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A Style Blogger’s Top Tips for Packing to Travel


Packing is possibly the WORST thing about travel.
I never know what to include, so end up including EVERYTHING; then find myself dragging along one or two (or three eep) pieces of luggage. And I still feel like I have nothing to wear. Ugh.

This is a major first world problem for me: I have enough money to travel and that’s awesome; but not enough to avoid big cues or the egregious mission of getting myself and my much luggage from point A to point B.

After running around Shanghai airport for 3 hours trying to get through customs…desperately needed a coffee and a sit down.

Anyhow, I digress. And by now you get the picture that packing is a stressful situation for me.
So. This time I was headed to Europe and what to pack seemed extra important. Important like “WHAT THE HECK DO I BRING TO FREAKING EUROPE?? OMG I’M MEANT TO BE A STYLE BLOGGER! PEOPLE ARE GOING TO KNOW THAT I ACTUALLY SUCK AT DRESSING MYSELF” mini mental breakdown I may or may-not have had on my bedroom floor – I soon realised I needed to bring items that are A) stylish B) comfortable and C) understated so I don’t look like I’m wearing the same three things the entire trip.

(Hey I love my sequin and mesh t-shirt dress more than anything, but something told me I would start to hate it after a 30 hour flight).

Enter Ziera Shoes.
Now I’m the first to admit that I can be super stingy and try as I do, succumb to fast fashion. I end up buying something that’s cheap but bang on the latest trend. And then hate it a few weeks later. Anyone else like me?
This approach is beyond ridiculous because as a modern, working superwoman (I like to imagine myself somewhere between Carrie Bradshaw and Melanie Griffith in Working Girl) I need shoes that look good, but can support my crazy, busy lifestyle.
This was x10000 travelling overseas. Everyday, I was not only out and about seeing sights but I also had a mixture of events to attend, some of which included meeting potential business clients (FYI trying to look all professional and chic straight outta the suitcase is HARD).


FYI this was my view while writing some of this article (Gent, Belgium)

Luckily for me, the lovely Ziera people let me pick some shoes that I could travel with and experience luxury comfort while still feeling all pretty like.

I picked the TONI Flats in black which are crazy comfortable. Like CRAZY. My suitcase went missing for a week when I first arrived in Prague (looong, tedious story) so I had to buy new clothes. Which you think would be awesome, but imagine being in a County where you cannot speak the language so have no idea where anything is, no one really dresses like you and your clothes budget is now going towards things like underwear and tights instead of cool, exotic statement pieces. Plus, the shoes I bought literally cut up my feet.  By the time I got my suitcase back in Belgium, I was near tears, I was so grateful.


So English- I had to!


Lounging in London.

These slides were such a god-send, so easy to wear and looked great for most of the adventures I was running around doing.

Now go check them out on the gram: @zierashoes Facebook and the website and see why I gave them such a rave review. 

Also I have an AMAZING $250 Ziera voucher to giveaway where you too can pick your dream shoes (Check out what you could get here) AND they even have a travel section AND AND AND my TONIs are in there without me even knowing they were- see maybe I AM a good style and whatnot.

To Enter: 

  1. Comment either here, facebook or Instagram, with why you would love a new pair of travel shoes.

2.  make sure you’re following @sans_pareil_blog to see if you’ve won!


Winner will be announced via Instagram Friday the 16th Dec (perfect for Xmas).

I’ll be re-posting the details on facebook and Instagram.

Happy shoe hunting x





(28) Comments

  1. Lou Hannagan says:

    would love a voucher and would definitely grab a pair of those black Tonis.Day to night-economy packing!

  2. Claire says:

    The Ziera slides are not only perfect for travel, they are just everyday perfect! Tidy, comfortable and that brand is known for its tenacity. Very stylish yet casual too. I would love a pair, I would live in them.

  3. Kim Miller says:

    I’d love a new pair of travel shoes because I’m heading to Japan next year and I need a comfy pair that will last the distance

  4. Meegan says:

    I would LOVE a pair because I get such sore feet that I wear sneakers to travel in. Don’t get me wrong, I have some cute sneakers but they don’t cut it 100% of the time!

