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I tease with the answer NEVER. I have dogs, I’m a dog person. I don’t like humans, most people are insensitive, angry, nasty. At least dogs don’t answer you back, most of the time.
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24 Hours In Naples: Itinerary
Naples, Italy (or Napoli for the culture vultures amongst us) was not one of the cities that was initially on my places to visit in 2019. However, after downloading the Lucky Trip App (not an #ad!) Naples came up as one of the lower cost, trips to take in January. Being the wanderer that I am, I thought 'why not?' and booked it.
As the time grew nearer, I started to doubt whether or not this trip would be rushed - we were going to be flying in from the UK for only one night. I double checked the flight times - by the time we landed on the Saturday and were to take off again on the Sunday, we literally had 24.5 hours in Naples in total. My question was: 'Can I enjoy this short amount of time in Naples?' - the answer is whole-heartedly yes.
Here is how I did 24 Hours in Naples:
Luxury Accomodation in Naples - Carten Napoli Luxury Rooms
Calata San Marco, 24
Port of Naples
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Where we Ate in Naples: Gelato
This is a long post. It covers my experience, in detail, of travel anxiety. There are subheadings along the way breaking this post into chapters. Please feel free to skip through to the bottom end of this post to see how I overcome and deal with travel anxiety. Otherwise, grab a cuppa and a digestive and enjoy the post!
What is Travel Anxiety?
*Disclaimer - In no way am I medically qualified to diagnose or give expert advice on anxiety, this post is written from my own personal experience and all opinions are my own*
At the start of a new year, travel is on most of our minds. You may be looking to book your summer holiday, or you may have already booked your holiday and you can't wait to jet off into the sun. Undeniablly, travel anxiety can affect even the most chill of people, and it can affect us all in different ways. According to the Oxford Dictionary, anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. I can totally relate to this feeling espeially when travelling, more specifically about the actual journey to my chosen destination.
In this post, I am going to share with you my experience of travel anxiety, how I deal with it, and how I've learnt to control it. I really hope this helps you too.
It all Starts A Few Days Before...
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7 TRavel essentials that will make travelling easy
If you’re anything like me (a last-minute superstar) you’ll get to the night before your travels begin and have a bit of a flap on, worrying about what to pack and what you need for your trip away. Have no fear - I have put together 7 Travel Essentials that you will most definitely need. Here we go...
1) Your Passport
If you forget this, you can forget going to another country. I keep mine in a different ‘safe place’ each time... and I can never remember where. To make my life easier I put my passport in a cute and eye catchingly bright passport wallet as to not miss it in the cupboards! Here’s the one I’ve got below, but there’s loads of different ones on amazon for a decent price that will jazz up the boring passport look and help you find it in the black hole of Calcutta that may be one of your cupboards or drawers.
2) Travel Documents
Blogging is not all what it Seems to the beginner...
...there is waaaay more to it than what meets the eye!! Today my blog is 1 month old. I have dabbled with writing and blogging for years before launching Lea Bella Blogs but I have never taken it too seriously. Some posts on this blog date back to early 2017, I kept these posts as I thought they were actually OK! This time though, I decided to focus more on writing and creating content online, and in order to do so, I have tried to educate myself a little along the way.
In this post, I am going to share with you my Top 5 Things I’ve Learnt In My First Month of Blogging. Hopefully it will help out some of you new bloggers too!
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An Enjoyable Day on the Sea
There is a back story to how we ended up on Robinson's Catamaran on a random Wednesday during our holiday to Alcudia... But I will create a separate post on this as it's a long (and quite funny!) anecdote.
HAVING A REGULAR NIGHTIME ROUTINE IS SO IMPORTANT
So you've just had a long day at work, it was stressful. You get home, you make tea, for yourself, possibly for the partner and kids too. The house is a mess even though you only cleaned yesterday. Infact you gave the house a real thorough clean. Now you wonder why you bothered. The kids need bathing, the dog needs walking, the packed lunches need doing for tomorrow. You put the kids to bed and suddenly you have an hour or so before its your bed time, what do you do now?
Most people lead hectic lives these days. Heck - I cant remeber the last time I truly spent the day doing bugger all. I think its important, even in our busy lives to spend time on yourself. My way of doing this is to make sure I have a regular night time routine where I forget about the day and spend time with ME.
In this post I am going to share with you my regular night time routine. How I was the woes of the day away and prepare for a new day.
