Guys! Summer’s around the corner and I hope you’ve been getting to enjoy some funz in the sunz! If you live in a rainy country like Belgium though, your fix of vitamin D can be hard to get by.
Ever since I was old enough to jet off without parental supervision, I’ve been dreaming of a romantic getaway with my then non-existent lover. But lo and behold, I’ve waved my single status goodbye and James and I have been looking for the ideal place to have some alone time. Because we need some. The past few weeks have been hectic, with him rehearsing for the band’s album’s release show – which luckily went great! I’ve mostly been chillin’ on the couch actually, and today marks the end of my mini 4-day vacay / extended weekend off work. Sad!
In the meantime, Thomas Cook emailed me an invitation to their very first Blogger Event at the Marriot in Ghent. With a cocktail (or 5) and some snacks in hand, we learnt everything there is to know about 3 prime last minute destinations: Mallorca, Mexico and Thailand!
This was the part where I was like “where da cocktailz?”
Spain has a special place in my heart because of the family holidays we’d used to spend near Barcelona, and seeing Mallorca pop up as a trendy destination surprised me – I thought it was a massive tourist trap, but frankly – the presentation made it seem like a more relaxed version of Saint-Tropez – me gusta!
Last minutes can be a bit tricky to organise but the lower price and often the element of spontaneity totally make up for haphazardly putting together a to pack list. Last September I went to Crete with my family and even though I knew about a month before we took off what we’d be in for, I still managed to forget something vital when you go for a sunny vacay: Beachwear. I’m not talking about some bikinis but a good beach or poolside bag and some cover ups!
Since last minutes aren’t a certainty and I’m still not sure whether or not James and I will be going anywhere this year (that’s a musician’s life, festival season = drop-everything-and-play-the-show season), I decided to keep things on the cheap contrary to most of my latest purchases which focus more on quality (Summer fabrics are more forgiving to a slightly wonky cut or fit if you ask me) and/or versatility.
For beach cover ups, make sure you keep a lookout for washable fabrics. Sweat, sun screen, sea salt and/or chlorine can do nasty things to your clothes – so this is where polyester comes in! Woven polyesters are quite durable and in the shape of a kimono, they can be a great beach cover up. If anything you can give new life to an old see-through blouse you have lying around.
As for the bottom, I like to opt for a wide, flowy maxi skirt or some shorts. Nothing tight or worth making a fuss over. On my chaise-longue or barstool, I want to be able to not sit like a “lady” cause bish plz I’m on a holiday. Expert tip: Skip zipped bottoms, elastic waists are where it’s at! Ultimate mobility, maximum space for ice creams and very big dessert buffets.
Basically anything “festival fashion”, a concept that I loathe because I say no thnx k to the further commercialisation of music, could be considered beach fashion in my book. Particularly low on funds after spending everything on your holiday? Fear not, ebay is here to help you out on all your polyester needs! Woo!
So if you’ll excuse me I will continue shopping for nice things I’m not really sure I need. Have a great week peeps!