Poolside Glamour With Miss Tunica, Mondello leopard print tunic

My holiday wardrobe was in desperate need of a refresh for my recent trip to Abu Dhabi. I’ve been taking the same old sarongs and beach dresses on beach holidays for years. As luck would have it I was invited to choose one of the fabulous cover ups from Miss Tunica just in the nick of time. There are so many stunning designs that I had a really difficult time picking one! I’m such a fan of leopard print though – it goes with everything, right?

Adding a little poolside glamour with Miss Tunica made me feel confident and put together…despite the sweltering heat.

I love the maxi length and flowing style of the Mondello tunic; when I manage to prise myself off my sunlounger to go to the bar or the toilet I prefer to cover up. I know it’s perfectly acceptable to walk around in just a bikini but I always throw on a dress or a sarong – I wouldn’t walk around in my underwear so it doesn’t feel right to me not to put on another layer. Maybe I’m just a prude! But then who wouldn’t want to wear this gorgeous tunic? Adding a little poolside glamour with Miss Tunica made me feel confident and put together…despite the sweltering heat.

Poolside Glamour With Miss Tunica, Mondello leopard print tunic

The fabric is really soft and feels lovely against the skin. Handcrafted in India, the V neck is decorated with metallic beads. Miss Tunica was “inspired by the concept of promoting a woman’s creativity, individuality and personal style – on and beyond the beach”. The long, glamourous style makes going from beach to bar effortless.

A simple sheath dress can be dressed up or down so easily, making it a holiday wardrobe hero.

As the fabric is quite sheer, Miss Tunica also have a range of slip dresses in various colours to wear underneath. I chose a long black one and I can honestly say it was one of the most useful pieces of clothing I packed. A simple sheath dress can be dressed up or down so easily, making it a holiday wardrobe hero. The fit is very flattering as it hugs in all the right places without feeling clingy. The fabric quality is fantastic and retains its shape all day. I can see myself wearing this with a denim jacket and a statement necklace. Having really versatile pieces is key when you want to pack light (I’m still practising on that one!).

Poolside Glamour With Miss Tunica, black slip dress, Mango straw fedora

Poolside Glamour With Miss Tunica, Mondello leopard print tunic, Al Raha Beach Hotel Abu Dhabi

Poolside Glamour With Miss Tunica, Mondello leopard print tunic, Al Raha Beach Hotel Abu Dhabi

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Poolside Glamour With Miss Tunica, Mondello leopard print tunic, Al Raha Beach Hotel Abu Dhabi

Miss Tunica also sent me this gorgeous ring to complete the look as a lovely surprise. I wore it lots on holiday as it goes with so many outfits. I can’t wait for my next beach holiday so I can wear this fabulous outfit again!

How do you prefer to dress by the pool/at the beach? Do you like to add a bit of poolside glamour to your holiday wardrobe?

Poolside Glamour With Miss Tunica, Mondello leopard print tunic, Piha ring

Poolside Glamour With Miss Tunica, Mondello leopard print tunic, Al Raha Beach Hotel Abu Dhabi

Mondello tunic, slip dress and ring c/o Miss Tunica | Mango hat (similar) | Emilio Pucci sunglasses (old, similar) | FitFlop sandals (similar)

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Cheryl ShopsVanity and Me and In my Joi!

 


 

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Facing My Fears in the Water, Vorgee goggles

Although the thing I was most looking forward to about my recent holiday was relaxing in the sun, I also wanted to be braver in the water. I’ve always been apprehensive in the pool and the sea, due in no small part to being reliant on contact lenses/glasses. Even playing with Isobel in the pool has been problematic because kids do love to splash! If you wear contact lenses you have to be really careful in swimming pools because of the risk of infection.

But I took facing my fears in the water to a whole new level when we spent the day at Yas Waterworld!

When my new goggles arrived just before heading off on holiday I was determined to have fun in the pool – no more sitting on the sidelines. Isobel has weekly swimming lessons and is much more confident than me in the pool. She gave me a few lessons which did actually improve my technique. But I took facing my fears in the water to a whole new level when we spent the day at Yas Waterworld!

Facing My Fears in the Water, Vorgee goggles

Facing My Fears in the Water, Vorgee goggles

When we went to Abu Dhabi last year we loved Yas Waterworld, so going back there was top of our list of things to do. I wasn’t very adventurous last time and spent most of the day chilling out on a sunlounger while Pete took Isobel on the rides. I said that if we went back I’d be brave and go down the snake slide…and I did…three times!

Facing My Fears in the Water, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

In fact I was so emboldened that I went on the Sebag (head first on a foam mat down a big slide) and Hamlool’s Humps, which is the big blue chute in the photos below. I now know why they tell you to cross your legs…I got the mother of all wedgies!

