a pair & a spare http://apairandasparediy.com DIY Fashion Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:30:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.5 QUICK DIY: MARBLE HANGER http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/07/quick-diy-marble-hanger.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/07/quick-diy-marble-hanger.html#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:26:27 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15321 There’s nothing better than a DIY project that takes only a few materials and even less time to create – it’s perfect for all you lazy crafters out there! The trick for really simple projects is to pick materials that shine on their own so they don’t need much work. This is the same rule as when you’re making a simple gathered skirt – using some fabric that’s a little nicer than most makes all the difference. This project is a for all your lovers of marble interiors – we put together this hanger using a piece of sample marble. We love this project because it’s just sp easy and a great way to add a touch of detail to your space. The design could also double as a bedside table!

DIY Marble HangerDIY Marble Hanger

You need:

  • A Piece of marble or tile
  • Rope

DIY Marble Hanger

How to:

1. Cut your rope into 4 equal pieces – ours were 1 metre (1.1 yards) each. Put a knot in one end.

DIY Marble Hanger

2. And then another knot in the other end.

DIY Marble Hanger

3. To finish, place your tile of marble into the centre and hang.

DIY Marble Hanger

DIY Marble Hanger

Photos by Nicola Lemmon. Candle via Lumira

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QUICK SUMMER SNACK: FROZEN FRUIT STICKS http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/06/quick-summer-snack-frozen-fruit-sticks.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/06/quick-summer-snack-frozen-fruit-sticks.html#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:17:16 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15515 Greetings from Brisbane guys! I’m down under for a little while working on a few new projects, staying with my parents in Brisbane and also visiting Byron Bay and Sydney while I’m here. It’s a much needed season switch from sweltering Hong Kong! In the meantime I thought I would share with you these somewhat retro inspired frozen fruit sticks that I discovered while exploring an island in Hong Kong. For me these have a touch of nostalgia, bringing to mind Prawn Cocktails and a time when sun tanning was encouraged, and are perfect for your next (perhaps a little ironic, throwback-ish) BBQ. State siders take note, these are ideal for 4th of July celebrations! All you have to do is cut up some fruit and thread it onto a skewer, then freeze them overnight. Done and done! What are your go to summer snacks?

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Photos by Nicola Lemmon

Love summer snacks? See a few others here and here.

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DIY BOX WARDROBE http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/06/diy-box-wardrobe.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/06/diy-box-wardrobe.html#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:52:58 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15316 Clothes are just so much nicer when they’re on display, right? It takes a little more time in the tidying department (something I’m really bad at admittedly), but it’s so worth it. For those of you out there who maybe don’t have the space, or the spare change, to buy yourself a wardrobe, I’ve recently come up with an idea to make it oh so easy for you. Read on the see how to make (ok, more like stack) this home furnishing.

DIY Box Wardrobe

All you need to do this project is bunch of different wooden crates. We drink a lot so just used ones we had at home… I kid! We bought these for about $5 each, so it’s not an expensive project if you can find a nice wine man to sort you out.

Box Wardrobe

All you need to do is stack them up, pretty much however you want to. We decided to go tall rather than wide so it felt more like a wardrobe but it doesn’t really matter what you do. Easy!

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The weight of our boxes kept them nicely together, but if you think yours might fall over I would suggest clipping them together using bull dog clips. We also created a little overhang so you can hang a few items of clothing off.

Box Wardrobe

So functional!

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Obviously you can use your boxes as shelves instead of a wardrobe but where would be the fun in that?

Box Wardrobe

Love yourself some pretty DIY storage, check out this, this and this.

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

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SINGAPORE TRAVEL GUIDE http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/06/singapore-travel-guide.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/06/singapore-travel-guide.html#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:20:46 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15484 A couple of months ago I visited Singapore, somewhere I hadn’t been since in a few years, so needless to say there was a lot to see and do. Visiting as a grown up (some what!), I didn’t know what to expect to be honest, people in Hong Kong tend to think of it as our less exciting cousin (sorry guys!), but I found it to be the opposite, fun, green and with a relaxed vibe that makes it perfect for a stopover or weekend getaway.

