Beach Basics – Less is More

Every year when we go away on holiday, I always, always overpack! And whenever the next trip arises, I seem to forget how much of my suitcase went unused the last time we went away.  I find especially on beach holidays, this is always the case! This time my husband said to me, we are taking 1 suitcase (between 3 of us)!!!! 20kg’s!!!!! My response: are you crazy… and started rattling off everything I needed to pack for Oliver, but I was actually panicking more about what I could pack for myself.  Then I remembered how little we actually use when we go to the beach, cozzies, and not much else is actually needed. I am also now pregnant again so hardly anything fits me, that was another saver as I literally had to pack what I could get into (not much). I have compiled a few holiday essentials for the average girl out there planning a chilled beach holiday with no dressing up.. 😉

You don’t need more than 3 sunblocks, one for the entire family, one for the face, this Clarins one we love as it’s non oily and works really well.  I like a spray for my body rather than cream, its easier and quicker to apply. When it comes to make-up, as with everything else, less is more.  All you need is a tinted moisturiser and a good lip balm.  Forget the mascara, blusher, hair spray etc, it all slides off in the heat anyway and sea water does wonders to give you those bouncy beach curls. Do ensure to condition everyday to protect the hair.

Slide3Family Ultrasun Sunblock // Clarins Anti-wrinkle sunblock for face // Shiseido Sun Protection // Elizabeth Arden 8 hour Cream SPF15 // Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser

2 or 3 bikinis/costumes is ample. Make sure you can mix and match the tops and bottoms and it will feel like you are wearing a different one everyday. I always take more bottoms and maybe two tops but make sure the bottoms can go with all the tops. Get a mix and match of your favourite tones going.



Lowrider Bottoms in a range of colours J.Crew //  Assorted Bikini Tops and Bottoms J.Crew // Yellow Bikini briefs J.Crew // Black Bikini Topshop // Gingham Raspberry Bikini Topshop // Peonie Floral Bandeau Topshop

Dress or playsuit cover ups are easy to pack and it means you are packing one item rather than tops and bottoms. Easy to throw on too when going from beach to restaurant.


Triangle Cut out Sundress Topshop // Washed Lime Twist Front Tunic Topshop //  Playsuit Asos

Shoes, Hats, Accessories etc. Use your beach bag/basket as your hand luggage, as they are nice and big you can chuck a lot in there.  Wear your clumpiest shoes for the journey (my feet also get cold on aeroplanes so I always like to wear closed shoes). Wear all your accessories and your hat 😉 These sarong’s are the best, they are so useful, can be used to lie on at the beach, dry yourself with them, use it as a scarf/pashmina or just as a sarong. I have gazillions of them in different colours but really you just need one.

Denim shorts are just like jeans for summer. They are an investment! You will wear them year after year. Find a good pair that suit your figure. They come in so many different lengths and styles and like jeans can be dressed up or down, worn with heels or flats and never crease or show the dirt.

Slide5Sunglasses Ray Ban Asos // Espadrilles Asos // Flip Flops Havaianas at Selfridges // Straw floppy hat Asos // Sarong Bohemian Beach Company //  Grey Basket Bag Notonthehighstreet // Denim Shorts Current Elliot at Selfridges

Hope you have something wonderful planned for your summer



Summer Sun??

I know we are a long way off from remotely even feeling warmth from our sun that shines here in the Northern Hemisphere, but I am heading off to sunnier shores this week! I am off to South Africa, so my quest to search for summer outfits is not redundant any longer, there is light at the end of my tunnel in exactly 4 days!

Here are a few treats I will be packing into my bag for various outings, namely: beach, farm chilling, pool, beach, braai (south african word for BBQ), pottering around in the garden,…Ok so nothing major other than sun lounging but I’m allowed to get overexcited after all this torrential rain we have been experiencing in the UK.

Many of these items can also be seen on my Favourite Finds page here



Cotton Trousers here // Black Tote here // Earrings here // Nike Sneakers & Other Stories // Linen Jacket Zara



Straw Hat ASOS // White T-shirt J.Crew // Aviators Net-a-porter // Denim Short J.Crew // Leopard print leather pouch Question-Air // Slip on sneakers Topshop


Slide5 White Shirt Topshop // Flip Flops Havaianas // Swimming Costume Topshop // Sunglasses Anthropologie // Scarf Banana Republic // Straw Hat same as before



Sunnies Peter Pilotto for Target Net-A-Porter //Animal Print trousers Zara // White Tank & other stories // Necklace Stella & Dot // Espadrilles Topshop



Espadrille Sandals Castaner at Matches //Jumpsuit Topshop //Sunnies & Other Stories // Earrings Stella & Dot // Leather pouch & Other Stories

THE PINEAPPLE SHORTS… of course I need a pair for lounging on our Pineapple farm!


Straw Hat, ASOS as before// Pineapple Shorts Topshop // Vest American Vintage Net-A-Porter // Flip Flops Havaianas

Dont forget to stop in at my favourite finds page for more another fix of fashion here