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audiobooks - the easy alternative to reading
I always loved being read stories as a kid. I still like listening to peoples anecdotes as an adult. When I first was introduced to Audible I thought '...this is my way of reading books without reading!' If you are like me and have a busy life, and no physical time to sit and open a book, audiobooks are the perfect alternative to still get lost in stories whilst being on the go. What's better than listening to your favourite autobiography whilst doing the washing, or cracking up along with your favourite comedian's show whilst walking the dogs? Audiobooks fit around your life. You can listen to them at a time that suits you, and at several times throughout the day, if you like.
I completed 22 audiobooks (maybe more, whose counting?!) in 2018 and I am officially an audible addict. I choose to listen to audio books just before bed - the book being read to me via audio takes me back to being read a bed time story, but as an adult helps me unwind after a massive hectic day. Boo-hoo.
What's better, is Audible via Amazon are giving my audience a free 30-day trial and a free audiobook when you sign up below:
SOLDIER SPY - TOM MARCUS, 2016
Narrated by Jason Langley - what a read! If you are in to books about MI5, MI6 or the military, this is for you. This is written first hand by the author and is an insight into the war being waged by MI5 to keep us safe in our towns and cities. It reveals never before heard detail and gives a chilling view into life on the front line in the battle against terrorism in the UK.
WHY MUMMY DRINKS - GILL SIMMS, 2017
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I have visited Paphos, Cyprus a number of times now, and each time I always find new places to eat and discover new things to do. Paphos is well known for it's amazing beaches, cutesy streets and its great location which makes other towns and activities easily accessible from Paphos. But for me, Paphos, and Cyprus as a whole, is famous for its food. I am a big foodie, and one of the most exciting aspects of travelling out of the UK for me is to sample the offerings!
Here, I have complied the best places, by my recommendations, to eat in Paphos.
FIRST AND LAST BAR & Resturant, paphos
MAP: Konstantias Street, 8041 Kato Paphos, Cyprus
First & Last is for those foodies who like their home from home pallet. This bar and grill restaurant does THE best Sunday Roast Dinners and is perfect for those who just crave a good filling dinner after a few to many bevvies! They also do Fish and Chip specials on a Tuesday and Friday, which includes a free pint and a massive portion all for 9.95EUR. If youre one to not miss out on the football whilst on holiday, this is the place to be. The outside screens and comfortable seating area make for a good parking space to watch the match! Definitely check them out if your staying in Paphos, they come highly recommended from me!
CURRY HOUSE INDIAN RESTURANT
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Goals vs. Resolutions
Resolution (noun); a firm decision to do, or not to do something
Resolutions are usually made on New Year’s Eve; full of good intent and determination.
Goal (noun); the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
This year, I will be setting goals instead of resolutions. Notice in the description of a resolution- it is firm. A definite decision to do or not do something. This is probably why I never ever stick to any resolutions that I make.
I feel by setting goals, that they are more flexible. Goals are set for a desired result, and can be tweaked and amended throughout the year, because you know, life happens.
Anything that is a firm decision does not take into account any anomalies that life may throw at you. Let’s look at loosing weight for example:
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What is a Puggle?
If you have stumbled across this page, you either are new owners of a Puggle (congrats!), or you are interested and intrigued by the Puggle and would like to know more...
As a proud owner of a Puggle, I’m hoping that I may be able to provide you with some information and anecdotes about the Puggle breed.
First and foremost, the name Puggle comes from a blend of the two breeds that the dog is - a Pug and a Beagle. An unlikely cross, some may say, as the individual characteristics of the two breeds lay on opposite ends of the scale.
Beagles are known for being natural hunters with an immense sense of smell - real wanderers. Pugs, on the other hand are small, stocky, yet full of funny quirks that make them so loveable. Mix the two together and you get a loveable wanderer.
Puggles as Puppies
Having an eight week old Puggle Puppy was not easy, let me tell you! I spent a lot of time researching how to train such an exciteable pup, and implemented this as much as I could. Read my top tips for training your new puppy here.
However, generally as puppies, Puggles are a bit of a handful. Puggles inherit their intelligence from the beagle and are extremely inquisitive about their new surroundings once they arrive into your home. Their favourite way of exploring their environment is - you guessed it - with their teeth! Noooo! Lilly was a real chewer and managed to destroy most of my wooden furniture, despite us buying every chew toy and squeaky toy in sight to distract her. There was only one toy that managed to turn her attention away from my dining room chairs and that was the Kong.
