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kerry's new shoes

photo via lomokev

Some people have a natural flair for organization and tidiness. Others like me, find order in randomness. But there are some tasks that requires you to be absolutely organized. Like packing a suitcase. It doesn’t work if you randomly throw everything in. This task definitely requires a systematic approach and good organization skills.

So naturally, packing is one of the task I detest the most { amongst many other mundane tasks }. Even when it is for holiday and all the more when its for work. My mom actually has a friend who will never travel out of the country because she does not want to pack!

But I suppose when you do something a million times, you somehow start to establish a system and do it better.
If you also detest packing your luggage, here’s some tips that may help you along and hopefully make the chore a little less painful.

I wanted to take some photos and share them with you as I pack my bags but the weather is a little gloomy today. In a basement apartment, it is really difficult to take pictures in such bad lighting. So instead of bad photographs from me, I try to search for pictures online instead.

1. Play your favorite music. 

This tip is good for every detesting chore you have to do. Nothing like some good music to lift your spirit.

2. Use plenty of bags. 

photo via gmarket here

Yes. The idea of bag in a bag really works! And you need bags that look different from one another or are see-through. Packing cubes, cosmetic pouches, drawstring bags etc. Whatever you can find. They help to categorize everything for easy packing and allows you to easily identify where an item is. Not to mention that they make your luggage look a lot neater and organized.
So I have a bag for each of these categories:
– clothes
– cosmetics
– skincare & toiletries
– accessories
– delicates
– electronics (zip lock bags are best for these)
– safety kit

With the bag system, it also reminds you of the things you need to pack without having to write anything down. If you get mesh garment bags like the ones in the picture (or from muji here), they also double as laundry bags if you need to wash your clothes at the launderette.

3. Ziploc bags & Vacuum bags.
I always keep spare ziploc bags and vacuum bags with me.
Ziploc bags are great for miscellaneous little things and electronics.
I also like to keep my shoes in ziploc bags.

Vacuum bags are great for packing heavy duty clothes that takes up too much space. Get those that you don’t need to use a vacuum cleaner with. So you can just roll it to squeeze the air out before sealing it.

4. Samples
If you are packing for holidays, forget about bringing all your skincare, liquids and creams in its original container size. Bring the sample sizes you get from the retail counter. Or if you must, then get little empty containers and fill them up instead. I love the ones from Muji. And I use spare contact lens containers for my creams. Just don’t forget to label them.

5. What clothes to bring?
This is definitely the biggest headache of all. How can you squeeze your entire wardrobe into a suitcase?
Do you already have to work out what you want to wear for the next two weeks in advance and plan the different combinations already?

The answer is, you don’t.

If you are like me, I’m sure there are only those few pieces in your wardrobe that you always wear. The rest are just ‘options’ that lingers in the corner waiting for a day when you might need them.
Of course you know that you cannot survive ten days with just one skirt and nine tops. Just pack the items that you usually wear the most.
I don’t even think about what clothes to bring anymore. Depending on the occasion, I just reach out to the few favorite pieces that I wear the most often.

6. Bring a foldable bag. 

Longchamp Le Pliage large travel bag

Chances are, your suitcase is almost full. So you need to bring a foldable bag. I love longchamp bags. I always bring two of different sizes with me. A medium sized as a daily bag alternative, and the other bigger bag for emergency purchases. So if you find that you made too many purchases in the foreign land, put all your clothes into a vacuum bag and chuck them into the emergency bag. This will make space in your luggage for all your purchases. And you won’t need to worry about rough handling if you check in your emergency bag.

Phew! I can really ramble.
Thanks for bearing with me and reading this far.

Unfortunately, I still have a huge headache on packing accessories. I have yet to find an ideal way to pack my necklaces. For earrings, those small see-through plastic pill boxes with various compartments are great. But for rings and necklaces, I put them all into a small container. And the necklaces always get all tangled up and its so annoying.

How do you pack your bags? Have you got any good packing tips? I could definitely use more, especially on accessories packing.

Thanks for reading!



It’s time to pack my bags as Italy beckons once again. Although I’m not a fan of the gloomy London weather, I do feel a little sad to leave. There are many interesting places here that I have grown to love. And so many more places that I have yet to see.

Here’s my ‘Best of London’ list in random order.

1. St James’s Park

2. Trafalgar Square

3. Big Ben

4. The food hall at Harrods

5. Liberty London, my favorite mall!

6. Brick Lane

7. Camden Town

8. Colombia road flower market

9. My favorite stalls at Borough Market

10. The cutest ice cream caravan at the British Museum

11. West End Musicals

And of course, always a soft spot for home.

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Its 20 days into 2012 now. { How has your new year been so far? }

Mine has been grand.


I get to work from home { in my pyjamas }

went to the musical that I have always wanted to watch

{ my my, how can i resist you }

visited Colombia Road flower market for the very first time,

{ and got some very pretty potted plants and flowers }

signed up for an online course on photos and scrapbooking

{ by lovely scrapbooker Shimelle }


I’m flying home tomorrow to celebrate Chinese New Year with my family!


So yes! I’m proud to say

that I have been keeping my 2012 resolution on new things.

And to reward myself

I did some virtual shopping!

{ They will all go into my mood board folder

inspired by the brilliant Anuschka }

  1. Love Hackney, Local Designer Tote Bags
  2. Keel’s Simple Diary | The Book Depository
  3. Nadinoo SS11 Lula’s Untie Me Tee | Style Milk Shop
  4. Puffy Bow Taupe | Secdus on Etsy {via Rhonna Farrer, Pinterest }
  5. The Classic | The Cambridge Satchel Company
  6. Recycled Timber Jewellery Hanger | Stämpel Studios

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christmas bokeh
photo via j|y on flickr

Last night, I was transported back in time in the little village of Dogliani, in the province of Cuneo (region Piedmont), Italy. Magic comes alive as the sun sets and villagers convert their home into the Medieval Age at the Presepe Vivente literally translated as “crib living”.

Presepe is a tradition in Italy where instead of christmas tree, you will find miniature models depicting the night of the birth of Jesus in every home. Presepe Vivente at Dogliani takes a step further as the villagers re-lives the scene instead. Wandering around the streets, you will find soldiers on patrol, women weaving at the loom, blacksmiths forging with anvil and chisel and all the other ancient crafts.

I regretted not bringing my camera… it was hopeless trying to capture the moments with my iphone. Here’s some pictures of Presepe Vivente from another town that I found online.

If you are in Italy this christmas, google for the nearest Presepe Vivente. It is usually only on the night of 23rd and 24th of December where the magic happens. Tonight, it will be exciting as they put baby Jesus into the manger when he is born.

Merry Christmas, everyone! Buon Natale!

Be merry and keep warm!

I got myself the perfect winter scarf at the Missoni outlet in Alba yesterday.  Another christmas present to myself. hohoho!


xx cs

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I read about the wonderful ACNE ARCHIVE store from the über-cool blog 5 Inch And Up. The store stocks one-off sample pieces and clothes from previous seasons. I’m so glad I finally had the chance to check it out in person when I was in Stockholm last weekend. It is indeed a treasure heaven!

I left the shop in glee with a prized trophy – a sample piece of the Miro Jacket at 50% off retail price!

Acne Miro Jacket

If you are ever in Stockholm, this is one stop you must not miss!

Click here for the address.

Otherwise, the online Acne store and Acne Outlet will suffice.

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