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The Carry On is our monthly round-up of our favourite travel items we’d happily haul from Stansted to Seville, Heathrow to Hydra. Be it a functional fedora or the latest in skincare science, we’ve probably got it in our carry on. Riffing on the adage “if you can think it, you can be it”, we’re saying: “If you can jam it in your carry on… you can bring it.” Catchy. Note: weight restrictions and other practicalities do not apply.
Waist-up dressing, travel-friendly totes and the T-shirt that will make you feel as good as you look
1. Bloom Collar, La Veste, £76
We’re suckers for a pretty statement collar, which is exactly how we landed on this ladylike rendition. The holy grail in waist-up dressing, this detachable collar pulls its weight at work – drawing the eye up – and on the weekend. Based in Spain, La Veste is the go-to brand for experimental and eclectic dressers, as the grids of the Insta-famous duo behind the brand (stylist Blanca Miró Scrimieri and designer Maria de la Orden) can attest.
The BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney’s coming-of-age novel Normal People has made us re-evaluate many things – our shoddy communication skills for one, and also: should we maybe get bangs again? – but nothing has come close to the in-depth conversations we’ve been having over Connell Waldron’s accessory of choice. Hours have been spent/ lost trying to convince our significant others that a silver chain is summer 2020 personified and 100-per-cent, totally them. Meanwhile, the @connellschain’s dedicated Instagram account has topped 180k (at time of writing). We’re nabbing this Nialaya Jewelry chain while stocks last. A summer trend if ever there was one.
3. Panama Zip Currency Case, Smythson, £235
Endlessly practical, this currency case is one of our favourite travelling companions. It’s a refined way to keep money, receipts and train tickets (or whatever you like, really) organised on vacation, and we’re steadily building out our colourful catalogue. Crafted from saffiano leather with a contemporary flash of colour across its external zip details, it’s lightweight, flexible and hard-wearing. A must-buy for those upcoming escapades.
Do your bit to help stop coronavirus in its tracks by slipping into one of our #IStayedIn2020 fundraising T-shirts, designed by Tatiana Alida, our Founder Serena Guen, fashion consultant Sophie Goodwin and fashion PR Sophie Elliott. An easy, loose-fitting tee you could lounge in forever, the slouchy fit is prime for tucking into jeans, pairing with leggings or doubling down on the lounge vibe with a soft pair of sweats. All proceeds from sales of this T-shirt will go towards The British Red Cross UK Coronavirus Response Appeal, which is aiding the COVID-19 UK response and reinforcing the NHS where they need it most.
5. Oversized Shopper Bag, curated by., £45
Think of all that you’ll carry in this take-everywhere tote. Whether you use it for farmers’ market hauls, at the beach or for running errands, curated by.’s reusable cotton carry-all goes everywhere you want it to; it’s a lifer. The versatile, XXL canvas bag, with a contrasting front pocket made from recycled nylon, is sustainably minded both in its creation and function. It’s gotten us through a few ropey over-packing situations (it’s oh-so roomy) and its long body makes it perfect for carrying home calla lilies from the flower market (we road-tested this one in Cape Town – yes, we’re romantic like that).
Wave “ta ta” to dry hands with Thirsty Hands by Nails Inc. The fun monstera-leaf printed gloves are engineered to rejuvenate and intensely hydrate tired, delicate skin (and make for great Instagram bait too) thanks to a blend of plant extracts, shea butter and vitamin E. Unfold the gloves from the foil packaging, slip them on to your hands and fasten around your wrist. Sit tight for 15-20 minutes then remove and gently pat in the excess essence. To finish, put your hands in the air, wave ‘em like you just don’t care, and you are done.
7. Travel Case, Veronique Gabai, £130
Former CEO of Vera Wang and Global Brand President of Estée Lauder’s fragrance division, Veronique Gabai is the mastermind behind some of the world’s most famous fragrances, so donning one of her namesake brand’s scents is akin to a beauty badge of honour. We’re wearing ours on our pulse points (naturally) and – thanks to the ornate gold-tone pendant fragrance holder’s nattiness – around our necks. Thread the metal-clad vile (10ml replacements are available for £60) onto your favourite necklace or slip into your handbag and step out.
Two words: like butter. Marrying the nourishment of a balm and the sheer colour of a tint, Lip Fetish is formulated with a hydrating concoction of antioxidants, emollients and vitamins. Depositing a diffused wash of colour that won’t bleed or melt, while conditioning your lips against wind and chapping, Pat McGrath Labs products are seriously hard-working (a bit like the woman herself – after all, McGrath does create looks for up to 80 runway shows a year). Kiss-worthy lips in a single swipe? We’re sold.
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