Next week some friends and I are going to Ibiza on a hen do. I have not been to Ibiza before and am so excited as it has been on my bucket list for a long time. I’ve don’t tend to go all out getting ‘body ready’ for a holiday, I’m just too lazy. However, I’m slightly daunted about getting back into a bikini so I’m attempting a bit of a get ready regime. Here is what I’ve been doing to get holiday ready..
Shoes haul – ASOS, Miss Selfridge and Topshop
I love wearing summer clothes and when I looked in my wardrobe I couldn’t justify anymore purchases on that front. However, I have always struggled with summer shoes. I have skinny ankles so strap slips and don’t fit me as they should. I’m a size 4, my feet aren’t exactly the same size (one is nearer to a 3 1/2). I also struggle with things between my toes because I have such a wide gap between my first two toes and I feel like I’m constantly clenching to keep a flip flop on. Anything without a strap tends to fall off. I have such difficult feet and therefore shoe shopping is a bit of a nightmare!
When it has been warm enough to say hello to my toes this year I’ve tended to be seen in my trusty Birkenstocks which I’ve had for eight years but are now covered in travelling war wounds and falling apart. Hence my panic a couple of weeks ago when I realised I did not have shoes to take on a girly holiday. Cue a shoes haul to sort me out for this summer.
Many of the shoes I’ve bought over the last few weeks went back immediately but I have managed to find some that are keepers. I’ve gone for mostly flats/mid heels because I don’t think I can dance in high heels all night long anymore and feel like a nice sandal is more versatile. Getting old I know!! Anyway, here are some of my finds..
Caddy Hexagon Heeled Sandal – Miss Selfridge
These babies from Miss Selfride are a strappy black sandal with a metallic silver heel. I love black strappy sandals and think the metallic heel makes them a bit dressier and metallics are everywhere this summer (as you’ll see below!) I think these will be great for a meal out or a club night.
London Rebel Flat Leather Sandal – from ASOS
These London Rebel flat gold sandals were purchased off ASOS. They’re gold, they have a buckle at the back of the shoe to keep the sandal on and they’re comfortable. These weren’t expensive so I’m not sure how long they’ll last but for this summer I think they’ll be a great addition to my collection.
Dune Logo Cork flatform sandal – rose gold- TOPSHOP
These are also gold sandals but this time they’re rose gold (which you can’t really see from the picture). These are a little more sturdy and durable. than the London Rebel gold sandals and have a small cork base which makes them feel really comfortable. These were 20% off in Topshop Oxford Circus so I had to have these too.
Dune Iyla cross vamp block heel sandal – rose gold – TOPSHOP
You may be noticing a theme here by now – it’s all about gold for me this summer! I haven’t decided if these are coming to Ibiza with me because I don’t want to ruin them. They’re rose gold mid length sandals with a suede heel. They’re so comfortable and think they will be perfect for wedding season. I do need extra holes put in (as I do with so many shoes) but once they are tighter on me then I’ll be really happy with them. Again these were 20% off in Topshop Oxford Circus when I bought them and in both Topshop and on Dune’s website there’s a great choice of colours.
I’m using the aptly named Bootea as essentially a detox tea, one you can use to help you get ready for a big event or a holiday and you just want to feel like you’re not carrying any extra weight. Bootea has expanded since it first started to include vitamins, smoothies and snacks for long term health and weight loss but I personally have just been using the tea and doing a teatox.
For the last few days I’ve been drinking a daytime tea every morning and a nighttime tea once every other evening (except this weekend when I was drinking alcohol, Bootea doesn’t mix too well with it). I find the morning tea is nice and gentle. According to the website, the ingredients are Chinese Oolong Tea, Yerba Mate, Ginger, Lemongrass, Fennel Seeds, Dandelion Leaf, Siberian Ginseng, Nettle Leaf and Gotu Kola.
