My Hawaii wardrobe.

I have traveled quite a bit over the years and I have got my packing essential curated down to just a few things. I used to overpack tremendously, taking everything from entire first aid kit to emergency food supplies and far too many clothes. I googled ‘Packing List’ and the amount of items on their lists actually blows my mind. Really, who actually packs a nightlight with extra bulbs and a cork board with pins? Yes, those things were on some of the packing lists I looked at!

I didn’t take those things, but I was still overpacking and my luggage was always right on the weight restrictions, then I never had any room left for shopping and we can’t have that, can we?
I learnt very quickly what the ‘essentials’ really are, what to leave at home and how to pack smart.

For instance; If you are going somewhere you intend on shopping for clothes, just take 2 changes of clothes and buy more there, or take your oldest grungiest clothes as chuck them out as you buy new stuff. Note: this works particularly well for making your husband throw out his yucky old sneakers – ‘Sorry honey, we just don’t have the room, something has got to go!’.

My next trip is tomorrow … to Hawaii!!! (excited much)
Of course I will be shopping over there so there was no need to pack much, but I thought I’d share a few things I picked up recently in case any of you are also going on a summer holiday.

Here’s a few of my favourite things …

Swimwear, essential in Hawaii and probably better to buy before you go as you don’t want to spend hours on holiday looking for the perfect swimsuit before you can enjoy the beach!

Boardwalk Bandeau Swim Maillot | BAKU
Boardwalk Bandeau Swim Maillot | BAKU

I bought this one from Baku as the slight ruching hides my mummy belly and the structured cups give me a good shape, and the cute little frill on the shoulders had me at hello! Clearly I don’t look like this in it, but hey, we can’t all be supermodels, right?

Kaftans are my go to beachwear cover up items. I don’t mind a great sarong, but I feel comfortable in kaftans.
I have a few in my suitcase for this trip, because I think I’ll be living I them!

Tropicana kaftan | Haven
Tropicana kaftan | Haven

This is one of my favourites, look at that print, so perfect for Hawaii and I can wear it at the beach or out for lunch with a pair of skinny 7/8 pants.

Dresses are the easiest thing to throw on when you’re on holiday, they are lightweight to pack and pretty much a no-brainer when getting dressed in the morning after a big night of cocktails at the beach bar.
I bought this fabulous animal print off the shoulder number and have already worn it a few times, it’s super comfortable, cool and covers a multitude of sins, and hello …. animal print!

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I also got this black loose fitting dress which can be worn at the beach, with some cute sandals for lunch and shopping, or with a heel for dinner.

Mari Dress | eb&ive
Mari Dress | eb&ive

My gorgeous friend from The Wishing Trees gifted me a stunning kaftan to swan around in. It has sold out online, but she has some others that are similar, I love this one.
Again, I like to take pieces that can take me from the beach to the bar and this one is a perfect example.

Captivate Kaftan | The Wishing Tree
Captivate Kaftan | The Wishing Trees

I think I am pretty much covered for anything from snorkelling to a casual dinner and drinks by the pool.
I’ve barely filled half a suitcase so I have heaps of room to shop up a storm!

Do you have any shopping recommendations for me?
Little, local shops are my favourites!

Hayley x

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Coastalstyle Australia

Y’all know how much I love discovering and introducing little and local businesses to you.
I am super excited about this one because with Christmas and Summer just around the corner I know you will love it!

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I found Coastalstyle Australia on Instagram recently and fell in love with their range of pure silver jewellery.
Their pieces evoke memories of days at the beach searching for the perfect shell, and the glistening sparkle from the ocean that always makes me feel so relaxed.

I was lucky enough to be gifted a few pieces from the Coastalstyle range and have been diligently testing them out so I can report back to you all.
I know, it’s a tough life, but somebody has to do it … right?

