A Chi Chi [Beach] Affair…

Good morning readers! Today Pete and I are making the trip from Death Valley to Las Vegas and our final stop, Encore at the Wynn hotel. It’s getting hot hot hot and I am looking forward to nothing more than getting into my bikini and hitting the pool for some R&R, cocktail in hand. It’s great timing then that this morning we have the queen of vacation style, Rachie from A Chi Chi Affair, popping in to give you some style tips and ideas on beach or poolside looks you can rock this summer as the temperatures hopefully rise. Thanks Rachie!

Hi everyone! Rachie from A Chi Chi Affair here. While Rebecca is sunning herself USA stylee I’m here to take you through three fabulous summer looks for those upcoming holidays (or honeymoon in my case – whoop!!) Hope you like my picks!

Pastel flat top sunglasses £16, Topshop // Crochet shorts £25.99, Zara // Green flip flops £22, Oasis // Ice cream holdall £45, Oasis // Pink top £22.99, MANGO

Tortoise Shell Raybans £115, My-Wardrobe // Nail varnish in Gilted £6, Topshop // Cherry Blossom Playsuit Ted Baker at ASOS £89 // Gold Bangles £14, Oliver Bonas // White leather tote £80,River Island

Die cast mini shopper £59.99, Zara // Shell top £85, Whistles // Cork wedge heel shoe £49.99, Zara // Tribal Trilby £15, Oasis // Maxi dress £24.99, River Island at ASOS

Oh it’s hard to pick my faves here but I’m coveting those RayBans (yes please Mr Duty free!) and that Whistles shell top which will take you day to evening in style!

Do you have any favourites here? What’s your beach style?

Rachie xo

Packing for a mini-break

This morning we have another guest post… remember Rachie’s travel review of the Marbella Town House hotel? Well this morning, you get to see what she took with her.

I love this post. What could be better than being super nosey inside the bag of someone who is very stylish, (seriously, check out the outfits!) Even if you’re not jetting off anywhere (nope, me neither 🙁 ) it’s worth a read just to snoop on her favourite lip balm, book, heels.

So without further ado, give it up for Rachie and her holiday wardrobe!

I can’t deny that the Mr and I love our holidays and I think I have got my packing down to a bit of a fine art – taking mostly (!) the essentials. I thought I would share what I took for a short break.

For the plane…

Bag: I always take a roomy bag for the plane and I found this one in Topshop. It holds loads and is a nice neutral colour so you can use it for walking around too as it goes with loads of outfits.
Scarf: Another necessity for me just in case it gets a bit chilly and you can use it as a pillow too! I took this one from River Island.

We were only flying short haul so no huge makeup bag for me. I took:
My favourite lip balm which is this one – Kiss Me, Philosophy. It’s non sticky and lasts ages and it’s SPF 15.
My trusty Kiehls Moisturiser as the air can get very dry
Wet wipes for freshening up.
A mirror – mine was a gift from Monsoon.
A small deodorant
Passports: My passports go in this gorgeous little bag – another gift from Anya Hindmarch which is a perfect size and you can fit other travel documents in it too.
My iPhone preloaded with music and my fave American drama serial. (I’m watching The Good Wife at the moment)
…and a book (Mine was One Day)

I couldn’t resist stocking up on make up and magazines in Duty Free!

For the beach…

Beach bag from Rib and Hull at Etsy: I always take a beach bag that can fold up in my suitcase and I love this stripy one.
A hat: My hat is from Tk Maxx. I adore the little flowers on the side.
Bikini: Mine is Melissa Odabash at The Outnet. It’s such a flattering shape and colour. Definitely a classic.
Evian Atomiser Water Spray: So useful for when you get a bit hot.
UV hair protector from Charles Worthington,
Batiste dry shampoo to give my hair a bit of oomph when it dries.
High factor suntan lotion. My one is Boots Soltan Invisible dry touch transparent sun care spray. I always go for the clear spray ones which are a godsend if you are pale like me as they dry instantly so no sticky crème on your hands.
Hair bands.
Sunglasses: Mine are Chanel. They are such a classic and I love them
Flip flops: My beaded ones are from Pepe Jeans.

For the evening…
I’m sharing two looks in the evening. First up is this easy to wear dress from Zara teamed with French Connection tan wooden sandals which go with everything. I also added a feather necklace and my gold clutch both from Accessorize.

My other look is a silk jumpsuit from NW3. It is perfect for holidays because it’s so light to wear. I teamed this with Reiss heels, earrings from Oliver Bonas, and again my gold accessorize clutch.

Hope you enjoyed a look at my holiday packing list!
Rachie xo

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