Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Drea's Guide to Packing: Part Two!

So this part is all about clothes, shoes and accessories! Now bearing in mind not everything may apply to you here - but going to Hong Kong meant I had to pack with many things in mind: A city break, the sun and heat, and the beach! So if you're spending a week on the beach, take elements of what's in my suitcase and adapt it to suit your needs!

Three pairs of shoes (not including the ones you wear to travel in!) seems like a good number.

*Sandals, £30, Office - Pretty sandals are great in hot weather - flip flops can be uncomfortable when you're doing a lot of walking, and these can double up as a nighttime shoe to wear with your maxi's.
*Wedges, £30, a boutique - Wedges are my heel of choice when I'm in hot weather. If you're an old lady like me and your feet get swollen in the heat  wedges go easy on the feet, and the light fabric on these are breathable and don't make my feet feel trapped!
*Flatforms, £23, Next - These shoes are good for night or day. If you're not going to be doing a lot of walking, these go well with shorts for a casual pretty look, or with a dress at night to hit up a bar or to lounge about. I love lounging when I'm on holiday.


All the boring bits and bobs, that you'll kick yourself if you forget. A towel, PJ bottoms (with the air conditioning on in your hotel, it may get a little chilly!), black shorts and PJ shorts (part of a set, TopShop).
Also include one or two baggy t-shirts and vests for sleeping and hanging out in!


Maxi's are really really great for a hot, city break. Sometimes it feels a little odd walking around in teeny shorts and vests on the tube when people are going to work, so maxi dresses and skirts are great at keeping you cool and feeling comfortable. 
*Coral Maxi dress, £1(!), Primark - I picked up this gorgeous Grecian maxi dress from Primark in Ireland last winter for £1 - gotta love the Primark bargain bin! This is good for a daytime/evening meal, a bar or even a sexy and elegant cover up on the beach!
*Orange maxi dress, £10, H&M - A plain cotton/jersey maxi dress is both comfortable and practical - you can team this with sandals, flip flops, or Converse! The racer back style keeps it sporty and casual and the breathable fabric keeps you cool during the hot summer days. Wear shopping, sightseeing or throw on if you need to run down to the hotel lobby!
*Beige Maxi skirt, £52, American Apparel - This is my absolute favourite maxi skirt that goes everywhere with me! Wear on a night out with wedges and a crop top, or dress down with sandals and a vest for daytime prettiness!


A lightweight cardigan is good for many reasons. Ever been to a shopping mall in a hot country? Air conditioning! Cinema? Air conditioning! Metro? Hotel lobby? Taxis? You get the picture. 
*White shirt, New Look - A baggy white shirt is a safe bet for throwing over t shirts. Pick one with a nice lightweight fabric so as not to stifle you!
*Mint Cardigan, £7, New Look sale - A nice, pretty coloured cardi is a gals best friend. A soft cotton always feels nice against skin that's been in the sun too long - avoid wool, or synthetics as they trap heat and irritate!
*Long crotchet cardigan, £4, Charity shop - This is great to wear at night. Keeps the pesky mosquitoes a bay, can make you feel more comfortable and covered  when out late at night, but all those little crotchety holes let your skin BREATHE!


*Bag, £1, Primark * T-Shirt, gift from friend, Motel * Mint denim shorts, £10, New Look * Sandals, £30, Office*
This is great daytime outfit for shopping, sightseeing, or a nice lunch. How cute is this T-Shirt?! My lovely friend Amanda (who I went to Hong Kong with) got me this from Nasty Gal when she was ordering herself some killer Lita's. Us gapped-toothed babes have fnally hit the map! I bought these New look shorts baggy - there's nothing worse than tight denim in the heat!


*Striped bikini, £8, La Senza sale * Blue bikini bottoms, £2.50, BHS sale * free tote bag from the * White sunglasses, Roxy @ TKMaxx, £20 * Candy stripe Sunglasses, £3, Primark * Aviators, free with Cosmo magazine!*

And finally, the beach! We only planned to go to the beach once or twice, so I only packed one full bikini set and some spare bottoms. You can find some really pretty pieces in the sales - I got this La Senza number when they were, ahem, going under, back in February. My thing is, you're on the beach, surrounded by water and sand, leaving your crap unattended half the time - don't take valuables! I mean, you could take your vintage Ray-Bans and limited edition Marc Jacobs tote bag, but I'd much rather take the free shit I've accumulated over the years.

