beach day

Kimono: Primark        Dress: Republic      Bikini: Primark
Necklace: River Island      Bracelets: All sorts of places!

A week or so ago, when the weather was a little more summery, a few friends and I went for a lovely beach day at Barry Island (yes, of off Gavin and Stacey fame). It's probably the nearest beach to Cardiff - if not, it's certainly the easiest to get to, and a day return train ticket there is cheap as chips! Or, more appropriately, fish and chips (ehhh see what I did there!)

As I write this, I'm in the deep dark depths of revision hell, so looking back on that beach day is cheering me up a bit. It was gloriously sunny for most of the day, but admittedly it did get a bit chilly on the seafront at times - it is the British coast, after all! Still, we had a great time sunbathing, catching up on some reading (Game of Thrones, of course), perusing the arcades, burying each other in holes and building sand... um... dragons (check my instagram for proof).

On to the clothes. This kimono might be one of my favourite Primark finds EVER. I may have mentioned it before, but I'm a little too obsessed with kimonos... whenever I'm out shopping, I have to remind myself that the four I already own are probably enough to suffice! 

(Excuse the tan line!)

This dress is also a summertime favourite of mine. Although I LOVE the twisted back, it's not the easiest thing to wear with a bra... you either have to embrace the yeah-my-straps-are-showing-so-what look, find a low-backed strapless number, or just brave it and go braless - although there may be a little too much of a side-boob risk for this option! Alternatively, I think it works pretty well with a bikini - is it me, or is it weird that bra straps showing are so often a no-go, but bikini straps showing are perfectly fine? Fashion eh!

I can't wait for more summer weather and more beach trips - here's hoping it gets warmer again after my final exam on Wednesday (gah so soon!)

Helen xx


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  3. Ow wow. I love this, very bohemian! I love the kimono.


  4. I was supposed to go to the beach today but the weather is too horrendous! I love your kimono and good luck with revision! x

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  5. Loving the tie dye and florals! So pretty!!

    <3 Shannon

  6. I love the kimono and the dress :) I like the tie-dye gradient look and the back looks lovely x


  7. So lovely! and that back of the dress is gorgeous. Looks fab! The warmer weather will be here in no time!

    xo, Haylee

  8. DUDE you built SAND DRAGONS? That is mighty kickass right there. Way to go. :D Did they destroy any sandcastles? Aaahh if only they could come to life and do so.

    You have the most lovely hair, I must say! It's so thick and long. And blue is a stunning color on you!

  9. haha "cheap as chips"- i love that. and this is an adorable beach outfit- i never look that cute. that kimono is what made it, it brought all these shades of blue together so prettily. and eek good luck with the revisions!!

    xo marlen
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  10. That kimono is so pretty!


  11. You look so cute, I love the beachy summer look! ;)

    God bless,
    XO, Claire

  12. You're my kimono sister from another mister! ;) This one is a beaut! I've always wanted to visit Barry Island...

    Tara xo

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  14. ahh i love your kimono!

  15. This kimono is so pretty and looks perfect for the beach! <3

    I love your necklace too, so dainty but adds such a nice vibe to the outfit xo

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  16. Love the kimono, it's so pretty. Lovely outfit doll.
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  18. What a pretty kimono! And I do love the back detailing on that top!

  19. Have been trying to find a kimono and did not realise Primark's were so pretty! Lovely outfit :)

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