Singapore Travel Guide

Singapore Botanical Gardens


We stayed at the PARKROYAL on Pickering, and I was genuinely impressed by the green building and the modern yet cosy rooms. I definitely recommend this gorgeous hotel!

See & do

Botanic Gardens – My favourite stop on the Singapore Itinerary, these huge and magical gardens were the perfect place to wander away an afternoon. We had a great lunch at Halia and it was lovely!

Go swimming – In your hotel pool, the humidity will demand it!

Go to the Zoo – we didn’t get there but I went when I visited a few years ago and it’s one of the best Zoos I had been – my friend who lives in Singapore says it is definitely worth the trip.

Raffles Hotel - a gorgeous colonial hotel, which unfortunately feels a little touristy, but still hasn’t lost it’s charm. Naturally we had to visit the iconic Long Bar -I opted for a gin and soda rather than the singapore sling, but either way you’ll be happy.

Haji Lane - A wander down this indie lane is best done late afternoon, andin the street over you’ll find lots of gorgeous Indian fabric stores!

Wander Keong Saik Road – Once a gangster filled red light district, the hipsters have taken over and turned the lovely old buildings into restaurants, hotels and boutiques.

Eat & Drink

Potato Head Folk – We had drinks on the hip rooftop here on Keong Saik Road and it was a great way to top off a long day. They also have two other levels of different bars and restaurants, so there’s lots of variety.

Burnt Ends – The best meal of the trip. Although a bit pricey, the daily changing menu is delicious! Not for vegetarians annnnnd be prepared to wait.

Halia – Absolutely gorgeous spot in the Botanical gardens, a charming little restaurant serving some delicious Asian fusion food.

Common Man – Best brunch of the trip here, and recommended by everyone.

Food Markets – Singapore is well know for indoor food centres, where lots of small eateries serve food around a large food court. A great way to have a quick, cheap and delicious meal. We loved Maxwell Food Centre in China Town.

Take an afternoon trip to East Coast Park and get your Chilli Crab fix at Jumbo Chilli Crab.

Singapore Travel Guide

Keong Saik Road

Singapore Travel Guide

Marble steps at Raffles Hotel.

Singapore Travel Guide

The Long Bar at Raffles Hotel.

Singapore Travel Guide

Shopping for crockery.

Singapore Travel Guide

The Botanic Gardens

Singapore Travel Guide

Love this old building on Keong Saik Road.

Singapore Travel Guide

Maxwell Food Centre

Singapore Travel Guide

China Town

Singapore Travel Guide

Raffles Hotel

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DIY LACED UP TOP http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/06/diy-laced-up-top.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/06/diy-laced-up-top.html#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:43:06 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15269 Laced up necklines are the detail of the season – bringing to mind nautical adventures and/or African safaris. No matter where you plan on wearing your laced up top in the next few months (perhaps you’ll find yourself an emptied out pool to frolic in?), you’ll be happy to know that if you so choose, it can be recreated at home, in little to no time and with just a touch of elbow grease. Read on to see how!

DIY Grommet TopDIY Grommet Top

You need:

  • Button Up Shirt
  • Cord
  • Grommets
  • Grommet Maker
  • Mallet

DIY Laced Top

How to:

1. Remove the buttons from your shirt.

DIY Laced Top

2. On the side which you removed the buttons from. mark where you will create a matching set of holes parallel to your button holes.

DIY Laced Top

3. Place the top of your grommet through your button hole.

DIY Laced Top

4. Add the bottom half of your grommet on the other side of the shirt.

DIY Laced Top

5. Place the base of the grommet maker through your grommet and shirt.

DIY Laced Top

6. Place the top section of your grommet maker on top of the base, hammer away until your grommets are in place!

DIY Laced Top

7. On the side which does not have button holes, use a dart awl to create holes where you have previously marked.

DIY Laced Top

8. Add grommets to both sides. Take your cord and start to lace up your shirt starting from the bottom, criss crossing as you weave your cord through your grommets towards the top of your shirt.

DIY Laced Top


DIY Grommet Top

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

Ps… loving laced up necklines? See here and here.

