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14 August 2016

postcards from st tropez!

Fresh back from our holiday....feeling revived and rejuvenated I thought I'd share some my holiday moments with you. We've been talking about doing one of these glamping kind of holidays for a few years and so we started to plan it in September last year after one of my friends raved about a Yelloh campsite they had stayed at with their two young girls. After some extensive research (we didn't want to drive the whole way as the DH is on the road a lot for work) we plumped for this campsite as the it meant we could fly to Nice and pick up a hire car. We would also be only a 15 minute drive from the very lively St Tropez and we could walk to the stunning Pampelonne beach.


St Tropez port

The campsite absolutely exceeded our expectations. We hired a cottage Soleo which was perfect for the three of us. It was beautifully kept, very clean and  had everything you needed (you do pay extra for towels and bedding but you can take your own). It's also worth investing in a 'cottage' with air con! Our unit was on a hill (great exercise) and we had an incredible view of the surrounding mountains. If you enjoy proper camping I can honestly say that the facilities looked brilliant! If you have small children it is such a lovely safe environment for them to roam around, a good idea would be to take bikes/scooters if you are driving over! There is a lovely park area for all different age groups which is where my daughter struck up conversation with her little group of holiday BFF's! As for the bar and pool area.....all I can say is WOW! There are water slides and a lazy river.....I have never spent so much time in the pool on holiday. Lifeguards are everywhere and the pool area is gated so the little ones can't stray too far on their own. On an evening it is very lively, always some form of entertainment. They have a fast food area, which was good especially busy in the daytime and they also had a restaurant , which we didn't get  around to trying! There is a takeaway pizza shack and they also have a bakery onsite for fresh croissants and baguettes every morning. There is a large Spar supermarket just outside of the campsite (too far to walk with a lot of shopping!), again this was brilliant with a fresh fish counter and really caters for your every culinary need and otherwise! Also situated next to the supermarket was a rotisserie and greengrocers for all your fresh fruit and salad stuff! We prepared our own food 4 out of the seven nights. The other three night we drove to St Tropez and were pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't as extortionate as we'd imagined!
St Tropez.....what can I say! Totally fell in love with this place! 















 
What did I wear......


Nooki Cape via The Dressing Room, here
Topshop Cami, similar here
Culture Trousers via Hi*Hi* store
Topshop Hercules sandals sold out similar here
The Tipi round straw basket, sold out similar here
Accessorize panama, here
Chambers & Beau necklace here
Bella Jane bracelets, here


H&M halter top, ancient similar here
H&M shorts, similar here
Havaianas, past season similar here
The Tipi round straw basket, sold out similar here
Accessorize panama, here


Zara t-shirt, past season similar here
Vero Moda shorts, ancient, similar here
Havaianas, past season similar here
The Tipi round straw basket, sold out similar here
Accessorize panama, here


H&M red dress, here
Topshop Hercules sandals sold out similar here
SayWhatYouC embroidered clutch, similar here
SayWhatYouc necklace here
Bella Jane bracelets, here


New Look cami, sold out similar here
Mango skirt, similar here
Havaianas, past season similar here
The Tipi round straw basket, sold out similar here
Accessorize panama, here


H&M dress, instore but similar here and here
Warehouse sandals, ancient similar here
Beach Bunnies grey pochette, here
Chambers & Beau necklace here
Bella Jane bracelets, here


Mango dress, past season similar beach cover here
Havaianas, past season similar here
Beach Bunnies Bali tote bag here
Accessorize panama, here


Gap dress, here
Warehouse sandals, ancient similar here
Necklace, St Tropez boutique similar here
Bella Jane bracelets, here


H&M shirt dress, here
Havaianas, past season similar here
The Tipi round straw basket, sold out similar here
Accessorize panama, here


Gap outlet dress, current not online. Fab alternative here
Topshop Hercules sandals sold out similar here
SayWhatYouC necklace here
Bella Jane bracelets, here


Zara top, ancient similar here
New Look shorts, sold out similar here
Beach Bunnies Bali tote bag, here
Havaianas, past season similar here
Accessorize panama, here


Mango dress, past season similar here
Topshop Hercules sandals sold out similar here
Bella Jane bracelets, here


Boden cross tie tunic, here I may have to purchase the white for next year! ;0)
Topshop Hercules sandals sold out similar here
The Tipi round straw basket, sold out similar here
Accessorize panama, here
Bella Jane bracelets, here

What didn't I wear? I thought it would be helpful for next years packing to do a little post mortem on what came home unworn....and then there is the matter of a couple of last minute things I popped in!
I definitely won't be taking swimsuits again....as much as I love the idea of them it was too hot too faff around with the blighters and struggle with them every time you needed the loo! Neither of my playsuits were worn and they may just be delegated to the *wear in the garden only* box. It was much easier to wear separates, especially if you wanted to nip to the bar for a bottle of water or ice cream as you could get away with just sticking your top on....I'm not one for strutting my stuff in just a bikini and the playsuits just seemed too much of an effort in the heat! Next time I would take a couple more t-shirts or tanks like these. I slipped my grey Zara one (similar here) in at the last minute along with a long sleeve Zara white linen top (similar here) and both got worn. I think a striped tee and some lighter colours were needed.....note to thy self....you packed too many black cami's! Other bits that made in into the case last minute were the H&M print shift...I love that so it got worn, I also bought this black dress from H&M and took it but I didn't get the opportunity to wear it! I picked up a brilliant little swing dress from the Gap outlet in Street (similar here) which I popped in my hand luggage to do a quick change once we touched down in Nice airport....sadly I missed a photo opportunity with that one but you are sure to see it soon! One last thing....I did take Helen from Net A Dressers advice on my last post and stuck a pair of sparkly flats sandals in.....so glad I did, as you can see I wore them quite a bit! Thanks you Helen!

