Saturday, 7 January 2012

Travelling Light(ish)


Here's my travel wardrobe for Kerala. 

Clockwise from top left:  Original 1980s pirate boots (25p, car boot sale) , psychedelic flares (seen HERE), handmade (by me) tote bag, Topshop maxi dress (seen HERE) , psychedelic crop top (seen HERE), 1970s hippy-tastic tie-dye sun dress (£4.99, YMCA), Bespoke leather sandals, hand-made in Tamil Nadu, three vintage scarves, Ghost silk tunic (seen HERE), TopShop fringed suede sandals (£4, eBay in 2008), two Indian-bought sarongs, Oasis maxi skirt (20p, jumble sale), 1970s hand-painted kaftan top (£1, car boot sale), 1970s maxi (seen HERE), vintage fringed poncho (seen HERE), Silk bolero (India), Selection of bikinis, denim waistcoat, 1970s batik print maxi (seen HERE), de-constructed laddered vest (India),  TopShop ribbed vests, 1970s embroidered leather bag (£1, car boot sale)

Underwear? Not a fan, especially when I'm on holiday.

The jewellery:

A few necklaces and pendants

Ganesh choker made by Krista's fair hands, African tribal choker (inherited), everything else picked up abroad

Two pairs of vintage sunglasses.

Pink pair courtesy of the fabulous Sarah, White Ted Lapidus originals from a charity shop

A handful of pairs of earrings

Shark's tooth earrings courtesy of Sandy , peacock feathers and bronze festival hoops from the divine Helga

A few bangles, armlets and anklets


A coin belt

Free from a car boot sale

Hair accessories (I've also packed hair grips and bands, far too dull to show you)


A handful of rings and toe rings

Silver dragon & carnelian rings both from Krista

The toiletries are more or less the same as usual so here's what we took on our last trip:


My make-up bag consists of kohl, eyelash curlers, tweezers and a pencil sharpener, not worthy of a picture.


It's times like these that I almost wish I had a Kindle:


The bags are locked so no chance of me sneaking in any last minute things.

I'm off to a dinner party with friends, I'll see you tomorrow, hangover permitting.

Have a happy Saturday.

78 comments:

  1. have a wonderful time Vix! Looking forward to seeing you style your perfect holiday wardrobe xxxx
    Love Amie xxxx

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  2. Oh how I wish I was getting packed up to go too - you are going to have such a great time! Love your wonderful clothes. The thing with the Kindle is how bereft you'd be if you lost it - at least if one of these books goes awry you can just start another! Bon voyage! xxxx

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  3. Have an amazing time, how much will you be bringing home? ;-)

    Kindles are ideal for holidays, if nothing else. I didn't think I'd like mine as much as I do, but I wouldn't be without it now.

    x

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  4. I have to say I have been leaning towards a kindle too. Even though most of my working life - when I worked for Other People that is, was in the book trade - bookshops, library and index writing. Even though I LOVE having a book in my hand, they look so convenient.

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  5. Have fun on your vacay~

    P.s. Mind if I raid your (virtual) closet?? :D

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  6. Vix, you are a packing princess - The perfect capsule style wardrobe, albeit the fab bling (and books!) must weigh a bit!

    Still, you are a marvel.

    I hope your stay is as cool as you are - Stay safe, and please return with lots of stories!

    Fhi x

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  7. Seeing that book heap is making me think a kindle is a good idea - especially for holidays :)

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  8. Hope you have such a fantastic time Vix, looked like youve pack some treasures!
    Sophie
    x

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  9. I wish i could pack that light!

    Have great trip Vix.

    X x

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  10. You totally need to run lessons on packing!

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  11. What a beautifully put together wardrobe! You are going to look fabulous, as always.

    I left Krista a comment about the pendant, thanks! I am crazy about her love of pink, and she seems like great fun, so even if I can't get a pendant, I found a new blog to read. Thanks!

    I am a Kindle hold out also, though for holidays it would come in handy. I adore my laptop and my smart phone, but I still prefer my books on paper and my music on vinyl. Great reading selections, BTW!

    xo, Anita

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  12. Sigh - so many lovely things! You're going to have a wonderful holiday with that lot! So jealous! You'll be sorely missed too xx

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  13. Lovely colour scheme. Everything looks so neat and collective.
    Kindles are interesting but I'd have to try one out to compare, I do still think it's much more engaging to flick through pages. And at least you get to observe the cover work everytime you put the book down- might not be always gorgeous to look at but it's still tactile and real.
    Great post!

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  14. I'm lusting after EACH and EVERY piece in this post! Have a superb trip, you!
    Most importantly if you decide to sop by Chennai (Tamil Nadu), make sure you call me. :]
    Lots of love.

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  15. You are so neat.
    I love your ring collection.

