Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Summer holiday essentials


There are always a few special moments in the year where I feel like life can’t get any better. Birthdays, Christmases, Sunday mornings spent curled up in bed. I feel ya…

I had one of these pinch me moments last week whilst on holiday in Portugal. I was lying on the beach with an ice cream in my hand and a tropical head scarf perched precariously on top of my bed when I decided that life couldn’t get any better.

Of course, like all the best stories, the fantasy eventually came to an end. I found myself transported back to drizzly Britain with my bikini and flip flops trailing sadly behind me.

Thankfully, things have been really busy since I’ve got back. Apart from one particularly depressing moment in Manchester airport, I’ve managed to stave off the worst of my holiday blues. Instead, I’ve been enjoying reminiscing about the trip and frantically google searching my next holiday destination.

Aside from the obvious perks of being able to wander around in the sunshine for a whole week, one of the things that I really appreciated this year was that I didn't have to worry too much about my clothes.

For the first year, I feel like I’ve finally got my holiday wardrobe down. After months of battling the British weather and trying to defend myself against relentless rain and wind, it was really nice to be able to throw on the nearest dress or playsuit without too much faff.

So in the spirit of warding off any post-holiday blues, I’ve decided to share my top fashion essentials for a holiday in the sun…

The beach cover up

On holiday I tend to spend the majority of the day wearing a bikini. I love being able to wander around without too much fuss, however I like to always have a cover up on hand in case I want to head into a restaurant or slope off for a walk. 

My favourite item to reach for is this playsuit (featured in the pictures) c/o ASOS.
I bought it from their nightwear section a few years ago and have been in love with it ever since. It only cost £12 and I’m sure the cost per wear must be mere pennies.

Although this particular cover up is no longer in stock, I did find something similar by Somedays Loving c/o ASOS. The relaxed fit and pattern are perfect for throwing on over your bikini for a trip to the bar.

The humid hair saviour

One of the luxuries of being on holiday is being able to get ready in ten minutes flat. 
Admittedly, I’m not the fastest person in the mornings, but I really enjoyed being able to pop this headscarf from Zara in my hair and tick one thing off my list.

The tropical print felt very vacation-esque and the style enabled me to hide a multitude of frizz induced sins. Win, win.

The easy shoe 

At 5”3, I’m not the tallest person in the world and I can sometimes feel self-conscious about being so short.

For the nights when I fancied an extra lift, I picked up these flatform  espadrilles from Dune.

As a self-confessed lover of all things neutral, they went perfectly with all of my outfits and spent most nights surgically attached to my feet.

The special piece 

There’s always that one point in the holiday when you suddenly feel at one with your surroundings.
Your legs are a constant sticky mess from applying copious layers of after sun, your summer glow is starting to set in and your hair has reached that pivotal point where you begrudgingly admit defeat and allow yourself to unleash your inner Monica Geller.

It’s always around this time that I feel at my happiest and tend to reach for my favourite holiday outfit. This year it was this navy polka dot playsuit  c/o Zara.

The ruffled sleeves made me feel like a muted version of the red dress emoji which in my opinion is never a bad thing…

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