Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Done & Dusted

I've finally finished my packing, the bags are locked and Jon's hidden the key so there's no chance of me sneaking a last minute maxi dress or an extra pair of earrings into my capsule travel wardrobe.

The playsuit and kaftan below are beachwear, ideal for slipping over a bikini for sunset cocktails, seashore walks or wandering through the coconut groves on the way to the beach.

River Island playsuit (50p car boot sale) worn with my vintage denim waistcoat, paisley headscarf (ExtraCare 75p), Country Casuals belt, tooled leather bag, Vintage Polaroid sunglasses (courtesy of beautiful Misfit Sarah) and macrame pendant (from my darling Helga), tribal anklelets from India

Antik Batik silk kaftan (courtesy of the gorgeous Christina) worn with my paisley head scarf and "Festival" hoop earrings
Here's my ecclectic choice of holiday reading:

 This won't last three weeks but there's a book exchange in the village so I can trade them in for more when I'm finished.

In addition to the five dresses, silk kaftan, two scarves and playsuit (and the outfit I'm travelling in) I'm also taking four bikinis, two pairs of vintage sunglasses, a belt, rubber flip flops and a pair of leather sandals. The flip-flips are the only new purchase and cost a princely £2 from Asda. Pavements are non-existent in most of Goa and nightlife is mostly centred on the beach. There's absolutely no point in taking lots of shoes as most of the time I'll be barefoot.

From bottom left: Microfibre towel, vintage wrap skirt (courtesy of the lovely Pearl), the Hindi-print yellow sarong, make-up bag (containing blusher, kohl, tweezers, make-up mirror and pencil sharpener), Oscar De La Renta leather jewellery roll stuffed with hair accessories, bindis and jewellery plus two packs of 1950's folding travel hangers.

First aid and toiletries. Odomos is an Indian brand of mossie repellent, cheap as chips and safe enough to use on even the most sensitive of skin.

This is my travelling outfit:

1970's Dollyrockers maxi skirt (eBay 99p) worn with a St Michael Broiderie Anglaise wench top (flea market 25p), Swedish Hasbeens and my trusty denim waistcoat. The silk shawl provides extra warmth on the plane and was from Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu.

Now I'm finished with my packing I can go to the pub later and also have time for the monthly jumble sale and a car boot sale before I leave on Friday. Hoorah for forward planning!


Judy C said...

I love the way you put things together and the look you get. I might even be a little jealous.

See said...

how funnnnn! Have a safe trip darling. you have some amazing items there by the way.

Fanny Pinkleton said...

Have a wonderful trip and 'see' you when you get back! xxx

sacramento said...

I wish I could get into your case when Jhon is not looking. UFFFF we would need a trunk, then heheheheh

Veshoevius said...

Have a great time Vix! You do look the part in hot pink and orange - I love the Kaftan too - so jealous!

Alexandra Mason said...

Gorgeous outfits...i love the playsuit, i'm thinking about making one for summer xxx

Sophie said...

Have a wonderful and safe trip!
Hope you find some goddies at the jumble and car boot!

MyStyle said...

Hi my dear-hurrah for being so stylishly organised, a jumble and bootie before you go too, how fabulous indeed!! Love the kaftan from Christina, just gorgeous xxx

Dash said...

Crikey Vix, your so organised! I would be packing the night before and running around at the last minute. Everything looks gorgeous I know your going to have a fabulous time.

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Have an AMAZING time. Are you sure you won't need to repack after the jumble and boot sale??

I love your 'festival hoops' by the way. One simply isn't dressed without earrings xx

Tanvi said...

You are looking smoking HOT in the playsuit. Have fun in Goa! :)

♡ from © tanvii.com

Smashingbird said...

You are very organised, have a fab trip! xxx

Eeek said...

Have a fab trip! Great wardrobe! Have never read Mary Anne by Daphne D'M can you let me know your verdict!!! Goa sounds divine!

Lady Cherry said...

Well done for being so organised. My son is off skiing in two weeks and wants to pack already :-/ In complete contrast, himself packs about an hour before we leave, then complains he has left things behind!! Lovely outfits as usual. I marvel at your amazing legs. xx

Lucy said...

