Getting beach chic this summer

It’s coming to the time of year when the shops fill with all the lovely summer clothing that you just can’t wait to get your hands on. Yet, know you can’t wear it, as it’s still cold and raining outside. We start to think about getting our bodies beach ready. To make sure we are looking at our best for those cocktails on the beach. My body has not been beach ready in one to many years now and honestly probably never will be back to its former pre-children glory. However this year on our annual holiday I am determined to find something flattering that isn’t just the black swimsuit I wear to the gym.

It’s isn’t always just about your swim wear it’s about so much more. So, I thought I would share with you my beach chic style for this summer. 

The Bikini

I really love this two piece bikini Indian Summer set, I love the slightly boho feel to it. Plus the high waisted bikini bottoms are just what I need to help with my beach confidence. As the bottoms are high waisted they will hold me in just in the right places. I love the slightly open wave at the side of them, adding that bit of chic I have been looking for.

The cover up

I think every time you head to the beach you need something to cover you up, when heading to the bar for a cocktail after a day on the beach. Or even for the a lovely evening stroll along with waters edge, when the sun has started to set and you just need that extra layer to keep the chill off. I really like this ViX sold Fuji Kaftan, its really chic, it will go with any beach wear you choose and will look fabulous accessorised with some jewellery.

The Beach accessories

No beach outfit is complete without the all important accessories. For me, choosing the accessories is just as important as finding the perfect swimwear. I have so many bags, items of jewellery, sun glasses and old beach towels, but they are just not quite right for the beach chic style I am going for this year.

I’m all about a hand bag, I have so many, but a beach bag should be big, it should be fabulous and it should be something that is just for holidays. I always carry so much in my day to day handbags, when I go to the beach it’s not much different, well may be my beloved kikki k planner might stay at home. But the phone, lipstick, a book, purse, sun lotion and goodness know what else will still come with me to the beach. So, the bigger the better, I love this Heidi Klein Grace Bay bag, it’s perfect for all my beach needs. Plus it looks amazing.

Every beach chic outfit needs a lovely pair of flip flops, now I’m not talking about those rubber cheap ones you buy. I love a great pair of flip flops, they can be worn on the beach all day, during the evening, on the plane, everywhere. Chic flip flops are a summer investment. I really like this leather pair of Melissa Odabash flip flops, they will match my beach chic style perfectly for this summer.

Sunglasses are an essential part of any summer wardrobe, I have recently taken a likely to classic aviator style. Which put them at the top of my beach bag. I really like these Seafolly Venture sunglasses, perfect for the whole summer.

I wear jewellery every day, I am rarely seen without earrings or a necklace on. So, why would that have to change for on the beach. I really like the boho vibes of long multi gold necklaces, they will sit perfectly with both the bikini and the kaftan. Finishing off the beach chic look perfectly. This Ashiana Autuma necklace is perfect for my beach style.

beach chic round beach towel

While having the perfect beach chic outfit is wonderful, you also need the perfect beach chic towel. And I have found this gorgeous Watercult Beach Roundie towel with a beautiful mandala pattern. It will just finish my fabulous beach chic outfit off.

What do you think to my beach chic look for this summer?

 

 

*This post was made in collaboration with Simply Beach. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

15 Simple Garden Maintenance Tips for the Non-Gardener

For some of us gardening is therapeutic; our little safe haven to relax and enjoy the summer sun whilst tending to our flower beds. For the rest of us we’d rather spend time chasing the dog around the garden with the newspaper than pushing the lawn moor along. Regardless of your preference, no one wants to look out the back window to a neglected, rundown garden. These top maintenance tips will help keep it looking tip top minus the effort.

Simple Garden Maintence

Watering

  1. It doesn’t need to be a mammoth task! Flower beds need a top up 1-2 times a week maximum.
  2. Water in the morning when the soil is cool, this will stop any water from evaporating.
  3. Don’t drown your plants, an even covering of flower beds is suffice.
  4. Avoid plant heads to prevent damage.
  5. Forgotten to water? Add plant food to your next batch – Baby Bio is great. This gives them a little spruce up for greener leaves and vibrant colours.

Lawn

  1. Don’t cut your grass too short – if the temperature rises above 30 °C there’s nothing to protect it. Leave it at least 5cm long.
  2. The best time to water your grass is first thing on a morning around 8am.
  3. Don’t drown the grass. 10 – 15 litres of water per sq.m is enough.
  4. A lot of modern watering cans or hoses come with flow control sprinkler attachments. These are great to achieve an even coverage. 

Weeds

  1. Keep your plant beds fully stocked to minimise to room for weeds to develop.
  2. Bark or other mulch is great for preventing weeds sprouting.
  3. Pull weeds from the root to prevent further growth or spreading.

