May 27 2016

Beach Holiday How To Pack Light

Category: Projects,TravelEyeliah @ 6:21 am

When you are going on a long trip and planning to carry a pack throughout parts of it, it is essential to bring only what you need.

My tricks to packing light are;

Pack things that match; pick a central color scheme, all clothing should be able to be worn together. This trip I choose white, ocean blue and a hint of orange/pink.

Pack multi use pieces; pants that can be pulled long or scrunched short, a dress shirt you can wear as a beach cover and at night tied in a knot. Leggings that can go under shorts and dresses and also be worn as pajama pants and on long flights. Tank tops that are easy to rewash and wear, sandals that go from day to night. Wear your sleeping top on the flight and then its pjs fr the rest of the trip. An under seat carry on bag that is lightweight and can be used as a beach bag as well.

Do not bring anything ‘just in case’; if you end up needing something it is easier to buy it then carry it around for days and days. Some examples of what you DON’T need could be; bandaids, advil, extra socks, a rain coat or hoodie (weather dependent), a new shirt for everyday (wash and rewear instead). My only exception to this rule is I bring two bating suits, it is more comfortable to alternate then put on a wet suit ick!

Bring things you can leave behind; why not bring a few pieces you do not love so that you can donate to charity as you go, or if you are really keen and not worrying about fashion *gasps* you can wear pieces that are starting to fall apart and throw away as you go. I brought my yellow sarong planning to leave it behind when I acquired a new one. The reason being that yellow seems to attract all our Canadian bugs and I just don’t want to use it! Someone else on the Isla is now hopefully enjoying it.

Do a couple of edits; pick up your pack onto your back and remind yourself that less is more. EDIT! Take out one more shirt (maybe two), one less pair of socks and shoes (do you really need them?), hair products and makeup that is non essential LEAVE IT. Every ounce counts.

Don’t go too bare bones though; this is a holiday after all. Add a few things that will make you feel more comfortable and happy; a piece of inexpensive jewelry that makes you smile, a well worn favorite book, aromatherapy rollers, good quality hair or body products in trial (or should I say trail) sizes.

Here is everything I brought to Isla Mujeres.

Wearing; one tee shirt, one long sleeve shirt, harem pants, only bra, only tall socks, trucker hat and feather weight runners. Carrying important docs, cards and cash in waist belt.

Sarong, four tank tops, two bathing suits, two pairs of sandals.

Two pairs shorts, one pair leggings.

Pink paisley silk top, h&m mens dress shirt (which turned out to be oppressive in the heat, even when soaking wet) and my favorite piece, an ocean tie dyed mullet dress.

Fancy foot jewelry, feather necklace.

Three sets of earrings (never even wore these!).

A few bangles (originally I had planned to bring an armful but I pared it down).

These sandals will make for amazingly tan lined feet.

Not shown; three pairs socks, five pairs underwear, dry laundry soap and clothes pins, toothbrush, paste, floss, sage aromatherapy roller in peppermint, sunblock, mascara, tinted and regular chapstick. two small books, sudoku, two pens, ipod and headphones, sleep mask, ear plugs, vitamins, mini bike light, sunglasses, plane snacks (too many almonds, granola bars, tea), gum, waterproof camera.

Pack Weight is 11 pounds, not bad for a nine day excursion thou in the future I’d like to streamline even more. This trip I tried to pack only what I do need, nothing is packed ‘just in case’ other than the two pairs of sandals… as I didn’t have an ‘amazing’ pair I choose to bring two in case one pair doesn’t work well in the hot hot heat. And I could definitely bring less tops and wash as I go.

What tips do you have to add? Leave it in the comments.


Apr 07 2014

Tattoo Cover Up Part IV; The Tattoo

Category: ProjectsEyeliah @ 11:59 am

Here is the tattoo cover up result.

At the end of the month I am getting touch ups to add bolder color to the flower. I am just so happy that the lopsided diamond is gone.

Part IPart II and Part III.


Feb 23 2014

Tattoo Cover Up Part III; Choosing A Design

Category: ProjectsEyeliah @ 11:34 pm

First catch up with Part I and Part II.

Dots, lotus, geometric design were the keywords I had in mind for my tattoo cover up and this was the design I liked the most out of Katia’s artist book.

We worked together on a few changes and then I made a deposit to book an appointment. This will look much better than a lopsided diamond.


Dec 23 2013

Tattoo Cover Up Part II; Finding An Artist

Category: ProjectsEyeliah @ 10:55 am

See Part I here.

When I got the jewel tattoo I picked a generic design off a wall. I didn’t stop to think about the level of experience of the artist doing the work. I didn’t even looked at a portfolio or think about the long term repercussions, I was 18 so of course invincible and never going to age.

To get the jewel tattoo covered up, I want it to be with something beautiful. A design created just once. A work of art. Many of my friends have tattoos, it is the culture here. Is it the culture in your part of the world as well? There is a tattoo artist’s work that has been popping up again and again on my facebook feed. More than a few people I know have beautiful tattoos and cover ups by Katia of Rainfire Tattoo.

Katia specializes in precise lines, dot work and intricate patterns. Her tattoos are art. And of course being the symmetry fanatic that I am, I was sold. I made a design consultation appointment with her, soon I’ll let you know how it went! 

Stay tuned for Part III; Choosing A Design.


Dec 04 2013

Tattoo Cover Up Part I

Category: ProjectsEyeliah @ 9:42 am

When I was 18 years old I decided on a whim to get my first tattoo. There was a girl in my class who had the most delicate flower ankle chain and I wanted to be like her! Of course at the time I just thought it was my right of passage moment, actually that sounds better so lets stick with that…

When I was 18 I embarked on the right of passage of getting my first tattoo! I walked into the closest tattoo shop, picked a tattoo off a sheet and dropped down my $50 deposit. A week later I had a crooked diamond on my ankle; read FAIL.


*crude drawing depicting the missing 7th side in the tattoo I received.*

The shop owner told me that only the person who did the tattoo could fix the tattoo but thankfully I was able to get him to understand that the artist who mangled my leg was in NO WAY getting near me again even if he wasn’t holding a tattooing needle. The shop owner fixed the tattoo as best he could and it was always a sore spot for me that I have this slightly crooked tattoo on my leg.

So I have after many years finally decided to get it covered up. Stay tuned for Part II; Finding An Artist.


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