The holiday heros....this little lot


Hammam towel via Amazon, here
Beach Bunnies Bali tote bag here
Beach Bunnies grey pochette, here
Beach Bunnies cosmetic bag, here
Accessorize panama, here
Havaianas, past season similar here

I've never used Hammam towels before but I'm a convert as they are so easy to hand wash at the end of the day and they dry so quickly! The little grey tote is a super size, very lightweight and a lot less cumbersome than the straw beach bag....but my daughter kept hoodwinking it! The Beach Bunnies pochette was a Godsend for keeping my phone and keys within easy reach (and will now be a permanent fixture in my handbag!) and doubled up nicely as a clutch, also brilliant was the cosmetic purse to hold all the lotions and potions! I never go anywhere without a hat on holiday...this Accessorize panama is on it's last legs but it's served me well for the past 4/5 years! Last but not least....the Hav's....say no more!

And finally....well there had to be a holiday purchase or two! ;0)


Necklace, St Tropez boutique similar here

So there we have it....my amazing holiday in a nutshell! It's back to reality now but I am heartened to hear that we are in for a lovely spell of weather....thus we shall still be in the holiday spirit! I am looking forward to getting lots more wear out of my holiday clothes! :0)

How did you get on with your holiday packing....or how is yours going? I would love to hear!

I shall be back again soon! 

p.s Beach Bunnies very kindly gifted me the above items.....but I can honestly say I would have happily parted with my own dosh for them! 

13 comments:

  1. Some gorgeous holiday outfits you've put together together with the pics of St Tropez, makes me want to visit. I particularly love the H&M red dress and the white dress from Gap, look fab.

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    1. Thank you....I would absolutely recommend a visit to St Tropez, it's such a gorgeous place xx

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  2. Anonymous16/8/16 16:05

    What a fabulous post! Your outfits are all so holiday perfect, your location shots are gorgeous, and you look so relaxed and content! Plus your note on what turned out to be not so useful (re holiday packing) is super handy and useful to read through. Have been stalking your white Gap dress for a while now, and have finally succumbed, my only fear is the sizing, there's only xxs left, however the on line reviews do repeat that it's a loose fit, fingers crossed! Enjoy the rest of your summer holiday - Lindsey Herts xx

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    1. Thank you so much Lindsey! It really was a wonderful holiday and now I feel prepared with regards to what I pack next time! I do hope the Gap dress works out for you, it was the perfect dress to wear on a really hot day for sightseeing and it took me perfectly into an evening spent in St Tropez. Such a useful dress to have in your holiday wardrobe xx

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  3. Love all these looks, some great holiday outfits. I particularly like the Boden tunic and the white Zara dress. Also the H&M ones, not just THE red one that's all over IG but the dark one with the yellow flowers is fab, looks like a Sportmax dress!

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    1. Sorry the white Mango dress not Zara, had to double check x

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    2. Thank you Sally! The white Mango dress I've had for a couple of years but it's a great holiday dress that I hope to be bringing out in years to come! H&M have been so brilliant for dresses this year....I particularly love the navy floral print one....it's such a simple style, so easy to wear! I was kind of shocked that I didn't bump into anyone in St Tropez wearing THAT red dress! ;0) xx

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  4. Wow Michelle, what a fabulous place for a holiday! Loving all your chic outfits - you're giving me lots of ideas for when we (finally) go away in the autumn!! X

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    1. It was a gorgeous place for a holiday Becky...we all thoroughly enjoyed it! I shall no doubt be very envious of your holiday later in the year! xx

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  5. We're heading to Saint Tropez next week! Any particular restaurant recommendations? X

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    1. Hi Melissa...very envious that you are off to St Tropez! One place that we loved was right at the end of the port if you follow it right the way along called La Sardine. We managed to bag a table right at the front just before the queues started! The sardines were scrumptious! It didn't occur for me to check out Tripadvisor for this trip but I will definitely be doing that next time as there were some fab restaurants off the beaten track and some in Ramatuelle which was also near to where we were staying! Please let me know if you come across any lovely restaurants.....have a superb time! xx

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    2. Sorry to interrupt but if you like trendy places then try 'Spoons at Byblos' . We ate there and loved it. Great for people watching. There's also La Caves night club which is amazing if you fancy a boogie. It's not cheap though but you might spot a few celebs. xx

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  6. Ohhhh these pics bring back memories. I love St Tropez and I want to go back now after seeing your pics. Fabulous outfits too . Stunning as always xx

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