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



Handbag essentials

I think I would feel like I’m doing myself no favours what so ever if I left the house without all these bad boys in my handbag for a day at work. Those hot days in the city can be brutal especially when traipsing in and out of the tube stations, you find yourself arriving at work feeling less than fresh.  Not only do you feel like you have run to work in your clothes and you could do with a second shower by 9am but your hair also looks like you haven’t washed it for 5 days. The sunglasses are there to help with that glare bright and early and save your eyes from the harsh UV rays.  These mirrored sunnies of course also look super hot! The Oribe dry texturising spray will put the volume back into your locks and ensure it is smelling fresh and clean again.  A spritz of your favourite scent is a MUST for feeling confident when chatting to your work colleagues and for after work social events. Help revive your skin with a healthy looking glow with my favourite bronzer which gives you the perfect amount of colour no matter what your skin tone, this Chanel bronzer is the best I have come across.  I find at the end of the day there is nothing better than stepping out the office and swapping your killer heels or closed shoes for a pair of comfortable flip flops to walk home in, having the feet free will instantaneously cool down your whole body.  And the scarf…if the unpredictable weather hits then turn to a neutral toned scarf, it is the perfect accessory to wrap around any outfit.  Especially for after work drinks. Scarves are also investment pieces and I believe buying a few good quality timeless print scarves can be used for decades to come (also a great gift).


Mirrored Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses at Selfridges // Scarf by Dianora Salviati at Matches // Chanel Healthy Glow powder at Selfridges // Tam Dao by Diptyque at SpaceNK // Oribe Dry Texturising Spray // A funky pair of Havaianas //







Men in the Mix

I think a lot of people think that men dont have many options when it comes to fashion, granted in the bottoms department there isnt more than trousers or shorts but in this day and age there is so much out there for men, its a really exciting time for mens fashion and you definitely do not have to look boring. Experiment and explore different styles.  I think men in general dont like to leave their comfort zones or dont have the energy for shopping and getting some style advice for what cuts and styles suit their body shapes. Men like women also have different body shapes and should dress accordingly. Some inspiration below for your next shopping trip! Too lazy to go out? Shop directly from my site by clicking on the links below.


Jumper H.E by Mango // Trousers H.E by Mango //  Shirt Jack Wills // Sunglasses Topman // Navy Suede and leather belt Mango // Shoes Zara


 Jacket Mango // Jeans Diesel // Shirt Jack Wills // Lambs wool Jumper Asos // Converse Office // Sunnies Ray Ban at Asos


Green Jumper Massimo Dutti // Black Chino’s Massimo Dutti //  Nixon Watch Watchshop // Wayfarer Sunnies Asos // Jacket Zara

 TOP TIP: When buttoning up a blazer the general rule is to do up the button that is closest to your belly button, doing up button holes comes and go’s in fashion but if you wish to be correct then that is the rule to go by.

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