The First Stage of a Holiday…. Packing.

Right ok, so the yearly family holiday has been booked, and I’ve been furiously checking the weather at the destination every hour, just to make sure that the predicted weather and the current weather are in liaison with each other? (Do you do that too?) Just so that I can get an idea of what to pack.

The first stage of the holiday, and the excitement of it starts with the packing. Taking the suitcase out from under the beds, beating out the dust and taking in the aroma of an empty suitcase… ( I can smell it. It smells…. Empty!) oooooooh excitings

I have noticed a lot of influencers on Instagram at the moment are using all these little gadgets when packing clothes for their holidays.

Seriously we have reached a culture where we love watching people clean, wash their faces and also pack now!

So I thought while it’s trending l will show you all how I pack for my holidays (without the gadgets) and it’ll give me a chance to show off my clothes too!

This is well overdue, it’s from my trip to India back in October, our trip consisted of Nine packed full days where we went from Goa, to Mumbai and then a last 24 hours in Dubai and back home.

I consider myself to be a sensible packer. No. Actually I am a sensible packer. The men in the household however are not. Yup. We have switched roles here. They pack for all seasons and the whole month. But I only take the exact amount of outfits I need…. I hate bringing it all back and putting it all away.

So for the nine days I needed Nine full outfits, being a modest dresser that includes any tops to be worn inside and matching scarves.

Outfit no.1 trouser/skirt : Zara.
Black Top with gold buttons: Zara
Brown Scarf

And what I do is, I put the top and the scarf all inside, I also add the underwear here and I roll the trouser/skirt up in a roll like above.

Outfit. No. 2 Skirt/Trouser: Mango
Black and White Blouse: No idea!
Orange and Grey chiffon Scarf
Outfit. No. 3
Blue Jumpsuit : Mango
White Blouse : Mango
Nude and Blue scarf
Outfit.no. 4.
For my Day in Mumbai.
Indian Attire from Urbankai on Instagram
Outfit. No. 5
Jumpsuit: Shein
Black Blouse: Zara
Orange and Grey chiffon scarf
Outfit no. 6
Trousers: Zara
Top: Zara
Plain nude scarf
Outfit. No. 7
Denim style Linen trousers: Zara
Sleeve embroidered White Top: Zara
Light Grey Scarf
Outfit no.8
Olive Paperbag Trousers : Mango
Cream oversized blouse: Mango
creased effect scarf
Outfit. No 9 co-ord set: Shein
Contrasting cream scarf

And here they all are wrapped up within themselves, all of them have the appropriate scarves, tops, and underwear within.

I Love shoes- apart from when I’m on holiday. I hate taking good shoes because they always come back dusty and worn, and I hate showing feet skin (does that make sense?!) So on holiday my footwear is always covered. I chose the above footwear. The sandals are for the poolside and remaining footwear for day/ night comfort covering feet footwear (I didn’t realise just how particular I am until I started writing this. I actually sound quite old reading this back…. Oh my God. I am my mother!)

Don’t forget a toiletry bag for medication. Paracetamol and Ibuprofen and vitamin C are a must, all others to be added in as well.

And this is how I put it in the suitcase:

Here’s my nine outfits, plus my burkini with it’s scarf. One Toiletry bag with medication, One toiletry bag with cosmetics, and One toiletry bag with bath essential. On the other side of the suitcase I put in jewellery and shoes- so that they are away from the clothes. And don’t forget to chuck in the travel plugs.

This is such an easy way to pack and so ideal to just pull out an outfit daily. And you can see it all properly.

Hope you find it productive.

And now for my India Trip haul.

Coming up soon

Stay tuned

Love and Regards

M11bna

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Primarks new Modest Range

Instagram is full of influencers showcasing Primarks new modest range of clothing.

And all I can say is “About Bloody Time!” … Finally after centuries a gap in the market had been discovered.

What is Modest Clothing?

Modest clothing can actually be described in various different ways, and everyone has their own interpretation of what modest is. Being a Muslim modest clothing is actually a part of my lifestyle. Generally it means covering up your body so that your assets aren’t revealed… For me it’s about covering parts of the body, and overall skin- apart from hands and feet and my face. I’m not too fussed about how tight an item is (although I love oversized items more) however for others how closely it fits also comes into modesty, and modest clothing. Personally for me I like to get an average ratio of halal (lawful) and haraam (unlawful) into an outfit. (And now the haram police will come after me in full force).

It’s damn difficult for us modest dressers, for example when I see a dress I like, it’s often sleeveless- or backless or has a thigh high slit, or a slit at the back…and then I have to figure out what to wear underneath or on top. And it can be draining especially in the summer months- when Even the material can be sheer. (That’s a whole another story)

Then skirts- can be too short, or the midi range- which requires leggings or tights … And all over again it looks boring and frumpy and too many layers that don’t compliment each other.

Or tops usually sleeveless- deep necks, backless…. You getting the drift right?

That’s not to say every item of clothing is like that- it’s just the obvious modest clothes are just plain ugly, big, boring and not to forget limited.

So having Primark bring up a range of modest clothing has appealed to a wide audience. However Primark are not the first in introducing the modest range, it has been explored by other retailers before,

Primarks Modest range

DKNY launched the Ramadhan collection back in 2014- which was aimed at the modest Muslim dresser and the content was good. I liked the clothes they offered, but in all honesty am I really going to be able to afford a whole wardrobe full of DKNY? And then there was a issue of where the stores that offered the clothing were.

