Wednesday, July 11, 2012


galaxy essential upgrades: holiday style

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Today's post upgrade post is going to show you some of my holiday outfit upgrades from my recent trip to Turkey. It was really gorgeous, super warm and just the right amount of chilling out and having fun. Each year I struggle with the same thing, How to dress for hot weather! I’m such a winter girl at heart and I'd happily swap sandals for winter boots and a kimono for a faux fur jacket! So when I started thinking about my holiday wardrobe I focused on getting things that I'd wear at home rather than things I'd wear only when I’m away. I read somewhere that some women spend just as much on their Holiday clothes as they did the actual holiday! So here are some of the ways I used what I had to update my wardrobe for a hot weather holiday! Bear in mind I wear a lot of black, grey and white at the moment, so I chose to wear the summery, bright colours in different, subtler ways that I felt more comfortable in! By no means is a guide on what to wear, or showing you what’s "right" to wear. It’s more of little talk on how to accessorise the clothes you already have update those pieces for summer!



Upgrade One: The Neon Necklace


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necklace: primark

Although this isn't a super summery pick, I think a big statement necklace can add so much to a simple outfit. For example I picked up this neon necklace for a couple of pounds from Primark a few days before I went on holiday. I bought it with the intention to wear it on a night out before I went away with a simple playsuit. Then as an afterthought, I chucked it into the small bag of jewellery I took along with me on holiday. I actually wore it with a fair few of my evening outfits as well as a few times during the day. The bright colour pop meant I could get away with wearing the darker or neutral colours I normally wear without having to buy something I wouldn't wear back in the UK.

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Upgrade Two: The Statement Bralet


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top: primark
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top: motel via asos

I wore a variety of different bralets and cropped tops whilst away on holiday, all paired with the same simple black jersey skater skirt from Topshop. This meant I was able to cut down on taking extra outfits (and valuable suitcase space, those things get super heavy!) and pair the bralet top with the same skirt. The lipstick print one from Motel and this Aztec Primark were my favourite from the bunch. I personally like having a statement print or pattern on the top and then keeping it simple on the bottom to balance the look out. Again this kept in line with my idea of outfits that I'd wear at home, as I like wearing them when I go out in the evening! You could also wear these bralets with maxi skirts, or under drop arm vests.

Upgrade Three: The Polish Pop


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Nail colour pops have been around for ages, but are a fool proof way to update an outfit. I took a few shades of nail polish with me when I went away as I like to change my nails a lot. Models Own Balearic Cool was my personal favourite although it's a pretty hard shade to work with (see my review here)! The Models own Hed Kandi Collection would be a perfect collection to take away on holiday with you as it's full of neons and glitters that really compliment a tan. I stick to bright colours on holiday (for a selection of my favourite holiday nail polishes see this post here) but any nail polishes you like would suit!

Upgrade Four: The Arm Candy


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bracelets: river island, black tied*, turkey, topshop, kukee, turkey

Layering bracelets has been around for a while now, it's a great way to add a summery festival feel and be right on trend. You can mix and match high street with ones you've made yourself as well as ones you can pick up on holiday. If you’re away on holiday you can normally buy a variety of bracelets from little shops or markets for very, very cheap. I bought a few ones when I was in Turkey for around 1TL (about 40p) each. There are no rights or wrongs when it comes to compiling your arm candy collection so it's fun experimenting! But if I had one tip I'd keep it to one arm and stick to colour themes! Also mix in your watch (if it’s not waterproof, don't go all silly and jump in the pool!) to as I think they add an awesome edge to a statement bracelet collection. Be careful with dodgy wrist tan lines though!

Upgrade Five: The Flatform Wedge


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flatforms: river island

I think Flatforms are one of those love it or hate it types of shoe. I personally love them and wear them pretty much daily and I have a lot of love for them! I find flatforms give me the height I need without discomfort, although some people do find them hard to wear and a bit awkward! These River Island ones hardly left my feet when I was away, mainly because they were the only heels I bought but they were also the flatforms I find most flattering. Normally I find ankle straps cut off my legs and make me look short and stumpy, but I found these made me feel like I was leggy and tall for a change!


You can check through some my outfits that I wore on holiday here, here and here!
Personal Disclaimer: I am being paid by Galaxy Essential Upgrades for creating content as part of their campaign. None of the posts I create are constructed or forced by them, All opinions and ideas are my own. I created all the content in this post. I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned in this post apart from Galaxy.

58 comments:

  1. Lovely post, I adore the flatforms.

    http://rogue-and-creep.blogspot.com

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  2. I love those flatforms, lovely! :) x

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  3. That necklace is absolutely amazing! I reckon i need to make a trip to Primark! Also loving the Models Own/Hed Kandi collection too, perfect for summer! Just wish the weather could brighten up so I could use these tips at home!

    Sophie
    www.anarrangementofnotes.wordpress.com

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  4. love this post! those flatforms are gorgeous!

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  5. those shoes are amazing! just got back from my holiday though, not sure i'd get as much use out of them in england!

    http://studsanddreams.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. I love and hate posts like this, I love seeing what lovely things there are out there, but hate that I can't have them all! waaaah X

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  7. I actually love every single item! Your nails always look perfect and the shoes are lush!

    http://thefashiondistrictnlc.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. These outfits are all gorgeous. I especially love the Motel bralet!

