Shopping For Must-Have Summer Accessories

Spring is here, and so our thoughts are turning to our Summer wardrobes. While you probably don’t want to go out and buy a whole new summer wardrobe, there are plenty of pretty and stylish accessories that will update your look. Here are some of the key summer fashion accessory trends that you might want to add to your look this year.

Mobile Phone Cases

Even in times when we are not using our handbags, we are never without our mobile phones. They have become a new fashion accessory, and so our mobile phone cases are very important and a real harbinger of our personal style. CG Mobile, who are stockists of great iPhone 12 pro case and other phone accessories have the perfect range of Karl Lagerfeld hard cases with liquid glitter that are both stylish and fun. The Choupette case, named for Karl’s legendary cat. is also fabulous. You can also find similarly decorative cases for Android phones.

Flowers in Hair

An easy and beautiful way to add a touch of summer to your outfit is by wearing flowers in your hair. For everyday errands like running to the supermarket or grabbing lunch with your kids, tuck a blossom from your garden behind your ear. If you are going to a fancier event like a wedding, or ladies day, check out the gorgeous floral hair accessories from FTD, like the Flowers ‘n’ Frills Hair Décor. This accessory is technically in the bridal section of the company’s website, but it can definitely be worn by anyone who is looking to add some color to her hairdo. Flowers like orange spray roses, pink hyacinth and mini green hydrangea are attached to an accent hair clip, which is easy to place in an up-do or braid.

A Lightweight Scarf

A terrific way to add some needed color to your outfit is with a lightweight and colorful scarf. Dress up your T-shirt and shorts by wrapping one around your neck. A bonus: a light scarf will keep the chill away in highly air-conditioned places like movie theaters and restaurants. You can also use colorful scarves as belts and as sarongs at the pool. When choosing summer scarves, steer clear of heavy materials and opt for cotton or silk.

Clip on a Cuff

Arm and ear cuffs are all the rage this summer according to InStyle. For the arm cuffs, you can either wear them dangling from your wrist or clinch them higher up on your arm. ShopBop sells a nice assortment of arm cuffs including a thin curved cuff that looks like a railroad spike. Floral cuffs are another great option that will dress up a sundress or even just a plain T-shirt and jeans. If you are bored with wearing the same old earrings every day, give your ears an updated summer look with ear cuffs; the clip on cuffs will make it look like you have multiple piercings.

Put on a Floppy Hat

When you are looking for an affordable and fun summertime accessory, look no further than a big floppy hat. The hat will keep the sun and its damaging UV rays off your face, and you can wear it to the pool, park or shops, quite literally anywhere. Nordstrom sells a nice selection of wide brim hats in a variety of colours. To make your hat look even more feminine, wrap one of your lightweight scarves around it, or on windy days at the beach use the scarf as a tie.

Stack Friendship Bracelets

Relive your childhood and make some friendship bracelets with an adult twist. Instead of tying dozens of knots in thread, follow the instructions on The Craft and crochet some colourful bracelets. All that you need is embroidery thread and a small crochet hook. Once you have created some bracelets, stack them up on your wrists and voila — you will have added a dash of summertime fun to your arm.

 

My Favourite Holiday Moment

When our thoughts turn to Spring, a lot of people also turn their thoughts to their Summer holiday. Whether you are planning a long haul trip, something with a short flight, or even a UK break, a holiday is a time to create wonderful new memories, and our choice of destination can often be influenced by previous, fabulous holidays. I have yet to book for this year, but have been browsing and have often found a cheaper deal here. One of the places we have been considering is Cyprus, where we not only spent our holiday over the last couple of years, but also watched my little brother get married.

Cyprus is a place that is full of wonderful holiday moments for my family. For a start, it was the first time my whole family had been together for a holiday since I got married in Rhodes in 2005, and this time there was the added joy of having my son and niece here too. Every element of the trip was fun, from drinking Prosecco on the plane and browsing around the duty free, to the leisurely days spent by the pool, or the long meals that seemed to go on forever. It is a place where I would love to spend a longer amount of time in a five star hotel, it would definitely be a place to spend a bit of money on if I won some money on a bet or bingo game.

Cyprus was experiencing a heat wave, but floating around the lazy river at our hotel, that didn’t really seem a problem, and with lots of mocktails during the day, and cocktails when the night had fallen, it really did feel like paradise. We stayed in Coral Beach, but loved to travel to the Paphos area for the bars along the harbour, and the air conditioned shopping centres, where, lucky for us, every shop seemed to be having a sale.

And then, of course, there was a wedding to attend. On a beautiful jetty stretching out to the sea, with crystal clear waters reflecting the perfect blue of the sky, my brother married his beloved surrounded by family and friends. It was a beautiful, romantic occasion, complete with poems, doves, lots of Champagne, lots of swing music, a just all round lovely occasion. It brought back lots of memories of my own wedding, and was just perfect, in a wonderful setting with an idyllic atmosphere.

 

Travel Tips for Short and Long Distance Trips

People travel often between different cities and countries and for many different reasons that including business and pleasure. When you are ready to pack your bags and leave, make sure that you are well prepared to pave the way for a smooth trip. The following are some useful tips that you can use to ensure a positive outcome whenever you travel.

Packing

  • Packing is a major aspect of traveling and you should focus on carrying essential items. Whenever you pack your bag or suitcase for a trip, remember that the less you pack, the more manageable your luggage will be.
  • Packing everything that you want will lead to the inconvenience of a heavy bag and the increased risk of losing your items during the trip.
  • Write down what you need in advance and use a checklist to make sure that you have all the important things. Pack what you need according to where you are going and how long you will be away. You may be able to take your pets with you but if this is not an option, make timely arrangements to ensure that your pets are taken care of when you leave for your trip.
  • Prepare the items that you want to have close to you at all times, such as your money, phone, charger, headphones and diary.
luggage full and ready to travel

luggage full and ready to travel

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Research

  • Go online and find out more about your destination, the weather conditions and the activities that are available there. If you have a limited amount of time between bookings and traveling, make sure you know what the current weather conditions are.
  • If you are traveling to a destination where the national language is different, spare some time to learn the basics. This will make it easier for you to communicate, interact, ask for directions and order for food.

Travel Costs

Use online travel guides that provide useful suggestions regarding different activities and costs. The information provided is usually accurate and reliable. Select activities that everyone you are traveling with will enjoy. The earlier you begin planning for your travel, the more time you will have to save money for it. Find out how much you will need for various aspects of your trip and plan for unexpected costs as well. Look at where to save and where to splurge, for instance, if you are travelling for business, it may be worth using a chauffeur service to travel to and from the airport. This creates the perfect first impression for a new client and ensures that you will arrive punctually and feeling great. A chauffeur service like Driven WorldWide also provide WIFI in their cars so you are not going to miss out on important emails and zoom calls on route to the airport, and offer an international service which means you can have an efficient service at both ends of your trip.

Quick Travel Tips

  • If there are special events that you want to attend, it is advisable to make prior reservations especially during busy seasons.
  • Walking around is a good way to learn about your destination while you enjoy scenic walks.
  • Make sure that you have enough leisure time for fun and unexpected experiences that you will remember for years to come.
  • Maintain a cordial atmosphere during your travel and avoid any unnecessary altercations.