Beach Beauty Essentials

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When travelling to a hot and sunny destination, it's crucial to pack a few essential items to keep your hair and skin looking fabulous after a day in the sun. 

I wanted to share with you my beauty kit that came with me to St Lucia in May. These products remained in my beach bag for the entire holiday, and without them I dread to think what my skin and hair would have looked like by the end of the 10 days! 

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For my hair, I used Philip Kingsley elasticizer every day. I lathered it on either around the pool or beach when my hair was wet and kept it on for a few hours, or for 10 minutes before I showered in the evening. I can't even describe how soft and silky it makes my hair feel!

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After I've washed my hair, I apply the L'Oreal oil on wet hair and also when it's dry after styling too. I only need about 2 pumps and it gives my hair a gorgeous shiny, healthy look. 

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My all time favourite product at the moment is the gold Carita oil. It's such a luxury product, both the bottle and product itself! I apply it on my chest, arms and legs after a shower, leaving my skin silky soft, and run the excess through the ends of my hair. It leaves a very subtle shimmer which is perfect for Summer evenings on holiday. 

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Finally, the most important product of them all! During the day, I use the SkinCeuticals SPF 50 on my face and neck without fail. It's made from 100% mineral filters so feels completely weightless on your skin. It's so important to product your skin from sun damage, and this product does just that. It's also a tinted moisturiser with a very slight colour to it, so it evens out my skin tone too. Win win! 

A popular misconception about high SPF sun screens is that they don't allow you to get a colour. This is so untrue and irritates me when people say this! I got a lovely colour on my face despite wearing SPF 50. The only thing it didn't allow my skin to do is burn, which is absolutely terrible for your skin if this happens. 

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Workwear Picks

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The colour palette for this week’s workwear picks bears a resemblance to the weather in London right now…grey and gloomy! However, who says you can’t wear grey in the Summer?!

My workwear wardrobe’s colour palette rarely changes from Winter to Summer, and I still love to rock lots of grey and black even when the sun is shining.

There are some fabulous pieces for the office available on the rails at the moment, such as the waistcoat dress featured in my picks above. Worn with black block heels and you’re good to go. I love simple, single items that can just be thrown on effortlessly in the morning and look instantly chic, and that’s what every one of the picks above will do.

Have an amazing week, and happy shopping!

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New Direction

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When She Goes Wear first began in July 2013, it started as a very general lifestyle and fashion blog, where I posted photos and spoke about my adventures, travels and what I wore along the way.

As my career in London evolved, I began to think about the direction I wanted my blog to take. I decided to focus on transforming She Goes Wear into the ultimate workwear and lifestyle destination for women to come to for inspiration across all categories relating to our working life. From fashion to travel to beauty and even lifestyle outside of our working hours.

I feel passionate about inspiring other working women like myself, who are looking to build the perfect working wardrobe, as well as tips on making our 9 to 5 as fabulous as possible.

I’m excited for this change, and I hope you are too! Please leave me a comment below if there is anything you specifically want to see going forward, I would love to hear from you!

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5 tips for getting Back to Business after a holiday

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Personally, my definition of a holiday is a break from the 9 to 5 routine, a chance to clear my head and have a well deserved (if I do say so myself!) break. 

As the end of the holiday approaches, I begin to feel a mixture of emotions. One is the dread of returning to my busy work schedule after such a relaxing couple of weeks, and the second is actually feeling excited about it. I thrive from being busy, and actually look forward to getting back into the swing of things with a clear mind bursting with new ideas.

The problem is that the idea of returning to the office and the reality that most people experience are two extremely different things. I vision myself bursting into the office, full of new energy and productivity, yet I'm usually met with a swamped inbox and anxiety of having lots to catch up on which leads to negativity and finding myself wishing I was back on the beach!


I wanted to share with you 5 tips that I've found help smooth the transition from holiday to desk. 

1. Don't return to work the following day!

Make sure you leave a couple of days after your holiday before you return to work. There is nothing worse than returning from the airport and knowing you're back at work the following morning! Spend these days unpacking, sorting your outfits out for work and recovering from jet lag. 

