To be honest, I regret booking this holiday.
What with the recent horror in Tunisia, and the financial crisis in Greece, not to mention my own on going battles against the evil Borgias… One questions our sanity, is it the right time to go for holidays and relaxation?
But then it so rarely is the “right” time, so one just tries to prepare and get on with it. I avoid flying as much as I can, so taking the train yet again and hope for the best. My luggage is light so that’s a good start…
Being an advocate for ‘light packing’, I travel with minimum baggage. These five items though, are carefully selected, for their lightness and versatility – absolute essentials: Allowing my style potential, fully blossom…
1. A well-cut, flattering swimsuit. It took me ages to find this, having tried on at least eleven unflattering ones. (some were really scary!) Remember, it is never your fault if you don’t look good in a bikini. You just haven’t found the right one. (same goes for jeans and coats). This was expensive from Lisa Marie Fernandez, but hope it will last for many seasons, provided I don’t go crazy with my strawberries & creams allowance and keep the daily yoga regime going strong.
2. A simple cover up for the beach or poolside. In pure cotton and large enough to be tied into a sarong style dress. Mine was inexpensive and was bought on holiday from Thailand, infused with good memories. Can be transformed to a long skirt, perfection for casual lunches or drinks at the hotel bar. Also good for sightseeing to use as a shawl, when visiting churches or monuments.
3. Stylish, waterproof flip flops. These are Chanel and I bought them in 2007, (excellent cost per wear value!) – still as good as new. I look after them, packing them stuffed, in a shoe bag. At the end of the season I thoroughly wash & carefully dry them, before storing away. They get lots of use, as my casual resort evening shoes, so packing remains very light indeed. Even I am pleasantly surprised, how well these have lasted…thought I’d have to replace them this year but no…still divine.
4. Straw hat. A pain to pack actually, but an essential aide to high SPF, adding an aura of mystique to my appearance. I adore wearing hats and I am damned if I will let this opportunity to wear them pass me by!
5. Some dry oil. Nuxe gives a little golden glow, so I don’t frighten the locals with my ghostly whiteness….smells divine and hydrates the skin, the face, the hair even…
Remember: when preparing your summer wardrobe think quality and avoid suspiciously cheap clothes. Factor in longevity. Questions to ask before buying: will I still want to be wearing this in 5 years time? Does it allow my tres chic potential to blossom? Is it useful as well as beautiful?
So- your own summer holiday essentials? for cool and tres chic?
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