Christmas trip to Paris by car: what’s in my bag

2 days until Christmas! How exciting! My husband is from Paris, so we’re driving down there tomorrow to spend Christmas with his family. I like travelling by car – I like the fact that we don’t have to rush and that we don’t have to worry about baggage allowance. Don’t get me wrong, I like travelling light, but let’s be honest, it’s not really possible to do that at this time of the year – what with all the gifts, etc. We have a large box dedicated just for them! Moreover, I’m pregnant! So, it’s probably better to just take the car. Personally, I’m still travelling light though – here’s what I’ll be carrying and wearing everyday: my new Burberry bag (Christmas gift from my husband), my trusted Ugg boots to keep me warm, a snood or a scarf (both from New Look), and a pair of legging (from Littlewoods) or bamboo tights (I love bamboo tights – they’re so soft and so lightweight; they keep you cool when it’s warm and keep you warm when it’s cold) from Boots.

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And here’s what I’ll be wearing them with: my favourite Sweaty Betty jumper over a tank top, which I’ll wear with the legging (I think it’s perfect for car travel – really comfy), Mango jersey dresses (which I’ll wear with the bamboo tights), a Zara top and a cardigan from Asos (which I’ll again wear with the legging). I’m in my third trimester now and I’m still really tiny, so I haven’t bought any maternity wear yet. I hope I don’t have to. So far, these styles work for me, and they’re all in my normal size 8. I suppose, dress smart (read: ditch the jeans, skirts, and anything tight for a while) and you don’t have to spend money on something that you’ll only wear for a few months or so.

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Oh, and the parka, of course. I bought this last year from Tesco F&F. It looks really good and is of surprisingly good quality for Tesco. In fact, it’s as good as the more expensive ones. I wear it all the time and with literally anything. Definitely my favourite winter coat!

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Anyway, enough with fashion. Moving on to beauty stuff now. I mean, it’s Christmas, and that means Christmas eve dinner and Christmas day brunch, and spending Christmas in Paris means… well, taking a romantic walk in the city and do what Parisians do (whatever that is). My point is, I need to look good, and so, it’s obviously important to pack the right beauty products and make-up. I’m sure you’ll agree. Here’s what I’ve decided to bring with me:

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1. Bare Minerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum; 2. Neal’s Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Concentrate and Almond Moisturiser; 3. Electric Hair Hydrate Shampoo (sample from Birchbox); 4. Organic Sweet Almond Oil from Naissance; 5. Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm; 6. Pure Tea Tree Oil; 7. Organic Oatmeal; 8. Kats Kalma Geranium Water; 9. Avene eye cream

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1. Jean Paul Gaultier Perfume; 2. Waitrose Cucumber Facial Wipes; 3. MAC Lipstick; 5. Benefit Beautiful Eyes, High Beam and Ultra Plush Lip Gloss; 6. Bare Minerals Foundation, Warmth, Mineral Veil and Primer; 7. Lancome Mascara; 8. Eyeko Fat Eye Stick (sample from Birchbox); 9. Max Factor Eyebrow Pencil and Eye Liner

I did mention that I’m travelling light, right? Well, it’s true. It looks like I’m bringing a lot of stuff, but honestly, they all fit in my Cath Kidston ‘weekend bag’ – see:

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Finally, as you know, we’re travelling by car. That means, we have to cross the English Channel with a ferry, which takes around 1 and 1/2 hour; and it also means spending hours and hours on the road. Obviously, I need to keep myself entertained and what better way to do that than with the latest edition of Vogue and food, which go into what I called my ‘food bag’ from Cath Kidston:

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That’s it! I better go catch some beauty sleep and I’ll tweet from Paris tomorrow! xx

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Style bible: ‘non-maternity maternity’ wear

“Not keen on spending money on maternity wear? Here’s how to update your wardrobe with ‘double function’ pieces.”

 

Over the past week or so, I’ve started noticing that my usual skirts and pants are becoming quite snug. I’m at 20 weeks and you can’t really see my baby bump yet; but it’s there, I can feel it. I probably should buy myself some maternity wear right about now. But the thing is, I’m not very keen on spending money on clothes that I know I’d never wear again past my due date. So, I’ve decided to update my wardrobe with what I’d like to call ‘non-maternity maternity wear’ – that means, stocking up on leggings, jeggings, cardigans, jumpers, loose fit trousers, comfortable dresses, low-heel shoes, ballerina flats, and anything versatile enough to perform the double function. I personally love these basic styles (which I bought from various retailers) – I think they are essential must-own pieces; I like the fact that they go with practically everything and you can easily wear them casually or smart. Not to mention that they are also very comfortable.

Casual Wear | Non-Maternity Maternity Wear | www.angeliquelee.co.uk

Top row (left to right): 1. Sweaty Betty Vitality L/SLV Knitted Jumper; 2. South (Littlewoods) Basic Tank Top; 3. Zara Cap Sleeve Shirt; Bottom row (left to right): 1. Mango Ribbed Sleeve Dress; 2. New Look Black Seamless Ankle Length Legging; 3. New Look Light Blue Slim Fit Jeggings; 4. Zara Medium Wash Denim Jacket; 5. New Look Pink Sateen Ballet Pumps

Smart Casual Wear | Non-Maternity Maternity Wear | www.angeliquelee.co.uk

From top left: 1. Zara Buttoned Neck Shirt; 2. Zara Drawstring Loose Fit Trousers; 3. Aldo Grennan Low Mid Heels