As Summer is making a slow and steady approach, I have been busy planning a little mothers escape. Yep thats right, a little solo escape on my own. Slightly terrified with how much I will miss my little ones and the darling husband, but equally I know how stretched, overworked, and stressed I am at the moment. I am totally in need of some time to myself, to read a book (its been more than a year since I last read a good book)some good quality yoga, meditation and relaxation and a lot of time focusing on what I want to achieve in the next few years.
The exciting part of going on holiday is packing away your favourite key summer pieces, and making a break for somewhere warm and relaxing.

I was sent these delightful products by Nuxe and can't wait to road test them. The face sunscreen feels incredibly light and leaves a dry finish on the skin which I can't resist (I have skin thats slightly on the oily side). The body oil, don't get me started on how good this product is.Its a perfect post sun treat, either at the beach of after a nice shower before heading out to dinner. My favourite way to use this product is straight after the beach, wrap yourself in your favourite sarong, add a touch of gloss to your lips, comb hair back and lather up your bronzed arms and legs in this gorgeous glimmery oil. You are totally ready to hit the beach bar for an Apres sun glass of Rose. I am so ready for this.

Dry Gold Oil for Hair, Face and Body // Nuxe // £34
Dry Tanning Oil SPF30 // Nuxe // £18
High Protection Fondant Cream for Face SPF50 // Nuxe // £17

I treated myself to some new swimsuits this year. I had to make a very difficult decision of throwing out some of my old favourite swimwear and bikinis even though they are well and truly past their best. Well thanks to these gorgeous pieces from Orlebar Brown, I dont feel myself missing any of my old and tatty but much loved bikinis.  I bought them at their outlet at Kilver Court and they have a fantastic selection and range for both men and women or you can shop on their website or visit their store. They have stores in Notting Hill, South Kensington, Mayfair, Canary Wharf or Covent Garden. The Hampton Riviera Bikini top is a perfect fit for a small bust in my opinion and gives you just the right amount of support (and lift ;) ). I absolutely adore their prints, which they use for their one pieces and mens shorts. They also offer a fantastic service to 'Design your Own' classic OB swim shorts.

Orlebar Brown Hampton Bikini // Buy similar here 
Orlebar Brown One Piece // buy similar here

My birkenstocks have well and truly stood the test of time. What I love about them is the pure comfort. They are by no means a glamorous sandal and although slightly verging on the ugly side of sandals, they are a failproof sandal to take away on a relaxing beach holiday. I love how the back buckle gives support on this style as I absolutely adore climbing around the rocks of a bay to find a perfect little secluded spot to sunbake and relax. They are also great for when you are chasing kids up and down a promenade, hotel lobby or busy airport as they dont slip or fall off. I also love mine when I am riding a bike as they tend to support your foot on the pedal a lot better. As you can see mine are well and truly 'worn' but I like that in a sandal and it shows just how brilliant they are and how much use I have got out of mine.

Check out some of the new Birkenstock styles and I am already lusting after a new colour or style.   You can never resist a classic like the double strap but there are loads of styles featuring a backstrap if you have a more active lifestyle and want a bit more support.

A good sized clutch is a perfect beach accessory to throw into your beach bag. Keep your sunscreens, phone and money safe and great for those little trips to the beach bar or shops instead of taking a big heavy beach bag.

Silver Metallic Clutch // ASOS // Buy here

Large Silver Shopping Tote // ASOS // Buy Here.

Finally my perfect apres-beach outfit, a long sleeved lose top is perfect for covering up sensitive skin but will highlight your tan a bit more. Some white cropped tapered jeans are perfect too especially if it gets a little coooler in the evenings. 

I sometimes find white jeans really difficult to pull off. Most varieties are made from rather fine cotton denim which I don't find very forgiving. These cream Indigo jeans from Marks & Spencer are a perfect fit and a delightfully creamy colour.

Unfortunately the top is from Next and is from a few seasons ago when purchased at their outlet store but there are plenty of wonderful smock like tops available everywhere this season. Paired with a simple pair of metallic sandals and a matching clutch and makes for a very simple look perfect for that early evening drink on the beach. 

Loose Fit Embroidered Top // Marks & Spencer // Buy Here for £22.50 
Relaxed Skinny Jeans in Ecru // Marks & Spencer // Buy Here for £26.00

Tips for packing for a short trip // 

I am not the best of packers, and with my infamous hoarding ways I have a tendency to overpack. You just never know what you might need. 
A good tip is to choose different tops but select from 1 or 2 pairs of shorts and 1 pair of jeans and alternate between the two. I also packed my gorgeous pair of black silk wide leg pants from Zara as they are great in the evenings and light to throw into the bag. One evening outfit will do with a small evening clutch or shoulder bag. 
I always pack 1 x one piece and 1 x bikini so that you always have a dry swimsuit to put on. 

What are your summer essentials this year? Going anywhere nice? 

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by Christabel Saul at Mode


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