As a travel blogger, I often get asked what’s inside my suitcase. Let me give you a peek inside at some of my most valued beachside holiday bits and bobs, ahead of my upcoming trip to Mykonos and Santorini.
As a writer, I can’t go anywhere without my trusty laptop. It’s lightweight so that I can keep it in my handbag and pull it out when inspiration arises. I recently discovered Skinnydip London’s cool range of laptop accessories. I love the bright bold patterns with a pop of colour.
I love how flattering a high-leg swimsuit is. They accentuate our womanly curves in all the right places. The 80s retro silhouette is just so sexy. The cut elongates the body, creating the illusion of long legs and is very complimentary to all shapes and sizes. I’m the only Australian who doesn’t tan, so when I saw this bright yellow one I thought it was genius – it instantly makes me look more tanned.
I recently confessed that I suffer from Melasma – you can check out the post here. As such, I like to ensure that my face is out of the sun as much as possible. This year I am taking it to the extreme and have bought a couple of très chic wide-brimmed hats. I love this one by Next, it is sophisticated and will do an outstanding job shading my face from the sunshine.
If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you will know I am completely obsessed with pool floats – anything for that perfect Insta shot. The problem is they are just so damn expensive! How can you justify paying £60+ for an inflatable you are likely to leave behind after limited use? I normally get mine from Primark that do a fabulous range of popular ones including this season the toucan, unicorn, engagement ring and mermaid. Annoyingly I left it too last in the season this year and they were all sold out. But luckily I discovered Bigmouth Inc.’s range at New Look! I’ve got my hands on a cloud complete with its own rainbow, cactus and clam! Although Si’s now told me he doesn’t think I can take them to Mykonos because it’s too windy! Say it isn’t so? I might just take them along anyway…you never know!
I must admit, between my full-time job and my full-time blogging hobby, I really don’t get much of a chance to read of leisure anymore. I’m really looking forward to taking the opportunity to switch off for a few days on our next trip and enjoy some summer poolside fiction. I’ve picked up The Children Act by Ian McEwan (now a film), and Histories by Sam Guglani.
Kaftans are essential on beach holidays. They are easy to throw on when you nip from the pool to lunch or even want to escape from the hot summer sun for a bit. They dry out really quickly too making them a practical cover-up solution. Not much more I can say to sell you on the experience of a kaftan. If you’ve not worn one before, mate, where have you been?
Until next time, safe travels.
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