The Kong is the best food based toy that I’ve ever come across. It has multiple purposes too. It is made from strong rubber, designed to be really hard to destroy, unlike your TV stand! You can also stuff it with the Kong paste which is really tasty and comes in many flavours. Lilly loved this - and still does to this day - and it is the best distraction toy on the market in my opinion. Try this with your puppy, but remember to reduce down their meals during the day or they will end up putting a little bit of unwanted weight on! ? They are available on Amazon here:
Personality of a Puggle
Puggles are loyal. As loyal as you would ever imagine a dog to be... until she is distracted. A puppy Puggle may not seem loyal to you until they are tired and fancy a cuddle. Lilly and I struggled to bond at first as she didn’t seem to take much notice of me when I was trying to train her and I constantly felt that she only wanted to know me when I had food. Your Puggle puppy will try to rule you on their terms, unfortunately. But, now she’s officially well into adulthood, she is the most cuddly and loving dog any owner could wish for. Until distracted. Distracted by anything too. A slight noise can set her into bodyguard mode; a cat or a bird on a walk will set her into wandering mode. If you can keep your puggle’s attention on you, you will have a great dog.
‘Dog Strops’ are real. Lilly very rarely gets told ‘no’ for anything these days. She is very good in the home and generally good on walks. However, if I am busy doing something else, for example, cooking, Lilly will throw a tantrum at me and will eventually put herself in her bed or safe place to sulk. If she really is in a mood she will probably throw in a massive *sigh* for good measure.
F.O.M.O (Fear of Missing Out) - Lilly has a real thing about feeling left out, or at least thinking she is getting left out. If I am having a cuddle in the evening with her sister, Bella, Lilly will not be long putting herself between us to be fussed. As your Puggle gets older, it seems to be that they crave your attention more. Lilly is much more demanding of my attention now than she ever was when she was a baby. It’s seems she has transitioned from Miss Independant to Miss Reliant.
Puggles are really gentle natured. They love kisses and cuddles, long naps and being pampered. That’s right, your Puggle will want to be pampered. I’m talking back massages, belly rubs and everything inbetween! Be rest assured that she will pay you back with plenty of kisses.
On Lead Walks Can Be Tricky...
As I have already stated, your puggle will be a natural explorer. This means on-lead training can become difficult. We have never fully mastered Lilly walking to heel, but, with a lot of patience, sausage meat and the help of a HALTI head collar, we have managed to finally make walks pleasant after around three years of stressful walking time. Some people view HALTI head collars as cruel, I know I have had some side eye looks when walking Lilly, but I really do rate them for dogs that cant keep their noses off the floor and walk next to you. To the eye it looks like a mussel, but your Puggle will still be able to breath, bark, eat etc with it on. It sits at the top of their nose and clips onto their harness for safety (just in case they manage to slip out of it!) and then the lead clips onto the underside of the HALTI. The idea is that if your dog tries to pull away from you on a walk, a slight tug on the lead will turn their head to look at you and you can implement your training technique once they have slowed down and produced the desired behaviour. We bought Lilly a size S, as she doesn't have an overly long snout, here is a link for the one we have below.
Just a sidenote about getting your Puggle used to wearing the HALTI - try putting it on them before they eat a meal and they will soon realise that it's nothing to be worried about. This will also make them happy about wearing it outside of the house.
Overall, Your Puggle Will Become Your Best Friend
Getting used to having a puppy, whether this be your first puppy or not, is always a change. Beagles are known to be the breed that stays a puppy for the longest, approximately three years instead of two, and it is a fun three years. Our Puggle seemed to transition from puppy to adult pretty much over night. She has so many amazing qualities though and now as an adult dog her intelligence never fails to surprise me every day. If you are looking for a dog that will make you laugh, protect you, love you and be your best mate, I would highly recommend choosing a Puggle.
On a more serious note - please research your breeder before buying. Both Mother and Father dogs should be available to meet before buying any puppy, and remember that a dog is not just for Christmas, it is for life.
- Lea Bella x
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The Maldives... Paradise on Earth
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Holiday Dates: 9th October - 19th October 2018
Adaaran Select Meedhupparu Beach Villas - rated at 4*+
Stepping off the seaplane and getting my feet on the ground after what felt like an eternity of being in the air felt like I had just won the jackpot. No-one could have prepared me for the turquoise blue waters, the bright white sand, but most importantly the friendliest of welcomes I have ever received when arriving at a resort for the first time.
