Introducing two new stunning bikini collections by one of our very favourite swimwear brands Banana Moon. The Paraiso bikini perfectly channels the botanical trend with visions of the bird of paradise flower along a palm lined beach. While the Chinca bikini collection is a timeless turquoise print reminiscent of the endless Californian Summer.
Planning anything this weekend? Temperatures are soaring and here at Coco Bay, Vicky, one of our Buyers, has pulled together her favourite pieces to take you through the heatwave… Destination : The Beach… Be it Brighton Beach, Fistral Bay or Camber Sands, British beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. I’ll be quickly painting my toes, I’m currently loving ‘Endless Summer’ from Australian brand, Beach Toes. Grabbing my favourite Seafolly Towel, that doubles up as a beach blanket, and heading down to the sand to enjoy the sun…
So we may not all have the body of a bikini model BUT there are simple tricks you can use to make sure you look and feel your best when you bare (nearly) all on the beach this Summer..
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 Miami Swimwear, a simply stunning collection. The sun certainly hasn’t set on the Beachwear Season at Coco Bay. The high street shops may be trying to entice us in and smother us in winter wear, but for many there’s still the long awaited sunshine holiday to take. Beachwear is never out of season, except perhaps on the high street! The international designers such as Seafolly, Baku, Ginja produce new collections every season, where there’s a warm beach in the world there’s a body wanting beachwear! If you’re holidaying out of season, then pay a visit to Coco Bay for the full range of Autumn Winter 2014 beachwear collections. A new arrival and one of our favourites is Seafolly’s Miami Collection in Neon Melon, which combines a vibrant ombre and stripe print in a gradient colour palette from hot pink to coral. It’s a perfect pick for an out of season swimwear purchase, when the weather at home turns chilly and the rain sets in. Seafolly’s Miami range will conjure up images of hot sunsets, beaches and crystal clear waters. Available in bikini mix and match separates and a stunning one piece bandeau maillot, the Miami Beachwear Collection in Neon Melon has been described as a refreshing summer cocktail of aqua and raspberry. The Miami invites you to soak up it’s sunshine and enjoy your out of season swimwear before you head off to sunnier shores! Close your eyes and you could be there – well almost! Next Day Delivery and Free Returns/Exchanges on this beautiful Seafolly Miami Neon Melon Bikini Collection at Coco Bay.
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!
Packing Tips for a Holiday We love the month of May … spring has already sprung, the sun shines (or threatens to) and summer is just a small hop away. But the best thing about the darling month of May is … 2 bank holidays. This gives us all a perfectly blissful opportunity to grab a small bag and head off to for a long weekend. We all know that traveling light isn’t easy, especially on a beach holiday. We’ve picked up a few top tips from stylists and fashion consultants over the years that we thought we’d share with you! Colour code your clothes and stick to one or two colour palettes and choose items of clothing that are multi-functional. Then when you’re ready to pack just start Rollin, Rollin, Rollin … your clothes. This will negate creasing and give you more room for the stuff you want to take. “Say Yes” to swimwear is another top tip – bikinis, swimsuits, tankini tops and singlets are tiny. They take up very little room and can look as chic off the beach when worn under shorts or trousers. A Kaftan or cover up is another must pack item for your short trip away. The Baku Heatwave has beautiful lace sleeve detail that wouldn’t look out of place in a restaurant or bar. Dresses are hard-working and add a bit of “holiday glamour”! Pack one dress and wear it in the day with flats, flip flops and shades and by night with heels and lipstick. Check out the very versatile Seafolly Bandit Beach Dress (above) with an optional under slip which transforms it from cool beach cover-up by day to sophisticated party dress in the evening Sarongs add very little to your load and aren’t just beach cover ups – double up as a scarf to brighten a plain top or wrap over shoulders for the cooler evenings. So there you have it, a complete capsule beach wardrobe. Now, just throw in a sun hat and flip flops and you’re ready to go – on your long weekend. Coco Bay offer next day delivery and free returns on kaftans, cover ups and all beachwear.