  5. Laura Wood says:

    I’d love a new pair of travel shoes, mostly because Ziera are one of the limited stores in NZ who stock gorgeous yet comfortable shoes in my size (11-12). Not only can I wear them for travel purposes, but i can wear them while running around after my toddler whilst juggling a newborn. 🙂

  6. Julie says:

    Would love a voucher for shoes and need them for my travel around Europe with limited space in suitcase

  7. Bronwyn Flay says:

    Always great to have new shoes that are comfortable and can be worn and current ones are like that and used day in and day out.

  8. Annette Chamberlain says:

    Loved the read and agree 100% with the wardrobe with nothing to wear … sound just like me!. Comfortable,practical and still looking good is the key with shoes and I only buy Ziera now and don’t even look in any other shops because I know nothing else compares. Just wish I could afford more

  9. Tracy Martens says:

    There’s nothing worse then going on holidays and having sore feet. Wearing a pair of Ziera’s will make my holiday be happy and painfree.

  10. Andrea Holland says:

    I’d grab some silver flats and wear them on Aitutaki. That’s heaven.

  11. May says:

    My travel shoes are old and outdated. A new pair would make me elated. As I’m going overseas in a couple of weeks, I would love something comfortable yet sleek! To my old sneakers, goodbye. Ziera shoes I need to try!

  12. Holly Jamieson says:

    I would love to win a new pair of travel shoes to gift to my amazing Mum Sandy 🙂

  13. Alexandra says:

    I would love to win a pair of the Toni shoes! They look gorgeous! I am always on the go, never still. So these would be perfect!

  14. Caitlin N says:

    I’ve recently been travelling and made the mistake of wearing too-small boots on a night out. My feet still haven’t recovered

  15. Charlotte Maclean says:

    I had an incredible pair of fold-up travel shoes from London that I could just throw in my handbag but they’ve just broken – devastated!!!
    I’d love & desperately need a new pair of comfy travel shoes – say no to jet lag cankles!

  16. Joanne says:

    Not having to worry about the comfort of your feet means you can enjoy the traveling more.

  17. Love to win a $250 dollar voucher I love Ziera shoes a great Christmas gift

  18. Kelly Blackie says:

    Love those Toni slides!!! Think I’d get them in silver if I won

  19. Nicole Huggard says:

    Ooo yes please @sanspareilonline would loveeee to win this voucher. So generous. I’ve had my eye on a few pairs for a while now. So would be a real treat 🙂

  20. Ashleigh says:

    I just bought these shoes for my mother’s birthday and she loves them! Now I want a pair for my travels in the new year! They would be perfect

  21. I would love a pair of Ziera shoes for travelling this summer. I am a teacher who spends so much time on my feet whilst suffering from plantar fasciitis

  22. Kim O'Brien says:

    I’d love a pair of shoes for my travels as my feet get hot and sometimes sore when walking and exploring – having a pair that would easily transition between day and night would be fab as would having a pair that doesn’t take up too much room in my suitcase. The Toni Flats fit all of my needs 🙂

  23. Fiona Stodart says:

    Wow, those Toni flats are just what I need. After wearing Jandals for a week last year in Singapore I had problems with my feet. I desperately a comfortable but styley pair of flats for my up coming trip to Canberra.

  24. Amanda says:

    The right shoes can make or break a holiday and when I constantly have a case of itchy feet it’s essential I find fit form and function all in one (I know, it’s a lot ask from one pair of shoes)

  25. Anetta says:

    Running after 3 kids in a airport, think I will need some comfy shoes!

  26. I would love to win a pair of new travel shoes because my good flat shoes are about to become worn through the soles! Ziera shoes are such good quality that I wouldn’t have to worry about them breaking while I was travelling.

  27. Janette says:

    I’d love a pair of Ziera shoes to spend the summer in. They look uber comfortable and inwork on my feet all day so a pair of comfy shoes is a must for me.

  28. Françoise says:

    Love Ziera shoes, they are tylish and comfortable, which is a must for my feet; love traveling too ☺ you always need a versatile pair in your suitcase so would be so happy to win them, thank you!

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