How To Be A Stylish When You Only Have Carry-On

For the last few months, my life has been an endless cycle of catching red-eye flights across the country to be a girlfriend for a couple of days, only to be back at the airport at 5am to arrive home in time to start work by 10am. Don’t get me wrong, being able to explore new cities with my boyfriend is GREAT, but it’s f***ing expensive to say the least.

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Luckily, this frugal frequent flyer has mastered the art of the carry-on bag, which means I’m saving some serious coin on checked luggage (which adds up when you’re catching two flights per fortnight). And when I say carry-on, I usually travel with a tote bag, not a ‘this is my big Louis Vuitton travel duffle bag that fits a small child’ bag.

Makeup:

Makeup can weigh down your carry-on substantially, and when you’re jet-setting with budget airlines who actually WEIGH your carry-on to make sure it’s under 7kg, it’s crucial that you keep it simple with the cosmetics.

Rule #1: Never take full-sized products. Ask at your beauty counters for samples of your favourite eye cream, moisturiser, serum and even cleanser, they’re usually free and they save you a tonne of space when travelling.

Rule #2: Plan ahead. If you’re travelling for an event, have a clear plan of what kind of makeup look you’re going for. If it’s no biggie, aim for a simple-yet-chic glowy look with a winged liner and a bold lip. This involves minimal products, which saves you space (and you’ll look bangin’).

Rule #3: Multitask. Only pack brushes that are absolutely essential. Double points if you can use the same brush for two different products.

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Whether it’s fashion week or a family reunion, I’m never going to sacrifice style for practicality, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have both. When it comes to my wardrobe, I generally keep things pretty neutral and monochromatic (unless of course, it’s my red, flared,  ruffled pants), which makes it pretty easy to recycle the same pieces for a bunch of different looks.

Rule #1: Wear your heaviest pieces.  Planes are always cold, even in the warmer months, which means you can easily pack a couple of extra kilos if you’re prepared to wear them.Layering is your best friend when it comes to packing light (or at least the illusion of packing light). The key to being a carry-on queen is wearing a sh*t load of clothes. Got a coat? Put it on. Got a multi-tasking silk scarf? Put that on too. Can you layer two shirts? Do that shit. To put it simply, wear everything you can without looking like you’re avoiding paying for extra luggage.

Rule #2: Think out your fancy footwear. Unless you’re a boss ass bitch who wears stilettos every day, think long and hard about your shoe choices. I’m making the assumption that your trip includes some evening events where your sneakers or loafers aren’t going to cut it, so wear some boots. A pair of thin-heeled booties can be worn out for evening events but are also comfortable and stylish when you’re walking through the mall or going out for breakfast with your bae. If you can only bring one extra pair of shoes, make sure you bring a pair of heeled booties and a pair of sneakers or loafers.

Rule #3: Black is always the new black. If you’re bringing a limited amount of clothing, keep that sh*t neutral. Blacks, greys, whites, maybe a camel, khaki or denim, but that’s it. Unless you really need those red pants, leave them at home.

 

 

 

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4 Ways You’re Ripping Yourself Off When Shopping Online

The internet is a cool place. You can communicate with people on the other side of the world, you can find information on almost anything, and most importantly, you can shop without having to leave bed.

Online shopping is a wonderful thing, but are you spending more than you have to? No, I’m not talking about actually cutting back on your spending or taking things out of your Sephora cart. I’m about to drop some knowledge bombs on how to save money without sacrificing anything. Sounds too good to be true, huh?

Welllllll, that’s where you’re wrong. You are probably spending more money than you have to when it comes to online shopping, and here’s how.

You’re not planning ahead.

There are a bunch of different sale periods (and individual sale days) every year, and the great thing about them is that they’re planned ahead. So why the hell aren’t you?

For bigger investments, or just to be extra financially responsible, plan your purchases around annual sale days like Vogue Online Shopping Night, Black Friday or Boxing Day when you know your favourite stores will have major discounts.

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If you know your foundation is going to run out in February, stock up on Boxing Day when you can save that extra $10.

You’re not doing your research.

If you’re buying something online, you’d be stupid not to look around for the best deal. Even if you want to be lazy and just search on Google Shopping, make sure to check whether your product can be found cheaper. This sounds simple, but I know so many people who only check one website before making a purchase. This is possibly the easiest way to save money when it comes to online shopping.

You’re not utilizing coupons.

Once you’ve found the cheapest website to purchase your item, you can still probably get it cheaper with a coupon.

Do yourself a favour and download the Honey browser extension. Honey literally does the work for you when it comes to couponing, all you have to do is click the browser extension while you’re shopping and it’ll automatically find you the best coupon available. This is literally the best thing to ever happen to online shopping, and it’s free!

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You’re paying for shipping.

This one isn’t always avoidable, but there are some hacks to get out of paying that shipping fee. If you live near a store, click and collect is your best friend. This means you can still capitalise on all of those online discounts and coupons, but don’t have to pay (or wait) for delivery.

Another way to save money is to get a free trial of Shipster. Shipster has partnered with over 50 retailers to give you free shipping (with a monthly fee of $6.95 per month). BUT, they have a two-month free trial period to test out the service, so if you’re organised enough to cancel the membership as soon as the free trial is over, you won’t pay a cent for shipping!

I personally wouldn’t pay for this service as I don’t use these retailers much, but you can get similar services with individual retailers like ASOS (you pay an annual fee in exchange for free express shipping on every order). You kinda have to work this one out for yourself, but if you’re ordering frequently, this kind of service could save you money.

Still don’t believe me?

I tried to purchase a Benefit blush online. Myer, Sephora and Adore Beauty all stocked the item for the same price.

Sephora: Out of stock.

Myer: No discount, $9.95 standard delivery or free in-store pickup.

Adore Beauty: Claimed $10 off coupon and qualified for free express shipping AND got two free samples

All three websites started out with the same price. A little research goes a long ass way.