Are you sure your cases are locked? No room for a little'un? Have a fab time!! xx

Kitty said...

Hoorah indeed! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE that kaftan from Christina, its superb on you.xx.

Caroline said...

Wow, you are Mrs Organised, Vix! I would only have just got the suitcase out of the loft if I was going on Friday (although I would have carefully mulled over and chosen my holiday reading matter weeks in advance!!)

Pearl Westwood said...

Wow, everything laid out like that makes you look super organised!! I love packing for a beach holiday, I have a draw with all my stuff in so I just empty into my case lol x

charl said...

how exciting knowing that your going away in a few days i dont think i would be able to go to sleep at night!!
well done with your packing.. very organised!
love the kaftan .. you look very regal init!!
really like your traveling outfit to..


viviane said...

love the first outfit, what a gorgeous little hippie frock :)

xx viviane

Wildernesschic said...

I hope you have a fabulous time you certainly look the part I love your capsule wardrobe.. I will miss your posts xx

Vintage Laura xx said...

Lovely outfits!!! Have soooo much fun in India Vix :-) xxx

Straight Talking Mama! said...

oh Vix could you possible fit me in your case? I'm only little....

How lovely 3 weeks of reading & relaxation, sounds like a dream, so soon too, you must be so excited!!

Fran x said...

All looks fab,i wore a playsuit out for my anniversary meal other day,love them!
Hope you have a nice time

Pink Poppy said...

Vix you are so organised. I`d love to be lazing on the beach and dressing up in gorgeous dresses and accessories. You lucky thing!

Jessycalouise said...

I love the playsuit,it's lovely. I have a strange addiction to buying playsuits lately.

La Dama said...

Damn you and those packing skills,everything is so neatly prepared and packed,I bet you fold nicely too.
locked the suitcase, Buddy would be in troube if he did that to me,lol
nice collection of books.
love the playsuit and silk kaftan so chic amor.

Ivy Black said...

Look at you and your packing skills! Have a fantastic time, lovely.

The Vintage Knitter said...

Hopefully you'll have time to squeeze in another post before you go as I'll want to know about all those bargains you'll have bagged from the jumble and bootie! If not, have a wonderful time with Jon in Goa and I'll 'see' you when you're back. Take care xxx

Love, Love, Love said...

Very well organised and what a selection of top outfits! x

danniekate said...

have i mentioned that you have unbelievable legs?! i'm very jealous, a holiday sounds great! xx

Penny Dreadful said...

The silk kaftan from Christina is gorgeous. I am so impressed with your capsule packing. I find I get better as it as I get older. My suitcases used to be bulging but I'd prefer to save my back and wear less these days! xx

Marta said...

seems that you're going to have a brilliant time!!!

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Perdita said...

That Antik Batik kaftan is something else! Just fab.

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Oh my gosh, I am so excited for you! Loved this post and the previous. Who would have thought that packing would be so interesting!

Rachel (RooPaprika) said...

I can't believe you are off again, I am so jealous. I adore your holiday packing posts - I'm going to note some tips for when we go to Croatia next month

Helga! said...

Yay for forward planning indeed! Soooo organised! I'd like to hear about the Jeanette Winterson and the Daphne du Maurier books,thanks! I haven't read either.
I'm loving each and every planned outfit,you look like a holiday dream!!! Oooo,oyu'll be all hot and steamy!!
Love you!! Helga xxxXXXxxx

delia hornbook said...

Your so organised i love it ;-) Have a great time, dee x

Claire said...

so organised I love it! i'm off on hols in a couple of days, my packing is always a shambles but you've inspired me... well to at least try and be more organised!!

Cat said...

Your holiday outfits are all so fab - and I really love that you've packed so thoughtfully.

Much wiser and resulting in much more interesting oufits than my 'collection of separates that should pretty much go with one another plus a handful of belts & necklaces' approach!

Please may I? said...

Wow such a capsule wardrobe. You should hire our services as people always take far too much with them.

You will look stunning to.

X x

bollywoodstylediaries said...