Facing My Fears in the Water, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Facing My Fears in the Water, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

The second drop is really steep and creates a big splash on landing, so I would never have done this without goggles. It’s funny how something so small can make such a big difference. Just being able to “waterproof” my eyes totally transformed my experience of the water park and enabled me to get the most out of it.

Facing My Fears in the Water, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

There was time to relax though – going on a weekday was a good call because it wasn’t too busy. We topped off the day with two goes on the rollercoaster. It’s only a little one – the fastest rollercoaster in the world is just a stone’s throw away at Ferrari World…maybe one for next year!

Facing My Fears in the Water, sunloungers, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Facing My Fears in the Water, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

I’m so glad that I challenged myself to do the “scary rides” because I’ve always chickened out before. Yas Waterworld isn’t cheap (although we got a good deal through the hotel this time) so there’s no point going just to sit on a sunlounger. We all had such a fun day (and holiday) with the help of our new Vorgee goggles!

I’m making it my mission to try as many new (and even scary) experiences as possible…you only live once, right?

You may remember back in February I shared my thoughts on why it’s good to do something that scares you. Well, I’m making a point of following my own advice. I’m making it my mission to try as many new (and even scary) experiences as possible…you only live once, right? In fact I’m not long back from London where I tried out a really fun new experience (take a look at my Instagram for a sneak peak). I’ll be sharing all the details in next Sunday’s post 🙂

Do you like to push yourself out of your comfort zone and try new experiences? What’s top of your list of things to do?

 

Facing My Fears in the Water, Vorgee goggles

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Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear

Well, I’m just back from a wonderful holiday in Abu Dhabi and looking through the photos I can’t help but wish I was still there. All good things must come to an end though, and tomorrow I’ll face the mountain of washing and ironing! We did a few outfit photos during the holiday which I’ll be posting over the next week or so.

Styling a long silk gown with streetwear, such as a denim jacket or chambray shirt…is a great way to get more wear from such an elegant garment.

I have quite a few tried and tested pieces that I always take away with me, but this time I wanted to refresh my holiday wardrobe. Fortunately, I was kindly sent this gorgeous silk gown by NK iMode just in time for my trip. The Gypsy Diva Long Gown in Ultra Violet is such a beautiful design and colour. The light and luxurious silk makes it ideal for sultry climes, while the maxi length makes it surprisingly versatile. Styling a long silk gown with streetwear, such as a denim jacket or chambray shirt (as I’ve done here) is a great way to get more wear from such an elegant garment.

Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear, NK iMode Gypsy Long Silk Gown in Ultra Violet

The front of the gown is quite low cut so layering a shirt over it was sensible in what’s still quite a conservative country. Generally in resorts in Abu Dhabi and Dubai there is much more freedom regarding clothing for women than in public places such as shopping malls. However, I prefer to cover my cleavage and legs (when I’m not by the pool) out of respect for the cultural conventions.

Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear, NK iMode Gypsy Long Silk Gown in Ultra Violet

I just had to show you the stretch lace section at the back though. This stunning design feature makes the gown very comfortable and means it fits perfectly. Wearing a bra is out of the question but the straps are adjustable so the girls were safely contained!

How would you style this silk dress? Would you keep it elegant or opt for a streetwear look?

Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear, NK iMode Gypsy Long Silk Gown in Ultra Violet

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Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear, NK iMode Gypsy Long Silk Gown in Ultra Violet

Gypsy Diva Long Gown in Ultra Violet c/o NK iMode | Zara chambray shirt (old) | Les Nereides necklace | Azuni bracelet

Last week’s favourites were…

Linda of A Labour of FashionLife, Terri of MeadowTree Style and Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots!


 

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The benefits of going on holiday
Greetings from the sand pit! As you probably know, I’m currently in Abu Dhabi enjoying some much-needed down time and sunshine. Of course, a blogger’s work is never done, even on holiday! Luckily we have WiFi, albeit a bit patchy. I will catch up with replying to comments and doing link ups when I get home.
It feels like a long time since I last had a holiday in the sun, and after the hideous weather we’ve had over Winter and early Spring I really needed it. But it’s not just the basking in the sun that’s lifted my spirits (although that helps enormously). Getting out of my routine is what I need every so often. It’s only when I go on holiday that I realise just how set in my ways I’ve become. Being out of my usual surroundings blows away the cobwebs and helps me to re-evaluate life. The benefits of going on holiday can be felt long after the tan has faded.

I had no idea where these strange bruises were coming from, but I was becoming concerned.

