Summer Get Away Essentials


I know, what your thinking… IS THAT A BLOG POST FROM SUZIE?!?!? No you haven’t gone mad, and you’re not seeing things. I feel like we’re due a little life catch up soon to explain the silence, but for now I wanted to talk you through a few of my favourite things I took to Santorini with me.

When it came to packing, the contents of my suitcase was fairly simple – although that’s partly because about 25% of the case was taken up with Guerlain makeup (wondering why? Keep your eyes peeled for something coming to my channel in June!) – only one bag was packed, and only a few pairs of sunglasses. I packed one book and very few makeup brushes and skincare products. 

The bag I packed was my new mint/green Valentino which, despite being very much on the small side, was the perfect bag for carrying my essentials around in on our little adventures around the winding white Santorini steps.  I’ve never splurged (I really hate the word splurged – must find an alternative) on a bag that’s not a neutral colour before. I picked this up from LUISAVIAROMA.COM and was a little unsure as to exactly how much wear would come from this one (the temptation to always buy everything in black or nude is unreal!), but I’ve loved wearing it and it really does go with almost every outfit I own. The design of the bag itself is possibly my all time favourite, not too detailed, but not too minimal, not to androgynous and not to feminine. Don’t be surprised if I end up with more than one of these…

Despite packing a couple of pairs of Sunglasses (including my Dior So Real’s) I couldn’t resist picking up a new pair from Dior at the airport. The Cat Eye Mirrored Sunglasses have potentially beaten the So Real’s to my number one spot – the cat eye shape is so much more flattering but the mirrored lenses and frame give it a similar vibe to the So Real’s without the fear my eyebrows are being covered – a legit pet peeve of mine – I could get down to the science of why but we’d be here for two more paragraphs…

The few beauty bits that I’ve been loving all fall under the theme of no faff and easy to apply – the Clinique Chubby Foundation stick and Morphe M439 make applying your base a breeze, whilst the Guerlain Super Lips adds a little shine and more full look to my lips, with the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Dolce being my go-to for the evenings when I don’t want to worry about my lipstick after dinner (that shizz really does stay all day).

And finally, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert,  an easy read that really helped me to see the light at the end of the creative slump tunnel. 


  1. Alina Ermilova
    17 May 2016 / 11:04 am

    I'm so in love with your Valentino bag, the most perfect color and size! <3


  2. georgiegurll
    17 May 2016 / 11:40 am

    beautiful pictures Suzi! I bloomin' love the bag x

  3. Elena from Loovelle
    17 May 2016 / 12:10 pm

    your little valentino is just so cute. i love the color so much and it surely is perfect for the summer.

  4. BrigitteHayley
    17 May 2016 / 12:58 pm

    That bag is just so so stunning, love the colour!
    Brigitte x |

  5. Danielle
    17 May 2016 / 1:14 pm

    i was really inspired by that book as well, i love all of her stuff. think i might have to give it a reread! adore your bag as well.

    danielle | avec danielle

  6. Monika Wlodarczyk
    17 May 2016 / 2:45 pm

    That bag is so stunning!

  7. Kizzi Webster
    17 May 2016 / 3:21 pm

    The colour of you bag is gorgeous! Sadly I don't think I have many things that would gone with it….

  8. Katie Wright
    17 May 2016 / 4:32 pm

    I LOVE your new bag! It is so cute for spring, and such a great size!

  9. Neeltje | Thoughts in Style
    17 May 2016 / 4:51 pm

    Ah I love that bag! X

  10. Laura M
    17 May 2016 / 4:59 pm

    That bag is all kinds of lovely! I totally agree about the details on it – just enough and not too much!

    She Likes to Shop

    17 May 2016 / 5:43 pm

    That bag is just 😍

  12. Christine
    17 May 2016 / 5:51 pm

    I'm in love with your bag, so pretty 🙂 x

    Makeup, Beauty & Fashion

  13. Amy Guest
    17 May 2016 / 6:21 pm

    That bag is perfect!

