When going on holidays, you may be like me and start packing about a week before.

I drag out my suit-case, put it on the bed in the spare room and start filling it up with clothes and accessories that I know I will need. I mean you don’t want to be caught short do you?

But… little by little I always end up with way too much!
So, let’s go about this methodically with 6 easy steps so you don’t end up paying for excess baggage. Also a lesson I learnt on my recent cruise holiday where I may have over-packed just a bit!!

1. DRESS CODES
Know how many formal nights you will have on the ship so you can pack accordingly. And remember if formal is not for you, you don’t have to do it. There are many alternative and casual eating places on board the ship.

2. COLOUR THEME
Pack clothing that will colour coordinate, add some necklaces or scarves so you can mix and match to get the most outfits possible out of what you have. Believe me your shipmates won’t notice or even care if you wear an outfit more than once.

3. START WITH YOUR SHOES
Do you really need 4 pair of heels and 4 pair of sandals? Probably not, 2 pair of heels and 2 pair of sandals, one light and one dark each is ideal. Add 1 pair of walking or jogging shoes and that should do it.   Oh, don’t forget the socks for the joggers.

4. SEPARATE TOPS AND BOTTOMS
Packing cells pinkA great idea for well-organized packing is packing cells. I always use them and they help keep your case from looking like a 15 year old’s bedroom. One cell for your tops and one cell for your bottoms. Another for your underwear. Actually you could have as many cells as your like, but 3 or 4 should be enough. And if you roll your clothes they will take up less space. When unpacking in your cabin, just move each cell to a drawer or shelf. It’s that easy.

5. BE PREPARED
You never know what the weather will do so pack a lightweight umbrella and poncho in case of rain.
And a lightweight jacket or wrap is always a good idea for strolling around the deck.

6. RECYCLE
If you have a laundry on-board then think about doing it yourself. It’s much cheaper than sending it off with your cabin steward and this way you can pack light and recycle your clothes. The best thing is you don’t end up with a pile of washing to do when you arrive home.

Have fun on your cruise!!

If you find shopping for clothes overwhelming or you don’t have the time to troll through shops looking for that perfect outfit, then a personal shopper could be your answer.

I know what you’re thinking. “Only the rich and famous would use a personal shopper”  That is so not true!
The way you dress is a reflection of the real you and if you put in the effort to dress appropriately stylish then it shows you have respect for yourself. This will allow you to also gain the respect of others, especially if first impressions count. And they do!

Here are my top 5 reasons to use a personal shopper.

1 SAVE TIME
Your personal shopper will source and pre-select your outfits ready for you to try on. Saving you precious time to spend on other important family or work matters.

2 SAVE MONEY
Don’t waste money on clothes you will never wear. Your personal shopper has the expertise to select outfits that you will be able to mix and match with your existing wardrobe and will last more than one season.

3 KNOW WHAT LOOKS GOOD ON YOUpersonal-fashion-stylist-perth-enhance-your-style
Your personal shopper is up to date with the latest trends. She understands which styles are best suited to your lifestyle, body shape, age and skin tone. Most importantly she will give you honest and educated advice on what looks good on you.

4 STRESS FREE SHOPPING
This is an exciting and fun way to shop. Your very own personal shopper will do all the work. All you have to do is show up and have fun trying on the latest styles to enhance your new look.

5 NEW STYLING TIPS
While you are being pampered by your personal shopper you will learn how to accessorize to take your outfit up a notch and you will pick up many styling techniques along the way.

Now you can’t argue with that!

As a personal fashion stylist, I often get asked “what is the best way to organize the clothing in my wardrobe?”

I wouldn’t say that there is one better way. It really is whatever works best for you. Of course it will look neater if your hangers are all facing the same direction. It’s also nice if your hangers are the same type. Unlike wire hangers, the wooden hangers leave less imprints on your clothes, but do take up more space. The thick plastic hangers are a good option and take up less space.

There are 3 ways you could go:

1. Categorize
You could hang your clothing into categories’. Tops together, skirts together, pants and so on. This is the most obvious and easy way to see what you have and how much you have. However it may not help you to put together an outfit in a hurry.

2. Colour Co-ordinate

Some people like to colour coordinate their clothing. This seems a little too disciplined to me. But if you’re a very methodical type of person then it may just suit your needs. It will help to identify which colours you have and which colours you need to add to your wardrobe.

3. Complete Outfits
The 3rd option is great if you are always in a hurry or running late for appointments. Sound familiar? Hanging outfits together. It may not look as pretty but it can be a time saver. It can also remind you of your mix and match possibilities. Before you go to bed at night, grab your outfit for the next morning and hang it on a separate hook for a quick getaway in the morning.

I tend to use number 1 and 3 together. For the most frequently worn outfits, I like to group them together for a quick and easy option. The rest of my clothing I hang into categories. Every few months a tidy up in the wardrobe department will get things back in order and if you’re lucky you may find some garments that you forgot where there!