Friday, 3 June 2016


Well it might be more like March weather here in Yorkshire, since there's definitely no sunshine and it's not even dry.  But despite this, we have decided to put our holiday heads on and have picked one top each to style for beach and evening - all shot indoors so do excuse the distinct lack of sun.

Starting with AnneC, she loves her beach and pool holidays and having visited many Greek Islands over the years, has found her perfect spot in Santorini, which is where she spends some time most summers.

Greece is very laid-back and not necessarily a place where you have to dress to the nines, but it's always great to shower off the sun lotion and put on something summery and light for dinner or cocktails in the evening.

The green chiffon tunic (bought  last year in Santorini of course) is ideal either for popping on over a swimsuit during the day, but is just as easily transformed into a floaty evening top over a pair of white jeans for the evening.

The flip-flops (do they call them thongs in Australia/America??) were a bargain find in Sainsbury's and go with just about anything - but as she owns a whopping 42 pairs of flip-flops, she can honestly say she has colours to match just about everything.

We don't usually wear jewellery during the day because it's too hot, but would definitely steer clear of gold and silver - not only because we wouldn't want to damage it with salt/chlorine or sun tan lotion, but it also gets hot and burns your skin!

Anne H is wearing a simple navy linen top from The White Company which was purchased last year, but there is a similar structured shift dress this year as well (link here) and a more relaxed style (link here)   She likes to wear it with white cotton trousers (those featured are from YaYa Collection), chinos or linen trousers during the day and just some flat sandals and minimal accessories.  It is a great dress to slip on for lunch over a damp costume as it does not show the wet stains that make it look as if you have a serious problem!  The sandals, also purchased last year, are from Zara  and the bracelet is the type you find in all Mediterranean resort shops - this was purchased in Tropea. The lovely beach bag was loaned by Anne C and is one she bought in Cyprus years ago.

Anne C's evening outfit features the same chiffon tunic, but with a cami underneath for modesty, and teamed with white trousers from Florence & Fred at Tesco.  A recent article in Grazia magazine on white jeans and trousers indicated that they are currently enjoying a fashion renaissance and can be difficult to wear.  We have always made our own decisions on what we can get away wearing, and have always worn white trousers during the summer - often linen or cotton, but Anne C is  just as happy wearing white jeans - who cares if the fashionistas consider them naff! These trousers (below) are stretch cotton with gold zips at the ankle. They are supposed to be cropped length, but as she is so short, they fit her as a full length pair!

She has added white peep-toed platforms with chunky suede heels by Marco Rizzi (which we have never heard of), bought locally, which are also easy to wear, a white clutch, again from Florence & Fred at Tesco - which was attached to a perspex see-through tote, so double value - inexpensive drop earrings, bangle and a diamante cuff watch.

For the evening Anne H has upped the glamour stakes and added some vertiginous nude heels from Zara from a previous season - this type of shoe appears year in and year out on the high street with various heel heights.  A good place to see what is on offer now is on Shopstyle, the link here takes you to their portfolio of nude ankle strap heels. They are not ideal if you are planning to walk around a lot, but great if you are just slipping out for an evening meal.  If she was walking more, then high wedge sandals would come into play. (like these featured here on Shopstyle) Added to this is a statement necklace which she has had for a while and a bangle that was also purchased in Tropea, while her watch is from Cluse.   To complement the colour scheme she has gone for a brighter lip gloss from YSL Volupte range in colour 206 which has great staying power.  The clutch is another loan from Anne C and is positively vintage....



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