I’ve booked a holiday to Madeira! I am so excited, you have no idea. Sooo I thought I would start looking at potential purchases now!
I’ve been needing something to look forward to, between working and studying. Something relaxing, maybe a little warmer than here? (Living in hope.) So we’ve done it! my boyfriend and I have booked our first holiday together, and it will be the first time I’ve been abroad in 8 long years. Phew.
We’re going to Madeira, a Portuguese Island off the North-West coast of Africa, and I have about 6 months to prepare as we are going at the end of February 2017. That may seem like a long way away, but it gives me plenty of time to start looking for exactly what I want to take with me!
Even before we’d officially booked it, I had been looking at stuff I’ll need (okay some of it is more of a ‘want’ than a ‘need’) for my holiday, namely hand-luggage-sized suitcases, bikinis and prepaid cards. Please comment with any suggestions of anything you took on holiday or used in holiday preparation!
I’m thinking of maybe making this a mini-series. it will be dependent on my research and what I have found so posts may be irregular unless stated otherwise later on.
The only piece of swimwear I own is a black, triangle bikini. Mainly because I never have a reason to wear one here in Scotland, but I feel I have to own one to be partially accepted into society. I’ve been looking for something a little less vanilla!
Zig-Zag Print Bikini
I really like the idea of a high waisted bikini, partly because I have put on a bit of weight recently and am very body-conscious, and partly because I feel like they are coming into fashion. They are almost kind-of retro. I hope a high waisted bikini will be flattering and pull me in in the right places.
I also love the balcony and halter style, I find them pretty and they don’t require big-boobs with deep cleavages to look gorgeous if you know what I mean. Not that you can’t wear a plunge style if you aren’t a C-cup plus, but I definitely feel more comfortable in a balcony-style.
This set is available here for £32 from Topshop, which i think is actually pretty reasonable, especially if it is well-made.
Plait Detailed Bandeau Bikini Top
I always feel tempted by the bandeaus, but am a little scared of them. I don’t imagine them being supportive and would likely be scared of it slipping.However, this halter strap would make me feel more secure and is pretty too.
I wouldn’t look quite as stunning in it as a model…but I hope it would be flattering anyway.
Burgundy Bikini Top
You can’t go wrong with a little push-up and support to make you feel more confident! This one is available in Red, Black or Apricot, but I am trying to veer away from solid blacks as I already have a black bikini, and I’m not sure if the coral would compliment my pale skin-tone! (I haven’t actually bought it, but I’m considering it!)
you can buy it from H&M here.
Triangle Bikini Top in Rust
My current favourite top is from New Look, a high-neck, long sleeved, ribbed top in a very similar colour to this! No wonder it caught my eye. I think the scalloped detail is extremely girly and pretty too.
You can buy it from H&M for £12.99.
Just imagine how elegant you would look by the pool in this! Bikini on, Kaftan flowing behind you and keeping you cool! Well that’s how I imagine it anyway…
You can get this from H&M for £19.99.
In my over-eager holiday research, I discovered a great post by City Girl Blog: Pack Like a Pro: Holiday Checklist. Her checklist really does include everything you should ever need to consider when going on a sunny holiday, so that is a great help!
I also discovered this pre-holiday hair and beauty timetable on the Hello Magazine site, which is actually fabulous, and I will definitely try to do some of the things on there before I go away!
Please let me know of anything I should consider getting; be it tanners or hair masks for holiday prep, bikini’s or kaftans, hand-luggage, pre-paid cards, sunglasses or travel document folders – anything!