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Oh wait, I’m already there 🙂

I’m currently in Athens, visiting my family. We’re in the middle of a heatwave, all the locals are devastated – I am thrilled! 🙂 Who knows? I might even tan.

I bought this bag from Accessorize (my sister has the blue version that says “Hit the beach”). It’s meant to be a “bikini bag”, which I assume means it’s to put your wet bikini in when you change out of it but I think it’s way too cute for that and have been using it as a clutch.


I had a little snakeskin pouch that came with a beach bag I bought a few years ago so I put my money and tissues etc. in that, and then put in my pineapple scarf from Suite Blanco in Lisbon, Victoria Secret lip gloss and my phone (the moving glitter phone case is from Skinnydip London, I am obsessed with their stuff).

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If you’re on holiday, I hope you’re having a brilliant time and if you’re not, I hope you’re not too upset about it!

Happy hump day!


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 Sunglasses: Peacocks

Last set of Athens photos, I promise!


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 The temple of Apollo at a beach in Vouliagmeni.


 T-shirt: Forever 21; Skirt: Tally Weijl (bought in Lisbon); Sunglasses: Amy Cavill for Anthropologie; Bag: Flea market in Florence.


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 The Golden Hall shopping centre.

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 Trying on stuff in Zara (I know, I know, I shouldn’t go abroad to go to shops we have at home but still..). I didn’t buy the dress on the left, but I did buy the one on the right 🙂

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 Cool compact mirror, and Cinderella print that I kind of wanted…


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 Creepy mannequin



 A walk and an ice lolly.


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 Earrings: Suite Blanco (also from Lisbon). Sunshine streaming through window: not available in stores.




 Camo cap: From an army stall in Monastiraki; Kaftan/beach dress: H&M; Bag: Accessorize.


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My niece requested that I learn to make loom bands. I didn’t realise you actually needed a loom (yes, I’m special like that), so I was only able to make the simplest version, which was this. It made me look tanned so I made myself one and wore it too! The bracelets are vintage (stolen from my parents, they have their names on them).

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‘Til next time Athens…


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Some pictures from my August trip to visit my parents in Athens…


The obligatory packing crisis…

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My nephew’s cool new hat! (That his mother hates, which of course only makes him love it more… It’s funny how a word means such different things to different generations. To my parents, in their 60s and 70s, a dope is someone a bit stupid. To my brother and sister-in-law, in their 40s, it means drugs. To my 10 year old nephew it just means cool.)

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Just chilling with my nephews on the beach…

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Wear sunscreen!!

(I actually did wear sunscreen, so this should read “wear sunscreen and re-apply every hour, and try and get even coverage! Gah!”)




Left: Dress: Marks & Spencer, Flip Flops: Accessorize; Right: Dress: Asos, Shoes: Primark, Turquoise jewellery: Suite Blanco in Lisbon

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Dress scored from a clothes swap with friends. And giganto-peach!

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Trying stuff on in BSB. I quite liked this jumpsuit but my mother was very unimpressed! Plus, I couldn’t bend my legs, so it stayed behind 😦 Also, loads of the changing rooms in Athens don’t have mirrors in them which drove me crazy! I do not enjoy having to do all my embarrassing what-does-it-look-like-from-different-angles? posing (squatting to see what I’d look like sitting down etc.) in a room full of shoppers!

And the shop assistants hover. Which I hate.


Swimsuit: River Island. I love this swimsuit, it’s a great colour and the ruching makes it uber-flattering but it had no support at all (why do shops do that?!) so I bought a cheap strapless bikini top bra from Asos and sewed it in. Not ideal but better than nothing! Shorts: Dorothy Perkins.

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Necklace: Bought from a stall in Monastiraki

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The Runner, my all-time favourite statue. Isn’t it cool?!

Thanks for reading, more pictures to come (I take too many photos!).


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Following on from my previous Monastiraki post, here are some more pictures of my day at the Athenian flea market…

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USA, UK, France…Where were the Greek flag phone cases?! 

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There are some “real shops” too, although I mostly stuck to the stalls.

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Note to self: Do not carry a black plastic bag whilst walking around in 35 degree weather!

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This was in a really cool, enormous bead shop. Not quite sure why the dinosaur and British phone box were relevant…

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Love these weird jellyfish things!

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National motto…

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My new rings. Everyone agrees that the temple one is super tacky but also strangely nice. I love it and have worn it loads!

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Haul 😀

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!



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 Only in Greece is the background scenery this beautiful…

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 These were everywhere… Did Greeks invent them too?! 

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When I was in Athens a couple of weeks ago, I made my annual pilgrimage to Monastiraki, a flea market which is basically Athens’ Camden. It is very touristy, but I always find loads of nice stuff and have a great day (and tan, and sweat out half my body weight – it was so hot!). Everyone is super friendly, especially if you attempt to utilise your rusty Greek (my sister and I got free fridge magnets for our troubles…and asked out… :-p)

More pictures to come…

Happy hump day!


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I’m in Athens at the moment, visiting my parents, and these are all the shorts I brought…that are currently lounging uselessly in a cupboard, unable to be used as I have about 25 mosquito bites on my legs alone, and 2 weird patches of sunburn where my sunscreen obviously didn’t reach. In short (pun intended), my legs are not looking their best right now! 

Now, where did I put my maxi-dresses…?

(Shorts L-R: H&M, Dorothy Perkins, Warehouse, River Island. Sunnies L-R: River Island, Amy Cavill for Anthropologie, River Island, Peacocks)

Hope everyone’s having a great summer!



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How sweet are my Uncle and Aunt, sending me an Easter present from Athens? I love this colour and material for spring/summer!

Surprise presents are the best!


Happy Friday!


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Ps. Yes I know their sign off looks like childhood euphemisms for boy/girl parts! Can’t bring myself to tell them yet though…  :-p