2. Keep your first day back free

Try not to have any meetings in the diary on your first day back so you don't have the worry of preparation and can slowly ease yourself back into routine. 
If you have tasks to do before you go on holiday, don't leave them for when you return. Instead, don't be afraid to delegate to somebody who can get it done whilst you're away. It's better to get the task done regardless of who does it, rather than add it to your list for your first day back. 

3. Get into work early

On your first day back, get into work super early, have a good breakfast and spend those extra hours alone in the office sorting out your inbox before everyone else arrives. You're bound to have lots of people asking you about your holiday, and many other distractions throughout the day too, so if you don't get it done early you will begin to feel like everything is building up on top of you. 

4. Make a to-do list

As you're making your way through your inbox, have a notepad ready and make a to do list as you go along. Mark what is urgent and not so urgent, and what needs to be done before lunch or by the end of the day. Be realistic and don't try and get everything done in one day, spread it out throughout the week according to urgency. 

5. Dress for the occasion!

For your first day back, wear your favourite outfit. The outfit which makes you feel most confident. I don't know about you, but motivation for me stems from feeling confident which  always boosts my productivity. 


I hope my tips have helped some of you ease yourself back into work whilst at the same time keeping your post-holiday glow! 

Let me know in the comments if you're off on holiday this year, and if you have any tips yourself, I'd love to hear from you!
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How to Dress for a Summer Business Trip

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I've recently returned from a business trip to Israel, which taught me a few things about dressing professionally in 35 degree weather! And I can assure you it was a lot easier than I anticipated. I expected to be overheated and sweating profusely by the time I stepped into the meeting room, but wearing light dresses together with the magic of air conditioning, it was fine! 

I had two mornings of presentations and meetings on my itinerary, including a meeting at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. All venues had air conditioning which was a god send, therefore I rarely felt hot other than when running from the taxi into the building! 

The first dress I packed is the green daisy print dress picked above, which is made from a light yet durable fabric. This is my ultimate happy dress! I put it on when I want to feel confident and good about myself, as I love the way it cuts in all the right places.


The second dress is also one of my favourite Summer dresses. The floaty, lightweight fabric hangs loosely allowing you to stay cool throughout the day. 

One of the toughest things to get right when dressing for warmer climates, is finding the balance between not wanting to overheat yet also not wanting to show too much skin either to avoid looking unprofessional. Both of these dresses are the perfect combination of cool and professional. 

I packed my favourite work sandals which I have in two colours, nude and black. They go with everything and are closed at the back which I find are more suitable for the office.

Here are some extra tips for workwear travel dressing:
- use a large tote bag as your travelling handbag, so not only can it fit your entire life inside, it can double up for meetings too.
- buy sandals in nude and black, so they go with every outfit!
- even though you're abroad, remember to still apply the same office dressing etiquette as you would back at home (i.e. don't show too much skin)

I've linked some of my favourite Summer work dresses below that are perfect for warmer climates, as well as both the exact sandals and similar versions too. 





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Workwear Picks

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Although I'm currently in St Lucia and am trying my hardest not to think about going back to work anytime soon, I still wanted to share with you some of my favourite workwear picks this week!

Now and again, a pop of colour makes its way into my wardrobe, much to the shock of everyone at work who can't believe I'm wearing something other than black or grey! This week, I have fallen in love with the bright orange shirt featured above, and can imagine myself wearing this tucked into a black or navy high waisted skirt, and nude heels. The colour is absolutely perfect for Summer and can also be worn at the weekend over jeans. Win win! 

I promise I will try my best to bring the sunshine home with me! 

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Arriving in St Lucia

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We have arrived in paradise! Well, we actually arrived last Monday, but it's taken me until today to drag myself from my sun lounger and open my laptop to share with you our adventures so far. It's a tough life!!

It was our first ever time flying first class, and as you can see from my video below, we were rather excited about the beds! I have never felt so relaxed on a flight before in my life. It certainly made the nine hours in the air a lot more comfortable. 