  14. Kristi Craig
    17 May 2016 / 6:28 pm

    I need to read that book! I loved Eat Pray Love.

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  15. Ashley Christabelle
    17 May 2016 / 7:30 pm

    That bag is absolutely gorgeous. x btw I always overpack when I have a getaway. Must learn to pack like you!

  16. Ana Matres
    17 May 2016 / 8:15 pm

    The Valentino bag is absolutely perfect, and the glasses have a very original shape. Really nice picks! Thanks for sharing.


  17. Becca Fletcher
    17 May 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Im in love with your valentino bag!

  18. Nicole
    17 May 2016 / 9:44 pm

    Such a cute bag! And I really like the look of that Morphe brush…looks interesting, I love trying new brushes 😀 xx
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  19. The Sunday Mode
    18 May 2016 / 12:54 am

    I'm heading off on a summer getaway next week so this post was exactly what I needed to read. I also have that book but haven't read it yet, it sounds like something that would be perfect for the plane.

  20. Maru Conti
    18 May 2016 / 2:47 am

    The bag is so cute!

  21. Dolce Petite
    18 May 2016 / 6:53 am

    Dior is doing sooo well with their sunglasses at the moment.
    And you're absolutely right about Guerlain – their summer products are perfect!

    Dolce Petite

  22. Lapetite perleblanche
    18 May 2016 / 9:23 am

    Those pictures look so lovely.

  23. Millie Robinson
    18 May 2016 / 10:03 am

    That bag is so dreamy, I'm in love with the colour! Great choice!! x

  24. Amelia Grace
    18 May 2016 / 10:32 am

    The bag is absolutely stunning!!! What a gorgeous colour!!! <3 Lovely post

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  25. Margaux White
    18 May 2016 / 2:36 pm

    I can't make myself a fan of the colour of the bag, although I love the model! I really like your blog pictures 🙂
    Margaux ∙

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    18 May 2016 / 4:53 pm

    That Valentino bag and those Dior sunglasses are true goals. I love that you went for a coloured bag, they usually always go with a lot more than we think they will!

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    18 May 2016 / 6:52 pm

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  29. Katherine L
    19 May 2016 / 2:47 am

    Love these photos! I purchased a gorgeous mint bag a few years ago, and ended up returning it because I didn't think I would get enough use out of it. Totally regret that decision now. Glad you are having such a great time on vacation!

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  30. Kate Wilson
    19 May 2016 / 1:47 pm

    That Valentino bag is what dreams are made of.

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    19 May 2016 / 8:47 pm

    I love your handbag, it's a gorgeous colour! x

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    20 May 2016 / 11:17 am

    What a beautiful selection of products. We really like your pictures and style.
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  35. thatsellen
    20 May 2016 / 12:46 pm

    That bag! Wow! Perfect for spring/summer time! 🙂

    Ellen x

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    20 May 2016 / 9:00 pm

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  37. Second Hand Rose
    21 May 2016 / 10:16 am

    Jeez I wish I could pack that light, I'm terrible at packing I really am. Suddenly for 7 days I need to take all my jewellery and every nail varnish I own! Love the bag, it's adorable! It's my total dream to go to Santorini so you are one lucky lady! XxxX

  38. Anais Loves
    23 May 2016 / 8:38 pm

    This Morphe brush looks incredible, definitely going on my 'to try' list 🙂
    And I'm very curious to see what's coming with Guerlian, one of my favorite brands of all times (their Terracotta is actually the very first make up item my mom bought my, as a gift when I was about 15, because I kept on stealing hers) !!

    Lots of love, Anais

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    24 May 2016 / 2:37 pm

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    24 May 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Love your bag! Such a gorgeous bag and perfect for summer. Sophie x

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    25 May 2016 / 5:36 pm

    Valentino bag is absolutely beautiful and I really like the minty colour!

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    25 May 2016 / 8:59 pm

    The bag! The sunglasses! Ahhh! x
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    27 May 2016 / 8:40 pm

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    28 May 2016 / 2:00 pm

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    01 Jun 2016 / 4:32 am

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