Automate the Process

  1. Don’t have time to water the plants or lawn? Get some automatic sprinklers to do it for you.
  1. Don’t enjoy mowing the lawn? If you’ve got the budget – Automatic lawn mowers take the chore out of cutting the grass but can come at a cost.
  2. Not feeling gardening at all? Go artificial – Eliminate the process all together and opt for fake grass – There’s a range to suit every budget!

 

 

*This post has been made in collaboration with Grass Direct.*

Spring with Julian Charles Bedding

A couple of months ago I was sent a fabulous new mattress from sleep bear and of course my thoughts have now turned to new bedding for the spring.  I love so many interior styles, but not all of them would suit me and my style.

I love floral, vintage, country styles for my home, even plain white or pale grey heavy cotton bedding is beautiful, when accessorised correctly. However, at the moment I am in love with the more modern marble, blush, geometric patterns that look fabulous together. Adding those copper accessories, glass jars, big mirrors with a copper geometric pattern around. But as much as these are very popular and look beautiful all together, it just isn’t me and my style. But I would love to add have a splash of modern as I always seem to go back to my country cottage style.

Julian Charles Bedding

Flowers are important to me, my Mum loved flowers and having them around the house is a reminder of her, which makes me happy. I have a wonderful Hubby who regularly buys me and our little girl flowers. Having never had floral bedding before I thought now would be the time to look for something to add a bit more of that fresh Spring look to our bedroom.

Bedroom style with Julian Charles

I found this gorgeous Lucy Lemon Floral bedding set at Julian Charles, that to me feels just like Spring. Its fresh colours and shades of the flowers are lovely. Pale pinks, peachy shades, green and grey all work beautifully together to achieve that spring feeling. Our bedroom is very plainly decorated with cream walls and solid ash furniture. The room gets a lot of light due to the large bay window, so it always has that airy feel to it. I think this bedding will work perfectly.

For our bedroom I would style this using a pale pink woollen blanket, and few scatter cushions picking out some of the shades of the flowers. It also has that geometric pattern on the underside of the bedding, so I would be able to add something more modern, maybe a fabulous mirror or a vase something to blend in but give a slight modern feel to my normally very vintage looking home.

What is your interior style? Do you like the more vintage feel like me or something more modern?


*This post was made in collaboration with Julian Charles. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Staying healthy as the weather warms up

As spring kicks in and the weather starts to (slowly..) pick up, there is often a range of common problems and issues that some people will have to deal with.

Whether it’s dealing with a severe allergy that wasn’t a worry during the winter season, or simply looking for ways to better handle the increased sunlight and rise in temperatures, there’s a lot to deal with, but also a range of ways you can make it easier for yourself.

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Preventative measures such as effective allergy medication can be great, but there are plenty of ways you can take care of yourself during the spring. This post provides some advice on ways you can stay healthy while the weather starts to pick up.

What to be aware of

There are a few key issues that can start to crop up during spring. It’s important to know what you might have to deal with, so that you can prepare yourself and reduce the impact certain issues might have on you.

For example, as spring rolls in, pollen counts will start to rise. This can mean that you’re more prone to bouts of hay fever and other allergies. Better weather might also mean that people are more inclined to take pets with them on trips out, which can mean allergies to pet dander start to flare up

Occasionally, temperatures in spring can also vary quite drastically, sometimes leading to surprisingly warm temperatures. While it might not be the first thing you think about during the early stages of spring, you should keep in mind the possibility of sun burn while out on a warm day.

Dealing with and helping to prevent issues

Hay fever and allergies can really disrupt people’s schedules and lead to a great deal of discomfort. Thankfully, there are a few simple ways that you can help make them easier to deal with, allowing you to keep active throughout tougher periods.

For example, make sure to keep a close eye on weather forecasts for each week. Knowledge of the projected pollen counts for each day can help you prepare yourself so allergies won’t affect you as much. Start taking antihistamine allergy medication a few days before a high pollen count. Having the medicine in your system in advance will help drastically reduce the effect an allergy can have on you.

Washing your clothes and bedding more frequently than usually can also be really helpful. Pollen and other allergens can cling to clothes, which means you could be ill and affected for far longer than you need to be.

Frequent washing will help keep your clothes, and your house, free from allergens. Keeping allergens out of the bedroom is also especially helpful when it comes to getting a full good night’s sleep.

Even something as simple as making sure you’re well-rested can be a great way to stay healthy and feeling good as the season rolls in. Good nutrition, staying hydrated and resting properly can all work together to help keep your immune system working great and keep you healthy.

Ensuring you’re aware of the common seasonal ailments and what steps you can take to deal with them can be fantastic for ensuring that you’re able to enjoy yourself more, instead of being stuck in bed ill, or out and about while suffering from a bad allergy attack.

 

*This post was made in collaboration with Chemists 4 U.*