I haven’t quite digested the fact that December is 1 day away. Its such a cliche but every year goes faster and every year Im less organised by the time December comes around. I think as soon as your children get to school going age, life becomes a bit more hectic not only having your own diary but all of a sudden you have another person’s schedule to consider. In saying that I am not ready, I am still so excited for the holiday’s to arrive and for schools to break up so we can all wind down and enjoy some well deserved relaxation. Once holidays begin, the last thing I want to do is have to pack up a ton of stuff to lug to our holiday destination (although some stuff can’t be avoided) the less there is to cart the less stress around the big trek. Some summer essentials that are pretty much always on my list below are not only things I love and I’m sure loved by many others, but also a good little gift guide. The odd thing on the list changes from one year to the next but generally Im getting into a habit of always going back to what works for me. Here’s a small collection of what I WONT leave behind, these bits along with swimsuits, beach wear and the odd dress is all that I will be packing.
I love a Moleskine notebook and have carried one every year for about the last 5 years, ever since my husband bought me one as a gift and have loved them ever since. I always go with the small pocket size so it fits into any handbag. This is essential for all the list making: Shopping lists, present lists, packing lists, meal ideas, furniture measurements, bank details, you name it, it’s all in there. I wouldn’t remember a thing without it! I was very excited to see them for sale in South Africa at Exclusive Books and then even more thrilled when I googled it and they have an online store in SA with tons of wonderful products to choose from here
Next on that list (in that Moleskine) would be sunblock. I still have this UltraSun anti ageing for sensitive skin for the face which I use mostly but I have also recently been introduced to Cetaphil which is also wonderfully moisturising without being greasy. Both UltraSun and Cetaphil are fantastic for children too. Cetaphil is widely available in SA but I have not yet come across UltraSun
From here on it’s in no particular order. I find my hair does bizarre things when moving around, the water is always softer or harder, less chemicals, more chemicals, salty or full of limescale, wherever one goes, who knows what it’s going to come out looking like after a wash. Mine quite often goes very soft when washed near the seaside so something to give it a bit of texture (apart from a dive into the sea) is EVO, it is essential for a half decent head of hair. I was introduced to this little bottle of miracle powder about 1.5 years ago and couldn’t imagine hair days without it. EVO gives your hair a feeling of dirtyness once applied (whilst still looking wonderfully clean) but it means you can manipulate your hair that much more to do what you need it to. This along with some Oribe texturising spray will be packed before I even pack a brush!
It’s always lovely to have nails painted in a colour that will compliment a tan, I love white in summer, it goes with all the outfits and enhances even the slightest of tans. There are tons of good nail varnishes out there to choose from but I do love Essie
Laura Mercier has been my go to foundation for many years, I have always loved their tinted moisturiser and its so perfect for holidays, very subtle. a low coverage that gives a natural and fresh finish. A lovely new Skin Care store recently opened in Sandton called Skins Cosmetics, selling Laura Mercier amongst other great products, unfortunately I cannot find my product online but hopefully they have it in store!
As the days go by and the tans darken, it’s great to have a bronzer to get your face up to speed with the rest of your body. And if you prefer not to tan then its nice to have a little colour to add on anyway. The Chanel Healthy Glow powder comes in a few shades. Chanel is another favourite when it comes to make-up and this fantastic bronzer can be built up depending on the intensity of the colour you wish to achieve.
Highlighters are great for evening when you want to add extra definition and a healthy glow to your face. I’ve always used cream illuminating products but this MAC powder is brilliant if you want to minimise oil on your face. During summer with all the sunblock, and hydrating creams I find to add more cream to my face can just make me look like Ive got an oily skin and makeup tends to slide off quicker the more moisture I add. I like to add the highlighter just above my cheekbones and brow bones (below and above). Im no beauty guru but that’s just what I have always done.
Lips also need continuous hydrating, finishing off the face naturally with a soft dewy lipstick can perfect the summer natural look. I prefer a lighter colour and have used a super hydrating Laura Mercier lipstick called Angelic for some time but was recently given the most luxurious feeling lipstick by a friend, which is Givenchy Nude in the Dark. (colour not available online in SA)
From all the barefoot walking, coarse sand and sandal wearing the feet can become hard and cracked quickly so keeping them moisturised with foot specific cream is the cherry on top after a hot soak in a bath. This award winning beauty product from L’Occitane is always on holiday with me.
Fragrance is not something I wear a lot of and anything strong makes me feel nauseas so discovering Byredo was a God send. Not something you find in your typical Beauty department its only sold in certain stores but worth the search and pennies! Perfect for day and night.
Earrings as you would have heard me say before, small accessories to pack with large impact on the overall look. Its the easiest hack to add glamour, colour or interest to a simple outfit. Splurge out on bright colours for summer. Great spots for accessories that will last the season and wont break the bank are H&M, Lovisa, Lulu Belle and then there are always stacks of little boutiques around SA selling local products that are not only world class when it comes to quality and style but also just so good to support local.
Then last but not least a December essential, from throwing in all your bitty pieces that you don’t know where to pack, to using at the market, beach or trips to town the Woven Green Roundie is a summer must have!
So that is my round up. Wishing you all a very happy festive season, travel safe and I will hopefully be a little more active on my site next year. Thanks for following! Xx