Pack Enough Supplies in a Suitcase To Travel For A Year


Expert Packer Manages To Stuff Enough Supplies in A Suitcase To Travel For A Year

Article by  ANA LUISA SUAREZ

I‘ve been flying on airplanes for nearly two decades, but only last year did I stop checking a bag and started exclusively using carry-on luggage.

Checked bags cost a fortune! Airlines act like they are giving you a deal if they say that the first checked bag is only $25. Remember when it was free and they gave you food for free, too?

If you’re like me and have vowed to never check a bag again, then you need to watch Rachel Grant’s packing video. She manages to squeeze 100 items into a tiny carry-on bag!

These items aren’t just small travel products, either. She transfers an entire rolling rack of clothing into her carry-on luggage. She is my hero!

This level of expertise doesn’t come easy. It takes a bit of practice and skill, but using her tips, anyone can do this. Maybe not 100 items, but try for at least 75!

Her biggest help in packing like this is using rubber bands to compress things like shoes, Ziploc bags to suck out any extra air, and packing cubes to keep things as organised as possible.

Now, don’t think you could pack 100 sweatshirts in your bag. Rachel suggests using lightweight fabrics so this hack is perfect to use if you’re going on vacation to the beach. You don’t need much else besides your bathing suit anyhow!

If you need to use multiple suitcases, then you can also use these expert packing hacks to maximise every ounce of space you have in your suitcase!

http://www.littlethings.com/packing-carry-on-suitcase/

How many items can you pack in a carry on bag?

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Shopping my wardrobe and using my Intimo half slip


I was taking some photos today ready for my blog post, Shopping my wardrobe, and I thought I would post the photos on my friends Facebook page as well as they are all incorporating the Intimo black half slip that she sells and some of the tops that I haven’t worn for a while as I have lost weight were using my Maggies magnets (available from Ruth, the Irish Bra Lady in Australia) to pull them in and create a nice fitted waistline.

I now have 3 black half slips and 1 honey one and I just absolutely love them.

I used to wear tunics to create a longer hem underneath my shorter tops, but they wrinkle when you wash them and the creases don’t drop out for several days if they drop out at all and quite often they loose their shape, and the Intimo  half slip just falls nicely every time.

http://www.intimo.com.au/everyday-half-slip-blk-10_1001427/

I haven’t worn a lot of these tops for years as they are too short to wear over leggings without a tunic and I don’t particularly like them over trousers and I don’t wear skirts very often, so the mini slip has certainly added back a whole pile of outfits that I wouldn’t normally have worn.

I can’t believe how many more outfits I have created by shopping my wardrobe and adding my black half slip over leggings.

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Origins of the term capsule wardrobe


Origins of the term capsule wardrobe

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The term “Capsule Wardrobe” was created by Susie Faux, she was the owner of the West End boutique “Wardrobe” in the 1970s.

A capsule wardrobe refers to a collection of essential items of clothing that would not go out of fashion and could be worn for multiple seasons and can all be worn together by mixing and matching.

The aim was to update the collection with seasonal pieces, eg, jackets, scarves, etc in order to have something to wear for any occasion without buying many new items of clothing.

Susie suggested that a basic woman’s capsule wardrobe should contain at least “2 pairs of bottoms / trousers, a dress or skirt, a jacket, a coat, a knit (jumper or tunic top), two pairs of shoes and two bags”.

The concept of a capsule wardrobe was made popular by American designer Donna Karan in 1985, when she released her “7 Easy Pieces” collection.

Her aim was to fill what she referred to as “a void in the marketplace” for a stylish and practical wardrobe designed with working women in mind.

When the collection debuted, she showed eight models dressed only in bodysuits and black tights

The models then added items separates, (clothing such as wrap-skirts, trousers, and dresses) to demonstrate her interchangeable style of dressing.

As a term, “capsule wardrobe” is widely used in the fashion media.

The concept, capsule wardrobe, was made more popular by several television programmes, including Trinny and Susannah’s ‘What Not to Wear’, that showed on the BBC 2001–2007, and Gok’s Fashion Fix that showed on Channel Four from 2008 onward. Presenter and stylist Gok Wan emphasises that a capsule wardrobe is an especially vital tool in a recession because it helps people to look good on a small budget.

