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3 June 2015

Happy holidays!


That's the best bit about holidays isn't it?! The memories! My favourite parts....my daughter's laughter ringing in my ears as she was splashing about in the pool, whilst I was engrossed in a bloomin' good book (more about that in a bit). Perfection! Amazing company (the family), lovely food in superb locations and.....ahem, some jolly good shopping courtesy of the fabulous exchange rate at the moment which equates to around 25% off clothing! Didn't I promise I would fall royally off the spending ban wagon once I was in the holiday zone?! I knew Mango & Zara would be my achilles heel whilst I was away so here is where I fess up. First up....my nod to the peasant style this season! Mango Beaded Panel dress, just £19.99, even more of a steal at 19.99 euro! This just happened to be perfect with my KG Kads from last year which was handy as they were the only heeled sandal I took away with me!


A whoosh of wind and I look 3 times the size of the Mango model!


Next up....another Mango dress! Love the simplicity of this little number!


Zara also rendered me helpless, 3 purchases there all told! As I explained.....I blame the fab euro!! Love this 70's style Denim skirt


Then there was this lovely bag! Justification here....I'm not good at mixing metal but this bag is silver and gold!! Yay! Finally something to bring all my metallics together.....whoop whoop! I've already put it to good use!


There is always something you can't find online :0( but it is seriously good in real life!! Zara blouse another item that was just 19.99 euros!


So.....the holiday outfits!! Yep, always the good photographer me??!! Not!! Here's all that I have!! I started out thinking I would do a flatlay of my daytime outfit everyday, which lasted.......well all of one day!!


Uniqlo playsuit, ancient
H&M bikini, past season
Havaianas, c/o eBay here
H&M hat, past season

I'll just get on with it!! Day outfits. Here is the outfit I travelled in.


Mango top, past season
Topshop trousers, current but out of stock online


Havaianas, c/o eBay here
H&M hat, past season
Anya Hindmarch dust/beach bag


Gap dress, ancient
Havaianas, c/o eBay here
H&M hat, past season
Anya Hindmarch dust/beach bag

A few evening outfits


Zara dress, past season
Kurt Geiger Kad sandals, past season


Mango dress, past season


Mango dress, past season
Kurt Geiger Kad sandals, past season

So, there's only half of the outfits....hands up I am totally pants at remembering to take a photo! Must do better next time!!

I am now back on the spending ban after my holiday treats! I read the most amazing book thanks to a lovely reader, (Sarah, thank you so much for bringing it to my attention, I loved it!) I would have to say that I would highly recommend purchasing called 'Stuffocation'. Well yes, I still acquired 'stuff' whilst I was on my hols. Hands up though.....the problem is that fashion is my passion, however since I have been home I've been purging stuff left, right and centre! From this day forward it will be a case of one in one out on the wardrobe front. My sister has been a major benefactor of the massive clearout, let's just say her holiday wardrobe is now sorted! Me and the DH (he's totally on board with it all, no surprise there though! ;0) and, well we have already sorted the gigantic hoarding hole that was our attic, along with the other pit of untidiness, that was the dastardly cupboard under the stairs. We've been through a lot of the kitchen drawers, cupboards, not to mention the over-flowing airing cupboard and we have parted with a lot of stuff! Let's just say that the MIL's table top sale in aid of a Pancreatic cancer charity (she overcame this disease 2 years ago) is full to brimming! We had lengthy conversations on holiday about forgoing tangible goods for experiences and memories. It would seem that we on the same page and are good to go as far as a 'stuff' free life goes. We are already planning a half term getaway in October and many lovely experiences between now and then. The memories will last for a lifetime which was really the message that 'Stuffocation' delivered so eloquently....so thankful that we were open to hearing it!

Right that's enough warbling on the soap box from me for the time being!

As always I love reading and responding to your comments.

Until next time.

