Beach to Bar

I don’t know about you but I am so fed up with this grey wet weather. I am desperate for some sunshine. Which is supposedly arriving next week. I will believe it when I see it.

Until it arrives all I can do is dream about my holiday to Italy in May and browse the shops for beachwear.

It’s been a few years since I last had a proper, lay on the beach, type of holiday. In fact I think it was my honeymoon, nearly three years ago.

I am in desperate need of new holiday clothes and beachwear as I am two stone lighter than I was back then. I have the basics sorted. Denim shorts, simple tees and vest tops and plenty of summer footwear. But I need dresses for both the day and evening.

First I am concentrating on daywear. And simple dresses to throw on over a bikini. To wear to breakfast and so that I can walk from beach to bar with a little dignity. You know the type of dress I mean.

Normally I am quite conservative in my style but on holiday I am always happy to be a little more adventurous and I have found some fabulous dresses online.

The first selection are all from Asos, which I think is THE best place to look for something different for holidays.

I would wear any of these dresses and I currently have four sitting in my basket waiting for me to decide which one to buy.

I haven’t seen as many that I love on the High Street. But here are a small number that I think are lovely.

I have bought the dress above from Accessorize. It’s red for one thing and I wanted a short dress as well as a midi/maxi. It really is a gorgeous dress. I absolutely love it.

Next are always a good place to shop for beachwear. They always haveva great selection. These are just a few. I saw the first dress below earlier in the week. It looks better in store than on the website. It’s quite vibrant and also roomy. Just what you need to hide the holiday belly. And for £18 you can’t go wrong.

I absolutely love these three from River Island. Look at that yellow. Pure sunshine.

I wouldn’t really opt for black as daywear on holiday but I know plenty do. I thought this dress from Matalan was nice if you prefer darker colours. It has lovely detailing on the neckline and a hanky hem and is a bargain at £16

Matalan have a large collection of Kaftans at very reasonable prices including this full length version for £18.

Lastly something completely different from Zara. This looks stunning and very expensive but is only £29.99. I can just picture it teamed with gold sandals and lots of bangles.

So now all I have to do is decide which one (or maybe two) to buy. Which is your favourite? Or have you found something that I have missed. If so please share xx


Melanie xxx

Sleep Deprived in Style

We started Christmas Eve with a two hour drive to Luton Airport. Our flight was leaving at 6am and rather than sitting around at home trying to stay awake we headed off to the airport early. This gave us time to tuck into a big English breakfast at 4am.

I am not a good flyer. Not because I am scared. Because I struggle with having to sit still in a confined space for any length of time. So with this in mind I opted for comfort over style when deciding on my travelling outfit. I also used some leftover Birthday money to buy some new trainers and a sweatshirt for my holiday.

This is what I wore to travel to Portugal.

Slouchy Boyfriend Jeans – old from Next

Oversize Slouchy Stripe Tee – old from La Redoute

Oversize Cream Sweatshirt with sleeve detail – current from

White Trainers with black glitter star detail – current from

We are staying in an apartment at the Four Seasons in Vilamoura and we couldn’t have been happier with the welcome or the facilities at the hotel.

We spent the rest of Christmas Eve wandering around picking up a few essentials at the local supermarket. We didn’t venture far to eat opting for room service as I had been up since 5am on the 23rd December. After the most amazing burger, a small local beer and a soak in the spa bath it was time for bed. 40 hrs without sleep had finally hit me.


Melanie xxxx

Shopping My Wardrobe – Week 1

Last Sunday I started the challenge ‘100 Days of Shopping my Wardrobe”. After writing my blog post, about my intention to wear what I owned and not buy anything new until the new year, a few ladies on Instagram have decided to join in. There seems to be a lot of posts around at the moment from people who realise that they are spending too much money and buying too many clothes. Instagram has that affect on people. Me included. I did exactly the same a couple of years ago. But moving out of London, and embracing a more relaxed and simpler way of life, made me realise I didn’t need half the stuff I had accumulated. I have discarded many of the clothes I had but I still have more than I need. When I carried out my Wardrobe Overhaul I listed all the clothes and footwear I owned. As I wear items over the 100 days I am ticking them off on the list. The idea of this is to try and wear everything (relevant to the season) at least once.

I am enjoying the challenge so far and for those who want a little inspiration to wear what they already own I thought I would share the outfits I am wearing on a weekly blog post. So here goes with the first of many…

Jeans are my favourite item of clothing as they are so versatile. It is so easy to throw on a pair of jeans and create and outfit that fits most occasions. These outfits were not worn for long. Day 1, Sunday, was worn for a quick walk to my local shops. It was a warm day so I threw on my light denim Summer Jeans (Primark) with a sleeveless navy tunic (Next) and white Converse. Sunglasses were also needed and these aviators with leopard print arms are a couple of years old (Next). On Thursday night hubby and I popped to our local pub for a couple of drinks. I wore dark denim relaxed Skinny Jeans and a cream waffle 3/4 sleeve top, which hasn’t been worn this year (both Next). Again I threw on my converse and also added a camouflage shacket that I bought a few months ago from Miss Selfridge.

Monday’s work outfit. Dress and Blazer (Next) and La Redoute burgundy trainers which are current.

Tuesday & Friday’s work outfits consist of Next workwear. All a couple of years old too. I am having to wear trainers everyday as I am still wearing an ankle brace following my recent injury. The Leopard Print trainers (Next Kids) looked great with a simple black shift dress and I teamed my Black Addidas Stan Smiths with culottes and a sleeveless ruffle top on Friday.

More from Next on Wednesday and Thursday. The exception is the footwear. Grey Snake Print trainers were teamed with black skirt and white ruffle. On Thursday I travelled to London for a School Business Manager Conference which meant I could dress down a little. I wore black skinny jeans, floral shirt and black blazer. The black Leather Rucksack is also from Next and I have had it for a few years now. It’s perfect for when I go on training courses. I wore my Stan’s again for the second time this week.

Last night hubby and I went out for drinks and dinner. Making the most of the weather being relatively mild I fake tanned my legs and popped on this popular HM black swing dress. I love that this hides the tummy so perfect for a night of beer, pizza and cheesecake. I decided to try and wear something other than trainers for the first time in four weeks. It had to be something comfortable that was not going to aggravate my injured foot so it had to be my favourite suede ankle boots from Next. I bought these last year. They are a bit of an understated Chloe Susanna dupe. With buckles and embellishments across the front. The bag is my Chanel dupe. A sale bargain from Next last Winter. Leather biker (Wallis) was a present from my hubby last Autumn. The leather is so soft and it makes a change from black. The beige suede wrap bracelet is old from Boho Betty (check out their website here).  I have a couple in different colours, they are great for dressing up a plain outfit. Finally the tassel earrings were a recent purchase from

I have a whole drawer devoted to Loungewear. Whenever I am indoors I always wear what I call “my slobbies”. This week has been a mixture of harems (Next) and old tee’s (HM). At this time of year I will also have a pair of thick socks and an old jumper to hand.

So there you go. My outfits from the first 8 days. Only 92 to go !! If you want to join in either the #100daysofshoppingmywardrobe or the #nospendoctober challenges then check out my Instagram page @melanie.lemonadelifestyle

Thank you for reading
Melanie xxxx