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  16. Very impressed by your lightweight and beautiful and cleverly coordinated wardrobe choices. I'm trying to do the same for my Australian trip but most of my clothes are linen or linen mix so a little bit heavier. But thanks for the reminder about vintage sunnies. I have a few in stock and shall borrow a pair for my hols. I'm with you on the enormous book-pile. I carry most in my large shoulder bag/hold-all, nonchalantly pretending it's actually as light as a feather when we're checking in. I leave them behind for my daughters as books are so expensive there. All mine are from charity shops/car boots so sadly a kindle would be no use as I don't want to pay full price for e-books. Have a great time Vix - I look forward to seeing your photos.Cx

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  17. god I can't wait to see the holiday photos..have a great time .. love jane xx

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  18. how funny that you take more jewellery with you than clothes :D wishing you a wonderful trip!

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  19. You make it seem so easy to pack and still be a goddess.

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  20. What a fabulous selection, I love it all!
    Have a wonderful time my lady ;)

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  21. What a lovely post and a gorgeous suitcase full of goodies. Wish i could fit into your suitcase i would love some winter sunshine im not very good in January and always seem to get the winter blues. Have a fab time love those sunglasses. Enjoy your evening tonight. dee xxx

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  22. My daughter loves vintage and rockabilly, especially the music from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Beautiful post. Happy New Year from Rome!

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  23. ohhh you are so much better than I packing light isn't even in my blood, not in the slightest

    Sunnie
    (.=

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  24. That's a well-coordinated collection, especially with all your jewellery. It must be great to pack knowing that the sunshine is pretty much a given. We always stay in Britain, so there's no chance of packing light when you have to prepare for anything!
    Hope you have a fantastic time, missing you already x

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  25. I couldn't pack light if I tried, shit me undies would be half the weight allowance! :D Last time we went back to the UK I put my clothes pile next to the suitcase, Joe likes to pack you see, and I left him to it. It wasn't until we opened the bags at his mums and I said 'What the hell is this lot??' He'd packed the pile of washing as well!! Luckily it was at least washed! hahah

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  26. Great travel wardrobe. Have a wonderful trip. I am looking forward to the pix. I have a Kindle but like thrift/rummage books as they are so reasonable here.

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  27. You will be the belle of the ball.
    Knickerless woman, hehehhehehe.
    Who needs them on holidays, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  28. I LOVE everything that you're packing. A kindle would be a great investment (ha!) - I hope you have a great, relaxing time! (and I reckon you'll be getting a few wee bargains over there too!!)

    Have a great night tonight!
    Xx

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  29. I can always manage to pack light on clothes but makeup/jewellery/nail polish and toiletries have always been hard for me to cut down on! Saying that, I did manage to fit it all in a vanity case when I went home for Christmas so I must be getting better at it!

    You're going to be the best dressed and accessorised beauty on the beach! Have fun!! xxx

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  30. One of the many things I love about your wardrobe is the fantastic array of colour, and your suitcase doesn't disappoint. I need to take inspiration, sometimes it's too easy to get stuck in a colourless rut.

    Have fun at the dinner party xx

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  31. A condensed version of your true style - I'm impressed!
    Have the most fantastic time, bon voyage! xx

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  32. It all looks gorgeous and I so want those triangle shaped earrings they are stunning.

    Love your pink floral hairband too.

    xx

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  33. You're all ready for Kerala... hope she's ready for you :-) Very glamorous traveler, Vix!
    Hope you have a fabulous time!

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  34. That maxi in the bottom left corner is my favourite thing of yours I think :) And I totally have a Ted Lapudis scarf, I feel in such good company now! Have a wonderful time Vix xxx

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  35. Oh my Godfathers! That selection is incredible. The silks, the sandles, I love them all.

    Loving those vintage sunglasses too! And your jewellery - Ohh!

    I am so freakin envious! Please posts photos!

    Enjoy! Dee xox

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  36. Wow, I'm impressed! I always pack last minute and stay up horrendously late cursing my inability to be organised!!!!

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  37. i'm back from holiday, you're packing. bad timing! ;)))

    i love to see your book collection for travveling. i love to reed books from indian writers, esp. vikram chandra and indu sundaresan.

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  38. Great to see what you're taking, although it makes me feel like I am taking too much on my trip;)

    I also WISH I had a kindle for travelling, but I am not sure I'd use it much when I'm not travelling.

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  39. You're way more organized than I am in actually packing ahead of time. Anyway love your travel wardrobe and hope you have fun! Take lots of pixxx.

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  40. I'm a last minute packer; it's nice to see you so organised!

    Those Ted Lapidus sunglasses are fab.

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  41. Such a gorgeous lot of clothes and accessories--I expect to see some fab travel outfit photos! Have an absolutely wonderful trip, will chat when you get back.

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  42. Aah, that selection is sheer Vix perfection! Always stylish, comfortable, lots of options, light and beautiful. Bet the books and jewellery take up more room than the clothes!
    What, no pants, missus? Hahaha! I couldn't do without my big old granny knicks, I'm such a frump!
    Hope you've had a great night. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  43. Such a perfectly organised collection of exquisite goodies... I love EERYTHING, especially those psychedelic pants and matching top, all of the divine jewellery and I am SO pleased to see the gorgeous purple and gold number is going to the motherland! Will we get to skype before you leave - at our usual time, amor? Love, Sarah xxx

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  44. Oh and that HANDBAG rocks my world! S xxx

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  45. Gahhhh, those pink sunglasses are INCREDIBLE! Have a fabulous time lady xx

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  46. I say it all the time, but your jewellary is to die for, and these pirate boots are so unique!

