This time next week I’ll be in Melbourne. I will have enjoyed one night in a hotel room, a couple of vinos with some bloggie buddies, and more than a few stories with some more bloggie buddies.
Yes, it’s Digital Parents Conference Go Time and I am counting down the days.
It’s about this far out from a trip that I stop and give some thought as to what I might throw in my suitcase. And yes, there will be a suitcase. I’m going for three nights, people. Carry on luggage just won’t cut it.
I mean, what if it’s super hot one day and then colder than a Queensland winter’s day the next? This is Melbourne, after all. A city that boasts about its special skill of producing “four seasons in one day”. I need to make like a Girl Guide and be prepared.
If that isn’t justification for taking as much as I can, then I don’t know what is.
I’ve already given you the geeky run down of the essentials that will be travelling with me for all the
socialising intense work I’ll be doing, so I thought, today being Friday and all, I’d let you take a peek in my suitcase to see the top 5 things that I won’t be leaving home without.
Now, of course, you do understand there will be more than five things in my big red Samsonite suitcase, don’t you? I need OPTIONS. And more than a little room for maybe some shopping … but this is a good start 😉
Even if NYDJ Australia weren’t sponsoring me to go to DPCON12, I’d still be wearing their jeans. Because basically they rock. I’m obsessed with my red jeans, so much so I decided today they needed a cobalt blue mate. Oh, and stay tuned … next week I’ll have some more news that might excite YOU about NYDJ. It just might involve a little competition …
Please let the weather be cool enough for me to wear my brand new ASOS ankle boots. See, I picked them up for an absolute steal ($65 – don’t hate me, they were on sale) a couple of weeks ago and I think they’re really made for walking … all around Melbourne. What do you think? OH, and yes, Mr Styling You has added these boots to his list of shoes I should never been seen in. That’s ok, HE won’t see me as I’ll be in Melbourne ;).
When I travel I like to make out that I streamline my beauty routine, keep it simple and pack only the bare minimum. Except there was this one time that I got caught out and I was outed on a very popular blog for not being very minimalistic at all. But let’s put that all behind us, shall we? Instead, let’s concentrate on this new little travel gem from Benefit (it’s on counter tomorrow). The Cabana Glama set is about the size of a CD case (remember those ancient things we bought before iTunes came along?) but twice as deep and contains the key essentials for a minimal makeup all in one kit. We’ve got Some Kind of Gorgeous as an alternative to a foundation, which to be honest, as this old chook actually needs a foundation, not an alternative, probably won’t get so much of a run. BUT, I’m set with that eye colour trio, Hoola blush/bronzer and mini Posie Tint. Yes, I am … but I also might sneak in some extras … just in case.
Mr Styling You works in the city. This makes him particularly useful when very important emails like Oroton having a 50% off sale arrive in my inbox, as one did just last week. I quickly flicked it on to him and added in the promise of undying love should he make the trip down the lift in his lunchbreak to buy me a new umbrella. There was some mention back to me via return email about the umbrella that I had
left somewhere lost the day before but I assured him that I would indeed look after this new one. And then, God love him, he lined up for almost his entire break to buy it for me … because, of course, the shop was seething with women beside themselves at the amount of money they were going to “save” on their must-have-now-while-the-price-is-right purchases. He is a good man.
Friday night after working REALLY hard all day at the conference, it will be time for the predominantly female attendees to frock it up. I enjoy this part immensely. Last year, so much so, I danced on stage using a sponsor’s vacuum cleaner as a microphone. An effort that actually saw me come home with said vacuum cleaner for my husband. Anyhoo … I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to bring this Annah Stretton dress properly out to play and I think the conference gala dinner and dance will be just that time. Suitably blinged up, of course (the earrings are from here; and the ring from here).
What are your top 5 essentials for an autumn weekend in Melbourne or if you’re coming to DPCON12, what’s on your must-pack list?
I’m attending Digital Parent Conference 2012 thanks to my sponsors Not Your Daughter’s Jeans. You can find stockists around Australia via their Facebook page.
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