Hello, it's been a little while! I need to get myself back into the habit of regular posting but life has been getting in the way with uni assignments, job interviews and a holiday, blogging has taken a bit of a backseat. So other than photo diaries, I've been wanting to try my hand at travel blogging, so here I am. If you follow me on insta (@charlotte_dickson) you'll know I recently travelled to France. Although the thought of flying doesn't scare me, I can get a little anxious when I travel - especially when I do it alone and especially when it comes to catching trains. So here are my top tips for keeping calm and how to destress for when you're on the move...

1. Plan Plan Plan and Pack in Advance. Get yourself organised! I always feel so much better I feel I have some level of control when travelling; whether that's packing as much as I can the night before travelling or planning out the amount of time needed to get to x to y to z, as well as leaving plenty of time for traffic or metro/tube delays. Last minute packing and rushing around will only make you feel more anxious, so try and set yourself deadlines to get stuff done before the day you leave. Also print off your boarding passes and check-in online a couple of days early, as it is one less thing to do on the day!  

2. Do Some Research Before You Go. Similar to the first point, but it's definitely worth getting to know where's best to go for food or where the nearest town is before you jet off as it saves you time when you get there and any panic that may induce. I religiously check the weather to make sure I've packed accordingly for rain/shine/the temperature and it's also worth looking up transport to and from the airport on the other side.

3. Pack Your Hand Luggage Strategically. This is oddly one thing I am really OCD about, but packing my hand luggage with the things I know I'll need most/to hand when I get to the airport at the top of my bag makes me feel so much better. Also be sure to pack things that will keep you busy and distract you whilst onboard. It's also worth taking some sweets to suck on for take-off and landing as this always helps with the popping sensation. For a long haul flight, I recommend making a relaxing music playlist, I am terrible for sleeping on flights so this helps me semi-sleep and drown out the loud plane noises.

4. Don't Travel Alone. If you can avoid going it alone get yourself a travel buddy. And if you really can't travel with anyone, try making pals with the person sat next to you. Sometimes just having a little small talk can calm your nerves and can make you feel a little relieved if you've told someone you're a nervous flyer/traveller. It might also be worth letting the cabin crew know about your worries so they can help make your journey as easy as poss.

5. Stay Hydrated. Avoid caffeine and try and eat something light like a salad before you fly, so that your stomach can feel settled. By a big bottle of water once you've got through security so that you don't have to wait for the drinks trolley to pass through the cabin.

6. If All Else Fails... Drink. The most nervous person I've been aware of on a flight got v drunk, and it really helped her. It was a British Airways long haul flight (so free booze) and all the entertainment system shut down, so to pass the time/numb the boredom the passengers drank the entirety of the cabin's alcs supplies. But to keep with the last point, keep drinking water if you want to calm your nerves and avoid feeling sick.

I hope you found this post useful! What do you do to keep yourself calm in stressful situations? And have you got any travel tips/recommendations? Let me know below!
C x

Top Tips for Nervous Flyers/Travellers

27 April 2016

Hello, it's been a little while! I need to get myself back into the habit of regular posting but life has been getting in the way with uni assignments, job interviews and a holiday, blogging has taken a bit of a backseat. So other than photo diaries, I've been wanting to try my hand at travel blogging, so here I am. If you follow me on insta (@charlotte_dickson) you'll know I recently travelled to France. Although the thought of flying doesn't scare me, I can get a little anxious when I travel - especially when I do it alone and especially when it comes to catching trains. So here are my top tips for keeping calm and how to destress for when you're on the move...

1. Plan Plan Plan and Pack in Advance. Get yourself organised! I always feel so much better I feel I have some level of control when travelling; whether that's packing as much as I can the night before travelling or planning out the amount of time needed to get to x to y to z, as well as leaving plenty of time for traffic or metro/tube delays. Last minute packing and rushing around will only make you feel more anxious, so try and set yourself deadlines to get stuff done before the day you leave. Also print off your boarding passes and check-in online a couple of days early, as it is one less thing to do on the day!  

2. Do Some Research Before You Go. Similar to the first point, but it's definitely worth getting to know where's best to go for food or where the nearest town is before you jet off as it saves you time when you get there and any panic that may induce. I religiously check the weather to make sure I've packed accordingly for rain/shine/the temperature and it's also worth looking up transport to and from the airport on the other side.

