Beach Please!

Dolce & Gabbana maxi dress and sunglasses. By Celeste Van Rooyen.

Summer Holiday Essentials. By Celeste Van Rooyen.

All you need for a perfect break in the sun…

Alexa Chung for AG denim dress and Maison Michel hat. By Victoria Adamson.

Alexa Chung for AG denim dress and Maison Michel hat.
By Victoria Adamson.

In less than three days I will be on my way to the sunny Monte Carlo for my mums birthday and I literally can not wait! I’m in such a need of sun, sea and a good tan, plus I love to discover new places. To be honest, I have been there before but when I was 9 for a day and I can’t really remember it, so it will be good to see it all over again as well as explore Nice, Cannes and Sanremo (make sure to follow me on Snapchat).

When I start packing for a holiday, I grab a bunch of stuff from my wardrobe and then edit things out. I tend to take a different look for each day (a lot of shorts, tops and sandals) and night (mainly dresses and fun heels) as well as a couple of extras just in case I change my mind. I also pack a lot of bikini’s, so if I’m going somewhere for a week I will have seven of them with me as well as beach dresses and kaftans. I usually start my sunbathing ritual with strapless number like this one from ASOS or Marysia Swim so I can get a nice even tan with no strap lines, and then I can wear more fun options like this number from Mara Hoffman or Boohoo.

Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives.

Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives.

You’ll never catch me on a sun lounger without a massive beach bag next to it packed with a straw hat, a kindle, magazines, snacks, water, sunglasses, Havaianas flip flops, Dr. Dre Beats and sunscreen. I always apply factor 50 to face and body, it may sound high but I tan very easily which is fab but I’m prone to burning easily so a extra UVA and UVB protection is a must (I’ve been using Lancaster and Clarins for years). I also swear by Bumble and Bumble surf spray for my hair giving it that loose beachy waves and protecting from chlorine and salty seawater.

After-sun is hugely important for hydration and soothing of the skin and Garnier smells amazing and has a silky smooth texture. Makeup wise I try to keep it simple because heavy coverage blocks pores and it also fades quicker in hot weather. A bit of tinted mousturiser, bronzer, waterproof mascara (holds better in humid climates) and a bright lipstick from Shu Uemura is all I need, plus a spritz of either Chanel Chance or citrusy Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue.

Zara dress and Hermes sandals. By Victoria Adamson.

Zara dress and Hermes sandals.
By Victoria Adamson.

What are your holiday essentials? Let me know in the comment box below!

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