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

The Townhouse, Marbella

This morning, we’re transporting you all away from the gusty autumn weather we’re experiencing, straight to the sunshine with a Florence travel post by the lovely Rachie. The lucky thing jetted off to Marbella for some last rays of sun before the weather turned and has been kind enough to share her hotel review with you all – definitely one to bookmark for a future mini-break or get-away!

Hi everyone! I’m Rachie from A Chi Chi Affair and I’m so delighted to be writing for Florence Finds. I thought I would share a review of a short break we went on to Marbella in Spain a few weeks ago.

The weather was turning in the UK and with pretty much all hopes of an Indian summer dashed we decided to book a last minute break away. The criteria for the break were sunshine, good restaurants and general lounging so we decided on Marbella in Southern Spain. What with our upcoming wedding next year we’ve also been saving the pennies so opted for a budget boutique B&B booked via Mr and Mrs Smith called The Town House.

I’m not a fan of huge corporate hotels so The Townhouse suited us perfectly, and with only nine rooms it was furnished beautifully, all white washed walls, marble floors and antique furniture with Molton Brown toiletries. It seemed to have a very chilled out vibe. As we were there slightly out of season it was lovely and quiet too. On arrival we were greeted by the very friendly owner who checked us in promptly and recommended a lovely restaurant for that night.


We woke up in the morning to the sound of church bells feeling refreshed after a good night’s sleep in the comfy beds (which had a mattress topper on – I asked!!) As per normal, I was looking forward to breakfast, (!) luckily served until 11. The Mr and I do like our lie-ins! Breakfast was a help-yourself affair full of different breads, cheeses, croissants and the best Serrano ham I have tasted. We took ours up to the roof terrace which we had to ourselves and admired the lovely views over the old town.

The Mr loves the beach and it was only a short walk away. Marbella has a long promenade which although was quite touristy was fun to stroll along, and we admired the Dali statues which brought back memories of Art at school! I would imagine it would be heaving in the summer but in the early autumn it was nicely busy. The Townhouse had recommended a beach club called Cappuccino where we spent a few days lying on the sun loungers reading, swimming in the sea and having late afternoon cocktails – Bliss!

The hotel is situated in the old town of Marbella full of narrow streets, boutique shops and restaurants. It’s so pretty and we spent many hours ambling around admiring the colourful buildings, the numerous orange and lemon trees and doing a bit of light shopping.

Nights were very buzzy, and we spent ours in the many lovely restaurants. I love the Spanish style of eating late and staying up to the small hours. We tried a great Italian, a rustic fish restaurant where I tried out my rusty Spanish and a traditional tapas place. Most nights we then retreated back to the roof top at the hotel for late night drinks where they had a very reasonable honestly bar with local cava and beers.

I would highly recommend Marbella for a short trip. It’s a mere 2 hour flight away so it’s great for an autumn break. Avoid the crowds and stay in old town if you can as it has so much character. We came back feeling rested and recharged ready for the great British winter.

Rachie xo

Thank you so much Rachie for sending this over – and even better, Rachie will be letting us into her packing tips next week! (It’s a real snoop inside the bag type of post – you guys with LOVE it!)

Now it’s time for me to put a request out. Florence Finds will often require guest posters and the travel section is no exception. This is your invitation to submit a review to me – just drop me an email on hello@florencefinds.com with your review or idea and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Your submission could be a hotel review like Rachie’s, or destination guide (UK, Europe and beyond applicable for both categories,) anything you think constitutes a fabulous Find for Florence’s readers! Think the best sights, hidden restaurants and stylish shopping.

Get sending peeps,

Love,
Rebecca.
xo

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