Magic of Morocco | Oct 13-23 2017

Another fabulous girls-only adventure from Jean Wethmar of Glam Girls Lux Travels, accompanied by experienced interior designer and frequent Morocco visitor, Sally Carson of Sally Carson Interiors.

Designed to give a broad sense of the essence of Morocco, this 10 day small group tour encompasses the culture, the history, the warmth and generosity of its people, along with the geography and amazing cuisine.

I am delighted to be travelling on this trip as a guest of Jean and Sally, and providing colour and style expertise as we shop the souks and discover fabulous exotic jewellery, bags and fabrics.

This trip is now fully booked, but will be running again in 2018. Take a look at the 2017 brochure to get a feel for how fabulous it will be, and then consider coming along next year.

Discover Saigon in Style

Cover_Discover Saigon in Style_Feb2016-MPSJean Wethmar of Cape Lux Travel has been hard at work putting together another fabulous girls getaway to Vietnam and she’s again asked me to accompany the group as stylist and professional shopper. This time we’re off to Ho Chi Minh City – still known as Saigon by the locals – from 19-25 February 2016, for a week of shopping, tailored clothing, pampering and beauty treatments, cooking class, art galleries and antiques, designer homewares, great food, several cocktails and many laughs.

This trip promises to be seriously good fun. It might be short and sweet but we’re definitely not skimping on style, activities or opportunities to come home with some great bargains and wonderful memories. I really don’t know how she’s managed to fit it all in for the price.

To find out the details of where we’ll be staying, shopping, eating, and spa-ing (that’s totally a word) you can view the brochure with full itinerary.

And, to make it even more enticing Jean’s offering a lay-by option…who doesn’t love a good layby? Pay a small deposit and then two installments and you’re good to go.

I look forward to seeing you in February as we Discover Saigon in Style!

My top 5 tips to get the most out of your shopping experience

Well, the post Christmas sales are upon us again. A great opportunity to pick up some bargains but also a time when many of us get overwhelmed by the offers and end up making impulse buys that soon become wardrobe orphans.

If you’re going to shop, here’s my advice for making the most of your time and your budget. A bit of planning upfront can make the difference between a rewarding and fun day shopping or a wallet-draining, headache-making, confidence-sapping disaster:

  1. Take a look at your current wardrobe before you hit the shops and then make a list of things you really need or gaps that need filling. The big sales are a great opportunity to get your hands on some of those more expensive wardrobe items that you’d otherwise forgo but will get lots and lots of wear out of when you choose wisely…eg a really good suit, great bag or shoes.
  2. Having said this, its also important that your sales experience is within your means… that 75% off bargain is not such a great thing if you can’t afford to pay your bills the next week/month. Once you’ve worked out what you’ll be looking for at the sales, decide on a maximum amount you can afford to spend for the day and write it down on the list of items you’re looking for. This will help you keep a level head if a heart-stopping bargain tempts you to go into the red.
  3. Speaking of red (the colour that is, not the financial), know what colours suit you and then only look at items that are within your colour range. Having your ‘colours done’ by a professional can really make a difference to the way you shop…you’ll be amazed at how much time you save when you can walk past anything not in your colour profile. Not only that, but when you plan your wardrobe around a few core colours and then add accent colours by season or occasion then its much easier to choose your outfit each day and it’s a cinch to pack for a trip because everything goes with everything else! Remember to take your colour profile swatch with you when you go shopping…don’t leave it to guesswork or memory.
  4. Know what styles of collar, leg width, sleeve and hem length suit you best and then look only at those items. If the price is too good to pass up but the style is not going to make you look your best then ‘step away from the rack’ and continue your search. A good way test whether this is a ‘must have’ or just a desperate attempt to come home with a bargain at any cost. Ask yourself “Would I still consider it if I was paying full price for it?” If the answer is no, you know what to do. (TIP: a body shape analysis with an image consultant can save you from costly financial and style mistakes.)
  5. Wear comfortable shoes, smart underwear and clothes that are easy on and easy off. How can you find the perfect sale bargain if its too much effort to try things on because you’ve got tricky buttons and zips, lace up shoes, embarrassing underwear?  If you’re looking to buy an item that requires special underwear or shoes then take those with you and put them on in the change-room. Also, if you ordinarily wear makeup then a shopping trip is not the time to go without. We all know that change-room mirrors and lighting can be soul destroying but your reflection will thank you if you’ve made a little effort with your makeup and hair. Not only that, but you’ll get a better feel for whether an item of clothing suits you when you look as you would if you were wearing it out.

That’s it, enjoy your shopping and may the sales gods be with you!

PS: Remember that to help you keep focused and level headed its important to stay hydrated and keep your energy up… a bottle of water and an energy bar or a small stash of dried fruit & nuts in your handbag is great for this.

Lux Girls Getaway to Vietnam 17-25 May 2014

Lux Girls Getaway to Vietnam 17-25 May 2014

Lux Girls Getaway to Vietnam 17-25 May 2014

View full itinerary and brochure

Cape Lux Travels is off to Vietnam again to enjoy a week of shopping, eating, and relaxing. What bliss! A whole week with no-one else’s needs to look after but your own. I’ll be accompanying as personal stylist and professional shopper; helping our gorgeous small group of women navigate the tailors, jewellery and shoe makers and come home with outfits that are a perfect fit in every way…. colouring, body shape and lifestyle. There is also plenty of time to relax with 5 star accommodation, spa treatments and a cooking class with the famous Miss Vy in Hoi An.

Trip is scheduled for 17-25 May 2014 (incl), price includes, accommodation, breakfast and several other meals, internal flights, cooking class in Hoi An, city tour in Hanoi, spa treatment in Hanoi, professional colour analysis and/or body shape guidance, plus makeup tips, yummy food and plenty of laughs as we relax and enjoy being away from home for a short while. International airfares (Australia-Vietnam rtn) not included but we can access really food group rates if required. There’s also a “lay-by” plan available if you need to spread payments out. Call us to enquire.

For full itinerary and trip details, download brochure and booking form here