This is perhaps part of the reason that the idea has been sustained since its conception in the 1970’s.

General guidelines

Below are some general guidelines that are widely given for creating a capsule wardrobe.

  • Choose a colour scheme that suits both your lifestyle and your colouring.
  • Choose one or two base or neutral colours that can be comfortably worn with everything, such as black, white, cream, brown, grey, or navy, these are considered your core colours.
  • Items such as trousers, handbags or coats would be best in shades of these colours, so that they can be worn with everything else in the wardrobe.
  • After choosing your base colours, choose one or two accent colours, which are brighter than your base colours, and co-ordinate with each other.
  • These would typically be tops, dresses, or accessories.
  • Once a colour scheme is established, all the items in a wardrobe should be interchangeable, (able to be worn with each and every item) as the colour of the pieces will always complement each other.
  • Consider your body shape.
  • Some designs, colours and cuts of clothing are more flattering than others, as such, If the clothing is flattering in both style and colour, you are more likely to want to keep them in your wardrobe.
  • Choose classic shapes, patterns colours and fabrics, while some cuts, patterns colour and fabric of clothing go in and out of fashion, there are others that are considered ‘classic’ because they don’t date.
  • It is wise to choose classic pieces for a capsule wardrobe, as they are intended to be kept for a number of years.
  • Choose good quality fabric, as the idea of a capsule wardrobe is to own a few items of that can be worn in a number of different ways, individual pieces will get lots of wear, therefore, it is a good idea to choose well made clothing that will continue to look good despite the heavy and or constant wear.

Below are examples of a typical capsule wardrobe.

Sample women’s wardrobe Sample men’s wardrobe
A belted trench coat A suit
Bootleg jeans A pair of jeans
A white shirt A pea coat or pilot jacket
A black blazer or jacket T-shirts
An LBD (little black dress) Cotton shirts
A pair of tailored trousers A jacket or blazer
A pencil skirt A pair of slacks
T-shirts and camisole tops A pair of smart shoes
A jumper or sweater A pair of casual shoes
A sundress A pair of  joggers or boat shoes
A pair of flats or sandals A watch
A pair of long boots A jacket
A tote bag
A clutch bag
A silk scarf
Sunglasses
A pair of high heels

 

Long weekend sample capsule wardrobe


Creating a Capsule Wardrobe that works for all areas of your life makes outfit creation a pleasure, whatever the occasion.

If you get an impromptu invitation for a long weekend away, you won’t have any last minute shopping dilemmas or what to wear problems, because you will already know what to wear and what to pack, because you have created a capsule wardrobe,

Of course there will be the odd occasion when you need to add something a little more specific but if the basics and the majority of your regular events are covered by your capsule wardrobe, you can pack for a long weekend away quickly and easily without any great thought.

I’ve created an example of a capsule wardrobe for a city long weekend break.

Here are the pieces to wear for work on Friday and to pack for your long weekend away

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Friday at work is smart but not formal, and you leave straight from work with your bag packed

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On arrival at the hotel swap your trousers for your jeans, give your feet a rest from heels and pop on your black flats, ready to go to a casual dinner on Friday evening.

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Saturday, you have plans for pottering around the city and a little site seeing, it’s still a little cool, so add a light jumper with your vest and add some animal print flats and an animal print bag, and you have completely changed your look, if you’re still a little cool, add a scarf.

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before heading out to a more formal evening dinner, add a sleeveless top with a choker, a skirt and heels that you wore to work and you could go anywhere.wear long weekend 20

Sunday – spend a relaxing day, breakfast with friends and a pub for a counter meal, put a light weight black jumper with scarf and add your animal print shoes and bag.wear long weekend 1

Meet up with friends for drinks before dinner, swap your jeans for your black work trousers, change your shoes and bag, add a long statement necklace, and again a completely different outfit.wear long weekend 11

Breakfast with friends before a walk around the city and lunch in town before heading home, you will need comfortable clothing and shoes

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And if you stay longer you could put the following outfits together to create an ever larger capsule wardrobe.

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Ageing can be Graceful – here are some of my tips


 Mature Age Dressing

A gracefully ageing woman is incredibly beautiful and the experience she has, makes her beauty shine.

