I’m a hopeless packer. You’d think after all these years of hauling luggage across the globe I’d have it down to a fine art. But no. Each time we go on a trip the packing process takes hours, beginning with everything but the kitchen sink, and finally ending with just the essentials. Plus a few ‘just-in-cases’ and a couple of ‘well-you-never-knows’.
Then we went to Kenya.
At first I revelled in all the perks that our business class tickets would bring, not least of which was a heap of extra baggage allowance. I immediately began planning a list of all the souvenirs I wanted to get my hands on. Then Hubbie pointed out that our internal flights to the lodges and bush camps where we’d be staying would in fact be taken in tiny little planes, with a maximum luggage quota of just 15 kg per person. Including hand baggage. Our camera gear alone took care of most of that.
I sadly put back most of my kaftans, jumpers and sandals but was still left with a dilemma. It was either wear the same clothes for the entire trip, or pay a hefty amount for extra kgs. So I made do with a fleece, shirt, trousers and a sarong. Which you’ll notice in the photos if you’ve read any of our Kenya posts. It was a fabulous trip, but I felt under-dressed the whole time. It was difficult to dress stylishly and comfortably on the limited contents of my suitcase.
Introducing Kameleon Rose
Kameleon Rose is all about practical yet fashionable pieces, all of which are ethically produced in Madagascar and Mauritius. But that’s not all. Each item of clothing can be styled in several different ways, meaning that the comfy dress you wore whilst slouching in your plane seat can also be taken on a glamorous night out on the town. How cool is that?
Kameleon Rose has several different clothing items, including the Ultimate Travel Dress (which can be worn 20 different ways), the Ultimate Travel Pant (worn 10 different ways), and a 5 Way Cardigan (the clue’s in the name). They even have a 4 Way Bag which turns into a sun hat! Together the 6 pieces of Kameleon Rose clothing creates a brilliant capsule wardrobe of 100 outfits, perfect for travellers who want to cut down on their luggage without compromising on style.
The 5 Way Cardigan
Kameleon Rose kindly sent me a 5 Way Cardigan to try out, and I’ve been putting it through its paces this month. This convertible cardigan transforms in a sweater, a hoodie, a waterfall cardigan and a hooded top. It did take me a little while to get my head around how to put together the styles, working out which buttons fastened where, but a quick look at their online styling guide soon had me sorted.
The fabric of all the Kameleon Rose clothing is non-creasing and quick drying, which is great news for travellers. No more hanging up dresses in the bathroom in the deluded hope that the shower steam will get rid of those packing creases. The only slight negative is that it currently only comes in black or grey, which makes it easy to match with other items of clothing, but a dash of colour would be good too.
Despite all the fancy design, I think my favourite feature of the cardigan is the material. It’s super snuggly, and without doubt the most comfortable top I own! In fact I’ve been wearing it nearly every day this month…around the house, out to town and even when we’ve been out for dinner in the evenings.
The Kameleon Rose is definitely my new favourite wardrobe addition, and I can’t wait to try it out when we head back to Kenya in the new year.
Kameleon Rose Giveaway
We’ve teamed up with the lovely folks at Kameleon Rose to give you the chance to win an item of your choice from their clothing collection.
Kameleon Rose have also offered all our readers 10% off any of their products. Just use the code ConversantT at the checkout! You can SHOP here.
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Terms and conditions
No purchase is necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. The prize is provided by Kameleon Rose and is your choice of any of their products.
This giveaway is open to a worldwide audience. Postage is included. No returns. The prize is not refundable or exchangeable for cash. The giveaway will run for 2 weeks starting on Monday 26th November 2018 and end at midnight on Monday 10th December 2018. The winner will be determined on or around the 11th December 2018 by a random drawing of eligible entries received. Your chances of winning are determined by the number of eligible entries. Winners must respond within a week of receiving the notification email, otherwise another winner will be chosen. The winner’s email address will be passed to the giveaway sponsor in order to arrange delivery.
Kameleon Rose have kindly provided me with the 5 Way Cardigan, as well as the giveaway prize. All opinions remain our own, and we only feature products that we are happy to use ourselves.