beauty spot: summer holiday essentials

Summer beauty essentials

Summer holiday season is upon us so I thought it was a good time to share my summer beauty essentials. Whether you’re splashing in the surf, lazing by the pool or strolling around an exotic village, there are a few things every girl needs to carry in her luggage.

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5 must-pack items: beach break

5 must pack items: beach break

With the gorgeous weather we’re experiencing in Europe right now, I’m pretty sure everyone is either at the beach or wishing they were! To help you get prepared (or enable your day-dreaming), here are my top 5 essential items to pack for a beach break.

1. After-sun care: As an Australian, I’ve been constantly taught about the importance of sun protection. I always wear SPF 50+ when I’m at the beach, but even with that, my oh-so-pale skin can feel a bit tender after a day outside. I’m a huge fan of Clarins After Sun Care range because it’s intensely moisturising to help prolong your tan, but it’s also cooling to provide relief in case you slip up and get burnt.

2. One-piece swimsuit: Don’t get me wrong, I’ve nothing against bikinis, but the humble one-piece can make a stylish alternative. I wore the Jets by Jessika Allen iconic printed bandeau swimsuit (pictured) this summer and I must say I felt like a gorgeous pin-up girl! Unfortunately this design is now sold out online but you can find equally pin-up worthy styles here, here and here.

3. Maxi Dress: A maxi dress with clean lines will be the MVP in your beach break suitcase. You can throw it on at the beach over your swimsuit and then you can dress it up with some jewelry or a great belt in the evening for dinner. I think Anthropologie’s Seared Colorblock Dress ($98) would be an on-trend multi-tasker.

4. Large scarf: A scarf that matches your maxi dress and/or swimsuit is a must-pack accessory. You can wrap it around your hips at the beach, throw it over your shoulders in the evening when those sea breezes cool it down, and even make it into a pillow when you lie back to read your book. I’ve picked Modcloth’s Gossamer Gyrose scarf in coral ($24.99)

5. Neutral flat sandals: You can’t go wrong with these shoes. They’ll work their way effortlessly from day to night and they’ll keep a little bit of summer working in your wardrobe once you’re back in the big smoke. I love Kate Spade’s Faylyn thong sandal (now $149.99)

friday film: eat

Today we’re continuing the film series that we started last week.

Eat is one of the three films in Eat, Learn, Move, the series comissioned by STA Travel Australia. It’s a great look at food from all over the world, including some rather interesting cuisines (grasshopper, anyone?)

It makes me hungry and gives me itchy feet all at the same time! Enjoy!

friday film: move

Today’s Friday film was released back in August and I actually thought I’d already shared it with you. Now I’ve realised my error, it’s time to correct it.

Move is one of three short films in the series Eat, Learn, Move. The films were comissioned by STA Travel Australia and shot over 44 days, requiring 18 flights covering 38,000 miles to complete the “ambitious linear concept, based on movement, learning and food.”

Of course, it doesn’t detract from the quality of the films that Andrew Lees is rather easy on the eye. Enjoy!

summer lovin’

I’m currently travelling around Europe, exploring new towns and lying in awkward poses on beaches (as per my inspiration photo – right) so please excuse my infrequent posts over the next few weeks.

I hope you’re enjoying your summer too (or keeping cozy if you’re in the southern hemisphere) and I look forward to catching up with you again soon. Hasta luego! L xo