Well… almost four dresses…! Hello! This is going to be a different post to the usual ones, as it’s not a review per se. You see, I’ve just come back from holidays in Greece and wanted to share a little bit about a couple of outfits that I really enjoyed. Oh, and a couple of make-up looks, although I treated my skin to not much make-up! I hope it’s fun to read and potentially of help to those needing some inspiration as to what sort of clothing items to take with while on holiday in a warm country!
Knowing myself, it’s impossible to not travel light. Too many or too heavy bags stress me, especially if I’m to travel to more than one place in a limited number of days. This time, we started in Athens, then went to Lesvos island at the north of Greece, to move to Tinos island and then back to Athens. Only the thought of our itinerary gave me the shivers: four flights, two boat trips and more than a few hours on the road, there was no means of transport we wouldn’t take!
So, how do you make this fun and relaxing? I started by carefully choosing what to take with. I know that being in Greece in mid July means a lot of sun, sea and high temperatures. This means very little or no make-up at all. I also know that I enjoy spending ages at the beach, so I wouldn’t need many different outfits despite the fact that it was a whole fortnight of travelling. Saying that, all of this simplicity contrasts with the fact that I have more time in my hands to take care of myself by maybe dressing up a little or doing a bit more complex make-up than what I normally do Monday to Friday. How complex can a woman’s life be!
Combining creativity with ease proved to be so easy in the end! Keeping in mind the spirit and colouring of the Greek islands (blue sea and sky, mostly white narrow streets and houses, maybe some bright red roofs), I opted for bright colours. I also avoided patterns, because they can be harder to combine at times. I literally ended up packing four dresses (three every day ones and a cocktail dress), a top, a pair of shorts, a kaftan and three bathing costumes. And they all worked so well!
My orange dress I combined with a simple hat – great companion when you have to walk a lot underneath hot, Greek sun. And as far as my bag was concerned? Just a colourful beach bag, made by cotton by an independent women’s association shop I came across on Tinos island. This way we were able to have our beach stuff with us and go swimming anytime. I wore my bathing costume underneath my dress most of the time.
This orange dress and my yellow dress were my day time companions, as were my shorts and kaftan.
I was very happy with these choices! Not only did I feel comfortable but also part of the place I was holidaying in. And it was all so practical for our island walks, road trips and time at the beach or sea side restaurants.
We had a couple of evening events to go to, such as a wedding by the sea (please have a look at this post for details on that) and another evening outing to a relatively “classy” bar restaurant. My two dresses served me so well! The pink one was a delight as was the blue one. I really felt happy that I left all black and grey options behind!
The blue dress combined with some jewellery I bought locally. These bracelets were so pretty and cost only 6 euros each:
The little treasures you find on Greek islands… I love these bracelets as they go with almost everything.
As far as my make-up was concerned, I wore a little bit of Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Moisturising Balm or just sunscreen and that was all. Not even mascara. I did, however, wear make-up a couple of times but kept it minimal and mostly in blue-brown or pink-brown golden tones. I did take my Chanel cream eyeshadows with (review to be found here) and I also got my RMK cream eyeshadows to play with (review to come soon!). You’ve seen me in pinkish tones here:
And here’s me in blue tones:
In both cases, I’ve kept the lips pink, and when I wore the blue look, I was so much more tanned that I got away with neither bronzer nor foundation! Just the Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturising Balm which has a hint of colour but not much coverage at all.
A scarf is very helpful after 8pm when it’s windy. I opted for a patterned one as the rest of my clothes were not patterned at all.
Hope you enjoyed this post! Not sure if the way I dressed is in fashion or not; I rarely follow fashion, anyway, so probably it isn’t 😂. But, fashionable or not, I wanted to share as I felt both put together and so incredibly comfortable with just a few clothing items and minimal make-up. It all worked just fine and thanks to the three different bathing costumes and the amount of time we spent swimming, all clothes I packed were more than enough!
What do you like to wear on holiday? Do you travel light? Patterns or not? Ease or elegance (or both and if so, how?)
Too many questions for you this time, haha! Have a beautiful rest of the week and I’ll speak to you soon.
PS. For those interested, these clothing items I’ve purchased from Stefanel and Intropia across this and last year during their sales. Both brands still have their summer sales on. The kaftan I bought from Calzedonia. None of these links are sponsored or affiliate links; just two (well, three) brands I enjoy!