Last week I went on my first ever girls holiday abroad. The boozy trips to Kavos, Aiya Napa and Kardamena experienced in my late teens and early twenties were all enjoyed in a mixed group so it was high time for a ladies only holiday. The trip in question was to celebrate the final days of singledom of a very close friend with seven of us jetting off to Seville for a long weekend.

After many unsuccessful packing adventures it’s probably safe to say we all nailed the capsule holiday wardrobe managing to pack sufficient clothing for 20 to 25 degree temperatures into our cabin cases. I’ve included a little run down of items in the grey box below for anyone who is holidaying in Europe over the next few weeks before the temperatures get too hot. Some of these items I bought moons ago and are no longer available therefore the ‘shop the post’ function at the bottom features a selection of similar clothing.

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Day One

A 3am start calls for comfort so I wore jeans, comfy leopard flats, a slouchy tee and my new faux leather jacket. Luckily the plane wasn’t too cold but I still wore my extra large pashmina scarf for the flight.
On arriving in Seville we couldn’t check in to the apartment until late afternoon so I ended up wearing the same outfit all day switching the jacket for a slouchy thin cardigan.
The sun was blazing in the late afternoon and thanks to our rooftop pool, I spent the afternoon in my cossie, hat and a cover-up.

Night One

The first night was all about flamenco, drinks and dinner with a glam dress code so I wore a scuba skirt and plain top with a mid heeled sandal. Though we got taxis around much of the city the heel height was perfect for walking along the paved streets. At 8pm it was still warm but I took my faux leather jacket to keep away the later chill.

Day Two

The second day was overcast so I wore jeans with a thin long sleeved draped shirt and flat sandals for a day of sight-seeing. I had also bought a pair of ‘slacks’ and a loose tee but my friend donned a similar outfit so I opted for plan A rather than risk looking like a couple of members of a girl band.


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In My Case

2 x Slouchy tees
2 x Jeans
1 x Patterned trousers
3 x Vests
2 x Tees
1 x Shirt
1 x Dress
1 x Maxi dress
1 x Maxi skirt
1 x Pencil skirt
1 x Midi skirt
1 x Leather jacket
2 x Thin cardigans
1 x Mid heels
1 x Flats
1 x Sandals
1 x Swimming costume
1 x Cover-up
1 x Straw hat


Night Two

This was our main night out of the trip. Like any good hen-do we had a theme and ours was ‘Kate Spade’. Cue seven girls sat in a rooftop bar wearing black and white striped dresses.

Day Three

The Sunday was hot, hot, hot so I was glad I packed a leopard maxi skirt and scoop vest. If the weather had been cooler I would have just popped a cardigan on top.

Night Three

The final evening was a pamper evening for the bride so we all ended up in our PJ’s. I had packed a cotton maxi dress though to wear originally.

Day Four

Returning home I sported the same outfit as day one switching the white slouchy tee for a grey one.

I like to pair together outfits on my bed before packing making sure I’ve got the right underwear, shoes and jewellery for each ensemble before rolling it in the suitcase. I have to admit to feeling fairly smug when all my clothes were in the suitcase with loads of room left.

So while the wardrobe was sorted the beauty routine was most definitely not. Someone had the bright idea of checking one piece of luggage so we weren’t restricted to travel sized shampoos. Also we had several bits of (very tasteful) hen paraphernalia we didn’t want exposed going through Gatwick security check! Despite many email conversations beforehand about who would be bringing what, last Thursday seven women attempted to get three turbo hairdryers, four pairs of straighteners, seven bottles of suncream, seven entire make-up collections, four flamingos(!) and goodness knows what else into a suitcase. It was utter chaos. This definitely reminds me we need to cover a holiday beauty post at some point in the future!

Are you off on a trip anytime soon? What are you planning on taking for warmer days and chilly nights? Any great pieces you’ve bought recently that are perfect to take on spring break? Oh and if you’ve got a long summer weekend planned then do check out our archives for a packing a carry-on case.


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