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PRINTABLE PACKING LIST http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/06/printable-packing-list.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/06/printable-packing-list.html#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:36:40 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15475 They say travel isn’t just about the destination, it’s about the journey. Which is true. But for me, it’s as much about all that as the preparation before the trip – researching, planning and… PACKING! And so, following on from last week’s 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Packing Guide, I got together with the Belinda Love Lee to create a printable packing list. Use it to plan what you’re going to take in the lead up for your trip – print 5 and work on it until it’s jusssssst right. And if you’re particularly OCD, use it every time you repack your bags while you’re travelling to make sure you haven’t left anything behind (we’ve included additional spaces in case you buy things along the way :) ).

Download the colour version here.

Download the black and white version here.

Printable Travel Packing List Printable Travel Packing List

Thanks lovely Belinda!

Download our printable to do list from earlier in the year here.

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HONG KONG GUIDE: OUTDOORS http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/06/hong-kong-guide-outdoors.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/06/hong-kong-guide-outdoors.html#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:35:58 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15454 Although Hong Kong is most well known for its towering sky scrapers and glittering malls, what a lot of people don’t realise is that if you’re willing to step outside of the centre of town, you’re rewarded with the most amazing coastline, quaint villages and stunning hikes. When people come to visit I’m all about showing them this hidden side of the city, it’s such a treat! And I have to be honest, as someone living here, Hong Kong would be hard to stick with sometimes if it wasn’t for the welcome reprieve of green hills, amazing beaches, hikes and bays. With that in mind, for the final installment of my partnership with Hong Kong Tourism Board, I’m going to be giving you a run down of 5 day trips you can do in Hong Kong to experience the lesser known corners of this crazy place.

Hong Kong Travel Guide

The jetty at Sai Wan Swimming Shed

Tai Long Wan

People are always surprised at the number of beaches in Hong Kong, and places like Stanley and Sheko on the Island are always a nice treat. But to experience the best Hong Kong has to offer in the beach department, head out to Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung. The half hour taxi ride and 45 minute hike is well rewarded – you’ll be floored by the crystal clear waters and soft white sand, and most likely you’ll be the only one on the beach when you get there. Have a simple bite to eat at one of the Chinese cafes and indulge in much needed respite from the crowds in Central!

How to get there: Take a taxi to Sai Wan in Sai Kung, and then walk to Tai Long Wan beach (the third and best in a row of beaches). On the weekends you can the return journey by boat from the fishing villages in Sai Wan back to Sai Kung.

Dragon’s Back & Sheko
Dragon’s Back is the most popular hike for tourists due to its easy accessibility (20 minutes from the city’s heart) and stunning views. Certain parts are wooded and boast beautiful plant life, whilst the rest is on a ridge overlooking the sea. The highest point on the trail is only 284 metres, but the views are worthy of a much more difficult hike. If it’s a cloudy day you can still enjoy the slopes, but you may not see as far into the distance. Most visitors finish this exhilarating route with a swim at Shek O beach and lunch in the village, I recommend Black Sheep for a laid back hippy vibe and not too bad pizza.

How to get there: From MTR Shau Kei Wan Station, Exit A3, take bus 9 from Shau Kei Wan bus terminus to To Tei Wan on Shek O Road. The entrance to the hike is on Shek O Road near To Tei Wan village. Be sure to look out for the sign!

Cheung Chau Island
With coastal trails, beaches, small rural valleys, and a village dotted with temples but with only one (police) car, Cheung Chau boasts plenty to see and do in a day; and plenty to eat once you’ve seen and done. Which makes it a popular getaway thanks to its beaches and its cute downtown lined with snack shops and incense-smokey temples. Come here for an afternoon of temple touring, noshing on fish balls and exploring the rocky coastline. My pick of places to hang out is a small beach to the back of the island called Kwun Yam, with a shack-style beach bar just above the tideline: a fine place to chill out on a hot afternoon.

How to get there: Ferry Services from Central leave from pier 5 of the Outlying Islands ferry terminal (regular/fast 45 minutes/one hour). Ferries can also be taken from Mui Wo and Chi Ma Wan on Lantau and from Peng Chau. Additionally, regular kaido operate between Cheung Chau village (sampan pier) and Sai Wan in the south of the island.

