Thursday, 15 January 2015

What To Wear On A Long Haul Flight (If You're Me)


Heaven forbid I'd ever dream of giving anyone advice about what to wear! This is my choice, vintage all the way. My travel outfit has to cope with a lot - travelling to the airport in torrential rain and sub zero temperatures, the ferocious a/c on the Air India flight, looking suitably modest for transferring at Delhi and landing in 35 degrees of sunshine 19 hours after leaving home.


Then, after a taxi ride, we'll be wandering the first village that takes our fancy in search of accommodation. So my outfit has to look respectable enough to get us a room in a nice house.


After we've found somewhere to stay, dumped our bags, showered and changed then we'll go and have a sunset dip before feasting on fiery veg curries washed down with a couple of ice cold Kingfisher beers followed by, I imagine, an early night.


As we don't have a base, backpacking around South Goa (and possibly further afield), we've got to travel light and I can't be do with lugging around any excess weight. My holdall weighs in at 12kgs. (My travelling outfit has to earn its keep, so both the dress and fringed wrap will be worn during our trip. I don't bother wearing any make-up, as you can probably tell.


Up until several years ago I travelled in sandals, that was until we transferred at Charles de Gaulle and I had to trudge through 8 inches of snow to board the connecting flight. Never again! These Kurt Geiger beauts were £4.99 from a charity shop back in the Summer (when nobody else wants boots) , they're light enough to chuck in my bag and forget about for a month and easy to kick off when we go through immigration.


In my carry-on bag I've packed my e-reader along with a change of clothes and a bikini just in case our luggage goes astray. Also in there is my jewellery, the dregs of some Vitamin E moisturiser, lip balm, a comb, a hair band, tissues and a sarong to wrap round if I need extra warmth. I'll through my purse, camera and toothbrush in there just before we leave.


After a year of knowing exactly where we're going to be week in and week out I'm so excited about having no plans whatsoever. No room booked, no itinerary, no plan. I'm not even sure whether we'll even stay in Goa. Let the adventure begin!

Vintage Osti maxi (dearest Helga), 1970s fringed wrap (charity shop, 2011), Kurt Geiger boots, Ganesh tote (the lovely Yvonne)
Plenty of jewellery to detract from my scarily naked face.

See you in February!

96 comments:

  1. What a hard-working outfit it has to be :D Have a fab time!

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  2. What a hard-working outfit it has to be :D Have a fab time!

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  3. Have a truly wonderful time Vix. You deserve it. Bon voyage! xxx

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  4. You'll be the best dressed on the plane! A change of clothes is very wise - I once spent 8 days out of 14 with nothing except what I was wearing on the flight out due to lost luggage, so a change of clothes and underwear is recommended! Have a wonderful time. xx

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  5. You've got it down to a science! After all those early morning selling days, lugging stock from show to show, you deserve a relaxing and warm break in a place you love so much. Bon voyage!

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  6. Have an absolutely brilliant time xx

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  7. Gorgeous! You've got the full suss on it and if I ever get my arse on to a trip like yours, I will follow all your advice. You knowit makes sense.
    Have the most fabolous time both of you and enjoy the sunshine and relaxing.
    See you when you get back.
    Loves ya!
    xxxxxx

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  8. I think I would spontaneously combust from panic if I had to travel as light as that!

    I can't believe I ever backpacked I take the fricking kitchen sink with me for one night these days.

    Have a fab time. I'm missing you already. x x

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  9. Off you go then, sure to have a wonderful time. I love those boots, by the way. You're packing so light, you could probably wear all the clothes you're taking at once! Have fun!

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  10. I get excited just reading this, I think you look smashing, and very comfy too!!!I will be thinking of you while you are away, all the sunshine and color, can't wait to hear all about it!!

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  11. Soak up all the sunshine you possibly can and have a sneaky chuckle about all us lot back home, stuck in windy, damp Britain!!
    Have a fab time.
    Zxx

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  12. Have a wonderful trip. I look forward to hearing about it when you get home.

