1. Wearing less is more. Whether on the beach or on the street, less is more. Nipples on the beach is totally normal. Mums and daughters sunbake topless together, even helping each other apply suncream. If you do decide to wear clothes, opt for a string bikini, sheer lace or crochet.
2. It´s totally ok jog up and down the beach in your teeny tiny swimmers. It´s also totally acceptable to clap and cheer as extremely attractive people walk past you. They love to celebrate good looks here in Ibiza.
3. ‘Mutton dressed as lamb’ is so common here, no one blinks an eye at a 60 year old women in a gold sequin boob tube, red denim mini and clear perspex heels, oh and fake Louis Vuitton tote bag and massive chandelier earrings. Totally normal.
4. In August Ibiza is filled with holidaying Italians. The guys blow me away, they all have overly manicured eyebrows and remove all hair from their chest and legs. Topped with Adonis like tans. Got me thinking, should I shave my legs too? hmmm.
5. Walking down the street at night, within 100 metres you will have received at least 5 offers for ‘private taxi´, tickets or disco candy.
6. Dance music plays everywhere. Even as I sit in this Internet cafe, I can see 20 heads all swaying to the music playing. Even on the beach as everyone sunbakes on their white day beds, you can still see their heads sway and feet move. Oh, even at the airport on arrival David Guetta was pumping out of the sound system.
7. I swear every taxi driver is or was a Formula One race car driver. As soon as they hit a highway, prepare to hit speeds of 160km.
8. I just went to the gym and no one was wearing shirts, not even the gym manager. Talk about intimidation.
9. Ibiza has 6 main superclubs that compete for your dollar. All day they send (scantily clad) promo staff to try win you over. The competing shenanigans are extremely interesting to watch. Only in Ibiza.
10. Ibiza truly is a unique experience, it certainly is an island filled with many (too many) good looking (almost too perfect) looking people. But at the same time it is all embracing. The clubs celebrate having fun, and all ages boogie on the dance floor. Everything from 18 to 50+ year old people enjoy the island. Everyone comes together from different backgrounds and bond over fun, music and dance.
As I sat and enjoyed my French style beef tenderloin, washed down with Spanish red wines (Laderas El Seque, to be precise).I finally watched the Justin Bieber movie ‘Never say never. Boy was I impressed and now have a new found respect for him. I think the altitude makes you feel extra emotional. I highly recommend the film.
Packing - I hate it. So much pressure. Knowing you can only pack a few things, that will have to get you through your entire vacation. Last year when I traveled my luggage got lost (thanks EasyJet – you suck!). It must be one of the worst things that can happen to a stylist. But I took it as a massive learning experience.Here are the key things that I learnt, and have applied to my packing process this year…
Pack your carry on luggage, like you would if you knew that your main luggage would got lost. Simply, back your carry on bag with all your essentials items. Those items that would be the hardest to replace. Ensure you also pack changes of clothes, underwear and swimwear. This way you have something to get you by until your suitcase hopefully arrives.As a general rule of thumb, pack 4 tops, 2 bottoms, a warm jumper or cardigan, 4 pairs underwear and some swimwear.
Pack versatile, basic coloured, classic clothing items such as (for ladies) …. little black dress, white shirt, jeans, black t shirt, little summer dress, white linen shorts, black shirt etc and for guys black dress shirt, jeans, basic white t-shirts, beige chinos etc. These items can easily mixed-and-matched, to give you lots of outfit options.
Don’t overpack. You know you’ll shop overseas, so leave room in your suitcase. Ensure your suitcase is labelled clearly with your name. Use good quality leather bag tags.
Take a photo of your suitcase, so if your suitcase gets lost it makes it much easier to fill in the ‘lost bag’ paperwork. Trust me.