Not everything was perfect, we got off to a dodgy start - we were given a twin room (granted they were almost double beds). We then moved into a king-size sea view room - much better. I then proceeded to lock all of our valuables in the room safe without setting a new code. Another call to reception. To add insult to injury, I lost a valuable day in the sun due to playing nurse to sick Thomas. Who, once better, decided he was desperate for a haircut, despite having one just before leaving England. I rarely have to leave others company because of a severe case of the giggles but this called for it. 'Gel' he said. Thomas politely declined. 'Gel' he repeated. Thomas declined with a bit more gumption. 'GEL' he commanded. Thomas reluctantly stuck out his hand. In all fairness, considering I think he's used to braiding girls hair it wasn't all that bad.
As it was the only 2 weeks of the year I tan, I was in it for the long haul. If you think working 9-5 in an office is hard work, try 9-5 in Hawaiian Tropic at 40-45'c. And if you are going to put yourself through that, you are expecting the most beautifully mahogany body as a result. At first I settled for two little white half moons up top, and then I saw the Slovakians. Their entire clan willingly lay there topless AND in a thong (in a predominantly Muslim country). Off came my top, although with a little more demure - I hope.
Some of the less obvious advantages of being on holiday;
You actually opt for a stone cold shower by choice, as opposed to starting WW3 over who used the last of the hot water.
You don't mind a little exercise, 2 hours snorkelling flies by much quicker than 2 hours swimming lengths.
You get up at 9am every morning for a decent spec by the pool, yet you struggle to think of such an incentive that would work back home.
You have read your books by day 2, but in England you would only just be finishing the first chapter by now.
FYI. The 2 pounds I lost the week I left, I gained at breakfast on the first day. Anyone who knows me knows pastry is my vice. Pancakes, syrup and lots of delicious pastries - the ones containing creme patissiere would be my favourite - this was my breakfast for 14 days.
I'm over the 'this time yesterday' phase, currently in the 'this time last week' phase and have yet to reach the 'this time last month' phase. It's depressing. It'd be rude not to share a holiday snap, so here I am on our way to a diving spot. Weep.
I'll try to do a decent post soon, holiday rant over.
Underwear set £24, Jersey vests 2 for £10, Stripey maxi skirt £15 in the sale - all Topshop.com
Topshop.com have also had a successful delivery as far as my wardrobe is concerned. Although I'm sure the news won't be as greatly received by my overdraft. I don't know what it is with this colour at the moment but anything rusty, terracotta, dusty pink are winners with me. Stones, beiges and khakis are also on my to buy list. I'm like a magpie only replace shiney with colours of autumn. This is an improvement, it used to be replace shiney with black or grey.
Large Diamonte Bow Headband £12, Heart Printed Headband £6, Mini Stud Leather Headband £8 - all Topshop.
For those who haven't heard of her, Pamela Love is a New York based jewellery designer. Her pieces are all reminiscent of a gothic, dungeons-and-dragons era. When eagle claws, raven skulls and swords were not a thing of fairytales. See for yourself..
Left to right; Sterling silver talon cuff £960, Sterling silver obsidian arrowehead ring £460, Sterling silver eagle claw earings £385, all available at net-a-porter.
I love her necklaces and above is one of my favourite pieces, the sterling silver arrowehead necklace (£230) and the sterling silver eagle claw necklace (£290).
Every girl has the annual essentials and here are mine, minus the staple bikini's & maxi's..
Lacey Shoelace £7 American Apparel, Freda Chain Sandals £40 Topshop, Tapered Chino Trousers £35 Topshop, Chiffon Twist Front Blouse £45 Topshop, Tencel Utility Hotpants £30 Topshop, Morse Leather Fringe Tassel Loafers £50 ASOS, Clear Round Glasses £15 Topshop, Urban Academy Canvas Bag £32 ASOS, Nail Varnish Kiss And Tell £5 Topshop, H By Hudson Lucilla Flat Strapped Sandal £95 ASOS.
My favourites are the H by Hudson Sandals (bottom left), camel coloured chino's by Topshop and their twist front blouse with satisfies the pastel trend as well as Burberry's love of twists and knots this season. The glasses are cute too. Oh sod it, I'll have it all please.