I just returned from my holiday in Puerto Rico this week and it was one of the most amazing holiays I’ve been on! I want to share with you all the details of the clothes I wore and how to work the most of your wardrobe without bringing too much away – a rule I’ll have to live by for future holidays (I’ll explain all).
So, we were flying with Ryanair, an airline I usually am thrilled to fly with, but their weight limit is 15kg – an almost impossible weight for any woman to meet on a week-long holiday. I ended up 1kg over and even though my boyfriend’s case was only 10kg we were not allowed through – other airlines I’ve flown with allow a combined weight limit between travellers but not Ryanair, at 4am in Dublin airport I was asked if I wanted to swap things over to my boyfriend’s case or pay €10. Being so early, and being so tired, I simply decided to pay rather than start unpacking in the middle of a busy airport. Seriously not happy about this rule AT ALL.
Anyway, I bought lots of new clothes in preparation for this holiday. I wanted lots of floaty dresses and bright colours – I was really happy with how everything looked in the end. This blog entry will mostly be pictures of the different outfits with tips and tricks on working each look and of course, I’ll be letting you all know where to get them!
I always wear jeans and a hoodie to the airport – comfy and warm enough for Ireland at that hour of the morning. But once we arrived at the hotel I changed into the above, a dress I’ve had for some years now but one of my favourites. I think I picked this up in New Look, I haven’t seen anything similar in a while but keep an eye out they’re quite popular. It’s such a light dress, perfect for holidays and the florals are so pretty! I paired this with flip-flops, sunglasses and a gorgeous nude Lipsy bag my friends in work bought for me just two months ago – it was my go-to bag this year for holidays as the neutral colour worked with everything, it wasn’t too big but definitely fit everything I needed.
Later that night I changed into the above, an outfit I’ll definitely wear again if given the chance this summer. I picked up this skirt in Karen Millen the week before I jetted off, it’s so summer-appropriate – I love the zesty lemon shade! The little top is from Penneys (last year’s stock) and the neon shades pair so well with the skirt it was a must. I wore wedges from Korky’s, so light and comfortable it was hard to believe I was wearing heels. To accessorize this look, I kept it simple; feathery earrings from Penneys, they have them in a variety of colours at the moment and a stack of bangles from last year’s stock.
The second day of the holidays consisted of some exploration – getting to know the island and finding the centre of activity so I wore a light white skirt and a cool neon pink top with cut-out back detail, these are both from a little boutique on Henry Street, Dublin called Extrovert – it stocks the coolest little tops and dresses, it’s kind of hit-and-miss between seasons but give it a try you might find a serious bargain! I definitely pulled out the sunhat, the heat in Puerto Rico is something else and I didn’t want to dry out my newly highlighted hair. I got this white hat in Penneys – you’ll see a lot of items from here during the blog as they do amazing summer pieces.
I couldn’t wait to wear the above dress, it’s from the Nicole x Missguided collection and honestly is one of my new favourites; the blue is so vibrant and the cut-outs so tastefully done it looks super expensive. I shortened the hem as being so small the original dress was down below my knees – not exactly something you look for in holiday attire. I paired this with flat sandals, embellished with diamonds and the white feathered earrings as mentioned earlier. As for my hair, you’ll notice it’s gone super curly. I don’t bother with straightening while away – the heat just frizzes my hair and I find natural curls are much easier to manage day-to-day. To get this look I simply washed my hair and let it dry in the heat (in the shade of the balcony, mind, not in direct sunlight).
The hotel pool was unbelievable, I’ll do a whole review on Marina Suites later in the week. I brought a few different bikinis with me but chose this for the first poolside day – a stunning bikini top encrusted with diamantés from River Island. There is matching bottoms available but I felt it was too much sparkle so I paired it with these black bottoms from last year’s Penneys stock. I bought a gorgeous sheer white kaftan in Penneys embellished with beads to cover up en route to the pool – definitely worth looking for, so chic!
I bought the above sundress in Motive, another little boutique located in the Ilac Centre on Henry Street. It’s so light and floaty it was perfect for surviving the 27-28 degree heat – paired with my sunhat I was sorted for the day.
I LOVE this little purple dress from Missguided, the colours are so beautiful, the fabric so light and the asymmetric hem is amazingly detailed. I paired this dress with feathered earrings and sandals. It doesn’t really need much else. I definitely find that with printed dresses (be it floral, tribal, aztec etc.,) accessorizing should be kept to a minimum – let the dress speak for itself. This dress was around €30 when I bought it and definitely worth every penny, I can’t wait to wear it again!
The above playsuits is from last year, but definitely one I keep coming back to. I love the fun floral print, the black background is perfect for highlighting the different shades of flowers featured and the netting around the neck keeps it cool and summery. I paired this with flip-flops; my feet always end up blistered and cut with the heat abroad, not that I’m ever going to complain too much. If you suffer, like me, with blisters from otherwise comfy shoes/sandals, buy a pair of flip-flops over there – look for a pair with a rubbery toe divider and a spongy/foamy sole. These are totally comfy and will definitely prevent any unwanted blisters.
I bought the above yellow dress in Oasis and it’s definitely a must-have for holidays. The colour is just so gorgeous – I got so many complements, and here’s a good tip; yellow really brings out a tan. I paired this with rose-gold hooped earrings and a gorgeous turquoise and gold cuff bracelet from Penneys. I always head straight to Penneys for my holiday accessories, they have such boho/tribal style jewellery each year that’s absolutely perfect for holidays. The draped style of the above dress is uber-flattering for hourglass figures and even came with a gorgeous yellow leather belt which can be re-used with other outfits.
The above dress was a lucky buy, I found it in the sales rack in Miss Selfridge a few months back and it was so reasonable I had to get it. You can’t see in this picture but the back and middle section were mesh with striped black details – so unique and stylish! The print was quite tribal and the mix of blue tones were absolutely stunning in person. I love the fabric in this dress, very comfortable and light with the tiniest hint of body-sculpting material.
This is another holiday staple – I think this is the third holiday it’s been on, but it’s the lightest dress imaginable. The colours are gorgeous and there’s a fab cut-out detail on the back. I’d be lost without this little dress. Florals are one of my favourite looks on holiday, as you may have noticed, because they scream summer. Funnily enough, I didn’t even like floral clothes until about two years ago when I figured out how great they looked on holiday. It is about finding the right floral print, though, anything too big can make you look bigger. I find smaller print is more flattering on a curvy figure, if you’re small and want to add shape go for larger flowers and prints.
I’ve worn the above a few times and although you wouldn’t be able to find this dress anywhere; the shop I bought it in is now closed, you may be able to find a replica elsewhere. I definitely recommend buying a “mullet dress,” even if it’s just for holidays as they’re so elegant and still really light and airy. You might not be able to tell but the fabric is really thin and floaty, the way it moves in the Spanish breeze is other-worldly. I love leopard-print so this is one of my all-time favourites. I paired it with a golden-toned leopard print cuff I purchased in Penneys a few years back. Somehow, although I would usually advise never pairing leopard pieces together, this works beautifully. I find a lot of typical fashion rules go out the window when on holiday – everyone tries something new and fun and the wackier the better.
One of the most important tips I can give is to always build around one colour when packing. If you choose one bag/pair of shoes/jewellery tone you can mix and match your entire wardrobe to suit these looks. I could have worn any of the accessories/shoes/bags I brought with each outfit without clashing – seriously important if you want to limit the amount you bring. If you have any holiday/packing questions let me know and I’ll do my best to help.