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31st July 2015  |  lifestyle, style

How to enjoy a British summer holiday

Empty deck chairs at Cardiff bay

Rain stopped play. Empty deck chairs at the funfair in Cardiff Bay.


How to enjoy a British summer holiday. Despite the rain and the fickle weather we still managed to enjoy our weeks summer holiday in Wales. We were prepared, rain hats, umbrellas and trench coats offered adequate protection.

I was also glad that I had packed some warm underwear which I did not list in my last post. My trusty silk thermal top acted as a great extra layer under a couple of T shirts topped off with a wool cardigan and a brightly coloured scarf.



Funfair at Carfiff Bay

The grandchildren had a great time. They were not at all bothered by the rain and at least there were no queues for the rides.


I would definitely advise packing a couple of silk tops if you are planning a trip to the UK. I like silk as I find them more breathable than other thermals.  Cotton would do just as well although not quite as insulating.


cream thermal silk vest



Camisole version
Short sleeve version
Long sleeve version
Thermal vests and camisoles at Marksandspencer
Eileen Fisher do some very good silk camisoles that can also be worn as outerwear.


uniqlo packable parka
Uniqlo packable parka

A packable parka would also be a useful addition. Lightweight it will fit into a large handbag and is ideal for the unexpected shower.








27th July 2015  |  Fashion Flash Monday

Monday Musings and Fashion Flash

Beach in Wales July 2015

The beaches of South Wales.  Very beautiful but not many sunbathers!  Still excellent breeze for flying a kite.



Kite in Wales 2015



PS.  On my capsule wardrobe for Wales. Luckily I added a rain hat at the last minute as I certainly needed one.


This one is from a selection at John Lewis.



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24th July 2015  |  Capsule Travel wardrobe, Style inspiration

What to pack for British summer holidays.

What to pack for British summer holidays.


What to pack for British summer holidays. Very difficult as the weather is capricious to say the least.

I am off for a week in sunny wales with the family and grandchildren.

Let us start with the basics:

A pair of well fitting jeans always a good fall back option.
A short navy trench coat (It may well rain). The navy trench in the image above by Winserlondon.
A pair of neutral cotton or linen trousers (I am taking a black cotton pair and a white linen pair).
White T shirt and 2 coloured T shirt (I have chosen a turquoise & blue).
Long line navy cardigan.
Poncho to pop over trousers or dress on chilly evenings.
Hat (my favourite style is a panama)
A long black jersey dress (can be worn on the beach or dressed up for the evening with jewellery)
A blue navy shirtdress or alternatively a print dress that can be worn as a tunic over the white linen trousers.
Shoes:- My black nike trainers for walks in the countryside. My comfortable sketchers Gowalk and a pair of sandals for everyday.

Most of the items that I am putting into my suitcase are made with natural fibres. I am having a real rant against polyester at the moment. I don’t know about you but I find when the weather gets hot and humid wearing polyester is just horrid. It is not easy to find good quality natural fabrics at reasonable prices. So many brands are using the cheaper option of synthetics.




Capsule holiday wardrobe


Capsule holiday wardrobe blue tunic






22nd July 2015  |  Style inspiration

What to wear for a trip to the theatre in London.

What to wear for a trip to the theatre in London



What to wear for a trip to the theatre in London.


I love having a summer birthday it gives me the opportunity to wear some of my favourite pieces. If you are a regular follower of this blog you may well recognise this coat. I wore it last August as mother of the groom at my son’s wedding. I always like to buy special occasion outfits that I can wear again. I will be wearing the trousers shortly with a simple white shirt.


I had a fantastic day on Saturday a special birthday (no botox I promise).




Fashion for women 60+



I was very spoilt by the lovely Mr. P.  We spent the afternoon at a matinee performance of Noel Coward’s Hay Fever with Felicity Kendall playing the leading roll. After a wander round the West End and a refreshing cup of tea at Liberty we headed to The Gallery restaurant at Sketch in Conduit Street.

If you are visiting London I would highly recommend a visit to this wonderful rabbit warren of restaurants, all with a different design theme.

The afternoon tea would be a wonderful way to take a break from a spot of shopping in Bond street or Regent street.



Sketch Gallery restaurant




Afternoon tea at sketch



The pink coat I am wearing is by PauleKa. I love “duster coats” and find them extremely useful I have found some similar styles below. I have teamed it with a pair of slinky black slim trousers and a simple black camisole top.








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