So there you have it! Throw in a dozen pairs of knickers, bras, socks and a couple pairs of tights and that's your lot! Bear in mind I was planning to stuff my suitcase with brand new clothes so I packed pretty lightly. If you're not planning on doing too much shopping, throw in a few more outfits! Part three is the final installment - what to wear when travelling! What I keep in my hand luggage, how to feel most comfortable and how to move from one climate to another!

Anything you'd add/take away from my suitcase?

Drea xoxo

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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Drea's guide to packing: Part One!

Hello hello kittens!
Drea's Little Junkyard is BACK in full swing, I'm back from my travels and can't wait to start blogging full time again. I thought I'd start with a packing guide as a few people requested it and I went away pretty early in the year so loads you ladies have your vacations to still look forward to!

I've just come back from spending 10 wonderful days in Hong Kong! What is so great about Hong Kong is you get you have the best of both worlds when it comes to the perfect holiday: hot weather and gorgeous beaches, and bustling city life, great food and great shopping! (Hong Kong and Paris photo diary coming soon). 
This does make packing slightly tricky - getting a balance between practical clothes for hot weather and lots of walking, beach wear and comfy clothes, and bringing your style to one of the street fashion capitals of the world was quite a challenge! 
This isn't a comprehensive guide, but incorporating some of these tips into your own packing and tailoring to your needs might come in handy! Part one is going to be all about Beauty: Toiletries, make up, tools, and must haves!


So this looks like a lot, but trust me it's all essential! I like to keep all my liquids together and in my suitcase to avoid he whole liquid ban hassle. The black vanity bag (behind) can fit everything nicely and guards against any spillage. 

Back Row: Heat defense spray for hair, Superdrug; Sun protection spray factor 10, Ambre Solaire; Shower Gel in Satsuma, Body Shop and Body Butter duo in Acai (in front), Body Shop; Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and Liz Earle face cream (in front); Tanning oil, Avon.
* When your spending all day in 30 degree weather your hair is going to dry out badly. I spray some of this in my hair before leaving the hotel and let it dry in the sun and it keeps my hair from frizzing out and becoming brittle. 
*I guess factor 10 sun protection is pretty laughable but trust me, the fact that I'm using protection at all is an achievement for me.
*A yummy smelling shower gel that's invigorating in the morning but comforting at night is perfect, and Body Shop shower gels are extremely hydrating so air conditioning doesn't leave my skin dry in the morning. It's important to keep moisturized as sun, water, and dehydration can leave your skin feeling less than fighting fit.
*Liz Earle goes everywhere with me, full stop.
*Everyone thinks I'm crazy for spraying oil onto my skin when on the beach, but hey, it means I tan quicker and spend less time in the sun... right?

Middle Row: Make up protector spray, ELF; nail polish remover, Superdrug; Insect bite soother spray, Superdrug.
*Make up protector spray is a must in hot weather to keep your make up from sliding all over the place. It's also great for touch ups throughout the day and to cool your face down!
*A mini nail polish remover always comes in handy - nothing worse than chipping your manicure on holiday!
*Pesky insects (especially mosquitoes) are more than a bother - spending your whole holiday going crazy with itchy insect bites is never fun. I use mosquito and bug repellent before I leave the hotel (not pictured) and carry this with me all day, so if the worst happens and I get bitten, I can soothe it straight away!

Front Row (clockwise): Mini deodorant, Sure; JLO Deseo perfume; Face wipes, Simple; Body wipes, carex; mini toothpaste, Colgate.
*A mini deodorant spray is great to pop in your bag and have on you all day - VERY important in a hot and humid location!
*A nice perfume that is great for day and night!
*Face and body wipes are quick, easy and refreshing! I keep the face wipes in my hand luggage as when you're on a long haul flight (16 hours there, 27 hours back!) it's nice to take your make up off and relax.
*Mini toothpaste because sometimes the hotel toothpaste just doesn't do the trick!


This goes into my hand luggage as I can't have any of my compacts breaking! I go for the two-maximum rule: Only two of one make-up group: 
Two powders - A powder foundation, Illamasqua (centre), and a pressed powder, ELF (far left).
Two Blushers: ELF blush in a warm pink/coral shimmer and Smashbox duo blush (cheating a bit here!)
Two Lips: A red lipstick, Illamasqua in salacious and a brown shimmer lipgloss, Mally Beauty.
Two brushes: My ELF power brush which is use for EVERYTHING, and a Bobbi Brown soft brush for pressed powder.
I also have a primer sample from Benefit as my ELF primer is running low (review on that soon!), a liquid eyeliner, ELF; concealer, Collection 2000; Eye primer, ELF; Eyeshadow palette, Sleek; A bronzer, MUA; eye cream duo, ELF and my glasses and contact lenses case!

