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Tales from a personal shopping life 16/3/16…….is it Lima Dreaming time already?

Hello again!

What has been happening instore this week? Well I have been very impressed with the new swim shop, as always Seafolly wins the day for me, I already have my eye on this little number for the beach, is it Lima Dreaming time already??

Seafolly Gili Island Kaftan £48 here

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It has been a little quiet in the personal shopping suite due mainly to “no shows” so frustrating but all part of the job!!

On Monday I had a lovely lady who had been given a gift voucher by her friends for her 40th birthday. We had a lovely time as she spent way more than the voucher but was so happy to have new clothes to take to London this weekend. She finished off her visit with a mini makeover at the Clarins counter.

A few of the London outfits:

Gray & Willow Split Back Knit £69 here

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Gray & Willow Grassland Print Top £55 here

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Tuesday brought me a double act, a customer and her neighbour!! They are off on a cruise in May but my lady wanted every outfit sorted in advance. The visit was all about her evening wear and we achieved that easily but the really nice bit was she could wear her locket with every outfit. Her husband had recently died and she carried his photo in the beautiful locket, she was so happy that she wouldn’t have to take it off.

Are there any mini obsessions going on at the moment? Well the navy Stefanel jumpsuit that I loved last week doesn’t suit me at all so I am over that one!! I do however love this cardigan. I think this would work so well with my existing jumpsuits.

Stefanel Patterned Bourette Cardigan £190 here


I have just spotted these sandals on Mytheresa definitely a mini obsession! Isabel Marant often turns into an obsession as we all know!!

Isabel Marant Jemma Suede Sandals £355 here


Another pair of shoes have just appeared!! Miu Miu please stop torturing me!!

Miu Miu Glitter Trim Pumps £460 here


I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week and I will see you on Sunday with more mini obsessions!!


Today I am loving lots & lots|Body Jewellery|Slogan Tees|

I have been checking what I have and what I still need to cover my summer. I have 3 weeks in Canada soon where it will warm and then the annual trip to Lima, the wardrobe for both trips will be very different.

The pumps by Kurt Geiger are pretty cool and I love the “peace” and “love” detail on the back, I do see them working well in Canada as I think a lot of walking maybe involved!!

The anklets and bracelets however will be perfect for the beach life in Lima.


Victoria Beckham Class Aviators £345 here


Valentino Rockstud Crossbody Bag £840 here


Juliet Dunn Kaftan £165 here


Whistles Beaute Logo Tee £45 here


Zara Sequin Text Tee £12.99 here


Zara Top £39.99 here


PilyQ Rope Back dress £155 here


Grace Bijoux Vivian Hand Piece Silver £30 here


Grace Bijoux Angelina Anklet Silver £64 here


Grace Bijoux Azura Anklet Gold £43 here


Kurt Geiger LAVA pumps £99 here



Lima Dreaming Wish List|Where to buy winter sun clothes now|

The countdown is on, its only a few weeks now to my annual Peruvian adventure YEAHHH. I have been going through my summer clothes and deciding what I need to buy. I have to admit I do forget what I already have in my wardrobe in Lima but it is always a nice surprise when I get there!!

As I am going to keep a polaroid diary of this years proceedings I feel that a few more pieces are completely necessary to keep it interesting!!!!

One of my great favourites Isabel Marant has some SS15 pieces available and I do love the Juliet Dunn palm print dungarees…..

I will be taking my beautiful new Victoria Beckham tote in bright blue as it is perfect for travelling. (it is gorgeous as you can see below)

Victoria Beckham Liberty Tote


Etoile Isabel Marant Vicky Embroidered Muslin Top £160 here


Etoile Isabel Marant Vera Embroidered Muslin Skirt £160 here


Etoile Isabel Marant Cole Crochet Panel Top £235 here


Heidi Klein Little Dix Bay Bikini £180 here

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Muzungu Sisters Sicilian Basket £232 here

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Juliet Dunn Embroidered Cotton Dress £202 here

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Jets Statement Kaftan £168 here


PilyQ Skirted Bikini £177 here


Hipanema Peacock Bracelet £75 here


Juliet Dunn Palm Print Dungarees £140 here


Sophia Webster Vinyl Flatforms £275 here


Mulberry Mini Lily in Mandarin £350 here


Anthropologie Heart Box Clutch Bag £178 here


Winter Sun Vacation Style|Beachwear you can buy now|

I am officially on the count down to the annual holiday in Peru, so the wardrobe situation is becoming crucial!! I do have a lot of clothes in Peru already, at last count about 25 bikinis!! and lots of shorts but i always need a few new pieces. Earlier this year I was the proud recipient of a Charo Ruiz blue skirt which I am looking forward to wearing (watch this space) but I do need more!!

I have decided to catalogue this years trip on a polaroid camera so the outfits will be important. There will be lots of  images posted daily and they will start with my traditional KLM flight, always a pleasure. When I return I will post the entire journey from beginning to end, I have already chosen my camera and I am excited with thought of my project.

