My Top 5 Tips for Summer Holiday Packing : And My Current Favourite Holiday Dress

Hopefully, we can all find a way to take a few days off in the sun this coming summer. Summer vacations are a treat and for those of us who live in colder climates, they are a much awaited time of year.

Most of us have a good idea of what to pack depending on what kind of vacation we are taking.  These are my top tips for packing for a family summer vacation:

  1. Comfortable clothes above all else: When you are with family on vacation it is important that you are comfortable so that you can enjoy your time and be physically ready for a few episodes of intermittent sulking, possible tantrums, and accidental ice-cream spills. I find that my patience levels are intrinsically linked to my comfort levels – I am a better friend, wife, and mother when I am wearing comfortable clothes on vacation! This is not the time to pack that dress that may be too tight, too short, or you may fit into if you miraculous lose 5 pounds on the plane ride over.
  2.  Pack a few flowy dresses: On the other hand, I have often made the mistake of thinking a bit too practical and find myself in a beautiful location with linen trousers, t-shirts and not much else. Then I end up looking at women in lovely dresses and sandals and thinking I should have brought mine.  Living in London, there is not enough time for summer dresses anyway, so give yours that extra wear on vacation.
  3. Cotton: Natural, breathable fabrics look beautiful on holiday and are such a practical choice. Sometimes, it is easy to think that packing a few polyester items is a good idea to avoid wrinkles and ironing on vacation.  I always iron all my clothes at home (it really is worth it) and then a few wrinkles aren’t the end of the world.  Polyester is uncomfortable in the blazing sun and won’t absorb any perspiration, making for an awkward situation all day long.
  4. Shoes you have worn before:  I cannot tell you how many times I have made the mistake of packing brand new shoes on vacation and then bitterly regretting it. Therefore, I have a self-imposed rule – no shoes, that have not been worn previously, are allowed to accompany me on holiday. It’s natural to buy a new pair of shoes and save it for vacation – however, discovering that the shoes are highly uncomfortable or tight while on holiday is a joy-killer like none other!
  5. Cross-body bag: Absolutely the most useful kind of bag required on vacation and on most days for that matter. They look great, come in a variety of sizes and allow you two free hands to hold the baby and the drink at the same time.

The gorgeous print on this dress is glorified summer printed on cotton cloth.  For me, the dress evokes visions of me on a Caribbean vacation, with beautiful flowers and fruits surrounding me, as I walk along a bustling market. As far-fetched a vision as that may be, this dress is ideal for making a statement at home and abroad.  The length, the full sleeves, the pockets and the waist tie make for a good-looking yet practical dress. I have paired it with tan wedges and a rattan clutch on this occasion, but I also think it would great with white sneakers for a casual holiday vibe. I wore this dress recently to a royal wedding street party and the many compliments had me feeling a bit royal myself – highly recommend!

I hope you have a fabulous long weekend and thank you for visiting my blog.

Clothes and Accessories:

Dress – Marks and Spencer

Clutch – Michael Kors

Hat – Marks and Spencer

Double Dressed: Summer Midi Dress With a Dress Jacket

I have written about the powerful ability of clothes to evoke memories before. As I advance in years, there are more memories to be evoked; good or bad, nothing takes you back to your childhood faster than your own recollections when you see something that makes an instant connection with the memory bank in your brain.  This red and white dress instantly reminded me of tea towels, bedspreads and sacks that I regularly saw in my early years in India.

The hand-loom sack-like material makes for a lovely summer dress that has an ethnic boho vibe to it. It’s hard to go wrong with red and white and given its relaxed shape, I thought it would make a great addition to my summer wardrobe.  I have paired it with another khaki dress, masquerading as a summer coat, that can easily be worn as a dress once buttoned up.  I love the layering effect of the dress coat and its light construction is ideal for slightly chilly summer evenings.  I have finished off the look with tan shoes and a tan cross body purse that goes with everything. On its next outing, I plan to wear my khaki coat-dress with white sneakers and a colourful bag.

I hope you enjoy this look book and thank you for visiting Isha’s Verdict.  Please recommend your friends and family have a look at my blog if you think it is something they would enjoy!

Clothes and Accessories:

Dress – Debenhams (on sale)

Coat Dress – Zara

Handbag – Rebecca Minkoff

Sunglasses – Dior


Quirky Summery Prints: Midi Dress and Wedge Sandals

Hello everyone! I am currently going through the process of unpacking and I think the boxes are getting the better of me.  I have found that despite my best efforts, my packing organisational skills are not ‘as boss’ as I had previously imagined them to be.  The first twenty boxes were labelled accurately with the contents contained and I was impressed with my attention to detail. However, after the first twenty, I must have been tired because the labelling thereafter has proved to be vague and unhelpful.  I am currently staring at a pile of boxes I have titled, ‘Things I may or may not need’. I have no idea what I was thinking when I labeled these – things I may or may not need could be most items found in a house! Plus, my needs often differ by the hour so unfortunately my labelling prowess is leaving much to be desired.  Perhaps, it may be best for me to move on to the next pile…

I have managed to find this dress in the box titled, ‘Current favourite dresses’ and I am so glad I did. I have always been a huge fan of interesting prints and I think they add an exciting flavour to clothes. This quirky fish and coral print is right up my street and so apt for summer.  I love a full sleeved dress in a London summer because the sleeves often eliminate the need to carry a light jacket into the evening. This draw string dress is easy to wear and made of a lovely soft material that is cooling and fuss free. I have paired the dress with one of my favourite pair of wedges and a lovely ‘summer colour’ leather jacket.

I hope you enjoy this lookbook and have a great week ahead.  As always, thank you so much for reading my blog.

Clothes and Accessories:

Dress – And Other Stories (Similar) also (similar)

Leather Jacket – Massimo Dutti (similar)

Cross body Bag – Karen Millen

Wedges – Tory Burch

Blue Skies: Call For A Blue Summer Dress

The glorious weather in London this past weekend was the stuff that fairy tales are made off. The blue skies, warm sun and gentle breeze made for poster perfect summer dress weather. I love the fuss free classic style of this blue striped summer dress. I have paired it with my favorite wear of neutral wedges for summer. Most importantly, it was a great outfit to showcase the beautiful dainty bracelets that I bought on my recent trip to Santorini (  As always, thank you for reading and have a great week!

(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – Zara, Wedge Heels – Tory Burch, Sunglasses – Chanel, Bracelets – bought in Santorini)