Michelle xx

40 comments:

  1. I love your hair curled like those evening shots! You look great in dresses. I always allow myself to splurge a bit while on vacation cause it's what I enjoy doing. More so than swimming with dolphins or something along those lines. ;)

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    1. Thank you Joni! Dresses are such an easy option for the warmer weather....looks like I purchased them at the perfect time, just as the weather is starting to change! Glad I'm not the only one who likes a little splurge on holiday, luckily I have the swimming with dolphins box ticked....but I hear what you are saying! ;0) xx

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  2. Michelle you're so right about memories being so important.....they're the things that no one can ever take from you & help get you through bad days. I can't wait to read what you've got planned.
    Looks like you had a fab holiday & I think you were very controlled with the holiday spending considering the Euro rate - lovely purchases.
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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    1. You are so right about the memories getting you through the bad stuff too Jane!! Coming right up are plans to spend more time with family and friends....the people we love and don't see as much as we'd like too! Now the weather is perking up, there will no doubt be a few jaunts down to the coast as well....all good for the soul! I love every piece that I purchased on holiday and have worn everyone within a week, yep they made me happy and hopefully every time I wear them they will remind me of our lovely holiday xx

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  3. Well you look amazing in all your outfits. Dressed up or dressed down. I love that little playsuit on you and that one shoulder dress is gorgeous. I eyed one up last year and I couldn't hit the button even when it was on sale because I'd never get to wear it and I'd never look like you in it.

    And yes, the memories are important. I often wonder what the boys will remember of their early days and what was good and stood out for them. I'm having a slow down on the old clothes front too and taking stock. And getting rid and tidying up. It's time. I've put it off for so long and it's been stifling me a bit. A literal can't see the wood for the trees. The wallet can breathe again and I can see the bed :)

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    1. Ahh....you are too kind Sue, thank you! The playsuit is my idea of perfect beach/pool wear, something you just just pull up and go, not too much faffing when the hot weather can get you in a flap! As for the Mango dress....wish I had more opportunities to wear as I love it, I saved the best for the last night!!
      I remember lots of family holidays, generally a week in a caravan in Weymouth, though I also still remember our first holiday abroad to Spain, we looked forward to getting away so much, it was as much about the build and preparation as it was about the time spent away!
      The more stuff I get rid of, the happier and lighter I feel. I've got a long way to still though. It's definitely easier to identify exactly what my own style is now I have less clothing. It's cleared my head as, I no longer spend every waking moment thinking about clothes and what I want to get next! I feel great, I find I am more open to enjoying experiences, all this can only be a good thing for me :0) xx

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  4. Hi Michelle! I think we already agreed on un-fancy.com?! I love your message and must read stuffocation...I am not a hoarder at all and often wish I had kept some stuff! But I can still always do with a reminder to clear out the linen cupboard and THAT drawer in the kitchen and my desk!! My kids have definitely taught me it is the time we spend with them as our focus (whoever said kids are self-centred?!) which they remember the most. We have made sure we make our holidays Family Time and try to all hang out together for meals and fun for as much of the time as possible. The difference when we get home is amazing to see in our relationships! (Mushy I know - but awesome especially with teenagers and little ones!) Keep it up with the one in, one out rule. I have yet to do my replacement Spring capsule items and am only now starting to "need" them! xx meg@megblackstyling.com

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    1. Hi Meg....I may have a couple of other titles to read along with Stuffocation, Susie So So has put me onto The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and I've just read Hey Natalie Jeans post (thanks to Chloe for the heads up on that one!) on Capsule Uniforms and the 20% and she mentions The Joy of Less....I intend to read both forthwith!
      Talking of linen cupboards....mine is a shadow of it's former self, everytime I used to open the doors everything would fall out, now it is so orderly, I can actually see what I've got! Who'd have thought such a small thing could bring such joy!
      I love the mush, kids just shine when they have 100% of our focus don't they?! Whether it be having dinner together and discussing each others day or the holidays when it is all about us all having fun, whatever our version of that may be....mine is being horizontal on a sun lounger whilst my daughters is splashing about in the pool but catching her perfect her jumps and dives, makes me smile just thinking about it!
      I'm doing very well with the one in one out....it's actually more like one in, three out, the more I part with the easier it gets to let things go xx