    Emily Wears Things
    xx

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  9. Wish I loved those flatforms as much as everyone else but I just think they are so unflattering, well on me anyway! Everything else is cute :) x x x

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  10. Loving those bralets, they're very flattering on all body shapes too which is nice x

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  11. Loved this post, great ideas! Bracelet layering and colour pop nails are my go to ideas at all times :-)

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  12. That primark necklace and those river island shoes are on my wishlist now! So beautiful !

    Island of Make Believe

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  13. Really love the Aztec Primark top. I so need to take a trip before my holidays. I definitely agree that light packing is all about the accessories.

    Check out my new blog:

    http://stoplookstyle.blogspot.com

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  14. Those nail polish colors and your arm swag are to die for! <3

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  15. Love this post, I am such a winter girl too and really struggle with summer dressing. Thanks for the inspo :) x

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  16. i dont like those corsets tbh, but second nails and necklece are just beautiful <3
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  17. Love this! I'm always looking for ways to upgrade my outfits! I've been big on adding little neon pops of colour as i'm always wearing grey or black!

    Temi xo STYLISH WHISPERS

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    1. same here, i normally stick to neutrals and wear colour pops!

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  18. This may seem like a really stupid question but I am being 100% serious (and I'm not being creepy I swear)but with a bralet top, are you still able to wear a bra?
    I only ask because the cups in the top seem like the would get fit awkwardly on top...
    anyway weird question aside, lots of love (: x

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    1. i wear this bra, its the best strapless i've ever worn! http://www.littlewoods.com/wonderbra-ultimate-strapless-bra/592964864.prd

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  19. I love love love the flatforms :D Your blog actually brought flatforms on to my radar! xx

    The Style Diagnostic

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  20. I bought flatforms last week and have literally nearly broke my ankles trying to walk in them... I am still however persisting in wearing them! haha I can walk perfectly fine in heels but just find these a right challenge! Wierdddd

    Love those nail polishes! I have the red one and i'm desperate for the orange.

    Great post again xx

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    1. they are a bit awkward at first but you sort of get used o them! its strage as they are high and flat at the same time!

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  21. Loove those bracelets ! :)

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  22. Everything you featured is absolutely GORGEOUS! love the flatforms :)x

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  23. I have these flatforms as well - I'm in love with them! Lovely post
    http://hurtslikeheavenblog.blogspot.co.uk/ x

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  24. Feel like buying some flatforms now!

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  25. There are some great ideas here :)
    Im going on holiday next week so will take some of these things into account and downsize!

    Makeup for Biochemists

    xx

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  26. I just saw no point in flatforms for a while and found them really awkward until seeing these ones on you! For sure, yours just changed my opinion on flatforms and now i'm starting to look for some pretty pair to buy :)

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  27. loving the cute boob-tubes you wore on holiday you looked so lovely!

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    xxx

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  28. this post features all my favourite pieces from your recent posts. i love the neon nail varnish, the flatforms and your bralets the best. your tan looks fab btw.

    lifeandstyleofemily.blogspot.com

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  29. The bralets and skirt combo look great! Especially love the one from Primark! The flatforms look great too!

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  30. I love your necklace, such a bargain.. I feel a Primark trip coming :) your bralets are super cute and I too am obsessed with flatforms :)

    Jo. x

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  31. I love those flatforms so much, really really need them!

    L x

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  32. enjoyed reading the post , some great simple ideas. adding a pop of colour to nails is always a winner.

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  33. Lovely outfits! Really like the bra lets.xx

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  34. New Look do an exact replica of these flatforms for £15! Love all the colour pop ideas xo

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  35. It took me all day to hunt down some Flatforms here (Australia) because they're just not in the shops yet! Boo for being behind with trends!

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  36. You always have the best accessories! And those shoes are amazing!!
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  37. My oh my, I love the nail polishes! :)

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  38. LOVE the accessories!!
    I DESPERATELY need to get more colors in my outfits! These are great inspiration for my new blog!
    i'd love for you to check it out and let me know what you think!

    xx
    WWW.LNLOOKBOOK.COM

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  39. Great post. I've got draws full of summer outfits which I only ever wear on holiday, once a year, so for the last few years, I've been doing the same, trying to adapt my Uk wardrobe by adding accessories. Saves loads of money and also gives you loads of new ways of wearing things.
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  40. Really great tips! I am so like you in that I LIVE in quite classic colours but accessorise myself in the 'trend' colours and I am LOVING the neon trend at the moment!

    http://sweetiesal.blogspot.com

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  41. lalalooove this, I'm always dressing up simple outfits, on holiday or at home, so much fun! :)

    chloesway.com

    xx

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  42. I love the 'colour pop' the nail polishes and the neon necklace :)
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk/

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  43. WOW! I would like to have your closet!
    Love the bralets, your nails (in the picture where you are wearing The Ramones' t-shirt) and your bracelets! Well, I love everything!

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  44. The necklace is indeed a statement necklace! looks amazing even on a simple black top! Besides I like the simple black shoes and the primark top!

    Best Regards,
    Andi Smith
    http://strandofsilk.com/indian-fashion-blog

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  45. Shoes and bracellets !!!! <3

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  46. Like most any Wonderbra ultimate strapless. I've tried, i have to tug on it a bit but quality is great and it's a nice all-around bra when i wear it with the straps. The nude is a nice staple for summertime.

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