    I gave you a blog award, check it out!

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  47. Have fun. The painted caftan is just lovely.

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  48. Eeeeeek I am so happy you went to all the effort to show this fabulous travel bag of vintage heaven.
    There is such satisfaction in a holiday when you know that the outfits are ready and waiting!!!!! You will be as always one stylish lady relaxing in the sun!!!!
    So happy for you Vix.
    Love v

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  49. Looks like you are all set for a great time!!! :) Happy weekend for now!

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

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  50. Have a great time! I just scored a bunch of Peacock Feather Jewelry at a Dollar Store... I loaded up and will layer them... still have some from the 60's and its a look I still adore.

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  51. Lovely blog.
    http://xtheperfectmess.blogspot.com

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  52. how fun to see what you pick for your traveling companions and accessories..love it xo

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  53. These are all such beautiful things! I am really Loving the sunglasses. So Chic! I hope you have a wonderful time!

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  54. Hope you are not overweight with your books and jewellery stash! ha ha! Hoping you have a wonderful time, Bon voyage! :) x

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  55. You are super-organised! Still haven't read that Linda Grant, The Clothes on Their Backs book - but it's on my list. Have a fantastic time and do please email me a pic of you in a dress with sleeves. I'd love to feature you on the blog. You look ace!

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  56. lovely anf full of ethnicity

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  57. That is swell packing Vix
    You wiil look fabulous on the beach!
    I will keep your packing in mind
    Mr. D and would like to plan a trip to India this year

    Love
    Ariane xxxxx

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  58. oh my that's quite a haul........first time I went to India (1980) my boyfriend insisted I take one small shoulder.....I had a year's supply of tampoons and the pill and 2 pairs of knickers!! came back with quite alot though.....have and absolutely fabulous time xx

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  59. I never thought I would be but i'm getting tempted for a kindle. Our friend has one and anytime he's bored or whatever he can just get that out and read. They are so light too. Feel like i'm going against my love of having a proper book in my hand though!

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  60. Hi my dear-what a super stylish and compact capsule wardrobe for holiday, wishing you a fabulous time!! xxx

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  61. Wow now that is some seriously cool (and wise) packing! It’s lovely to see some favourites in the bunch and some great detailing in the jewellery too. You are never without a fabulous outfit, I know you will look fab in Kerala xxx

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  62. You are a master packer and I love the 'lock and leave it' technique you've developed in your household! Saves the last minute panic - after all, why panic, it's a holiday! xxx

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  63. I'm excited for you! As for a kindle I have to say I am a die hard book lover who has converted, I once had to pay Ryanair money cos my baggage was over weight with books, this will never ever happen again - not just cos I have a kindle, I'll never fly Ryanair again for many reason!

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  64. oh is there any space left that i can come with you haha i absolutely hate packaging because i always do it at last minute and forget the most important things haha but you are very organized for your trip. so enjoy it a lot! and come back save!
    big kiss,mary

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  65. You are so organised! I over pack all the time have to take two big suitcases with me when I leave for California.
    I am happy you are taking your vacations.
    Besos

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  66. Well here is what I know...
    You will look absolutely divine during your holiday.
    Whenever I go anywhere I swear I pack like I am leaving for a month. Even if I am only going a week. I think the next Vacation I take I will try it your way. If I feel as though I am running low on a outfit I will look for a local thrift store and find myself something new to me. =D

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  67. Thanks for the peek inside your suitcase.
    I'll take one of each, please. I hope you have left room for new acquisitions!

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  68. That's an amazing travel wardrobe!!! I'm in love with your cool jewellery, sounds like an awesome trip!

    xx
    mirrorandmoon.blogspot.com

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  69. I feel like such a peeping Tom getting to see inside another gals luggage, this is cool! Those pirate boots are so unique along with your other sexy and funky footwear. I love how airy and free all of this feels! (and no undies...hmmmm even more so :)) The jewelry is the icing on the cake and I'm tickled that my necklace and rings are going with you!!! May they protect you :) I love those ear rings with all the multicolored balls, candy yum! The PHAT silver cuff with coins has to come with super powers! Your hair with flowers I can just see you on that beach:)

    and dear you should get a KINDLE..oh my look at all those books! I'm gonna miss you while your gone :( Countdown to adventure.....

    Love you!
    Krista

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  70. Hmmmm fabulous wardrobe but where are the bikini's?

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  71. Hi Vix, hope you had a great time over the holidays, happy belated New Year. Glad to see that you are jetting off some where warm....will you get through all those books?

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  72. wow! perfect collection of holiday clothes, especially for a lovely trip to Kerala. Especially love the pirate boots and the fringed sandals. Have a fab trip.

    http://heatherandthyme.blogspot.com/

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  73. You are so much better at packing than I am! I am always so envious of your packing skills. Hope you have a great time!

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  74. If you ever lost your luggage I'd want to find it! *Winks* Great ensembles and accessories, Love it ALL... and what Divine prices you found most of it for, you are a Junquing Queen!

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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  76. It looks like you'll be ready for anything! Have a great time.

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