As any fashion blogger will tell you, the weather has a significant impact on the ability to get photographs taken for outfit posts, so having a week of uninterrupted sunshine plus stunning scenery made every outfit shoot a complete pleasure when I was on holiday in Nerja with family this summer. It was my first sunshine holiday for two years so being able to eek it out via my blog gave me the utmost pleasure. I had so many lovely compliments about each and every outfit I shared and had a few requests for one post in which I talk about my holiday wardrobe as a whole, so here is what I took, what I wore, what I needed more of and what I could have managed without.

Swimwear
For seven days I took two bikinis and a one-piece swimsuit. I perhaps would have liked one more bikini, just to ring the changes and because I choose to wear a bikini rather than a swimsuit. I wore the swimsuit on those afternoons during which I was playing in the sea with the children. If like me, you love being tipped unceremoniously out of a huge rubber ring by your teenage son, the swimsuit reduces the potential of a wardrobe malfunction when compared to a bikini. In fact, I think a swimsuit is a better choice if partaking in any water sports or beach activities.

Bikini, swimsuits, Nerja, over 40s

Beach Cover-Ups
I took four in total, three of which were long enough for me to wear for breakfast and an informal lunch. The red one wasn’t, but was lovely when on the beach and around the pool. These were invaluable and I would have liked another two.

Yellow beach dress, embroidered kaftans, beach cover-ups, over 40

Dresses
Regular readers will know that I’m a girl who loves a dress. I find them easier to accessorise than separates and in hot weather, more comfortable than having a skirt or trouser waistband. I took seven to wear to dinner in the hotel, plus one day dress. I wore a dress to travel in too. While I was there I bought a white midi-dress which I actually wore twice because I love it and because there will be very few opportunities for me to wear it in England which meant two that I had packed remained unworn. With the exception of the navy striped maxi, the dresses I took were all within a colour palette of red and coral, so reducing the number of accessories needed.

Holiday dresses for women over 40. Dresses for Nerja

Shoes
Shoes are my thing and I have countless pairs at home which can make selecting just a few, quite a difficult task. A pair of flip-flops or sliders is essential. I took the flip-flops that best compliment my bikinis and swimsuit. Next a pair of flat sandals. I did in fact take two pairs, a tan and a silver of the same style. I wore them an equal number of times but in fact could have managed with just the tan. I also took a pair of high-heeled tan leather strappy sandals. They were specifically to wear with the coral asymmetric dress, because flats wouldn’t have looked right, but they only got worn for a few hours that particular evening, so that’s something to think about for next time. Is it worth packing a pair of shoes that will only work with one outfit, (particularly when one’s luggage allowance is only 22kg. Mine weighed in at a rather nerve-wracking 21.8kg!)
While I was there, I bought a pair of flat tan espadrilles too which I wore with the white midi-dress on both occasions.

Tan sandals, silver sandals, tan espadrilles, shoes for Nerja

Accessories
A floppy, lightweight straw hat is essential in any hot country, especially if eating al-fresco during the day, or perusing the shops. A wide-brimmed one will protect delicate shoulders as well as the face and neck.
For the beach I took a stylish navy and white raffia tote plus a soft red leather clutch to take to dinner. I also bought a cute raffia clutch when I was there. The beach bag doubled up as hand-luggage and I feel that because the red clutch worked with all of my dresses, I needed nothing else.

Raffia sunhat, raffia tote beach bag, red leather clutch bag, raffia clutch bag with tassel

Jewellery
Owning an jewellery and accessories website, Lizzy O,  means that I inevitably have a lot of jewellery! I took two diamante wrap bracelets- one bright pink and one turquoise, five Danon bangles because I like to stack them, a Danon stars ring in matt gold and a pair of matching earrings (all from Lizzy O) plus a pair of small stud earrings. It was so hot that any more would have been excessive and actually, I didn’t wear the turquoise wrap bracelet.

Danon star jewellery, Danon bangles, pink wrap bracelet, Lizzy O
All  jewellery available at Lizzy O

Thank you for the lovely feedback, compliments and comments about my holiday outfit posts, all listed below, in which you can see full details of my outfits plus some stunning images of what is a beautiful town.

I hope you found this round-up useful -I’m already looking forward to returning to Nerja the same time next year.

