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What colours to wear when travelling for business accross the world

Colours accross the world – what to wear when travelling for business?

Take a moment when you are dressing for work to consider the colour/s you put on and what image that portrays. You may need the boost of confidence from wearing your favourite red dress and you want to project a bold image to the world.

We don’t all interpret colours in the same way. When travelling accross the world it is worth keeping in mind the key colours to avoid or wear for particular occassions.

For instance, traditionally South Africa red is a colour of mourning and in Thailand it is to be worn on Sundays. This website lists some cultural colour meanings and as they say these are traditional meanings but things change in cultures and it is worth doing some research if you are going on a business trip.

Take a look at this colour wheel that shows the various colours and the meanings of colours accross culturescolour cultures wheel

Click here to go to the interactive wheel of colours, meanings and cultures


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Packing for Travel – Light!

So you have your special travel drawer organised and packed to the brim.
What should you pack and how?
The Basics:

  • For short business trips pack items that can all mix and match
  • Pack in outfits
  • Don’t pack things you wouldn’t wear normally

The Basic Items List:
• Nude lingerie set
• One day bag
• One evening bag
• One pair of nude or black heels
• One pair of neutral flats
• Your best dress
I find I pack the best in outfits. I pick out key pieces that I want to wear on the trip, whether I’m on a business trip or holiday.
I like to think about my trip’s itinerary and pick my outfits accordingly. That sounds obvious, I know, but be quite specific. Will you be walking a lot from location to location or will you be getting taxis? Is there the potential for some high-end meals out or will you be chilling in your hotel room?
So keeping that all in mind I start to pick a key item for each ‘event’ on the itinerary.
For example: My Three day Trip to Paris itinerary (part business / part pleasure!)
Day 1:
Travel to St Pancras get the train to Paris
Arrive, drop bag off at hotel and go to an exhibition
Eve: meal and drinks out

Day 2:
Go to fabric exhibition all day
Eve: meal and drinks out

Day 3:
Go to shops
Catch train home

The dress in the middle of the outfit building below is what I wore for business day two. This was how I then built up the wardrobe for the three days.

Travel light


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A lovely fragrant education and networking evening!

What a busy week this has been! July seems to be THE TIME for networking in London! On Wednesday I went to a networking evening in Diptyque which I really enjoyed. I met some lovely ladies and had a very interesting evening. Now to be honest, I am a complete novice when it comes to the Diptyque brand and also the candle and fragrance industry. So I was happy to learn and be educated!

The company was first started by three friends and was inspired by their travels. They produced textile prints that they sold to Libertys and various other things. All three were creative but with different skill bases (interior designer, set designer and painter).

The labels for the first candles were all originally done by hand by one of the founders. Their first store was at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain and you can see some pictures and more information on the website. It is still there and I think when I next head to Paris I would like to make a little visit.

The store I was in was very close to South Molton Street, London and was a lovely little boutique. They showed us how the best way to smell the candles they have on display is to tap out the candle on their special table and smell the bottom of the glass! This is because you won’t get as much of the fragrance from just smelling the top of the candle until you burn it.

There were some amazing scents. They have one that smells like daffodils. Now it truely does smell like daffodils, but very concentrated. Which I’m sure when burnt will dissipate and fill the room with a lovely floral scent. It hadn’t occured to me until the store manager pointed it out, that the majority of their candles are a single scent. This means you can almost create your own personal scent by burning a couple of candles at a time. For example, if you love the smell of roses but on it’s own it’s too sweet, perhaps burn a candle with a fresher smell at the same time.

They do also have a range of other fragrances where they are combined.

I also found it interesting that you just burn the candle for a very short time and then blow it out. The scent fills up the room and you don’t burn too much candle. The candles last about 60 hours I believe, so value for money really!!

I have the lovely limited edition candle Joie. To me it is a gorgeous smell; combining roses and lychees (surprising choice?) creates a lovely floral but fresh scent.

This is what Diptque says about the little collection “Diptyque partnered with Minä Perhonen, the famous Japanese designer, to create a limited edition collection of three fragrances: Ciel, Joie, and Infini. Each fragrance is inspired by a poem and is influenced by a mutual love of craftsmanship, motifs, and fabrics”.