Golf buggies collected us from the jetty on the South of the island and whisked us away to the main bar where we were greeted with a refreshing pineapple drink and a cool cloth to wipe away the last three flights. The 30 degree sun was beaming down on my face as I thought 'people are right....this is paradise!'. I had not even seen the half of what this Island had to offer yet...
I should probably mention here that I had not seen our luggage yet since stepping onto the seaplane (you can read my seaplane experiences here) and at this point I didn't care. We were given the all important safety briefing, a map of the island and was told that we could go and get some lunch on the all-inclusive while we waited for our room to be ready. So that is what we did!
The Accomodation - Beach Villa 4*+
We had booked a beach villa initially, with a view of upgrading to the water villas over the next few days - read my tips on how to save money on your upgrades here. We were chauffeured once again by a friendly Sri Lankan guy who showed us our room. The first thing I noticed about the room was the amazing view... believe me when I say that it is absolutely breath taking. Our patio doors opened out onto a wooden terrace with our own sunbeds and a seating area, and then the beach and the ocean, like right in front!! It's really hard for me to explain exactly what seeing this for the first time is like, but I will never ever forget how I felt. I don't actually think I've ever felt as excited, overwhelmed and knackered all at the same time! HA.
Once I had gotten over staring at the beautiful clear blue ocean, I checked out the rest of the Villa. OK, so my first impressions were 'WOW... this is loads bigger than I expected!'. The main room has a large bed, bigger than our King Size bed at home for sure, a TV, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities and then the bathroom. The bathroom was half outside and half inside! WHAT! There are his and hers sinks, a loo (obviously), and then the spectacle, the outdoor shower. Amazing - and boy did it get used! There is an indoor shower too, which I only used on the first night and the rest of the time we were in the beach villa we totally utilised the outdoor shower. Why not - you're in the Maldives after all!
Exploring the Island
Once our luggage had been delivered to our room, which was only around 10 minutes after we had been delivered to the room, we immediately got changed into our beach wear and went for an explore. Being the avid researcher that I am, I had read that the whole island was approximately 3KM in diameter, and it should take around an hour to walk the circumference. In our experience, it would only take an hour to walk around the island if you stopped at every bar you passed along the way (there are 5 in total). We walked it in around twenty minutes. Everywhere you look, you are greeted with amazing views. Whether you are looking inland at the beach villas and the beaches, or if you are looking out into the Indian Ocean, which stretches for miles. It is when you take a minute to breathe and take in the blue views when you realise you are actually on an island in the middle of nowhere. The good thing about Adaaran Meedhupparu Island is that there are actually three other islands that you can see - but you couldn't swim to them! But they are there in the distance, just to comfort you and remind you that your not completely isolated from the world.
'I think I would get bored in the Maldives' was one comment that I received from many people before visiting. How far from the truth can you be! Don't get me wrong, the Maldives is famous for being a honeymoon destination and a luxurious relaxing style holiday for the obvious reasons. But there is also, surprisingly lots to do! There are many excursions that you can do - we opted for the Dolphin Safari which was hands down one of the most amazing excursions I have ever done. You are picked up from the island in a Dhoni, (a traditional Maldivian fishing boat) and taken out in to the Indian Ocean for a spectacular show of Dolphins in their natural habitat. What's more amazing than seeing wild dolphins in the Maldives? There are other excursions that are all advertised in the Main Reception and they all come at a cost, and they are quite a cost too - but totally worth it.
At Meedhupparu, there are five bars in total to relax and chill out in. One bar, Café Mass, is the only 24 hour bar and was right near our villa (room 223 for anyone who is interested) and this serves all your all-inclusive drinks, tea, coffee and the premium drinks for those who are on half board or Bed & Breakfast options.
The Main Pool Area
The infinity pool is perfect for photo opportunities at Meedhupparu. The pool faces the beach and the ocean and makes a perfect back drop for those romantic pictures, and for just sitting and collecting your thoughts whilst the sun is beating down on your back. The pool bar here serves all drinks in plastic glasses so you can take your drink wherever you want to in the swimming pool and sip on a Pina Colada whilst relaxing in the water. The sunbeds here all have mattresses and the pool boy gives you a towel and then replaces if for you after lunch.
The main bar / lounge area is also located next to the swimming pool. This serves all your drinks, daytime snacks and tea/ coffee and fruit juices. The main stage area is here but you won't find an animation team bouncing around here!! Not even in the evenings. The vibe to this island is ultimate chill.