Love Liz x


Nerja Outfit Posts
Red and white striped swimsuit, a large floppy hat and a nautical raffia beach bag.
Red jersey maxi dress and silver sandals
Red fifties style sundress with quirky synchronised swimmers print
Embroidered kaftans and holiday cover-ups
Bright floral maxi dress with vibrant accessories
White midi dress and tan espadrilles
Floral bikini and yellow lace beach dress/cover-up
Coral asymmetric dress with gold star jewellery

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At the end of July, I wrote a post about working from home during the summer holidays, (with teenagers), and one of the suggestions I made was to plan days out or trips away. We did just that and booked a mini-break to London, (on a budget), and had a brilliant few days. I will at some point put a blog post together about what we did there because I’m sure I’m not alone in having a teenage girl and boy and finding it increasingly difficult to please both. This is, I think, even harder when one is a lone parent as I am. 

We went by train and traveled lightly, a task made easier because of the warm weather forecast. I took three easy to wear dresses, a pair of sandals, a pair of pull-on pumps (skater shoes? I’m never sure what they’re called) and a fabulous new silver leather tote bag, handcrafted by Manchester-based Edward de Lacy. 

The tote is made from a beautiful metallic silver Italian leather and has a blue external zip on one side and a red one on the other plus a detachable red leather tassel. The tote can also be worn as a cross body bag or on the shoulder courtesy of the adjustable long strap. It is capacious enough to accommodate a purse, camera, iPad mini, phone, make-up bag and more but is itself not heavy and is very comfortable to wear. 

Multi-coloured floral dress with silver sandals and silver leather tote bag

Multi-coloured floral dress with silver sandals and silver leather tote bag

Multi-coloured floral dress with silver sandals and silver leather tote bag

Multi-coloured floral dress with silver sandals and silver leather tote bag

Silver leather tote bag with red zip and blue zip

Silver leather tote bag with red zip and blue zip

Multi-coloured floral ruffle dress. Fashion over 40

Multi-coloured floral ruffle dress. Fashion over 40

My bag is a one-off in the silver colour but the same style can be made to order in most colours, so do take a look at Edward de Lacy’s website and his Etsy store. The quality is outstanding and because they’re handcrafted, every item is unique. 


Love Liz x

Outfit details:
Multi-coloured floral ruffle neck dress, Next, past season
Silver flat leather sandals, Boden, past season.
*Chandra STS-93 silver leather tote bag, £189, de Lacey

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Photographs: Poppy Johnston

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It’s rather obvious from my most recent posts that I had a wonderful family holiday in Nerja and I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my outfit pictures from there. As with most good things, it came to an end and it was back to work and back to real life. That being said, I’m fortunate to have a collection of jobs that I love and as part of my role at my main job, (I’m the copywriter and editor of local Skipton-based lifestyle magazine, Aspire for those that don’t know), I have the opportunity to undertake food reviews on quite a regular basis. I can take a friend or companion of my choice and we are obliged, yes obliged to order three courses which I photograph, eat and review. On this occasion, I took both of my children which was lovely in itself. Blessed with a healthy appetite, I find this no hardship, but I do think about what I wear in order to remain comfortable so usually opt for a loose-ish dress. This is a new dress that I bought for less than 20 Euros, when in Nerja. I’m a huge fan of stripes and I very much like the unusual cut. I like to add either a scarf (floral or animal print usually) or a statement necklace when wearing stripes and opted for the latter on this occasion, as it was a warm evening.

Striped cocoon dress, statement necklace and rose gold wrap bracelet

Striped cocoon dress, statement necklace and rose gold wrap bracelet

Striped cocoon dress, statement necklace and rose gold wrap bracelet

Striped cocoon dress, statement necklace and rose gold wrap bracelet

Striped cocoon dress, statement necklace and rose gold wrap bracelet

Striped cocoon dress, statement necklace and rose gold wrap bracelet



We dined at The George Inn, Hubberholme and I’ll share the review with you once it’s out in print in the October issue of Aspire. Have a lovely weekend!

Love Liz x

Outfit details:
Navy and white striped cocoon dress, bought when on holiday in Nerja
*Sparkle marble Statament Necklace, Happiness Boutique £24.60
Rose gold wrap bracelet, £12.50, Lizzy O
Tan and snake print wedge sandals, Clarks, past season

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*Disclosure: These items were gifted. All opinions are 100% honest and all content is my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support What Lizzy Loves.