I’ve just survived probably the longest school term in history, limping over the finishing line on Friday and hurtling full throttle into a five-day long weekend this weekend. I’m still not used to this public holiday gig. After 20 years in journalism, when you thought you were having a good year if you WEREN’T rostered on Christmas Day, it still catches me by surprise when people ask, “are you going way for the long weekend?”.
Because of the novelty of an extended break and the fact that I live in a tourist area, we tend to stay put. We make the most of what’s in our doorstep, usually smugly congratulating ourselves on deciding to visit Dan Murphy’s instead of going camping (it always rains here at Easter).
Oh, you got me. AS IF, I’d be going camping. As one of my girlfriends succinctly put it many years ago, the only stars she camps under are the five stars of the Sheraton or Hyatt hotel chains. I continue to embrace that thought. The rest of my family is bang up for a spot of the outdoors and apparently will be pitching a tent in the backyard this weekend. I’ve wished them well. I will be very comfortable in the marital bed. Starfish style. By myself.
Anyways, there is a point to this blog post. See some people will be off making the most of a five-day break. Or holidaying at home like me. So I thought you might like some tips on what to pack or have on hand to make your Easter weekend all the more special.
1. An easy-care, easy-wear dress that you can dress up or dress down and that takes up a teeny, tiny space in your luggage. Staple The Label stretch knit maxi dress $79.95 @ Birdsnest.
2. The nights are cooler in Queensland and down south, you’ll probably need something like this during the day. So versatile and in one of this season’s hottest colours. Wear with the dress to the left or over jeans. Metalicus Cozy long-sleeve anorak $199.95.
3. Get your chocolate fix without the calories with OPI’s I’m Suzi & I’m A Chocoholic $19.95 at selected salons and David Jones. For stockists, contact 1800 358 999 or www.opi.net.au
4. The Made for Mimco collection lands in-store today and have I got my eyes on these babies (Made for Mimco Benga Spirit earrings $129) for an Easter accessories statement. Well, they’re kind of egg-shaped. Made is a Kenyan-based fashion brand, training local artisans in new skills, providing both fair wages and support. The Mimco for Made range focusses on signature Mimco styles but incorporates hand-made Kenyan methods and materials.
5. Ditch the day handbag and embrace a holiday bag that’s big enough to fit all your weekend cafe and beach essentials. Loving this striped jute bag $40 @ Sequins and Sand.
6 & 7. Top of priority on a long weekend or holiday is reading. Cannot recommend both these titles enough. Media personality Mia Freedman’s Mia Culpa takes the reader on a watercooler journey where no pop culture topic is left uncovered or dissected in often hilarious detail. If you prefer your reading on the chick-lit fiction side, then Australian author Lisa Heidke’s Claudia’s Big Break is for you. I’m a little biased though. This novel is set on Santorini and having holidayed on the Greek island nine years ago with my now husband, reading this novel was like being transported immediately back to that sultry late summer in the Mediterranean. It’s light, fun and will have you calling your travel agent. Stat.
8. I don’t know anyone who travels with full-sized hair and skincare products anymore. Loving this incentive from KMS California. With every purchase of two KMS California products you will receive a free refillable travel kit. Each kit comes with a quirky quote printed on the side – mine says “I didn’t come all this way not to look good”. Each travel kit contains a bottle for shampoo and conditoner, a spray bottle and two jars fit for treatment and styling products. Plus you have the chance to win 1 of 5 $1000 travel vouchers. Visit www.facebook.com/KMSAustralia
9. I do love to throw in a Lotto list buy and this Jimmy Choo Terrance cabin bag definitely fits the bill at 2195 Euros. A girl’s got to dream.
10. The first school holiday excursion I completed over the weekend was taking the kids on a trip to Dan Murphy’s. Yeh, I’m an EXCELLENT mother. But if they’re going to put Moet on sale for just over $50 a bottle then I’m there. Happy, happy Easter.
11. My chocolate indulgence of choice: the Lindt Gold Dark Chocolate Bunny. The ears always taste the best. Why is that?
What’s your Easter indulgence? Do you have any special plans?