A few holiday Essentials

As we reach the end of February, our thoughts are finally turning to Summer days. Many of us have already booked our Summer holidays and are starting to list what we need. Holiday season is just around the corner, and with half term this week, people have already started jetting off to enjoy some much needed sunshine. But it is no secret that holidays, as well as being a time for fun, relaxation and excitement, are also a time that can prove to be very expensive. Travel money, holiday wardrobes, travel insurance, new luggage, all of these things can add up and make even the most budget of holidays rather more expensive than you may have budgeted for.

So this post is about planning ahead, not leaving all that shopping for holiday essentials until the last minute. A few bargain buys will update your holiday wardrobe without breaking the bank. Don’t forget to check out your local supermarket brands for bargains, Morrisons have an adult range as part of the Nutmeg range, whilst some branches of Poundland are stocking the budget brand Pep and Co in their stores. There are also a couple of ideas for must have items, investment pieces that you will be able to use year upon year.

Swimming Watches

If your holiday is one of water adventures, then it could be worth investing in a swimming watch. Swimming watches for women are stylish and durable, and are great if you want to indulge in scuba diving, swimming, water skiing, or any other kind of watery activity. These days a waterproof watch doesn’t have to be bulky or manly, it can actually have a sleek and stylish design.

A Maxi Dress

A maxi dress is perfect for evening drinks or daytime sightseeing. it can also double up as a pool coverup, or you could add a denim jacket and it will be great to travel home in. Choose a pretty pattern for extra style points.

Sandals

A cool pair of espadrilles will work for holidays and festivals alike. Add in a metallic touch, and you have a shoe that is stylish and versatile. Try to choose a pair that will work with most of your outfits so you can cut down on the packing.

Beach Cover Up

A beach cover up can look so much  chicer than a sarong, and this black dress has an interesting back detail. This means that it would also work for drinks after dark, just add a pair of statement earrings for an evening look.

A Hat

Protect your head with the coolest cover up around – it has to be a Fedora. You could travel in this to help it keep its shape, or pack your undies into it to avoid it being flattened in the suitcase.

 

A versatile Bag

Boho prints are another holiday fave. I love the pink accents in this tote bag, it looks like it has come straight from Talitha Getty’s 1960s Marrakesh wardrobe. This sort of bag would work for the beach, or for sightseeing.

#WhatWoodYouPlay – Stepping back in time with wooden toys

It seems that when it comes to children’s toy, this Christmas may well see the return of the classic wooden designs that children of previous generations enjoyed. Parents, fed up with the flimsy nature of cheap plastic, or the amount of batteries required for even the simplest motorised toy or game, are turning back to the beautifully designed pieces they remember playing with in their infancy and are getting ready to introduce their children to toys that help develop real adventurous and imaginative play.

How we used to play

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I love the traditional nature of wooden toys, the fact that children have been playing with this sort of toy for so many years, and that the designs go from strength to strength. These toys are built to last, they do not have parts that fall off, and they can be knocked over, dropped and really played with and enjoyed and still remain in one piece. I think this is part of the attraction for parents, whilst children will just love the bright coloured paints, cool designs and the fact that these are toys that can be added to – i.e you can create a complete kitchen, or add furniture to a beautiful dolls house for literally hours of imaginative play fun.

This year George has a fabulous large range of wooden toys that are suitable for both girls and boys. Ranging in price from just £6, the range includes a dolls house, tool kits, an enormous rocket and a range of trolleys, including toy trolleys, shopping trolleys and prams. My little boy Joe has now gone past the age of wooden toys (sob!), all he in interested in is football, football and more football. But luckily I have my beautiful niece to spoil and so I have chosen some of the lovely wooden pieces from George for her Christmas gift.

George Home Wooden Cherry Shop & Cafe £35.00 click to visit George at Asda

George Home Wooden Cherry Shop & Cafe
£35.00 click to visit George at Asda

The Wooden Cherry shop and cafe is perfect for a little girl who loves to visit a tea room. Renee already has a tea set and lots of extra cups and saucers, but George has lots of great wooden pieces that can be added to this set to make it a tea room. We added a gorgeous wooden cake stand, complete with lots of delicious looking wooden cakes, and a wooden cash register too – so that this could also be used as a shop too.

George Home Wooden Cake Stand £12.00 click to visit George at Asda

George Home Wooden Cake Stand
£12.00 click to visit George at Asda

George Home Wooden Till Toy £10.00 click to visit George at Asda

George Home Wooden Till Toy
£10.00 click to visit George at Asda

Will you be giving any wooden toys as gifts this Christmas?

 

New Season florals from George at Asda

When it comes to supermarket style, George at Asda always seems to have me filling my trolley with something other than milk. (Topical joke there folks.) Affordable, fresh and constantly updated, George at Asda never ceases to amaze people when they comment positively on your outfit and you say ‘George‘, and then quote them a ridiculous price. Add into the mix the fab kids clothes and you have plenty of reasons to be doing that pocket slap.

The George A/W press day showed off some great new pieces that are now starting to hit stores. 70s trends and boho pieces with lots of paisley prints are the order of the day, with faux fur, floppy hats and tan accessories all making me seriously excited about Autumn. These pieces are really transitional too, you could add many of them to your current wardrobe, with tunic style dresses that would look great teamed with sandals. (Although waders may be more apt today…)

You can get a preview of George’s latest collection from the video below.

The lovely people at George at Asda recently sent me some new products to feature on the blog. I’ve trawled the website and can’t actually see these pieces online as of yet, but they may have arrived in your local store now.  The pieces I was sent were a tropical orange floral print jumper, and a matching skater style skirt with pockets.

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You could easily wear these pieces as seperates, with the skirt matched to a plain top, and the jumper teamed with skinny jeans, or this seasons flares, but I decided to put them together as matching set. Now, it has to be admitted that the colours in the two pieces are not totally identical – the jumper has a more purple tinge to it, where the skirt is definitely blue. But I quite liked the slight mismatch, and do think it makes a striking combination.

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DSCN8294[1]I also added a thin orange belt to add a little structure to the look. The colour combination is just so striking due to the vibrant orange, and although I think you could accessorise with black,  I think it works well to exploit the amazing orange when choosing shoes and bags for this look.

DSCN8295[1]You can view all the new in collection from George at Asda by clicking here.