July Outfit Post

July was my favourite month of the year so far. This was because I spent half of the month in wonderful Cyprus, and, more importantly, I got to see my little brother get married. It was a month of sunshine and fun, and, to top it all off, there was a sleepover at Warwick Castle and a theatre night too. A busy month that was full of fun.

My outfits this month all suggest sunny days and a warm climate, which makes perfect sense as Cyprus was going through a bit of a heatwave at the time (40 degrees plus most days – basically melting weather). There are new buys from Spanish favourites Mango and Zara as these are always brands I stock up on when I’m abroad, along with new pieces that I picked up before I went away that may well now be in the Summer sales that seem to be everywhere, in the most jumble sale fashion. Where I can link to an item or something similar I have done just in case you want to check it out for yourself, although looking out the window this morning, it seems like British Summer time came and went a few weeks ago, and the rain is now set in.

What did you do in July? Have you had your summer holiday yet?

Holiday dressing

Glasses Michael Kors Kaftan/dress Holiday buy from Menorca Flip Flops Haivainas Bag Accessorize

A night on the town with the girls

Top Primark, skirt New Look, Bag Matalan, Sandals Primark, Necklace Kleshna

White Floral Print Mesh Hanky Hem Skirt
£16.00 Click to visit New Look

Yellow Floral Print Hanky Hem Skirt £16.00 Click to visit New Look

A family meal

 

Dress Mango Sandals Grendha Bag Matalan

Ruffled chiffon dress now £19.99 Click to visit Mango

Flamingo Bag

ASOS BEACH Embroidered Flamingo Clutch Bag £15 Click to visit Asos

Cyprus Fish and Chips

Dress and Bag Mango Necklace Cyprus find Sandals Matalan

Yellow Dresses

Open Back Midi Swing Dress
£65.00 Click to visit Topshop

PETITE Cross Strap Slip Dress
Was £29.00 Now £10.00 Click to visit Topshop

My brother’s wedding

Dress Asos Shoes Debenhams Roland Cartier

Mint Dress

Chi Chi Vogue Dress
£67.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Vila Mint Lace Halter Neck Maxi Dress
Was £48.00 Now £25.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Party Night

Dress Simply Be Sandals Matalan Brooch Vintage

A day at the pool

hat Matalan, dress Primark, bag Accessorize

Similar Dress

White Bardot Neck Beach Dress
£17.99 Click to visit New Look

Another holiday night

Top and Bag Dorothy Perkins Skirt TK Maxx

Navy Spot Ruffle Edge Bardot Top
Was £12.00 Now £5.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

A day at the pool

Beach dress Sports Direct

Nat’s Hen Night

Dress La Redoute Sandals Matalan Necklace Mango

R édition
Bustier Dress
now £13 Click to visit La Redoute

At Paphos Harbour

Glasses Michael Kors Dress Teads Sandals Marco Tozzi Bag Accessorize

First night in Paphos

Dress Giles at Debenhams sandals Primark

Mango dress

School run and football in the sun

Jacket from Paphos Dress Zara Sandals Tu (charity shop find)

Warwick Castle

Top New Look Jeans Dorothy Perkins Bag from Paphos

Blue Stripe Bardot Top
£5.00 Click to visit New Look

Warwick Castle Knight’s Village

Top Primark Skirt M&S Shoes Vintage Bag from Menorca

Funny Girl Press Night

Top Tu Skirt House of Fraser Shoes K Jacques Bag Matalan

Warwick Castle Day 2

Top Mango Skirt Zara


Pleated top
£3.99 click to visit Mango

 

The Best Things To Do In Oahu, Hawaii

I love visiting Oahu as often as I get the chance, it is one of those places that combines special people, weather and supreme nature to create a holiday destination like no other. Everyone should visit Oahu (and Hawaii for that matter) at least once in their life, so I thought a little guide to this Pacific paradise was in order. Have fun reading!

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Stay by the beach
There is nothing quite like staying right next to the beach and the amazing feeling of walking out of one of the amazing vacation rentals in Oahu and eating breakfast next to the beach is an experience like no other. Everyone always wants to live next to the beach and in Oahu it is very possible to do this, so find your island paradise and make it your own for your next trip.

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Chinamans Hat
This small island is located near Kualoa Ranch and you can swim here or kayak across the water. This seems totally bizarre when you consider that most islands you need a boat to get to. As a result you get a more authentic experience that you definitely have to earn and you will be well rewarded in the end by amazing views of the Kualoa mountains and the surrounding area.

Experience a double rainbow
It may sound impossible, but believe it or not it is definitely possible. A double rainbow is a rare sight to see and you can see it from a few spots like Tantalus Lookout or on the North Shore. It is never guaranteed, but you will definitely feel lucky when you see one and it is an incredibly beautiful site that you aren’t soon to forget

Take the Stairway to Heaven
This is one of the goals of Oahu and is without a doubt the best views on the island. Although it is technically not allowed, climbing this huge stairway to the summit of a mountain is one of the most amazing sites that you are likely to see and the sights of the lush greenery, the beach and the stunning valleys is truly a once in a lifetime sight. Go at sunrise and you are in for an even better deal, which just adds to the scenery even more.

