Monday, September 5th, 2016
Whenever I travel, I try my best to only pack the essentials and bare minimum.
David and I usually share a large suitcase (Gasp I know) but we make it work, okay he really makes it work by packing pretty much nothing and I… well I try.
Regardless of the destination, I always have ‘the essentials’. Today I’m going to share those with you along with some tips and tricks I have learned along the way.
Always try on and prepare all outfits before your trip.
This might sound like a total mission but trust me it is one of the best things you can do! I’m one of those annul travelers who has their itinerary set out to the minute 6 months before departure, so I make sure that each outfit is relevant for that day’s activities. This has really helped with packing light. My general rule of thumb is 4 bottoms (2 jeans and 2 skirts/shorts), 2 dresses, 2-3 tops per bottom, 3 pairs of shoes and one small shoulder bag.
Dependent on destination, my colours would all be pretty neutral to ensure I can mix and match items.
Check the weather a week in advance
Weather is unpredictable and the last thing you want is a bag full of shorts and freeze your whole trip.
Check the weather just before your trip then readjust your wardrobe if needed. I usually add the location onto my I phone weather app a month in advance and take a look at the weekly forecasts to get an idea of weather changes.
Never pack heavy or delicate items in your check in
Guys I cannot tell you the amount of times I promise myself my hat will be okay if I stuff it up enough or pack it a certain way. It doesn’t work. Don’t do it, I repeat… don’t do it. Rather wear it on your flight and store it under the seat in front of you.
Always take one really warm jacket/jersey and wear this during your flight. Not only will it keep you super cozy and warm but if needed on your trip you have one on hand. This will take up way too much necessary space in your checked in luggage.
Regardless of where I’m off to, I always have the following skin care basics with me
I have been a major Kiehl’s fanatic and I love their ultra range of products, you only need the smallest amount of this for a foamy clean wash.
I use this as my day moisturiser and it’s amazing, I have terribly dry skin and this is the perfect ‘light’ but really moisturising item for everyday use.
I prefer this as my night time moisturiser as it’s a bit thicker in consistency and the slightest bit more moisturising.
My last Kiehl’s holy grail is the micro peel. Guys this is the bomb digiddy. This has been one of the BEST items I own.It really works in clearing up my skin and keep it looking fresh.I use this about 3 times a week and will never travel without it.
I always travel with this baby and slather it on my face as soon as i get onto any flight. It really helps with keeping my skin hydrated. I reapply this throughout the flight and apply a really thick layer when im ready for sleep.
MAC Face and Body, Revlon Photoready skinlights, The Body Shop lip and cheek velvet stick, Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, Clinique High impact curling mascara, Essence Make me Brow
My make up routine is always simple when travelling.
I only carry the basics; foundation, highlighter, blush (that can be used as lip colour), a brighter coloured lip stain, my brows, mascara and last but not least eyeliner.
If I know im going somewhere where i want to look a bit more dolled up then I usually take my Stila in the light palette.
Friday, June 24th, 2016
I’m a sucker for markets so anytime someone mentions them, I’m always up to give it a go.
The food ranges from curries, burgers, churros to smoked meats.
The winners for me have to be the corn dogs, which are so freaking deliciously amazing, and the pizza that you can order from the venues kitchen.
We also ended up buying a whole smoked chicken to take home for lunch the next day. Oh goodness gracious it was good.
Apart from the food there was an upbeat duo that played live music for most of the afternoon.
I also love the quirky décor of the venue, there’s something fun to see everywhere you look.
I will definitely go back to this market, it was such a chilled afternoon with plenty of space to sit and relax.
Monday, June 13th, 2016
This weekend I went to the Capital Craft Beer Festival at the Pretoria Botanical Gardens.
They run it every year and it was the first time I went.
Its basically Capital Craft on a larger scale outside with live music and food stalls.
The highlight for me has to be their berry ciders, they are super good, and the pulled pork rolls.
Other than that you can expect to find allot of beer, beer and more beer. So if you don’t fancy yourself a beer
drinker then maybe you should give it a skip.