I’ve never really done a holiday lookbook before, in any format, neither here on the blog or on my YouTube channel. But more and more, I’m getting questions from you lovely lot about my #ootd (Outfit of the Day) in my vlogs, instagram stories and the like. Of course, if I’d thought about it before, I might actually have a) brought some insta-worthy clothes and b) taken some proper photos, but in the absence of any gorgeous stylised pics, I hope that this little post will answer some of your questions.
Think of it as a little peek into my holiday snaps, not a fashion shoot – which will be totally apparent as soon as you look at the pics! So apologies for the lack of quality of posed or high res shots; these were all taken on my iPhone by my children, with no intention to publish them anywhere – I’ll learn for next time, eh?
This Chloe dress was quite possible my favourite dress of the holiday. So comfortable in the heat and I could eat whatever I wanted without looking fatter than the dress made me look anyway! It’s completely cotton, so very cool and just enough embellishment with the patchwork-styling and crotchet-style lace appliqued on to it. I mostly wore it with my sparkle-y Gina flat sandals and my YSL sandals, and once even wore it with trainers for a day spent exploring a ruined castle, but it would have looked equally gorgeous with wedges or heels, had I actually brought any with me!
Bag-wise, I didn’t actually bring more than my little Celine Nano, and I have a cream coloured Chanel-style bag that I keep in my Spanish apartment so it was always going to be one or the other.
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This little number was an impulse purchase from Manoush when I went to Paris last month for my friend’s 40th birthday. It’s a gorgeous cheesecloth (never thought that cheesecloth would be back in fashion – who remembers it from the first time around?) that’s super lightweight and cool to wear. It has a little of the Dodo Bar Or vibes going through it, but in true Manoush style, it has extra embellishment all over the red embroidery in the form of sequins picking out the pretty design.
It’s really a beach dress, but I managed to wear it for an evening in Puerto Banus by putting a little nude slip on underneath to preserve my modesty! Again, I paired it with my Gina sandals, but this time, I styled it with the cream tweed bag (which I forgot to take a photo of!). Please excuse the photos lifted from my Instagram Stories, but I thought it gave a better close-up of the dress.
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Of all the dresses I packed, this was probably the most glamorous. If you’ve watched any of my Everyday VACAY videos which I’m slowly editing and getting uploaded onto my YouTube channel, you’ll have seen this dress got some good wear, to at least four events, if not more, including dinner at Thai Gallery, seeing George Benson (yes, really!) in concert and a few dinners elsewhere that I now can’t remember. It’s a very cute, floaty, white lace (no surprises there in terms of my style) from Zimmerman that I managed to pick up in the sale before the holiday – I love how the summer sales now start so early that you can basically pick up most of your summer holiday wardrobe for less!
This time I remembered to take a pic with the Chanel-esque bag that I mentioned above, and again, paired this with my Gina sandals. Please ignore the fluffy, frizzy hair (and of course, now you can’t see anything but the hair!)
If you’ve seen Everyday VACAY #5, you’ll have seen this location – a deserted castle on the hill (eat your heart out, Ed Sheeran!) near Gaucin in Andalucia which we decided to go and explore. Please do watch the video to see more of this beautiful, haunting place, but for exploring, I decided shorts were the way to go, even though currently I HATE my legs with a capital H! I’m now on a mission to lose some weight and get my legs back into shape, but that’s for another post….
So anyway, this was a nothing special outfit, including a pair of navy shorts from Springfield, an old white chantilly lace top from Diane von Furstenberg and the cream bag with white leather converse (which I love by the way, the most comfortable things ever!)
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Not really an outfit, as such, but for a mega hike one day (yes, this was a very active holiday), I wore my gym kit rather than risk ruining (read: catching on twigs and stones and tearing) my nicer clothes. The black loose gym top was an old one, and the leggings, which I’m in love with, were a gift from a Botanics press day. You can’t see it, but they very kindly personalised them by embroidering my name into the front waistband. And that baseball cap is the oldest one in the world, from Oakley, but it’s the best fitting one I have.
And that last pic? A different outfit which I didn’t photograph (sorry) but I’m including it as I wanted to show you my nails. I’m normally not one for shellac or gelish, but for the holiday I thought I’d do something a little different and a little more fun than my usual manicure – what do you think of it?
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So that’s it! A first attempt at a little holiday lookbook. Let me know what you thought of this in the comments below, and if you want to me do something like this again (obviously I’d try to make sure it’s a bit more polished and better thought out next time!)