Holiday Picks From Dorothy Perkins

It was one of the main anomalies in the fashion world, just as you actually enter a season (i.e. Summer), then the sales start for that particular season (i.e. the Summer sales). We are just two weeks into June, and many of us are yet to take our Summer hols, with those who love cancellation bargains yet to even book their hols. And yet, this week has seen a whole host of stores start their summer sales. Which is great news for those of us who need to grab a new swimsuit, or a beach bag, or a knockout sundress, and love a bargain.

If you are looking to do a little sales shopping this week, you need to head to the Love The Sales site, which has the lowdown on all the major sales as and when they happen. My eye has been on Dorothy Perkins as I have loved so many of the pieces in their Spring/Summer range, and with my holiday coming up in just over two weeks, I will be heading to the Dorothy Perkins sale in order to pick up a few treats to slip into my suitcase.

So what do I have my eyes on? Well, first up is a pretty sundress that comes in my favourite colour, yellow. It is suit so well and would look as good with heels as it would with jeweled flat sandals. I also love tea dresses, especially those with a 1940s look (think The Edge of Love with Sienna Miller and Kiera Knightley), so this floral print is another must have.

Next up its sandals. I quite like a design that has a classic look, and metallic elements are so great on holiday to reflect your suntan. The Faye sandal ticks all the boxes, whilst back home I would live in the Jane wedges, just high enough to look elegant.

 

 

A raffia or woven clutch bag is another addition to your wardrobe that has the perfect look for Summer. I love the pretty bow on the front of this one.

Camisole tops are brilliant are year around, worn under jackets and v-neck jumpers in Winter, but it is in Summer they really come into their own. Wear them with shorts, denim skirts and peg trousers for a myriad of stylish looks.

 

 

What things are you looking to add to your holiday wardrobe?

June Outfit Post Part 2 – Holiday time!

A little later than I originally planned, (by life and laryngitis sort of got in the way), here is the second part of my June Outfit post, featuring some of my favourite looks from my recent holiday in Portugal.

Now. there are quite a few outfits here, and this is not even all of them, so you can probably guess that traveling hand luggage only with a great capsule wardrobe is not my way when it comes to holidays. Thank goodness for Jet 2, with 22kgs  luggage and another 10kgs for hand luggage, which leaves me enough space for all my holiday outfits, and still room for a little holiday shopping too.

When it comes to holidays, I do have a few rules. The first is that footwear is restricted to flat sandals and flip flops. I give my feet a break from heels and wedges, and instead I live in comfy but pretty footwear. This year I was addicted to Ipanema’s that I picked up from TK Maxx, and Grendha’s that I got in the resort, both were flexible and pretty, and I wore them to death.

The second rule is to pack as many dresses as the case will hold. This year I did slightly break the rule with a couple of jumpsuits and maxi skirts, but in general, a dress is a cool and glamorous choice, and, if you pick one in cotton, it can be worn for both day and evening wear without looking under, or over dressed.

Where possible, I have posted a link to the pieces I am wearing, most of which are in the current sales and mean you can get a real bargain buy. Other pieces are from my wardrobe, some of which I’ve got in previous years for previous holidays, and, of course, there are a few charity shop buys too.

Are you going on your holiday’s soon? What will you be packing?

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Sunnies Michael Kors Swimsuit Matalan Flip Flops Ipanema sarong Gift

 Ipanema Metallic III Womens Flip Flops / Sandals - Black Gold £10.95 Click to visit Frugo


Ipanema Metallic III Womens Flip Flops / Sandals – Black Gold
£10.95 Click to visit Frugo

 

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Necklace Fiorelli Top Primark Skirt Esprit Sandals from Menorca

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Dress Dorothy Perkins Bag TK Maxx

Black and white stripe midi dress Was £18.00 Now £9.00Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black and white stripe midi dress
Was £18.00 Now £9.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

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Dress New Look Necklace Peacocks Sandals Mango

Curves Multicoloured Stripe Slip Dress £19.99 Click to visit New Look

Curves Multicoloured Stripe Slip Dress
£19.99 Click to visit New Look

Cream Stripe Tie Waist Midi Dress £19.99 Click to visit New Look

Cream Stripe Tie Waist Midi Dress £19.99 Click to visit New Look

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Jumpsuit, necklace and sandals all Primark

Top Dorothy Perkins Skirt TK Maxx

Top Dorothy Perkins
Skirt TK Maxx

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Dress New Look

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Top and Sandals Primark Skirt Topshop Necklace Very