DKNY modest range sold in MiddleEast

Mango also started offering modest clothing back in 2014 only available in the middle East. Although some of the pieces could be bought here- alot of the modest range was only available abroad. I remember when I went Dubai in 2015 and I shopped like crazy in that store. Since then Mango stores worldwide have modest clothing available. Most of my wardrobe comes from Mango and Zara as both offer stylish chic pieces, and I’m not stuck looking frumpy or outdated (I hope not)

After this trend a few other designers followed suit, like Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, Max Mara…

And now it seems like being modest is actually a trend. With more models turning up on the runways wearing the headscarf aswell as modest clothing, it’s definitely looking that way.

Halima Aden for MaxMara
Halima Aden for Sports Illustrated- in a Burkini.

Victoria Beckham started her clothes line just over a decade ago. Her selection was definately different to what was being sold out there, oversized yet modest clothing in the most glorious way. The way she dresses herself is very modest on most occasions. Modest and damn stylish! I loved her collection the best from all the designers, but I could never justify the amount she charges. Just the t-shirt start at £90 (damn you VB- we could’ve been friends!)

Victoria Beckham Style.

I’m looking forward to see the range in Primark, and I’m hoping that the variation will increase, and Evan more so I’m hoping that other highstreet retailers also see the gap so that I don’t have the worry of ending up at a wedding wearing the same outfit from Zara as my friends mum. (Omg does that happen!)

Hope you enjoyed my read- let me know what you think of the Primark modest range?.

Love and Regards

M11bna

Spontaneous trip to Mani and Cheshire Oaks (Part Two)

After our over indulgence of hashbrown and brown sauce we headed off to Cheshire Designer Outlet.

Being just under 4 miles away, it takes us 10 minutes max to get there. Hence why we choose the Holiday Inn at Ellesmere Port with the banging hash browns.

Knowing full well that we wouldn’t be shopping much- as the sales hadn’t started we thought it’d be nice to just see what we could get if anything. If not- a nice stroll will do.

A nice stroll..

It started off steady- just walking in and out of shops. I found myself a wallet from Karl Lagerfeld, and it suited what I needed. A wallet is something that everyone gets fussy about. I need a big coin pocket inside because I forever have change. I don’t know why, but I just do. And this had that. I don’t like too much fuss on my wallets. Plain and simple does it. It ticked the boxes and so it went into the basket.

At £34 (real price £90)

Next we stopped at G-Star. The eldest boy wanted jeans, he wasn’t after G-Star jeans in all honestly. He had seen some in Topshop for £40 which he was going to get once home. Here the jeans were 2 for £95. It would be stupid of him not to get these instead.

We always stop for some doughnuts and tea mid way. And the Doughnut Diner has the best Doughnuts.

Yup, and they taste better!

After our short break -back to shopping again, I was quite surprised that some shops had sales going on, usually at this time of year- you get the normal 20% off, but that’s about it. But alot of the shops had something on top of the 20% aswell.

What we do best

Going in and out of shops, we ended up spending quite a bit of time in Lacoste. I would say 90% of my husband clothes are from Lacoste, and that includes trainers too. He really should have some sort of loyalty offer/ card from them.

And that’s another 6 tops added to his collection. He got all 6 for £267. Not exactly a bargain as in December time it does get alot cheaper, but we do struggle with sizes and colours so he picked it up.

I was content with my wallet, I had purchased one thing- that’s enough for me untill…. I stepped into ‘The Sunglass Hut’. I do have a weakness in this shop- so I really should have known before I walked in, I’ll get something… But today the offer was better then I’d ever seen before… Buy first pair- get second pair at 70% off…

I got both at £136. Usually I pay more than this for one pair. The hubby dearest was so pleased he paid for them. Extra bonus. And I now have my sunglasses ready for my next holiday (hopefully I don’t loose them. I have a tendency to loose or break my frames- it’s not Evan considered news anymore. If my frames survive a holiday, then that’s news worthy!)

My 2 nephews have there birthdays coming up, 3 weeks apart, and the Adidas store had a good sale, they go for football together every Saturdays, so football boots seemed like the best thing to get for them for their birthdays.

Both trainors were for £32, usual price being £40 for the one pair. Another thing added to the Amex.

We also picked up a few bits and bobs from jack and jones for the boys at standard price- just to top them up.

So all in all we had a very productive day, more productive then we thought we would (no complaints off me).

We then headed off to fill out bellies. Shopping is exhausting and almost like a workout. We headed off to none other than the famous Wilmslow Road. We wanted to try something different. We almost always do, so we told ourselves whilst walking around let’s see what we find and decide….. We ended up in our normal spot. Antalya Cafe.

It’s Lebanese food. So can’t go wrong and we know it’s good food.

We had lamb chops, chicken tikka, chicken shawarma, and chips, and it was just as good as it’s always been.

And then we made our way home.

Seriously? When did chiverly die? Like he wants a nap while I drive home? Who does that? What happened to driving the woman around? We got something wrong when we asked for equal opportunities. Driving should have been left to the men.

All in all – a spontaneous trip cost the hubby just under £800. I’m up for going next weekend too! Hehe

Love and regards

M11bna

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