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Being a fan of anything summer related, bikinis are obviously high on my list of things to wear during the sweatier months – as hopefully it means I’m close to the beach or a pool. But, as most of you will know, one of the draw backs of being a bikini-aholic is strap marks. Now, although this isn’t a ‘real’ problem in the sense of more disastrous things like Ebola and earthquakes, it does annoy me a little when I have to transition into regular clothes. Short of wearing only bandeaux styles, I wanted to share with you an (admittedly very very simple) summer hack for lessening those halter lines and allowing instant beach to bar action, a quick bikini to bra-kini mix up.

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Wearing: One Teaspoon Bandit shorts (also like these) , Triangl black bikini, Panama, Daniel Wellington watch.

Clearly an actual tutorial for this isn’t needed, but for those of you interested to try it out you can either a) get a friend or lover to tie the neck straps to the strap that goes around the back of your string bikini (recommended) or b) do it yourself by tying your bikini on back to front (so the cups are at your back) and then tying the shoulder straps separately to the back strap. Once you’ve done that turn your bikini around the right way and have fun! Just don’t forget the SPF 50…


Recently I’ve started collecting hats the way that other people collect shoes, to me they’re the ultimate accessory, particularly when travelling – nothing dresses up a simple outfit like a panama or straw hat. I took not one but three to Thailand recently and have to say they became my constant companion.

One of the biggest issues when travelling with a hat is how you actually transport the thing without it a) ending up looking like a flat crushed pancake if you just throw it in your suitcase or b) annoying you constantly if you take it as carry on or c) getting left behind at airport security. After a fair bit of trial and error I’ve come up with one way to get around the whole ‘do they still sell hat boxes’ conundrum. Read on to see how I go about it.

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Wearing: Eugenia Kim Hat, One Teaspoon Shorts, Club Monaco shirt,  J Crew Bag and flats, Daniel Wellington Watch

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How to:

1. First, get together all the clothes you want to pack. Then, pack all your heavy items at the bottom of your bag including shoes, bags and heavier fabrics like denims. Make sure when you lay out the heavier clothes on top of your accessories that you do so to create a nice flat surface.

2. Next, take a nice heavy piece of clothing like a denim shirt and fold then roll it up.

3. Taking your hat, push the shirt down carefully into the crown (the part where your head goes), making sure it fills completely. If there’s still space, add another item of clothing so the crown part is completely stuffed.

4. Next, lay your hat upright onto the flat surface of clothing. Then start adding your remaining items of clothing around the hat. For me that meant adding pieces of my holiday wardrobe like this skirt (perfect holiday wear), this romper and this bikini (like this).

5. Pack all your items around the hat, making sure you pack it all nice a tight so the hat can’t flop around. Once you’ve done that add some more clothes on top so it’s nice a flat. Now just zip up your bag and away you go!

One tip from my return journey from Thailand – this technique works best if you don’t stuff your suitcase full, because if you do it’s pretty hard to prevent your precious hat being squashed. In those situations (the ones where you’ve bought so much and have to sit on your suitcase to get it closed) the only real option is to wear your hat on the plane.

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Wearing: Eugenia Kim Hat, One Teaspoon Shorts, Club Monaco shirt,  J Crew Bag and flats, Daniel Wellington Watch

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You’ll notice I kept my wardrobe fairly co-ordinated in a colour palette sense when I was packing for Thailand, in an effort to stick with the principles of this (very old) post. Always helps to keep things simple!


When travelling who can honestly be bothered with the straightener and curler when you’ve got so many other fun things to do? In ode to us just landing in the beautiful area of Krabi in Thailand, I thought I would share with you my go-to holiday hair routine, seriously easy – and perfect for super humid destinations like Thailand where a messy curl goes a looooong way to disguising crazy frizzy lampshade hair. The best thing about this little morning routine is that you don’t need loads of creams or potions – just your conditioner and some bobby pins – I used the handy bottle from this travel set which worked perfectly!

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 You need - conditioner, hair pins, a comb, a towel

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How to:

1. Wash and towel dry your hair.

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2. Put a small pea sized amount of conditioner on your fingertips.

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3. Add it to the ends and mid lengths of your hair.

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4. Pin your hair in some small buns at the back of your head and let your hair dry naturally. I usually do this little routine before breakfast and take out the pins before my hair is completely dry so they curls aren’t too tight. You can add some spray to hold he curls but I don’t bother unless I remembered to throw it in my suitcase – and let’s face it I usually didn’t.

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Let your hair out and have fun!

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Psst, there’s 25% off over at  Grown Alchemist this weekend including the travel kit that’s been my trusty Thailand companion.