HOW do you dress when you are on holiday? Do you pull out all the stops to look your most glamorous self or do you slob-out without a care in the world?
I always have the best intentions when I go on holiday to look my extra-special best. I take a different outfit for practically every day, and possibility. Shorts, jeans, leggings, skirts, dresses, tops, jumpers, shirts, vests, a pile of underwear and three bikinis. I pack hordes of accessories including bags, shoes, jewellery, belts, corsages, hair-bands and scarves.
My wash bag bursts at the seams with shower wash, shaving cream, razors, body scrubs, enough hair products to wear my barnet a million different ways, three types of body lotion, five types of sunscreen, nail varnishes and lipsticks in a multitude of colours. Plus the 20 make-up products required to get a ‘natural’ look.
And that was just my list for seven nights, in a tent, in Dorset. Needless to say, I don’t really do ‘travelling light’.
Most of the time, when I go on holiday, it is with my man, and he has seen me at my worst and then some, so why do I care?
Perhaps it is Facebook’s fault, the threat of the digital camera snapping away at me for a whole week, then instantly being thrown out to all my known associates, means a day without my slap is not going to happen.
I don’t know – I just always feel I should make the effort when I go away – the media likes to sell us holiday wardrobes and holiday beauty treatments, and I fall for it every time.
But the whole truth is: every year I take away enough clothes and accessories to start my own boutique, but I only ever wear half of it.
I don’t wear as much make up as normal, I don’t do my nails or wear most of the accessories, because by the time I get wherever I’m going, I chill out.
And that is the key, because relaxed people seldom feel the need to look perfect every minute of the day.
Life may be a catwalk – but even fashionistas deserve a break.