Plus our Review of Simpson Travel’s The Korsan Kuzey Villa, Kalkan When looking for the perfect location for a photoshoot, we always have a fairly hefty list of requirements. Of course we need to find somewhere picturesque, blue sea and bright sandy beaches are at the top of the wish list. We also need to factor in where the light will be at certain times of day as well as where and when the sun sets at different times of year. Practicalities of multiple outfit changes and a venue for hair and makeup need to be taken into account plus excessive heat and high winds can all prove challenging (not to mention the dreaded rain!) Coco Bay are big fans of Simpson Travel and after a very successful photoshoot earlier this year at one of their spectacular villas in Kalkan we were keen to return. We enlisted their help once again and loved their suggestion of using The Korsan Kuzey, a spectacular hillside villa set amongst the wild olive groves which surround Kalkan. With it’s Infinity pool, grand style architecture, pretty terraced gardens and private access to the sea, we felt sure that this would present the perfect back drop to the shoot and we couldn’t wait to be there!
It’s Summer sale time again and there is so much lovely designer beachwear and swimwear collections now reduced at Coco Bay. The team found they had a hard job when they put their heads together to choose their stand out pieces from the 2016 sale. Our advice – if you see something you like, get it now as once these are gone, they are gone!
By popular demand the Baydress is back! With brand new styles for 2016, it’s now even more beautiful than before… We first sold our Baydress a couple of years ago and are pleased to welcome it back again – just in time for Summer!
It’s finally time to think about your Spring break getaway, but what to pack..? A few carefully selected items can make your holiday packing easy light and versatile. Use our 5 x colour themed holiday wardrobes as some fun, holiday inspiration:
Jo Holley is the retail editor for UK fav fashion mag, GLAMOUR. She gives us her Coco Bay ‘Beachwear 2015 edit’ and shows us what she’ll be packing for her holidays this Summer.
It’s definitely time to start exploring beachwear trends for 2015. Over the next few weeks we’ll be showing off some of our favourite looks for your SS15 beachwear wardrobe. Beachwear Trend: Boho Chic All time, summertime favourite look hippy chick gets a sophisticated, colourful make-over. Chic tie-die fabrics mixed with inky stripes are set to hit the beach this season. Accessorise your bohemian beachwear look with items from original cult boho brand Hipanema. Coco Bay’s top pics for hippy beach chic: Seafolly Caribbean Odyssey Top Seafolly Miami Stripe Bikinis in Lapis Blue Hipanema bracelet in peacock blue Seafolly paper straw Kuta sun hat in indigo Havaianas slim flip flops navy blue Top tips on how to rock it with hippy chick: Layering and mixing fabrics is key to achieving 2015s Boho beach style Don’t forget to accessorise, anything ethnic or exotic is a must if you want to be a Boho babe Tussled untamed beachy locks are a perfect addition to this laid back look Be proud.. stand out from the crowd, take style cues from Boho pioneer Kate Moss
Winter Sun, Discover Cuba …. First hand, from one CB team member in search of winter sun. It’s often said that Cuba is a country trapped in a time-warp, like a prince in a poor man’s coat. But behind the shabby facades and mildewed magnificence lies a Latin paradise. I had been keen to discover this hidden world of cigar-chomping, rum-swilling, salsa-dancing revolutionaries, for many years. So, I pressed pause on the day job (part of Team Coco Bay mainly dealing with marketing) and the family and I jetted off for some half term winter sun adventures. After a less than comfortable 10 hour flight we arrived in Havana late at night. Nothing quite prepared us for what this wildly exuberant city had to offer! Firstly the heat was stiffling, the humidity high, and there’s an overpowering smell of diesel in the air. The pace of life is fast and loud, live Latin music poured out from the doorways of the flaking buildings, dancing seemed to be regulatory and rum a necessary evil. The following day we woke to find crumbling grandeur and elegance. Spanish colonial buildings, broad boulevards, narrow cobbled street and spectacular 16th Century Plazas in Habana Vieja (Old Town). Holidaying with my 2 young sons, I have to mention the cars – oh the cars! Huge gas guzzling, ancient Chevrolets, Buicks and Plymouths really do throb through the streets. Taking a short walk away from the city centre we found some calm in the form of Malecon. Havana’s 8KM stretch of shabby sea front running the breadth of the city. With giant waves crashing against the ancient sea wall, we discovered where the real Habaneros enjoy their winter sun – just chilling. In Cuba you’re never far away from an idyllic beach, so as befitting tourists on a winter sun get away, we opted for Playas del Este, Havana’s pine fringed Riviera east of the city. With my A/W 14 Seafolly beach wardrobe – a Dahlia Kaftan from the Kimono Rose range, Goddess Seychelles Bikini worn with a Coyote Sun Hat and Black and Silver Slim Havaianas I was ready for whatever occasion the day may offer – beach, bar, stay late and party a little! Leaving my much loved Seafolly Havana Sun Hat for city sight seeing we jumped into a bright green 1959 Buick taxi in search of the first beach of our winter sun holiday. Playa del Este is picture postcard perfect, soft white sand, palm trees and clear aquamarine waters. That said it doesn’t have the luxuries (or even facilities) of other Caribbean resorts. Instead we found slightly tatty time worn restaurants and communist style hotels with limited offerings. But this is Cuba, a country of contradictions. We found it both frustrating and inspiring, but most of all were amazed by its beauty, history and warmth of the Cuban people. I’d definitely recommend Cuba as a destination for a winter sun holiday, just keep an open mind!
