I’m currently soaking up the last of the summer sun in Barcelona. In the weeks leading up to my trip, I’ve been collecting inspiration on my Pinterest boards:
Whilst we all hope to jet off for holidays abroad each summer and spend a week or two in shorts and vests, or lying by the pool in little more than a two-piece, for the rest of the time we expect to be back in a dull and damp UK. What do we do then, when we have weeks of warm and sunny weather at home, when we have to go to the office each day?
Many of us will have a few summer appropriate work wear looks but these will have lost their appeal – or be in need of a wash – after a week or two of summer sunshine. So I’ve put together my top tips for making your wardrobe go further in the summer:
- Many of us will have dresses bought for summer weddings or summer events that we’ve worn just once or twice and are now languishing at the back of our wardrobes. Why not pull these out and wear them to work? They’ll certainly be smart and summery.
- Holiday shorts might not work for the office but what about a pair of loose summer trousers? Team with a t-shirt and a pair of smart sandals for work wear.
- If you’re working in an air conditioned office, you could get away with a more strappy summer dress, with a cardigan or a light jacket over the top, to make it a little more appropriate.
How do you dress for work in the summer?
On holiday I rarely wear make-up. In the heat, I hate the feeling of anything on my skin so I leave it at home. But when I’m off to work in the summer heat, I like to wear some, even if only a little. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve honed my ability to do summer make-up.
The base is the heaviest part I find, so I either use a light dusting of bronzer or I mix a little foundation with an SPF moisturiser.
I usually leave the eye shadow at home and instead throw on a little colourful eyeliner – green is my current favourite.
And finally I good coat of blackest black mascara. Currently I’m using Boots 17’s newest mascara: Back Lash. Which is great for adding volume and colour for wow eyes!
I’m using my Boots No7 BB lip balm to add a little colour and keep my lips moisturised.
What make-up do you wear in the summer heat?
I’m not hugely great with lipsticks. I love to wear them but I forget to reapply them and end up bare lipped by the end of the day. Likewise, I usually forget to put lip balm on and end up with dry and cracked lips. So it’s something of a surprise that I’ve been using Boots No7’s BB Lip Balm religiously now for the past few weeks. I had seen it a few times and then decided to use my £3 voucher to treat myself. I bought the ballerina shade as it’s the most natural and it wouldn’t notice so much when I forgot to reapply!
It’s lovely and moisturising and the hint of colour is a nice addition. The added bonus of an SPF means that it will be perfect for holidays and sunnier days too. It’s almost like a lip-gloss but a little less sticky in consistency.
It comes in a wide selection of shades, with pinks, corals and reds. I’d recommend the nude ballerina shade for everyday use but a lovely bright shade for your summer holiday make-up bag. And right now, if you spend £5 in Boots, you’ll get a £3 off voucher. And, it’s also currently buy 1 get a 2nd half price on Boots No7 make-up – which you can take advantage of with your voucher. So you can get both a nude and a bright shade, or one for your handbag and one for your night stand!
Have you tried the Boots No7 Lips Beauty Balm yet?
If you’re fed up with the current absence of summer in the UK, you might be thinking about snagging a bargain flight to somewhere warmer. The costs can quickly add up once you start adding in baggage fares and so packing your hand baggage wisely will help to save the pennies.
I’ve picked out 10 pieces that are all you need to pack for four days away:
- Sunglasses: the bigger, the better – either for hiding the signs of the night before or keeping your peepers protected
- Playsuit: perfect for day-to-night
- Roxy bikini: cos it’s not a holiday without one!
- Jumper by Vero Moda: if the temperature drops a little in the evening you’ll need something to throw on – the mesh effect of this jumper also makes it ideal for throwing over a bikini at the pool
- Kaftan: can be worn by the pool or add wedges and statement earrings for an evening at a beach-side bar
- Earrings: update your daytime look for night time glamour with a sparkly pair of statement earrings
- Wedges: for night time, add a little height with wedge heels
- Vest: make it oversized and a vest can either be worn alone as a mini dress or with your shorts for daytime activities
- Shorts: what’s a holiday in the sun without a pair of shorts?
- Flip flops: for daytime activities and on the beach, keep your shoes flat and functional – but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring!
What do you pack for a weekend away?
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?
Image via Pinterest
Wishing I was back on a camel, trekking through the desert and watching the sun rise this morning…
For the past week I have been exploring Morocco with my boyfriend. Hence, the radio silence and lack of any LFW coverage. However, I can offer some rather amazing photos from our trip. More will be on the Sugar & Spice Facebook page very soon and I’ll be posting more here too. For now, here are photos from the first three days in the country.
These espadrilles – along with my other Havaianas - will be coming on holiday with me next week. There are so many reasons why these shoes are perfect for lots of walking and sight seeing in a dusty city like Marrakech, but I’ll go with just six: