We all style identified with a character from Sex & the city. I remember being 13 years fresh from a trip to London and wanting to wear my teal snakeskin buffalos I found in Camden town and what did I wear with it? My red snakeskin suit, I mean what else? My spirit animal was clearly Carrie. Sadly my style has become more classic less fearless over the years.Read More
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who plan down to the last detail and those who freestyle. I’m the latter. I’m the life of the party, please don’t ask me what we’re eating in the house we hired for the next 7 days when the closest mall is an hour away. The irony of those who freestyle is that in spite of what seems like spontaneity — a sort of laissez-faire attitude that enables the free-styler to seamlessly transport himself from point A to point B — this traveler is meticulous.
I only had one carry-on luggage spanning 13 days of travel in 5 different locations but I knew exactly which outfits I wanted in case an Instagram opportunity availed itself. I check the weather for the next 14 days and add my destinations to my weather app. To master the art of the YOLO travel lifestyle one must be 2 things: flexible and willing to compromise. For instance: I’d love to take my Chanel espadrilles BUT when and where will I actually wear them. It becomes a case of need vs want. I probably take more shoes on a trip than actual clothing and they land up stuffed into my handbag. But on this trip I only packed practical shoes eg. Sneakers, 1 pair of heels (because wedding) and sliders.
For those following my Instagram you know exactly where I was and what I wore. But for those who missed it here I am serving one amazing location : Rust en Vrede, a waterfall tucked in between the mountains of the klein Karoo in what looks like a practical outfit but I got it marginally wrong to say the least.
In my mind: I took white sneakers because they match with all my outfits
Practically: we hiked up a mountain in mud to get to this waterfall
In my mind: denim serves as the most practical of all clothing items
Practically: the Karoos region 32 degrees felt like a raging sauna and I eventually was soaking wet and not from the waterfall (rolls eyes)
In conclusion the only practical advise I’m seemingly allowed to give:
you should always pack these items even if you don’t use it as they practically take up zero space (destination dependent of course): bathing suits, zero pants, no real need for shoes beyond those of the slipper variety and a light jacket.
So we spoke about the awkward autumn wardrobe and being in Durban this past weekend reminded me that winter doesn’t really exist there either. I tried layering (to be respectful to the fact that it is autumn in South Africa) and landed up (inappropriately so) in the car removing most of it because humidity is real. So I haven’t fully transitioned yet (how Caitlyn Jenner of me) and I’ve found myself recycling the same items over and over again….
Heres a list of my current most abused items: (Disclaimer: kindly note this list changes sporadically)
· my all white roshe runs ( I know, you’ve seen them all over my instagram)
· my high waisted ripped jeans because I simply look thinner (please note: most abused item since September 2015)
· my fitted burnt orange skirt because thick thighs saves lives
· my bomber jacket (bought 2 days ago…worn everyday since)
· anything grey because neutrals
#TBH I would wear these sneakers with my pyjamas if it was socially acceptable to go the shops in sleep wear because I feel they match with 99% of everything. They appear in almost every #OOTD I’m pretty sure people may think I don’t have any other pairs of shoes when in actual fact I’m a bit of a shoe hoarder (by abit I obviously mean a lot).
Also I’ve been my own #MCM buying clothes from the mens section because everything is aways sold out/too expensive/not warm enough in the womens section lately. So I’m improvising, gender neutral for the win. Okay maybe not lately because I like dabbling in the mens perfume section since forever, I just like the muskier notes. Either way my outfits will definitely have an ‘if I was a boy’ vibe too them, prepare yourself. Just really prepare yourselves for an onslaught of the same items over and over again. We can just think of it as a 5 Items worn in 30 ways winter series? Yes? No?
Okay I’m running with that one because
1) budget is real
2) winter sucks so I’m not buying clothes until summer
Top: Country Road
Skirt: Cotton on