Summer is here, although that might be a little hard to believe if you are in London. I don't know about you but the months of July and August usually conjure up thoughts of breezy beach fronts surrounded by picturesque sunsets as you chill and just let the sound of the water nearby sooth your mind. Perhaps a glass of wine around an open wood burning fire and grill. Star gazing in the outdoors with a touch of rustic charm as you melt in pure luxe relaxation or maybe an exotic vacation with a promise of sun-soaked adventures; The very remnants of my jaunt at Royal Livingstone Hotel. Architecture that speaks of its colonial past, wildlife roaming the grounds and large verandas with a good spread of relaxation areas.
Sitting on the edge of the Victoria Falls is a truly amazing experience to have and having a view of that same river that feeds that Victoria Falls is another experience one should add to that experience. That's exactly what was on offer at Royal Livingstone Hotel. I have always found vacations set near the waterside to have a sort of spiritual renewal effect on me, very calming. The views from the patios of Royal Livingstone hotel offer just that and more. You can actually see the mist created from the falls without leaving the sun lounger. The same mist that can be seen some 30 miles away from the falls, in high season. That should give you some idea of the sheer volume of water falling over the 100 meter cravis of Victoria Falls.
So what does one pack for vacation to such an exotic location? Well, easy, breezy, beautiful as Cover Girl says. It can get really hot in Zambia so you want to take with you cool, simple and stylish separates then add a touch of glamour with accessories for evening looks at dinner time. This is a lot easier to achieve if you update your wardrobe with key pieces that allow you to take wardrobe basics into instant summer style with accessories. This way you also wont need to do many shopping trips before you go on vacation.
Skincare and Beauty
As it gets so hot, so you will want to keep your skincare routine as simple as possible. For me this means a good moisturiser, mascara, and a few shades of lippy. A natural and maybe something bold. In addition to having moisturisers that have an SPF of at least 15-20.
Think Rivera Chic For Pool Side
Strapless swimsuits or bikinis are the way to go. You can check out my favourite summer swimsuits on my previous post. Add red lip for a little extra glam. Big hat, cool cover-ups and some sun glasses and you are set. Depending on your type of swimwear you can also add a skirt and light cover up and take your swimwear into day wear outfit in a few easy steps. Having versatile pieces also means you pack less.
Day to Night Style
Silk or cotton fabrics are my go-to when it comes to vacation style. They are easier to pack, perfect for cool or warm evenings as they are light and can be combined with other layered pieces like a cardigan or pashmina. Plus, of course some major bling; being a sucker for big, bold statement jewellery as that shown in the picture,.
Some pictures take whiling away my the sunset hours at Royal Livingstone hotel, and of course more pictures of my time spent on the edge of Victoria Falls can be found here too.
|Only A Few Meters From The Edge Of Victoria Falls|
|Can you see Victoria Falls mist, passed the umbrellas?|
|Standing On The Edge Of Victoria Falls|