The main reception is also located close by and there is a child's play park too.
The All-Inclusive Food
Adaaran Select Meedhupparu Round-Up
This was our first time in the Maldives, and realising I have no other island to compare this too, I had the best honeymoon holiday of my life. So much so that we have booked to go back next October! See my travel plans for 2019 here. I would highly recommend the beach villas for first timers to the Maldives and if it’s affordable luxury you’re looking for you won’t be disappointed here. I should also mention here that the staff are brilliant, all of them. From the gardeners to the management, everyone says ‘hello’ to you and those who speak better English really try with you and ask if you are well etc. When visiting any country, I always ask the staff about their lives. Some stories they will tell you will really open up your eyes.
I hope this post has given you more of an insight into what to expect when going on holiday to this particular island.
Leave me a comment below if there is anything else that I have not mentioned that you would like to know.
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Thanks for reading!
-Lea Bella x
2019 - Places I will travel to...
Just a really quick post to fill you in on my travel plans for 2019 so you know what blog posts to expect over the next few months... *UPDATED FEBRUARY 2019*
Italy - 24 Hours in Naples, January
We are going to be staying in a 5* B&B for the night right on the sea front in Naples.
Amsterdam - P&O Ferries, February 2019
Taking the P&O Ferry from Hull, UK to Rotterdam, Holland for a day trip to Amsterdam
Spain - 4 nights in Valencia, February
I have never been to mainland Spain before (I know- right?!) so I'm excited to see what Valencia has to offer
Tenerife- Sandos San Blas, March
For my husbands birthday. 5* All inclusive bliss.
Frankfurt, Germany - March
Another 24 Hours In... trip. Keep an eye out for the vlog on my YouTube channel!
Spain - 3 nights in Marbella, April
Hen Do Time -Party!
Mexico - 7 nights in Akumal Bay, May
Another luxury hotel right in the heart of Akumal Bay, Riviera Maya.
Maldives - 9 nights in Meedhupparu Island , October
Back to paradise... Cant wait!
There are a few months missing, as you can see - this is only because we have nothing booked at the moment!
As always with each blog post there will be a video posted on my YouTube channel, you can check this out below.
I hope you will come along with me so I can share my travel experiences with you.
Thank you for reading
-Lea Bella x
...and how to keep your costs down.
Heres a little disclaimer before I start on this post...
1) In no way, shape or form am I implying that these holidays are affordable for everyone. You’re affordability is no one else’s business but your own.
2) These prices are 2018 prices and are subject to change due to supply and demand.
3) This post is based on my own experiences and is in no way influenced by any third party.
OK now that’s over... let’s go! ✈️
When you think of a luxury holiday destination, instantly you may think ££££. Sometimes this is true, and, in a lot of cases you get what you pay for. BUT. There are ways of getting to your dream destinations for a more affordable budget. Let me explain how in this short ‘How To’ blog post.
Nature at its Finest
5:30am on a Sunday morning is not usually a time of day I see often, unless I’m headed to an airport. But, between the end of October and the end of December every year on the Lincolnshire coast, something quite special happens which makes the 5:30am alarm easier to deal with.
Every year the Grey Seals grace Donna Nook’s beaches with their presence for two months to have their babies. It is such an amazing experience to see wild seals nursing their pups right in front of your eyes. This year, so far, there are 2,010 seals in total on the shores of Lincolnshire, including Male and Female adults and what a sight it is to see. Of course, you don’t have to be there at the crack of dawn like we were, but at this time in the morning the seals are very awake and really lively.
We saw new pups, you know, the white fluffy ones that look like you could just pick them up and give them a squeeze (not advisable FYI), older pups who were shedding the last of their baby fluff, mummy seals nursing their babies and Male seals trying their luck at finding their next mate. It’s surprisingly peaceful and quiet there at this time in the morning as not many other tourists have gotten their weary heads out of bed yet!
A baby seal nursing on it’s Mother. December 2018
I’d say the walking trail - which is all fenced off for safety of the seals and the humans - is around a mile walk to the end and back. A lot of the pups come right up to the fence and some will let you take their photo without barking or hissing at you!
You can see for miles across the flat Lincolnshire coastline here, but just a little warning for those of you who may visit with children (but even for yourself) there may be a few pups laid on the beach who have sadly passed away. We saw three today.