I left the mascara I wanted to take in Paris so my friend had to bring that for me, but I try to go very bare make-up wise when I'm on holiday - during the day I tend to only use Primer, eye primer, concealer under my eyes, a light dusting of powder foundation, blusher and pressed powder over the top.


I keep all other bits and bobs in this bag which goes into my suitcase, but doubles up as my  on the go make-up bag. I put all the girly bits and necessities in there, things like hair bands, hair grips, a small nail file and all pictured!

Tune in for part two tomorrow: Clothes, shoes and accessories!

Drea xo

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Saturday, 9 June 2012

Summer Wish List: Holiday Edition!

Hey Kiddos,

Since I'm off to Hong Kong in 2 weeks (eek!) I thought I'd put together a little wish list of all the things I need/want... no NEED before I go!

Hong Kong weather is described as hot, sunny and very humid, so lightweight shirts like this American Apparel beauty is perfect. A flattering, 50s style bikini is great for the beach (and the baby blue stripes will look killer with a tan).

Pretty sandals are always key (and that teeny heel will make them easier to walk in all day - avoid totally flat sandals if you plan to on doing some walking!).

For evening, a cool blazer like this one from Zara will go with shorts and mini dresses, and is great for covering up a little when hitting the restaurants and bars. The midi-length River Island dress is a great choice - summer colours and a sensible length, I would wear this with wedges (and maybe the lavender shirt thrown over it?) come evening time.

I don't like to wear too much make up in the hot weather, but a nice sweep of a vibrant pink blush, a little mascara and pressed powder is all that's needed in the daytime. And of course, what summer look is complete without signature cool-girl shades?

I'm packing light (in order to save room in my case for goodies to bring back!), and I plan on doing a 'how to pack' post before I go!

Any of you ladies got a holiday planned this summer? Or maybe some festivals!

Drea xoxo

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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Inspiration: Moonrise Kingdom

Hey guys!
Wowza, that was quite a hiatus! I'm back from Ireland, got a month off before I jet off to Hong Kong then start my new job in VICTORIA'S SECRET BOND STREET! Aah I can't tell you how excited I am! Anyways, I've got a month of lazing around so I'm full-timing on the blogging front! Well, apart from the foolishness that is not being able to find my camera lead and therefore not being able to upload my Blogger's Boutique post! Grrr. In the meantime, head over the gorgeous Lucy's blog, LULUTRIXABELLE, who I went to the event with, she's got loads of great photographs!

I thought I'd do a post inspired by the amazingness that is Moonrise Kingdom.

Moonrise Kingdom, 2012, Wes Anderson.
Starring Kara Hayward, Jared Gilman, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman.

Moonrise is the latest outing from indie-quirky filmmaker Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr Fox). Full of whimsy and wonder, it centres around two 12 year olds who run away together on the tiny island of Penzance.
There are some truly wonderful performances. Introducing both Hayward and Gilman, their understated and natural performances only add to the humour and intrigue of this little film. Norton is just delightful as Boy Scout Master Ward and disfuntional couple Frances McDormand and Bill Murray are compelling and hilarous viewing. Oh, and Bruce Willis does a bang up job as Police Captain Sharp.

What really struck me about the film was it's gorrrgeous cinematography, lighting and costume. Wonderful 60's outfits and quirky little costumes (including a rather snazzy looking raven) make for a real feast for the eyes. It got me thinking about all the other inspirations this films draws in relation to fashion, so I put together a little scrapbook of inspiration.

Last two images courtesy of

Fleetwood Mac - Monday Morning
Bikini Kill - Rebel Girl
The Breeders - Do You Love Me Now?
Carol King - So Far Away
Hole - Miss World
Gillian Hills - Zou Bisou Bisou
James Taylor - Something In The Way She Moves

Drea xoxo

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Sunday, 6 May 2012

Mad about RedRock!

HeyHey! So I was lucky enough to be invited up to Northampton for the RedRock pop-up shop to cover the event. RedRock is a vintage, handmade and reworked online boutique created by  fashion and textiles graduate and stylist extraordinaire Kiran Lall (read my post about RedRock HERE). The event kicked off at 12, and I arrived on the dot (an hour later than I wanted thanks to delayed trains and my general tardiness). There was already a gaggle of eager, fashion junkies waiting for the doors to open, and we were soon welcomed in to peruse the racks of vintage and handmade pieces.

The place was packed! Shoppers got stuck in straight away, clutching Kiran's unique pieces to their chests and ducking off into the make shift changing rooms to try them on. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly - everyone happily chatting to one another and discussing which items they had their eyes on. The clothes themselves were to die for:

Prints, prints prints! Aztec, paisley, floral pieces-a-plenty!

