What I packed; what I wore
You might remember the capsule holiday wardrobe I wrote about with Mummyliciousbeauty‘s Rachel. Well, the question is, did I follow it for my own holiday? You’ll be happy to hear that I did. Er, more or less. Thing is, it wasn’t strictly a beach holiday, so the rules were a bit different, and as we were in Brittany rather than anywhere far flung, I knew it would be a bit chilly in the evenings and that I’d need maybe a second jumper, but on the whole, I was actually quite pleased with myself for following my own advice for a change.
So here’s what I packed (and wore):
I took a tankini as well as a bikini and swimsuit (which I didn’t wear). I swapped my chino trousers for leopard harems, added an extra jumper instead of a Tshirt and, yes, took an extra pair of shoes to the four pairs I said I’d need. You can’t see them in the pic, but I took a pair of flat metallic sandals (I knew I wasn’t going to be going anywhere I’d need heels for), and took a pair of espadrilles along, too.
And my capsule holiday beauty wardobe…
My wash bag was pretty minimal. Aside from toothbrush, paste and contact lens kit, I took: travel size TRESemme colour shampoo and conditioner; insect repellant; waterproof mascara; hair grips; a sample size of a Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Compact that I got when buying the full size; Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush; St Tropez SPF30 With Tan Enhancer (amazing, and I’ll be buying again, despite it being quite pricey. Gave me a lovely tan despite lots of running around after the Small One); Creative Nail Design polish in Burn; eyelash curlers; Jemma Kidd tweezers; sample size Boots No7 Age Defence Cleansing Balm; sample size Clinique Moisture Surge
And the hero items I wore more than anything…
I wore my shorts almost every day, as it was lovely and sunny. They went with a bikini top in the garden, a vest top in town and a loose shirt when shopping.
My loose cotton shirt was great over a vest/tankini top and shorts when shopping; worn loose over my bikini on the beach and tucked into my trousers for dinner in the garden
My tankini was an essential. If it wasn’t hot enough or I wasn’t brave enough to go for the full bikini, I felt a bit more covered up in my tankini, and could always roll the top up when I was on a sun lounger, then roll it down again for popping in and out of the house. Plus, I often wore the top with shorts, as an alternative to a strapless top.
I took these in case it wasn’t hot enough for shorts but it was too warm for full trousers, and I got quite a bit of wear out of them. Cut-offs are great if you can’t face getting your legs fully out.
We’re off to Greece soon (I know, I know, another holiday – the French one was more of a family thing, the Greece one will be just us three. Gulp). This time it’ll be hotter, not in a family home, and we’ll be on a plane, so no car to throw everything into, making my packing even more restricted. Nervous, much? As someone who gets a little bit obsessive about being prepared, I think Hubby is going to have to supervise me to make sure I don’t try to cram deleverything we own/del too much into my suitcase… I’ll keep you posted with that one.
Happy Friday, mummies. And if anyone has any top tips for travelling on a plane with a toddler, please send them my way!