Spain Stephanie's Boutique Bikini

Come Away With Me: Spain

Sometimes…just sometimes, no matter how lush life is, how much you love your work, how happy you are in yourself – you need a little getaway to reset, relax and re-cooperate with good friends and great sunshine. So when we were offered the chance to hop across to the Catalonia region of Spain for a few days with our friends – we jumped at the chance! But with hand luggage as our option, it was time to pack quickly, and SMARTLY! So come away with me and see what delights this fab region has to offer…and how to be smart with beauty and bikini’s!

Deserted Beach in Spain
Deserted beach at L’Hospitalet de L’Enfant in Spain…on a Saturday…bliss!
Tiki Show at Port Aventura Spain
Tiki Show at Port Aventura Theme Park
Come Away With Me Spain - Cambrils
The gorgeous port at Cambrils

Located in the north-eastern part of Spain, the Catalonian area of the country has a plethora of destinations to enjoy with beaches, food and adventure within easy reach and all available at fairly cheap and short flight away. We stayed in the fabulous Miami Platja area at our friends’ awesome villa, which was the perfect jumping off point to explore the wonders of Spain from. With Barcelona, Cambrils, L’Hospitalet de L’Infant and the thrill-seekers paradise of Port Aventura theme park all easily accessible by car and train, this is the ideal place to enjoy peace AND pace, all in the shadow of Pyrenees! And what a place to stay…Casa Suzy – you are a beaut! If you after an awesome place to stay as part of YOUR adventure, check Casa  Suzy out and book by clicking here!

Villa Casa Suzy in Spain
Casa Suzy in all her glory in the Spanish sun…
Villa Casa Suzy in Spain
Sheer heaven poolside at Casa Suzy!

With a few fun-packed, adventure fuelled days ahead of us, it was time to be uber smart with the packing of the ol’ hand luggage, especially those pesky liquid restrictions. Nobody wants to be weighed down (literally) or held back by these, but if you use a few great multi-taskers and fab miniatures – you will be laughing all the way through security (NB. don’t LITERALLY laugh through security…that may cause problems).

Come Away With Me Spain - How to Pack Hand Luggage
From L to R: The Nudes Palette by Maybelline. Nanshy Blending Brush. Flo Accessories Mini Eyelash Curlers. Aura-Soma Pegasus Perfumes No. 44 and 39. White Company Noir Mini Shampoo. PS. I Love You Mini Nail Polish by Primark. AEOS Enriching Moisturiser. Matte Lip Velvet in Rush Hour, Wow Lips Chubby Stick in Ready to Wear and WonderWand Highlighter and Concealer by Bagsy. Mini High Beam Highlighter by Benefit at Boots. Browhaus 24HR  Browlead.

Above are a selection of the space-savers I use whenever I travel to get maximum bang for my buck, product-wise. These little life hacks have saved me from going over my liquid allowance more than once – remember you can’t go over 1 litre in total inside 1 clear plastic bag! So here are my go-to essentials, with shoppable links:

  • NANSHY BLENDING BRUSH: By far and away my fave makeup brush brand, this compact little lovely is a great all-rounder to pop in your makeup bag for creating a wash of colour or the perfect smokey eye (especially when combined with Maybelline’s The Nudes Eye Palette – which can create a magnitude of looks)
  • FLO ACCESSORIES MINI EYELASH CURLERS: These are not only airline approved but are super compact whilst being highly effective!
  • AURA-SOMA PEGASUS PERFUMES NO. 44 AND 39: Perfume miniatures are PERFECT for travel! And these two fragrances are my current favourite! This brand is causing a buzz in the beauty world atm with features in Vogue and the odd award, so be sure to check them out. No.44 and 39 (the award winner) are my personal faves to spritz. I love to smell unique and these are certainly that! Or why not pop to your local beauty counter to pick up some samples of your favourites perfumes to pack OR decant into an atomiser? (Again why not head to FLO Accessories as they stock great ones that are highly useful AND desirable)
  • HOTEL MINIATURES: Whenever you travel, be sure to pop into your hotel’s toilet and nab those miniatures! They are so handy for future travel! I grabbed this The White Company Noir Shampoo from my visit to Hotel Gotham (Read all about my stay here).
  • PS. I LOVE YOU MINI NAIL VARNISH BY PRIMARK: I spotted this mini by the till whilst I was picking up my holiday wardrobe. It’s the perfect hand luggage size AND it’s only 60p…so you can afford to grab more than one!
  • AEOS ENRICHING MOISTURISER: This little beauty I pulled out of my Optimal Essentials Kit, which is packed with miniatures for you to try the range…then once you discover how fab it is, they become your travel essentials! BONUS! (Read all about the other products in the set in our review here)
  • BAGSY BEAUTY PRODUCTS: I rarely go a normal day, let alone a holiday, without using one of the Bagsy products on my face. Cute and compact, they are the perfect travel buddy, but they are a wonderfully beautiful day to day go-to because of their great formulas. I’m obsessed with the double-ended highlighter and concealer Wonderwand and the Wow Lips Chubby Stick is great doubled up as a cheek product. Available at FeelUnique.com and Debenhams.
  • BENEFIT HIGH BEAM MINI HIGHLIGHER: Available from Boots at the bargain price of £5. You can also kit yourself out with their fab offer of 4 mini’s for £15 – sorted!
  • BROWHAUS BROW LEAD: 24hr wear? Check! Super natural look? Check! Built in Eyebrow groomer? Check! Get it and pack it now for brows that last the pool!