As we grow older we are still beautiful, it’s just a different beauty than when we are in our twenties and thirties.

We understand that beauty in a child is different than a teenager, however once we reach our twenties, thirties and beyond, we don’t realise that we have a different beauty, when we learn to accept the changes in our appearance through ageing, we can start to be happy with ourselves when we look in the mirror.

A gracefully ageing woman can be beautiful, and her experiences in life will make her beauty shine, however, she needs to be re- educated on what is complementary to her new beauty.

We don’t want to look like grannies nor mutton dressed as lamb.

The same principles that we had as younger women, using colours, body proportion, camouflaging or illusion dressing and dressing to suit your personality and lifestyle need to be addressed.

There are other things that we need to be aware as we age, and at ReDress Your Life we show you how do dress , wear your hair and apply make-up, in the most flattering way, that  you will love and feel confident in.

I would love to share with some of my top points of what NOT to do to age gracefully

  • Have a glasses chain attached to your glasses or granny half glasses. (An exception, of course if you are on a boat and are likely to lose your glasses or sunnies over the side, having a chain is a darn sight cheaper than replacing your glasses) 

glasses on a chain

  • Long straight hair parted down the middle, with a fringe and roots needing a long overdue touch up

grey roots 1

  • Boobs hanging too low, and not wearing a properly fitted supportive bra, did you know that wearing a properly fitted bra can drop you a full dress size?

sagging breast 1

  • Grey hair showing through your eyebrows or not shaping them,

mature eyebrows

  • Wearing your foundation either too thick, the wrong colour or foundation lines half way down your neck

bad foundation line

  • Wearing pants that are wider at the top of the leg than at the ankle.

pants wider at the top than the bottom

  • Not looking after your hands and nails

unpainted nails

  • Wearing comfortable shoes that are without style, nanna shoes. (you can have comfort and style)

nanna shoes

  • If your lips are narrow, wearing dark lipstick that bleeds everywhere, try some LipSense by SeneGence lipstick that stays on without bleeding for 4 – 18 hours (PS! Yes I sell this product, and I love it, not to be a sales pitch, but if you want to try it, send me a message and I will get in touch to see if I can help you with this, once you try it, you will want to buy it,)
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Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 1 – How to put on a bra


How do you put on a bra, What?!

Don’t be crazy, we all know how to put on a bra, or do we?

Here are some tips to help you get to bra bliss.

When you get a new bra, wear it on the loosest hook so when the back band stretches you can make it tighter.

Don’t forget to adjust your shoulder straps, tighten them occasionally to make sure the are firm and supportive.

Try the scoop & swoop, get your boobs in the right place by gathering each one into the cups as you pull back the wire.

How to put on a bra

For some women, trying to hook the back strap of their bra is a daily frustration. If you are unable to hook your bra in the back, there are lots of other options available.

Some Easy Close Bra Styles

A front closure bra has a clasp or hook and eye between the cups instead of at the back of the bra. This type of bra is easier to put on and take off for many women. Another easy close option for women with smaller boobs is to wear a bralette.

Bralette

A bralette is a stretch bra with no hooks or closures and is also known as a soft bra because it usually doesn’t have wire or a foam cup and easily pulls over the head.

These extra soft styles are fantastic for women who are uncomfortable in traditional bras or for ladies with a smaller bust who don’t want to add to their size, this comfy alternative is great for lounging on the weekend or anytime that you want minimal coverage and support. Bralettes also make great gifts because they are typically sized small through large instead of by bra size. A bralette is also a great choice when you are pregnant or breast feeding.

However, one problem with front close bras and bralettes is that the back band size can’t be adjusted. If you wear front closure bras, ensure you wear the right back band size so that the bra is supportive. All bra back bands will stretch over time, so you may want to buy your bra a little tighter so that they will last longer.

Another trick for difficulty clasping a bra, is to put your bra on backwards (by hooking your regular bra in the front) and then turn it around to the correct position.

Check out ThirdLove bra collection  https://www.thirdlove.com/collections/bras/

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Mutton dressed up as lamb


Mutton dressesd up as lamb

A very common problem many women face when they get older is the concern about dressing inappropriately for their age – or, “mutton dressed up as lamb”.

