Monday, June 18, 2018

Menorca, Here I Come: My 5 Summer Holiday Essentials

In less than 2 weeks I will be jetting off to sunny Spain, more specifically Menorca, and that is all I can think about right now (forget work, forget the world cup, I want sunshine!). One week in the sun, in flowy summer dresses, crop tops and all the pretty swimsuits out there and a break from this hectic Londoner life sound pretty much perfect, but there is a catch. Given we'll be going for a week, we will be travelling light with just a carry on each (this was my husband putting his foot down haha). This could be a problem, considering I've never been one to pack light which is why I've decided to start thinking about what I will be taking with me early on. Planning my outfits carefully beforehand will ensure I spend less time choosing what to wear and more time lounging by the pool, because there is nothing worse than having that "I have nothing to wear" moment whilst on holiday. With this in mind, I thought about writing this post because I've landed on 5 summer holiday essentials for me and I wanted to share these to inspire you too, whether you're also off to a sunny destination, or simply looking to give your summer wardrobe an upgrade. Keep on reading to find out my summer holiday musts!

I don't think there is anything more ideal than a pair of white trainers for that airport look. Comfort when travelling, for me at least, is a must and chances are, despite going to a warm destination, a pair of trainers will  come in handy, whether it's for a trail to reach the most beautiful beaches or hitting the hotel's gym (more the former than the latter let's be honest). White trainers go with pretty much anything; they look amazing paired with summer dresses and will be my go-to when I want a break from sandals and flip-flops. My favourite of all time: Adidas Stan Smiths but I do want to add a Veja pair to my collection!

As much as I want to take my entire collection of summer dresses, I know I have to limit myself to a max of 3. This way, if I take dresses that not only work over swimsuits but also for the evening paired with sandals, I can save space in my holdall for other pieces like accessories (we will get to these next). I am loving button down midi dresses at the moment as well as floral tea numbers. The key is to stick to less pattern and prints to avoid those nothing-to-wear moments. White or one colour midi dresses and florals patterns that are sweet and easy to pull off are my favourites.

Similarly to dresses, I would love to take a selection of bags with me but let's be real, it is very likely I will stick to the same ones over and over again. This way, I'm leaving oversised totes and weird-shaped straw bags at home and instead, taking a leather crossbody that fits all of my essentials for the day, and a beach bag that can be folded and tucked away on the side of my luggage (I'm talking about the £12 straw bag I recently got from eBay, see post about it here). My crossbody of choice has to be my Gucci Soho Disco but I've linked more affordable options below too. Think nude options to make it easier to pair with different outfits and a round straw bag for the beach.

I'm guilty of wearing the same earrings, bracelets and necklaces over and over again but to elevate a summer outfit that would be otherwise boring, adding a piece of colourful jewellery is the easiest way. I'm thinking bright coloured tassel earrings, chunky necklaces with a plain white t-shirt and skirt, and golden and turquoise ring sets. And when talking about accessories, I can't not mention sunglasses because this gal has way too many to choose from. Just like everyone else, I am obsessed with funky vintage sunglasses styles, as well as heart shaped ones so expect to see them a lot.

Long are the days when swimsuits were thought to be old-fashioned. I'm ditching the bikinis and instead opting for fun yet stylish swimsuits styles. Not only they will look amazing in holiday photos (because we all want that Tumblr style shot), if your hotel has a pool or a spa, you're also sorted. Off shoulder, one shoulder, open back and ruffled styles in flattering hues are all up my street!

What are your summer essentials? Are you going anywhere on holiday this summer?
I wanna know, so do leave a comment below!
Thanks for reading beauties and wishing us all a great week ahead!



  1. Great essentials, I always take a cross body bag with me too! I hope you have a fantastic time in Menorca, it's such a chilled and beautiful place!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

    1. I cannot wait! I remember when you went, and I loved the photos! :D

  2. These are musts for sure. I love a cute swim suit, and a beach bag for summer.

    1. So do I, loving swimsuits more than anything lately!

  3. YOu're going to have so much fun! The dresses are beautiful!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  4. Love your picks! Enjoy your time in Spain!

    Mich x

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    1. I know right! I'm obsessed with trainers at the moment haha

  6. Great post.
    Enjoy Spain.

  7. Muito obrigado minha querida :D

    Estou a precisar muito, muito de uns ténis brancos e fiquei com mega vontade de sair para comprar uns :p Adorei os teus essenciais... que brincos tão lindos, nessa seleção :D

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  8. You choose such a beautiful items, these earrings are real must have for summer :-)

  9. I always bring my trainers with me as it gives me comfort and fits any outfit.
    Love this essentials babe

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  10. Lovely picks on the dresses dear! And yes, I'd pair them with comfy sneakers too.
    Jessica |

    1. thanks babe! That is definitely what I will be doing!

  11. Oh gosh you're going to have a ton of fun. Lovely picks. Enjoy!!

  12. Honey, this beautiful dress really suits you. It's beautiful

  13. Versatile dresses are a must x


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