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Holiday packing! Why do we pack so many things?

It is a standing joke that I spend eleven months of every year looking for my “Lima Dreaming” outfits but when I actually arrive I wear denim shorts for most of the three weeks. I want to wear different things but the lifestyle either at the beach or in the city calls for simple outfits.

I have been here five days so far and I have worn:

Zara embroidered shorts £17.99 Pampelone 55 blouse Valentino Rockstud slides (blouse & slides were bought earlier in year)

Whistles Alisha Split Hem Trousers £79  Whistles Ellen Casual Shirt £40 Havaianas in black £45

Seafolly black dress £85 Seafolly Indian Summer bandeau top £36 Seafolly pleated hipster bikini bottoms £39


I know I will wear these Zara printed shorts £17.99 and some old favourites my Denim & Supply dress and my beautiful Valentino Rockstud sandals

For my own sake I will update this post should I find hidden gems in my wardrobe here in Peru or actually wear everything in my case.


10 denim pieces you need for summer days………..

I always love pretty denim pieces when summer arrives and a denim jumpsuit is just wonderful. (I do love a jumpsuit)

I know autumn is only a moment away but some of these pieces will see you through to cooler days. I will be lucky enough to have my summer again in January (Lima Dreaming)

This jumpsuit at Anthropologie is probably the perfect place to start and the Whistles pink denim jacket a perfect finish.


Lucile Tied Denim Jumpsuit £128 here

Anthropologie Halle Chambray Wide Leg Jumpsuit £118 here

M.i.h Park Wintage Denim Skirt £195 here

M.i.h Caron Wide Leg Pant £215 here

7 For All Mankind Popover dress £246 here

Zara denim shorts wire zip and eyelets £25.99 here

Zara Bejewelled & Embroidered Shirt £25.99  here

Apiece Apart Novella off the shoulder denim midi £290 here

Other Storied Two Toned Jeans £59 here

Whistles Pink Ring Puller Denim Jacket £129 here



My favourite See By Chloe new season pieces…..

I have loved See by Chloe since it first appeared  and I have some items still hanging in my wardrobe. This season there are so many pieces that I would like to buy and my favourites are included below.

All pieces are available on Farfetch.com enjoy free global shipping until 9am Friday 31st March on order over £100 €125 $145 



Side Slit Sweatshirt £178 here

Cropped Palazzo Pants £253 here

Small Hana cross body bag £277 here

Scalloped Shorts £205 here

Ruffled Blouse £169 here

Flared Jumpsuit £300 here


Beautiful beachwear with Poupette St Barth stylish and pretty

It is a very grey and wet Sunday so what better way to enjoy it than to choose yourself a new beach wardrobe!  There are bikinis everywhere at the moment but I do love great beach cover ups.

You need things that are super stylish, very pretty and maybe a little practical (not really important). Just add gorgeous sandals and you are ready for cocktail hour.  Everything that Poupette St Barth have is beautiful I would love to wear all of it.

I would wear my Sophia Webster Lilico sandals or my Valentino rock studs in orange  (lucky girl)

All of these pieces are perfect for my Lima Dreaming (its never to early to start dreaming) it will here before I know it.

All of the Poupette St Barth items are available www.mytheresa.com 


Printed Cotton Dress £237 here

Bibi printed cotton blouse £167 here

Bibi printed cotton skirt £172 here

Short jumpsuit £202 here

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Lima Dreaming beach style| Winter sun beachwear|

It is definitely that time of year again, all my thoughts have turned towards Lima. It may seem strange when most people are focusing on christmas but for me its sunshine all the way which is why I find myself searching for beachwear.

Lima is always split in to two categories, week days in the south on the beach and weekends in Lima for family time, cocktails, food and long walks. This means I get to have different wardrobes as the city and the beach require different pieces.