When we arrived at Rendezvous hotel, we were immediately shown to our gorgeous room. At first, we wanted to upgrade to an ocean view room but were advised to check out the garden rooms before making the decision. In the end, we decided to stay in the garden room as they had recently been refurbished, were a lot more spacious and within a minutes walk to the pool and beach. What more could you want?! Oh wait, a giant bath tub at the end of your room...check! You can see how excited I was about this from the photo below! 

Since Monday, we haven't even left the resort. I know, I know, we have flown so far not the see some of the island, but we have come away to completely relax and unwind and the hotel has absolutely everything we need that we haven't even thought about leaving! Sun, food, cocktails, water sports and a gorgeous beach with white sand. Everything we want from a holiday! 

I hope you enjoy my video below. I'll be putting together another video showing the rest of our trip, so make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking here to make sure you stay updated!

I'll leave you with a few snaps from our first couple of days at the resort. See you soon!

(all photos taken on my Olympus PEN E-PL7 with the 17mm lens)



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My Photography Kit for Travelling

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As I’ve mentioned previously, one of my resolutions this year was to up my photography game. And so far, I feel my photos have improved dramatically since the beginning of the year (if I do say so myself!), but there is also room for a lot of improvement, and I’m working on it! I’ve attended photography workshops, invested in a new camera, various lenses and accessories.

I’m off to St Lucia in a few weeks, and I thought what better time to practice all the tips I’ve learnt so far with my new gadgets, in the hope of taking some gorgeous snaps for my blog and Instagram along the way.

Before I jet off, I wanted to share with you the gear I will be taking with me. 

I've also rounded all the bits up to show you them up close in a video at the bottom of this page and over on my YouTube channel, so click here to check that out and don't forget to subscribe!

First things first, the cameras.

My go-to camera is the Olympus PEN EPL-7. I have been using this camera since the beginning of the year and I genuinely can’t believe it’s taken me this long to invest. I wish I had done it sooner!

It’s obvious why it’s known as the bloggers camera, due to the little details that just make our lives a lot easier! The flip out screen enables us to shoot that perfect selfie or flat lay quickly and effortlessly. The lenses are also detachable, which means you can build up a collection of different lenses to suit every occasion.




My second camera is the Canon S120. This is my vlogging camera and for a compact camera, (and it really is small) it’s brilliant! The footage is clear, smooth and pretty much everything you’d want in a vlogging camera. Casey Neistat (king of vlogging) actually even went as far as saying in one of his videos it’s the “almost perfect camera”.

Lenses

The PEN comes with a kit lens which is perfectly fine, but personally I very rarely use this one. I have two additional lenses that I alternate between.

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The Olympus 45mm lens is perfect for portrait and outfit shots. It has a low 1.8 f stop which enables the subject to be crisp and clear whilst creating a lovely blurry background at the same time. The only downside to this lens is that it’s a zoom lens, therefore you need to be quite far away from the subject for it to be in frame. This isn’t a problem when taking outfit shots outside as space isn’t an issue, but at an event or in a restaurant it’s not very practical to have to stand back to get the shot. 



2. The Olympus 17mm lens is my ultimate favourite and it’s the one that’s attached to my camera the majority of the time. The very low 1.8 f stop (the lower the f stop, the blurrier the background) creates the dreamiest of backgrounds, and it isn’t a zoom lens so you can shoot up close without needing to step back to get everything in frame.


Tripod

I have two tripods. The first one is a Velbron tripod which I’ve had for a few years now and it does the trick! The only downside is that it’s bulky and heavy, so not very practical for travelling.

My second tripod is one I bought recently called the Joby Gorillapod Hybrid and frankly, it’s kicked my little Velbron’s butt! It’s lightweight and small so I can take it with me wherever I go. The main advantage to this tripod is that it can attach to pretty much anything, meaning wherever you are, you can find somewhere to wrap it around and get the perfect shot. 



Memory Card

I have two memory cards for each of my cameras, so I don’t have to scramble around trying to switch them over each time. I use the Sandisk Extreme 32GB card for each, which holds a huuuge amount of footage and photos so you never have to worry about having to quickly delete footage to make room!



And that's it! These are all the bits I'm taking with me on holiday next week to hopefully take some incredible photos for my blog and Instagram and shoot some footage for my YouTube channel.



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