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Friday, 20 July 2018

TROPICAL ISLAND PARADISE

Reception at Club Med  La Plantation d'Albion


I was very lucky to be able to escort my daughter last month on a trip she did courtesy of Club Med to their La Plantation d'Albion resort in Mauritius. What a treat to visit this stunning island in the Indian Ocean and chill on its beautiful beaches at this 5 star resort.  More coverage can be found on Lizzy's blog Shot from the Street here and here.
Club Med beachfront suites 


This all inclusive resort offered everything we could wish for - fabulous accommodation, great food and entertainment. If we weren't being so lazy we could have taken advantage of the sports facilities on offer but once we found the sun beds on the beach and by the two pools all thoughts of activity went out of our heads. We took full advantage of the time to chill, read loads of books and booked ourselves into the spa for an afternoon of pampering.  It was the best facial I have ever had and I can't praise the spa team enough for a wonderful afternoon.

Fabulous sunbeds on the beach.  Heaven. 
We were only in Mauritius for a week and had flown in with Emirates, who I think are one of the best airlines in the world.  Such amazing service and one of the most comfortable economy cabins of any airline I have flown with.  Coming in via Dubai split the journey into two legs of 7 hours, giving time to stretch our legs, shop and have some the food which I prefer to doing a long haul flight in one session.

One of the two infinity pools at Club Med 
I must be honest and say that apart from a visit to the capital Port Louis we stayed on the resort and enjoyed it's facilities. Had we been there longer we would have ventured further afield to take in the amazing diversity of this island from the mountains and waterfalls including Black River Gorge to the white sandy beaches and the colonial plantation houses. There is so much to see and do it is a perfect holiday destination for everyone.


Instead I am going to share some of the outfits I wore during the day and evening which proved ideal for this tropical paradise.  The linen cover up shirt above was purchased on holiday in Bali a few years ago and is perfect for days on the beach or by the pool being super lighweight linen and cool to wear.


And just look at this marvellous infinity pool at sunset, how beautiful is the reflection on the water? It is the perfect light for shooting as you can see in the picture below, with a glow cast over everything. This pool is next to the resort's a-la-carte restaurant where we enjoyed a marvellous lunch most days.


This lovely floaty top is from Mandys Heaven and  featured on the blog a few weeks back so I was delighted to take on holiday with me and make good use of it, wearing it for cocktails by the pool.  The necklace is from them too and really dresses up the outfit.


The blue linen top below was purchased from Zara and has been teamed with some white Levis 712 jeans and gold Krista  espadrilles from John Lewis.  A really comfortable outfit for summer evenings and the top will double as a beach cover up as well.



For a dressier look I went for this simple V neck top from Marks & Spencer, which I have had loads of compliments on and it was really very cheap but is sadly no longer available.  This silk version is though at £45. Teamed with some Zara flowing crinkled trousers, an Anya Hindmarch clutch which I have had for a while and navy block heel sandals from John Lewis.



For another daytime look I went for this sleeveless top is from COS and was purchased a few years ago.  The jeans are another Levis 712 pair and those gold espadrilles have made another appearance.



And finally more trousers from Zara, these are their flared ones that are now in the sale for £15.99, teamed with a blouse from Massimo Dutti who have some fabulous things in the sale ......which means having found the link I will have to go back and see what I need for my wardrobe.  Oh dear.


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Friday, 13 July 2018

CITY BREAK OUTFIT CHOICES


A trip is on the horizon to Paris and I have had a little bit of a retail buying frenzy in preparation.  Why? you make well ask, you are going to Paris, surely the best place for shopping.  But this trip is about seeing the city and enjoying the sites not trawling through shops.


I am little obsessed with Massimo Dutti at the moment and this post is almost a homage to them and the Inditex Group as if I'm not wearing Dutti I am wearing Zara.  And while I am mentioning Zara am I alone in finding the in-store experience not pleasant.  I always relied on Zara for wardrobe staples but can't remember the last time I purchased something in the shop, finding the whole experience stressful and rather with an aesthetic like a jumble sale. Thank goodness for the online shop, as at least I have found what I was looking for there.   But enough moaning, on with the outfits.


First up is this lovely geometric print blouse from Massimo Dutti with fabulous pleated sleeve detailing.  A really simple classic shape with this added ingredient of pleating is great and so easy to wear.  Hidden buttons down the front and long puff sleeves, that I have pushed up, with  a button cuff complete the piece which is in 100% viscose.  Soft muted shades add colour but are very much in my comfort zone and I think this piece will be fab with smart trousers and jeans.



The trousers are from Zara and are the white  textured wide leg trousers at £69.99  which are a polyester/elastane mix and really comfortable to wear.


Next up is the lovely linen mix double breasted cream blazer also from Massimo Dutti.  A flattering slim fit with a subtle check pattern, it is great to team with trousers, like these flared ecru trousers from Zara in 100% polyester at £39.99 .  With a lovely flowing shape they are a perfect summer wardrobe addition and easy to dress up or down.


I have worn with a silk round neck top that I have had for years and came from Pure Collection and a statement necklace which was gifted to me from Mandys Heaven and I absolutely love.  We can offer our followers a 15% discount with them,  just use the code ANNE15  and enjoy adding to your summer wardrobe as they have so much to offer. 