3. Pack Your Hand Luggage Strategically. This is oddly one thing I am really OCD about, but packing my hand luggage with the things I know I'll need most/to hand when I get to the airport at the top of my bag makes me feel so much better. Also be sure to pack things that will keep you busy and distract you whilst onboard. It's also worth taking some sweets to suck on for take-off and landing as this always helps with the popping sensation. For a long haul flight, I recommend making a relaxing music playlist, I am terrible for sleeping on flights so this helps me semi-sleep and drown out the loud plane noises.

4. Don't Travel Alone. If you can avoid going it alone get yourself a travel buddy. And if you really can't travel with anyone, try making pals with the person sat next to you. Sometimes just having a little small talk can calm your nerves and can make you feel a little relieved if you've told someone you're a nervous flyer/traveller. It might also be worth letting the cabin crew know about your worries so they can help make your journey as easy as poss.

5. Stay Hydrated. Avoid caffeine and try and eat something light like a salad before you fly, so that your stomach can feel settled. By a big bottle of water once you've got through security so that you don't have to wait for the drinks trolley to pass through the cabin.

6. If All Else Fails... Drink. The most nervous person I've been aware of on a flight got v drunk, and it really helped her. It was a British Airways long haul flight (so free booze) and all the entertainment system shut down, so to pass the time/numb the boredom the passengers drank the entirety of the cabin's alcs supplies. But to keep with the last point, keep drinking water if you want to calm your nerves and avoid feeling sick.

I hope you found this post useful! What do you do to keep yourself calm in stressful situations? And have you got any travel tips/recommendations? Let me know below!
C x
Jacket, Blouse and Trousers: All Reiss | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Clubmasters | Bag: H&M | Heels: Jasper Conran via Debanhams | Bracelet: Pandora | Belt: off a Little Mistress dress
Photos: Nathalie Dickson

So this is definitely a little different from the last interview OOTD that appeared on this ol' blog, in the sense that this is about 10x dressier for a much more formal occasion. Although I am yet to wear this outfit to a job interview, after one for a graduate scheme my dad was convinced I didn't have enough office/smart attire for future interviews and so sent me and my mum off shopping last week.

This resulted in us spending a good hour and a half in Reiss trying a lot of smart clothes on, and pretty much roped in one of the shopping assistants to be my personal shopper. This outfit plus a navy pair of these Joanne Navy Cropped Tailored Trousers was what we came out with (and then popped to Jigsaw and bought a lovely longline blazer). I love the way this Keats Off White Wrap Front Top falls and I probably should have left it tucked out here, but I wanted to show off the buckle on this belt that I nicked off one of my sister's Little Mistress dresses.

One thing I did find funny in Reiss was the sizing. This Savona Night Navy Textured Jacket is actually in an XS, and I am never extra small. I am normally (read always) a size 10 in tops, but a size 10 in this blouse drowned out my body so I went a size smaller. And these trousers are too big, so really a size 9 would have been perfect. I really wish UK sizes covered every number - why is there no in between sizes?? 

Anyhow, let me know what you think about this outfit! What is your favourite thing to wear for an interview? 

C x

The Interview OOTD #2

3 April 2016

Jacket, Blouse and Trousers: All Reiss | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Clubmasters | Bag: H&M | Heels: Jasper Conran via Debanhams | Bracelet: Pandora | Belt: off a Little Mistress dress
Photos: Nathalie Dickson

So this is definitely a little different from the last interview OOTD that appeared on this ol' blog, in the sense that this is about 10x dressier for a much more formal occasion. Although I am yet to wear this outfit to a job interview, after one for a graduate scheme my dad was convinced I didn't have enough office/smart attire for future interviews and so sent me and my mum off shopping last week.

This resulted in us spending a good hour and a half in Reiss trying a lot of smart clothes on, and pretty much roped in one of the shopping assistants to be my personal shopper. This outfit plus a navy pair of these Joanne Navy Cropped Tailored Trousers was what we came out with (and then popped to Jigsaw and bought a lovely longline blazer). I love the way this Keats Off White Wrap Front Top falls and I probably should have left it tucked out here, but I wanted to show off the buckle on this belt that I nicked off one of my sister's Little Mistress dresses.

One thing I did find funny in Reiss was the sizing. This Savona Night Navy Textured Jacket is actually in an XS, and I am never extra small. I am normally (read always) a size 10 in tops, but a size 10 in this blouse drowned out my body so I went a size smaller. And these trousers are too big, so really a size 9 would have been perfect. I really wish UK sizes covered every number - why is there no in between sizes?? 

Anyhow, let me know what you think about this outfit! What is your favourite thing to wear for an interview? 

C x

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