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  1. If there's one accessory that deserves a place in your suitcase, it's a wrap or a sarong. It will actually take up hardly any room at all, leaving more space for your Gandys flip flops!

    A pretty beach sarong can be worn in a variety of ways with a few simple twists and ties. Aside from the classic skirt, tied around the waiste, you can turn your sarong into a maxi dress, halter-neck dress, bolaro or a short skirt. It makes it so easy for you to head straight to lunch , from the pool with a quick adjustment. 

    This sweet video tutorial by our friends at Pia Rossini, shows you how easy it is to create a few key looks: 


    YouTube is a great place to find other tutorials on how to style your beach sarong. With all that practice you'll be an expert by the time you hit the beach.

    A good beach sarong doesn't have to be expensive either. In our beachwear department we have a lovely collection for just £12 each. Multi-tasking and great value - what's not to love?

    san_remo_sarong_black_modelriva_sarong_nirvana_shoeSan Remo in black and the Riva by Pia Rossini.


    Did you know that our fabulous Turkish towels are so soft and lightweight, that they can also be worn as a sarong? You do now!

    These beautiful hammam towels are only £17 from KUKShades at the moment, which is amazing value when you think about all it can do for you. 

    tt aqua sarongtt yellow model

    We hope you enjoyed this post in the Sun Room and are now planning to add a sarong to your packing list.

    Have lots of fun experimenting with your beach sarongs and wraps and feel free to share any tips of your own, we'd love to hear them.

    Wishing you blue skies and sunny days,

    Candice x

  2. It's no coincidence that January is a popular time to book a holiday. The festive season is over and we need something to look forward to under these grey winter skies. 

    Planning those two weeks, or longer if you fancy an adventure, is easier said than done. There's so much choice and the way we book has changed too. Not many of us flick through those glossy brochures, pick our destination and head off to the high street travel agent anymore. Instead, we are encouraged to plan it all ourseleves, foraging for the best deals on the internet. 

    Personally, I like an expert to take care of things. Thankfully we can have the best of both worlds in the form of an independent travel agent. Travel Counsellors is a great example of this. With Travel Counsellors, there's a real person, working for you, taking on board all your requirements, finding the best deals and you are protected should anything unexpected happen. It's like having a 'personal shopper' finding you your ideal holiday.

    KUKShades has collaborated with a local Travel Counsellor and I must say I'm really impressed by the service they offer. My local Travel Counsellor is Claire Walker. She's lovely! She can book you anything from your honeymoon, family holiday, luxery retreat or weekend break. Anything you want, she'll work hard to find it for you.

    Here's the link to her profile: www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/claire.walker

    There's also a growing number of independent agents working for themselves. Through the Small Business Sunday network I discovered Travel With Jules. Jules Croucher is an expert at those big, wild adventures. So if you fancy a safari or driving Route 66, she's your lady. Jules is also ATOL protected, so you can book with confidence.

    Here's the link to her website: www.travelwithjules.co.uk

    If you are lucky enough to get away this year, have fun and don't forget to come back to KUKShades for all your holiday essentials!

    Safe travels,

    Candice xx

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