30 June 2019

THE MONTHLY PLAYLIST: HOLIDAY EDITION

This month's playlist is extra long as it's a combination of all the songs I listened to to get me in the mood before my holiday, songs that remind me of the beach, and songs I listened to in Bali (and have been playing on repeat since whilst crying into my smoothie bowl).


So if you've got a holiday coming up and you're looking to get in the vacation mood, or you're maybe in work and looking to daydream of sunnier days - I hope this month's playlist gives your visions of sunshine filled beaches, salty hair and sandy toes.

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25 June 2019

Yellow Gingham & Lavender

My favourite summer print is surprisingly not floral, breton, or polka dots - but gingham. It reminds me of picnics and school summer dresses. Combined with the sunshine shade of bright yellow and you've got the perfect seasonal combination.

Especially as the sun seems to have been hiding all throughout June, I decided to brighten up my wardrobe with two new additions:

The Yellow Gingham Mini Dress

The ultimate summer staple - this shouts BBQ or evening strolls on holiday. I'm praying that the weather takes a u-turn and the sunshine hits the UK so that I can wear this dream little Mango dress. I've worn it with a basket bag from Monsoon and chunky Dr Martens Clarissa II sandals for the evening but it would look cute with a pair of plimsolls for a sunny afternoon.

The Yellow Gingham Skirt

This floaty midi skirt from Very is ideal for cooler summer days and is really versatile for day or night depending on how you style it. For a casual laid-back look I've paired it with a white t-shirt and pair of Vans, but I would also wear it with a silk cami and pair of espadrille wedges in the evening.

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9 June 2019

BALI


This has got me feeling a serious case of holiday blues. Last week I went to Bali and I think it was one of the best times of my life, ever.


We stayed at Canggu Village Accommodation and for the first time in my life I headed out without a plan or itinerary. I of course researched the culture and important bits but I just wanted to go and do whatever for 10 days.


Canggu is a really awesome surfing village on the south coast of the island of Bali - if I could describe it in 3 terms in would be: the most delicious vegetarian food I've ever eaten, the friendliest locals I've ever had the pleasure to meet, and the most chilled out I've ever been.


I'm already planning on going back one day and I'd love to go for longer and see more of the island, but as we were only there for 10 days we pretty much stayed in Canggu - and here are my personal best bits...


Highlights:



Surfing
This was definitely on my bucket list for this trip and we looked at some of the professional surf schools which took you out for the day (or even offered 5+ day classes) and included all the important stuff. But we ended up just heading down to the beach and speaking to one of the local surfer guys who offered 2 hour lessons for 450,000 IDR. This was enough, believe me, after an hour we were so exhausted and it doesn't take more than that to learn the basics - if you pick it up easily then you can hire your own surf board after that.

Pretty Poison Skate Park
If you've ever seen Lords of Dogtown or you're just looking for a really cool place to hang out then head here. It's worth the 20 minute walk along a pitch black road. The cocktails are all themed to the movie and they have the best merch around. On Thursdays there's a skate jam which swiftly had me ordering a pair of vans on the trip home.

Favourites places for:


Breakfast


Coffee


Lunch


Dinner


Drinks
♥ Old Man's


Shopping
The main street is filled with cool shops for surf and yoga (Billabong, Ripcurl etc). But if you're wanting to find some local products or gifts then head to the Love Anchor market which sells clothes, interiors, baskets, wooden bowls, jewellery, arts & crafts etc.


Watching the sunset
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29 May 2019

A Postcard From Bali

This outfit post is coming all the way from the sunny beaches of Canggu - a small surfing village on the island of Bali. I'm here for just under two weeks and it took under two days to realise that the pace of life, as well as the dress code, is laid back and casual.

I'm someone who plans holiday outfits as soon as the flight tickets are booked - it's one of the most exciting parts of the holiday! I had originally packed 2x outfits per day, naturally, but I quickly discovered that I would be living in different variations of the same outfit.

To me, the ultimate staples are: an oversized shirt worn over a bikini, teamed with a pair of Levi's denim shorts, a pair of chunky sandals and a woven basket bag for all of your beach day essentials.


This Jack Wills shirt is perfect to throw on over your bikini if you need to cover up from the sun, but also if you're popping into somewhere for a drink or bite to eat. There's something so chic about a classic pale blue oxford shirt worn over white denim.

The shorts are Levi's 501 so they're high waisted and super comfy - I just need to stay away from chocolate ice cream for the next week!

Now let's talk about these Dr Martens Clarissa II sandals. I absolutely adore them, they're a bit like marmite, but I think they're rad. They're so comfy and the chunky soles makes your legs look way longer.

The basket bag is from Monsoon and I think it's perfect for an exotic beach holiday. It fits all of your beach essentials in perfectly but it's also super versatile as it's not too big to wear in the evening too - which is ideal if you're tight on suitcase space.


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21 May 2019

Shrimps X Warehouse

The Shrimps X Warehouse collection is a capsule summer holiday wardrobe of dreams.
The high street retailer has teamed up with one of my fave designer labels to create an utterly beautiful collection, which is relatively purse-friendly, and right in time for my holiday to Bali next week.
The first half of the collection launched late last month - where I picked up the sea print maxi dress and gingham espadrilles.
As soon as I saw this quirky print I imagined how gorgeous it would be to wear this on the beach at sunset (holiday outfit planning well under way).
Then the second half launched last week where I snapped up the lime green gingham bikini and daisy bucket hat I've had my heart set on.
The collection was restocked last week so there's still chance to get hold of your favourite pieces if they sold out the first time around. I've deffo got my eye on a few pieces that I just can't justify right now (I'm already on 8 bikinis & counting...)

My Shrimps X Warehouse pieces:

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