Beside the Seaside

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

If we took a holiday, took some time to celebrate, just one day out of life
It would be, it would be so nice.

Madonna we hear you and as the Queen of Pop who are we to argue. So little ol’ us and the crew from Dune London embarked on a road trip last week and took a mini holiday down by the seaside. Can you call a day trip a holiday? Well if fish ‘n’ chips, ice cream, sun & showers and giant inflatables are anything to gauge it by then yes, yes it most definitely was a holiday. A most very British one.

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Just when it seems that everyone in your Insta~feed is swanning around somewhere abroad we thought we’d come at you with a very British seaside shoot.

Staycaytioning is the new black, you see.

Whether you will be holidaying at home or away we think Dune London have the perfect Summer accessories to see you right. If you have followed us for a while you will know we have girl crushes on Dune London and this season they’ve cranked it up a notch.

As Material Girl’s in a material world we love a good shoe or 2, and their sandals left us wanting more than a few pairs.

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Take these espadrilles for example. Now we know you’ll be thinking here they are banging on about espadrilles AGAIN, but this is a new update that we think is a holiday essential. Not only are they buttery soft and probably the comfiest thing we’ve had on our feet so far this year, the backless style makes them *the perfect* beach shoe to slip on and off. You know when you are sun lounging and have to get up to go and get a mojito ice cream? How handy is something you can slip on in 2 seconds flat.

These espadrilles are going to be your Summer Romance.

An oversize bucket bag too is a must have through the coming months especially this palm printed beauty. If you, like us and the rest of the world {ie. Instagram} have a thing about palms at the moment this is for you. Winning the prize for most versatile bag is this nude oversize number: chuck in your towel {not literally} when on your holibobs or load it up with your laptop when back in the real world. Super practical without sacrificing style.

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Alice wears jumpsuit by Mango {similar here}, bag and espadrilles by Dune London, sunglasses by H&M

Hannah wears shirt by Mango, shorts by H&M, bag and espadrilles by Dune London, sunglasses by H&M, hat by H&M

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

We think you’ll agree that once you have packed your beachy bits into your holiday suitcase, next up are those day~to~night pieces: multi functioning finds that could work on a daytime visit to a nearby city {be it Brighton or Burano} or for dinner and drinks. We pretty much always opt for a flat sandal in both instances as they work with maxi or mini dresses, your most loved denim shorts or even the one pair of jeans you may wear as your travel attire and dig out if the weather is not on your side. We’ve all been there.

This season stud work & embellishment is our most favourite trend, giving simple shapes that little extra touch. These flower detail sandals caught our eyes straight away as we love the cute, subtle floral styling that we just know would make them a Summer staple. Always a fan of a sandal with an ankle strap, these studded flats with double straps tick all of the boxes when looking for something you can wear all Summer long. Both styles are as soft as a baby’s bum and we would argue that they’d work with pretty much all of your SS17 wardrobe to take you from breakfast~to~bellini.

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

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To keep up the British theme of this shoot we have to throw in that as soon as we called it a wrap and the fish ‘n’ chips hit our plates the heavens opened and we found ourselves huddled under umbrellas. It wouldn’t be a English beach shoot without all the cliches and all of the rain but we kept calm and carried on {drinking our wine} wondering her Majesty Queen Madonna would do and concluded she would go with the flow, you know you can do it

*inserts Vogue style gesticulating*

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Belle & Bunty for Dune London Summer Mersea Island Beach hut pastel blog shoot SS17

Alice wears dress by Next, sandals and bag by Dune London

Hannah wears dress by Mango, sandals and bag by Dune London, sunglasses by H&M

Photos by Victoria Metaxas

This post is in collaboration with Dune London. All styling and words are our own.

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