It’s very rare that I ever go on holiday, which is not strictly true because I’m off on a short break tomorrow (but it’s up to climates even colder, so it doesn’t really count, I’m talking the hot ones here), but if I do it’s around September time. No kids, cheaper rates and all that. By then the shops are back to stocking hats, scarfs and wooly coats and I’m left pondering if anyone will notice me bulging out of my bikini that I’ve had since I was 18. I’m not letting that happen this year, so I’ve started early. I’m off away at the end of September and I want my suitcase to be filled with a kick-ass wardrobe that I haven’t owned since my teenage years. Feeling my pain? Here’s some poolside picks that I suggest picking up now while you can…

ASOS Drape Beach Kaftan – kaftans and cover-ups are always the first thing to go, so I pounced on this one. Light and baggy, it’s basically see-through, but heck you’re going to be on the beach – who cares? Great to throw on when things get a bit nippy; speaking of which…

Monki Bikinis – this one goes out to all the fellow small breasted ladies out there. Though we may not have much in the cleavage department to offer, we do get the change to wear ridiculously unsupportive bikinis and this one from Monki is exactly what I’m talking about. I actually really like the bottoms – they’re like big grannie panties which somehow look ok and are very comfortable indeed.

ASOS Straw Fedora – when it comes to holidays, I do like to sport a good hat. Being a naturally pale and interesting type the rays don’t agree with me all that well so I take any form of protection I can. This one isn’t too big, or too small and surprisingly hugs my huge circumference of a head quite well.

Warehouse Canvas Shopper – I always struggle with beach bags as lightweight fabric totes remind me of my teenage years when I dragged all my books to school in one, but actually this manages to slip through the net. Slightly rigid and in a non-garish pattern, the lining inside means it will be easy to brush all the sand out of at the end of the day.

Models Own Nail Polish in Beach Bag – boy was this a hard one to get my hands on. Not strictly a fashion find, but one that I just know I’ll be wanting to rock when the time comes for me to jet off – plus it’s called Beach Bag. Could it be anymore summer holiday appropriate?

Speaking of packing, if you’re off on your travels soon then you may find my ‘Holiday Packing’ playlist handy – it’s an organisational freaks dream with print off checklists and everything. Bon voyage folks!

  • Charlotte Hartwell

    That is the most appropriately named nail polish!

  • Anna Blush

    I had this exact problem last year! Went on a summer holiday during Australia’s winter and I really struggled to get the things I needed- particularly a nice bikini! Always good to be organised, thanks for the reminder! x

  • Manouk

    I also want a hat for my holiday. I recently dyed my hair and I’m so scared that it’ll turn into this weird color because of the sunshine. I already have my sprays and oils but all I need now is a hat haha. Love the bikini! I still need to get myself a bikini but I don’t want to really..

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  • Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD.

    Love that bikini, the print and style looks so pretty! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  • Michela Amp

    Love tha hat and bikini..
    MIKI xx

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  • Divya

    I love the bag and the kaftan! I need one for Bracelona! 😀

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  • victoria

    loved that selection ! This Monki bikini is GORGEOUS 😮 Lovely post Anna ! :)

  • Snezhana

    So envy you can get ModelsOwn nail polishes ;( I cannot get them in Russia :(

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    Love the bikini! You’ve just made me super excited to go on holiday Anna! x

  • Avanti

    Must look into Monki bikinis because I sure hear your pains!


  • Lauren S

    I love a straw fedora, always reminds me of summer hols !

    Lauren x

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  • Joanne Sherrell

    Cute bikini, Anna!, x

  • Chloe Walker

    I am so inlove with hats this year! have a lovely range for a decent price!

  • SophsChoices

    Those bikinis looks great!

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  • Biruté Sim

    Yeah September is the best time to be away :), hope you enhoy the hot summet here :)

  • Angela

    Love the bag, perfect to store all your goodies in. Have a blast!

  • Kitt Noir

    Have a wonderful time – loving that hat & nail polish x

  • Sarah Nunn

    Love the bikini! Have an amazing holiday xxx

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  • Beth

    That bikini is lovely. :) Bikini shopping is always the worst part about beach holidays.

    Beth. x

  • Lorna – Studs and Dreams

    Currently regretting not booking a holiday after seeing this post! I want to buy Bikini’s and summery things!

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  • Stephanie

    I love the bag, it’s something a little different!



  • emiller1233

    I wish I could wear ridiculously unsupporative bras, think of the possibilities!

  • Mia Olander

    Love the hat!

  • Parisian To Be

    I can totally relate on the whole bikini situation; a plus, though is that I can get away with any top. x

    xo Lillian from Parisian To Be

  • Chelsea Leigh

    Love the hat and bag!

  • Stefanie Meier

    That bikini is to die for! xx

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  • Meg Bolderson

    I can’t get my hands on models own beach bag either!! I’m looking for it everywhere. x

  • Roshni Mistry

    I’m not even going on a holiday this year but am sorely tempted to buy that bikini…

  • Amber Hunter

    Ahh yes one of the upsides is the range of bikini tops we can wear 😉 I tend to find some cute ones in Victorias Secret but be forewarned there are the push up ones that are actually painful (I tried one on and wow never again haha). I’ve also spied some really pretty bikinis on Asos I may have to snatch up.
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  • Cassie

    I love the color of that nail polish, it’s beautiful for summer!

  • Lauren

    This polish is gorgeous! Definatley going to have to get my hands on it!

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  • Lou S

    Love the caftan, it’s gorgeous!


  • Stephanie Kyriakopoulou

    need to get a new pair of bikinis since I miiiight have put on some weight…

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  • Ellenor Marie

    Great little post :) I love the ideas of what to pack :)

  • Ella

    I was the one who asked about bikinis for small cheated people on Twitter, thank you!

    • Ella

      *chested oops!

  • Shannon P

    I used to do this when we went away out of season haha, I used to spend hours trawling websites for any leftover swimwear! Not anymore I get stocked up as soon as the summer line hits the store 😛 x

  • Amy

    I had that hat in the mail when I saw this post. It’s now arrived and I’m pleased to say you’re right! It’s surprisingly small (perfect for my tiny head) and a perfect addition to any outfit. I think I’ll be reaching for it all summer.

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  • nueyork

    I definitely get jealous of girls who can pull of cute little bikinis like that! It’s such a fun pattern. There is really nothing fun about people questioning you on whether you’re wearing a bra to the beach or not because your bikini has underwire!

  • Sybil Mae

    Awesome post! :) I have been eyeing up Triangl bikinis recently but i’m contemplating whether I will get any weather to wear it this summer!

  • Carrie Ward

    I bought a vix bikini circa 2004 with my first pay check at the time. (I was living at home, and going on holiday to Brazil with my then boyfriend AND his ex girlfriend what can I say I had a moment of madness!!!) I still have it and I still wear it on holiday. I have managed to persuade my hubbie, who wasn’t the boyfriend that I went to brazil with, that I need another one and that it’s an investment. Surprisingly he has allowed me to splurge again, happy days.

  • Lina Khalifa

    That nail polish shade is perfect!

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