Before I went away, I wrote a blog post detailing what outfits and accessories I was packing for ten days in Nerja. With that, I included my recommended travel essentials and tips to make for easier holiday packing. Subsequently, I wanted to share my favourite of those holiday outfits, which were photographed in some stunning locations.

Holiday Outfits: My Favourite Dresses

I discovered this divine blue door on El Balcon de Europa, when I was in Nerja last year. It’s too beautiful not to use as the backdrop for at least one holiday outfit, so I used it to show off the brightest of my dresses. This *zig zag striped maxi dress is lightweight and easy to wear and I accessorised it with *citrus yellow espadrilles and my *Pomfret Slouchy Pouch.



The mini honey bee necklace and honey bee ring in gold, are both by Danon and available from my own accessories website, Lizzy O


The fabulous *retro turquoise and gold sunglasses are from Retrospecced. This is a company that refurbishes vintage and used designer spectacle frames then donates a percentage of their profits to charity. Consequently, every pair of glasses and sunglasses they sell is unique.


The statue of King Alfonso XII, also on El Balcon de Europa, is something of an icon. He is very popular for photographs and in fact, I took a picture with him last year him which I posted on Instagram.  This year I’m wearing a *pink and grey snakeprint maxi dress from the latest collection at Kaleidoscope. It’s fully lined, so I’ll wear it in autumn with a chunky cardigan or denim jacket. With it, I wore three crystal-set wrap bracelets, also from Lizzy O. Don’t they look pretty stacked together and sparkling in the sunshine?




This red dress with contrast hemp is another of my favourite holiday outfits, more of which is in my previous post.


Holiday Outfits: My Favourite Beach Cover-Ups and Bikinis

As well taking enough holiday outfits for ten days, I took a lot of cover-ups.  I think kaftans and beach dresses are invaluable to wear to breakfast and lunch as well as on the beach. I adore this pretty *white Iconique Ronda poncho. The lace detailing is exquisite and it’s lightweight, cool and comfortable. It’s from UK Swimwear, which stocks a wonderful array of beachwear-particularly useful once the shops move to Autumn wear.




Another *white embroidered dress, this time with red and blue detailing. Again, in common with the previous dress, it’s loose enough to be cool and comfortable, yet has enough structure to be stylish.





This *blue Seychelles bikini and the matching *Seychelles kaftan, are by Fantasie. Although the gorgeous azure floral print is striking, it was the crossover straps that caught my eye.



This red leopard print bikini is very flattering and super-stylish and I featured it in the blog post before last. Also in that post, are lots of tips for feeling beach ready at any age. 


My final holiday outfit is the full-length *Halona fish print beach caftan by Rose Fulbright. It was the glorious printed silk that caught my eye along with the wide neckline. In fact, I wore this to evening dinner with the yellow espadrilles as well as on the beach.



I like to accessorise my holiday outfits with something appropriate, so what could be better than a lobster? This *navy and white stripe leather cross body bag, is beautifully made and is the perfect size for my camera.


The photographs were taken by my daughter Poppy Johnston and it was wonderful to be surrounded by such stunning locations. Later this week I’ll be linking this post to I Will Wear What I Like,  Brilliant Blog Posts and The Saturday Share.

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Ian and I had a fabulous time at York Races last week which you can read all about it and see what we wore and what we ate in my previous two blog posts.

Although living in Skipton means the journey to York is less than two hours, it was a treat to stay in a hotel afterwards. Visit York had kindly arranged for bed and breakfast at Monkbar Hotel in central York. It’s a 10-minute taxi ride from York railway station and a 15-minute taxi ride from York Racecourse, so it was in the ideal location. Not only this, it sits just metres outside of the city walls and is a very short walk, less than ten minutes, from York Minster and the restaurants, shops and attractions that this beautiful city has to offer.

The hotel is currently undergoing a significant refurbishment which precluded me taking photographs of the exterior and some of the public areas, but do believe me when I say it’s a lovely building with an interior that is stylish, contemporary and well thought out. The reception staff were incredibly helpful and accommodating because we needed our luggage storing and a place to change before the races (we checked in early so our room wasn’t ready), and they did their utmost to facilitate this.

We had a second-floor suite away from the main building which meant it felt like a private escape. The soft furnishings and wallpaper in the bedroom were beautiful and the bed large and super comfortable.

Hotel suite bedroom at Monk Bar Hotel, York

Hotel suite bedroom at Monk Bar Hotel, York, soft furnishings

The sloping roof made the spacious room feel very cosy and added character.


