A Greek-Style Embroidered Top and Shorts | Santorini Sunset Golden Hour

Summer holiday outfit | Embroidered top, shorts, suede cuff sandals

This was quite possibly the dreamiest photo shoot I’ve ever done.

Golden hours are always special but combine one with stunning white houses and views (of Greek islands and a sunset) that are just to-die-for and you’ve got yourself something quite magical. Santorini is one of those places that doesn’t just live up to expectations, it surpasses it.

We’ve done our best to capture it with the gorgeous warm glow of these photographs, and if I were able to bottle the feeling of sitting on those steps watching the sun go down I would. I’d also take the light home and use it on every photo shoot, ever. It couldn’t have been more flattering…!

Summer holiday outfit | Embroidered top, straw hat

Summer holiday outfit | Embroidered top, shorts, suede cuff sandals

As the evenings were so warm in Santorini, I was still wearing the shorts and top I’d had on during the day for the daily sunset-watching ritual. The Greek-style embroidered top was one of those “I HAVE to have that for my holiday!” sale purchases before we left (Dorothy Perkins, I picked up some brilliant things in their sale), and the shorts are years old but rarely get worn in UK summers. A few of my much-worn extras finish off the outfit perfectly: Mirrored aviators (I’d love to get the proper Ray-Ban originals), a classic straw hat and those suede cuffed sandals again.

I’ll be so sad to finally put away my summer clothes (this weekend, boo), but I have to admit to myself it’s autumn at some point I guess πŸ˜‰

What was YOUR highlight of the summer? I’ll never forget watching these sunsets every night for two weeks, so next summer has a lot to live up to! Do share in the comments!

Summer holiday outfit | Suede cuff sandals, striped beach bag
Summer holiday outfit details | Embroidered top, leather strap watch
Summer holiday outfit | Embroidered top, shorts, suede cuff sandals
Santorini, Greece
Summer holiday outfit | Embroidered top, straw hat
Sunset, Santorini, Greece
Summer holiday outfit | Embroidered top, straw hat

Top: Dorothy Perkins | Shorts: La Redoute | Sandals: Marks & Spencer | Bag: Oasis at Asos | Hat: La Redoute | Sunglasses: Asos| Watch: River Island | Bracelets: Various | Necklace: Asos | Nails: Max Factor Forever Strong ‘Nude Rose’ 135 | Toenails: Max Factor Glossfinity ‘Red Passion’

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  1. 1 November 2015 / 5:48 am

    Beautiful photos Catherine and love that embroidery top!

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!


  2. 27 October 2015 / 11:35 am

    Santorini is an incredible place, definitely one of my favourite! I remember going down the cliff on a donkey ride. Love your bracelets and those shoes are gorgeous πŸ™‚

    • 27 October 2015 / 2:07 pm

      Thank you Lindsay! We didn't go on a donkey, they were going a bit too fast and a bit too near the edge of the cliff for my liking…!!

  3. 26 October 2015 / 3:11 pm

    WOW! What an absolutely stunning outfit in an absolutely stunning place!

    I hope your trip has been positively incredible Catherine!

    Ashley || Sed Bona

    • 27 October 2015 / 2:06 pm

      Ashley it's been BEYOND!!!! Thank you so much, lots of love to you xx

  4. 26 October 2015 / 12:52 pm

    You couldn't have picked a better outfit to wear at a better time of day than this. Oh so dream-like! The embroidery is delicate and perfect for Greece.
    Highlight of the summer – meeting up with Tall Brown Fox's family for their annual weekend gathering held this year in the South of France. 20 of us, all ages, having fun. It was special as I wasn't able to go the previous year.
    And of course, starting my blog in June, which seems an age ago now!


    • 27 October 2015 / 2:05 pm

      You wait, Jacqueline – your blog will be a year old, then two, then three… etc. etc. before you know it! Thank you hun x

  5. 26 October 2015 / 6:16 am

    Oh the GLOW!! Catherine, these pics are stunning! My favorite is the sunset pic for sure. Well and maybe the sunset pic of you looking at the sunset. Hmm, summer seems so very long ago. Starting work (the school year) in August makes summer seem like ages and ages ago. So no fond memory but just wonderful days in July out at my cabin.

    Catherine, I'm like you: I want to get a pair of the original Ray-bans. I seem to have many knock-offs but never the real deal. And, I also transitioned my wardrobes this weekend. Even though our temps are still up there, I still like to have seasonal wardrobes. The coats and sweaters won't come out for a few more months though.

    Catherine, thanks for linking up to my Style Story! I'll be checking back in early tomorrow morning for your link up. ;D

    Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

    • 27 October 2015 / 2:05 pm

      Normally summer seems so long ago for us in the UK once you get to this time of year, Ann – but not this year for me! I've gone straight from summer to Halloween then Christmas!!! Thank you my lovely, so glad you liked the pictures x

    • 27 October 2015 / 2:02 pm

      haha I know what you mean, JJ! Thank you x

    • 27 October 2015 / 1:53 pm

      If you get the chance to you should, Lauren – you would LOVE it! Thank you sweetie x

  6. 25 October 2015 / 6:25 pm

    The light, oh the light!!
    Wow…even my blue skin would glow in that!
    Your photographs have a dream like quality to them…no wonder you look so serene.
    I have to admit that it is odd looking at such obviously SUMMER photographs whist wearing an Aran cardigan, it is just pure envy talking though….and then I remember that you are probably also wrapped up cosy and warm planning your next (autumnal) posts.
    In answer to your "highlight of the summer" question.
    I am going to sound totally cheesy (and I am cringing a little bit) but It is honestly the starting of my blog.
    What a fantastic time I am having…and yours was my inspiration to get started.
    So thank you for that!
    I am looking forward to your more-autumnal posts, always a great inspiration.
    Fake Fabulous

    • 27 October 2015 / 1:52 pm

      Well I wasn't at all tanned at this point of the holiday, Samantha – but the light flatters you so much as you say…!! Thank you my lovely – I'm glad to hear you're enjoying the blogging so much, you're doing soooo well πŸ™‚

  7. 25 October 2015 / 8:45 am

    Catherine, how fabulous that golden light is for your photo shoot. Hold onto those happy memories. I love this simple holiday look and how relaxed you are. Great post!
    Anna x

    • 27 October 2015 / 1:51 pm

      Aww thanks Anna – and yes, you could say I was pretty relaxed… (horizontal)!! πŸ˜‰

  8. 24 October 2015 / 6:53 pm

    How utterly gorgeous. Soaking up that Santorini Sun vicariously through these lovely photographs x

    • 27 October 2015 / 1:50 pm

      Porcelina thank you!! I could do the holiday all over again quite happily πŸ™‚

  9. 24 October 2015 / 2:29 pm

    My comment disappeared! Sorry if it's a dupe – beautiful light, so gold and clear, and your outfit is perfection too. xox


    • 27 October 2015 / 1:45 pm

      It's fine, Patti – no dupes! Thank you my lovely, I can't get enough of the gorgeous light we had there :))

  10. 24 October 2015 / 12:41 pm

    Gorgeous photos! And another perfect outfit! I'm so glad your beautiful vacation has lived on a bit on the blog… Seeing Santorini photos always makes me smile… πŸ™‚

    • 27 October 2015 / 1:45 pm

      Aw thank you, Andrea – they make me smile too, I just want to go back…!!

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