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  5. FABULOUS outfits, I need to up my game when I go away with the girls in a couple of weeks! Simplicity yet so stylish with the black dresses

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    1. Thank you Fiona! Dresses are the way to go, easy to throw on and just shujsh them up with a few accessories and you are good to go! xx

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  6. Wow, fabulous outfits, you look amazing in everything!! It would've been rude to not take advantage of the favourable exchange rate! ;) x

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    1. Mwah! Thank you Sarah! I feel as though I can justify them all as I have worn/used them already and one of my rules is that if I haven't worn something within 7 days of purchase it goes back, not that I would have been able to do that in this case but you know what I mean! ;0) xx

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    1. Sounds like you had an amazing time Michelle, I really like you in the simple black dresses/ play suits. Looking forward to seeing you style all your holiday purchases, euro rate is a lot better than recent years, so it would of been rude not to treat yourself. X

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    2. We did have a super time....all the better for having a few treats too, thank you! The euro rate was indeed a brilliant incentive and of course it would have been rude not too! I see me getting a lot of wear out of all my purchases so money well spent I reckon! xx

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  8. Your evening dresses are just gorgeous and I really, really love your travelling outfit. Those troiusers are fab. Spare a thought for those of us living in eurozone ... travelling to the UK or US is really pants right now :(

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    1. Aww, thanks Helen! The trousers were perfect for travelling in, lightweight and no chance of them creasing.....if I could justify another trouser purchase I would buy them in black too as they are so useful! Sorry to rub it in about the euro....I'd forgotten that our gain is your loss on that front. Boo :0( xx

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  9. Sorry it's taken so long to respond to your post, I'm in the process of moving house (25 years) of stuff to clear, I'm so with you on the loft clearance, horrid job, but what a great feeling after getting rid of all that clutter. I will check out the book, could be very useful. As always Michelle, you look gorgeous, some great holidays looks
    Sue xx
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    1. Oh Sue! You have so much going on, thank you so much for the lovely comment! How good does it feel to get rid of the clutter.....I underestimated how good it would feel! I have more time to do the things I want as I'm spending less time looking for what I need because I've whittled it all right down! A house move is the perfect excuse to do this on a grand scale! Good luck with finding the right house and with the move! xx

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  10. Hi my lovely!! A fabulous post and you've nailed it yet again with your gorgeous new purchases and your outlook on life experiences and memories too, definitely the way forward for sure!! So pleased you all had a wonderful holiday and you look as usual so amazingly stylish and chic!! xxx

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    1. Thanks my lovely! We had a lovely holiday, it was soo good to relax and take stock! Hopefully this huge life sort out will free up lots of time....which means more time to spend with my fab friends! Hope we shall be seeing each other again soon! xx

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  11. You look incredible in all the photos! What a glorious holiday! Where we go in N. Cyprus there really is no need or occasion for dressing up and I miss it for those 3 weeks but at the same time it does serve to remind you how little we can get by with! I have the navy mango dress and love it!

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    1. Thank you so much Joanna! I must confess by the end of the week I had had enough of dressing up every night, so from what you are saying maybe we shouldn't feel like we have to go out every night but maybe have one or two evenings eating in and just chilling! That might be a better balance and would definitely mean less to pack! You've got me thinking now....inspired! xx

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  12. Amazing outfits, Michelle. You look so chic on holiday - I just always look a bit sunburnt and hot and bothered! Lynne xx

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    1. Thanks Lynne, that's a lovely thing to say and I don't believe for one minute you look hot & flustered....you always look beautifully put together! xx

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  13. You're a bad influence - just ordered the gold and silver bag - I love mixing my metals and it is such a great price for leather! I ordered the white version too! xx

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    1. Lol....hey just because I'm trying to be good, it doesn't you have to be too! ;0) It's such a good little bag at an amazing price....resistance is futile! xx