Luckily I have only to walk down a few steps from our apartment to the beach but I still need clothes for the walks and the cocktails!! My go to boutiques are always www.beachcafe.com and www.heidiklein.com

Seafolly Kimono Rose Bikini £110 here


Seafolly China Blue Bikini £58 here


Cool Change India Surf Pants £110 here


L*Space Ruby Dress £110 here


JETS Accent Kaftan Malibu £109 here

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JETS Analogy Shorts £69 here

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Sofia by Vix Aqua Ripple Bikini £119 here


Helen Kaminski Provence Hat £145 here


Heidi Klein Bimini Bandeau Jumpsuit £240 here


Heidi Klein Bimini Drop Wait Mini Dress £180 here


Heidi Klein Wide Brim Hat £125 here


Heidi Klein Brown Bucket Bag £220 here


Heidi Klein Cassis U-bar Bandeau Bikini £190 here


Heidi Klein Little Dix Bandeau Bikini £180 here


Piles Enjoy Biscane Beaded Dress £155 here


Biondi Nebu Blue Bikini £170 here


Vix Papi Orange Silk Dress £205 here


Vix Iaia Amy Chiffon Kaftan £155 here


Heidi Kaminski Navarre  Raffia Hat £235 here


Rayban RB3025 Aviators £137 here


Rayban RD3025 Aviators £135 here


Missoni Mare Crochet Knit Bikini £280 here


Melissa Odabash Embellished Voile Top £180 here


Great Holiday Wardrobe Updates| Where can I buy beachwear now|

As you all know I am constantly on the look out for great pieces to wear on the annual trip to Peru. I will be on and around the beach for 3 weeks so I need great pieces!!

I always check Beach Cafe they have a great range of designer beachwear and accessories all year round and they have regular new additions.

I have included some great Heidi Klein bikinis but you need to check the website for the full range. I have quite a few waiting for me in Peru and they never disappoint, I just add  a new one every trip. ( www.heidiklein.com )

These are today’s favourite finds, all are going on my wishlist!

Seafolly Salvation Playsuit £67 here


Seafolly Tamagochi Pants £98 here


Vitamin A Penelope Pants £189 here


Flash Tattoos Goldfish Kiss Tattoos £29 here


PilyQ  Biscayne Dress £155 here


Emamo Bacio Muslin Kaftan £409 here


L*Space Powder Blue Bikini £149 here


Sofia by Vix Siberia Maya Dress £121 here


Hipanema Peacock Bracelet £75 here


Juliet Dunn Embroidered Cotton Kaftan £215 here

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Easton Pearson Take Away Vana Dress £455 here

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Anna Kosturova Crochet Shorts £130 here


Missoni Mare Crochet Knit Bikini £280 here


Heidi Klein Sainte Maxime Twist Bandeau Bikini £236 here


Isabel Marant X Olivers People Teardrop Sunglasses £236 here


Heidi Klein Ischia Twist Bandeau Bikini £208 here


Finds + Hatmaker Gabon Leather Trimmed Straw Hat £325 here


All you will ever need for the beach|One Stop Holiday Shop|Bikinis & Beachwear|

As always I am day dreaming about having sand between toes, a few bellinis on the balcony watching the sunset on another beautiful day! I love choosing all of the pieces that I will take with me  and all of the pieces that I already have waiting for me from my previous trips.

The problem I have is  I don’t actually enjoy trailing around the shops looking for beachwear with a difference. The bikinis need to be vibrant and the cover ups need to made from  beautiful cotton, these things are not always easy to find.

Over the years I have trawled thousands of websites that sell beachwear and found some absolute gems but I have now found Beachcafe and that I consider to be a coup!! The choice of designer  swimwear and beachwear is pretty impressive by any standard. Beachwear includes Melissa Odabash (amongst others) which is always one of my favourites for great beach dresses & bikinis.

Today I have picked a few of my favourite pieces and most importantly for me they will work on the annual Peruvian adventure.

All of the pieces featured are available at www.beachcafe.com Shipping is available globally so no one is left out.

Sofia by Vix Pisco Fringe Bikini £124 here


Hipanema Wave Bracelet £45 here


Ashiana Turquoise Necklace with Neon Tassel £81 here


PilyQ Raja Bandeau Bikini £178 here


L*Space Hippie Chic Bikini £195 here


Melissa Odabash Patty Top £185 here


Ashiana Blue Tassel Earrings £28 here


Melissa Odabash Brussels Bikini £166 here


Vix Carioca Alice Dress £279 here


Hipanema Fluro Blue Bracelet £49 here


Sofia by Vix Peach Joy Dress £89 hereSofia-by-Vix-peach_joy_dress

Helen Kaminski Carillo Bag £209 here


Cocobelle Milano Sandals £99 here


Jets Flamingo Bikini £188 here


Juliet Dunn Cami Dress with Neon Flower £195 here

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Helen Kaminski Provence Hat £145 here


Juliet Dunn Silk Beach Dress £239 here


Cocobelle Black Snake Sandals £119 here


Sofia by Vix Aqua Crossed Shorts £46 here


Anjuna Carlotta Dress £269 here


Anjuna Daniella Kaftan £345 here


Cocobelle Fringe Sandals £65 here


Helen Kaminski Navarre Hat £225 here


Take the festival to the beach|Fringed Bikinis|Kimonos|

I have been busy checking out things to add to my beach wardrobe for Lima and I have fallen in love with a few pieces. I am loving all things festival at the moment so I have transferred the boho vibe from the festival to the beach.

