Friday, 16 January 2015

Packing for South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand

Okay so I'm off for a little over 3 months today. I'm flying to Abu Dhabi as you're reading! I was originally going to bring a Backpack but due to having my gallbladder removed I can't hold a lot of weight on my back for a few months, so I went and purchased this Roxy Suitcase. It's a decent size, is easily accessible and hard wearing. It's also cute, which is a plus side! I'd awful trouble with the case coming so I'd suggest not ordering online and getting it in store!

When I was trying to pack I didn't have a clue what to do so I decided to write a post of what I'm packing in case anyone out there is as clueless as me. When I'm home I'll do a revised version but I'm trying to take as little as possible with me. South-East Asia is going to be the hottest, Australia is going to be hot too, but New Zealand looks to be a little colder so I'm going to have a wisely pack for all eventualities! 
Basics
  • Black tank top and a white tank top 
  • Black t-shirt and a white t-shirt 
  • Black bra, white bra and a multi-coloured bra 
  • 1 pair of black leggings 
  • 1 plain black skater skirt 
  • 10 pairs of black ankle socks 
  • 16 pairs of underwear 
Clothings
  • 6 different coloured t-shirts
  • Patterned trousers* (So handy for temple visits and for travelling as they're incredibly comfortable!)
  • 5 day dresses
  • 2 Playsuits ( I dressy, 1 casual)
  • 1 going out dress
  • 4 pairs of denim shorts (different washes and colours)
  • 1 pair of cotton shorts 
  • 1 light cardigan
  • 1 hoodie
  • 1 Swimsuit 
  • 3 Bikini's 
Shoes
  • Black Vans
  • Sketchers Light-weight memory foam runners 
  • Black and silver sandals
  • Gold Sandals 
  • 1 Pair of flip-flops
Accessories
  • Silver necklace 
  • Gold necklace
  •  Rucksack 
  • 3 coloured hairbands
  • Hair ties 
  • Hair Grips
  • RayBans* 
Medical Kit 
  • Assortment of Platers (Blister, waterproof etc)
  • Painkillers (Nurofen Plus, Cold&Flu) 
  • Vitamin C Tablets
  • Anti-histamine Tablets 
  • Malaria Tablets 
  • Motilium 
  • Imodium 
  • Hand Sanitizer 
  • Insect Repellent 
  • Bonjela and Sudocreme 
  • Carmex lip balm  
Wash Kit
  • Deodorant 
  • Shampoo&Conditioner 
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste 
  • Nail Clippers and Tweezers
  • Baby-wipes
  • Tampons
  • Sunscreen
  • Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm* - my little luxury. It's my all time favourite cleanser and will keep my skin feeling and looking amazing! Review HERE
  • 2 x Facecloths
  • Effaclar Duo
  • La Roche Posay After Sun
Makeup 
  • Rimmel Wake Me up 
  • Collection 2000 Concealer
  • Sleek Blush Kit (Blush, Highlight, Bronzer)
  • They're Real Mascara 
  • Push Up Liner
  • Naked 3 Palette 
  • Browzings
  • Lolitint and Benetint Lipbalm
Electrical
  • Mini Laptop & charger
  • DSLR Camera & charger with spare battery
  • Spare SD cards
  • Point and Shoot Camera & Charger
  • Iphone 
  • Iphone Charger and spare Cable 
  • Portable Iphone Charger
  • Waterproof Iphone Case 
  • Selfie Stick
Security 
  • Money Belt 
  • Combination Lock 
  • Folder containing all your travel documents (Insurance policy numbers, Visa's and flight details) and copies of your passport.
  • Credit Card
  • €100 in a separate bag in case of Emergency. 
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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Travel Essentials | Rayban


As you're probably aware I'm off on my trip tomorrow. I've mentioned briefly  in tomorrow's post that I was going to bring these babies along with me but I thought I'd go into more detail as they're amazing! Raybans are so classic and they'll never go out of style. I chose the Large Gold Aviator's * as they go with most of my travel outfits! They're not too big and not too small and are so cute. I know in Asia you can pick up fake Raybans for 10 a penny, but nothing beats the real deal in terms of quality and durability! I wear Sunglasses all year round (Sunshine permitting obviously) so I never see Sunglasses as just a Spring/Summer Accessory! Smartbuy Glasses have a huge selection of Sunglasses and have pretty much any shape and any size that you'd ever want along with a number of different designers all at pretty reasonable prices. I'd definitely take a peak if you're suffering some January blues and want something to look forward to wearing when the Sun comes back. 
*Indicates a gifted Item
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Sunday, 4 January 2015

