Life, Lately – A Holiday Review and a Winter Birthday Dress
Since my last post, I’ve had a cheeky week’s holiday to Cyprus with my family. The hotel we chose was the “Louis Paphos Breeze”. Our reason for returning to Cyprus was largely due to UK Covid restrictions being less strict than for other European countries. This was the end of September ’21. We were leaving it late because temperatures were starting to dip in Europe. Cyprus and this hotel appealed because we didn’t need to do a PCR test on the outward journey, but we still had to do one on the return (day two back in the UK). The reviews on TripAdvisor regarding this hotel were glowing. So, we decided to go for it.
Food, drink and customer service – were very good – we were on an all-inclusive basis. The pools were lovely, one for families, and one “adult only” – great if you wanted some peace and quiet. There were thick, comfy cushioned sun loungers, too. My lot like their comfort!
Location – it was quite remote compared to other hotels along that stretch of coast. We don’t usually do “All-inclusive” but, because of the uncertainty still hovering around COVID, we thought this would be the best option for everyone. But, by day three, we were all going a little stir crazy. So, we decided to jump in a cab and head off to “Kings Avenue” (ten to fifteen minutes in a cab). This a busy, vibrant smart area. It had a large new mall (very posh) and lots of bars and restaurants, nearby – an ideal escape to mix the monotony up – plus, the England football team were playing, one night. So, we had a lovely dinner out while watching the game.
The other negatives of the hotel were the décor in both our rooms as well as the lounge/bar area. The rooms were bland and lounge/bar resembled an airport lounge with bright lighting, uncomfortable settees – not the ideal conditions in which to “chillax”. On the plus side, the beds were super comfortable and we had a super king size like the one we have at home, so this was a bonus for us.
How I Have Styled My Winter Dress
It was also my birthday just before we left for Cyprus and I received a Zara gift card from my son. I always say to both my lads that they don’t need to bother with my birthday. But, they always feel the need to give me a little something. And, gift cards to them is a safe option as they never know what to buy me – which, of course, leads me to sharing what I have purchased.
I have been looking for a dress that will be versatile enough for little outings throughout autumn, winter, and Christmas. While browsing, I spotted this on the rail, in-store, and was instantly attracted to the retro sixties pattern and vibrant, autumnal colours which jumped straight out to me. I also loved the style, which suits my shape as I’m not a curvy girl.
When I tried it on, I loved it, immediately. It’s comfortable and so easy to wear. And, it has the bonus of pockets. I remember standing in the dressing room looking at the dress in the mirror and planning how I would style it, usually a sign that it’s coming home!
This dress is also from Zara’s “Join Life” label. This is Zara clothing that is produced using technology and raw materials that help reduce the environmental impact of their products. Like most brands, Zara is strengthening its sustainability commitments. The company seems to be changing its resources and making sure that all processes, from its storefronts to its suppliers, are also environmentally friendly.
If you like the style of this dress, Zara have another with a different print which I also like. Maybe, it will be reduced in the January sales – I’ll be watching!
This dress ticks all the boxes for me, and the style is just right for my body shape.
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