Tropical Zara top

Tropical vibes

This tropical print blouse from Zara makes me think of Hawaii. Have you been there?

I love holidaying in Hawaii. It has a beautiful, relaxing beach vibe, as well as great food, amazing scenery and fantastic shopping.

All of my favourite budget-friendly US stores are in Hawaii. Forever 21, Ross, TJ Maxx and, of course, my beloved Walmart 🙂 I go a little shopping-crazy when I’m in Hawaii. Not only is it the fabulous bargains I find, but I believe holidays create a different spending attitude. I might think twice about a purchase when I’m at home but when I’m away my willpower, and perhaps some common sense, goes out the window. I’m not sure if you’re the same as me but if you are, it’s definitely something to be aware of. I say this for two reasons. Firstly, you might go over your intended budget if you shop like there’s no tomorrow. Secondly, you might get home and realise you have purchased a whole bunch of inappropriate stuff, just because you thought it was a good idea at the time due to your holiday mode.

This situation has happened to me more times than I can tell you. I used to fly overseas for work every week and, because it was a foreign country, I usually considered myself ‘on holidays’. Of course I wasn’t but, as a result, I spent too much money on thoughtless purchases. I still have many pairs of gorgeous stilettos sitting unworn in my wardrobe because I didn’t take note of the fact that I rarely wear these types of shoes these days. They are truly beautiful though, so I can understand why I may have felt obliged to buy them 🙂

Of course, with all this said, holidays are a time for you to relax and enjoy yourself and not care about the things that may be a concern at home. So, if you have the budget, buy whatever takes your fancy. You can always give it to a friend or relative (or someone in need) if you realise it was purchased on a “I’m on holidays” whim 🙂

tropical Zara blouse

Tropical Zara top