The kaftan is very beautiful - live the print! and you look really hot in the playsuit. really admire how organized you are with ur packing. Have fun!!

bollywoodstylediaries said...

I meant I "love" the kaftan print:-)

wardrobeexperience said...

i will miss you so much...and i would love to jump into your suitcase as well (sacramento was first).
but as you know, by hosting our fashion flea marketon past sunday, my friends and i started this years flea market season...can't wait for the upcoming weekend to attend spring flea in my former hometown. this feels just like holidays in the sun.


Em x said...

Love it all, especially the playsuit and all of the sunglasses x

Ofelia said...

You are super organized!!
I'll miss reading your posting and looking at your fabulous garments!!!
Vix, you look like a Miami tennager with your River Island playsuit and sandals.
Like I said before "Great Legs, My Dear"!!!

The Brunette said...

Love the playsuit in fact love that whole outfit.

I love your hair its so tousled and sexy xx

E is for Eleanor said...

Oh vix! I hope you have a fantastic time, I'm so so jealous. Hope it's as beautiful as always. xx

WeShop said...

The playsuit is very cute. A book exchange is always a pleasure - you never know what you'll find. Love reading books that other people have read - usually with sand and suncream between the pages, so holidayish! xx

señora Allnut said...

it was very interesting and funny watching these posts about your packaging, such a great inspiration and wise advice for my own way of making it!
And it was like sharing a little part of your travel!!
besos & best wishes

Nelly said...

OOps you forgot to pack me.Have a wonderful time I love that dress 3rd pic down.

Misfits Vintage said...

Of course, they are all bloody gorgeous - I especially love the dollyockers maxi and the kaftan from Christina. You look BEAUTIFUL!

Can't wait to hear about your holiday and see some pics of you guys relaxing and showing off your rockin' bod on the beach!

Sarah xxx

Dusk said...

You have an incredible time management strategy!!! I do not know how you manage to do all this! Pack and arange and take pics and write this and look gorgeous etc etc!!

Very well organised bag Vix and looking forward to all the pics!

Miss Peelpants said...

Not only do I envy the fact you're off on holiday, but I envy your packing abilities... I can barely cope with a mini-break and a medium sized suitcase! ;)

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

Dearest Vix, I am deeply impressed with your packing and organisation. That's so funny that Jon hides the key! I'd be stuffing things in too. I'm always amazed how much of my packing is toiletries!

You look gorgeous in everything! 50p for the playsuit? It looks stunning on you. The kaftan is perfect on you and I love the pink and orange outfit too.

I am definitely speaking to you tomorrow. I'm about from about 12pm onwards. Much love xx

WendyB said...

I can only manage black t-shirts and jeans for traveling...I'm impressed!

Comtessedeferveur said...

Your organisational skills are extra impressive. I love what you've selected and also, it's so great about the book exchange, they are the heaviest things! So pleased for you, will be so lovely to have fabulous sun! xxx

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Jadis said...

sometimes i'm just jealous of how well you organize stuff. :D
and sometimes i just crave for the sea.
this is one of those rare occasions when i'm plagued by both of the above.
not fair, Vix! :(

PS: Cute tiara headband. goes so well with that pink scarf!

Alice said...

You are so very organised and you have such a excellent manner of knowing exactly what to pack for your travels. The denim waistcoat is a lifelong favourite, and all of your holiday outfits are splendid. Your headwear is equally as fabulous.

p.s Thank-you for the heads up on the Alexon Sportset, it was much appreciated as always xxx

Marella said...

Have fun dear!!!! <3

Make Do Style said...

Perfecto! Well packed and great choices - *sighs*

Kelly said...

Oh Vix, you look stunning in that kaftan. What a perfect holiday wardrobe!
I'm going away in June so will be taking inspiration from you. :)
Could I be cheeky and ask if you see any huge rings or bangles, remember me and I'll pay you in money, kind and possibly sweets also.


Ronnie Rabbit said...

Have a fantastic time in Goa, I'll be think of you sipping those evening cocktails on the beach...lucky you!

dinoprincesschar said...

have a wonderful holiday,i am still in shock over the thought of five dresses for three weeks.. i would take more than 5 for three days anywhere! :)

Alison Cross said...