Relax at Cockroach cove
This beautiful cove has become a very popular tourist attraction and is one of the best spots on the island to chill out. The rock formations, ultra blue water and small caves make this a great place to hang out and explore. Swimming here is particularly nice with calm water that you could endlessly float around in and I love scrambling the beautiful black volcanic rocks.

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Hike Koko Crater Railway Trail
The Koko Head Stairs are one of the most popular hikes in the area, but don’t let its short distance fool you. `this is one of the most grueling hikes that you are ever likely to experience. For most people it can take up to one hour, but you even see people along the way running all the way up the steep incline (not me though!). The views at the top are well worth the little bit of pain you get from getting to the top.

Try some seafood on the North Shore
Oahu has it all in terms of relaxed atmosphere, beaches and surf, but another thing it does have is some great seafood that you absolutely must try. Everything from fresh fish to shrimps are absolutely delicious and it is probably the freshest and tastiest seafood that you are likely to eat.

Hike the Ka’au Crater
This is my favourite hike on Oahu to see some extremely stunning waterfalls. On this hike you can see three waterfalls before you walk up the ridge onto the edge of the crater. The views from here look directly over the green landscape and Honolulu, which is just so beautiful. The best thing about these hikes are that there are so many that offer great views of the island and the Ka’au Crater hike is definitely one of my favourites with its panoramic views of the entire island.

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Go whale watching
Winter is the time to go whale watching and the best place to do this is definitely on the east coast of Oahu. You can see whales from many beaches here, but I personally prefer to get out on a boat in order to get closer to the action. Oahu is really one of the best and most beautiful places to see these stunning creatures frolicking and playing in the crystal blue waters.

Try paddle board yoga
Personally, I love yoga and it is always great fun to relax and try some different positions. It isn’t always easy and in Oahu you can even try it out on a paddle board, which is exactly as difficult as it sounds.

Explore the Mermaid caves
This was once a secret spot for the locals to enjoy, but the word has definitely gotten out about the caves. The amazing thing is that the water flows directly from the ocean into the caves and provides a mysterious and magical place to enjoy. I can only guess that the caves are a place where you could picture mermaids living and got their names from this.

Enjoy some delicious poke
Poke are some of the best food in Oahu and all of Hawaii for that matter. They have extremely fresh and tasty raw tuna (known as Ahi to the locals) and rice. The fish and rice are covered in a delicious spicy sauce and it is akin to a sashimi bowl. This is one of my favourite examples of Hawaiian cuisine and the freshness and tastiness of the ingredients really make the dish

Fun Activities For Adults This Summer

Last week I looked at some fun, cheap activities for families to take part in and enjoy during Summer 2017. But it is worth acknowledging that not all adults have children, and that doesn’t mean that child free adults don’t want to enjoy their summer too. Today I am focusing on some activities and places that adults can enjoy during the summer that won’t break the bank.

ParkLives Programme in Association with Coca Cola

ParkLives is a free initiative taking place around the UK that aims to get us fitter and more active by staging sporting and exercise activities in our local green spaces. As mentioned, the activities are free, and include such diverse sessions as Tai Chi, Walking football, Pilates and Beginners Yoga. The sessions have already begun, and will be taking place all through the Summer at selected parks, including a whole range of Birmingham Parks. You can find more information at the ParkLives website.

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Enjoy a Game of Bingo

On my recent holiday there was a daily game of bingo at the hotel, and I was amazed to find how popular this traditional pastime still is. These days, you can of course play from the comfort of your own home, with many sites offering an initial free play. Bingo Kings is a reviewing website which gives you all the information about current bingo sites, including any free plays, minumum deposits and withdrawals, types of games, number of balls etc, so if you are planning on having a little flutter, it may be worth checking out the lowdown on Bingo Kings first.

 

A trip to the seaside

A trip to the seaside can be very expensive, but it really doesn’t have to be. A walk on the beach is free. Sitting on the sand, collecting unusual stones and shells is also free. Enjoying fish and chips with loads of salt and vinegar, still wrapped in chip paper will cost less than £10 and will be better than the best gourmet meal you will ever eat in a restaurant. Set your seaside budget and stick to it, and you will have the most amazing day. After all, all you really need is the sunshine.

Free Museums, Free Galleries – they are out there.

Many museums and art galleries are free to enter, and should definitely be a port of call this Summer. The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has a stunning range of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, whilst the beautiful Wolverhampton Art Gallery has a great collection of Pop Art. Oak House in West Bromwich is a fine example of a 16th Century timber framed house that is a fabulous museum too. All of these amazing attractions are free to enter and enjoy.

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