Monday, 29 March 2010

Something I made myself (and a bit more packing)

We're off out for tea tonight to celebrate my pal, Liz's birthday. She made me this amazing net bag for my birthday so it seems only right to use it in her honour. I knocked the dress up from a vintage curtain I found at a jumble sale. The fabric is far too fabulous just for cushions.

The both bangles were charity shop finds and the fringed Urban Outfitters necklace cost me 50p at a car boot sale, the £30 store tag was still attached, bargain!

Thanks for the interest in my holiday packing. I've sorted my toiletries out today:

  • Soltan Once - Factors 30 and 15
  • Soltan Once facial cream - Factor 25
  • Aftersun 
  • Lush Jungle solid conditioner and Karma shampoo (great for handwashing clothes)
  • Nail polish and eye make-up remover wipes (not very green but space saving and spill resistant)
  • Solid crystal deodorant
  • Lush cleanser
  • Sudocreme (for treating sunburn, insect bites and spots)
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Mozzie repellent (The Indian version is much cheaper and effective so I stock up when I get there)
  • Small tube of toothpaste (Very cheap to buy in India and ayurvedic, too)
  • Razor (I can buy more if needed)
  • Cotton buds
  • Dental Floss
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Lip Balm
  • Wide toothed comb
  • Contraceptive pills

And just in case you thought I was a total philistine here's my holiday reading pile:

There's a decent book exchange in the village so I'll be trading this little lot in once I've read them, probably after a couple of weeks. Have you read any of these? What did you think?


  1. Love this outfit! Great way to recycle fabric! Have a lovely birthday outing! Emma

  2. Great packing! I find packing very exciting and I always make loads of lists and pack more than I need. It's fascinating to see what you've picked.

    Odomos is a great mosquito repellent, and cheap in India, if you haven't tried it before.

    Sangu xx

  3. What a great make! Looks great on you, hope you have fun.

    X x

  4. I love the dress with those colour tights. How fab is the Lush solid shampoo/conditioner for travelling, they last forever and no spillages, i can even use them on my dogs if needed xx

  5. That dress looks fab. You really have got packing down to a fine art!

  6. I love your outfit... I want your dress!

  7. Hi there-wow, what a creative stylish lady you are, this dress looks gorgeous!! Lucky you going on holiday, not long now!!

  8. I love karma from lush!! its divine :)


  9. What a gorgeous bag, I love unique gifts - so so personal and thoughtful. Still can't get my head round your packing, I'd be having panicked kittens!

  10. Fabulous revamp! love that colour on you, your friend made a really good job of the bag too

  11. You look fab - the bag is gorgeous and I'm so jealous of your nimble fingers that mean you can make dresses that look so good.

    The books look like an interesting mixture. Let us know what you thought of them when you get back? I'm always up for a new discovery when it comes to books!

  12. You are so right,darling,that fabric is far too fab not to have made a frock out of!!!
    We ARE a nosy bunch,aren't we?! It has been glorious looking at your packing,and such a help,too.
    That is a funky bag,and your hair looks very pretty today-freshly washed and hennaed??!!
    Well,you know I have read the Lisa St Aubin de Teran ones,I know you'll love them too.I didn't like "The Book of Dave",it was just...a bit weird for me?Not sure,but I didn't even read half of it.I have read some William Dalrymple,but not sure if I have read In Xanadu.Haven't read any of the others!Maybe some book reviewing while you are hols??!!
    LOVE HelgaXXX

  13. Only you could make a fabulous kick-ass dress out of a curtain. I love that! And the bag is gorgeous. That color is amazing and goes so well with the dress. :)

    I have not read those books but now I have added a few to my reading list. Yay!

  14. Oooh, I'm having holiday envy! Bet you're looking forward to all that sunshine and reading - lovely! Will you be blogging while you're away? x

  15. Well done, the dress looks fab!
    And you are so organised when it comes to packing, I usually start the night before we go..xx

  16. Ah you're a lady after my heart, i love Will Self


  17. Just one more day to go!!!! Love your dress, which doesn't look curtainy at all but very chic. And what a lovely gift the bag is!


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