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Tilly-Jayne Kidman, Cambridge based style & travel blogger. By day I do all things digital marketing and by night I write this blog as well as contributing to other publications. You can also find a few tips and posts on veganism among my usual style & travel features!

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Saturday, 20 May 2017

What To Pack In Your Carry On For A Long Distance Flight

Ah flying, as much as I love to travel I'm actually not a great flyer. I much prefer my feet to be firmly on the ground but hey if I want to explore the world then it's something I have to get over. I actually remember once reading an interview (with whom I can't remember) but they said the way to get their flying fear was to listen to a Britney Spears song on takeoff and landing because they know they're not destined to die listening to Britney. Cute, morbid story huh? I always think of that when I'm preparing for takeoff and it makes me chuckle and slightly removes my mind from the fact I'm heading 30,000 feet up in the air. 

Which takes me on to packing - what the hell do you pack for a long haul flight? My next flight will be a juicy 11 hours to San Fransisco which yes I'm slightly dreading although when I last flew with Virgin to Florida they had a pretty decent selection of films which wasted around 5-6 hours. However I'm not the best at sitting still, I get ancy, I want to stretch my legs and I soon become incredibly bored! Which is why it's vital I pack a little entertainment with me... 

So let's start with the carry on bag, if I'm heading on a city break it will of course be a small cabin sized suitcase however if I've checked my mahuussive suitcase into hold then I'll usually take a backpack. I've been upgraded with the kind folk at Eastpak who have provided me with this gorgeous weekender bag for my trip to the US. It's the perfect carry on, giving me enough space for my essentials but also leaving necessary room for which I will use when I cram around 25 magnets and other ridiculous souvenirs I'm sure to pick up on the way.

Alongside the essentials such as my passport (duh) and phone, I try to cram in a magazine or two. I tend to lean towards travel magazines such as Suitcase to inspire my future travels and get me excited for wherever it is I may be heading! If I fly Virgin then I'll also scoop up a couple of the freebies they sometimes have on offer at the gates, last time I bagged Conde Naste Traveller as well as a few fashion magazines which kept me occupied for a good couple of hours. 

As well as a magazine or two I always pack a book for a long haul flight, usually a Jack Reacher novel or something similar. It's a shame but I don't get all that much time to read in day to day life so I always fit in a lot of reading when I'm going away, especially if it's a beach style trip! 

I can highly recommend the Jack Reacher series for anyone who likes books with plenty of action and suspense, I just have to try and block the awful Tom Cruise film adaption out of my mind...

What to pack long haul flight carry on

If my flight is especially long, I'm taking eight hours plus then I'll usually pack a few skincare essentials, I'll be taking my Emma Hardie travel set with me next month! Also just in case of any delays I feel better if I have a flannel, face wash and moisturiser. I absolutely hate what flying does to my skin, it always looks dreadful and completely drys out so usually half way into it I take what little make up I have on off and give my skin a little pick-me-up. Staying on the line of toiletries I'll also pack a toothbrush and toothpaste, for exactly the same reason. If I come off a night flight I like to freshen up before I head off.

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I always ensure I pack a few snacks, being vegan you just never know what you may (or may not!) get. Thankfully the few vegan in-flight meals I've had to date have been ok but just in case I'll pack some nuts and a couple of Trek bars.

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Aside from the occasional waves of boredom there is a part of flying I do enjoy, and that's having the time to sit and gather my thoughts. Life tends to be so busy and full on for me that it's rare I have time to simply do nothing. I always pack a pen and notebook so that I can jot down any ideas and inspiration that come to me whilst on my journey. Whether it's life goals, future blog posts or just random thoughts, it's a rare and welcome time where my mind isn't distracted by Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Asos...

What are your carry-on essentials? Do they look similar to mine or do you tend to keep it more minimal? I'd love to hear your thoughts, and if you've posted a similar blog then please do leave a link. 

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Must Have Summer Buys


It's not long until I jet off on my first sunshine break of the year. I cannot WAIT to feel that Californian sunshine on my skin and it's also a fabulous excuse to treat myself to a few new summer buys. I've been feeling massively uninspired by clothing for the past few months. I totally lost my love for endlessly browsing Zara and checking Asos new in every single morning. I thought this was it, my love affair with garments over.

Pah, false alarm. I'm back to feeling more inspired than ever and my style has even taken a small turn and welcoming a few florals and more colourful pieces. CRAZY I know. So with that in mind I've rounded up some of my favourite pieces right now!


Make like the cool gals of Insta and shop some of these cute Realisation Par-esque style pieces. I'm also SO into gingham right now, and that Millie Macintosh midi ticks all the boxes.


I'm loving floaty, flirty tops with ruffles and flouncy flute sleeves. Will a statement sleeve ever get boring? I don't think so...


