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.


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.

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


Look perfect on the beach with a perfect swimming outfit

If you pay attention to what you wear you know you have to be perfectly attired everywhere you go. Whether it is for a formal party, for a social evening or a day at the beach – all eyes are on what you wear. Perhaps this is even more important on the beach because you have to combine style with convenience. It therefore becomes rather important to know exactly how you can shop for swimming outlet. If you are planning on enjoying a little Winter Sun, here are some ways that you can ensure you choose the perfect swimming attire.

Find the seller first

Your search has to start with finding the perfect seller online. Look for people who sell swimming outfits and then look through their websites for:

  • Range of swimwear offered.
  • Prices and compare prices across websites.
  • Images and descriptions of the outfits.
  • Security of payments.
  • Online chat support.

There should also be a return and refund policy so that you can return items that do not suit you.

Size guide

Almost every online seller has a size guide to offer and you should use the same. You may know all your measurements but sometimes, the sizes vary across brands. So before you click on a swimming outfit that you like, you should check the size guides as well. Depending on what you are buying, you should check out the waist size, hip size, length and so on.

Daisy Lowe in Retro style

Daisy Lowe in Retro style

Variety of choices

It is rather interesting to buy swim wear online because you get to buy everything you need for an entire ensemble or wardrobe related to swimming. Some of the things you can look for:

  • Swim Tees.
  • Swimming jammers.
  • Swim dresses and so on.

Once you have made your selections, you can look for accessories that will make your beach time that much more enjoyable. Towels, bags, umbrellas and so on are just some of the things that you must keep in mind.

Shape and style

Swim wear, normally, is a very fitted outfit. There is very little room to hide under! So it is even more important to be realistic about the shape, pattern, size and cut of your swim outfit. Finding the most stylish and comfortable swim suit for your body type is crucial.

There are quite a few help sources but here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Toned and athletic – If you are pretty athletic and toned, then you can go in for bold patterns and prints and even swimwear with frills and embellishments. This principle can be used to choose swimsuit for a thin figure.
  • Asymmetrical necklines and swim suits with side panels in a different color from the rest of the suit works really well for broad shouldered structures.
  • High-waisted styles can help cover up a not-so-well-toned tummy.
  • If the choice needs to be made for a person with a large bust, then look for swimwear with double stitched bands and thicker straps.
Kate Moss Bond Girl style

Kate Moss Bond Girl style

Kim Kardashian opts for a sporty style

Kim Kardashian opts for a sporty style

Finally, it is a good idea to take a critical look at your body before you start shopping. For sure, there are choices that cover every body type so you will find something super-stylish.