A few fringed bikinis by L’space to mix and match with shorts are perfect for beach walks and eating the local seafood.

This Juliet Dunn dress is perfect for the city and the beach as it has a cotton lining, I will team this one with my orange Sergio Rossi sandals and a tan.

The kimonos are great as evening cover ups and early morning walks, I will team them with shorts and cami or even one of the fringed bikinis.

A great addition will be some orange Havaianas, I have quite a collection but so far no orange!

ASOS Embellished Beaded Kimono £50 here

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ASOS Embroidered Kimono £65 here

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PilyQ Skyler White Lace Trousers £150 here

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L*space Dolly Yellow Fringed Bikini £160 here

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L*space Dolly Teal Fringed Bikini £160 here 

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L*space Audrey Fringed Bikini Top £75 here

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PilyQ Rebel Fringed Skirt $134 here


Juliet Dunn Pink Floral Dress £195 here

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Camilla Embellished Laceup Kaftan £432 here

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PilyQ Arbucci Sassy Shorts $68 here


Havaianas Neon Orange Slim Flipflop £22 here 

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Camilla Wide Leg Print Silk Trousers £500 here

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An Invitation to MyaBlue Luxe & MyaBlue Beach|Beautiful Beachwear|Where can I buy beachwear all year|

As we all know at this time of year I become a little obsessed with beachwear in readiness for the annual trip to Peru. On this note I was delighted for the invitation to the Myablue HQ and to meet Lindsey Brown  the designer of the delightful creations. I have mentioned in previous posts  that I had my eye on a few pieces particularly the Aurora dress.

I certainly wasn’t disappointed when I finally laid eyes on the collections, they  certainly are beautiful. The fabrics are silk or super soft cottons making them perfect for the heat. They are also cut to flatter all shapes & sizes so there is no worrying about about tight fits. I do believe that all of us worry about beach coverups as we all want to look our best and show off the tam.

Along with the beautiful beachwear there were cocktails and cupcakes to maintain the energy levels!

There are two ranges to choose from , you have Myablue Luxe which is all beautiful silk kaftans & dresses in a rainbow of summer colours.

Then there is Myablue Beach  a range of kaftans in soft cotton and beautiful colours. The colour range is very tropical, my favourite is the Marrakesh Kaftan in fuschia & blue.

MyaBluebeach are offering 10% discount until the end of September just use this code at the checkout  HIGHSEP

Aurora Maxi £210 www.myablueluxe.co.uk


Marbella Maxi Dress £210 www.myablueluxe.co.uk


Manhattan Top £215 www.myablueluxe.co.uk


Marrakech Kaftan £70 www.myabluebeach.com


Marrakech Kaftan £70 www.myabluebeach.com


Kirti Dress £95 www.myabluebeach.com


Pompom Dress £85 www.myabluebeach.com


Margarita Tunic £165 www.myabluebeach.com


Cocktails & Cupcakes



Myablue Beach|Beach Dresses & Kaftans|Gorgeous Beachwear|where can I buy beach dresses|

After my little love in with myablueLuxe I have just realised that Myablue Beach has lots of goodies too so I am spoilt for choice, decisions decisions!

It really is nice when you have companies that just specialise in beachwear and it is not easy finding things on the high street in december.They also cater for all of us, the curvy and the not so curvy, the last thing you need in the heat is ill fitting clothes. We all want to look great in the sunshine.

Again this little haul is on my Lima wishlist as I know they will great mixed with what I already  have waiting for me.

All available www.myabluebeach.com

Coco Orange Cotton Strapless Dress £65


Kirti Grey Short Dress with Heart Motif £95


Margarita Short Beaded Tunic £165


Tahiti Turquoise Cotton Tunic £75


Myablue Luxe beachwear|Beach Kaftans & Tunics|Gorgeous beachwear|My Travels to Peru|

As always at this time of year my thoughts turn to beach clothes as the annual countdown begins for the trip to Peru. We are still approx 15 weeks away but that is ok it gives me plenty of time to pull together my beach wardrobe.

My wardrobe has to be very versatile as we often visit Lima and you cannot walk around a city in flimsy beach clothes so I always need a bit of city and lot of beach.

I was recently introduced to Myablue, which by my standards is very glamorous but teamed with my huge stash of shorts, havaianas and sandals that are already waiting there and I think they will fit together nicely.

The black Mustique top will be cool with denim shorts,  my gorgeous orange Sergio Rossi sandals  and a Heidi Klein stetson that are waiting patiently in Peru.

The Aurora silk maxi is just waiting for a stack of coloured bracelets and my wooden wedges.

The Amalfi tunic is waiting to be teamed with my turquoise sandals and a panama hat.

Available myablueluxe.co.uk

Let the count down begin.

Mustique Top £175
Aurora Silk Maxi £210
Amalfi Kaftan £185