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Wanderer’s Fashion Basics – Take 2
People usually say that New Year is the right time to become ‘the new you’, but for me it’s always spring that makes me feel like a new person. Winter is never too dull in Australia because it’s always hot, but whenever spring comes, I feel like I’m waking up again. There is something soothing about rain that makes me feel good, and I always have a plan to travel everywhere. After all, spring is the perfect time to pack your swimsuit along with a bit warmer clothes and go on an adventure.
These are my favourite trips – they’re short and sweet; you can have loads of fun and get back home to get some sleep before you head off to school or work on Monday morning. I like traveling light – a simple duffel bag is enough to put my ‘going out’ clothes, things I sleep in (sweats and a loose tee, I’m not a fan of PJs), all my beauty essentials, and shoes! Girls will be girls, and while I’m a huge fan of comfy sneakers, I’m a sucker for stiletto heels and strappy sandals. I always wear my makeup in a special bag, but I try not to carry too much – foundation, mascara, eyeliner, and lipsticks are usually enough, but I always pack cotton pads and a tiny jar of coconut oil which I use to remove makeup.
Depending on the length of a planned trip, I can pack in a duffel bag which I use for weekend trips, or take a small suitcase. Still, whatever I use, there is always a backpack on my back – I feel naked without it because all the ‘important things’, such as wet wipes, first aid kit, and matches, are inside. I like to know where those are at all times. We agree on who’s going to pack a tent, and make sure that the person who’s carrying it doesn’t have to worry about other things – the rest bring toothpaste or soap for them as a favour. Warm and comfy clothes are a must, so plenty of soft sweats, leggings, and boyfriend hoodies find their way to my bag, as well as a huuuge pile of fuzzy socks.
I don’t take ‘spa days off’ as often as I’d like, especially because I love them so much. They are my perfect chance to relax and spend some time thinking about myself and pampering myself (spa weekends are also great, but it’s easier to plan a spa day, so these happen more often). I only need to pack my one-piece swimsuits and fresh undies, and I’m ready to go. I get fresh towels and bath robes there, as well as slippers, and I only bring my makeup so I can go back to the city feeling and looking like a new person. I cannot live without my MAC matte lipsticks and gel eyeliner. I only carry a small bag or a suitcase with my sleeping ‘gear’ in case I’m staying overnight.
For me, Europe is one of the most exotic destinations – it’s diverse, every part has its own rich culture and history, and I always feel like I’m learning so much. Perhaps it’s because I live so close to the ocean that it stopped being so ‘new’ to me, but old European cities such as Paris, London, and Barcelona make me feel like a child again. I like traveling during winter to experience real European cold, but also in spring because I feel there is nothing more beautiful than nature waking up. It gives me a chance to put away my bikini and flip-flops and wear thick wool coats and oversize scarves during winter (for a change).
I believe in minimalism when it comes to packing, and I try to learn something new from each of my trips. I like to improvise and discover new looks with old clothes. I also believe in the power of right accessories, and my colourful scarves and statement jewelry always manage to save the day when I feel like my clothes are just too plain.
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Wanderer’s Fashion Basics, Part I