Barcelona – A Holiday Fashion Postcard

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Near the beach in Barcelona

After rambling on about it a fair few times, I finally jetted off to Barcelona last Thursday for a five day break in the beautiful Spanish city. I had a fantastic time, and would recommend it to anyone! It’s the perfect blend of relaxing beach holiday, and exciting city break. We got a great deal on Lastminute.com, and found ourselves lounging by a rooftop pool at a 4-star hotel. The sites – Sagrada Familia church and the stunning Park Guell, to name a few – were so interesting and exciting to see, and the beach, lined by alfresco bars and the warm, refreshing Mediterranean, made for the perfect holiday! If you haven’t been, GO!

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Grace dress – c/o Dahlia // Denim Shirt – Primark (recent) // Sandals – H&M (old)

I packed pretty lightly, knowing that once I was in the sun and having a great time I would want to be comfortable. My trusty H&M sandals, now in their third year of service, stayed on my feet pretty much the whole time. I covered up in the evenings in a light denim shirt from Primark which suited every outfit I wore.

After the non-summer we’ve had in the UK, I couldn’t wait to get my legs out and soak up some sun, and this gorgeous dress from Dahlia (who I’ve blogged my love for before) proved to be an ideal holiday piece. The high quality of the design is really a cut above the rest, and pretty details like the unusual position of the straps, the volume-boosting netted underskirt and the tassels dangling from the embroidered empire line add individuality to the dress. My pictures aren’t the best so be sure to check out this piece and others on their website!

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Hawaii Print Playsuit and Sleevless Denim – Primark (recent) // Fruit Print Shirt – Versace for H&M cruise collection

Getting away from London is always something I enjoy. More often than not, it’s a trip to somewhere new and exciting in the UK, which is great, but it was lovely to go abroad and be somewhere hot! It’s given me a bit of a travel bug – if only time and money would allow for more regular mini-breaks to explore new places and just chill out!

Hope you’ve all had a good week in the meantime!

Holiday Picks – Part Two

ImageI’ve been getting a little bit (over)excited about my upcoming mini-break to Barcelona, and have been busy scouring the Internet to see what my favourite high street stores have to offer. In Part One of my holiday clothes musings, I went for an edgy, bright and bold look, with statement t-shirts and accessories and bright tropical prints. But on the flip side of that is a love for all things feminine and chic. So here’s where Part Two comes in…

White, regretfully, just isn’t my colour. But I love it anyway. And once I’ve built up a bit of a tan, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue. These pretty white dresses will be perfect for sight-seeing, al fresco lunches and evening beach walks. I love the crochet detail of this sleeveless shirt dress, £40, and the cut-out design of this jersey prom dress, £55, really steals my heart (hehe?) Both from Topshop.

Shorts are an absolute must-have for any holiday look as they’re comfortable, tan-friendly and go with everything. The tribal print of these high waisted denim shorts, £32, Miss Selfridge, set them apart from the rest.

H&M have some great stuff in at the moment, including this turquoise jacquard-weave top, £19.99, which will jazz up the shorts and add a sexy edge to any day look. The simplicity of this stylish, zip detail bikini set, £17.98 altogether, is also a winner.

I love anything woven at the moment – picnic baskets, straw bags…count me in! This woven satchel, £37, River Island is comfortable and casual, and will feed my addiction nicely!

I’ll be wearing wedges like these floral patterned tie-up ones, £24.99, H&M, for romantic evening dinners. But for exploring the city and hitting the beach, I’ll stick to flats. These very pretty sandals by Grendha for New Look, £39.99, really caught my eye…I might just have to treat myself come pay day.

And finally, eye wear. You can never go far wrong with a classic style, and these light pink shades from Warehouse, £18, are just right.

What will your holiday look be?