What I Wore | Missguided Plus

Sunday's are officially the best now. After years and years of working in retail I've finally Sunday's off! It's such a novelty now that I'm nearly better. Today we went down to Bray for a bit of Platform Pizza. Best Pizza in Dublin if you ask me (and the whole of Bray) We didn't anticipate it would be as busy as it was, but we managed to get a stool at the bar. It was so packed but that's to be expected as it's the last Sunday before everyone goes back to School and Work. Afterwards we took a little stroll on the beach which was nice to clear the 'ol cobwebs away before retreating home and relaxing in front of the telly. I'm now in comfy clothes ready to go see the Woman in Black tonight which I'm so excited about!
As I've been in PJ's for the last 2 weeks pretty much I wanted to make some sort of an effort. I wore a pleather Skater Skirt with a striped crop top for a monochrome look. As it's chilly I threw on my all time favorite Gilet from Missguided's new Plus Size Collection. I'm thrilled that Missguided has introduced a plus size collection, baby steps in the right direction. I've found them true to size too, which is great as sometimes in terms of sizing plus size collections can be all over the place. The new collections comes in sizes 16-24 which I hope they will expand on, but over all I'm happy with the selection and the prices! The Gilet is surprisingly warm and very roomy, so I'd suggest sizing down. The black seems to be gone from the website but they still have it in this gorgeous Oxblood colour, which is fab! It definitely gets two big thumbs up from me! 
To complete the look I added a Statement necklace with a little bit of colour to bring more to the outfit as well as a Fedora hat- which I actually lost walking from Platform Pizza to the car- Don't ask me how! I also wore beautiful ankle boots, again from Missguided. They're incredibly comfortable and once I'm wearing thick socks I can walk in them for miles and miles! Unfortunately it seems things get snapped up quicky on Missguided but these Buckled Boots are similar if not a bit funkier. As well as amazing shoes Missguided have a range of awesome accessories! They're not somewhere I'd of thought about before but they're amazing and quite cheap too, they definitely give Asos and the likes a run for their money, especially this amazing Necklace

Crop Top: H&M
Skirt: Topshop
Gilet*:Missguided
Boots*: Missguided
Necklace*: Evans

*Indicates a Gifted Item
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Thursday, 1 January 2015

Things I've learnt in 2014


  • Taking chances are scary, but there will never be a good time to quit your job.
  • Booking a trip on your own is the most liberating and scariest thing you'll do all year.
  • Having good health insurance is essential. This will become apparent after your Gallbladder removal stint in hospital. 
  • If you want to loose weight you can do it - as long as it's for the right reasons. 
  • Friends are there for you 24/7 they'll drive you mad, you'll drive them mad but at the end of the day you'll have each others backs through thick and thin. 
  • Everything does happen for a reason, you just might not ever know what that reason is. 
  • Motivation doesn't come easily, but get out and go for that jog, your mind and body will thank you. 
  • Family is the most important thing in the world. They will love you unconditionally and help you fund your amazing trip and make your dream of going to Vietnam a reality. 
  • Slimming World is the second best thing you've done all year- first being booking your trip. 
  • Friends move away, but it's okay! FaceTime and Whatsapp are your friend and the distance doesn't seem so great. 
  • Determination is something you didn't know you really had until this year and you should be proud of yourself. 
  • You're the only one who can make yourself happy. Don't ever rely on someone else.
  • Learning how to budget is difficult, but extremely doable once you're in the right mind frame
  • Not everyone is going to like you and that's okay!
  • Being bitter about things is pointless, accept apologies and draw a line under it. 
  • Accepting offers that scare you is far more liberating than playing it safe. 

Well that's all I can think about for 2014. It's been a great year all in all but I have a feeling 2015 will definitely be my year! Thanks for all your continued support over the number of years. I wish you all a very Happy and Healthy 2015 filled with more love and laughter then you know what to do with! 

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