As with last summer, I retreated to the south of France for a week to hang out with my family and friends. I ate more bread than I previously thought possible, and left with my more red wine than blood running through my veins, which I think is a surefire sign of a week well-spent.
As I sit here writing this I’m bundled up in a large woolly jumper with a blanket around me (yes, I am an old lady), so it’s not a little strange writing about sundresses and swimsuits. BUT I feel like it’s still appropriate to be reminiscing about the summer even as we all start to dust off our coats and break out the knitwear.
Summer for me is a time when I really just let the colour explode all over my wardrobe. Although at home I tend to stick to a more muted palette, my summer wardrobe is an overload of prints and colours. I even eschew my uniform grey nail varnish (Essie’s Cocktail Bling, for anyone wondering) in favour of a more lively colour – in this case, a coral from Rimmel. I love sundresses even though I generally as a rule prefer winter dressing, but this holiday I let it all hang out in a variety of floral numbers.
Dress (barely): Topshop
Despite being a fan of getting my boobs out and wearing tight clothing, swimwear is probably my least favourite thing to sport. It leaves me feeling exposed and unable to draw attention away from certain areas and towards others. In previous years I have settled for a high-waisted bikini, but this year I abandoned the two-piece alltogether in favour of one-piece swimsuits. Because I figured it was time for a change, and if I was hating what I had already tried, it could only get better, right? Luckily for me, ASOS and Boohoo (I’ve never shopped at the latter before and was pleasantly surprised), came through with the good stuff, and my swimwear collection, inspired by The Nanny, finally has me excited again.
All photos taken by my long-suffering friend Emily. Check out her Instagram here.