Staycay or Vaycay



So many of us by choice or by circumstance are making a choice this summer between staycay and vacay. With Covid – many of us are choosing to stay put but do road trips and explore the countries that we live in.  I can speak for myself with a staycay planned for the UK.  A group of friends and our kids are renting a barn on Airbnb and will explore the South of England – West Wittering, Chichester, Bosham and Hayling Island.     


My daughter and I visited West Wittering before and wore our matching Ashiana kaftans – I carried a new Mykonos bag and it felt truly like a great holiday, i think dressing the part helps a lot. So many city dwellers are just craving to take a break from the city post covid.  For me its not just about leaving but also about changing my bag, jewellery and outfit to really put me in the holiday mood. Here are some Ashiana highlights that I think are great for a stay cay :

– a big oversized beach bag – it will also double up as a shopping bag for visits to farmers markets, butchers or a general store. 

Waterproof pouches - great for cosmetics, wet swimwear.  

My safety pouch which will have my mask and hand sanitiser (lobster pouch ) at all times.  For jewellery i will be taking a pair Dominique Mini Hoops for the daytime and the Ocean Whirlpool earrings to feel like I am dressing up for the evening – even if it's just a BBQ at the barn with my friends.  If I dress up I feel like I am doing something special.  I will of course take some of the Ella India resort wear – with the longer sleeves as English Weather is so unpredictable.



I would think if you are on a summer vacay its to catch the sun in all its glory.  For that I would go bolder and really get in the sunny mood.  I think a straw bag/jute bag just screams summer holiday and we have great ones in the Rio – gold or silver – we have both.  For me it’s a gold Rio bag with a waterproof pouch inside – I would take the rainbow one to keep all my travel essentials in .  I would also always carry my safety pouch – a rainbow one to match my bigger one.  I would put in wipes for the airport and plane as well as my mask and hand sanitiser.  These 3 things are all great to travel to the airport with.  Keeping it all in different pouches makes it easier to find things

Once on holiday – and I have to confess I would really like to visit my parents at the end of August in Portugal.  If I get there this is what I would wear – layers of gold necklaces and a full stack of bright sunny and happy friendship bracelets. Of course the Anastasia kaftan would be great by the pool or beach.


I hope you all have a great summer whatever you decide to do !   The message that I want to convey is that no matter what your summer holds sometimes just dressing and accessorising the part takes you a long way to feeling that summer vibe because sometimes summer can just be in your head! 

Anastasia xxx