Thursday, 11 October 2012

Virginia Beach

I'm guest blogging today for the lovely Clare at Understated Classics, please head over and check out her fabulous blog :-)

When Clare made a shout out for a guest blogger I was an eager volunteer, I’m pretty new to the blogging world and I've never been a guest blogger before.. So, here goes...

I’m an Australian lover of shopping, style and fashion. In August 2011 my husband and then two year old son, Max left Sydney, Australia for the adventure of a lifetime. We spent 12 amazing months in the UK, living in a beautiful English village and travelling through France, Poland, Belgium and Italy before arriving in Maryland, USA, for our final 3 months away from home. 

Today, I’m coming to you from Virginia Beach, VA, this week my hubby is stationed at the Navy base here, so Max and I decided to tag along. I grew up in Australia on the sunny Gold Coast, and Virginia Beach is about as similar to it as I’ve found in almost 15 months away. Sadly, today the wind was blowing and the skies were grey but I could easily imagine the sun shining, the cocktails flowing and the crowded beach in the height of summer and boy, did it remind me of home.

top / banana republic / jeans / levi's /scarf / zara / bag / marks and spencer

shoes / Clarks

I’m a fairly savvy packer, so when we travel I tend to stick to mix and match basics in my favourite cool shades of navy, pink, green and grey.  My ‘must haves’ include skinny jeans (today I’ve stuck to classic dark blue but coloured jeans are also a staple), stripes and a fun and cheerful scarf. Add an ever practical cross body bag and comfy shoes, such as these metallic brogues and I’m ready to go. Sadly, my husband heard the word ‘beach’ and thought ‘shorts’ and shivered his way up the boardwalk before declaring Virginia Beach might be best viewed from the car…

I could talk  (preach?) about travel packing for days.... Do you have a packing strategy or are you are 'throw it all in the bag' and go kinda gal?


  1. I love those shoes. So playful.

    I guest post a lot and have guest posters too. It's a great way to build up your readers and blogging network. Rachel x

  2. I entered in a whole post, only to have my computer decide I am not who I am and delete it all :(

    Anyway, I am a terrible packer. Not savvy at all. Firstly, I am always the last to pack my bag. I would rather pack 1000 other bags than my own. Fills me with fear. Over analysing everything and every item, yes, that would be me. I pack far too much. But at least if a snowstorm hits in the morning and then a heatwave in the afternoon I am a sure fire thing to have the clothes to see me through. I pack almost everything I own for the "just incase we ..." ... which by the way, almost 99% of the time never eventuates, but ... at least I am prepared like a good girl scout should.

    And okay I admit to always having the heaviest bag in the family. My hubby loves to mock me at the check-in counters about how heavy it is. Whatever darling husband. I don't think I will ever change. I have been in a situation before of not having enough clothes and it wasn't something I want to ever go through any time soon.

    Excess baggage was created for people like me :/

    Mel x

  3. I love that scarf! I have a big Zara floral scarf and it's so handy- goes with everything!

    Sarah x

  4. I love your scarves too Belinda! I've been reading your blog while being here in Italy and was inspired to go and buy myself a scarf too to brighten up my (very restricted!) travel wardrobe (and it worked a treat - thank you!) Travelling light and packing sensibly - while still being fashionable - is a topic dear to my heart. I'm interested to hear more from you on the subject! Ali x

  5. Thanks Alison! I'm so pleased you've been reading. I have popped in and read your blog too. I especially liked the post about driving on the wrong side of the road, I have given up here in the US, I just let J drive and Max and I walk ;-)

  6. If you are EVER in the Virginia Beach area again - I noticed you posted another post about getting a bad haircut...we work at a salon on Shore drive, shearblissvb. com and would absolutely love to show you what it means to get your hair cut and styled the Shear Bliss way! : ) Your pics and trip are so beautiful, and I just like to make sure that next time, if you get another haircut while you're over here, that you get one you'll be happy with : )