Many women end up looking frumpy and 10 to 20 years older because they dress too old for their age and lifestyle just so they don’t appear to dress too young, what they don’t realise is that it ages them even more.

Some hints to help with avoiding looking like mutton dressed up as lamb are:

  • Avoid showing too much skin
  • Avoid too much cleavage, unless of course you have a wrinkle free décolletage and a properly fitted bra
  • Also, make sure your hem is not way past the bottom of your knees as this can appear frumpy, unless you have very long legs, and will look best worn with heels.
  • If you prefer to wear flats, make sure your hem is no longer than the bottom of your knees, as this can also appear frumpy.
  • Always choose fits that flatter your body type.
  • Avoid choosing outfits that are too tight or too loose.
  • Large, over sized clothing does not bring out the beauty in a woman.
  • An overly tight-fitting garment certainly does not give anyone the elegant look.
  • If you are the kind who simply loves to wear attractive kinds of women’s clothing then you can go in for a long, fitting skirt with a side slit, worn best with a heel.

Ageing can be Graceful


Paula - Instantly Ageless - before and after Paula - before and after

Mature Age Dressing

A gracefully aging woman is incredibly beautiful and the experience she has, makes her beauty shine.

As we grow older we are still beautiful, it’s just a different beauty when we are in our twenties and thirties.

We understand that beauty in a child is different  than a teenager, however once age into our twenties and thirties, we don’t realise that we now have a different beauty.

When we learn to accept the changes in our appearance through ageing, we can start to be happy with ourselves when we look in the mirror.

A gracefully aging woman can be beautiful, and her experiences in life will make her beauty shine, however, she needs to be re-educated on what is complementary to her new beauty.

We don’t want to look like grannies nor mutton dressed as lamb.

The same principles that we had as younger women, using colours, body proportion, camouflaging or illusion dressing and dressing to suit your personality and lifestyle need to be addressed.

There are other things that we need to be aware as we age, and at ReDress Your Life we show you how do dress , wear your hair and apply make-up, in the most flattering way, that  you will love and feel confident in.

I would love to share with some of my top points of what NOT to do to age gracefully

  • Have a glasses chain attached to your glasses or granny half glasses. (An exception, of course if you are on a boat and are likely to lose your glasses or sunnies over the side, having a chain is a darn sight cheaper than replacing your glasses)
  • Long straight hair parted down the middle, with roots needing a long overdue touch up
  • Boobs hanging too low, and not wearing a proper fitted supportive bra, did you know that wearing a properly fitted bra can drop you a full dress size?
  • Grey hair show through your eyebrows or not shaping them,
  • Wearing your foundation either too thick or the wrong colour or foundation lines half way down your neck
  • If your lips are narrow, wearing dark lipstick that bleeds everywhere, try some LipSense by SeneGence, lipstick that stays on without bleeding for 4 – 18 hours (PS! Yes I sell this product, and I love it, not to be a sales pitch, but if you want to try it, once you try, you will want to buy, send me a message and I will get in touch to see if I can help you with this)
  • Wearing pants that are wider at the top of the leg than at the ankle.
  • Not looking after your hands and nails (Yes, I sell Jamberry nail wraps, lacquer and gel polish)
  • Wearing comfortable shoes that are without style, nanna shoes.( you can have comfort and style)

LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS!!!!


Leggings

There is nothing wrong with wearing a pair of  leggings as long as they are not worn as the main focus of the outfit. They are best worn with a longer top or dress that covers and drapes the stomach, bottom and hips.  Avoid clingy  fabric such as lycra, especially the  wet look leggings.

LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS>

They were designed to be worn as a layering item under other garments, not showing colored or patterned underwear.

Checkout the latest YouTube video doing the rounds

http://www.tightsarenotpants.com/manifesto

http://seriouslytightsarenotpants.tumblr.com/

bum with tights

When I went out with my mum a few weeks ago, one of the girls that was with us wore a pair of black leggings and a sheer top over, you could see the front of her leggings. Mum said she was wearing her mumblers, I didn’t know what she meant until she explained “the lips are moving but not saying anything, mumbles) see below!!!

mumblers