Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Living out of a suitcase

Those who know me well will know that I have moved house a lot. When I say a lot, I mean an awful lot. I mean many, many times... You get the picture. Anyone who has moved recently will remember that when moving you are at your most feral, you spend days in a grotty tracksuit, hair goes unwashed, fingernails get chipped. It ain’t pretty.

Then when the moving truck drives off into the sunset with all your belongings in it, you feel a sense of freedom that for now, there is nothing more you can do.. And then you have the best shower of your life. Our removal truck left a few short hours ago and tonight, we’re off for dinner at the pub with some lovely friends who we may not see for a while. I’m wearing one of my favourite jackets (from Monsoon) to celebrate that this move, is at least, partially done.

jacket / Monsoon / jeans / Gap / grey t shirt / Zara

So we spend the next few days in temporary accommodation at our local pub (yes, the husband is in heaven), then on Friday we head to Italy for a week, a few nights in London, then USA here we come. Essentially for the next 10 days we live out of a bag, so here are my tips for packing;

  • If you are going away for 5 days, pack 5 complete outfits, including accessories. Do not throw random separates into a bag and run, you will arrive at your destination and find yourself wearing haphazard combinations for the first few days then resort to buying batik print sarongs and tops from tourist shops that say ‘My sister went to XXX and all I got was this lousy T-shirt’.

  • Colour coordinate obsessively, especially during winter. Pack one coat (either black or navy works well) and coordinate the rest of your outfit. It may seem boring but it will prevent you having to over pack.
  • Accessories are your friends; scarfs, earrings and statement necklaces are lightweight and easy to pack. Use these to make your outfits interesting.
  • Have fun, pack your shortest skirt and your loudest blouse. You are away from home and can be a little more daring!

We all hate moving don't we, please tell me your moving horror stories! 


  1. Love the jacket!

    Bethany Paige (www.paigeoffashion.blogspot.co.uk) X

  2. Nice Stuff... I Like it.... Carry on the Fantastic Work!

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