I just love a jumpsuit especially if I'm heading away on a city break, they're so easy to throw on et voila, outfit finito!


This year I'm loving swimsuits, I usually stick to a bikini but I think I'll be mixing it up with a bit of both...


Give me ALL the straw hats and bags, also glad to see slides are sticking around seems as I have about 30 pair, oops.

I'm going to have no trouble packing my suitcase this summer...

What's on your summer wishlist? 
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Monday, 1 May 2017

Transitional Dressing

I always find this time of year so awkward when it comes to choosing what the hell to wear. One minute the sun is shining and the next you're running for cover from a spontaneous downpour URGH. The shops are full to the brim with beautiful embroidered sundresses, pom-pom sandals and yet we're still stuck here enjoying a whole e-l-e-v-e-n degrees in May. Joy. 

Thankfully I'm heading to sunnier climates soon, but in the meantime what to wear? I put together this outfit for a day spent running errands around the city (side note: always weird to refer to Cambridge as a city as it seems far more like a town to me). It was a sunny day yet the wind had different ideas and offered a bitter chill in the air. So with that in mind it was trousers all the way, I actually purchased this pinstripe pair from River Island last year and they've been an absolute staple in my wardrobe.

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Desperate to *try* and introduce a summer vibe, I ditched my trusty oversized Zara knits and opted for this off-the-shoulder top from Noisy May via Zalando. In my head the long sleeves would keep me warm, and well, not so much but it was bearable.
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I'm loving straw style bags at the moment, and this style from Nica was 100% up my street. I love the hints of black and all of their bags use faux leather and are therefore vegan friendly, yay!
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Speaking of vegan fashion, one item I've struggled with a little is trainers. There are a fair amount of styles out there but I really wanted something that was sports branded and similar to my old favourites, the Stan Smiths. This Kappa pair ticked ALL of the boxes. Sporty, faux leather and the perfect shape. Kappa, for me, brings back a lot of 90s memories but I spied a fair amount of Kappa in Urban Outfitters the other day so hey looks like it's cool again. They also cost around £30 so I was chuffed.
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Top / Trousers / Bag / Trainers 

How do you deal with transitional dressing? Are you in knitwear until June or do you freeze in the name of fashion? 


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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Pacifica Vegan Skincare

Hello hello!

An exciting post today, all about a brand I've been dying to share with you. You may or may not have heard of Pacifica already, but if not let me introduce you.

Already a huge deal in the US, Pacifica are a 100% cruelty free and vegan skincare/makeup brand that have just landed in the UK. As you guys probably know, I went vegan (after most of my life spent veggie) just over a year ago now and I've actually found sourcing vegan friendly skincare products more of an issue than food! Whilst a lot of brands are cruelty free, this doesn't necessarily mean vegan as these products can still contain animal ingredients such as lanolin (from sheep), silk proteins, carmine, collagen and so on. It can be a real minefield out there, which is why I'm always buzzed to find 100% vegan brands.

Not only are Pacifica totally vegan, the products live up to the hype and they're totally affordable. The full range, including perfume, candles, reed diffusers, makeup and gift sets can all be found on Feel Unique - follow the link to check them all out! 

Here are a few of my favourites that I've been using recently...

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These Coconut Cleansing Wipes are quite possibly the best smelling wipes I think I've ever used! They transport me right from Cambridgeshire to the Maldives. If only, eh? These natural face wipes are both sulphate and paraben free, offering a convenient way to cleanse and remove dirt. I find these super handy for when I'm going on a weekend away, holiday or festival. They're great for all skin types too, as sometimes I find wipes can leave my face feeling a little sore but these leave my skin feeling clean and soft. 

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If I'm at home and want to give my skin a proper cleanse, then I'll reach for the Coconut Micellar Cleansing Toner. I recently found out the micellar water I'd previously been using isn't vegan so I was stoked to find one that's a) effective and b) vegan. It melts your makeup off your skin and even removes my most stubborn eyeliner and mascara which is quite a task. Again it smells just dreamy, perfect for any coconut fans out there!

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The final product I've been trialling is the Coconut Probiotic Rehab Cream. This cream is designed to boost hydration and fight any skin hangovers. It's designed with all skincare types in mind and works to combat stressed skin, something that I definitely suffer with! So whether it's stress, lack of sleep or late nights this cream perks up your skin and leaves it with a radiant glow. I've been using this both morning and night and have definitely noticed that my skin looks healthier, dewier and just generally fresher.

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I've been so impressed with the skincare I've been testing and I'm so glad to have find an affordable, effective, 100% vegan brand that is so accessible! I would definitely recommend giving Pacifica a go if you're seeking natural, cruelty free products and do let me know how you get on!

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