Posts Tagged ‘holidays’


Today is the last day of The Olympics and that makes us sad. What exactly did we do with our time before we got caught up in this whirlwind of excitement, tension and medal ceremonies? What’s next on the agenda and what else do we have to look forward to? Well, judging by reports, a record number of us will be flying off tomorrow to summer destinations from all over the UK, and that’s not including the tired and achy athletes going home. So if your summer holiday is still to come and you have yet to start that dreaded packing (how is a girl going to fit 10 pairs of shoes into a 15 kilo bag?). Here’s our Holiday Wardrobe Checklist to take the stress out of packing.

    1 pair rubber soled shoes like flip flops are essential, those pebbles can hurt and the sand is hot (leave these behind and you will be doing the classic “I forget my flip flops hopping dance” all the way from the sea).
    1 sarong
    1 hat (foldable would be good)
    2 pairs of Sunglasses (in case you lose one)
    1 pair of light wedged shoes (for the evenings)
    1 pair of flat sandals (for sightseeing)
    1 pair of tailored shorts, like the Shimmer Shorts in gold, to wear with…
    1 jersey top, like the Twist Jersey Top in white (again, can be worn day or night)

If you are going away soon, have a fabulous time. If not, you can bask in the glow of all those gold medals. Well Done Team GB.

Smart Packing

Coral Print Maxi Dress

Coral Print Maxi Dress

Another Monday morning. At this time of year many of us are counting the days and hours until we are lying on a sun-drenched beach far away from the office, the heaving supermarket, or the traffic on the school run. Holiday packing is an art these days, especially as some of the budget airlines charge you by weight for your suitcase. If you don’t want the hassle of having to unpack everything at the departure gate because your bag is on the heavy side, then read on, as this is your guide to packing your Bravissimo and Pepperberry summer holiday capsule wardrobe.

Maxi dresses can be worn day or night (changing flip flops to wedges at night and adding some great gold hooped earrings and gold bangles). See the Coral Print Maxi Dress by Bravissimo, it is a very flattering empire line and sits under the bust creating a fabulous cleavage. It is a great colour and will look fantastic with a tan and it’s made of cotton, so it will keep you nice and cool. The Jersey Beach Dress by Bravissimo in fuchsia, is the perfect beach cover-up, it’s very simple, stylish and looks great. The Bandeau Beach Dress by Bravissimo comes in gorgeous aqua blue that will also look amazing with a golden glow. The bandeau style and halterneck is super flattering. This dress could also double up for nights with some chunky silver jewellery and silver thong sandals.
The Bright Ideas Tankini Top by Faubourg is new and exclusive from Bravissimo. It is a great alternative to the swimsuit if your bikini days are over. This tankini is in a bold black and white floral print and has that surf girl feel to it. It is underwired, with a halterneck and has matching drawstring briefs.
The Spotty Tulip Dress by Pepperberry is a really fun, sexy, frock and perfect if you fancy dressing up a bit while you’re on your hols. The dress boasts two popular trends this summer, the tulip shape and the spots. It is slightly shorter than shown online, so be prepared to show some leg! The next dress definitely deserves a mention, as it’s really popular with our Bravissimo ladies is the Tulip Print Chiffon Shirt Dress by Pepperberry. A lovely feminine, floral, floaty dress and can be dressed up or down. The Leaf Dress by Pepperberry, in light summery satin, is great for balmy summer nights. It comes in fuchsia or turquoise, the neckline is a crossover plunge v, which flatters the boobs and the elasticated empire line panel highlights and defines the waist area.
If it does get chilly at night, you may need a cardi to throw over your shoulders, try the Deep Rib Cardigan by Pepperberry or the Grosgrain Tape Cardi by Pepperberry, both work as perfect summer cover-ups and they are light enough not to make your suitcase groan. A few of your Bravissimo favourite lingerie sets, your lightest nightdress, a panama or wide brimmed sun hat, one pair of Havianas and one pair of evening wedges or heels and your done! You are now ready to say bon voyage to the rain soaked runway and hello to foreign summer sun.

Holiday countdown

Get Holiday Ready!

Get Holiday Ready!

So you’ve booked your summer holiday and it’s about the only thing keeping you going through the erratic British weather and what seem like endless days at work. But there is some preparation you can do now so that when your holiday does finally come around, you will feel beach ready and fabulous!

The countdown;
10-12 weeks – up your exercise. If you’re feeling a little sluggish at the moment and the idea of getting into a bikini fills you with horror then up the amount of exercise you do now to feel the benefits by the time you go away. By doing a little bit more each week a few weeks before you go, will result in feeling more toned, confident and beach ready, as they say, a little effort goes a long way. Pair this with keeping an eye on what you eat and you could feel slimmer and healthier in no time!

6-8 weeks – exfoliate. Revitalise your skin by regularly exfoliating before you go away. Try a body brush or exfoliating gloves for best results, this will leave your skin soft, supple and rejuvenated. You can exfoliate while you’re away too. Sand is a great natural exfoliant so when you’re on the beach you can use the natural resources to your benefit, no need to go to an expensive spa!

4 weeks – use a skin firming lotion for extra body confidence. This will give your skin extra firmness and will work hand in hand with regular exfoliating for smoother skin. Use firming lotion on thighs, bum and arms and anywhere else you want to firm up!

2 weeks – use a building self tan for that pre-holiday glow. To avoid feeling like a pale tourist when you arrive at your holiday destination, start using a building tan 2weeks before your holiday. It will give you a subtle colour whilst you work on the real thing.

1 week – Get a hair cut. Our hair can suffer from exposure to sun, sea water and humidity when holidaying somewhere hot. However, a quick trim before you go away can help avoid excessive damage.

2-3 days – get holiday nails. Treat yourself to a manicure/pedicure. Keep your hands and feet looking their best, pedicures are one of those luxuries in life that really make a lot of difference and if we’re going to be wearing our best sandals and peep toe wedges then we need great toes to match! This is also the best time to get waxed, no pain, no gain and waxing is best for keeping the hair at bay for the duration of your holiday.

Last minute – airport treats. From last minute manicures to treating yourself to a new perfume, the airport shops usually have some great last minute pampering ideas and tax free too!