We will be arriving into a Heathrow quarantine hotel in under two weeks time. I appreciate no one will see me and I certainly will not be going anywhere for ten days but I think the urge to feel nice will be strong. (Any excuse for new outfits)
My wardrobe probably won’t change that much from the one I am wearing at the beach in Peru now that autumn has arrived.
I already have lots of comfortable things to wear thanks to Zara and local boutiques.
Everything will focus around my new Zara faux fur slides. I am completely in love with them, they are just so cosy and comfortable. (I have included some alternatives)
I really do think that my wardrobe choices will be limited to different colour joggers tees and hoodies but that’s cool. I can have fun with that.
Here are a few of my favourite things.
I love the Arket loungewear selection it’s all made with organic cotton. This sweat and shorts combo is perfect for hotel lounging teamed with must have cashmere socks.
Of course our stay in the hotel is timed nicely with my birthday (we will leave the day before) so maybe a birthday treat from Pangaia (available Selfridges.com)
I love all of the colours from the range but I am not a fan of block colouring. (It makes me look short and square). The sustainability credentials of this brand are amazing. These pieces are made from both recycled and organic cotton.
Who knows how this wardrobe will evolve but I will have fun styling it everyday. I will need to have a special freedom day outfit ready and waiting ……….
It is so easy to get carried away by all of the “newness” at the beginning of the season. I for one love so many things but experience tells me to be brutal. I will find a few pieces I love that I can wear many times.
My current favourites are these jeans and clogs from Zara.
These pieces will make it easy to create so many outfits.
I think I have now justified both the jeans and clogs. They will work so well with my existing wardrobe and the ruffle skirt! (I think I need this too)
I build my wardrobe around forever accessories (particularly shoes) I find that no matter what I wear if I add statement shoes then the outfit is instantly lifted to another level. There are shoes that have been in my wardrobe for ten, fifteen years all of them can be worn anytime.
I do tend to buy fun pieces that I can wear over and over again. I would never buy something to wear once. My mainstays are Zara and Ganni. I do love the Scandi ethos of laid back cool.
This pattern of buying suits both my lifestyle and conscience. I would feel terrible walking around in head to toe designer as I love to play with my outfits. (I love to switch things) Also I am very casual I really don’t do the orthodox glam look.
For instance these Chanel Mary Janes are gorgeous to wear. They fit like a dream and look good with just about anything.
They also look good with a black midi dress. I have one from Zara that I wear often.
I do have a thing about Gucci low heeled loafers as these next photos will show. (The colours are amazing) They are very comfortable, versatile and timeless.
I also have the loafers in a beautiful green colour. Apologies the only image I have is this one.
The tulle skirt above is an example of a fun piece that’s lasts and lasts. I had it tailored to take away some of the bulk so it didn’t swamp my frame. (5ft 2in)
I wear it so much as it showcases most of my shoes. I just add different tees to keep it low key.
Trainers are another great love of mine but I keep it to a few statement pairs. I clean them every week and wash the laces. It’s a labour of love as really don’t like dirty trainers.
Next up are bags and what can I say about this beauty.? I just love it and I am very lucky to have it. I don’t use it often but I do use it whenever the opportunity arises.
It’s a great size with plenty of card space and zip pockets. The chunky chains just keep it looking cool. The inside is red leather it really is a dream.
A bag I use a lot is my Saint Laurent belt bag. I rarely wear it a belt as I just love it as a crossbody. It’s amazing for flying as I can fit my passport, phone and cards. Easy access when I need it. If you applied fashion maths to this bag then it’s worth every penny.
What will be my next forever piece? I really haven’t seen it yet. I usually know instantly, I can’t breathe and I get really excited. Then I go home and sleep on it but that is a story for another day.
I ask myself this question all of the time. For instance this morning I spotted the JW Anderson chain embellished loafers on Selfridges.com in cream. I have a black pair which I love but I bought them last summer and now I am think the new pair would be good. To add further weight to the argument I have convinced myself that a size smaller would be better as they do give.
