Zara Summer Sale Haul

Happy Tuesday lovelies! Brighten your day with a cuppa alongside my new Zara haul video… enjoy!

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What’s in My Travel Bag

Hello there! It seems that every time I try to find time to write this blog post I’m half way out the door- but I didn’t want to miss out on this week’s post because of it. To catch you up on why I have been so busy this week, I tried to write on Tuesday when I had a bit of free time after hiking in Yosemite (which is amazing!!!) but found myself unexpectedly having a day of planning after an air b n b host cancelled. Later on this week, I had a day of exploring Monterey, Big Sur and thought I could write some more when I got to San Luis Obispo (SLO for all of you US guys and gals- I know how you guys like to keep it short and sweet), but before I knew it, my bags were packed again for Solvang and now here we are in Santa Barbara. Speaking of Santa Barbara, I only have the time to write as I woke up at stupid o’clock, but there’s a silver lining to everything, as I was given the gift of time to write this week’s post for Natalia Talks About!

With Summer now officially upon us, I know that most of you have been, are or will be going on your holidays or travels very soon. It is really exciting travelling around and seeing new places but it also means you have to be clever with your packing skills; you have to be a Houdini of the travel world. Depending on the type of trip you have planned the below list of items may come in handy when you’re looking to pack your hand luggage.

When I go to an airport I tend to squeeze a few more valuable things into my carry on luggage. I usually pack my hand luggage into the standard small wheely IT suitcases and I carry a small handbag. However I knew that for this trip, one big suitcase and rucksack would suit me much more for 6 weeks around California and New York, with everything else packed away into my suitcase.

1. Rucksack

I initially chose an elegant and fashionable black leather rucksack from Kurt Geiger as I envisioned myself pounding the New York pavements with the chic bag and a bagel and coffee in hand. However I soon realised a sportier rucksack would be far more beneficial on a day to day basis. So instead I bought a black Fiorelli Sports Strike backpack from House of Fraser.

2. Electricals

We all need some entertainment to get us through a long flight, whether it’s to calm your fear of flying, to block out that screaming child, or to just get yourself through a terrible flight like I had to (less than ideal!) So I make sure that I pack my earphones, my tablet with any shows downloaded from Netflix onto it, my camera (digital and Polaroid), my phone and my kindle at the ready with any chargers and adaptors stored with it for ease. I also like to keep all of my valuables on me should something happen to my suitcase (*taps on wood!*)

3. Eye mask

This has become a life saver not only for planes but in the air b n b’s I have stayed in! Definitely make sure you have an eye mask, especially if you are going on a long haul flight.

4. Hair bobble

Every girl’s second best friend to diamonds.

5. Wet wipes

No they are not just for babies, wet wipes are brilliant for day to day use, especially if you accidentally spill your inflight meal on you mid journey (I’m a bit of a klutz).

6. Liquids

In the U.K. they are very hot on having all of your liquids in a small plastic bag under 100ml. As I luckily had a suitcase to pack my shampoo etc., in my hand luggage I packed some hand lotion, a mini mouth wash and toothpaste for freshening up, lip balm, hand anti-bac and some deodorant.

7. Painkillers

Carry these on with you for similar reasons. Nurofen express painkillers are fantastic for resolving a headache quickly.

8. Extra clothes

On most flights I have been on I get cold easily, so I pack a light jumper and jacket to layer up in. I also make sure that my jewellery is in my bag for safe keeping and I tend to wear my holiday hat at the airport (yes I am that person!) but my sunglasses stay in my bag.

9. Snacks and water

Whether you bring something from home or buy a sandwich at the airport, make sure you have food and water with you. I have also only just learned that you can bring a reusable empty water bottle with you through security. You only need to dispose of your water before you go through, then on the other side fill it back up at a water fountain.

10. ID and currency

Passport, boarding pass and any visas are essential. I always pack these first or last to avoid forgetting about them. Make sure that some of your money (in the currency of the country you are travelling to) is in a separate wallet as well as some of it being stored in your main one, should one get stolen/misplaced.