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  13. I think I may just have sighed audibly - in envy at your (lack of) prospective itinerary. You and Jon are such incredibly hard workers that it's also lovely to think of you both reclining on a beach somewhere when I'm wheeling my bike through puddles over the next few days.
    We'll all look forward to seeing and hearing of your adventures come February. And lord I wish I could learn your art of extreme lightweight packing!

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  14. Oh my goodness, there you are, all ready to go you clean-faced babe. I love hearing exactly how it's done, every detail fascinates and helps to build up a picture and excitement. Hope you have the most fabulous adventure you two. You certainly deserve it. See you in Feb! Xxxxxxx

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  15. Not at all scary - just a beautiful naked face! And the rest of you will soon be following suit, apart from a bit of string and the odd triangle of fabric, love!
    You and Jon are old hands at this, and you know what works for you, so I'm sure you'll have a good journey, and I know you'll have a brilliant time. See where the wind blows you, and enjoy. I'll be here when you get back, keeping your unique space in the blogosphere warm for you and looking forward to seeing and hearing all about your adventures!
    I'll miss you, darling, love you loads, Saturday nights won't be quite the same without our textfest! xxxx

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  16. have that tote - with baby krishna and bought in delhi :-)
    i would do exactly the same - light luggage, versatile clothes, comfy shoes (summer boots are perfect for that) and not bothering with makeup. and a wrap for the plain of cause. i remember times when airlines provided plaids on long flights....
    wish you and jon a wonderful time in india!!!!
    xxxxxxxxx

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  17. You fresh-faced beauty, you!
    Have a spectacular no-itinerary vacation, V and J! Cannot wait to hear all about it.

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  18. I absoluely love your posts showing how light you pack...if only I could master packing light.

    I'll miss your posts, but I'm glad you're escaping to Goa!!

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  19. See you in February! Have a splendid trip. (I always travel with a spare pair of knickers in case my luggage goes astray, though it's only happened once...)

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  20. Oh my, you're on your way! Best wishes for a wonderful adventure. You'll be missed. xo

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  21. Wow! You look just as pretty without makeup! :)

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  22. Have a fantastic time, I'm not jealous at all!

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  23. You're the Queen of packing light. Enjoy your vacation. See you next month

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  24. that face is beautiful! have fun and do something wild! as if you wouldn't.
    xo

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  25. wishing you an amazing adventure, dear vix!!

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  26. That outfit is beautiful! The orange, lilac, and yellow floral print of your vintage Osti maxi-dress looks amazing showing through your gorgeous lacy blue 1970s fringed wrap top is a beautiful look. The weather here in the NorthEastern United States has been freezing, and those warm beaches you're prepared for (with the pretty swimsuits) look especially inviting. Being the experienced traveler that you are I'm sure you prepared yourself to add and remove layer as required to cope with those big temperature changes. Having fiery vegetable curries sounds yummy and like it will probably clear your and Jon's sinuses. It looks like you'll be having another wonderful adventure. Enjoy your vacay!

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  27. Scarily naked face?! You look beautiful!
    I always overpack, can't help it.
    x

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  28. You are a nomad...and very adventurous at that. I would not do well with not knowing where I will lay my head the first night. I did that all the time when I was younger, now I need to know that my first night is looked after so I can just crash without needing to look for something.

    Your ability to be so zen about it all is probably why you still look so young and fresh.

    Also kudos for your packing ability. I would never ever be able to pack so light.

    Have a brilliant trip! I know you will.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  29. Oh no! That time again in the year when your blog is "down" and I can't look you up! Never mind. Have a fantastic holiday, soak up the sun and really enjoy yourselves (as if you need the encouragement!).

    DeeJay in New Zealand

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  30. I hope you do have a wonderful adventure - take lots of pictures and see you on the other side!

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  31. Have a fantastic time,and what's John going to wear?!

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  32. Safe journey!

    Nothing wrong with the outfit, I travel in a long skirt as well.

    Far more comfortable than skin tight jeans!

    I'm figuring out my "look" for a month in Spain and Malts.

    So looking forward to leaving the cold and snow. Nothing is worse than leaving -36C and arriving in Mexico to 36C. The body (and hair) just doesn't know what to do!

