Life is a Catwalk: Going anywhere nice this year?

Illustration by Lizzie Bailes visit www.lizziebailes.com for more info.
Illustration by Lizzie Bailes visit www.lizziebailes.com for more info.

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.