When I go on on holiday I like to go somewhere very warm and spend my days indulging in a summery dress fest. Not for me skiing holidays spent shivering on a frosty mountainside surrounded by snow, throwing myself down slopes strapped to planks in pursuit of broken bones, hoping multiple layers of thermal padding will save me from surefire misery. The only coat I want to be wearing is the one I wear to leave grey old London.
I want to see a suitcase full of nothing but frothy frivolousness - pretty summer dresses with florals, frills and other unashamedly feminine details, indecently short shorts, spaghetti straps, bikinis, beach wraps and barely there sandals studded with glittering gems. Speak not to me of ski boots, puffer jackets and thermal underwear - I want slinky silks, crisp cottons, floaty chiffons, bright summer whites, broderie anglaise, delicate trims and intricate embroidery.
Here is a selection of some of the things that I packed to go on holiday and a peek at where I stayed.
When Kate Moss brought out her collections for Topshop a few years back I bought quite a lot of it. So much in fact, that when Topshop released a best hits collection last year as part of Kate's last collaboration with them I sheepishly realised I already had most of it! I especially loved the dresses in her Spring and Summer exits. I still find they are the perfect summer holiday pieces and they always make it into the suitcase. I love the boho feel of the summery cotton dresses and she always does a good tea dress.
Wherever I stay on holiday I like to make it feel like home by adorning the place with the bits and pieces of my wardrobe I've brought with me. This time we were renting a house where the owners were themselves on holiday. There wasn't much room to hang my clothes in their wardrobe amongst their things, but this internal clothes line, mounted on the wall in a corridor, served as a hanging rail during the week. I could walk past a showcase of my dress selection every day and remind myself which ones still hadn't yet been worn.
I usually take nothing but light cotton jackets as cover ups in the evening, and I like one of them to be white. My summer whites barely see the light of day in England so I like to bring them with me.
I also pack something to sunbathe and swim in! When you are going to the beach daily its nice to have a spare bikini to rotate between wearing and washing. I once read somewhere that it was handy to take two styles and rotate between them to keep very obvious tan lines at bay.
In addition to my pale green bikini with a crochet trim I brought this along as my second choice. What better way to soak up the sun than in a glamorous macramé lace bikini with a nude lining?
As well as the fun stuff there is flamenco related gear like flamenco shoes and practice clothes that always needs to come with me. This time I also had to pack a bata de cola flamenco skirt which unfortunately removed almost three kilos of my holiday wardrobe weight allowance all on its own! Usually it gets lugged around town in an unattractive rucksack. This time around I borrowed this wonderful straw basket I found in the house and got to carry my bata around in style with the frills peeking cheekily from the top. I got very fond of this basket over the length of my stay. It proved to be the perfect beach companion as well.
Finally not forgetting something to sleep in! Habitually I pack a battered old tee shirt to catch some zees, but while I was out shopping locally I was totally taken by this rather sweet pyjama set with its creamy lace trim top and dreamy bird print pants. I never really think of what I sleep in and for some reason that really hits home when you go on holiday, stay in lovely picturesque accommodation and realise how unglamourous a battered old tee shirt really is as sleepwear. So how's this for pyjama upgrade?
What comes with you when you go on holiday?
Coral pansy print tea dress, white embroidered cotton sundress, navy broderie anglaise cotton sundress, cotton jackets: all Kate Moss for Topshop; Cream sleeveless dress with black trim chiffon frills: Saloni; Floral print maxi dress: Tokito; Monochrome print silk dress: Aminaka Wilmont; Bikini: Calzedonia; Pyjamas: Oysho