I have been wearing the Silver Droplets bracelet pretty much permanently for a few weeks. It is my favourite piece from the range because it is so versatile. It has a special clasp that allows you to change out the charms to match your mood or outfit. I have a lustrous pearl drop and a silver charm (organic sea stars) that I think looks like a fingerprint from the ocean. I can’t even begin to tell you haw many comments I have had on this piece, It really is special.

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I have also been trying out a the convertible charm necklace which has the same clasp as the bracelet so I can swap my charms between the two pieces.
What I also love is that you can choose your necklace length when you buy this piece, I don’t know how many times I’ve bought a necklace online and it’s not the right length for me.

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These precious little earrings are made from a real shell found on Scawfell Island in the Whitsundays on the Great Barrier Reef, a beautiful tiny island only accessible by the occasional sailboat passing through. They really are one of a kind, Pippa carefully collected the shell herself. They are handmade using pure silver and then hand sanded and polished.

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The entire Coastalstyle range is fresh, unique and beautiful. It is all meticulously handcrafted on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.
These pieces are made to treasure for a lifetime.

Pippa can also work with you on a custom piece. I think it is so special to have something that nobody else does, that was handcrafted just for you!

I am always interested in the back story about these fabulous little businesses so I grabbed half an hour with Pippa from Coastalstyle to learn a little bit about Coastalstyle.

1.Tell us a little bit about yourself …
Born in Rhodesia, then raised in the UK, I longed to return to the southern hemisphere. I went to visit friends in South Africa and ended up settling there. A few years on I met my amazing husband. His job led us to travel extensively, living in different parts of the world, Australia being one of them. After 8 years in Sydney, we moved to the Sunshine Coast where we now live with our 2 beautiful Border Collies. We have family in the UK, Melbourne and Brisbane, but the lifestyle, sailing and weather have kept us happily here for the past 22 years!

2. Clearly you are a coastal gal at heart, when did you develop such a love of the ocean?
We have always lived near water so always owned a boat of some sort, whether it was a canoe, a tinny, or a sail boat. On the Sunshine Coast, we had 10 incredible years sailing and exploring the Great Barrier Reef in our Perry43 Catamaran. We would leave Mooloolaba and head up as far north as Lizard Island, visiting different reefs, diving and exploring. That’s when I really fell in love with the ocean.
The azure expanses of crystal clear water, deserted islands and sand quays, inhabited by the most beautiful colourful sea life, not to mention the amazing friends we made along the way, gave us memories to last a lifetime.

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Pippa’s beautiful catamaran!

3.What made you decide to bring your love of the ocean into the creative outlet of jewellery design?
I wanted to capture my love of the ocean to remind me of the places we loved to sail. So many of us have treasured memories of the Ocean and fun holidays in the sun.
I first started with glass designs for colour, and loved creating little underwater scenes in large focal beads. Miniature clown fish, crabs and shells with little jelly fish being my biggest challenge! They were treasured reminders of our cruising life and also became my best sellers. My latest silver shell collections are from different islands that we visited and beautiful deserted beaches that we explored. I carried moulding putty with me wherever we went!

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4.Do you remember the first piece you made?
Yes! My first piece ever was a lampwork bead which looked more like a weapon than a piece of jewellery.That was 8 years ago, I still have it and am so very proud of it!

5. I understand you custom make pieces, tell us about this process?
From Start to finish, I create each piece with love and attention to every detail. No two pieces are ever the same, not even the designs on a pair of earrings. I like to personalise it for each and every one of my customers. I work in both fine, Argentium and sterling silver, with little gold accents using different metalsmithing techniques.

6.Do you have a favourite piece? Or is that like asking a mother about her favourite child?
Yes, that’s a hard one! I love pieces that evoke a memory or story, something that can be personalised. I love the fine silver charms, and have fun making custom shapes and patterns, personalising them or hiding a secret message inside a ring or cuff bracelet. Anything to make it yours and personal.

