The very disappointing buffet breakfast on our last morning added to the regret of the last morning. With the entire morning free we visited the Mall again for some souvenirs and presents.It was much quieter and was a really nice chance to enjoy a relaxing stroll and a last look at the pretty pastries! The colours worry me slightly though.My morning outfit of Theory ivory silk shirt, black Gap 1969 bf jeans, Gucci belt and Via Spiga flats.This is such a comfy outfit yet smart enough for anywhere even though I’m wearing jeans. I like that it’s an outfit with more impact and virtually no effort required. For the first time the idea of a uniform seems appealing 🙂The shawl changes everything!I feel so liberated wearing a shawl because it’s unrestricting while giving me an extra layer of warmth and comfort.And so it was time to check out.The hotel’s lounge was actually rather nice and I never got to use it before.The hotel has its own little bus shuttle service to the airport a few minutes away.Clean and cosy.The same theme of organic with beaten metal.The opposite side looked positively Oriental.Ikebana style flower arrangement.Organic with smooth metal.I changed into a grey viscose tee for the flight home.My flight was delayed by almost 3 hours so there was time to mooch around the shops.Hermès windows.I went in to have a wander and chat.Finally, airborne!You see the Jet d’Eau in the middle left. Unfortunately I was on the wrong side for views of the mountain peaks.But it was the first time I’d seen a sunset in the air.My French had just come back to me and I felt more comfortable conversing without hurting my brain just when it was time to leave.
You may be surprised to learn that this was my very first success in terms of choosing the right clothes, edited enough to fit in a cabin bag (absolutely an achievement for a chronic overpacker), yet with enough variety to avoid falling victim to my low boredom threshold. I wore everything at least once and felt great in everything, not only following through the kind of looks I wear at home but making better versions of them. And everything was comfortable – I didn’t need to think about them – I dislike any kind of
fidgeting adjustments whether to my outfit or my face/hair once I’m dressed.
The trick was to keep it ultra simple but each piece had to be special enough all the same besides the usual practical requirements. The other trick was to be organised and I now know there’s simply no substitute to trying out your outfits complete with accessories before packing. Unless you travel very frequently of course. And lastly, to make sure things feel right. In the past I’ve relied too much on a formula ignoring that some things just don’t make me feel wonderful. This is the big thing I learnt during this trip.
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