Tuesday, 30 August 2016

A Round-Up of What I Packed and Wore for My Week in Nerja

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.

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

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 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

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

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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  1. It is amazing by only taking a few things that you can mix and match and make every outfit look great. Good advice, thank you.

    1. Thank you, yes. A few well-chosen pieces and accessories that can be mixed and matched are all that is really needed for a week! x


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