I had a very busy time at work in the run up to coming away, as well as a little health scare, which is still a bit of a mystery. The day before we went to a family wedding, I noticed a tiny bruise on my forehead which had appeared while I was running. The following day, as I was getting ready for the wedding I noticed another bruise on my face and my whole cheek felt incredibly tender. It became more noticeable as the day progressed, followed by more over the next couple of days. I had no idea where these strange bruises were coming from, but I was becoming concerned.

By midweek I had bruising around my eye too, so I went to see the doctor. I had a blood test which showed a low platelet count. My folate and B12 levels were fine (sometimes a vegan diet can result in a deficiency) so my doctor was rather perplexed. It could be due to a virus (I did have a cold) or an autoimmune problem. I have to repeat the test when I get back and take it from there. Otherwise I feel fine, and after sleeping lots for the first few days of the holiday I now feel revived and much more energised. I’m defintely feeling the benefits of getting away to relax and try new things.

The benefits of going on holiday

Exercise

Using the gym here at the hotel has made me realise how much I miss it. Exercising at home just isn’t the same – it’s certainly harder to stay motivated – so I’m joining one when I get back. When we relocated almost five years ago I had to give up my membership at Virgin Active and got a treadmill instead. As much as I love running (both treadmill and outdoors) I really want to have the variety a gym offers. We spent an hour and a half kayaking through the mangroves on Thursday, which was a great upper body workout – my arms are feeling it now!

Reading

Something else I rarely do at home but always do on holiday is read. I’ve been trying to get through Antonia Fraser’s The Weaker Vessel for what feels like years! It’s a really interesting account of “woman’s lot in seventeenth-century England”.  I’ve read lots in the last few days and I’m determined to finish it within the next couple of weeks. I’ll set aside regular reading time instead of aimlessly surfing the internet and buying things I don’t need. Despite my love of devices I refuse to have a Kindle. When it comes to reading I’m old school and always will be! I love the smell of new books – I flick through the pages just to breath in the smell…do you ever do that or am I just weird?
The Benefits of Going On Holiday

Trying new food

I think I have a fairly healthy diet at home, but because there’s so much fruit, salad and vegetable dishes on offer here I’m eating better than usual. The usual dairy-alternatives aren’t available so I’m not scoffing vegan chocolate or necking loads of tea and coffee. I think I’m addicted to Baba Ganoush…it’s so delicious! I’ve got to find a Middle Eastern supermarket when I get home. Also, I hadn’t realised how many different type of dates there are – buying a packet from Lidl just won’t cut it any more. I’ve been spoilt!

The benefits of going on holiday

 

Making Plans

 Relaxing by the pool has allowed me to think – undistracted by a million other things – about what I want to achieve in the near to medium future. I have some plans for the blog, including a little redesign and refresh. Also, I’ve decided to start a savings account just for travelling. Rather than fritter my money away on clothes and accessories I want to spend it on doing things – exciting, mind-expanding experiences – and make happy memories instead of over-stuffed wardrobes (which I already have!). Oh, and I’m ditching the iPhone and going back to Android. There’s only so much nagging about running out of memory I can take!
Do you like to reflect and make plans on holiday?

 

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Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

I did my usual trick recently of going to TKMaxx to return something and coming out with more items than I went in with! I spotted these jeans prominently displayed at the end of the rail, and when I saw the price (£14.99) and the quality of the denim I had to try them on. I loved them so much I bought two pairs! They are by a label called Butt I Love You, and are supposed to make your derriere look perkier. Well, I don’t know if they do in my case, all I know is they fit well and feel great on.

They’re very stretchy and don’t bag or sag, even after I’ve been wearing them all day. Obviously I’m not the only one who loves them because they are sold out almost everywhere. I can’t even find them on the TKMaxx website, but I did manage to track down a lighter wash version here. Poshmark have some too.

I combined different shades of blue with a pop of yellow as it’s one of my favourite colour combinations, especially for Spring.

As the weather wasn’t freezing (for a change) I decided to debut these open toe ankle boots. I’ve been waiting ages to wear them; I bought them at the end of the summer and missed the boat with the weather. I think they’ll work well with skirts as well as jeans. I combined different shades of blue with a pop of yellow as it’s one of my favourite colour combinations, especially for Spring. The faux fur jacket keeps out the chill and the hat covers up my unruly hair!

I’m keeping it short and sweet this week as I’ve been burning the candle at both ends as well as the sides lately working and packing for holiday…by the time you read this I’ll be catching up on sleep by the pool 🙂

Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

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Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

Pia earrings

Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

French Connection faux fur jacket | Butt I Love You jeans (TKMaxx, similar) | Warehouse jumper | H&M cap (similar) | Bright Bag yellow tote (similar) | Isabelle Jaquelin shoes (similar)

Last week’s favourites were…

Roxanne of Glass of Glam, Jodie, Nancy & Charlotte of Jodie’s Touch of Style and Sheela of Sheela Goh!


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