My top tip for avoiding over-packing your suitcase is to select a few well-chosen, best loved pieces that work well together. Stick to a simple colour palette that allows you to mix-and-match items for a multitude of outfits.

Holiday Must-Haves

It’s wise to travel in a comfortable pair of skinny jeans. Choose a neutral shade you can wear throughout the holiday paired with an array of bright, print or neutral tops. I love Warehouse for its great selection of denim in a variety of colours for all shapes and sizes.

A pair of black or beige shorts that you feel comfortable in are a necessity for wearing in the day with vests, shirts or jackets. For a relaxed, yet stylish daytime look pair with flat, strappy sandals. For the evening, transform the outfit by accessorising with bright heels for a sexy night-owl look.

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Loose-fitting chiffon blouses are versatile as they can be dressed down in the day, worn on the beach as a great cover-up or up-styled for the evening with an over-size clutch bag, towering wedges and sparkly dangly earrings. I love the cute, ultra-feminine blouses in Zara, but ensure you choose a blouse for your body shape, and it will no doubt become your holiday go-to item.

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Pack enough summer dresses and skirts as they’re cool, comfortable and aid day to evening transition. I have spotted so many gorgeous pieces on the high street in Miss Selfridge, River Island and Monsoon.

The Bare Necessities

A few multi-tasking hair and beauty products will ensure you look ever the golden, glowing goddess for the entirety of your holiday. SUNSENSE is Australia’s number one sun care brand. Dermatologist-recommended SUNSENSE Daily Face SPF 50+ combines a moisturiser, SPF 50+ sunscreen and tint in one light, soft-cream, oil-free base that is perfect for use alone and under make up. This product really appeals to me as its not only got a good SPF with UVA protection but the added ‘tint’ gave me such a flawless natural glow that I didn’t need to use foundation at all. 

Lipsticks and lip glosses are useless on holiday as they are quickly washed off by sea or pool water, sweat or a cheeky mid-afternoon cocktail! Instead, choose a gorgeous, long-lasting cherry crush lip and cheek stain by Stila, £16 ( This ingenious formula reacts to your pH levels giving you a personalised, natural-looking pout.

Swimming and sunshine wreak havoc with your hair, so it’s important to protect your hair as you do your skin. Invest in Kerastase Soleil Micro-Voile Protecteur, £16.50 ( a lightweight leave in spray which will protect coloured hair from UVA/UVB rays, whilst providing water-resistant, anti-frizz and anti-humidity protection. This stops hair from becoming horribly dry, damaged and frizzy and instead keeps it supple, soft and swishy!

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