Hi Everyone! I hope you’ve all had the best summer, I’m just back from my yearly family holiday in Portugal and although I’m sad it’s over, I am very excited to get stuck into work and for autumn! I’m really one of those people that gets excited for cliche things like Cosy Evenings, Hot chocolates and Christmas way too early in the year.

I’m starting to write this blog post before I have even got all my photos together and the truth is I’m a little nervous as a month is a long time and I wore a lot. Admittedly some outfits were repeated/won’t be worth showing but August is by far my favourite month to dress for and this will be a long post. I’m always away in August and I think since I have not much else to do I love to plan and style my outfits, plus I’ve usually got a few new pieces to wear which is always exciting!

To get this post started I’ll start with my most worn item, a black playsuit from Primark which definitely cost me under £10 and which I just love! It’s lightweight and stretchy but the tassels and the Bardot style make it fun. Honestly, if I had to wear just one items last month this would have been it! Primark is excellent for easy to wear holiday items.

Also, these sliders will feature heavily in this post, as they were undoubtedly my favourite item of footwear and I even wore them today in London. They’re only £25 from M&S, super comfortable and easy to wear, they also come in a whole range of colours but I think the red was perfect for adding a pop of colour to so many of my outfits. I think they release these (or something similar) every year and I’ll be back next year for some more!

(Sunglasses- Primark and Necklace here)

This lemon dress (currently on sale and only£13!)  which is from Boohoo was quite popular on my Instagram and I received lots of DM’s about it. Lemons had a real moment last year but this summer I still really liked them and this dress is super cute. It’s short but the ruffled hem keeps it still looking flattering even if you have larger thighs like I do. I teamed it with my eBay Bamboo bag which I’ve been wearing for months and my new Carvela Nude Sandals which are from Shoeaholics, which is a great place to look for affordable branded shoes.

This gingham and red combo was one of my favourite outfits and I’ve worn it since I’ve been back too. The dress is from TOBI which is website I’d never shopped from but they have some really beautiful pieces including the white dress below which looks particularly great with a tan. The red lipstick in the photo above is MAC Ruby Woo which has become such a favourite and this red bag is a real new love of mine and is also from Carvela via Shoeaholics. The bag is no longer available in the red but the wine and black colours are really perfect for Autumn and under £45!

If you’re after some wow swimwear that won’t break the bank then Debenhams is the place to look, this Positano themed swimsuit is unlike any I’ve ever seen and is from the MW by Matthew Williamson Collections, the print is beautiful but it’s also a really flattering shape. My most worn cover up is this one also from Debenhams, also from the MW By Matthew Williamson collection, so of course it’s a beautiful print. I think both look quite high end without a high end price tag.

Whilst were talking about swimwear I should probably tell you about my most worn sun care products. I used Clarins Milk Lotion, Bioderma Photoderm Bronz and Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport Clear Sunscreen on my body. On my face I used Lancôme Soleil Bronzer SPF30 Protective Cream both by itself and under makeup. Towards the end of my holiday I started to use BaliBody on top of suncream to help deepen my tan.

I took some really beautiful bits of Quiz clothing on holiday and it’s a brand I’ll definitely be order from soon, especially from the dress section on the website. This floral dress is perfect as although its quite short it’s still a flattering shape and I got lots of wear out of. I can’t resist a co-ord so I had to pick up this dotty combo, the trousers are a little sheer (I think it’s on purpose) but the top is one of my favourite crop top, even for bigger busts!

Bikinis are hard to find but I think you should really try to find one you feel great in, for me this year it was this one from Freya. Red is my favourite colour to wear as I think it suits my skin tone most but the white pipping helped bring out my tan. The bottom are neither too big or too small and the top offered the support I want without being too covered or looking like a top for bigger busts. I actually saw someone else wearing this bikini (luckily not on the same day as me) and she had a much bigger bust than me and it looked great on her! If you’re struggling to find a bikini you feel good in and really recommend you give this one a go!

I picked this matching top and shorts a little last minute and I’m so glad I did! It was inexpensive from H&M and another of my favourite pieces, the shorts in particular are very comfortable, a great length but look great.

The shoes on the right turned out to be one of my most useful this holiday, they’re another pair from Shoeaholic but these are Michael Kors, they’re slightly dressier than most my other sandals and the slight heel means they’re both comfortable and flattering!

I picked a few things from Oasis (which is one of my favourite places to shop at the moment) before going away. My most worn was undoubtedly this leopard wrap dress, I love a wrap dress and I love leopard print so this dress is great. I wore it lots on holiday but also lots here in London both before and after going away, the pattern and length mean it’s a great one to team with a jacket when it’s starting to get a little cooler and can be dressed up and down.

I also love this more fun, more casual dress (above right)- I love the colours and the tassels, I teamed it with super cute OASIS espadrilles too!

One of my more dressed-up outfit was this scarf print pencil skirt and asymmetrical top, both from OASIS. I really love this skirt and get lots of compliments whenever I wear it, it’s under £50, a really statement piece and can be styled very easily. I went for this red asymmetrical top to make it a little more dressy but it would look just as nice with a white tee.

I had the pleasure of being a god mother this summer and wanted a really nice but summery dress. The mother had asked us to wear yellow and I actually had some issues finding a yellow dress but this one is really my sort of dress. I love a lace dress and this length is really lovely too, I have since wore it to a wedding in London where I got some lovely compliments and although I love the yellow it does come in other colours if you’re looking for something for the next few months.

