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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Lost Tribe dress | Tree of Life

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

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!