I don't know what happened to May, but I didn't manage a single post, so apologies to my regular readers. The title of this post may give you a clue why I failed you: I've been on holiday for most of the month!
My first holiday was a trip to London to attend the launch party for The Dulwich Diverter, a hyper-local newspaper founded by my son Mark and his fiancée Kate. It was also an opportunity to celebrate the recent engagement! I travelled hand luggage only - as you can see above, I didn't need many clothes as it was a six day trip - so I bought a bottle of champagne in duty-free at Alicante airport for the family celebrations.
As it was the beginning of May, and London isn't usually as warm as Spain, I packed a couple of pairs of jeans and carried my copper trench-coat as well as packing two cardigans, prepared for the cooler weather. Guess what? The weather was gorgeous and we even sat outside a couple of evenings, enjoying barbecues Meanwhile, every time I spoke to my hubby on the phone, he complained about cold winds and rain back in Spain! Isn't there a saying, the sun shines on the righteous?
Although I had some colourful tops and cardigans in my travel capsule, my jeans, shoes, bag and trench-coat were neutral, so the capsule mixed and matched well. That is one lesson that I have learnt over the past few years of blogging and following other bloggers: include neutrals to make your travel capsule more versatile. No more panics on the last day of the holiday when I realise that my red top clashes with my pink jeans and all my other clothes are dirty!
If I had been going for a week or longer, I could easily have fitted in a couple more items, as I made a few purchases in London that I was able to fit into my case for the return flight. Next time though I will pack a skirt or lightweight trousers to allow for unexpected warm weather!
In my next post I will show you the travel capsule for my second holiday in May, accompanied by my husband John. I will also tell you about a new book that I read recently called "Travel Chic".