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I’m happy and sad to say that I am back from my holiday! I’m missing the long lazy days with a book, under a large umbrella with fruit punch, cold towels and ice lollies regularly delivered. I could get used to being retired but I think the novelty might wear off after a month or so and I would be wanting to stretch my creative styling muscles 🙂
If you are heading off on a city break, rather than a beach, check out this post for a done for you capsule wardrobe.
Anyway, as promised here is the follow up to my holiday capsule wardrobe video. If you saw the video, you will have seen the pieces I had planned to pack. In the end, as I thought I would, I whittled it down when I came to pack.
Beach holiday capsule wardrobe – what I packed
Below is what I actually packed for my beach holiday capsule wardrobe, as well as the gingham jumpsuit, the black linen dress and the coral silk dress which are not shown in this picture. I have linked everything that is still available below the pictures or an alternative.
Beach holiday capsule wardrobe – Day outfits
It turned out that after getting dressed in the morning for breakfast, most days I changed mid morning into swimwear and headed for the beach. Hubby and I were both exhausted when we left for our break and although we had good intentions of doing lots of sightseeing, we didn’t. We decided that we didn’t want to hire a car as the roads weren’t great and after our taxi journey to the hotel, we didn’t relish the idea of driving.
Once we discovered how fantastic the service on the beach was, we literally chilled out, read and dozed, taking advantage of the nearby pool or sea to cool down. Just what we both really needed.
The weather was around 29 degrees and we had one morning with a little rain, but by the time we headed to the beach it had cleared up and we had beautiful sunshine again.
Two tanning tales which come with warnings i.e. I made the mistake so you don’t have too!
Firstly I have been using the same self tan product for the last few years and no longer lay in the sun (trying to undo the damage from my youth!) However, St.Tropez have recently released a new clear product that you can dress immediately after applying and it doesn’t mark clothes, or sheets if you use it before bed time. I do know that in the past St Tropez has caused me to itch a little, but thought I would give this new product a go anyway. I did shave my legs the morning I used the product and then used it at bed time, so not immediately after, but I happily slathered it on. The next morning – the day we were travelling – my legs had come up in red bumps that not only itched they stung as well! I tried using some E45 cream and taking antihistamine (I was desperate at 6 am) but nothing helped and my legs were in this state for the first few days. The product does what it says on the tin, but I just wanted to recommend that you try on a small patch of skin first and I will return to my much loved product.
The second issue I had, you can just about see in the photo above, my left leg somehow got severely burnt. I was sitting in the shade, or so I thought, but somehow my leg burnt in a patch down my shin. And I don’t just mean burnt it went purple and now even a week after returning is still discoloured. So slap on much more sun cream than you think you need!
This beach dress was one of my favourite pieces. It was so easy to throw on over a swimsuit to head to the beach or for lunch at the beach cafe.
Beach holiday capsule wardrobe – Evening outfits
It was so nice to head back from the beach, have a cool down drink and get ready for dinner. Although the resort doesn’t have a dress code as such, most of the guests did make an effort to dress for dinner. So I was really happy with the outfits I had packed.
For the day we arrived I wore my print palazzo trousers with a simple black silk top and the gold Lisa Kay Espadrilles which were kindly gifted. They were so comfortable that I ended up wearing them most nights.
Although my teal dress didn’t really fit with my colour palette, I took it anyway, because as a stand alone piece it worked with both sets of accessories, the cream and the gold. I just added the fab earrings.
I initially bought this kaftan for the beach, but it was such a lovely floaty fabric that I decided to pair it with my Eileen Fisher trousers for the evening.
This black silk jersey dress has been worn so many times, both with the top and without. I kept it really simple by adding a beautiful Murano glass necklace in black and gold and the gold accessories.
I look red in this picture but apart from the leg which was hidden by my gorgeous silk culottes, I really wasn’t. It was hard to get the light right for pictures, but this mirror did come in useful for outfit pictures as the “Instagram husband” was only occasionally persuaded to take pictures!
I couldn’t have left this favourite outfit behind. It’s so easy to wear and I always feel good in it. You may remember it came on holiday last year and I panicked because I spilt fat on it. Well I am happy to say I saved it with a bit of Fairy rubbed in, before washing on the hand wash programme of my machine. It’s made from silk, the same as my so often worn cream cami, the cream culottes and the black top in the first evening picture. They were all investment pieces, but so worth saving up for. They all go in the washing machine and iron beautifully. I have only washed the culottes a couple of times but the cream top and this red one have been washed and ironed countless times and they still look perfect.
We had been warned about mosquitos and as someone who usually can’t find a spot on my body they haven’t nibbled, on the nights I wasn’t covered up, I sprayed my self with Deet. Surprisingly I only ended up with about 4 bites.
I think this may have been one of my favourite outfits. It felt perfect for the location and for me was a better alternative to a white dress. The gold accessories came out again with a pair of cheap shell earrings – sorry I can’t find them online, but anything with white and gold would work.
One note about my hair. I do have a set of tongs with an American plug on them but decided to take my straighteners, which I can also curl with, to cover both options. However, most nights I ended up simply washing, drying and giving my hair a quick run over with the straighteners, because it was just too hot for lengthy styling. Unfortunately they aren’t dual voltage so didn’t get up to their full heat, but it was enough to just smooth my hair out. So I would recommend either taking something that is dual voltage or be prepared to be a bit more relaxed with your hair styling.
So what didn’t I wear?
The gingham jumpsuit – I did put it on one evening, but it just gaped too much at the front and showed my bra. I will add a couple of stitches to make it more decent and will wear it here at home.
The black linen dress with patch pockets – this comes up quite fitted on the top and I thought it would be too hot. I love it though and will wear it with the espadrilles or a pair of wedge sandals on warmer days here.
The coral silk dress and necklace – Again I put this on but it was just too hot to wear the necklace. I’m going to wear the dress as I have worn it before, open as a jacket over cream trousers and top and then add the necklace. I will also wear the necklace with other tops to dress them up.
So what did himself pack? Pretty much what you see him wearing below – shorts, linen shirts and a couple of pairs of chinos.
Would I recommend Antigua and our resort Curtain Bluff? Yes absolutely! The service was exceptional, from the cocktail at check in to the beach staff with their regular deliveries of drinks, cold towels and ice lollies and the equally attentive restaurant staff.
It wasn’t peak time while we were there so the hotel was only about half full but apparently at Christmas some guests book up for the next 10 years! It was mostly Brits and some Americans and almost all our age with the odd younger couple. But in the busier times it swings the other way and is mostly Americans.
We upgraded to a room on the Bluff which is slightly larger and higher up with a balcony looking out onto one of the beaches. It also had the added bonus of giving me some exercise climbing the stairs 3 times a day, which after the amount of food we ate, was definitely needed!
The pool was deserted most days as were the tennis courts and spa. The poolside and beach side toilets and showers have to be the most immaculate I have ever been in, with flowers, plenty of fluffy rolled white towels and bottles of Molten Brown products.
The beach restaurant serves a fantastic buffet at lunch time – one day a week with a steel band playing – or you can order sandwiches, burgers or salads.
My only recommendation for the hotel is to add tea and coffee making facilities in the room. Other than that I couldn’t fault it.
Stepping off the plane after a long haul flight is so much better when the warm Caribbean air and a steel band greets you. Ooh and if you go, book a private transfer from the airport, we were given a priority ticket and bypassed the long queue at immigration.
Do you think he’s wondering how soon we can book again?