My Holiday Prep Secrets: Cally Halpin

Where is your dream summer holiday destination? Anywhere with a jaw dropping coastline view. I love to see the sea and I love a beautiful, clean, not too busy beach. Top of my bucket list is Amalfi Coast. 

Where are you heading for this year and what are the challenges on your to-do list before you go? I will spend most of the summer holidays in Elie, Fife which is my happy place and I can work from there too as long as the wifi is up and running! I was lucky enough to spend all my childhood school holidays there so it’s great to be doing the same with my children.  We are also heading off to Tuscany for some guaranteed sunshine and a proper break. My biggest challenge is packing for four for Scottish summer, the car is jam-packed! 

 What’s your packing personality – a ‘bung it all in and hope for the best type” or are you ‘super-organised and edited down to the last tee’ type? Years of overpacking have taught me to streamline my holiday suitcase! I am much better at editing now and I always leave room for a cheeky clothing purchase or two on holiday!

 What beauty essentials do you pack in your suitcase? Factor 50 sun cream and fake tan are my absolute essentials! I have pale freckly skin which burns easily so skin protection is my absolute priority and a tan to give me a healthy glow is a must! I will also be packing my moisturising faves by Kiehl’s – I love the Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque as well as the Serum Concentrate and Clearly Corrective Moisture Treatment.


 And what do you keep for your hand luggage? My summer handbag is a straw tote by Kate Spade. When travelling it is mostly filled with magazines, notepads, colouring pens and iPads to entertain the kids! And my go-to fragrance Coco Chanel Mademoiselle.

What is on your beauty treatment must-do list before you go on a summer holiday? First a holiday haircut! Then LVL lashes and HD eyebrows followed by a moisturising face mask.  Next exfoliate, wax and tan!  And finally Shellac fingers and toes with Electric Orange.

And finally what ill you be reading poolisde? Getting time to read a book with a six-year-old and eight-year-old is a challenge! I will have a few David Walliams books for the kids, which I read to them at bedtime, they especially like Gangsta Granny! This summer the books I’ll be reading are Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters (I loved Fingersmith by Sarah Waters), Ordinary People by Diana EvansEleanor Elephant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and Russian Doll by (my friend) Lucy Lloyd (her first book).