Did I mention I was on my holidays? The past nine or ten days have been spent lounging by the pool, exploring mountain villages and eating and drinking as much as I can in the south of Spain. The perfect antidote to the chaos that is life right now (new job, new house, new location!). All of the decisions and changes that are to take place in the next few weeks have taken a backseat along with reality, as I’ve enjoyed a complete escape:
Holiday hair is a mystery to me. Or, at least, it was. Those girls with effortless sun kissed flowing waves. Who seemed to just roll out of bed and straight onto the lounger by the pool. My hair is a frizzy mess at the best of times. Add a hot and humid climate and you’ve got something like Monica out of Friends bouffant! Not very attractive. At all. But over the years, I have found the perfect formula for quick and easy holiday hair.
For those who want straight locks on their holiday:
- I wash my hair the night before. And let it air dry as I sleep. It’ll be hot enough that it’s dry in the morning (in the UK, it usually needs a helping hand).
- The next morning, if you plan to shower before you start your day, tie your hair up and do so. Then get out your straightening irons and quickly run them over your locks.
- I find that this method keeps my hair straighter for longer throughout the day. And even into the next.
For beachy waves:
- Again, wash your hair the night before. But instead of letting it dry any which way, plait your hair into as many plaits as you want. The fewer the plaits, the looser the curls will be.
- In the morning, leave the plaits in if you’re having a shower as the steam will help to give them even greater staying power!
- Take them out and run your hands through to gently tease them out. Then spritz with a salt spray or scrunch some mousse through.
How do you create effortless hair styles on holiday?
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When I spotted this image on Into The Gloss, I instantly wanted the hi-top Converse trainers. They will be the perfect shoes to wear with denim cut-offs all summer long, don’t you think? Sure, I have too many pairs of low Converse trainers already but I don’t yet have a pair of hi-tops in my collection. I am also completely taken with the ecru shade. I have Converse trainers in white and am always paranoid about them getting dirty but I don’t think I’d have the same worries about the slightly creamier shade.
I like Emily’s all white look but to be honest I think I must be a really careless person but I can’t seem to wear white without spilling stuff on myself – either that I’d be paranoid I’d sit in something yucky and stand up and have marks on my bottom!
Instead I’d team the trainers with my denim shorts and bikini top on – finished off with a straw fedora and wayfarers!
How would you wear the cream hi-tops?
This week, whilst I’m away on my holidays, a few of my favourite bloggers have kindly offered their services and written about what spring means to them. Finally it seems to have arrived on our shores! Today’s post is via one of my favourite Cardiff based blogs, By Mimi:
Sipping cocktails, days down the bay and mountain walks – all come hand in hand with spring when you live in the Valleys. The beautiful array of spring time flowers that decorate our landscapes, delicately dotted around any space of green that they can find. Late afternoon walks, trips to the local and legendary ice cream parlour and of course the summer apparel. Crisp white cotton shirts, breezy summer jersey dresses, 60s inspired sunglasses and espadrilles. The time of the year when it’s okay to leave the house with just a mini dress and some converse on. When you don’t have to carry a coat or an emergency umbrella. When pub lunches become a regular afternoon thing and the local beer garden becomes your evening home.
A girl can never have too many Little Black Dresses, in my opinion. This is my holiday LBD. I rarely wear it except when on my holidays. The length is a little difficult to work with when I’m not in a laid back mood:
Right now, I’m on an aeroplane, heading towards the Spanish sun! I can’t wait to feel the sand between my toes and have the salty sea water create lovely beachy waves in my hair!
Whenever I go on holiday – and every year at the beginning of summer – I treat myself to a new pair of sandals. As I have usually worn last years right through the soles! This season, I have been a little extravagant and treated myself to these lovelies by See by Chloé:
This week, as I’m off on my holidays, a few of my favourite bloggers have kindly offered to hold the fort! Today, Shannon of The Simply Luxurious Life is sharing what spring means to her:
Yes, spring is here, and I am one very happy girl. There is that sense of renewal in the air – that anything is possible again. With the warmth of the sun on our cheeks and flowers revealing the color that seems to have been hidden away for too long, it serves as a reminder that everything goes through cycles. The lesson to be learned is that in order to evolve and to begin anew we must shed old skins and old beliefs that haven’t worked and believe that anything is possible.
Today, I gathered up a long list of opportunities to take advantages of during spring. Try a few, try them all, but do try at least one and see how it feels. And feel free to add to the list. I’d love to hear what you most enjoy doing during this much welcoming season.
1. Enjoy local winery’s Spring Release (find a local winery
2. Walk in the rain with a colorful umbrella (see an array of choices here
When I read this article a while ago now, it completely struck a chord and I think that it is likely that I am not alone. The article addresses the dilemma of wearing the same outfit more than once, even two days in a row.
I have been “guilty” on numerous occasions of re-wearing outfits that work. There are some bloggers out there who post outfit photos every day and every day wear something new and exciting. That’s not me. Which is why you don’t always see new outfit photos on the blog – cos you’d be seeing the same outfit every day for a week sometimes!
If I find a look that works, I stick with it. In fact, I have even been known to buy the same piece – top/skirt/trousers – more than once so I don’t even need to wait between washes to wear the same look! Yes, that is true! However, I usually simply end up buying different pieces in similar styles. Currently I love the shape and silhouette created by ankle length print cigarette pants! Teamed, obviously, with leg-lengthening court shoes.
Which is why this is the second time in as many weeks that you’ve seen these H&M print trousers on the blog – and the third time I’ve featured print trousers.
In my opinion, if you find a style and shape that suits, why not stick with it? Do you re-wear looks that work? Or do you like to continually mix it up?
I am a big advocate of keeping things simple when I put an outfit together and making a statement with my accessories instead. So I was pleased to see Baukjen advocating the same thing on Instagram! Recently you’ll have seen my orange Clarks heels and green heels popping up in outfit posts all over the blog! I love them. What can I say? Which is how they both made it into my picks for adding a pop of neon to your look:
Shop the post: #1: Rimmel yellow nail polish; #2: Warehouse jewelled earrings; #3: green Clarks court shoes; #4: orange Clarks heeled shoes; #5: orange necklace by Dorothy Perkins; #6: Barry M orange nail polish.
This is a great look for holidays and the summer too. I always love to add colour when I’m by the pool or at the beach. A bright nail colour on my toes is a favourite option: easy and effective. Something I’ll definitely be doing whilst on my holidays this week!
How do you add a pop of colour to your looks?