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7.How do you feel when you see others wearing your beautiful designs?
Happy and proud and flattered! I remember when I was picking up my niece from the airport, and was sure that a lady just walked past me wearing Coastalstyle Australia earrings. I tried to peek a few times just to make sure, and introduced myself before stalking charges were laid!
There is nothing like seeing a special smile on a customer’s face, when you have not only created something that has come from your heart, but when you have also touched theirs.

8. What is next for Coastalstyle?
I will be adding new styles next year, using new techniques to create different designs. Social media has been a wonderful way to make new connections, and I am really looking forward to also showcasing the collection in person at different venues. Or we might just arrange a “Shells and Champagne” get to-gether on the deck!
I just want to make beautiful pieces that people love and that mean something to them.
Oh, and buy more tools!

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Coastalstyle pieces come beautifully gift boxed and with Christmas coming I think these pieces are just the most gorgeous gift for girls of all ages,  my teenage daughters (and wannabe mermaids) love them as much as I do!
My girls have the Mini Shells stacking rings on their Christmas list, and I’m dreaming up a custom made round charm with the Birdsnest Coral design and my initials on the back.
What’s on your wish list?

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You can shop with Coastalstyle Australia here.
You can find Coastalstyle on Instagram here and Facebook here.

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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Easy Peasy shopping for your shape!

I’m off to Hawaii in a few weeks!
Sounds exciting huh?
Hmmm, yes and no … Yes because hello, it’s HAWAII!!! No because I have nothing to wear.

I chose a day where I wasn’t feeling completely terrible about my own body and put on my most flattering underwear. I then proceeded to try on anything and everything that was remotely Hawaii holiday wardrobe worthy.
Firstly I was in denial, no way, my shorts must have shrunk … all of them … SHRUNK!
My dresses … they must have shrunk too! But then I clicked, maybe I have just got bigger boobs, yep that’s it, I have bigger boobs and I am OK with that!
But then I tried on some swimwear, EEK!

After I sat on the floor in my wardrobe crying for a good half an hour, I went and devoured a Cadbury Salted Caramel fun size chocolate, ok … maybe two.
I then drove myself to Aldi and bought a months worth of diet shakes. I’ll let you know how they go.

Then I decided that to be comfortable on our vacation I really needed to buy some new clothes.
Who wants to be digging their shorts out of their butt and stressing that their zipper might bust if you take another bite of dinner, not me, that’s for sure!

So, the hunt began.
I know my own body and I know what I like but I was in no state to enter 7,963 change rooms with pushy sales assistants right now. Is it just me or do they stand outside, wait until you are down to you underwear and then tug on the curtain to see if you need anything?
No thank-you! It’s internet shopping for me right now!

 After many hours scrolling far too many websites, I was getting quite confused and was about to give up and wear a Muumuu everyday, when in Hawaii right?
Then I went back to one of my old faithful sites that I have been frequenting for a few years. I remembered seeing a ‘shop by your body shape’ section on their site. After some further investigation I actually found that they do a ‘personalised style guide’. It’s free, quick and easy so I thought why not, what have I got to lose?

Excuse me friends, but this is the best thing ever!

So you go through this easy peasy questionnaire with things like details about your body shape and what parts you are happy to show off and what parts you would prefer to cover up.

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You choose what kind of personality you have in terms of your style. Do you have classic style, are you a fashionista, playful, modern, romantic?

What are your favourite colours to wear?

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How often do you dress for occasions from casual to business attire, to formal?

Do you have any particular brands that you like and tend to gravitate towards often?

And finally they ask you what fit you prefer with all you pieces of clothes. They really cover everything from sleeve length to skirt length.

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Then just like magic, they show you a customised collection of clothes that will suit your shape, in your style, your colours and your preferences.
Here’s a glimpse of mine.
I honestly love them all, and found so many items that I didn’t even look at or know to look for before.

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Here’s a couple of my favourites, they even show you how to style it  …

And then, yes, there is more!
They e-mail you this super cool Personalised Style Guide booklet with heaps of tips and tricks for dressing your shape. I know, how cool, it has my name on it!

