylish, versatile and great for both day and night. Can you tell, I have a thing for dresses with cut-out shoulders? Apart from this, I'm packing a loose, wafty floral dress that I'm going to wear when we go island-hopping. 


I don’t tend to take much by way of makeup, but I'm planning to film a video, so I'm packing a few necessary bits. Concealer is non-negotiable for me and the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger is highly pigmented and offers buildable coverage. You've heard me wax lyrical about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light before, so I'm not going to go on about it. Glossier's Cloud Paint in Dusk and Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Formentera are my current cheek favourites and they are great for adding a touch of colour to the face. For lips, I'm taking a red and a nude lipstick. The Daniel Sandler Matte Lipstick in Casablanca is by far the best red lipstick I've ever tried. It instantly perks up the complexion and is super moisturising.

For skincare, I'm sticking to the basics. The Caroline Hirons x Pixi Double Cleanse is fuss-free and comes in a handy pot. It's divided into two sections - one is a solid oil cleansing balm that's perfect for removing makeup, and the other is a buttery cream that can be used to cleanse the skin. The Neutrogena Dry Touch Sunscreen is lightweight, grease-free and wears well under makeup. It's a necessary accompaniment to any beach bag. The other thing that always travels with me is the Avéne Eau Thermale Spray, it's soothing, hydrating and the perfect antidote to all skin aggressors.

I'm always looking for a bit of inspiration so this book by British Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman will be coming with me on this trip. Also, I'm throwing in a copy of the Porter magazine into my beach bag for some breezy poolside reading.

Phew, that was a long, waffly post. Have a great Easter weekend, everyone! 

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