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Dress Charity Shop find Sandals Grendha Bag TK Maxx

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Dress from Portugal

 

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Swimsuit Melissa Odabash Skirt Vintage

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Dress Dorothy Perkins Bag Oliver Bonas

Cold Shoulder Lace Trim Dress Was £26.00 Now £12.00Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Cold Shoulder Lace Trim Dress
Was £26.00 Now £12.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

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Top Ralph Lauren Laundry Shorts Dorothy Perkins Bag TK Maxx Sandals Grendha

Pale Blue Denim Knee Shorts Was £22.00 Now £17.60 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Pale Blue Denim Knee Shorts
Was £22.00 Now £17.60 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 GRENDHA Tribal Sandal Fem £26 Click to visit Sarenza

GRENDHA Tribal Sandal Fem £26 Click to visit Sarenza

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 Oasis Stripe Hanky Hem Dress, MultiOasis now £25 Click to visit John Lewis

Oasis Stripe Hanky Hem Dress, Multi Oasis now £25 Click to visit John Lewis

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Dress Charity Shop Find

 

Friday Fashion- Botanical Brights from John Lewis

There was a bit of a miracle occurance this week when it came to the weather – the sun came out! Yes, it has been truly beautiful for the past few days, and with the weather this weekend promising to be ‘hotter than Ibiza’, this Friday fashion post could only be dedicated to pieces that are as bright and beautiful as the weekend promises to be.

John Lewis has launched an edit that it describes as ‘Botanical Brights’. This is a collection of items that you could wear now, and will also be brilliant to pack in your suitcase when it comes to Summer holiday time. The pieces are in a range of zesty, citrus colours that have been inspired by the tropical climes of Brazil and South America, palm tree prints and ferns and leaves. There are also a range of great beaded bags that seem to be influenced by Kate Middleton’s wardrobe from the recent tour of India and Bhutan – the sort of items that look like they were handcrafted and designed. Shoes too are represented, again an artisan design from the ‘Loved and Found’ department at John Lewis, representing exciting small companies and new designers, in this case, Solillas traditional style sandals.

My favourite piece is a peach of a floppy hat in a fantastic sunshine yellow. This is from the John Lewis main range and is sure to be very popular, weather you are wearing it on the beach, sight-seeing in a city, or shading the face at a festival.

What is your favourite piece? What are your plans for the summer sunshine this weekend?

John Lewis Llenya Leaf Multiway Bikini Top, White/Green £28 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Llenya Leaf Multiway Bikini Top, White/Green £28 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Llenya Leaf Fold Briefs, White/Green £18 click to visit John lewis

John Lewis Llenya Leaf Fold Briefs, White/Green £18 click to visit John Lewis

Kin by John Lewis Sophie Across Body Bag, Blue £29 Click to visit John Lewis

Kin by John Lewis Sophie Across Body Bag, Blue £29 Click to visit John Lewis

Karen Millen Knitted Off The Shoulder Top, Lime £60 Click to visit John Lewis

Karen Millen Knitted Off The Shoulder Top, Lime £60 Click to visit John Lewis

Warehouse Plain Camisole, Bright Red £17.60 Click to visit John Lewis

Warehouse Plain Camisole, Bright Red £17.60 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Ombre Floppy Sun Hat, Yellow £30 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Ombre Floppy Sun Hat, Yellow £30 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Llenya Leaf Kaftan, White/Green £45 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Llenya Leaf Kaftan, White/Green £45 Click to visit John Lewis

Collection WEEKEND by John Lewis Raffia Tote Bag, Multi £32 Click to visit John Lewis

Collection WEEKEND by John Lewis Raffia Tote Bag, Multi £32 Click to visit John Lewis

Collection WEEKEND by John Lewis Pleat Detail Tunic Blouse, Lemon £55 Click to visit John Lewis

Collection WEEKEND by John Lewis Pleat Detail Tunic Blouse, Lemon £55 Click to visit John Lewis

Coast Mauritus Pleated Maxi Dress, Orange £109 Click to visit John Lewis

Coast Mauritus Pleated Maxi Dress, Orange £109 Click to visit John Lewis

Solillas Original Two Part Sandals, Aztec Print £48 Click to visit John Lewis

Solillas Original Two Part Sandals, Aztec Print £48 Click to visit John Lewis

Star Mela Tiki Clutch Bag, Natural £60 Click to visit John Lewis

Star Mela Tiki Clutch Bag, Natural £60 Click to visit John Lewis