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How to Pack for a Beach Holiday

I decided this post was necessary after I spent hours trying to cram more clothes than was needed for a four day holiday to Cala Ratjada, Majorca. You know how it is, going on holiday suddenly means you need a choice of three outfits a day and at least ten pairs of extra socks “just in case”. It wasn’t until I was trying to squeeze my inflatable unicorn into a hand luggage sized suitcase and caught my red face in the mirror that I knew I was fighting a losing battle.

You may wonder why I didn’t just pack a larger bag and check it into hold luggage but my overly worried self always has visions of my clothes ending up in Bora Bora while I’m having to wear my worn leggings with holes in the crotch for the rest of my vacation.

So it was time to be the most organised I’ve ever been in my life and create the perfect capsule wardrobe and although I couldn’t fit in my unicorn, I had everything I needed for every holiday scenario.

Pink Gap t-shirt, F&F Tesco scarf in Majorca

Pink Gap t-shirt, F&F Tesco scarf, Ralph Lauren Satchel in Majorca

Can you even believe this scarf is from Tesco F&F!?! I’m in love with it and paired with a light t-shirt and leggings I could handle anything the Majorca weather tried to throw at me. Oh and believe me it tried. In just one day, it showered and blasted down some serious heat all while I trekked up hills, hills and more hills to check out the ruins of an old lighthouse, gorgeous green forests and the most amazing view ever!

Gap t-shirt, Kettlewell ruched skirt in savannah, hotter daisy shoes

Gap t-shirt, tesco denim jacket

Gap t-shirt, Kettlewell ruched skirt in savannah, hotter daisy shoes

Holiday in Cala Ratjada Majorca

A quick change into another gap t-shirt (I love them so much), this gorgeous sand coloured Sahara ruched skirt from Kettlewell and my beaded Toast necklace and I was ready to do what I do best. Shopping!

There are some amazing shops in Cala Ratjada. On the way to the harbour and sea front, I came across this lovely beauty store that sells natural cosmetics and skincare. I spent ages choosing between the different soaps on offer (mojito and pina colada anyone?!) before deciding I needed at least five. Then there are the many clothing boutiques that also caught my eye. Yes I know I’ve been praising the benefits of a capsule wardrobe but a new dress did make its way into my suitcase but that’s the benefit of less clothes to begin with as there is now room for more stuff!!

La Saboneria Mallorquina natural cosmetics shop in Majorca

soaps from La Saboneria Mallorquina natural cosmetics shop in Majorca

Clothes shop in Cala Ratjada Majorca

Helena clothes shop in Cala Ratjada in Majorca

Kaftans are the ultimate piece for a capsule wardrobe.This first one is by the designer Ada Gatti which I found at TK Maxx and I am just in love the rainbow colours and circle design. Yes, kaftans are the way forward. To me they are the holiday version of the “I can’t be bothered putting on two items of clothing” and with the stunning beach of Cala Agulla just a short walk away from Cala Ratjada it was the perfect opportunity for me to wear one. Wear over a bikini to stop your skin from getting burnt in the sun during the day then throw on some bracelets and you have transformed it into an outfit for the evening. The best 2 for 1 deal ever.

Ada Gatti Kaftan from TK Maxx, Hotter daisy shoes

Ada Gatti Kaftan from TK Maxx, Hotter daisy shoes in Majorca

Chilis and bracelets in Cala Ratjada, Majorca

Ada Gatti Kaftan from TK Maxx

Jewellery is definitely the best way to change up an outfit. It takes up far less room in your suitcase and elevates your look to the next level.

Oh and if you don’t have any appropriate bracelets or a cute necklace, check out Only Sugar on Carrer d’Elionor Servera where you can design your own jewellery! This shop was another great find. Filled with beads and buttons along every surface of the store, I was in jewellery heaven.

Here I go again with kaftan love!

This one is from Boden Clothing which I matched with my custom Only Sugar bracelet.

Boden Clothing Kaftan with Hotter Daisy Shoes

Boden Clothing Kaftan with Only Sugar bracelet

Boden Clothing Kaftan

Regarding footwear it’s time for a shoutout to the silver Daisy pumps from Hotter UK. These metallic beauties are so comfortable and supported me through hiking, shopping and posing throughout the whole duration of my vacation. Plus sticking to the rule of one pair of shoes fits all outfits allows you to pack more important things like bikinis and makeup.

So there we have it. Add a pair of sunglasses and a denim jacket in case it gets a bit chilly and you have my capsule wardrobe for stress free dressing on holiday.

Sangria and Allioli and Cafe Son Moll

Lastly, even though this isn’t a food blog I have to just mention the garlicky deliciousness that is this allioli with bread from Cafe Son Moll situated right on the sea front. It was incredible!!

What could be better than a jug of sangria and food with a view?

Oh I know, a dog on a skateboard.

Dog on skateboard in Cala Ratjada Majorca


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  1. Abbey Louisa Rose (@abbeylouisarose)
    October 1, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Hahahah that dog on a skateboard made me smile so much! It looks like you had an amazing holiday! You absolutely rock every outfit, especially that gorgeous colourful kaftan! I love Hotter Shoes as well, they’re so comfy and I can walk around in them all day everyday!

    Abbey 😻 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • A love affair with Beauty
      October 6, 2017 / 8:41 pm

      I couldn’t believe it when I saw her. She just gets on and barks until someone pushes her then rolls along with her tongue out haha. They are so comfortable aren’t they?! I wear them everywhere.

  2. October 1, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    You look stunning! You’ve definitely nailed it on the head with these outfits here, hope you had a brilliant time! Tesco clothing is so underrated I buy so much of my stuff from there and TK Maxx too


    • A love affair with Beauty
      October 6, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      Thank you! Completely agree, Tesco clothes are so good I have a hard time not buying something every time I do my food shopping. xx

    • A love affair with Beauty
      October 6, 2017 / 8:44 pm

      Thank you! I don’t usually go so bright with my clothing but it felt necessary being on holiday and I loved it! xx

  3. Kayleigh Zara
    October 1, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    These are some amazing tips and that scarf is amazing I can’t believe it’s from f+f either! I also really love kaftans but they don’t suit me at all x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

    • A love affair with Beauty
      October 6, 2017 / 8:47 pm

      Thanks! I do know what you mean about kaftans, they have to be just right for me to love them and sometimes I like to add a belt so they give me a bit more shape. xx

  4. October 1, 2017 / 7:41 pm

    It looks like you had a fantastic time! All your photos are so beautiful and colourful! I especially love the Ada Gatti kaftan xo

    • A love affair with Beauty
      October 6, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      I really, I was so surprised at how much you could do in that part of Majorca! Thank you. I was definitely feeling lots of colours and with such great weather I felt it was just right. xx

  5. Jasmin N
    October 1, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    Oh my goodness, I wish I was going to a beach holiday someday soon! This was an amazing & inspirational post 🙂

    ~ Jasmin N
    // littlethingswithjassy.com

    • A love affair with Beauty
      October 6, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      The holiday just flew by as they do! Time to save up for the next one I think but I know I’ll definitely be making how I did this time. It was much less stressful not having to worry what to take and wear each day. xx

  6. October 1, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    Omg I love a good kaftan when I’m on holiday, you look gorgeous! these photos are so pretty!
    jen, velvet spring x

    • A love affair with Beauty
      October 6, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      Kaftans are great aren’t they! I love you can still be wearing a bikini underneath and go out for dinner or drinks and it doesn’t even matter. Plus they are so much more comfortable than a tight dress. xx

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