The evening tea’s ingredients have a stronger laxative effect and contain Peppermint Leaf, Psyllium Seeds, Fenugreek Seeds, Liquorice Root, Burdock Root, Hawthorn Leaf and Dessicated Coconut. I don’t love the taste (I think it’s the liquorice but I can’t be sure) but they’re effective. They can give me stomach cramps first thing in the morning so not ideal if you’ve got a big meeting first thing! For me it just helps make sure things are moving and I’m not carrying extra weight pre Ibiza so I can feel as confident as possible.
If you do fancy checking out Bootea it can be found at Boots.
I’m lucky enough to have retained a bit of tan from travelling, and being fairly medium- olive skinned anyway I’ve never been much of a fake tanner. It’s a lot of faff for me (and I’m dreadful at it, I just can’t avoid it going streaky). However, I have been enjoying using the Sanctuary Wonder Body tinted moisturiser and the St Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Body Lotion which I received for Christmas last year. I’ve been using the San Tropez on my legs and the Sanctuary tinted moisturiser on my legs and arms which is smoothing and illuminating and gives a subtle bronzed look. There’s nothing crazy or streaky and I’m not applying every day but I just want to look like I have slightly more healthy legs before I go and the two just help to give me a warm bronzed colour on my limbs.
For my face I’ve been using the Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster. You apply a couple of drops to your moisturiser (or as much as you want) and it gives the face a healthy glow without looking too orange. This is great for any light to medium skin tones because you can control how much of the oil you use.
I’m always hearing that abs are made in the kitchen and not the gym. I’m not thrilled with that statement considering the amount of rubbish I eat (Easter eggs, I’m looking at you!). I’m not an expert in healthy eating by any stretch but I find Pinterest is a great resource for recipe inspiration for all dietary requirements. Here are a few suggestions:
Aubergine Parmigiana – I can’t remember which recipe we used but there are loads on Pinterest. It wouldn’t be healthy if you had the whole thing in one go but a moderately sized portion is just cheese, tomato, aubergine and courgette so you can’t go too wrong!
As I said above, I don’t think exercise is the be all and end all (because if you’re not careful with what you eat and drink then it won’t matter how many hours you spend in the gym). I’m not someone who needs to lose weight per se but we all have those wobbly bits we’d rather didn’t wobble and we’d all like to think we have abs (even if they’re buried in a land far far away).
But aside from the unrealistic aesthetic desires I have (Victoria’s Secret model aspirations – far too short for that!) I really enjoy exercise, it has always helped to make me feel healthy and strong both mentally and physically. You never regret a workout, and even if it’s only 20 minutes, it’s still good to get your body moving. Exercise can really make you feel positive and that you can handle whatever life throws at you and it’s great for taking your mind off any worries or troubles.
For Ibiza I’m spending time toning my muscles, whether that be in an LBT class (legs, bums and tums – lots of squats and lunges) or core strength training through ab work (bicycles, Russian twists, planks). When I can’t be bothered to go to the gym I’ve been doing Jillian Michael’s DVDs at home. A few years ago I bought a collection of four of Jillian’s workouts (you can find them here) and I would really recommend them. These four include the famous 30 Day Shred (which I’ve never done religiously but I do like to dip in and out of).
Jillian can be a bit annoying and repetitive but the workouts are difficult and you feel like you’ve worked hard afterwards. At the moment I enjoy No More Trouble Zones for more toning of problem areas and it’s designed to tone muscles whilst burning calories (a bit body pump-esque).
If you don’t want to spend money on gym membership, there’s so many great free resources online. Below are a few that I really enjoy doing and all can be found on YouTube.
Great for yoga of all types, both relaxing and challenging and there’s something for all levels. Plus Adriene’s voice just makes me feel chilled and calm.
So many different types of workouts here and their website lets you put in what you want to achieve, what area of the body you want to work and how long you want to work in order to tailor your workout. When I feel like I need to do some cardio then I choose to do a HIT workout from Fitness Blender. High Intensity working is tough but it’s over quickly and it keeps your heart rate up long after you finish, burning calories for a longer period of time.
Again lots to choose from here and Anna the host has lots of bubbly enthusiasm to keep up motivation
How do you get ready for holidays/the Great British summer? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!