Sitting area hotel suite bedroom at Monk Bar Hotel, York

There was a lounge/dressing area with complimentary fruit and bottled water. As well as the usual tea and coffee making facilities was a separate coffee machine: a nice extra.


Hotel suite bedroom dressing area at Monk Bar Hotel, York

The bathroom was very stylish with a lovely amenity kit including shampoo, conditioner, soap, cotton wool, cotton buds and toothbrushes.

York Hotel Monkbar hotel bathroom

York Hotel suite bedroom at Monk Bar Hotel, York

York Hotel suite bathroom at Monk Bar Hotel, York


York Hotel suite bath at Monk Bar Hotel, central York


Breakfast was buffet style with pastries, cheeses, meats, yogurts, fruit, cereals and fruit juices along with hot food. Tea and coffee was served at the table and it was all absolutely divine.

Breakfast at York Hotel, Monkbar

York Hotel, MonkBar Hotel breakfast


cooked breakfast, central York hotel, Monkbar hotel

Cooked breakfast buffet, York city centre hotel, York. Monkbar

Thank you to the staff at Monkbar Hotel for making our very brief stay surprisingly restful, (we were at the hotel for less than 12 hours in total, yet it still felt like a break) and very enjoyable. Thank you too to Ana Ignatova from Visit York for arranging our stay.

Love Lizzy x

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Champagne at York races

It was a privilege to be invited to York Races for the John Smith’s meeting last week and choosing my outfit was a fabulous precursor to the day. Everything I wore came from Monks Cross Shopping park near York and I wrote about the contending runners and riders as well as my final outfit choice in yesterday’s post. 

We had admission to the County Stand, a formal area in which gents need to wear a collared shirt, tie and jacket. This allowed us to entry to all areas including all food and drink options in the Grandstand and Paddock and Course Enclosure. We went to the recently opened Moet Chandon tent for a small bottle and sat for a while to take in the atmosphere.

York Races, champagne selfie

York Races John Smiths

We were treated to a beautiful picnic and Prosecco platter in the Edwardian Weighing Room, an informal eating and drinking area, that was previously home to riders and officials for over a century. 

Edwardian Weighing Room

Of course I couldn’t resist sitting on the scale.

Weigh in at York Races

The picnic was absolutely divine…a salmon and prawn starter, followed by a chicken, ham and asparagus salad, and lemon torte and strawberries.We chose to dine inside because it was a little blustery, but many took theirs outdoors.

The only other time I have placed bets was when I went to York Races some five years ago. The bookmakers are very friendly and are quite used to novices such as myself, so there’s no need to feel daunted. In fact, every official, steward and member of staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. We placed a small bet on each of the seven races; Ian choose to look at the form and various statistics, while I picked those with names that appealed. I feel quite vindicated by my non-scientific approach because we each had an “each-way” winner, with neither of our choices winning on the nose.

York Races

York races screen

York Races

York Races

York Races

We were invited to the Parade Ring where one of the Pink Ladies, (herself a former jockey), explained that this is where the horses and riders parade before each race and where the presentations take place,

York Races

York Races, winners enclosure

This is Novoman, clear winner of The Cakemark Stakes, getting watered before receiving his winner’s blanket.

York Races, Novoman

York Races winner Novoman

York races, Novoman in winners blanket

And this is the winning jockey Georgia Cox at her presentation and interview.

York races winning jockey, Georgia Cox

Winners enclosure

From start to finish our day at York Races was perfect. There is something for everyone including families and I really hope it won’t be another five years before I return. Huge thanks to Amy Swales of York Racecourse for organising, facilitating and hosting which made our day extra special.

Love Lizzy x

I’m wearing:
Coral chiffon dress, £22 (sale price), Dorothy Perkins at Outfit
Coral fascinator, £25, Dorothy Perkins at Outfit
Floral sandals, £17.50 (sale price), Outfit
Leonie stripe beaded and sequinned clutch bag, £14.50 (sale price), Accessorize
Oversized bloom scarf, £10 (sale price), Monsoon
Earrings, £10 for a set, River Island
Coral nail polish, Revlon £6.49 Boots

Honey bee bracelet, gold, £27, Lizzy O

Pineapple bracelet, gold, £27, Lizzy O

Pineapple ring, gold, £24, Lizzy O (Sign up to my monthly newsletter here for exclusive subscriber discounts at Lizzy O).

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