We are going on a cruise with Celebrity next month and I have to pack two outfits that meet the criteria for ‘Evening Chic’. In previous years I would have chosen a full length gown or something blingy, but as I’ve matured, although I still like a bit of sparkle, I favour a more toned down look.
For my first outfit I’m packing this Phase Eight sleeveless dress. I am wearing Wingz underneath to give the appearance that it has sleeves. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, at 55, my arms are not as firm as they used to be. Secondly, cruise ships are a bit chilly in the evenings and as pashminas seem a bit passé now, I need a cover up. The Wingz were sent to me for the purpose of review and I think they look pretty good with this dress, so I’ll definitely be packing them.
Onto the shoes. These are the Charlotte Olympias that I won last year and try as I might, I just can’t do anything but totter in them. I look ridiculous. If anyone wants to make me an offer they are size four and have never been worn (apart from trying on!). They won’t be making the edit that’s for sure, but I have some black spiky Carvelas that will work.
I think it’s quite tricky to pack for a hot weather city break because you have to consider temperature, comfort and of course, style. You can’t simply pack as you would for a summer holiday as you may want to visit churches and museums but on the other hand, you want to be put together as opposed to any old t-shirt and jeans.
Here, I’m wearing a cotton tunic from White Stuff which is cool, but covers up a fair bit. The silk scarf is from East and is great for holidays as it weighs nothing and can be used for day or evening.
I usually take a cross body bag when in big cities as I like to feel that my purse and camera are secure.
I take both flat sandals and trainers if we are walking around a big city, so that I can swap to sandals early evening and give my toes some breathing space!
This is one of my charity shop buys: a gingham Wrangler shirt dress which I picked up for a couple of quid. I have a really compulsive charity shop habit and can’t pass one – I have to go in! I look for quality items then after a few wears, I re-donate for someone else to have a bit of fun with them. It gives my wardrobe a bit of a boost without costing me a fortune.
The photo is taken in Ness Gardens on the Wirral which we visited last week. Isn’t the planting just fabulous!
Remember when I said before my holiday that I was having a bit of a pom pom obsession? Well this basket is the result.
I really wanted one of those embellished bags that you see everywhere in the Balearics, but they cost upwards of £30 and I didn’t have the cash to spare. Also, pom poms are everywhere on the high street, but even a simple kaftan was coming in with a hefty pricetag. Didn’t stop me wanting one though!
Not one to miss out on a trend, and of course inspired by Sewing Bee, I took matters into my own hands and bought these strips of pom pom edging in a haberdashery shop in the UK and stashed them in my luggage along with a needle and thread.
On the first day of our holiday I hopped across to Eroski supermarket and bought a straw basket for under 10 euros. I spent the first afternoon of the holiday by the pool, glass of Rosado in hand, sewing pom poms onto my bag. I expect people thought I was mad.
Anyway, a couple of days in, we found ourselves in an artisan shop in Alcudia old town. It was full of handmade wooden dangly things with sea glass beads attached. Not sure what you were meant to do with them, but I bought one and it was just the ticket for embellishing my bag.
Total cost about £15 and seems sturdy enough to last me all summer (or until I get bored with pom poms and am lusting after something equally as daft!).
PS I bought the butterfly wrap at the side of the road in Costa Rica a few years back. I just love the colours and take it instead of a towel for sitting on the beach.
I thought I’d give a jumpsuit a try on holiday. It didn’t work and has been immediately consigned to the charity shop. Firstly it’s a boring look, I probably needed a stack of bracelets to lift it. Next, it is too high at the neck and does nothing for my boobs. Instead, it shows my arms which are not my best feature. Thirdly, it was a pain in the neck to wear as it all has to come off to go to the loo. This is a Wallis jumpsuit which I only paid £4 in a charity shop, so as experiments go, it wasn’t the greatest disaster, but I’ll know for next time!
I’m quite sad that white linen pants are no longer ‘of the moment’ because I used to rely on them so heavily for sightseeing holidays. Cool and comfortable, they went with everything and I think that’s the thing that contributed to their demise. Everyone wore them and we got sick of them.
I no longer own these pants, instead I wear white or blue jeans, or khaki harems, but none of them quite hit the mark for something like this day in Bilbao. Jeans: too hot, khaki, too casual. Do you see what I mean?
Now I could rock a frock, but when you go on holiday with my husband, you have to be prepared to walk miles and miles, so a dress doesn’t always work. And before you suggest shorts, go and wash your mouth out with soap! Shorts will never be a part of a short, slightly overweight, freckly, pale skinned girl’s wardrobe. Got it?
So, if I do perchance see a pair of white linen wide legged pants (no elasticated waist or drawstrings please) then I will be snapping them up for my summer holidays. I’d like them to be petite length, reasonably thick cotton and good quality (no-one needs to see my knickers). Anyone out there stocking them?
What do you wear on a winter sun holiday? When you are only hopping over to the Costa Del Sol, it pays to be prepared for all weathers. Last week, we had one cold day amongst all the sunshine, but luckily I’d packed a cuddly sweater and gilet which kept me warm and cosy. I try to stick to a colour scheme when packing, so blue with my thing for February. The sweater is M&S, gilet Uniqlo (these are light as a feather and pack so easily), jeans M&S, trainers Hi Tech, bag Debenhams.
Such a lot is said about double denim that most of us shy away from it as the ultimate fashion faux pas. However, I think it can work if you get the proportions and colours right. I wouldn’t wear the same shade of denim top and bottom, nor would I wear jeans with a classic denim jacket, but I think this shirt dress looks OK over a pair of dark boot cut jeans. The shirt dress is from Gap and is a great piece to have in your wardrobe for layering. The jeans are M&S and the striped tee is Henry Holland at Debenhams. Both shirt and top are long enough to wear as a dress, but, as they say, ‘not on my watch’. My knees are staying firmly covered up thank you very much. The bag is from Jasper Conran at Debenhams and the superlight trainers are from Hi Tech. I’m dressed here to go walking along the seafront at Torremolinos. We stayed there last week at the Riu Nautilus. The weather varied between 15-25 degrees from one day to the next, so layering and walking shoes were the order of the day. Anyone else like a bit of denim?
It’s pretty much a staple in everyone’s wardrobe for summer: the Breton tee. I see no reason to be different and usually buy a new one every spring/summer season.
This season my tee is what I’d class as an investment purchase, from Copenhagen label, Two Danes, which I bought in Erj, Hoole. It’s beautifully soft and hand wash only so I expect, with care, it will last me a good while. Although I’ll be putting it away for UK wear soon, it will be perfect for winter holidays when you need that extra bit of warmth.
The jeans are M&S and I’ve been wearing them all summer. The mini leather bag was a gift from a friend and is by Jasper Conran. It’s the perfect size for holidays and days out.