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And for the blue lovers like me …

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Honestly girls, grab yourself a cuppa or champers, take the quick quiz and get yourself sorted for summer in one easy evening!
If you’re wondering what I ended up buying, you’ll have to stalk my Insta pics when I’m in Hawaii!

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR PERSONALISED STYLE GUIDE!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

PS. Just so you know, this is not a sponsored post, I just really wanted to share this with y’all!

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One Sunday

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Henrietta Cheshire not only has the coolest name, but she’s one smart cookie too.

Henrietta identified a gap in the girls wear market for beautiful clothing for girls aged eight to sixteen, so she started her own range. She has found success producing clothing of classic style with an edgy twist, and an emphasis on European quality and detail.

One Sunday clothes tick all the boxes, they are ethically designed, sweatshop free and made in Sydney using fabrics milled in New Zealand.

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I needed to know more about this fabulous business and was lucky enough to chat to Henrietta herself …

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Six years ago I set up my business, One Sunday to provide an alternative in the girls’ tweenwear market. With three of my own girls who were growing up fast I was struggling to find clothing for them that I thought was suitable and age appropriate. I was also keen to make clothing that was ethically produced with a small footprint. I am really lucky to have been able to achieve all these goals. My background was in interior design and I have always had a really keen interest in fashion and fabric and sewing. At university I studied Fine Arts and although the clothing industry isn’t really connected to Fine Arts, my training helped me to develop my sense of colour and style.

Your tween girls clothing range is classic yet edgy. Where did you find your inspiration behind the designs?

My design are classic yet edgy, the classic nature of my design is influenced by living in London when my children were small and falling head over heels in love with European fashion for children, stunning pea coats and smoked dresses and fine prints. Perfect for London dwelling children but less practical for children growing up in a more outdoorsy Australia. So whilst I am influenced European design my clothes are definitely very Australian in style.

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Your clothes are all ethically designed, sweatshop-­‐free and made in Australia using fabrics milled in New Zealand. Is it important to you to support little and local businesses?

I think that small business is such an important part of the Australian financial scene. We are great doers and fabulous at coming up with new and exciting adventures. Australians are also great at supporting new businesses. I try and support small business as much as I can whether it be through buying my Christmas presents on the Etsy site or supporting a mum in my network who is trying out something new.

You’ve recently branched out into womenswear due to customer demand. Is there any future plans to expand further to boys clothes or menswear?

I would love to start designing boyswear, I have two super cute nephews who provide great inspiration. When designing boyswear the trick is finding the right shirt fabrics, they need to be robust and also in stand out prints.

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How do you feel when you see someone on the street or on social media wearing one of your designs?

When I see someone wearing my clothes I am like a child again, I get super excited, whilst pretending to be super cool about it, when really I bursting with pride inside! I always love seeing a design that I haven’t had in stock for a few years, so I have kind of forgotten about it and to see it still going strong makes me feel great about what I do. My clothes are designed to last more than one season and if necessary more than one child.

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Do you have any advice for others dreaming of starting a business in the fashion industry?

For those dreaming of starting a fashion business, surround yourself with good people you can rely on and if possible start really small. If you sell out in the first season then great! Fashion is an expensive business, so don’t go into it if you are planning to make lots of money!

What does the future hold for One Sunday?

The future is looking bright for One Sunday, next year marks a move back into retail with even more new designs and really strong seasons coming up which I am personally really excited about. Our focus will still be on dresses, for parties etc.. but we will have a few surprises along the way.

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Now, as all my beautiful readers know, I don’t like to recommend anything I haven’t tried or experienced myself. Henrietta was lovely enough to send my girls a piece each to try out and I’ve got to say they both love them. The fabric is soft and allows movement, they fit well and are styles that the girls love.

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One Sunday clothes are thoughtfully made, wearable and comfortable. They will last beyond one season, and even beyond one child. Most definitely worth the investment.

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You can shop from One Sunday’s beautiful collection of girls wear, womens wear, homewares and gifts here.

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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