The Twins
Not for the faint hearted, this is my favourite walk on the island, and is an incredibly scenic interval workout spread across three peaks. Without any rest time along the way, this 4.8km hike takes around an hour and a half.
Violet Hill is the first peak, and a relatively tame one to scale. But then, in the distance, you can just make out the steps that dot the steep climb up the first of the Twin peaks ahead that lead down to Stanley Gap. Not to worry, it’s only 1,000 steps up the first peak. Consider this the meat of your workout. Break it up into 200 to 250-step increments for great interval training. After this, the second peak feels like a cool down. Make sure you take time to take in the amazing views along the way of Repulse Bay, Tai Tam Reservoir and eventually Chung Hom Kok and Stanley.

How to get there: Start from the marker below the entrance to Parkview Residences so that you can reward your efforts with a delicious meal in Stanley.

Sai Wan Swimming Shed
The Sai Wan Swimming Shed is an atmospheric hideaway located on the island. Located just below Victoria Road on the western edge of Kennedy Town, it was built by the government in the 1950s to provide a changing room and wooden pier for nearby residents who swam in Sulfur Channel. Today, it attracts more photographers than swimmers for its sunset views and crashing waves. As a location it feels nothing like the Hong Kong outside your hotel. Bring some refreshments and enjoy sunset.

How to get there: Take a taxi and ask for Victoria Road Kennedy Town.

Hong Kong Travel Guide - Outdoors

Millionaire’s Beach

Hong Kong Travel Guide - Outdoors

Frozen fruit sticks in Cheung Chau

Hong Kong Travel Guide - Outdoors

The bays of Sai Kung

Hong Kong Travel Guide - Outdoors

Taking a load off in Cheung Chau

Hong Kong Travel Guide - Outdoors

A misty day at the beach.

Hong Kong Travel Guide - Outdoors

The churning waters at the end of Hong Kong Island.

Hong Kong Travel Guide - Outdoors

So far from the hustle of Central (and yet actually so close).

Hong Kong Travel Guide - Outdoors

Life in the slow lane…

Hong Kong Travel Guide

Tai Long Wan Beach

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

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DO WHAT YOU LOVE: 5 THINGS I’VE DISCOVERED SINCE BECOMING MY OWN BOSS http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/06/do-what-you-love-5-things-ive-discovered-since-becoming-my-own-boss.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/06/do-what-you-love-5-things-ive-discovered-since-becoming-my-own-boss.html#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:42:40 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15453 Three years ago, virtually to the day, I made the decision to leave my full time job as a town planner and pursue the crazy world of working for yourself. Although in some roundabout way this had always been the plan (both my parents run their own businesses), it wasn’t something I was thinking about at the time. I was pretty much forced into it because I wanted to write my book and my job at the time wouldn’t let me split my time between work and writing. And I’m so glad they took that stance! Because it was the best decision I’ve made to date.

Almost regardless of how successful your business becomes (fingers crossed for all of you it’s very, very, very successful), the discoveries you make when you become your own boss – about your abilities, what you do and don’t know, and the business market you’re in – are some of the most valuable life lessons you’ll ever have. Take away the safety net of a company set up, and a boss that settles the pay check at the end of the month, and you’re out on your own in the big blue. Believe me when I say it’s exhilarating! As part of Dr. LeWinn’s new ‘I Discovered’ campaign – an initiative encouraging everyone to share what they are most passionate about – I thought I would share with you a few of the key discoveries I’ve made in the last few years. Cheers to becoming one’s own boss!

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Wearing my uniform of silk tank, DIY lace bra and J Crew utility jacket, during one of my days working ‘ON’ my business a few months ago – it’s always nice to get out of the office for that!

1. Remember to dream, but don’t forget to be practical
I believe, more than anything else, that it’s important to love what you do. That said, I’ve also learnt that it’s essential to be pragmatic about your situation – most of us can’t afford to ditch our full time jobs to pursue our passions. I couldn’t! The catalyst for change for me was the advance I received on my book, which gave me a small amount of flexibility. Anddddd, that advance came after 2 years of working full time and creating my blog content at nights and on the weekend. I believe that, if you put your mind to it you can become your own boss, but sometimes you have to start small and be consistent with what you want to do. And grow it to the point where you have the critical mass or momentum to become your own boss. Because, above all else, a girl’s gotta eat!