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  33. Have a great time
    You are lucky to leave the cold weather and enjoying the sunshine
    Rest and have fun you worked hard this year!

    Arianexo

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  34. Have a brilliant time :)
    Twiggy

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  35. Oh your beautiful baby face. I must say that I am envious of your beauty, your wardrobe, your itinerary or lack of, your future curry meals and your beautiful spirit. Have an awesome time.

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  36. Have a great adventure, Vix! It all sounds wonderful to me. I just love this fringed poncho of yours, and the boots are pretty cool. You have a beautiful face, just like you have a beautiful soul. All the best to you and Jon in your travels! I'll miss you. With love xxxxx

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  37. Wishing both you and Jon a 'pawsome' (what a fabulous word) holiday. Looks like you're leaving at just the right time to avoid the dire winter weather in the UK.

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  38. As the hail lashes down here in Chichester I wish you a very happy holiday.

    I travel light. I read about some easy wash that a teaspoonful washes the undies and a dress! I also like dry quickly items - not a problem in 35 degrees!

    You look good enough to eat in your travel outfit!

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  39. I hope you and Jon have a wildly fabulous trip. Now, hurry up and relax!

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  40. Love the fresh-face look, Vix(enjoy ur break in Beneras:)!

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  41. Have a fabulous time you still look gorgeous without makeup. Cant wait to hear all about it on your return. Hugs, dee xxx

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  42. Yes, let the adventure begin! This sounds like heaven: "a sunset dip before feasting on fiery veg curries washed down with a couple of ice cold Kingfisher beers." xox

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  43. Oh wow I am so jealous! would love to arrive and just do random stuff - can't wait to read about it all. hope you find a really nice place to stay. Yes, we wear our swimwear as undies in case our luggage gets lost! and a sarong makes a handy scarf/cover up if chilly. I like your chappal sandals - am looking for a pair myself at the mo- they look comfy. Have a fabulous time.

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  44. Safe travels and have a wonderful time!

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  45. Oh yes I know about ferocious aircraft a/c. When I was flying I got the Captain to turn the heating up....it sends the punters to sleep. Nowadays I always travel with a pashmina. Love the bargain Geiger boots, necessary for the trip home once back in U
    K too. Enjoy your wonderful adventure love and the sun on your bones. xxxxx

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  46. So much respect to you for going without a hotel booking, I can't ever imagine being that brave to just wing it! You look so beautiful fresh faced. I wish you all the best on your travels!

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  47. I love what fearless travelers you are! And stylish to boot. Have a wonderful and safe trip!

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  48. Have a fabulous time and come back and regale us all with your adventures :-) Bon voyage!

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  49. I think a maxi is a great idea to travel in and your carryonbag sounds good- I don't know why mine is always SO heavy!
    I can't wait to hear about Goa!x

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  50. You look fine without make up Vix, with your lovely English complexion and NO wrinkles!! Have a fabulous time away and I look forward to the travel journey on your return.

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  51. Oh stop it! your naked face is absolutely beautiful! I know you both are going to have the most amazing time, what a time to be off to beautiful Goa, it's going to be fecking freezing here! no plans, just a beautiful adventure all sounds like bliss! have the bestest time x x x

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  52. Gorgeous, with and without makeup!! You're my hero. Enjoy everything, take it all in, have adventures, and we'll all be here when you get back. XXXXXOOOOO

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  53. I have a few "traveling" dresses - they are all comfortable stretch numbers. Traveling from a cool climate to a warm one can be tricky, but looks like you've got it all sorted!! Have a wonderful time xoxo

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  54. Farewell to the two of you...have a fantastic time! Xx

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  55. Bon Voyage Vix! is there room for me in your luggage? :-) Looking forward to hearing about your adventures plus all the great photos!!

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  56. Vix, I think you're gorgeous without makeup! It's a smart way to travel for a long trip...no raccoon eyes and smudged scarves after 12 hours of flight.

    Now! Let the adventure begin!!!

