Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Do you like chocolate?

I've been inspired by a recent post on the Looking Stylish website: How to wear chocolate brown - colour combinations for you to try.  First of all I ate a piece of dark chocolate (it's supposed to be good for you!) and then I looked into my wardrobe to see how many chocolate items of clothing I have. Here's what I found to begin with.

There are several different shades here, just as chocolate varies from white chocolate to milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Too much chocolate though can be bad for you, so I decided to have some fruit.  Do you like oranges and peaches?

Or how about lemons and limes?

What about some vegetables - pumpkins, avocados or tomatoes? Enough of this nonsense!

The point I'm making here is that when you start with a neutral colour, you will have a wide range of accent colours that you can wear with it.  Remember though that if it's a warm neutral, you should choose warm accents. I chose these accent colours to go with my brown basics, but they will also look good with my other neutral of camel.

If your colouring is cooler than mine, you may have black, navy or grey as your neutral colour and your accent colours will obviously be cooler. However you could choose chocolate too. In her blog post, Maria of Looking Stylish shows combinations using cooler colours such as blue and pink. 

So, back to my original question: do you like chocolate?

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Holiday outfits

I checked the weather forecast before packing for my birthday holiday. We were going to Calpe for a couple of days as John's daughter and her family had booked a villa there, after which we headed to Jerez and Cádiz in southern Spain via Madrid. It wasn't going to be a beach holiday, even though we knew the weather was going to be hot, as we're more interested in walking and sight-seeing when we go on holiday. I packed one tankini as we were staying in a Spa hotel in Jerez, plus there was a roof-top hot tub in the hotel we had booked for the last night of our holiday. Apart from that, my clothes were mainly tops and bottoms that would be comfortable for sight.seeing with a couple of dresses for wearing when dining out in the evenings.

These are the clothes that I packed for this holiday: we were travelling by train so we weren't restricted by airline weight limits, though I didn't want to take too many clothes as I still had to lift my case on and off the trains!

I thought it might be interesting to post photos of some of the outfits that I wore on our holiday. Please take note of the hat in many of the photos - I'm not really a hat person but I knew we would be doing a lot of walking and at times we might have to walk in the sun rather than in the shade.




I had packed a couple of cardigans. We watch the weather on Spanish TV and had seen that it was very windy in Cádiz so I thought I might need to wear them when we went out in the evening. It was still very warm at night though and the winds had died down so I didn't need them, however they are light and don't take up much room, so next time I would still include at least one cardigan.

I have two Longchamp Le Pliage bags, which are ideal for travelling. I carry one of them and the other one folds up neatly, taking up very little space in my case. The bilberry one goes well with my brighter outfits, while the red one provides the splash of colour that I love with my neutral outfits.

The shoes I took were all chosen for comfort: a pair of Decathlon ballerina pumps and some lightweight trainers for days when we were going to be walking for several hours, plus a pair of gold sandals that are smart enough for going out in the evening, but still comfortable. I also had a pair of flip flops for when we visited the spa and the roof-top hot tub.

We were away for 10 days, however I haven't any photos of the outfits I wore for travelling or for going out at night. I must try to remedy that on our next holiday - you can tell that I'm not a professional blogger!