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Monday, 19 June 2017

Two Summer must haves from Bonmarche!

Are you all well, and more's the point are you keeping cool in this heatwave were're having?
It's been blistering hot here over the weekend, so we've made the most of this extreme weather by celebrating Father's Day with a BBQ, nearly all the family joining in, buying, preparing and cooking a scrummy meal, all I had to supply - a garden and a cheesecake!  Off the back of Dads special day, mum had a sneaky day of leisure too!

Am I the only over fifty year old who has wardrobes and drawers overflowing with clothes and shoes, but when it comes to a specific outing I have nothing to wear!
Here's where Bonmarche came to my rescue when I was planning my cheeky break to Spain.
I mean who doesn't love a bright colourful kaftan, not to mention a fabulous maxi dress flowing in the breeze.  I was lucky enough to receive both of these and showcase them on this stunning beach.

If like me you're not happy flashing the flesh, a kaftan is the perfect cover up to spare your modesty, without being too bulky.  Bonmarche have some wonderful examples of kaftans and dresses making the choice so difficult, and when I say mine looked amazing, fitted well, were low-priced and didn't crease  - well that'll have me clicking the 'buy' button for sure.

I packed both pieces in my case, and voila when I opened up, they came out happy with no creases, wish I could say the same about me, I was very happy but my face has a few creases - lol.
The following photos contain exposed legs!  You have been warned - lol.

How super is this bright Paisley print Kimono*? I love the purple and blue pattern mixed with the fantastic orange lace element, which runs across the shoulders and down the rear central seam.
At only £20, there's a bargain that will get plenty of wear both on and off the beach.
I've paired this with a blue vest tee shirt and denim shorts, however I spotted a cute purple swimsuit which would look striking worn under my kimono & only £18!

How beautiful is this location?  So lucky to spend some time here a few days ago.  Oh this place holds my heart and plenty of memories in my head. x

I ordered my normal size 14, however I feel I could have got away with a smaller size 12,  therefore I would suggest sizing down, but we all love fitting into a smaller size don't we?

Sliders, always essential on a sunny holiday - with a bit of padding is even better!

You can see the paisley pattern along with the lace crocheting detail that runs down the back.
A really neat design that's just a little bit different.

You can see screwed up in my bag my Kimono, which hasn't done it any harm and it's a good as new.

Introducing this Sunny Lemon Yellow Dress* which will put anyone, especially me, in a summery mood.
Everyone knows the feeling when you bite into a fresh lemon and grimace.  Lemons are a very sour fruit but gives us a lot of vitamin C, which is good for our health.  Usually mixing with drinks or squeezing into foods, however this lemon is best served with a twist ... on the front of this stunning dress!
This fashionable maxi dress is without sleeves,  and has a helpful tie detail at the back, making a stylish dress also comfortable.
As soon as I spotted this beautiful maxi dress I knew it had a place in my wardrobe,  the colours, the style along with the material this marvel was here to stay. 
I have to reiterate how this does not crease - at all.  Making it the perfect long dress to accompany any vacation or short break ...  and anyway who wants to iron on holiday?

I'm not really sure what was so funny when the photos were taken, something along the lines of peeling off my clothes to change into another outfit, only to be spotted by an stunned passer-by looking in the wrong direction!
I'm going to let the photos tell the story of just how stunning this dress is ... only £30 which will be value for money for sure.  Wearing it Twice over the past two weeks  the cost-per-wear is getting cheaper! Lol.

I opted for my normal size 14, and I'm pleased to say this fitted beautifully.  The perfect length for me as I'm about 5" 4 & I prefer to wear maxi dresses with flats. 
Drawn by the yellow/lime colour, the white and black flowers, I was sure on this dress being sensational in my collection, a dress fitting me well, feeling wonderful and looking simply divine. 

Can you see yourself in this dress standing on a white sandy beach with the wind blowing softly on your skin, feeling a million dollars, that's just how I felt!

Available in sizes 10 to 24, I'm betting this dress will look fabulous on everyone, so with free collection in-store, now is the time to click the button and snatch a great deal.

Esther Ruby kindly took my photos, and now wants to surpass the destination for our next shots!!!

Disclosure: Items marked with * have been gifted to me, however my opinions are 100% my own and completely honest.

Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, I hope you can stop by I've got a very exciting blog post to share with you. X

Bye for now peeps!


  1. I think Kaftans are a perfect cover up for hot weather. I have one of the Bonmarche maxi dresses from last year and I love it. No ironing!

    1. They're winners aren't they Laurie, I'm so pleased with mine, it'll get so much wear I know. Yay for no ironing too, I've always go ironing to do!!

  2. You are so beautiful! You just shine in the sunshine. What beautiful prints, I love both these pieces!

    1. Thank you for your super, lovely words Andrea. Sending you best wishes. x

  3. You look a million dollars in that dress, Jacqui! Stunning, photos, stunning location and stunning lady!
    Suzy xx

    1. Oh you're so kind Suzy, much appreciate your lovely words, I hope you are safe and well. x

  4. Both of these items are so perfect, Jacqui!!
    And not having to iron is heaven on earth!

    1. Amen to no ironing Jodie. x Kind words thanks so much. x

  5. Both pieces are beautiful on you! And the location is absolutely gorgeous!

    1. Many thanks lovely lady, glad you could stop by. x

  6. Beautiful pieces! I love the bright colors in both of them! They look fabulous on you!

  7. That summery yellow is just beautiful on you! I love a good kimono. They are a great beach cover up and worn so easily with any summer look!

  8. Stunning shots, Jacqui. That's a super location for a photo shoot. Love that acid yellow with your colouring, you look just beautiful. Cute sandals too.

  9. Great shots! Both fantastic items for holidays for years to come. It's great to find things that don't crease.

  10. You look lovely in both outfits! I love their bright colors and how they lay so nicely; both the Sunny Yellow Dress and paisley kimono. And don't get me started on those pictures. Wanderlust settle down!! So glad you were able to visit there!

    Thank you for linking up over at Thursday Moda. I love this blogging community.

  11. LOve both outfits Jacqui! That maxi dress is so perfect on you! I love the bright colors and style, that dress really caught my eye! What a lovely setting as well. I am so looking forward to vacation!
    thanks for linking and have a great weekend!
    jess xx

  12. This maxi dress looks great on you. You look great in it! Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style party!

  13. Love outfit, I seen this dress and thought how nice it looked. Beautiful :) Thanks for sharing at the Wednesday blog hop.

  14. Beautiful maxi dress, you look stunning Jacqui! I love the kimono too. Bonmarche has some fabulous summer and beachwear :-)

    Emma xxx


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