My husband Ant and I both work in events, he’s really lucky he gets to go on frequent trips to Mexico, South Africa, Lake Como, New York… and I get to ride the London to Liverpool train up and down…! That’s kind of by the by, but basically, finding a window where we can both take an extended amount of time off is really hard. This year that window fell in school holidays, a really expensive time to go away and we don’t have a kid in school, so paying those hiked prices for a bit of sun and sea seemed ridiculous. Why would we? It’s July and we have the English Riviera a 4hr drive away. So here came the bright idea – why don’t we just go down to Cornwall to see my Aunt & Uncle – yep great idea, it’s more or less free, there’s fish and chips on tap, we can make sandcastles and enjoy sunny coastal walks, perfect.
We were all naturally really excited, and so were our friends… “good choice”, “love Cornwall”, “weather’s beautiful in Cornwall”… but oh no, no no, not for us (ok so I’m lying it was nice some of the time or I wouldn’t have been able to take this photo would I?!). However, when throwing clothes into a suitcase on the Wednesday night before we traveled down, all I could look at was the weather forecast on my phone that said rain, rain and more rain.
So I’m really trying hard not to make this blog about the weather or me moaning about the weather all the time, but a) I’m British and b) this summer weather is really pretty rubbish right now and trying to look stylish and not like a fisherman-come scout leader on holiday, when the heavens have literally opened, is really flipping hard. But I tried my hardest and there were moments of glorious sunshine, so here’s a look at what I wore on my Great British Summer Holiday wardrobe…
Yellow Mac, new – Betty Kay London
I’ve already mentioned this outfit on the previous post, this yellow mac was an Amazon Prime panic buy the night before the holiday – I didn’t own a mac! I had no idea I’d love it as much as I do, it’s so cheerful and although it looks really bright in the photo its actually more of a muted mustard colour than canary yellow it looks here, so it actually goes with more things than you’d think. Anyway, I didn’t really think I’d be packing thinking, how can I avoid not looking like a drowned (Sesame Street) ‘Big Bird’.
Our first evening we spent at the Esplanade Hotel Restaurant, followed by drinks and music in the bar. I love Jules prints, I can’t say their full collection is for me, but there’s something so quintessentially British about them – their nautical stripes with beautiful floral pastels and brights, plus the material they use is so luxurious and survives my ‘chuck everything in the drum, turn to 40 and cross your fingers’ approach to washing. I have 2 of these tennis dresses from Jules and this is my absolute fave.
Dress, bought in summer sale, Next
There was no way I wasn’t going to wear a summer dress on holiday, especially when it was bought for the holiday. So continuing with the nautical stripes I had going on I paired it with my vintage Topshop gold knot earrings, and crossed my fingers the sun would stay out – it didn’t!
Top, old, Primark | Lipstick, MAC
For our last Cornish supper that night we headed out across Fistral Beach to enjoy the views and fish & chips from Rick Stein Fistral – I decided to continue the stripes further with this Gucci inspired Primark tunic top, bought in spring and wore with a bright pink lippie to bring out the colour pop in the embroidered badges.
Last day and before heading home we decided to head off for a coastal walk around Newquay. I chose this new black denim skirt, which is actually knee length, sorry bit too much leg going on here 😉 and teamed with my staple & Other Stories Tee, which I just love for the texture of the lettering.
Well, despite the weather we actually had THE BEST holiday – I’m a mum and for me if Louis is having a good time, so am I! There is so much for toddlers to do in Cornwall and we found two really great attractions, so in my next post I’m going to talk all about those. I’ve featured heaps of pics on my Instagram wall from this holiday here, I’d love you to take a look and let me know what you think – please give me a follow so I can keep you updated with my future blogs. AND I promise, no more talk of the weather, that’s in weather girl Sarah is done!
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