I spotted this dress by Denim & Supply awhile ago in store and this will definitely be in my suit case

Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Esme Tunic £140 here


Just love the colour of this bikini

Heidi Klein Cayman Islands Bandeau Bikini £190 here


This dress and hat will make a great outfit for city walk and cocktails (sitting outside Hotel B watching Barranco go by)

Melissa Odabash Cornflower Fedora £112 here


Thierry Colson Pippa Dandelion Cotton Dress £465 here


I usually take a couple of new bikinis with me every year to add to the collection. (a couple in a couple out)

Seafolly Goddess Bikini Top in Wild Orchid  £60 here Bikini bottoms £43 here


Melissa Odabash Maldives Bandeau Bikini £186 here The colour is AMAZING


These Melissa Odabash shorts are way too pretty for the beach but teamed with a  white cotton cami we have beachside living perfection ( eating drinking and walking)

Place Nationale Vintage Cotton Cami £260 here


Melissa Odabash Carolina Embroidered Shorts £190 here


A new sundress (or two) is always nice, either for beach life or city life (you need pretty clothes to drink pretty cocktails!)

ASOS Cold Shoulder Beach Dress £26 here


I think I will finish as I started with a pretty dress which is just perfect for Lima. All it needs is gorgeous sandals (I have plenty) a hat and I am ready. Bellini please.

Vanessa Bruno Frivole Embroidered Dress £498 here







Tales from a personal shopping life 8/5………….Prosecco and friends

What a truly wonderful sunny day, I hope you have all enjoyed it.

It has been a very short week in the shopping suite (House of Fraser Manchester) as I had a few days away from it but I still have tales to tell.

My first customer actually lives within half a mile of me, it is a small world. She was off to a wedding in southern Italy but wanted something she could wear again. I don’t think she thought she would find anything for her petite frame, but  she went away very happy.

Coast Piana Print Carly Dress £89 here

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Damsel In A Dress Amelia Rose Shrug £69 here

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Next up was a lady who was attending a birthday party with a black tie theme. She had already tried an endless number of dresses so was feeling a little weary. This jumpsuit was an instant success!!

Fenn Wright Manson Donatello Jumpsuit £189 here

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Carvela Kiwi Sandals £55 here

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Saturday was a wonderful day even though my first appointment was a no show (so rude!!) I had four friends who always come together and they are lovely. They alway share a bottle or two of prosecco and generally have fun. This time the excuse was one of them needed a dress for wedding but she needed WOW. She fell in love with an outfit almost instantly so spent the rest of the time hugging me. ( I love my job)

Coast Lomax Tipped Crepe Dress £129 here

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Jacques Vert Pleated Fascinator £79 here

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As we found THE DRESS quickly the rest of the crew had time to shop!!

This was for the races Eliza J Fit & Flare Dress £180 here

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These lovely ladies have already booked to come back in October for their winter clothes!! Fun and giggles all round.

Yesterday ended with a young lady who works as Speech Therapist with cancer patients and wanted to look more professional but still young. The pleasure was all mine.

She bought these trousers in black and navy

Hallhuber trousers £59 here 

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Hallhuber Tunic Blouse £89 here

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Whistles Kerry Bandage Dress £95 here

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Mango Shirt £19.99 here

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All of the sunshine has had me obsessing about clothes suitable to wear in the heat, clothes that will go to Lima. I need denim shorts and tops, just simple things to wear with pretty sandals!! I having little success!! Most of the tops are cold shoulder and make me look like a milk maid or a serving wench (not attractive at all)

My current wish list is something like this!!

Isabel Marant Vince Top £170 here


Allsaints Rip Shorts £68 here


Isabel Marant Serek Silk Skirt £235 here (all this needs is white tee)


Juliet Dunn Embroidered Dress £185 here


I am still looking for a cross body bag, the Mulberry mini lily is probably out of the running as its blue (my sandals are blue but more of them another day!!)

This one is rather yummy:

Whistles Micro Sydney Bag £85 here

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Well enough of my ramblings for another week, I am sure I will have more obsessions to share with you next week.