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Perfect Holiday Packing

Lisa Montague, founder of Blackfish Swimwear in Hitchin, helps us to shop local and pack for our holidays.

School’s (almost) out and we’re all thinking about holidays. Lisa Montague, founder and owner of the brilliant Blackfish Swimwear, is always thinking about blue skies, warm seas and diving in at the deep end. Lisa did a whizz around Herts to look for some good stuff to pack for your summer holiday. Fashion can move quickly, so a couple of the items featured may have gone, particularly given the heatwave. But it’s worth having a look at some of these shops, particularly The Women’s Society Boutique in Hertford, winner of Best Women’s Store in the Muddy Awards this year!


A fabulously versatile American Vintage sundress, £90, from the always brilliant Amelie in Berkhamsted where they’ve got a brilliant range of cool dresses. Scandi halterneck swimsuit by Blackfish Swimwear £85. A seriously flattering halter neck swimsuit, with Italian compression fabrics that sculpt and streamline your silhouette instantly. I’m in desperate need of sculpting! Online from Blackfish Swimwear. Striped hat, £14.99, The Ruby Room, Hertford.

Navy beach shirt with pom pom hem, £25; white Capris, £55 both from Mie in Bishop’s Stortford. Nooki straw bag, £75, The Dressing Room, St Albans. UGG Kari sandals £67, Amelie, Berkhamsted.

Escentric Molecules, £46, Amelie, Berkhamsted. Fresh fragrance combining ginger root, green peppercorn and Mexican lime in a handy travel size with a protective lime green case. Taylor Benfield travel candles, £12. Suzanne Taylor started this wonderful new St Albans-based candle brand and every single perfume is based on the memories of her travels. Trio Seaside necklace, Halia Rose, £18.99. This soft silicone jewellery is perfect for holidays. Heat resistant, waterproof and washable and, it doubles up as a teething necklace for babies. Halia Rose is an online business and Sarah the founder is based in Berkhamsted. She keeps winning awards for her jewellery. Metallic silver clutch, £28.99, Vinegar Hill, Hitchin. Moksha bracelets and necklaces from Ibiza, made from recycled tin and brass then silver plated. From £24, Mie, Bishop’s Stortford.


Pitusa mini sundress that’s loose and light and we like the Inca trim colour pop. £98, The Dressing Room, St Albans. AVA Halter neck Swimsuit by Blackfish Swimwear £85. More Italian compression to make you feel and look beach or pool fit with luscious low plunging back. Laser cut tote with a detachable inner bag for evenings, £62, Mie, Bishop’s Stortford.

Sun hat, £10, Ruby Room, Hertford. Anna + Nina starfish earrings, Amelie, Berkhamsted. These gold Macarena Playa bow sandals come in a variety of colours, £64, The Women’s Society Boutique (winner of Best Women’s Store in the Muddy Awards!) in Hertford. Quay Aviator sunglasses £45, Lolly & Mitch, Tring.

Silver Macarena sandals, £65, The Women’s Society Boutique. Delicate and lightweight black & gold wrap, £145, Amelie, Berkhamsted.
Gold and silver coloured bracelet, Mie, Bishop’s Stortford. Gold plated and bead necklace with stone pendant and tassle, £14.99, Vinegar Hill, Hitchin. Map scarf, £29.99, Vinegar Hill.
 Thank you to Lisa at Blackfish Swimwear! And happy local shopping before you set off somewhere far less local!

The Women’s Society   Amelie    The Dressing Room    Mie    Ruby Room   Vinegar Hill    Halia Rose   Taylor Benfield   Lolly & Mitch

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