Packed For Portugal

Annina Vogel ring | UK fashion blog | Stylonylon

Obviously handy packing tips are much more the norm these days on blogs and in the magazines…

But I thought it’d be fun (ok, completely whimsical) to show you the favourite things I packed for Portugal. We arrived last night after a hectic delayed flight, welcomed by beautiful heat and bright blue skies today. These photos, on my terra-cotta windowsill, are of the pieces that mean the most to me this trip …

001 | UK fashion blog | Stylonylon

My skin hasn’t been amazing lately, dehydrated and dry, so this lovely little package and a cheat sheet from the award-winning 001 arrived just in time. The range can be mixed up together and experimented with, applied cool from the fridge or with a massage around the eyes and temple (with a spoon, must try this!) to eliminate toxins. I received three products in the range to try out a little beauty multi-tasking and treat my dry and tired skin. Having reviewed this range before, I have high hopes. I’ll let you know how I get on. Thank you to founder Ada for so kindly sending for review!

Annina Vogel ring | UK fashion blog | Stylonylon

I am completely besotted with my new Annina Vogel heart ring (birthday present to self, yah) – it’s a soft-coloured rose gold with a flattened heart on a slim textured band. I wear it on the middle finger of my left hand and it gives me magic strength and super powers. Obvs.

H&M striped tops | UK fashion blog | Stylonylon

Stripes and stripes, jumper and tanks, are perfect hot weather wear; you just don’t need to think. The less thinking on holiday the better, I say! These are both recent purchases from H&M in Westfield, Stratford along with a tonne of basic tees and tanks. There’s a particular t-shirt they’re doing at the moment which has this super nice slightly crumpled scooped neck line; there are a few similar styles online, but I’m pretty sure it’s this one.

Olympus PEN E-PL5 | UK fashion blog | Stylonylon

A super dinky-sized Olympus PEN in white, slightly top-heavy with my old Olympus 50mm manual legacy lens admittedly, but to me it is truly a thing of beauty. With the older Olympus lenses you need an adapter, but I picked this one up super cheap on eBay. The lens? Not so cheap. I still feel mixed tingles of excitement and pangs of guilt at having swiped it from under the noses of probably some very hardcore photography eBay bidders, a 50mm 1.2, it’s pretty rare these days and not that easy to find.

MiH jeans | UK fashion blog | Stylonylon

And, of course, my latest ripped denim obsession by MiH. I did a little reading and MiH used to be Made In Heaven – remember them? – founded in Chelsea in 1969 with a focus on flattering fit and worn by Jane Birkin et al, but was re-launched in 2005 by the owner’s god daughter Chloe Lonsdale, a St Martins graduate who saw a gap in the market for a more tailored premium denim. This electric blue Phoebe Grover pair were in the sale, still going, and I’ll confess to you now, I got them in a lighter wash too, as this pair were a little oversized and I needed a size down, so now I have two pairs of the same style, but in different sizes and colours – the baggier pair and the neater, more fitted pair. Ok, ok, no excuse, complete indulgence I know. I plead my birthday?


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