Thursday, 4 January 2018

Shopping for holiday wear

Happy New Year!

I have been searching out lightweight clothing for a trip to Vietnam, we will be travelling around a lot so everything needs to be light and easy to pack, cool to wear and colourful.  I think I am a bit conservative with clothes so am going to be more adventurous with holiday wear.

Here are some pics of my most recent pre-loved finds, both items in excellent, as new condition.

Silk top with embroidery and beading, £3.00.  I think it would look very pretty over a navy  t shirt and jeans or crops and is good to travel in as folds to nothing but is comfy and loose to wear.

Vintage Jaeger full length beach kaftan with gold thread. £25 think it will be great on the beach but would also look pretty with a little black full length silk slip under and some heels (searching for the slip at the moment :)


I have also been lucky on EBay finding two pretty East kurta tops in Indian cotton, for £1.50 and £3.00 each, one of which was brand new with labels and a seventees style beach top for £2. Should go well with white shorts.

I will try to buy pre-loved where possible in 2018 - there are some fantastic bargains to be had and I like the idea that nobody else is likely to turn up in my outfit!

This is my Indian gold necklace and earrings  which I had hidden in a small box for safekeeping and couldn't find for ages!  They look pretty with this kind of clothing I think.  Both are presents from hubby over 30 years ago so are very special, I am glad to have found them as was worried I had accidentally thrown them out in a bag or something.. I have done this before but thankfully not with jewellery!

Inspiration to shop for preloved was sparked by two bloggers I admire, Vintage Vix and Hazelsworldofjoy ... you can find their blog links on 'blogs I follow' on my sidebar.  I'm off now to do a bit of sketching/painting as would like to capture January on paper while I feel inspired.  Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment if you have time so I know you passed this way.

Blessings for 2018


  1. What a lovely collection. Enjoy your trip.

  2. It all looks gorgeous Betty but my favourite is the top/poncho style in the first pic. I think it will all travel well & be light & easy to pack. I am glad I am not the only one who loses things & thinks they have tossed them out !! Happy New Year Betty.

  3. Each item is so lovely! I do hope you have a wonderfully adventurous trip!

  4. It's all coming together rather well. Isn't it fun to build a holiday wardrobe up over a period of time rather than rush out and buy it all in one go like many people seem to do, only or it all to end up in the charity shop weeks later?
    Love that first poncho/capelet, it's beautiful. The Jaeger kaftan is lovely and the East tops look like they'll be very useful. I'm glad you found your jewellery, what a relief that must have been.

  5. Great Finds!!!I like your style, Lady! It's great when you re-find stuff that you thought was lost. I really love the jewellery set and it will go with everything in the pics. Well done you. I love Vix's style. Oh, to be blessed with those looks and that figure!!

  6. Some pretty choices! And the jewelry is stunning!

  7. Lovely bargains! Well done on finding them, hope you have a great holiday and I look forward to reading all about it on your blog xxx

  8. Hello dear Betty! Oh, I love your travel clothes! So pretty and elegant, too! I hope you have a wonderful time.
    Yes, do paint January and show us your work!
    Sending lots of love your way! xoxoxo

  9. Dazzling dresses dear Fairy specially loved the first one !

    best of luck for your tour my friend .

    this jewelry is outstanding your hubby's taste is amazing!
    i am glad you found it back and now will wear .
    Happy new year to you and family my friend!

  10. These all look great finds. Well done.

    Have a happy and healthy 2018.

    All the best Jan

  11. Oh, I would love to visit Vietnam, sadly my husband isn't a traveller but maybe one day I'll go.
    Thank you for the mention, that's very kind. Lovely to hear that you've been inspired to shop pre-loved. I've found so many lovely things over the years, in near perfect condition, that the charity shops are always my first port of call.
    Your Indian gold jewellery is lovely. I think I've thrown away a pair of diamond studs, I remember getting rid of a load of jewellery boxes and I think they were still inside. They were a gift from an ex boyfriend so I wasn't overly attached to them, but still, what a mistake to make!
    Your shopping finds are lovely, I particularly like the silk top with beading, it'll transform any outfit.


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