I did exactly the same yesterday with Balenciaga tripleS I spotted a silver pair and almost stopped breathing (I can be very dramatic when it comes to shoes) I already have a pair which I love and certainly don’t need changing but I love silver shoes (I have few pairs).
My argument for another pair is quite good (or so I think) the original pair where a birthday pressie last year and it’s nearly my birthday again (two months is nearly)
It’s not just shoes that I love to double up. If I love something then I always want it in a different colour but sadly I never love the second buy as much. (But I never learn) My Ganni leather shorts are a great example. I bought the black pair about seven months ago and I wore them a lot and will continue to wear them. When I saw the green pair in new season I was so excited. Then I started thinking about the pros and cons of green shorts. On the one hand they are prominent and can’t be missed which means I would wear them less but on the other hand they would look amazing with tanned legs. (It’s so hard)
Only this week I bought a little green summer skirt from Zara in Lima and I already want it in another colour. I suppose it means I love what I buy!
When I first came to Lima about 17 years ago I had to bring everything with me. There was no where to pick up a new top or bikini. If my favourite shampoo ran out then I just bought what was available locally.
The clothes were limited to surf shops or boutiques where all of the clothes were nylon.
Now as well as the local boutiques selling the Pima cotton I have Zara. What a comfort blanket that is.
There are three Zara stores in Lima which I think is just amazing. Yesterday we took a trip to One of them and I found a few pieces to top up my beach wardrobe.
This was my wish list of everything I had seen on the Zara Peru website.
I am quite sure that if I go to the larger store next week I will think of so many holes in my wardrobe that need filing. (There is always an item or two that can change your life!) I will keep you posted.
There are way more serious things going on the world than what is included in this post but I do believe that a little light relief is needed.
During lockdown number one I was at home like most of the world at that time. How did I keep myself occupied? Well we are extremely fortunate to live with hills and greenery outside our door. We didn’t break any rules we just walked most days. In the time I spent indoors I sorted my wardrobe then I started looking for my next outfit or beauty product that would change my life! I was on first name terms with the DPD driver (not that this is a good thing but it was fun)?
I bought clothes I didn’t actually need as I had no idea when I would be able to wear them. (But hey it didn’t matter). The clothes were just a symbol that everything would be normal and I would be wearing them in the near future.
By early June I was back instore helping my personal shopping clients, finally wearing my new clothes.
During the summer I wore everything I had bought and the memory of lockdown faded. We all wore masks kept our distance washed our hands but still the outfits were so important.
Lockdown number two was short and thankfully I worked through it all. People still wanted to buy Christmas presents just incase lockdown was imposed over the holiday period.
Not only was I busy working but at the same time I was checking daily to see if the flights to Lima had resumed. I normally fly out at the end of December but this year was a little different.
We finally got the ok to fly on December 18th so my Lima Dreaming wardrobe needed a few new additions. Normally I start my Lima Dreaming countdown in September and my wardrobe additions are ready! This trip was different so on a short trip to London in mid December I managed to buy the missing pieces. (They are never wasted I wear them year after year)
Hurrah on the 18th December we flew to Peru with all of the usual feelings of excitement
It’s now March and we are still in Peru! Our stay has been extended due to lockdowns both in Peru and the UK and cancelled flights. We now have the quarantine hotels to contemplate ( not a nice thought). We are very grateful for everyday we spend here.
Apart from the weather there isn’t much difference in how we spend our time. We walk, surf (not me) and I check clothes all of the time. (Well nearly all) As I mentioned I have parcels waiting for me in the UK but I am showing restraint at the moment! It’s the same routine just a different setting instead of green hills we have the ocean to look at.
My day to day outfits are very casual (for me) I never wear makeup and my hair is tied up all of the time. It’s just like lockdown number one in so many ways I have to colour my own roots, cut my fringe and pray for a hair cut.
I have included a few of my favourite outfits (or potential outfits) that have come about during the pandemic. Writing this I realise I need to buy the Ganni tee before it disappears. I also realise I already have so many wonderful pieces that I can reuse for a long time.