Friday, July 1, 2011

Getting ready for summer

Went on a shopping spree today.

No, not really a spree, just got a few bits for my holidays- hubby and I are going away for a few days towards the end of July, so I thought I'd get myself organised in plenty of time.

As we'll be travelling with Ryanair, and they only allow one bag (and they are very strict about it), I got this little item, which can go across body under any jacket. I hate having to lug down my bag from the overhead locker to get out money for food on the plane, so this is the perfect solution.

Then I spotted a rack of belts, and couldn't resist these two. The black one will go perfectly with my black patent sandals, and the flowery one is lovely- not sure if it shows in this picture, but it has loads of tiny sequins. (sorry, order of photos is wrong, blogger is being funny again and I had to go to firefox to publish, grrr!)

Total cost of the "spree".....€10.

Got to love Dunnes Stores! And the sale hasn't even started yet, these were regular prices!

We're flying into Pisa, will go to Florence for at least a day. If anybody has any tips on the area, they'd be much appreciated.

Looking forward to the trip. This will be our first time away without the kids, ever!

I'm linking in with Robin at Around the Island for Summer Stock Sunday. If you'd like to join in just follow the link.


  1. No tips, as I've never been to Europe, but good wishes for a fun time!

  2. Cute stuff, and I love the price too :).

    Florence is one of our very favorite without kids destinations - we were there for a week about two years ago. I've got loads of guidebooks, a Florence restaurant guide, "walking (hiking) to gourmet restaurants" guidebook, etc., what kind of tips are you looking for?

    PS This would make a great Summer Stock post tomorrow night, hint hint ;).

    My photography is available for purchase - visit Around the Island Photography and bring home something beautiful today!

  3. A friend has just come back from Italy (Up on Haliburton Hill in my sidebar) and I know she'll still be posting for a while.
    I'm a sucker for belts and bags - and shoes! I'm trying to see the sequins but I can't get it. I do like the flowers anyway. Very unusual.

  4. Oh thanks for the great comments, i'll act on yours, Robin and Stephanie.
    And Robin, I never would have thought of this as Summer Stock Sunday stuff, but yes, I'd love to link up!

  5. How FOR a trip. Have fun!

  6. Thank you for commenting on Middle Passages!Love the idea of your trip. I've never been to Europe either...but someday, I hope. I look forward to reading about your adventures.

  7. Great purchases. Hope you have a fab time - looking forward to hearing all about it.

  8. Lovely purchases.
    I loved Florence but watch out for pick pockets if you go round the market!

    Our guide took us up to a high place and we could see all the different domes and churches and buildings and it was really good.
    There are lots of beautiful things to see.
    i'm sure you'll have a fabulous time.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  9. Wow! First trip without kids........that's special. Never been to Italy, but want to some day. Have a wonderful time.

  10. oh, shopping! fun - looks like you got some great items, and accessories are a fantastic way to update your wardrome without spending a ton of money!

  11. No tips since I don't travel. However, first trip without the kids---I'm predicting a fantastic time! LOL

  12. Enjoy the trip! Love how you have shopped for it with special details.

    We've been married almost 18 years - never had a trip without the kids. I feel lucky when we get an hour.

  13. Fun shopping day! Love it when it comes out to be inexpensive as well!

  14. Nice purchases, Mimi.
    Sorry, no advice - I have lived an extremely sheltered life LOL and I have never flown!! Neither has Mrs Bluelights!! Fancy that in this day and age.
    Eddie X

  15. Summertime holidays to Italy....and shopping for the trip...perfect summer activities! Wish I had some tips, but I've not been there (yet)...I do know Florence is full of wonderful art though. Don't forget to take your camera!