Finally, the sun has arrived! The holidays are booked, the air is filled with the smell of honeysuckle and it seems BBQs are on a constant rotation. Now, although we feel that life is far better in the sunshine, the mere sight of it ignites the desire to flee London immediately for somewhere a little more relaxing and, let’s face it, less stuffy. And with said fleeing comes the dreaded task of packing! If, like us, you’re after a stress-free experience, upgrade your vacation wardrobe game with a few simple suggestions from Anna…
THE WARDROBE STAPLES
Don't get us wrong, we above all people know how hard it is to whittle your wardrobe down to just a few pieces to look and feel great in. Our top tip here is to stick to a colour palette, that way you can mix and match your way through your suitcase and every combination will look fab!
Yes, this is still a time to look chic - but who says you can't be comfortable too?! Wildfox is our go-to brand for relaxed, laidback pieces and this duo above is certainly no exception. All you need now for the plane is a neck pillow and a good read and the holiday is a-go!
Did we mention we love a duo!? Rail's 'London' skirt and 'Amelia' blouse soared high on our lust lists for holiday packing as soon as it graced its way into our stores! It's one of those rare outfits where you don't need to give much thought to it and still look effortless.
Beach to Beach Bar
A one-piece is our ideal from flitting between the beach and the bar, and we think this Velvet by Graham & Spencer version is perfect. Have a little fun with pieces you wouldn’t usually wear day-to-day, holidays are the perfect time to experiment new clothing that could end up being trusty staples.
For evening attire, our heads automatically turn to Stine Goya's 'Skylar' dress. When the weather's warm, we tend to gravitate towards loose silhouettes and soft fabrics that look just as good while you’re at a smart dinner as they do at drinks with the girls.
For great beachwear, always look to Asceno - their striped bikini has earned a rightful place on our packing list this summer! That has to be said also for Sam Edelman's sandals, comfy and chic? Yes please! As for the smell of summer, there's no scent quite like those of Escentric Molecules - and handily they have a 30ml travel size of their 01 formula which is perfect for a week or two away! Finally, a daily summer bag to fit it all in? Of course, we immediately think of Muun's 'Caba' bag, practical but not compromising on style. Sorted!
Anna's Holiday Reads
Do you find that you end up taking way more books than you could possibly read on one trip? Anna's selection of great reads this summer includes Kate Atkinson's 'Transcription' - a thrilling fictional book on espionage, Tara Westover's 'Uneducated' - a coming-of-age memoir that chronicles a young woman's efforts to study and Sally Rooney's 'Normal People' - an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life. There really is a book for every mood and what's more, you no longer have to lug your entire library around in your case!
"I always use the equivalent to a factor 50 on my face and usually 30 on my body, I am blessed with dark skin so I don’t really burn. I buy Esterderm cream from SpaceNK for my face and the dry oil for the body. I also love Ultra sun for my son who suffers in the sun and this is the only protection cream that works for him!" Remember, protection is always key!