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  57. This is my dream holiday when my kids have all grown up and flown the nest either that or they will be coming with us!! Don't think I'm daring enough to take a 2 year old and a 3 year old to far a field yet. I can live vicariously through posts like these. Enjoy!!! X

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  58. Aha! You're finally off! Sounds like you know how to travel.
    Always, always a change of clothes in carryon!
    Love those boots, so comfy and stylish, as is the rest of your ensemble.
    Flow away, just flow away!
    See you all relaxed and tanned on your return :-) xo JJ

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  59. that looks like a perfect luggage for holidays!! compact, useful and cool!! and you look so happy and cute, ready to hit the road (or the flight)
    you cheer up muy day everytime I see you!!! wish you enjoy your holidays and come back with glorious energy and fabulousness!!!
    besos

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  60. You're just as beautiful without make-up. I suddenly felt really excited after reading this post, and I'm not the one heading anywhere! I hope you both have a wonderful time. xx

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  61. Have a wonderful time. I look forward to reading all about your adventures on your return! :)

    Jen x

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  62. The stripped-down face and stripped-down packing list are beautiful in both concept and execution! Bon voyage!

    (The boots are an especially clever addition to the collection of talismans against the "what if's".)

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  63. You look equally gorgeous without make-up Vix :-D I'll miss reading your blog in the meantime...but at least I'll have your travel posts to look forward to when you're back home. Stay safe and take care xxx

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  64. Have a more fabulous time than last! Looking wonderful and you both so deserve some r&r. xxx

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  65. Aaah! You are so close!! Let your adventures bring you to the fascinating city of Kolkata - I promise you'll not regret it!

    P.S.: You might just get a chance to encounter your first ever Bengali wedding! (And that's an invite!) :D

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  66. Your naked face is beautiful. I know that all the fun makeup goes with the look, with the bold colours of the clothes, but I think you look very pretty without it and your blue eyes really sparkle.
    What fun this trip will be. I am so glad I get to do it vicariously through you because I got exhausted just reading about how long the flight is. Have fun, dear Vix! Take masses of photos and tell us all!
    xoxo

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  67. Sounds amazing! Love your travel outfit. It is always difficult to strike the right balance between warm and cool when travelling to hot countries, especially at this time of year. Bet you will be glad to escape this cold though. Have a lovely time Vix.

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  68. Have an amazing and exciting time.

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  69. over the last 3 years i also learned to peck little and travel quite light, which actually no one believes me by the size of my wardrobe ...
    packing light is all about a couple of key pieces and a few items you can mix with both ... and jewellery to pimp the looks up! (easy to wash)

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  70. Sounds heavenly Vix , have a wonderful time ! I shall miss you.
    And thank you for your lovely comments you always leave me .xxx

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  71. Sounds like you are going to have amazing fun, Vix.Enjoy. You look lovely bare faced too.

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  72. I imagine it must feel odd as you're used to pics of yourself all made up, but I think you look absolutely gorgeous make-up free! Have a fab time.

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  73. Have a wonderful holiday … you deserve it :0)
    xx

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  74. Have a wonderful break, I'm already looking forward to your holiday snaps!

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  75. Have a brilliant brilliant time Vix!

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  76. Fresh-faced and fabulous, that's you! Enjoy your India adventure, Lord knows you and Jon have earned the rest. Looking forward to seeing the photos when you return.

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  77. Have a spectacular time! Your naked face is beautiful and your traveling outfit divine. See you again in February and looking forward to hearing about your adventures!

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  78. Have an amazing time, can't wait to hear all about it!

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  79. Perfect way to go, and I love those boots! You look gorgeous too! Enjoy! xx/Madison

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  80. Hope you are having a lovely time, enjoying good weather, good food and good company. And you are still beautiful without makeup!

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  81. Love the shall, maxi, boots combo. :) super cozy and cute. Your posts inspires me to travel more, can't wait to do it!

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  82. Looking forward to seeing and reading of your adventures, Vix! Xo

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  84. Enjoy your holiday Vix and looking forward to the amazing photos to follow later on the blog. xo

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  85. Off to sunnier places again, have a fabulous trip

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  86. I love your face, makeup free. you should do it more often!

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