Come Away With Me Spain Travel Beauty Essentials

Now, that the beauty essentials were dealt with, it was time to move onto my capsule wardrobe. I took with me a selection of interchangeable pieces of tees, shorts, harems and vests that could be thrown together for day to evening activities from the usual suspects, Matalan, Topshop and Primark. But everyone knows that no holiday is complete without a showstopper bikini or two. Step this way David Swimwear and Stephanie’s Boutique for the sassiest of swimwear for my Spanish adventure!

This poolside showstopper from David Swimwear is absolute perfection with its en pointe fit and gorgeous attention to detail. I loved how supportive this was, as well as incredibly flattering but mostly…it is hella glamorous! This bikini is a real investment in style that will always look fresh and contemporary and will be unlikely to date. David Swimwear embodies (literally) luxury and I felt veritably J-LO worthy in this bejewelled number. I loved the bronzed mink colour of this two piece, which looks amazing against tanned skin and turquoise and gold jewellery. For an extra touch of luxe, I popped on a statement necklace for added “WOW” whilst poolside posing. As you can see from the photo below, this bikini certainly boosted my assets to the max! It works easily for day to night by adding black harem trousers and throwing over a kimono. The brand have many ageless styles available that cater for all you fillies, no matter your shape or bust size, so you can feel extremely body confident and beach ready. From two pieces, swimsuits to kaftans – David Swimwear will have you covered. Yes, this bikini will be making numerous appearances SS16 and beyond. Look out beaches of the world!

Come Away With Me Spain - David Swimwear
This Bejewelled David Swimwear Bikini looks fab poolside and beyond!
Come Away With Me Spain - David Swimwear Bikini
Statement necklaces and David Swimwear are a match made in Heaven!

For beachside sassy at a fab price, I had to go visit my favourite boutique, Stephanie’s Closet, to get my fashion fix (check out my other styling post using the brand here). The perfect place for the bargainista, I plumped for this awesomely Aztec two piece. With its sporty feeling crop top, I could be as active as I wanted on the beach whilst not worrying about any kind of boob-related mishap, so I was perma #Insta-worthy! What’s great about this kind of suit is that it doubles as a great little crop top too, which looks fab with denim cuts for a daytime stroll. Plus with Ibiza on the cards, this little bad boi has “Pool Party” all over it. Stephanie’s Closet has lots of fab and fresh swimwear at a steal, be sure to check out all that they have on offer here including amazing little cover-ups.

Come Away With Me Spain Stephanies Closet Bikini
Aztec Bikini from Stephanies Closet- Holiday must-have!
Come Away With Me Spain - Stephanies Closet Bikini
Perfect for an effortless and active Saturday on the beach in Spain

Coming away to Spain was the perfect pick me up! I feel re-energised and ready to face the busy months ahead. A spot of sunshine certainly soothes the soul, especially when you are surrounded by your very best mates and the very best of boyfriends! Stay tuned for more Come Away with Me adventures on Fashion Du Jour LDN HQ soon! Are you going away soon? Got any terrific travel tips to share? Be sure to leave them in the “Comments” below!

Until next time fillies,

Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN HQ x

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Come Away With Me Fashion Du Jour LDN Spain

Come Away With Me Spain wearing Naked Boutique
Wearing Naked Boutique “Independent Woman” Tee, River Island Shorts and Erika Ray Bans from Pretavoir

Come Away With Me Spain Fashion Du Jour LDN Stephanies Closet Bikini

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34 thoughts on “Come Away With Me: Spain

    • I hear you Leigh. After checking out yourvideo this is what pushed me to book this 😀 Thank you so much – when you are in a gorgeous place, you can’t help but get fab photos. It really was glorious. Here’s to our next adventures hey?

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN HQ x

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  1. I LOVE that aztec bikini! I love anything aztec to be honest! Spain is one country I have never actually been to and I have been wanting to for a while, I definitely need to have a look into some of these places and book a trip! I definitely need a relaxing break away!

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    • It’s a beaut right Kira? And so unbelievably comfortable – love this new style of bikini top that’s coming in. Awww I highly recommend Spain – the people, the food, the weather, the cost…all amazing! get yourself booked stat! Enjoy your adventure!

      Thanks for reading!

      Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN HQ x

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    • Oh Agata, we hear you! There’s been too much cold weather and I am aching to hang up my parka until the end of the year. Sending sunny thoughts your way!

      Thanks for visiting!

      Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN HQ x

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    • I must admit Joanne, it was fairly hard to get on the plane and come back! Especially when greeted with driving rain :/ Oh wow, that sounds like a fabulous adventure! Will keep my eyes peeled for your posts about it!

      Thanks for visiting,

      Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN HQ x

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    • It really was and what was wonderful was that it was so friendly, relaxed and not crowded at all. You must go check it out – I’m planning my trip asap!

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN HQ x

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    • Thanks Ana – it’s a bit of fave now! Gotta love Stephanie’s Closet 😉 The sunnies are my go-to all year round now – you can’t go wrong with a pair of Ray Bans 😀 Awwww I will pack you in my case – let’s escape soon!

      Thanks for visiting lovely!

      Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN HQ x

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    • It’s a bit of beaut right? Was gutted to have to leave the sun as I wanted to wear it more 😀 heheheeee, I hear you…let’s hope it’s a hot hot British summer hey?

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN HQ x

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    • Thanks Cecilia! It’s hard not to take good photos when you are in a beautiful place. Spain is fabulous right? One of my fave places too! Indeed, it was hard to leave ;(

      Thanks for stopping by lovely!

      Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN HQ x

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