The Big Apple

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If you had to ask me which city was my favourite – out of all those that I’ve travelled to, so far – it would be a bit of a toss up between Paris and New York. Both vibrant cities, entrenched in their own very rich histories, with a combination of grimy, gritty back streets, and lush city-centric parks.

2016 is shaping up to be a pretty big year for us; aside from planning our own wedding (and hopefully a brief honeymoon to follow…), we’ve just recently booked a three and a half week trip to Italy and the US, which of course wouldn’t be complete without a pit stop in the ‘Big Apple’. While the main purpose of our trip is to celebrate the wedding of Luke’s brother, it seemed as good an excuse as any to tick a few things off that ever-growing bucket list. Without a shadow of a doubt, we’ll be wandering the winding trails of Cinque Terre (for those iconically beautiful seaside views), sipping wine in the rolling hills of Tuscany, and across the Atlantic, riding bikes at breakneck speed through Central Park and drinking our way through Napa Valley.

I’m definitely your typical type-A planner; not only is there usually an itinerary (virtually mapped out to the minute), but also a back-up itinerary, just-in-case.

Booking a holiday is time-consuming enough as it is; deciding on the itinerary is the easy part; picking a hotel, however, is not so easy. To try and save a bit of time (and hopefully money, given the terrible exchange rate at the moment), I’ve been checking out Webjet‘s new app. It’s a little bit of a one-stop-shop for flights, accommodation and car hire, which at first glance has the makings of a great all-rounder for those planning their next trip overseas (myself included!).

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So far, I’ve found the interface clean and simple to use; the filters and sorting options make finding a hotel in the right location and within budget a breeze (the map display has to be one of my favourite features). When booking flights, you aren’t limited to just one group of airlines (even for a simple AU/NZ return trip) – which opens up so. many. options, and car hire is just as effortless to navigate and book. Given I tend to spend hours upon hours browsing online for the best deal, it’s comforting in a way to know that you can expect to receive a good (if not the cheapest) deal available out there, and from recent experience, the app mirrors the daily and weekly deals that Webject regularly shoots out to your inbox (and who isn’t a fan of getting a good deal?).

If there’s one thing I do question, it’s the $40 servicing and booking charges added to your total as you enter the check out; it’s not a major if you’re spending big bucks, but if you’re booking a night’s accommodation which clocks in at $150 for example, you’re getting copped with a 30% additional charge – so do keep this in mind. If you’re planning your own trip and want to try out the app for curiosity’s sake, it’s a short click away (or available on Android here).

As for me, I’ll be immersing myself right back into my hotel search for Cinque Terre – recommendations are welcome!

Packing for a five day trip away

packing for a five day trip holiday getaway capsule minimal travel

Packing for any kind of holiday is downright difficult; be it an overnighter, a week, or a month away, there’s always that underlying question… ‘did I pack too much, too little, or just enough?’.

Last Wednesday, Luke and I flew to Wellington for a five-night stay to celebrate our engagement with friends and family, and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a whirlwind trip – they’re always over too soon!

I’m the type that tries to fly with just a carry-on (and a very large shopper tote), so I try to narrow down my travel-drobe as much as possible. I managed to keep it to just the essentials (even if my make up bag was overflowing a little…), keeping in mind that what little I packed would need to be effortlessly paired together. I find that the most fail safe combination is a neutral palette of black, white, grey and navy, so I focused my suitcase heavily on those four colours.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the weather was *mostly* miserable – Saturday was the exception – so I tried to pack with this in mind. Which honestly, was a little tough given my Spring capsule is so heavily geared toward warmer weather. I ended up swapping out a couple of my shoes for two pairs which were a little more appropriate (my Acne jensens and Charlotte Olympia kitty flats), and packed a couple of pairs of stockings just in case.

The most useful things I packed? A HUGE blanket like scarf and a heavy leather jacket, which were truly a lifesaver against the bitterly cold wind you often get in Wellington. And what I could have done without? The Everlane silk tank I hastily packed and one fewer skirt – outfit repeating (or remixing) is 100% okay, especially when on holiday.

Do you have a formula when you pack for a trip away? Or do you throw the kitchen sink and them some into a bag and hope for the best? x

In my travel beauty kit

travel beauty make up bag

So in a few hours from now, I’ll be making my way to the airport to catch a flight across the ditch to my hometown of Wellington. My bags are packed (mostly), and I’m just waiting for Charlotte to be picked up by the cattery before I shoot off to work for a few hours.

Probably the one thing that is impossibly difficult to narrow down when packing for a holiday, is what beauty bits to take with you. I’m definitely no pro, and even now I’m thinking I probably could have dropped a lippie or looked to take a more *lightweight* eyeshadow palette with me.

So with this holiday (and our engagement party in mind), I’ve put together a get-ready-with-me style video, to share what it is that has made the cut.

Packing for any trip is a little like Goldilocks and her porridge; getting it just right is a matter of trial and error, and I’d say I’m still firmly in the trial and (make many) error(s) camp. So, with that in mind, I’d love to know what you all think – did I pack too much? not enough? or is it just right?

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The one thing

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Celine cabas tote w/ gusset, Acne Studios Canada scarf

There’s no arguing the fact that I flew to Wellington completely unprepared. No scarf, no jacket, no coat; just a suitcase full of lightweight skirts, sleeveless tops and oh… a single jumper and a lone pair of jeans. So, as I type this, I’m sitting snuggled up in things borrowed from my mother’s wardrobe – a ruffled tank, a merino wool jersey, and a thick woollen coat-igan – she was always a woman well prepared (and well-stocked) for Wellingotn’s arctic chill.

If there’s one thing I completely and 100 percent wish I’d managed to pack, it’s my Acne Canada scarf, hands down. Mostly because there’s no better excuse to carry around a blanket masquerading as a scarf, than a little bit of Wellington wind.

Packing for a long weekend away

packing for a long weekend away

It was a *little* last minute, but I’m currently en route to Wellington to spend a long weekend (and my birthday weekend at that) with my family. It’s a short and sweet trip; five days and four nights away from home, though I’m hoping that I’ve finally managed to nail the whole process of packing light. I’m only taking a small carry-on suitcase and my Cuyana tote, which should at least help to keep the contents of my suitcase to a minimum. The only thing that really could have held me back? The fact that I had to account for half a day in the office – and a corporate one at that (tip: keep a pair of heels under your desk!). It’s pretty safe to say from my travel capsule below that I took a couple of liberties with the dress code…

I’ve been keeping an eye on the weather forecast, and it would be just my luck that it would be sunny e-v-e-r-y day, until the day I arrived, so I’ve geared my wardrobe towards rainy Fall weather (because let’s face it, anything below 20deg C is cold). It’s all the usual suspects; grey (and a lot of it), stripes, and my favourite velvet kitty flats.

Everlane charcoal ryan tank
Acne Studios grey copy linen tee
Equipment black sleeveless silk blouse
T by Alexander Wang l/s stripe top
Country Road grey merino jumper

Nobody navy superskinny jeans
Josh Goot a-line mini skirt
Lover blush a-line leather mini skirt (similar)

Charlotte Olympia kitty flats
Stuart Weitzman black suede loafers

Usually, I’d also tuck a pair of Nike Frees in my suitcase somewhere, especially given the fact that I’m completing Kayla Itsines’ BBG; but if my last trip home was anything to go by, I’d be lucky enough to squeeze in even a quick run.

If anything, I think I’ve probably laid the restraint on a little thick, but I guess that’s what mum’s wardrobe is for. It’s a good thing we’re the same size…