I was born in to a family of list writers. I am a list writer. I have a daily list, a weekly list, a shopping list, a random things list. I like to write things down and plan.
Holiday planning is my favourite kind – the promise of family time somewhere beautiful and hot, lots of clothes to be worn, multiple lists to be written in a new book with a fancy pen: bliss.
I start by writing out the days we will be away and split them into day and evening. Then I add travel days & split them into 3 (day, spare – a must with kids, evening) I do this 3 times so one each for me, Little Legs and La Bambina. You could do it on a computer but I like writing it out.
Then I go through my clothes and when I find something I like I fill in a day/evening. I do this over days, even weeks sometimes. It is the most important part of my packing. Things fit differently if you haven’t worn them since last summer, you notice a stain from last year, you think a new top will work perfectly with old white jeans. If I’m not sure about it, it goes in a separate list to be tried on again nearer the time. This is serious. It also means you never over or under pack.
It makes choosing bags and shoes easy. Last year the studded Kurt Geiger Moves in gold and silver were perfect so I will take them again as well as brown leather, navy and black Havaianas to wear all day. I’m taking one pair of heels – ancient black leather and raffia wedges. I am not that keen on wedges normally but they feel right in the sunshine and less formal than other types of heel.
I have a large selection of sunglasses and take them all away. I have a black cat eye hole in my collection so I may make a small purchase at the airport.
I can’t recommend the Jantzen swimsuits enough. Supportive, flattering but not frumpy. The floral one with black sides is my favourite. The J Crew swimsuits are lovely quality though they offer less bust support than the others I have. The Midnight Grace was a last minute sales purchase for the pricely sum of £11.50.
I have a case of beachwear that only comes out a few times a year. Much of it is a few years old but here are some bits I’ve added recently. Topshop sundress, Next white bandeau dress, New Look denim playsuit, ASOS palm print playsuit, Seafolly kaftan (I have navy and the neon).
I like this last minute order off the shoulder cheesecloth dress from ASOS. I save white for holidays and wear a lot of it.
I’ll share some of my evening wear while I’m away or when I return. I don’t take anything too fussy. Lots of harems, silky shorts, cami tops and a few bright necklaces. I am taking the French Connection blue sunburst maxi I’ve fallen in love with again.
Make up & beauty stuff
I adore Chanel Les Beiges. I usually use shade 10 over my foundation but I shall be using shade 30 on holiday instead of foundation with a bit of my usual Nars creamy concealer (I wear Custard). I bought the Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Ibiza as recommended by Gina and now I’m using it properly, I love it.
I really rate Laura Mercier eyeshadows. This Cognac is such a beautiful shade on – perfect for green /hazel eyes. I’ll take Forest Green and Bleu Marine too as well as the Chestnut I use everyday at home (good for eyebrows too)
Last year my lipsticks were Nars Schiap and Red Square. This year they’re joined by Mac Relentlessly Red and So Chaud.
Ann got on the case and found me a waterproof mascara.
First impressions are good – it’s waterproof (so many aren’t!), it doesn’t cake and I can get it off with a normal makeup remover. It has beautiful packaging to boot.
I really rate this Aveda sun shampoo and body wash which gets rid of chlorine. I got a handful of samples of Damage Remedy Restructuring Treatment too. It’s a bit too heavy for frequent use in London but great for in the sunshine.
What a long post! Sorry if I’ve bored you but a few people have asked for a holiday post.
I’m off to tick some more things off my lists. Back soon!