Mouth watering, acid bright colours, mixed with different textures and materials - crochet, lace, sheer chiffons and velvets.

Re-worked levi shorts are a staple - how cute are these bad boys?!

RedRocks signature studded collars.

Handmade shorts in gorgeous flamingo print (a favourite of Paloma Faith's!)

And there were plenty of fashion forward ladies in attendance!

Nicola, a student at the University of Northampton found out about the event from flyers posted around the uni. She was definitely in a mood to buy "I'm going to a few festivals and travelling this summer so looking for some crazy clothes to take with me!"

Charlotte, a blogger from Northampton [check out her fab blog HERE] and Kiran (not the designer!) are friends of Kiran's (the designer) and came down to support her - and pick up a few goodies of course.

Carrie, who'd just moved back to Northampton from north west London has her finger firmly on the fashion pulse, "I'm looking for something to wear - I'm off to the Bambi and Manson press party in Whiskey Mist tonight!"

The lady herself was kept busy all day - talking to customers, taking alteration orders, and making sure everything was fully stocked.

Kiran, centre, helps a customer. With Ben Johnson (right), the stylist for the event and editor of Personality to Pavement, street style.

Cute puppy appeared from next door! Emily, PR assistant, has a good hug.

The Team with customers.

I finally managed to steal a minute of Kiran's time to have a cuppa and ask her a few questions. Having graduated with a fashion and textiles degree, she knew from day one she wanted to start her own line. Starting with simple customized and vintage T-shirts, she quickly got her business model together and approached the Princes Trust and secured other small loans. In 2009, RedRock took off. 

Not only do they have a site, they also sell on ASOS marketplace ("our vintage dresses do so well on ASOS", Kiran says), and are constantly in talks with other major retailers. But Kiran is most proud of her collaboration with Oxfam - she works with their stock and a percentage of the profits go directly to Oxfam. "That's what we're all about really - recycling and reusing, sustainable clothing sourced and made here in the UK. I'm definitely proud to be working with Oxfam."

She loves what she does. She recently reduced her time in the studio to five days a week "my boyfriend never got to see me!", and when she's not sewing like mad and sourcing materials, she lectures in fashion marketing at both the University of Northampton and Luton. Her only advice to up and coming designers and entrepreneurs is to love what you do. "You really have to want it. You have to be prepared to work day and night. But for me, I love what I do so it doesn't even feel like work."

All in all it was a fabulous day, and of course I picked up a gorgeous piece myself! I'll be uploading a haul video of all my recent purchases and I'll definitely be featuring my RedRock piece!


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Drea xoxo

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Thursday, 3 May 2012

Outfit post: Whistling Dixi.

Hey kids,

Any craic? Well I got a beautiful bumper package from Dixi the other day (click through for link!) and I was most delighted. Well, I ordered it aaages when they were doing a crazy sale, but got it sent to my home in London while I was in Ireland. So when I got last week it was sitting there ready for me to rip into!
*NB* I'm not too sure on some of the prices as I ordered so long ago! Also, apologies for the crappy lighting, it's been grey for weeks!

Clockwise LtoR
Silver bracelet (part of set), two finger hearts ring (£2), square red/white stone ring (part of set), jade-style heart pendant (£1), knuckle ring (part of set), horse ring (50p), Cameo ring (£2), cross ear cuff (part of set), stackable rings (part of set)

Two finger heart ring.

Square ring, cameo ring, horse ring.

Cross ear cuff.

Such pretty pieces! I adore the silver bracelet and the knuckle ring, I can see myself getting loads of wear out of them, and how affordable! The five piece set was £10 (I think!) so I will definitely going back to Dixi time and time again!

I decided to take my new jewels out for a spin when I went to TGI's with my pal in Westfields. 

*Pink blazer-£40-Sara Berman - LFWend sale*Sleeveless blouse-£12-Internationale*

*Black leggings with leopard insert-£12-Missguided*Coral loafers-£10-Office Sale*

Gold cuff-£1.50-Topshop sale*Bag-Nigerian Market*Rings-Dixi*Nail polish-NARS in Schiap*

*Neck cuff-£6.99-H&M

*Lipstick-£5.49-Kate Moss for Rimmel in shade 12*

I was planning on doing a proper FOTD but the lighting was just so dodgy you can barely make out the lipstick colour! 
Also, watch out for my first video, a haul, coming up soon! Hopefully over the weekend :)
Any plans this weekend dolls?

Drea xoxo

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