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Style blogger Hayley Rubery from Frock Me I’m Famous, takes us along on her staycation in Cornwall and girly holiday in Marrakech.  Scroll down to see Hayley's holiday must haves and her expert tips on packing clever.

FLY AWAY TO MARRAKECH

THE HOT HOLIDAY STYLE ESSENTIALS HAYLEY SWEARS BY

"I fell in love with Marrakech, the heat of the day called for light kaftan layers and cotton wide leg trousers, but come evening it’s full on glamour, bright colour and prints were the perfect choice."

DREAMY DRESSES

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DREAMY DRESSES

A maxi dress! I adore a maxi dress on holiday as they always look so nice and this one was super floaty and comfortable - I wore this dress for sunset cocktails on the rooftop and it was the perfect outfit! I still can’t believe this dress is just £16, it looks SO much more expensive and I received so many compliments whilst wearing it! If you want to feel like a princess for just £16, then this is the dress for you!

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COOL COVER UPS

A beach cover up! It’s great to have a loose, beach cover up in your bag so you can just pop it on and grab some lunch or walk around the hotel. I love the pom pom details on this dress, and at £10 - it’s an absolute steal!

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statement sunnies

Sunglasses! You can’t ever go wrong with a good pair of sunnies (especially when they are just £6!), I love this pair and think they look so much more expensive than they are!

summer slides

Pool sliders! I’d definitely recommend packing either some flip flops or pool sliders, just something that you can slip on super easily to wander around the pool/hotel in!

beach ready bags

A backpack! Whether you opt for a backpack or beach bag, I would definitely recommend taking a bigger bag so you can pack in your towel, book, suncream & sunnies for a day by the pool, a backpack also doubles up really well when you’re wondering around the markets (a more secure option too!). I love the colours/pom pom detailing on this backpack!

Take care of yourself on a flight!

Moisturise! I don’t tend to overdo it on the plane as my skin is quite sensitive, so I always travel with no makeup on and then I slather on a good intense moisturiser (I LOVE the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting moisturiser as it always leaves my skin feeling hydrated and refreshed!). I always make sure I have a good lip balm on me too as well as a hand cream as I my skin/lips always feels so dry after flying! In terms of other travel essentials, I rarely board a flight without a good book, my headphones, a portable charger, my laptop and an eye mask!

My bucket-list of travels

Ooh, there are SO many places I want to go but at the very top of my travel bucket list (and places I’ve never visited) include; Bali, Canada and Japan. Three destinations that I’ve always been intrigued by and I can’t wait to explore them one day! In terms of locations closer to home, I’d LOVE to visit Italy (specifically Tuscany and the Amalfi coast) as I’ve never been before, and Croatia!

My top 3 things to see and do in Marrakech

I would 100% recommend a trip to the Souks, myself and my best friend spent the morning there and picked up some absolute gems (I bought 3 bags, 2 cushion covers, a throw and some brackets.. OOPS). Even if you’re not wanting to spend any money, it’s a must - it’s so vibrant and beautiful and the people are so kind! I would definitely suggest a trip to the La Sultana rooftop bar (we stayed at the hotel and it’s simply stunning!), their rooftop bar offers the most delicious cocktails and a 360 view of Marrakech! For food; I would say a trip to Les Jardin De La Medina, our hotel recommend the restaurant so we visited on our first night and was not disappointed - the food was incredible and the whole time we ate there was a guy playing traditional Moroccan music which was a lovely touch!

STAYCATION IN CORNWALL

Top 3 things to see, do and eat in Cornwall

Oh god, there was SO much! Okay, to see - you HAVE to visit Trebarwith Strands beach, it was honestly the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen here in the UK! You have to walk over some sand dunes to get there but the views are SO worth it (also, if you’re a Poldark fan you’ll have seen it on there too!). To do I would recommend a visit to Port Isaac, the most adorable little place (Doc Martin was filmed here and they do guided tours if you’re a fan!), find a cute little pub and order scones with jam in the sunshine.. bliss! To eat I would 100% recommend St. Petrocs Bistro - a restaurant owned by Rick Stein, I booked to take my parents for lunch one day to celebrate their 60th birthday, the food and service was outstanding! A little pricey BUT their lunch menu was amazing value and offered a great selection.

"Cornwall is so beautiful, but you can never guarantee the weather so I had to pack smart! Double duty dresses, no maxi lengths (to avoid potential puddle soaking), and a cool cover up always my staycation essentials."





My essentials for all weather whilst on staycation...

"Most days I opted for a comfy dress that worked well for exploring, but also doubled up as a swimsuit cover up"

DEFINITELY pack a swimsuit! We spent a lot of time on the beach during our trip and this swimsuit is perfect, I love the tie dye effect and the colour is just gorgeous!

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I absolutely adore this dress, it’s perfect for Summer in Cornwall but also doubles up really well as both a daytime and evening dress, whether you pair it with lace up sandals or chunky heels - this dress is a versatile staple!

We did SO much walking on our trip to Cornwall so comfy shoes are a must! I love the lace up detailing of these shoes, I opted for silver too as they go with everything - a must for a staycation!

Hayley's expert packing tips for unpredictable weather

I would say layering is key for unpredictable weather! We were super lucky during our visit as it was between 25-30 degrees the whole weekend, with not a cloud in the sky! Most days I opted for a comfy dress that worked well for exploring, but also doubled up as a swimsuit cover up! I also packed a cardigan in case it was chilly in the evenings (it never was, but to be safe!). If you’re unsure on what the weather is up to then I’d recommend close toe shoes in case it rains and take an umbrella, but pack some sandals and sunnies in your bag in case the weather takes a turn for the best!

this packable parka is super handy as it folds down to virtually nothing (great to pack in case there is a threat of rain) - I also LOVE the star print!

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these pumps are the PERFECT solution to unpredictable weather as they look great, are comfy and are closed toe so you won't get caught out if it does rain!

stick this compact floral print umbrella in your bag so you don't get caught out in any showers!

top tips for making a staple holiday wardrobe work for a staycation and abroad holiday

I am a huge fan of Matalan’s summer collection right now; especially the dresses - nail on head! I love a versatile dress that i can wear to the beach, or pop on a pair of wedges and wear it to dinner. It’s all about picking items that you can see working for more than one occasion; that way you’ll get maximum wear out of them (and it free’s up space in your suitcase to raid the local markets whilst you’re away.. YES PLEASE!).

How to keep long car journeys in the UK fun

MUSIC! We had NO idea quite how long our drive to Cornwall would actually be (we were in the car for around 8 hours each way), so I made a driving playlist with a variety of music genres and artists to keep things fun! If things get tedious, try playing a game like word association; it’s always such a laugh and time will fly by - you’ll be there before you know it!

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