2. You need to make goals and answer to them
When you become your own boss you’re probably moving away from the corporate world, but it doesn’t hurt to put in place a few of the structures that exist in big companies, and put them to work for you. One of these is the review process, but instead of being reviewed by an employer you can review yourself. Make yearly and monthly goals and take the time to analyse how successful you were in retrospect. Give yourself a rating if you must, anything that makes you answerable to your goals!

3. Spend 4 days working in your business and 1 day working ON your business per week
It’s so easy to get bogged down in the day to day of running a business that you forget to plan and strategise the long term evolution of what you are doing. Unfortunately, in this fast moving world (particularly blogging or anything online related), it’s not simply good enough to do what you’ve always done, your goal needs to be to improve with every day, or at least make steps towards evolution and improvement. By devoting one day per week working ON your business instead of in it (think: doing strategy instead of answering emails), you can see real change over time. I still struggle to get the balance of strategy vs. day to day right, but am trying to improve every day!

4. If something isn’t working, change it
Learning to admit when something isn’t working is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do, but the reality is that not everything you embark upon when you’re your own boss is going to be successful. I had to decide whether I wanted to devote more time to writing another book or work on the digital marketing side of my blog (i.e. creating content for other companies behind the scenes), and I chose the latter, because I realised that the Internet is the way forward (although I haven’t written off another book completely! :)). And even when most things generally work out, there’s a need to decide what activities are the most successful/profitable/enjoyable, so you can do more of those ones and leave others behind. Learn to call it early, so you don’t waste time doing things you don’t love, and that aren’t paying off.

5. Remember to look after yourself
I’m not going to sugar coat this, but working for yourself is going to be the hardest thing you’ll ever do. Chances are, at least to start with, you’ll do everything by yourself, so you’ll be working harder than you ever have before. That new boss of yours (you) cracks the whip! In my first year, I certainly saw the negative effects of working too hard. For the first year I was just on high speed and never bothered to get a massage or take some time out, and that took a major toll on my health. It also wreaked havoc on my skin! So it’s important to give yourself a break and look after yourself (a few of my other tips here, here and here) – for the last few month’s I’ve been using Dr. LeWinn’s new Private Formula Day Cream Moisturiser LIGHT, Eternal Youth Day & Night Cream and new Insta-Perfector Blur Cream, and have discovered just how useful a regime like this can be. The day cream has made my skin softer and the blur cream is great at minimising pores on those days when I’ve been up all night working (another lesson from becoming your own boss!), as the old adage goes – look good, feel great! And regardless of how busy you become, don’t forget to exercise – it’s important for your mind as much as it is for your brain.

As part of Dr. LeWinn’s ‘I Discovered’ Campaign, I’d love you to share your own personal discoveries with me on Instagram. You’ll be in with a chance to win a $270 Dr. LeWinn’s product pack, with 10 runners up prizes available as well. Make sure to tag in @DrLeWinns and use #idiscovered. See full T&C’s here.

This post is in Collaboration with Dr. LeWinns.

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QUICK DIY: LACE UP POINTED FLATS http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/06/quick-diy-lace-up-pointed-flats.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/06/quick-diy-lace-up-pointed-flats.html#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 12:45:18 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15273 We’ve all got so much on our plates these days (Pinterest! GOT Finalies! Stalking people on Insta!), that we’ve not got a lot of craft time up our sleeves, right? And so when it comes to a DIY, I’m all about bang for buck. I want the outcome to be ‘where did you buy that’-esque, the costs to be minimal and the time to be not longer than it takes my Food Panda (Hong Kong version of Seamless) to arrive. This pointed pump project ticks all those boxes, and the instructions come to you via video, so you can even give your eyes a little rest from all that pesky reading. These pointed flats (similar to these ones I made recently – but easier) are my own take on the ever Instagrammable versions I’ve been seeing everywhere by the likes of Aquazurra and Louboutin. Enjoy!

DIY Lace Up Pointed Flats

Watch the video below, and subscribe to my youtube channel for more videos like this.

You need:

  • Pointed Flats (leather or PU is fine).
  • A multi hole punch tool
  • Cord matching your flats
  • Chalk or pen

How to:

1. Mark where you want your holes to go on the flats, we did one in the middle and two in each side. Do this for both pairs and make sure they’re symmetrical.

