Thursday, 30 August 2012

Seaside Style {English Coast}

If you live in England, you can easily do this on a day out to the beach: Dip your toes into the near-icy water but don't go too far in; it's cold. Perhaps it is a nice day like it was the last time that I visited Hastings but more likely than not it's one of the following:

  • Rainy
  • Cold 
  • Rainy
Now slip your shoes back on as you walk over the sharp pebbles (we'll assume that it's like most English beaches and has pebbles instead of sand.) If it's a nice day then feel free to have a quick sunbathe at this point but make sure you bring a towel because lying on hard pebbles is not a very pleasant experience most of the time. When you get up, sling your red Mulberry bag over your shoulder and head towards the ice cream/candy floss/fairground rides/2p machines: whatever takes your fancy. I usually go to all four at some point when I visit the seaside. A nice picnic on the beach will do perfectly for lunch. If it's raining? Keep calm and carry on. A wicker basket and a tartan mat at the beach go together like strawberries and cream at Wimbledon. A couple of sandwiches, fondant fancies and some cloudy lemonade make a quaint crew. But no, I haven't forgotten about the classic fish and chips; a must have for a day at the English sea side like purple is a must have for autumn. As the evening cools, throw on a cardigan and scurry across to a restaurant at the sea front. 

Seaside Style {Private Island}

Dream this: you step off your private yacht and your Giuseppe Zanotti flip flops touch the hot sand, protecting your pedicured to perfection feet.The beach is empty. A vast length of white sand stretches out along the coastline. The palm trees stand tall, proud, neatly just beyond. Beyond that you can see your villa in all its glory. You walk slowly over to your sun bed and stretch; another day of sunbathing. One of your servants approaches with a Martini on a tray; your favourite. This satisfies your thirst as you stare through your Dior sunnies out to the sea that shimmers like thousands of people taking a photograph with millisecond intervals between each shot. But there is no one here to photograph you now.You are away from the paparazzi and other daily stresses surrounded by your favourite friends and family members. On your private island you're untouchable.

As this is a fantasy we might as well go all out with the wealth thing so a Dolce and Gabbana swimsuit, Dior sunglasses, Chanel lipstick and nail polish, Giuseppe Zanotti flip flops, Louis Vuitton bag, Lanvin wide brim hat, Chloe top and a Thakoon skirt. Aah, perfect. If this is not a fantasy for you but reality and you can actually afford all this on top of a private island with servants then lend me a million, pretty please.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Seaside Style {Tropical Beach}

(1) £35.00, Topshop
(2) £35.00, asos
(3) £20.00, Havaianas 
(4) $6.99, gogglesandglasses.com
(5) $6.99, OPI
(6) $22.00, maxandchloe.com

Picture this: you're on the beach. You can feel the warm sand in between your toes as you point and flex them to dig them deeper into the sand and get to the cool, damp layer untouched by sunlight in attempt to cool down a little. You need to be cooled after sleeping or perhaps reading in the midday sun for half an hour (with a high SPF on of course.) The sun makes you sleepy. It is burning down, making everything near almost unbearable to touch. You need to be cooled and of course the best way to do that is to step into the beautiful blue sea. It shimmers and gleams iridescently; invitingly. You dip a green painted toe nail into the sea foam as the tide comes in which sends a little shiver through your body but it is a fabulous sensation. The sea is cold but refreshingly so. Another step forwards and the waves crash into you; splashing to above your knees. You let out a small squeal as the cold water runs down your legs. You stand for a while; more monstrous waves battle towards you. But these monsters do not want to swallow you up and eat you although you know that they are perfectly capable of doing so. They are playful; jumping up at your knees like a puppy. But they tease you also. They tease you with the delights that you'll face if you dive in and fully immerse yourself in the pleasures that it has to offer. The only sounds from the sea are the crashing against rocks that surround the small cove accompanied by its steady breathing as the tide comes in and out. But really it shouts "come in, come in!" and other such biased advertising. After much consideration and pondering occurs you dive in and fight back; crashing into the waves as they crash into you. The water is cold at first but it soon gets warmer as you bob along; riding the waves with your body. You turn onto your back and just float as the waves keep rolling beneath you. Your green cat eye sunglasses allow you to look directly up at the cloudless blue sky. The sea and the sky; so similar in colour yet worlds apart. How small does that make you? You imagine that you are something else small in a very big place. Perhaps you could be one small chocolate in a big box with a blue lid. You wake from the daydream when a tremendous wave rolls underneath you. You float over it then stand up in the salty water. You stand and look back at the small busy beach; back to the fluttering umbrellas and the stationary sunbeds; back to where the palm trees sway like people. The sea air blows through your now wet hair. You'll need to wash that later, although salty water is good for curly hair. Looking to the shore you see your travel partner (friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/mum/dad/brother/sister/husband/wife/colleague/daughter/son/grandma/granddad) wave to you and you start to swim with the waves back to the sand.

Now the scene is set for our first destination; a tropical beach.

