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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

New York City!

This time tomorrow, I'll be in New York with 65 of my choir friends...all being well! While I'm away, the blog and shop will have a week's break but I'll be busy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, updating my outfits, shopping, sights and of course, our many singing engagements. My last post before I go is just to show you what I'm bringing with me in my NYC capsule.
It's all very black because we're singing every day and there are few opportunities to wear anything other than the black I have to wear when performing...that made it easy to pack for I have to say!
I really need to shout out to a few brands who offered me items to take to New York. Boden and Hot Squash both offered me maxi dresses to take and I'll get some photos of me wearing them when I'm there - they're quite different in style...the Hot Squash one is also made from their 'cool' fabric so I'm interested to try it out!
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Boden Maya Maxi Dress, Hot Squash 'Cool' Maxi Dress (use APPLE at the checkout for 20% off Hot Squash!)
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Wallis sent me a jumpsuit to take with my Matalan one so again, I'll model this when I'm in New York. It's a similar fabric to the Matalan one - just a bit heavier - and it comes with a belt. Really lovely on!
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Hush also sent me the harem pants I wore in my previous posts so these pants are going to be my comfy travelling trousers but additionally, Hush asked me to try out their relaxed trousers, which aren't jersey and are just a bit dressier than the harems so they'll definitely get worn at one of our engagements.
They're pictured in this next photo along with a new denim jacket I bought in Surfdome - it's a Vero Moda one and was only £27.99 it's just the exact colour of denim I was looking for and the 12 fits beautifully. The black jacket is a quilted one from Dorothy Perkins that I picked up in the charity shop last week. Perfect for throwing over my choir dresses en route - a bit smarter than the denim. My H&M trainers  are coming for the ride and my suitcase essential - three basic Zara vests...the ones on this link. They are amazing - give really great support and hide all bra straps! Oh and a cross body bag is an essential - and I'm bringing my Boden one as it doubles up as a clutch also.
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Here are the sparklers that are coming with me....mostly from my shop of course!
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Cosmetics wise, I'm bringing the usual array of minis - including the ever important Batiste dry shampoo - my desert island beauty product.
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And in my large hand bag, lots of on-flight essentials. Eye mask, hand wipes, melatonin, ear plugs, pain killers etc...and some warm socks, a scarf and my kindle!
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It's my first long haul flight in almost 10 years...beyond excited! See you all in a week


Axx

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25 comments

  1. Love all the pieces you're taking Avril & can't wait to see you wearing them. Have an amazing time, it sounds like such a fabulous trip & New York is simply amazing. Enjoy!!
    Jane xx

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  2. Ah have a lovely time Avril! Bet you will have a blast. Hope you've left a little room for some light shopping whilst you are there.....! Can't wait to see all the photo's x

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  3. Great outfit choices looking forward to hearing all about your trip and seeing some pics. Safe journey.
    Sue x

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  4. Have a wonderful time. I look forward to your' travelogue. H xx

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  5. Fab capsule clothes! I've just booked a trip to NY for next April & I'm beyond excited, already planning outfits!!

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  6. Oh I'm SO excited for you... can't wait to see the pics of you wearing all these lovely things. Safe journey and have the best time! xxx

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  7. I cannot wait to see you!!! I have a pile a mile high and need to decide what to take with me - I'm only there for 2 nights - but you never know! xx

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  8. Woohoo have a fantastic time, you lucky girl. Can't wait to see the outfits xx

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  9. So excited for you!! And employing you as capsule wardrobe advisor for my trip in November please! Have fun!! xx

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  10. How exciting! Will be checking out your photos - have a wonderful time!
    Abbi x

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  11. Perfect capsule wardrobe Avril! Some gorgeous dresses, love the jumpsuit and the harems will be so comfy to travels in!! Have a superb time....I look forward to hearing all about it! xx

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  12. I'm excited on your behalf just reading this as I'd love to go to New York :) enjoy :)

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  13. Love all your pretty necklaces! :-) Each and every one of them is just stunning!

    Love x

    Julia

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  14. Oh my goodness, I'm actually getting really excited for you, just reading this. Have the most spectacularly wonderful time (of course you will; it's NYC!!!) and I'll be stalking you on Twitter and FB for all the updates. Bon Voyage xx

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  15. How exciting Avril! Singing in New York - it's a dream! Love your black numbers - can't wait to see the pics and I'm with you on the Batiste! Have an amazing time! xx

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  16. I am loving seeing the pics on FB and Instagram! A trip of a lifetime - enjoy!

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  17. Love your New York wardrobe!! Where's your black cross body bag from??

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  18. Hope you have a lovely time! I'm meanwhile going to be in Lisburn tomorrow or nearby anyway. And for once the sun is going to shine on our trip to Northern Ireland. Your New York tour sounds very glamorous. I 'm in a choir but we mostly end up singing for WI groups in village halls! Love your jumpsuits!

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  19. Cous Cous and Cork Wedges31 May 2014 at 22:44

    I'm so excited for you! What an amazing experience this is going to be! Packing mostly black does have its advantages & I think you have the perfect bag there! Ax

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  20. Sheila Jenkins2 June 2014 at 20:11

    What does melatonin do?

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  21. Have a wonderful time Avril! Your capsule wardrobe looks great & stylish as ever, xx

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  22. Hi Susan, it's a Boden one from last year. They don't seem to have anything similar this season but you can pick them up on eBay occasionally xx

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  23. Hi Sheila - sorry so slow replying. I wasn't able to answer comments while I was away. So melatonin is a supplement - it helps the body to realise it's time to sleep...your brain produces it naturally when it thinks it's nighttime so when your body clock is a bit messed up, you can take the table version to get your sleep cycle back to normal. And I can confirm it works a treat. Not available in the UK - but can be bought in US drugstores on the shelves xx

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  24. Hi Avril -
    It was so great meeting you and seeing your choir on your New York tour!
    You all sounded amazing, it really was very moving. I truly felt the beautiful energy everyone was putting out.
    I still can't believe how fresh you looked at brunch your last day after such a world-wind week.
    Please come visit Atlanta soon!

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  25. I am impressed with your capsule - I need you when I'm packing, unfortunately my theory is 'I'll bring it just in case!'. Such an exciting trip!

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