Unfortunately the statistics are against the pups and only 10% are likely to survive and make it back to sea. It’s facts like this about nature that really ground you whilst taking your photos and videos etc and make you think. Of the 2,010 seals on Donna Nook beach, only 201 will make it back to the waters.
The Lincolnshire Wildlife trust work really hard here for the two months that the seals are on land. They are mostly volunteers and are at Donna Nook from 6am in the morning. The wardens we spoke to are very knowledgeable and try to keep tabs on the seals even though there are so many!
Another special mention has to be to the local seal sanctuary’s in the area. Any seals that are injured or deemed as unhealthy will be rescued by the sanctuary’s and given medical attention until they are seen to be fit enough to go back to the wild. We visited the Mablethorpe Wildlife Sanctuary where they have kept 8 seals (I think) who were all rescued from Donna Nook beach. You can visit them all year round as they do not close in the winter time.
Have you experienced any wildlife in the UK? If so I would love to hear your experiences, leave me a comment below.
- Lea Bella x
What I Wore On Holiday As A Plus Size Woman
Let me set the scene for you... I’m 5ft6, size 16/18 and a real lover of cheap and affordable fashion. I suffer with the ‘saggy’ tummy after losing weight and putting it back on for 10 years, so obviously I like to dress accordingly.
Before I went on holiday I was browsing and browsing for what seemed like hours and hours trying to find stuff that I would
A) be comfortable in
B) look good in
C) look trendy in
D) that was affordable
So, after trawling the internet I ended up buying most of my items from Boohoo, ASOS and a few items from PLT. of course though, I had to make a visit to Matalan as they do some real bargains at the end of the summer season around September which was perfect timing for my holiday.
This bikini was pretty average in terms of fit and look; £20 from Matalan. I tied the straps in front of my bust to create a bandeau effect for the top - mainly to stop those pesky tan lines!
This is the same bikini top as above, but teamed with a pair of shape bikini bottoms from PLT and they were only £5! I love these because they come with a trendy belt making them extra high waisted and I felt really body confident in these. 10/10 for me on the bottoms.
This was an all in one from Primark. I really liked the shape it gave me around my waist but, as it’s backless, there isn’t much support around the side-boob area so I felt a little self conscious in this and was on the look out for a nip slip constantly! If this had a smaller and tighter bust area it would most definitely be my go to. I believe it has support on the inside for around the belly area.
Beach Cover Ups
This is one of my Matalan bargains - £4! I love this because of the material. It’s made out of a silk-like material and is really light and airy, and has cute little ties on the shoulders to add a girly vibe. It is also a good length.
OK - with this one you’re probably thinking ‘why is she dressed like that in a hot country?’ Let me tell you - I was suffering from the worst sunburn I have ever experienced here! It was naaasstttyyyy! So this jump suit was the most perfect cover up for me because not only did it cover up all of my sunburn but it is so light and it’s cut really wide - so actually you feel like you’re almost wearing a parachute! I wore a different one to travel home in too, i would highly recommend getting at least one of these as you can dress them up or down - add a belt and a cute pair of sandles and big earrings and you have a cute little night time outfit. Wear it in the day on its own and Voila - you have a beach cover. You’re welcome.
I love this cover up! It was a shirt I found in Matalan - £3 in the sale! Barg! It is chiffon so kinda see through, but had a lovely paisley pattern in a blue and turquoise colour so is very apt for holidays. I also wore this knotted at the front with a pair of shorts to make a different outfit.
So this dress is from River Island - how cute is it! It’s made from linen so is great in hot climates. I teamed it with a pair of black tie up sandles - and apart from my awful tan lines - this is one of my fave holiday dresses. £45
This top is from River Island and the bottoms are from new look. I absolutely love love LOVE the trousers. So much so I have them in two other colours! They are really comfy and high waisted and seem to hold everything in. They are the best paper bag waisted trousers I’ve ever owned. They are also ankle grazers so bang on trend at the moment. The top is a cowl neck so I could get away without wearing a bra. So loved it just for that - let alone my love for animal print.
This dress is similar to the khaki style dress above with the straight buttons down the front but it had a tie waist and a ruffle hem. I really likes this dress but I was slightly on the short side. So I wouldn’t wear it unless I was on holiday. It’s packed back in the case.
All these outfits are affordable and have been bought from the plus size ranges from each brand mentioned. Most brands now size up to at least a 20/22 with online retails sizing at up to 28. The clothes are a little more expensive sometimes but wait for the sales and stock up ready for your upcoming holidays.
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- Lea Bella x