Oh I'm so jealous, well as jealous as someone with an itchy fanny and a bad back can be of the thought of a long flight :-)

You are a very tight packer *impressed face*

Have a marvellous holiday - and tell us all about it!

Ali x

dannithegirl said...

I'm so jealous! I want to go back to Goa. If you take out...say...the folding hangers I could probably fit in the space made. Yes?


joelle van dyne said...

i just love how you pull off longer-length skirts and dresses with so much color! i can't wait to hear more about your travels.

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

hey honey, just posted your barkcloth dress pic on my blog with a link back - hope that is okay! I love the black playsuit, it looks amazing!

Missy Vintage said...

Have a lovely time. You look hot hot hot!! (as always!)Enjoy yourselves. x

Nadia Aboulhosn said...

that little black jumper is perfect!

Vintage Coconut said...

Have a good trip Vix!!
I bet you will have one of the best times of your life. =D

Sarah said...

There is so much to say about this post!
- I reaaally like that second outfit! You look so hot! ;) Rrr!
- The maxi dress on the third picture is also gorgeous.
- The pictures of your travelling stuff make me longing for Summer.

Thanks for leaving a message at my blog :)
Have fun!!

Love, Sarah

Terri said...

Have fun!

VainGlorySinner said...

So very organised! You are the organising queen! I think it's a great idea because you are less likely to go over your luggage allowance!

The River Island Playsuit looks great on your figure! I really love that little denim waistcoat I saw one on the Newlook website which looked quite similar and I automatically thought of yours! It was £19.99 though!


I hope you have a really nice time in Goa, we're all going to miss your posts! xx

pip a la chic said...

Awww have fun Vix! you're all prepared and packed, good girl. Can't wait to hear about your trip. x

Miss Claire said...

You are so cool, calm and collected! And looking gorgeous!

I'm always running around like a mad woman before anything that has a deadline, it's ridiculous! I'm one of those people that is always 5 minutes late, and even when I try to leave early for things, I end up flustered and stressed!


Jennifer Fabulous said...


These outfits are gorgeous!! I especially love the third one, it is so stunning. You are such a fabulous traveler. I'm incredibly envious. I wish I could be such a gorgeous and fun globetrotter! xoxo

Have fun on your trip!

Kimberellie said...

You delight me. Your blog delights me. I just want to say thank you for sharing your life with us! I know it is a lot of work getting all those photos taken and typing out all those descriptions (or am I just lazy? ;-). But yes, I do terribly enjoy the peaks into your oh so fabulous life! I always think this, so I thought today I would tell you!

And also, you look fricken' awesome!

Have a fantastic trip!

Cloud of Secrets said...

I always think of you as swathed in robes of many colors, but I really like you in that perfect black playsuit with the little denim vest and various brown accessories. You rock the neutrals, too! And it's good for those legs to get a showing from time to time.

I'm ashamed to say I never thought to wonder if Du Maurier wrote anything besides Rebecca. Do let us know what you think of Mary Anne.

Enjoy your relaxation before your trip, knowing that you are packed and ready! I always dread the packing process, especially now that I'm responsible for packing for three, but you make it seem colorful, fun, and easy.

Yvette said...

I love your hair! it's gorgeous!

New update online! Come check it out!

Lydz xX said...

so so pretty, loving all your selections!!!

Lydz xX

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Have fun, travel safely, enjoy, frink in the warm, yellow sun. I like the way you pack things. You are so organised;-)

Alex said...

Vix, I can't remember if I've commented or not - I'm so flipping scatty at the moment! Anyway, have a truly wonderful time. If your packing is anything to go by you'll have a gloriously colourful and fun holiday.

Sangu said...

You look gorgeous, Vix. So summery! I am so, so, SO jealous! I am absolutely craving a Goa trip!

Oh I've been meaning to ask, but forgot to earlier - you mentioned finding a nice flight to Goa a couple of weeks ago? Do you happen to remember where that was? I've been looking and have come up blank so far :-(


Sangu said...

Just saw your comment about the flights, Vix, thanks for much for the link! And yes, that's a brilliant bargain! xxx