Let me start with a confession – I am terrible at packing. I suck at it. I’m ridiculously indecisive so need a whole wardrobe (and overspill rail) of options before I can choose an outfit. I also have a stupidly complicated beauty and makeup routine – yes, I am that girl arguing with customs about how much liquid can be taken on to a plane.
My indecision coupled with a reliance on a huge amount of products means my bags are always bulging and I rarely leave anything behind. But this year I’ve vowed to change. I’m only going home for three days over Christmas and have told myself I really DO NOT NEED to take two types of eye cream. So I’ve streamlined my suitcase and stuck to the ‘bare essentials’ – here are my favourites…
I love snuggling up in this scarf – the chunky knit is so cosy and the bright colour adds a pop to a simple jeans and jumper outfit.
I love the chic, Chanel-esque style of these cute leopard print flats. They’re the perfect mix of smart/casual – I’ll be wearing them with a tea dress and tights on Christmas Day.
I wear this necklace constantly – it adds instant edginess to even the plainest sartorial combo. I got a Kindle for my birthday last year and I love it. It’s brilliant for reading on the train and tube, but over Christmas I’ll be delving into The Hunger Games from the sofa.
I adore these bambi-printed beauties! Christmas trees, holly sprigs AND toadstools? Need I say more?
This Primark sequin cape has really surprised me – it’s become a festive season staple. I wear it over grey marl t-shirts, long sleeved striped tops, fine knit jumpers and block colour jersey dresses. The Christmas jumper still poses a challenge – can satin bows on a dogtooth print ever be stylish? – but it comes with me regardless.
This is probably the one and only time I’ll endorse the wearing of leggings. This sparkly pair caught my eye in Zara – I’ve been wearing them with a cream silk shirt and longline grey jumper and I’m not ashamed. Finally, the two beauty products guaranteed to make me feel more polished, even after too many pigs in blankets – nail varnish and lipstick.
Are you packing for Christmas? What’s in your festive suitcase?