That is pretty much it on my list! What else do you pack in your travel bag? I’m off now to explore more of Santa Barbara. Happy Sunday!

Outfit details

Hat– H&M £8.99

Jacket– Primark £12

Denim skirt– Topshop £40

Backpack– Fiorelli (sold out now in the size I got it but the mini is on sale for £22)

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My Wardrobe Must Haves

Today I’m trying something new which is so 2018- blogging on my phone. Unfortunately this isn’t by choice but I have come down with a horrible bug and I just can’t bear myself to open my laptop. However I have really enjoyed writing daily and no bug will get me down (for too long!)

In my last fashion related post I spoke about the seasons biggest trends. What’s great is that many of these trends are continuing into Spring/ Summer 2018, so those investments you made will pay off. Nonetheless you really don’t have to blow your budget to stay on trend and I’ve found some great steals on the high street and in the sales. In this post I am going to dedicate it to my staple wardrobe pieces and there will be a separate post soon on hair and beauty trends, stay posted guys! Now see me play dress up in my best buys this season.

The Red Jumper

I was on the hunt for my perfect red jumper this season which had to fit into the following criteria:

Comfort

No itchy or scratchy jumpers please, these just make me come out in a rash or I’m scratching like a kitten gone wild. It had to be comfortable otherwise I would just end up never wearing it.

Style

This goes without saying that style and chicness is key. I wanted to be able to throw my jumper on without having to plan my outfit too much. The jumper had to be versatile going with skirts, jeans and trousers of all colours.

Colour

Criteria of red is not specific enough for my liking. It had to be true red or a red that only has a tinge of orange, rather than a totally “orangery red”.

I actually found two red jumpers I loved! The first is from H&M and was on sale for just £12.99- BARGAIN! I got mine in an extra small for a tighter fit.

I would pair this outfit with some heeled sock boots and a statement belt to bring it together.

The second jewel I found was this oversized jumper from Zara costing only £39.99- Not sure if it’s now in the sale it may be less!

I love how versatile this jumper is, that it can be worn tucked in or alternatively for a boyfriend style it can be worn just loose. This piece would also suit a statement necklace or earrings, mom jeans or a cute checked skirt. I’ve paired mine with my checked trousers from H&M at £30 I think. This leads me onto my next trend…

Checked patterns

As you can see above I’ve paired my red jumper with some checked trousers. The ones I have I would recommend as they are 10/10 for comfort and fit. I have seen countless coats in checked or houndstooth pattern all totalling over the £100 mark. Although this is a standard price for some coats, it wasn’t in my budget at this stage. You know that saying that when you’re not looking for something you will find what you have been searching for? That’s exactly what happened with this coat! The stars aligned and it was destiny. From £60 down to £30 with a 50% discount in the H&M sale was this beauty.

I love the length and the fit of this coat which also really compliments the vibrant red tones.

Ruffles

I found my next piece at Reserved. I can’t remember exactly how much it cost me but it was definitely under £20.00.

The ruffle trend has been seen all over London Fashion Week and it brings some movement and a twist to your usual outfit.

I absolutely love this shade of purple and it’s something that I don’t already have anything similar to in my wardrobe (brownie points to me for branching out). Even being so pale in these Winter months, I think the shade will suit so many skin stones and hair colours. I would combine this top with some over the knee boots for even more style.

Florals

I wear florals all year around, and I know what you’re thinking,

“Florals for Spring. Groundbreaking”.

I just can’t help it I’m drawn to them! 60s floral prints are said to be the next big thing- great for any boho babes. This next top I got is from Zara (bit of a theme going on here) and it’s also got ruffles. It’s not quite 60s but I’ve combined it with my purple leather mini skirt from New Look and some sock boots from Dorothy Perkins.

This is a close up of the boots I’m wearing for anyone wondering.

Im glad that I chose a block heel as it definitely makes them easier to walk in!

That’s it for my style pieces this season, I hope this gave you some outfit inspo! What other trends are you following?