This little nude bag is again from Carvela via Shoeaholics and currently under £50, it’s timeless and I think I’ll be wearing it for years to come!

These nude heels are from Public Desire, I loved them and wore them for a few years. Sadly about 30 minutes after taking this photo my heel got stuck in a drain cover and I’m sure you can see where this is going…

If you follow me on Instagram you may have spotted this dress before I went away but I really enjoyed wearing this Shein kaftan style dress. Although long sleeves it was too warm as it’t quite loose and I think the embroidery is really very beautiful!

Which outfit was your favourite? Would you like a monthly round up every month?


I’ve been back from Madeira almost two weeks now and I’m already missing it.

It was my fifth time there, as Michael has family on the island but I think I was starting to take it for granted;  however this time round I explored it with new eyes and fell in love all over again. I’ll do an in-depth guide soon but for now, I want to share my lovely afternoon at the Reid’s Palace for afternoon tea.

Michael had been paragliding in the early afternoon and after getting a little sunburnt watching him, we headed across the island to Funchal. I’d spotted Reid’s Palace before as it’s a beautiful pink building and seeing as I love an afternoon tea, it was the perfect opportunity to visit.

Reid’s Palace is so unlike most of the other hotels on the island, it has quite a British feel so it, which I actually love, especially as it’s very much a luxury hotel. Back to the afternoon tea. Although I love afternoon tea, this was actually Michael’s first and it was a spectacular first. Afternoon tea is served on the most beautiful terrace, with an amazing sea view- unlike any other afternoon tea I have ever experienced. The tea list was extensive – which was convenient as Michael hates tea- I’ll admit he added a stupid amount of sugar but actually enjoyed the tea (or at least the sugar.)

The standard afternoon tea comes with (as you would expect) delicious sandwiches, scones and cakes, all sourced locally. It was the perfect amount of luxury: a good classic afternoon tea, in a beautiful location but nothing too showy.

The waiters were all very friendly and we may have taken them up on their offer to refill a few of the sandwiches and scones – they were just that good!
Probably one of my favourite afternoon teas ever; the setting really made it a wonderful experience.
After an hour of enjoying the view and the delicious food, we were lucky enough to be given a tour of the hotel. My favourite part was the hall which housed all the photos and history of the hotel – I didn’t photograph it but it you ever visit, I would highly recommend spending half-an-hour exploring. It was amazing to see all the iconic figures that have stayed at the hotel over the years and how the hotel has developed- the hotel is 125 years old and with the incredible history to prove it.

We explored the suites, inspired by both England and Portugal, the outdoor area, the spa and the sea area, where visitors use to dock when visiting the hotel when it first opened. If you’re ever in Madeira I can’t recommend Reid’s Palace enough; I haven’t stayed the night but I would imagine it’s a dream. If it’s a little out of your price range then I would recommend at least popping in for afternoon tea. It’s pretty affordable, especially compared to London prices.

I’ll be back soon for another serving of tea.

ps. If you are visiting in the summer months, remember men have to wear long trousers for the afternoon tea, Michael went wearing smart shorts and had to return to the car where he luckily had a pair of trousers or the hotel would have had to lend him a pair.

It feels like a life time ago already but it was only last month that I was in Madeira. If you don’t know too much about Madeira it’s an island which is part of Portugal, but actually more off the coast of Morocco than of Portugal. I’ve been there a few times as my boyfriend’s family are originally from there and since his parents have a house there it’s a nice place for an easy and fairly affordable holiday. Although the tourists there are usually a fair bit older it’s actually a beautiful island and we always have a great time; consume far too much food and usually have some fabulous weather too.

I’ve done most of the touristy things in the past but there were a few things we never got round to ticking of the list. We went up to visit Pico Do Arieiro which involves is a bit of a scary but enjoyable (and safe) drive. It’s Madeira’s third highest peak which leaves you above the clouds and is potentially my favourite place in Madeira!

Another place I discovered this year was Santa Catarina Park, a fairly small but truly beautiful and free to visit park. We ended up here after visiting the CR7 museum (not my cup of tea), it was a really warm day but the perfect place to relax and have a leisurely stroll.

We also stayed a few days at the Porto Mare hotel and I’m so glad we did! The room we had was amazing: large sitting room, a good size kitchen, a perfect bathroom, balcony and a huge comfy bed. We spend the whole day by the pool, drinking cocktails, relaxing on our pool floats and playing games. We made the most out of the pool loungers and inside pool, although we didn’t get round to trying the outdoor hot tub.

For dinner we went to Kyoto Da Ilha which we were recommended to by some of Mike’s family. They serve some of the best sushi I’ve ever had, in a beautiful location too. It’s a little expensive compared to other restaurants out there but pretty cheap for sushi. I think this has joined O Lagar with being my favourite restaurant in Madeira.

The following day, after a great nights sleep at Porto Mare, we had a great breakfast outside in the hotel’s gardens where we had choice from a huge breakfast spread and then went on to enjoy the pool some more. We had such a lovely stay that I hope to be able to book there again for the next time we go.

Boy did this post give me the holiday blues but check out my YouTube channel where I’ll be sharing my Madeira vlog once it’s been edited.