Diptyque Candle

Joie: Diptyque limited edition candle

JOY

The poem evokes a summer’s day with flowers that seem to speak to one another, perfectly reflected by the candle’s intermingling floral notes.

fleurs bavardes
Bavardage des fleurs
Sous les rayons du soleil, quel bonheur !
Bavardage des fleurs jusqu’à la tombée de la nuit

ENDLESS

With its use of incense and spices this candle reflects the mysterious nature of memory: the unchartered territory of the mind.

Soulagement
Les souvenirs s’accumulent, aux côtés des senteurs,
Ils trouvent enfin leur place et sommeillent paisiblement,
attendant que l’esprit les libère

SKY
This candle’s nostalgic combination of rice vapor and sweet dew instantly calls forth the poem’s wistful tone. At one with the elements, Minagawa’s words bring the far-away close to home.

Le ciel sait
Je demande au vent de me conter l’histoire de ceux qui vivent au loin,
Et le vent me transmet leurs joies,
Je les sens ainsi plus près de moi.

If you want to find out more check out their facebook page, they make suggestions regarding combinations you can burn together and new products coming out. They also have little travel sets which seem lovely; great gifts, hint hint.

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Fly Me to NYC

Just a quicky post! I’m off to NYC today.

I’m looking forward to getting some inspiration, I’ve got some great exhibitions lined up to visit plus I can do some people watching and shopping! Going to visit some favourite places plus try some new areas and food places!

On the subject of flying click here for an article on the Not Just a Label website about the golden age of airline uniforms! I’m flying virgin and looking forward to in the future seeing the Vivienne Westwood collaboration. I wonder if they’ll use a red tartan (would work with the Virgin colour and with Westwood’s design style).

These are my hand luggage essentials: Hand luggage essentials

From top left clockwise:

Wet wipes, hand cream, mobile, lip balm, eye cream, support tights, pashmina, travel wallet (holds passport, tickets, money etc..), ibuprofen, face moisturiser and sunglasses

I also like to take a book to read (even though I end up watching tons of films!), notepad for ideas and a hair bobble!


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Packing for Travel – Part One

Of late, I seem to have been travelling alot, for business and pleasure. So I have become very organised and found some methods for being ready at the last minute!

Keep a drawer dedicated to travel

1. Have a clear zippy bag (20cm x 20cm) filled with ‘carry on’ essentials (maximum100ml containers) ready in a drawer. I suggest: face, lip and hand moisturiser, mini tooth brush and paste, anti-perspirant, hair brush and a pen.

2. Keep a larger toiletry bag of travel sized goodies such as: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, sunscreen, face wash, nail file, shaving cream, razor, tampax/towel, mini travel hair straightners and hairdryer.

3. A purse or folder with your paper essentials: Passport, drivers license, health insurance information, travel ‘cash’ cards, a notebook of any travel details you like to remember (taxis, hotels, restaurants, phone numbers), maps and a pen.

4. Other key items to keep together: spare phone charger, universal adapter, headphones, mini alarm clock, sunglasses and a book (or kindle), camera, jewellery travel roll.

Suggested item locations:

  • Miniatures from makeup counters – When I buy my beauty products from the counters I may get a complimentory miniature product – I keep these for travel and refill them each time I go away)
  • Molton Brown

(Some nice travel kits with travel sized toiletries)

(A wide range of travel sized products – beauty, electrical and accessories)

(they have a selection of travel size toiletry kits and mini products)

(They provide some of their natural and organic hair care in travel sizes)

  • Boots
  • Superdrug
  • Tesco

There are many other brands that provide miniatures, my list is by no means exhaustive!

I got my clear travel ‘carry on’ toiletry bag from Victoria’s Secret but there are various other locations you can get one:

http://www.boots.com/en/Clear-travel-bags_52340/

http://www.superdrug.com/the-beauty-parlour/the-beauty-parlour-cosmetic-bag-trio/invt/268655/&bklist=

http://www.marksandspencer.com/Outstanding-Value-Piece-Clear-Cosmetic/dp/B000OZ9H32?extid=TP_2_FRO_T_MSF_

http://www.beauty-boxes.com/product/Ashville_Clear_Travel_Make_Up_Pouch_PCB-035A

http://www.marksandspencer.com/Piece-Clear-Cosmetic-Bag-Set/dp/B003VX093Q?extid=TP_F_CT_B_260911_290_CreoGe

Next time I’m going to talk through my packing technique – the endless questions of what to take, how much to take etc….