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  14. Loved seeing all your holiday outfits, and how effortless and gorgeous you make them look too! I do think clothes are such a big part of who we are and what we are about. So you having a huge detox and rethink must be a really liberating experience for you Michelle....Might have to be the next to follow?!!
    Helen xx

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    1. Aww, thanks Helen! Yep the humungous cull has been very liberating, a real learning curve too as our style does say so much about who we are. With what's left in the wardrobe now I am finding it a lot easier to pull outfits together and this frees up some precious time instead of standing and staring and thinking 'what am I going to wear today?' It is something that is definitely worth doing....can't wait to see/hear if you take the plunge! ;0) xx

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  15. LOVE that Mango panel dress Michelle! What a bargain!! I used to really resent having to change the euro prices to pounds when I worked at Zara - the mark-up doesn't seem fair at all, does it? That one -shoulder dress is stunning, too xx

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    1. Thanks Becky! It was a fab bargain, well it is still a fab bargain at only £19.99 here isn't it! I would have been seething at seeing things go through at the better rate too, but it's all swings and roundabouts isn't it! xx

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  16. I remember that Mango dress, it was your blog that got me onto it, it looks fantastic on you so I'm glad to see you're still wearing it! Love the strapless playsuit and the short off shoulder look too - you have the perfect figure and skin tone for this stuff, it really isn't fair!
    So glad to hear that your MIL beat her illness, too. My uncle recently completely recovered from something similar, it is always a great boost to hear the positive stories:) x

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    1. The Mango dress is a goody isn't it?! I can see that coming out year after year! Thank you for the lovely compliments, I think (I hope?!) my shoulders and decollete area are one of my best features so I always feel happy in clothing that shows it off a bit!
      My MIL & FIL are a both very lucky to have pulled through some pretty serious illnesses recently and both are really doing their bit to raise some much needed funds for their charities! They are both a wonder to me, how quickly they have recovered really and that they remain so positive, they are both in the 70's!! Hope to be as healthy and happy as them at that age! xx

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  17. Love these holiday posts they really help me work out what to take, you look amazing in all your outfits Michelle, glad you had a lovely time xx and I absolutely agree you should take advantage of the exchange rate youwould be mad not too!! xx

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    1. Ahh that's lovely to hear Frances.....I do plan way in advance as I like to keep the packing and stress to a minimum! I look forward to a post where you share what you'll be taking away with you! ;0) xx

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  18. Anonymous10/6/15 12:49

    Hi there
    I keep meaning to say that out of all the fashion blogs I read your summer style is by far and away the best. Your outfits all look effortlessly chic and I am very inspired/envious! I never, ever think to wear black on holiday, but it looks fabulous on you.
    So much so that I may have just bought the Kads on shoeaholics......just got to hope those ankle straps are adjustable enough to go round my cankles!!

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    1. What a lovely thing to say! Thank you so much! You have made my day, week, month!! That's is why I blog, I love sharing my outfits so it always fab to hear that I've inspired anyone! The Kads are lovely, they go with so much in my wardrobe....I wore them every night bar one on holiday! I'm sure the cankles will look positively stunning in them! xx

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    2. Anonymous10/6/15 16:00

      Ha ha ha! Thanks, here's hoping. Reading your blog has already cost me a pair of Aldo Bugianos which I absolutely LOVE! A lot of fashion bloggers look fab in autumn/winter but really seem to struggle to find a style come summer. It's great to see your ideas. Thanks so much - keep up the good work. :)

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    3. Those Aldo boots are seriously good aren't they?! I love them too!!
      I prefer Summer clothes to Autumn/Winter, less pieces so easier to style I think?! The denim skirt has been my favourite discovery this year, along with a good old shirt. The Topshop neat fit shirts (white & chambray) have been such a revelation for me, they are just the perfect shape and you can do a little tuck with them so easily! Thanks again for your lovely comments, it means a great deal to me that you have taken the time to let me know your thoughts! xx

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    4. Anonymous11/6/15 12:39

      ..........*heads off to check out Topshop shirts* :)

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