beauty, lifestyle, travel
Five Ways to get Ready for the Perfect Summer HolidayTuesday, May 26, 2015
It's pretty ironic that I'm writing a ‘how to get ready for your holiday’ post while flying thousands of feet up in the air, en route to beautiful Barbados. But with still 5 hours to go, writing only seems right while listening to Cressida, we living life.
As I only booked my flight three weeks before the date to jet off (my middle name is ‘last minute’ clearly), this post outlines a couple of the things I did – and wish I did to make the preparation period more relaxed and make me more glam. So, whether you're a countdowner or lastminute.com gal, here is how FK (would) prep for the ultimate getaway.
First step: Skin, Skin, SKIN.
Most of the time, the most anticipated and exciting bit about going on holiday is being able to throw on those flip flops and being in the sun, catching a mean tan. So, it's important your skin matches the beauty of your vacay, from the time you walk of that plane. So what do I do, do I hear you cry? The answer is scrub! Whether you prefer a Dead Sea scrub or coffee scrub, scrubbing weeks – or even days - before your holiday is perfect to get rid of all that dead skin, even your tone and have you feeling as smooth as a babies tosh. For information on coffee scrubs and which ones I like, click here.
To continue the glowing golden skin trend, detoxing is a great way to cleanse your skin and colon – but warning, this may cause a few more trips to the bathroom than usual. Last year, we saw a major buzz about detox teas, with brands like Bootea and Slendertoxtea offering a quick and easy way to reduce the bloat, increase metabolism, cleanse your insides and have your skin glowing and being that I am such a marketing guinea pig, I had to try out anything and everything I could – and I advise you guys to do the same; but maybe just stick to the one! Having tried both Bootea and Slendertoxtea day and night tea, I definitely would say that this is a perfect way to get ready, whether you decide to test out the 27 or 14 days plan, it will have your skin and insides glowing! (This is also perfect for my girls who can't be bothered with working out in the gym but want to lose a few inches on the waistline)
Third step: The perfect smile!
(Before I begin, I must confess I didn't follow this step exactly but if I had time/planned better this would have been at the top of my “must do before vacay” list). Teeth whitening has become major this season, with the likes of Kylie Jenner and Scott Disick showing off their whiteys and DIY kits. Whether you decide to get pearl drops, a kit of your own or stay away from the caffeine; having the pearly whites completes any great Instagram picture, so smile!
Fourth step: Water, water, water!!
Water is the perfect way to clear and hydrate your skin and reduce bloating. Hate having to deal with the attack of spots while on holiday, or that ‘food baby’ that manages to appear even without food, or even sheds of dry skin? The best way to combat this before that perfect getaway, is drinking at least 2 liters of water a day in the running up. Yes, this may be difficult for you water loathers, but the results will blow your mind – Hydrated skin is the best skin! However, if water still doesn't do the trick, managing to budge those spots, invest in a little Witch stick! I have sensitive skin and this is the only spot stick that doesn't hurt my skin, cause irritation or more spots.
Fifth & Final step: Deciding what to take?
Look through a few magazines to identify what sort of look you want to go for, Bohemian babe or print splasher? Whatever the trend is, snap a picture of the items you are looking for and use the magical app COMB to find similar ( for example, if you happen to be looking a at Chloé dress that there is no way you can afford) or that specific item. This simply genius app works as your holiday stylist, helping to find all the looks you need to blow up Instagram. To find out more about COMB, click here.
Although, not all of us are fortunate enough to buy a whole new wardrobe for a 14 day trip to the Caribbean. So, look through your wardrobe – and when I say look, I mean look thoroughly through every item of clothing you have ever had in your life (I don't mean that hideous dress your mother had you wearing at 6, but you should be looking so hard that you find it). Sometimes the best pieces are the ones you've forgotten about in the back of your wardrobe! I sure did find a few gems on my hunt.
If you're not feeling holiday ready after that, then I don't know what will get you in the mood. Other than beautifying yourself, make sure you have an outfit for every occasion, wax/shave your legs, organise and pack your accessories, ones that compliment every outfit – there is no less is more when it comes to packing accessories – and have a minimum of three bags/clutches that can be worn with your various outfits – unless of course you’re not a bag girl, which seems rather unconventional or have one bag that works for every outfit.
Well, now that I've landed and had an amazing night's sleep. It's time to get washed, dressed and head out. To keep up with my travels and what I'm doing while in Barbados, follow me on Instagram @fashionkillerblog_ and follow me on Snapchat:
Don't forget to leave a comment below, I want to know where you are going this year and how you have prepared for your vacay.