Dubai
                                    With Thanks to our friends Martin & Tracy Killick xxx
Winter sun.......... yes please!

What better way to spend my last holiday of the year......a girly weekend in Dubai with our friend Tracy, my mum and my sister!

An action-packed few days... a trip up the Burj Khalifa, shopping in the Dubai Mall, an abra boat ride around Souk Madinat Jumeirah and much, much more!

Conscious of the warm temperatures and respecting the Islamic dress code I packed loose, cool clothing and comfy flats.  Sunnies, messenger bag, my hair tied up and of course....my camera!
Bag:  Zara (similar here)
Flats:  Next (similar here)
Sunglasses:  Ray Ban

Top:  Zara
Shorts:  Stradivarius
Bag:  Fossil (similar here)
Flats:  Next
Sunglasses:  Gucci
Two-Piece
Skirts & Sweaters Season!

For a simple transitional combo this Autumn team a soft sweatshirt with a textured skirt.  The balance of a warm top but bare legs and skate pumps is perfect for that downtime vibe.

I love to vary my look; from city chic...to beach babe....to country girl.  But today's look.....Sports Style.  The sun was still shining but the temperature slightly chilly........perfect for a skirt/sweatshirt combo!  

Love matching pieces?  For me it depends on the pieces or the print!  I love matching tailored separates.... especially cute short suits. But I was instantly drawn to this landscape print casual two piece!
Sweatshirt:   Pull & Bear
Skirt:  Pull & Bear
Skate Pumps:  Stradivarius
Necklace:  Michael Kors
Nautical
Sail away with nautical inspired pieces......

One of my favourite colours has to be navy.  A classic, sophisticated and smart shade that is more forgiving than black and I think suits pretty much everyone.  A key colour for a nautical vibe and a trend that never goes out of season, here are some of my nautical ideas for whatever the weather:

Spring/Summer:
  • Stripe sundress
  • Navy/white shorts & stripe tee
  • Stripe skirt & plain tee
  • Stripe espadrilles/white pumps
Autumn/Winter:
  • Navy blazer, stripe tee and chino's
  • Tailored navy trousers, stripe blouse and pumps
  • Stripe scarf or bag
As day two's adventures included the old town and Barcelona's marina (Port Vell) a soft, thin stripe tee, navy high waisted shorts and flats seemed appropriate!  Plus the weather was amazing and I wanted to make the most of being able to wear shorts! 

Tee:  Stradivarius
Shorts:  Zara
Bag:  Parfois
Flats:  Next
Sunglasses:  Ray Ban
Leather Look

"Sometimes I feel like I'm in Barcelona.................."!

 

A place that has always been on my bucket list.  My friend Leigh and I spent 3 days in this stunning, medieval Spanish city.  From the shopping... to lunch... to the architecture....I was simply amazed!!

 

In true tourist style I had my camera, guide book, sunnies and with lots of walking in order...........my new black/silver toe-cap skate pumps! (My favs at the mo!)

 

Sports luxe has been a key trend for SS14 and since it was still going to be hot weather I made sure to pack pieces that I could adapt easily from day to night.  A super cute, leather-look miniskirt with zip front and pocket detailing combined with my skater flats instantly worked this sporty appeal.  Complete with a pair of clubmaster Ray Bans and a city print Parfois bag........ I was ready for day uno in Barcelona!


For a night edit....add a pair of heels, fitted blouse and dainty jewellery.

Day one - Camp Nou (Barcelona FC), Park Güell - one of Gaudi's creations and Plaça de Catalunya.


Vest:
 Anti Blue, The Sting
Leather Skirt:  Zara 'Trf'
Skate Pumps:  Stradivarius
Bag:  Parfois
Sunglasses:  Ray Ban
  
Boa Noite
Ciao Albufeira......!!

A time to accentuate our tans and make the most of the end of summer.......WHITE-OUT!

Whilst my sister chose minimal, and simplicity with a cute, chic, loose fit dress, I went monochromatic.  Blocked patterns or embroidery in black and white create a timeless, classic look and will work well alongside existing pieces in your wardrobe.  In contrast to the rich detailing skirt, I chose a basic white shirt, white flats and a white flower headband. 

Crisp all-white was highlighted across the runways this SS14 whether it was a tailored or casual athletic look.  Not sure on all white?!  Then mix it up through different use of textiles; including leathers, silk, crochet or denim.

Abby
Dress: Zara
Necklace:  Boutique in Albufeira

Holly
Shirt:  Zara Trf
Skirt:  Zara
Flats:  Next
Headband:  Accessorize