The sunglasses are new too and come via my optician as I need prescription lenses.  They are by Cocoa Mint and are the CMS2037 style, available from lots of opticians so worth asking your own if you like them.


And another Massimo Dutti find is this striped blouse with satin details on the neckline, cuffs and placket.  A similar simple straight shape that works tucked in or out, it adds a touch of sophistication to an outfit.  In 100% viscose it cost £59.95 and I is something I am sure to wear time and time again.


The trousers are the same flared Zara ones and the pendant is one I have had for so long I can't remember where it came from!  This is the sort of outfit I would wear for going out to dinner and on chillier days teamed with jeans for sightseeing trips.


Last but not least, a splash of colour - you see I am learning to embrace colour thanks to the other Anne's positive influence.


This lovely striped top includes pleating detail and yes, it is from Massimo Dutti again.  It's a linen/silk/modal mix and the side vents are deep enough for it to be worn loose or tied at the front. Great for walking hot city streets when teamed with some white straight leg jeans like these 7 for All Mankind which have been a wardrobe staple of mine for years.



The sandals are from Mint Velvet and so comfortable they will not be off my feet!.  They are the India Stone Cross flats featuring a low espadrille and a metallic toe strap with chic cross straps and zip at the heel.  Perfect summer shoes and a colour that goes with anything. They also come in black with a snake effect strap.


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Friday, 6 July 2018

NEW SUMMER WARDROBE ADDITIONS


I am not normally a fan of Zara - I am not the correct shape for their clothes and as Anne has previously said, it's getting to look a bit like a jumble sale in their shops!  However, I spotted this lovely Chanel-like jacket in the doorway as I was passing by, and instantly fell in love with it.


I love the shade of deep baby blue and the signature ragged braid reminiscent of Chanel, and at £79.95, it wasn't expensive, and will go from Spring to Summer to Autumn, so hopefully I will get my money's worth.


I have an obsession for wearing the same colour trousers and top as a base and then adding a pop of colour with the jacket or top, and this time I have teamed the jacket with white skinny jeans from M&S and a plain white tee, but I have also worn it with cream trousers and top, and beige trousers and top.  It would work equally well with black or navy as a base.



The cat's eye sunglasses were from TK Maxx - I tend to go for the same shape of sunglasses but with different trim, so this shape is quite a departure for me, but I like them because they're quite funky.  The jewellery is understated, so just a paid of diamante drop earrings from Simply Devine completes the outfit.  I love brooches on jacket lapels and this naughty Chanel-style diamante one  is something I have had for a long time. Shoes are a few years old and came from Nine West.



Staying with Zara - once I was in there, I also spotted this ivory bardot-style summer top in pleated chiffon, which is so pretty, and will be perfect for my holidays in Greece this year.

The white linen trousers are from Marks & Spencer, shoes as before from Nine West.









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Friday, 29 June 2018

SUMMER HOLIDAY PACKING


The worst thing about going on holiday for me is the sorting out which clothes to take and then packing them!

Short city breaks are relatively easy because I have a system - in that all my separates should mix and match, so usually I have a colour scheme - often black, white and pink, or black, coffee and cream - and then I know that everything in the suitcase will match or co-ordinate with everything else.

Summer holidays however, are something else!  Since I love colour, my summer wardrobe is like a rainbow - with every colour under the sun - and I want to take them all with me!

Being an inveterate planner, this year I have decided to do some pre-sorting and planning, and have come up with a new idea for my two weeks in the sun!

Instead of taking all my favourite holiday clothes - which in the past has meant that I have overfilled my suitcase and paid the "fine" for that privilege, I have taken a long, hard look at what I'm taking away.


My holiday wardrobe consists of quite a lot of chiffon-style cover-ups which will be great worn over swimsuits, but will also double up as an evening kaftan - and the beauty is that they are incredibly light and easy to pack - with the added bonus of not creasing quite as badly as some of the heavier fabrics - particularly linen which I also have a penchant for.


And while they might be a tad see-through, a matching or co-ordinating cami underneath will keep me decent!

The trick will be to wear them for the evening first and then on the beach or around the pool, since they will then have a tendency to get a little grubby with sun-tan lotion, perspiration, or spilled drinks (hopefully cocktails!)

The first one of my dual-purpose kaftans is this bright orange one bought last year in Matalan, but I also have the same one in shocking pink. I bought another one this year which doubles as a dress, which could be worn with a plain slip underneath. There are also plenty of lace cover-ups around too, which would work just as well. Since they often have lovely shiny sequins on it also means I can keep jewellery to a minimum, since I hate anything tight around my wrists and neck when it is too hot.




The pink paisley cover-up was a gift from the other Anne, and this one has a heavily beaded neckline, and elasticated shaping at the front.

I have styled both of these outfits for evening wear - you won't catch me showing too much wearing a swimming costume because it's not a pretty sight!

The white skinny jeans are from M&S, white wedges from Nine West, watch by Reclaimed vintage from Asos and drop earrings from Simply Devine - all of which I have frequently worn previously.




The green kaftan (below) is one I bought in Santorini a couple of years ago, and has been back and forwards with me on holiday since then. The beauty of them also is that you can rinse them out if you spill something on them and they will easily dry overnight and don't particularly need ironing.



Finally - here I am getting ready to start packing (and looking a bit miserable!) - decisions decisions!  Happy holidays!


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