(style) Packing for Crete: A Topshop summer holiday haul (warning: I may be attempting to channel Baywatch)

I recently wrote a packing feature for the MailOnline declaring that your wardrobe already contains everything you need to look cool on your travels.

But sometimes it's nice to go shopping. And a couple of trips in the diary + a new summer season landing in Topshop = the perfect reason to flex the Detox|Retox credit card.

A 'quick look' in the Oxford Circus Topshop branch ahead of a mini break to Crete last week resulted in some serious willpower needing to be invoked.

But I'm pleased to say I managed to buy only the absolute essentials, including my sixth pair of Quay sunglasses, ANOTHER variation on a grey T-shirt and a blinging clutch bag (to match the sunnies).

Presenting my (first) Topshop summer holiday haul...

The famous five (as seen on the decking at St Nicolas Bay in Crete)

The famous five (as seen on the decking at St Nicolas Bay in Crete)

DETOX|RETOX TOPSHOP HOLIDAY HAUL

 

1. METALLIC BAG (AS SEEN above)

The perfect size to hold a passport and purse for travelling, and the chain makes it a brilliant bar-hopping/disco dancing option wherever your destination.


 

2. Plunging Swimsuit £22 (available online in white or instore in Baywatch red)

Great on the boobs, with expensive-looking detailing. Styles like this are super flattering on broad shoulders. I'll be wearing mine to summer festivals with denim shorts as well as for posing in Cannes.

 

Two of my top Topshop purchases right here: Mirrored Quay sunnies and a plunging red swimsuit straight out of Baywatch (I wish)

Two of my top Topshop purchases right here: Mirrored Quay sunnies and a plunging red swimsuit straight out of Baywatch (I wish)


3. Mirrored 'Cherrybomb' Sunglasses £35 by Quay Australia

This Aussie brand is my absolute FAVOURITE for shades: so many fabulous pimped up styles at pretty prices.

Also available at ASOS.com and Urban Outfitters or direct from source at QuayAustralia.com.

Photobombing myself in the Cherrybombs

Photobombing myself in the Cherrybombs


4. The Burn Out Maxi Dress £30

This white beach dress featuring slinky straps and semi sheer mesh is a cool cover up for lunch/bar/when I'm hanging with my skinny friends in the sunshine.

Casually showing off the splits in Crete

Casually showing off the splits in Crete


Soft layers = aeroplane chic

Soft layers = aeroplane chic

5. Split Back T-shirt £19

Super soft fabric, flattering sleeves and I LOVE the sexy back slit to show off a bit of suntanned skin with leather shorts.