summer outfit with white jeans and grey t-shirt

Vacation Outfits | Spring Basics

Plaza de Duque,Tenerife

summer outfit with white jeans and grey t-shirt

gold open toe sandals

vacation outfits # 1 - white jeans and grey t-shirt

Well, hello, hello!

Wait: this is a bit awkward, isn’t it? I mean, I feel like I haven’t “seen” you all in weeks (Yes, I can see you right now. Be afraid…), but because I scheduled all of my posts in advance for my holiday, you obviously won’t have missed me at all. In fact, you’re probably all, “Oh, HER again,” right now, aren’t you?

(Side note: as always, scheduling posts in advance always makes me really paranoid that something will happen to me while I’m away, but the stupid blog posts will just keep on comin’, like a voice from beyond the grave or something. In fact, such is my level of certainty that any time I get on a plane, I’m NOT going on holiday, but am, in fact, going to my doom, I actually warned my parents not to look at my blog if the plane DID end up crashing. Well, it would’ve been upsetting for them to see me babbling on about lipgloss at a time like that, wouldn’t it?)

(With that said, I think I’m getting better with the whole flying thing: while we were at Glasgow airport, waiting for the outbound flight, I almost bought a book about the mystery of MH370 which, as some of you know, I’ve been obsessed with since it happened. “Ooh,” I thought to myself, “I could read that on the plane!” It was only as I walked away that I realised I’d just had the dumbest idea of my entire life- and I’ve had a LOT of dumb ideas in my life, let me tell you –  because, yeah, if you’re scared of flying, you should TOTALLY read the true story of a plane crash WHILE YOU’RE ON A PLANE, shouldn’t you?)

Anyway, we got back in the early hours of Sunday morning, and because of all of those scheduled posts, this is the first time I’ve sat down to write a blog post in a couple of weeks now. I actually think that makes this trip my longest blogging break ever – I normally can’t resist popping in to write something while I’m away, but this time I couldn’t have even if I’ve wanted to, because the laptop died on day 3, leaving me with just my phone… and OK, there were computers in the hotel I could have used, but I decided to just enjoy the break, instead. I can’t really claim it was a digital detox of some kind (and not just because that phrase makes me cringe a bit) because I was obviously Instagramming my little heart out the entire time, but it WAS a complete blogging break, so that has to have been good for me, right?

Well, maybe not: I mean, I’d like to say I’ve come home all refreshed and ready for action, but, as usual, I’ve come home with a suitcase full of laundry and an almost overwhelming desire to clear out my closet, instead. I have no idea why this happens to me, but I always, ALWAYS seem to return from vacations with a renewed urge to organise things, and the fact that I’ve just gone onto eBay and ordered  a bunch of vacuum bags to help me do it, tells me that urge is still going strong, apparently. Yeah.

On the subject of closets/clothes, before I went on holiday I mentioned that I hadn’t really been into my usual retro-inspired style lately. I wasn’t sure if the warmer weather would change that, and have me back in my dresses and heels again, but… not really, no. I DID take some dresses and heels with me, and I wore everything I took, but for the most part I’m still really enjoying dressing a little more casually, and sticking to the basics/classics/whatever you want to call them. This outfit is a fairly typical one from the trip: we were really fortunate with the weather, which was mostly really sunny and warm, but we did have a few slightly overcast days on our first week, and because I seem to feel the cold easier than most, I’d taken a selection of jeans, sweaters and lightweight jackets with me, just in case. In fact, to be honest, I pretty much took EVERYTHING with me “just in case”: this is why I’ll never have a capsule wardrobe, no matter how much time I spend organising it – I like to be prepared for anything!

casual spring outfit

jeans and t-shirt – both H&M / Topshop hat (similar) / Michael Kors bag / Dorothy Perkins sandals (similar)

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  • This is an awesome post for me right now, as I’m going away in about a month (it’s a surprise for my mum’s birthday…I’m imagining she probably doesn’t go around reading comments I write, but I’m worrying a little about writing this, just in case!!) and the weather is expected to be warm but not too warm, so I’m currently trying to figure out exactly what I can take! I’ve bought a couple of pairs of shoes (in fact, one pair very similar to these), and I have white jeans, so I’m totally stealing this outfit ;D I’m now off to your Instagram to figure out what other ideas I can borrow from you for my trip too!

    March 22, 2016
  • Lily


    I consume everything I can about MH370. A complete and utter mystery, fascinating and yet awful. That last communication with the plane with the mumbling and the static… that gives me chills.

    On a lighter note, love the outfit. Simple and yet looks so classic. And the Canary islands look beautiful!

    March 22, 2016
  • I love this outfit….it’s very ageless and looks so summery!! I’m on your team about the capsule wardrobe—haven’t done it, don’t want to do it, not sure I’m even capable of doing it!! jodie

    March 22, 2016
  • Myra


    Love these photos

    March 22, 2016
  • Brenda


    Your photos have me convinced that I may need to purchase a lovely hat like yours!

    March 22, 2016
  • Tracey


    I need those shoes immediately.

    p.s. Welcome back and I’m glad you enjoyed your trip, I hope Terry did too!

    March 23, 2016
  • Sad but true stuff does happen, I was going away for work, created my posts in advance and in one I talked alot about my Nana and how well she was doing at 95 and when my plane landed I got the bad call… and forgot the post was going live the next day. But on a positive note it is a tribute right and even if something bad happened there would always be a piece of you for them ( just maybe not to read right away). Love the shoes and hat, you look fantastic

    April 1, 2016
  • Caitlin


    I’m not the fashionista here, but I feel like your outfit is still retro inspired in the details – the shoes, the hat, the sunglasses. Which is really cool! You can play around with different styles and still keep some accessories that you love. Hope you had fun!

    April 4, 2016