For me, a holiday abroad takes a lot of preparation clothes wise. It’s 100% guaranteed to be boiling hot every day so it’s necessary to pack the lightweight pieces but a demand for style also comes hand in hand. Without a doubt, I am an over packer, especially now I’m well and truly hooked to fashion blogging so this year I ended up taking way too many outfits to try and squeeze into the 17 days I was in Spain but I did it (yay!) and have finally got round to creating my first lookbook out of four.
There’s always two kinds of outfits prepped for a relaxation break: 1) The casual, comfortable chosen look for throughout the day, and 2) The more dolled up, free from sweating cobs (what even is cobs?!) and smart but chic look for an evening meal and a night exploring the bars. This starter post concentrates on number one! A day in the life of my daytime activities consists of lounging round the pool, making the most of the beach, trips to the shops, walks around the familiar streets and the occasional typical tourist exploration so for that, I need to keep it cool. In honesty, no real effort and overthinking goes into my day wear – I strip it back, dare to go makeup free (notice the sunglasses and ooze of confidence where I’m in a setting not having to worry if I’ll see anyone I know and scare them half to death!) and most of the time, I end up switching round my shoes and accessories and even changing my outfit twice in the same day (to squeeze in everything I brought with me of course). Depending on my energy levels, I’ll either laze around in a bikini or go for a stroll with a fan and a bottle of water in hand and as you’ll see, my mood reflects my decision making; read: hair scrunched up in a ponytail = definitely getting annoyed with the failed mix of heat and long hair.
DAY 1 –
DAY 2 –
Along with a statement necklace, a vibrant top half and a patterned bottom creates the perfect contrast.
DAY 3 –
Simple fringing is ideal for both festivals and holidays. Black teamed with browns is a combo I love.
DAY 4 –
Although the air is extremely hot, a layered kimono gives that ordinary outfit a boost.
Top – Zara (sale) | Shorts – Zara (sale) | Lace Up Sandals – Mango | Kimono – Primark | Sunnies – Primark | Hat – Primark
DAY 5 –
It was instant love with this white sheer lace tunic and instead of using it as a cover up, I paired it with basic denim.
DAY 6 –
I can’t go away without a Missguided piece, this cute little halterneck gem makes summer styling easy as pie.
DAY 7 –
Playsuits are definitely my go to, especially when it’s in stripe form with added detail.
Playsuit – Mango | Hat – (a Spanish own) | Shoes – Forever 21 | Sunnies – Stradivarius
DAY 8 –
I do praise a good supermarket find! I found out dark denim works really well with a growing tan.
DAY 9 –
I don’t know what’s best; an off the shoulder co-ord or discovering huge cacti in the middle of an open space!
DAY 10 –
A day well spent is a day in nothing but a bikini and an airy over lace layer.
Bikini 1: Bikini Set – New Look | Kimono – Primark | Hat – H&M
Starting out with the palest shade and ending with an obvious subtle glow is almost amusing (and highly satisfying). At the end of week one I was already developing a pretty decent tan and I still had plenty of time to work on it. Aside from flaunting my new found colour, another enjoyable part of my holiday was finding the photogenic backgrounds suitable for coordinating blogger style. Last year I stuck to the same old patio backdrop but I really did get to work on finding the locations and think I must have mentally marked down every place I passed. Talk about scouting Spain!
Hope you enjoyed having a browse through my first lot of outfits and keep an eye out for the next round!