Seafolly bikinis, really can be a girl’s best friend on the beach! Wear a bikini, who me? Surely there aren’t many of us over the age of 40 who like to hear that sort of question?! But there it was, out there, put directly to me by Belinda Robinson, Coco Bay Co-Founder. Would I try on and review some Seafolly bikinis? To explain, at the beginning of the summer I had agreed to take some rather fabulous Coco Bay swimsuits on holiday with me to wear and review for this site. For the first time in a long while I wore amazing swimwear from designers such as Seafolly and Baku, great holiday, job done – or so I thought! See – Ordinary Girl in Extraordinary Swimwear. But Seafolly bikinis?! I’m way out of my comfort zone! Unfortunately, Belinda was so convincing that I was left thinking, what have I got to lose? It’s only a bikini. With some trepidation I received 3 beautifully wrapped Seafolly bikinis from Coco Bay the very next day. At this stage I must say the one thing I am totally converted to is online shopping for swimwear, so in my own time and space with a trusted full length mirror I set about the task in hand. First on was Seafolly’s Summer Mint Garden Bustier Bandeau with Ruched Side bikini pants – one word fab-u-lous! The top was under-wired, with wide side straps which gave great support. The pants gave enough coverage without making me look or feel frumpy, whilst cleverly hiding any bulgy bits. All in all I was off to a good start. Next one, another from Seafolly, the Bella Rose in Chartreuse Halter Tie Top with the Tie Side Pant. The first noticeable thing is the colours in this bikini range are absolutely beautiful, perfect with a tan. The halter top had wide straps with a pretty tie at the front, and a generous amount to tie behind the neck, which made a great look from behind! Similarly the wide loop side tie pants, could be altered to fit but were long enough to provide an additional feature at the sides, very nice! Last but by no means least, I tried on the Mod Club bikini with a Bustier Bandeau top. This has a softly moulded bikini top with an optional halter tie which provided great support. Style wise the solid black pants with Zig Zaging at the side provide a great balance to the top. The monochrome Zig Zag is very on trend this season and Seafolly have been clever with this design, it felt classy rather than slavishly fashionable! Coco Bay’s Seafolly bikinis are all mix and match, so you can create your own look – there really is something for everyone, whatever your shape or size. No one is more surprised than I am, but Yes I Am a Bikini Convert! Shop for Seafolly Bikinis
Seafolly Stops London Buses Coming soon to a bus stop near you, international top model and actress Camille Rowe. French American Camille will be raising the temperatures of commuters in London next week as she showcases a selection of Seafolly’s Summer 2014 bikini collection. Seafolly’s advertising campaign on bus stops across central London features a bikini clad Camille striking a pose or two on a busy Bondi Beach. Camille also known for her work at Dior, amongst other designer names, can be seen in Seafolly’s Goddess bikini in Hot Red … Natch! She also sizzles in shades, sun hat and the vibrant Mod Club in Fluoro Yellow bikini with zig zag detail. In contrast she brightens up the grey streets of London in Seafolly’s Summer Mint Garden bandeau bikini with gorgeously pretty pink, blue, red and lavender floral blooms … blooming all over! From Bondi Beach to London’s Bus Stops, that quite some journey for a girl in a bikini – let’s hope she brings some Australian sunshine with her!
Stay Stylish in this Season’s Cover Ups Long gone are the days when an over sized T Shirt worked well as a beach cover up. This S/S Season 14 you’ll find a huge range of must have cover ups that will have you sizzling on the beach by day and shimmering in the bar by night. Stylists are loving the Beach Poncho (strangely but rather aptly named), which is rocking the runways and promenades this season. A world away from the original boho hippie roots of the 1970’s kaftan this stylish cover up is totally on trend this season – you could call it a kaftan with a twist! Imagine a loose fitting cover-up, cut to flatter in a variety of styles, materials and different adornments. Now imagine yourself looking effortlessly chic on the beach! Seafolly have captured the essence of this refreshed look brilliantly. The Seafolly Kyoto Kaftan is one of Coco Bay’s favourites; available in indigo and fluorescent coral it has a sophisticated spider web lace which shows just a hint of flesh. Celeb watch, check out A lister Ashley Green, who looked effortlessly chic on the beach wearing this season’s Seafolly Kyoto Kaftan. Chill out in the Seafolly Byron kaftan, the Rayon fabric will keep you feeling and looking cool. Add in cute tassel detailing around the hem and the great dip dye in colour combos fluorescent coral and white or china blue and white. We’re also huge fans of the Seafolly Amnesia and Seafolly Coastline Cable Cover Ups with their pom-poms and tassels in matching or contrasting colours. Time to get playful …! When the sun dips, there’s no need to leave your cover up pool side! Simply throw on a pair of Capri pants, shorts or a mini and you’re ready for the evening! Coco Bay offer next day delivery and free returns on kaftans, cover ups and all beachwear.