Whether you're on humidity or dry heat (there were fire warnings on the weather forecast in Portugal!) you are going to be in severe heat so you are probably going to want to wear as little as possible but stay classy. Ask yourself, "does the whole beach really want to see my bum?" Do matter how many pre holiday pilates classes you spent toning it. Perhaps more to the point, ask yourself, "do I want that pervy old man sitting just over there looking at my bum?" If the answer is yes then wear a thong bikini and go topless by all means but a bright, geometric print swimsuit is more classy and on trend with the sporty trend. A clear, sporty looking beach bag can store summer reads, ice cream and cocktail money, sun cream and any other essentials you like to carry with you to the beach. Flip flops are the ideal choice for footwear because you can slip sandy feet in and out without too much discomfort. You can also put them on to protect your feet when the smooth sand becomes like hot coals. Burnt soles will not lead to smooth feet. You might also need some basic hair bands to tie your hair back into a more manageable bun. Perhaps you already have enough of these but I had to stock up on them recently because no matter how many you buy, the damn things always seem to go missing! It is useful to tie your hair back if there is a strong coastal breeze or if your hair gets wet. There will be bright sun until late evening so sunglasses are essential. How strong/dark they are is up to you. Some might argue that sunglasses are 'bad' because they don't really darken my surroundings but I hate the dark. I mean, why go somewhere light with bright colours when you are just going to make it dark? I'm a glass half full kinda girl deep down although on the surface I'm always the sarcastically pessimistic one and light is usually associated with happy things and dark with bad unless you start analysing certain poems or Shakespeare plays. Plus, sunglasses annoy me when they're dark because I can never forget that I'm wearing them so I'm constantly thinking about them. I love them really though. Sunglasses are so useful. Exaggerated cat eyes are the style of the season. As far as nail polish goes, tap into the sporty trend with a bright neon that is playful during the day and a stylish statement in the evening.

Remember: wear sun tan lotion with at least factor 15 because anything less gives you so little protection that there's virtually no point in wearing it. It got up to 45 degrees Celsius at the middle of the day in Portugal and I wore no less than factor 20 and I wore factor 30 for the first week for my skin the adjust to the heat. Even if you're in the shade you can get burnt so it's best not to risk it. Trust me: I speak from recent experience.

Be right on the sporty trend this summer with bright neons. Fellow sunbathers on the beach won't be wearing sunglasses just to protect their eyes from the sun but to protect their eyes from your neon-ness! Overall, the seaside outfit has a very modern vibe that exudes sportif chic. The stunning Topshop swimsuit looks heavenly with classic Havaiana flip flops and the cuff adds a touch of glamour. The bag is functional for the beach as it can fit some books, sun block, money and any other such essentials inside. Fun sunglasses like these neon cat eyes follow the same trail as pineapple shades and star shaped glasses; and what a trendy trail that is. Going abroad to a tropical destination? Perhaps a hot European country or South America? This is the sort of look you should be packing.


MAJOR CONGRATS if you managed to get all the way down here. I got a little carried away with how much I wrote in Portugal and I wrote it so I might as well publish it! 10000000000 points to you if you read the whole thing. Oh, and I love you for taking the time to actually read what I've written. 


Sunday, 26 August 2012

Celebrity Edit: Rihanna

Rihanna was recently spotted on her own while out in LA wearing a Givenchy t-shirt (that in this picture looks a little like a top and a jacket) with a Mui Mui clutch and Tom Ford heels. The trousers are similar to these by Moschino, bracelet resembles this one by Michael Kors, necklace could be as valuable as this item by John Hardy, lowering the price by a humongous range rings similar to these from asos.

This is the sort of look that you could wear to the cinema, college, dental appointment, doctor's appointment, flying, going to the park, running errands, going to school, seeing friends, going shopping, staying in, uni, going for a walk and with family to name a few likely situations.

I think the shoes are absolutely to die for but the rest of the outfit appears to be quite ill fitting. The t-shirt is nice but doesn't look so good on. Rihanna is stunning and seems to pull off every outfit she wears on stage or to awards ceremonies but this more casual look is not worn well. Perhaps it is just the angle of the photograph as this outfit could look good. It is well accessorised nevertheless.

Celebrity Edit: Rihanna

Rihanna was recently spotted on her own while out in LA wearing a Givenchy t-shirt (that in this picture looks a little like a top and a jacket) with a Mui Mui clutch and Tom Ford heels. The trousers are similar to these by Moschino, bracelet resembles this one by Michael Kors, necklace could be as valuable as this item by John Hardy, lowering the price by a humongous range rings similar to these from asos.

This is the sort of look that you could wear to the cinema, college, dental appointment, doctor's appointment, flying, going to the park, running errands, going to school, seeing friends, going shopping, staying in, uni, going for a walk and with family to name a few likely situations.

I think the shoes are absolutely to die for but the rest of the outfit appears to be quite ill fitting. The t-shirt is nice but doesn't look so good on. Rihanna is stunning and seems to pull off every outfit she wears on stage or to awards ceremonies but this more casual look is not worn well. Perhaps it is just the angle of the photograph as this outfit could look good. It is well accessorised nevertheless.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Photo Diary: Portugal

Portugal was just out of this world; the sun, the sand, the sea. It was all so picturesque. I recommend visiting the Algarve because the beaches are beautiful and it is so, so hot with cool seas and an Atlantic breeze. The food is to die for as well with an array of beautiful sea food; sardines are the delicacy. But the meat (piri piri chicken and Portuguese style steak) is also divine. So put 'Go to the Algarve, Portugal' on your bucket list because you wouldn't want to miss out. 

My new summer hobby is photography. I love it! I would definitely recommend it as something fun to take up. I used to just take a few photos of friends and family when we went out but it's nice to look at everything more closely and get some interesting pictures from a unique perspective. I definitely haven't mastered it yet but I think I'm getting there. I'm so lucky to have got a Canon 1100D for my birthday; it certainly makes a difference to the photos even if that's only because you can enlarge them a lot without them blurring. I was snapping away for three weeks and here are the best results that sum up the wonderfulness of the holiday and mix in some outfits as well.