When summer comes round, I usually aim to have at least one beach holiday where I can lie by the pool and forget all my stress back at home.
For the trip down to the pool or when the day turns chilly into early evening, I like to have a selection of cover ups. I know there is a huge selection to suit everyones taste, style and budget but I prefer kaftans. They are floaty and keep you cool as well as suitably taking you from day to night after the beach.
I like to wear shorter length kaftans with denim or linen shorts for sightseeing and day trips as you don’t get too hot if you have to cover your shoulders and be more modest for cultural visits and if you get the chance to cool off in the sea or pool, a kaftan can act as a beach mat, towel and top as they dry so quickly!
Drawstring kaftans can look sexy at a beach bar undone to show off a bit of cleavage as you’re sampling the local cocktails to cool down. Long gone are the dowdy frumpy styled kaftans, they are big news baby!
I keep the same staple pieces year in year out but this year New Look are stocking some fantabulous pieces that you should check out if you are on the hunt for a cover up.
Pink & yellow open kaftan
£24.99 New Look
My absolute favourite – White Lil kaftan | £39.99 New Look
Zebra Print kaftan | £25.99 New Look
What do you like to wear as a beach cover up?
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Happy Halloween my not-so-gruesome ghouls ,
Last Friday, Mother Tramp and I took ourselves along to our local Radisson Blu hotel for their Halloween themed Murder Mystery night. When I first saw this advertised I was gutted I couldn’t go as I would be in New York but through a cruel twist of fate, I found myself at a free end as a result of a cancelled holiday. What better way to cheer me and Mam up eh?
I have been to a few of these events before but as it was my Mams first time, it was super exciting all over again. It also helped that the excelled Red Herring Games were running the event (@redherringgames).
We were greeted by witches and ghosts and of course, trick or treat sweet goodies, props and of course, a dead body – Poor Seymour! The cast of actors thoroughly immersed themselves in to their characters and I must say, Inspector Dirk N Stormy was rather handsome – He can arrest me any day! Ooo-er!
As the evening progressed around the 3 course meal, we were given 5 scenes to watch to base our suspicions on and then given the chance to interact with the actors to grill them for their motives. Now I must admit, I’ve never got a murderer right yet, I think I have too much of an overactive imagination but this time, BOOM! Mam and I sniffed out the culprit and won! Couldn’t believe it! Super Sleuths, although I think we are more like Monk than Sherlock Holmes!
As a proud winner, we were given a great big huge certificate and a bottle of wine! If I had known this before, I’d have put more effort in to trying to win previous ones!
The function room was set up with 13 large tables seating around 10 people each so it’s a great fun night out if you are looking for something to do with colleagues or a birthday. The organisational skills of the Radisson staff do leave a LOT to be desired but needless to say we managed to rescue our evening and of course… we went on to win! Huzzah! Don’t worry about not being able to hear the action, this is the first event I have been to that I have seen microphones and mic packs used by the actors, a very professional touch and it really helped everyone be involved without missing a single word!
|The obligatory Monster Mash end to the evening!
|This isn’t the first time I have been to a Red Herring Games night and it certainly wont be the last. The effort and thought that goes in to each of these ‘plays’ is just outstanding and well worth the cost of the evening.
At the Radisson, I paid £29 per person which included a 3 course meal and the entertainment, as well as a disco afterwards. My only slight criticism (other than the lack lustre organisation) was the lack of dialogue with the waiting staff. They didn’t tell us what food they were giving us, whether it was vegetarian or not etc. Now the pea and ham soup was some of the most delicious I have ever had, but the beef, well I think it was beef was just.. blah. The accompaniments were a bit blah too. I would have liked to have been told of a vegetarian offering. Probably just small niggles after working as a chef and expecting high standards from the Radisson.
Of course, the venue was nothing to do with the quality of the event provided by Jo and her players.
If you ever get the chance to go to a Red Herring evening (check their website for events) or any other murder mystery, I whole heartedly recommend you book up. They are a fantastic night of fun!
My only advice is… do your research. Find out who is performing and have a quick squizz for some reviews on them!
Enjoy the rest of your Halloween!
If you follow me on Twitter you’ll know how excited I’ve been of late to go on holiday, well it’s today! Huzzah!
Mr Tramp and I are jetting off to Italy, quite literally as I speak (joys of scheduled posts eh!) and then as soon as I am back, I am away for work so I have tried to get as many posts lined up as I can to keep you all entertained!
Luckily the apartment has wifi so I should be able to check in on Twitter so feel free to follow me for hideously cheesey holiday snaps of hubs and I gurning away round Italy!
We are flying out form from Heathrow T5 so I have been ‘allowed’ to shop at the Mulberry shop as long as Mr T can spend some of his birthday pennies in Mappin & Webb, World of Whiskey and the Cigar shop. Boys *rolls eyes*
Anyways, I shall leave you all while I go stuff as much pizza in to my face as I possibly can 😉
Linden Hall Golf & Country Club is part of the Macdonald chain of hotels and it’s home to one of our favourite hotels, the Holyrood in Edinburgh. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I worked away from home for almost a year and stayed in some pretty great 4 & 5* hotels so my own personal standards of hotels is pretty high. This was my first visit to Linden Hall but Mr Tramp has been several times before for corporate events.
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