2. Use your hole punch to remove a small circle of the fabric or leather where you’ve marked.

3. Cut a piece of twine, ours was 2 metres (2.2 yards), and thread your cord through to lace up your flats.


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Photos by Nicola Lemmon

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HOW TO PACK: THE 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 GUIDE http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/06/how-to-pack-the-5-4-3-2-1-guide.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/06/how-to-pack-the-5-4-3-2-1-guide.html#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:04:26 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15428 As time goes on, I continue to reassess how much you actually need when you’re travelling. My recent ten day trip to Greece saw me take only carry on luggage, quite funny given that I was the fashion blogger amongst a range of different media personalities – most of which had 2 checked bags! But with 7 flights and 3 ferries in less than 10 days, I knew an adaptable wardrobe in a carry on bag was the best option. And man was I glad I did that!

To celebrate the release of a gorgeous new range of silk styles from Grana (check it out, there’s sooo many lovely new styles and colours!), and the fact that many of you are probably planning your summer holiday packing lists, I’ve created a formula for packing light. I based it on the fact that when packing you should try to pick essential and wearable pieces so you have lots of choice – which is exactly the type of pieces you’ll find over at Grana.

Packing Guide

The perfect holiday wardrobe is simple, adaptable and streamlined, and these Grana silks are perfect. Because nothing looks as good as carry on luggage feels… Right?

Packing for a holiday with only carry on

The guide is pretty simple and laid out in the diagram, but here’s a bit more detail for you. Obviously when planning your suitcase these rules still apply (so make sure to think about culture, climate and colours), but the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 formula is a natural progression on from this for this of you who, like me, like to be mobile.

The 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Rule

5 Tops

Choose 5 flexible and adaptable tops which go with all the other pieces you’re taking with you. A couple of silk camis (or perhaps shell styles or a silk tee if you prefer to be a little more covered) are the perfect foundation for a huge number of amazing outfits.  These five include outerwear (which is fine for your summer holiday), so chose a piece that will get you onto the plane and through any chilly evenings in style.

4 bottoms

Throw in 4 bottoms including shorts, skirts and jeans (the spread will depend where you’re going). Make sure to go with complimentary fabrics and colours – I love a soft pair of silk shorts that can be worn to the beach or with a heel for a more evening look.

3 Dresses / Rompers 

Dresses and rompers are the easiest pieces to throw on, although they do limit your mixing and matching options, so stick with a maximum of three of these. For these pieces, you’ll want to make sure they suit the colour palette of your accessories like your bags and shoes, as that’s all you’ll be wearing them with.

3 Pairs of Shoes

Shoes are where a lot of us become unstuck when it comes to packing, but the trick is to pick very, very wearable shoes that go with everything you’ve packed. When travelling you’ll want to opt for more flats than heels, sometimes I don’t even bother with heels at all and just take an extra pair of more dressy flats.

2 Bags

For bags, you’re going to want a large bag that will act as your travel one (backpack or tote is good) when you’re on the plane or wander the markets, and have another smaller one for evenings and when you don’t want to carry too much. Pick these in two different shades, and match each with a pair of your shoes.

2 Bikinis

If you’re heading on a summer holiday you’re going to want atleast two bikinis (but not too many more than that), so that you have choice when one set is wet.

1 Hat, Watch and Sunnies

Stick with one of each accessory, . I take a couple of pairs of sunglasses, but in reality only ever wear one or two so try to limit those – it’s less to lose!


For underwear, socks and jewellery, feel free to throw in as much as you can manage, squeeze them into your shoes the other gaps in your luggage!

Read on to see my 5,4,3,2,1 packing guide IRL, including some examples of how you could style your carry on wardrobe. And if you have any thoughts about his guide or tips please do share!

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Items in the diagram, top to bottom left to right: Grana silk camis, Grana silk shell top, Topshop denim jacket, Grana silk shorts, Topshop shorts, Club Monaco Lace Dress, Madewell romper, Topshop gladiator flats, Topshop sneakers, J Crew Heels, Topshop Bikini, Marysia one piece, J Crew Bag, Celine bag, Daniel Wellington Watch, Karen Walker sunglasses.

Happy Travels!

Images by Stephanie Teng. This post is in collaboration with Grana

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