September is here and the summer is fading, our holiday is a distant memory and we’re planning our next jaunt. I’ve been looking back and thinking to myself “What did I learn from this years 2 week summer break?” Here are my lessons learnt from the summer of 2013! Lesson 1 Always buy a Coco Bay Bikini! It’s hard enough to slip into your bikini on day 1, at least make it a beautiful one. There’s nothing like a good fitting bikini in a fabulous print to take away the insecurities of a pale coloured body! Lesson 2 Take a Soak Wash travel pack with you. You’ve spent a bit on your bikini now look after it! Soak Wash is the perfect travel companion, it’s a non rinse delicate washing liquid. Nobody wants to wear a crusty, stiff bikini day after day. By the 6th or 7th day of your holiday with the best will in the world that bikini is not going to be looking or smelling great if it’s not taken care of! Lesson 3 Take the time to get your pedicure done and your toe nails painted with Gel! This has been a revelation to me, gone are the days of having to transport, nail polish remover and nail polish with you. After all, you know you will be reapplying halfway through your holiday. This summer for the first time my nails weren’t even on my radar. Beautiful nails day after day after day! The only trauma is making that decision of which colour am I going to be happy with for 6 weeks! If only men knew what decisions we have to make prior to going on holiday! Lesson 4 Invest in a Kindle! Do you really need to lug 3 or 4 heavy novels on holiday with you? Then discover that actually 2 of them are such hard work you can’t remember one page from next! With your Kindle you can read as many as you like maybe to the end maybe not! Who cares!!! Lesson 5 Always buy new suncream. I know it’s expensive but believe me that stuff has a shelf life. Last years won’t work and remember the sun gives you wrinkles! Always have a high factor for your face and a slightly lower one for your body. You take care out there!! Lesson 6 Pack your suitcase/bag, then take it all out and half it! You will then have the right amount of clothing. Every holiday I come home with a least half my wardrobe unworn. You know it’s true! Don’t bother with all those wedges! It’s Havaianas and more Havaianas. Forget the 4 pairs of shorts! Take your favourite denim ones and finally put those jeans back in the cupboard! It’s a summer holiday!!! Lesson 7 Never ever forget to take your beach kaftan of sarong. Imagine this, you’re at the beach and need an ice cold refreshment, would you feel totally comfortable striding up to the beach bar in your bikini? No! I didn’t think so, a kaftan or sarong is the perfect cover-up for the beach it can be whipped on and off in a flash covering those less than perfect areas and it dries in a second, unlike a pair of shorts. Lesson 8 Sit back, relax and let the holiday commence! Embrace your holiday and be the person you want to be! Let go and shake of your inhibitions. A holiday is about having the time of your life! So these are my top tips for next years break away. Let’s wait and see if I remember to apply them. Have a think and see what you learnt this year. We’d love to hear from you. You can post on our Facebook page, #cocobay on instagram or Tweet us. Remember at Coco Bay summer never ends, so if you need a little pick me up in January just click on to www.cocobay.co.uk and start planning for the next holiday.
Hi – my name is Jane and I’ve been newly employed by the Coco Bay Girls! I need to get to know the products, there’s only one way of doing this. A large bag of beachwear has been dropped off – Oh my word let the trying on begin! Just to let you know that I am a creature of habit, 2 bikinis on holiday, same triangle style, same sort of colour, denim shorts and couple of tops – beach wardrobe done! Well, well, well, I’m surrounded by bandeaus, padded halters, bustiers, moulded cups, tankinis, tie-side pants, hipsters, kaftans and the list goes on! The only thought going through my head is “Thank god I’m at home, in the privacy of my bedroom with my familiar, slightly friendly old mirror – which I might say don’t quite let me see rear view properly! Perfect.” Anyway the marathon try on starts. I decided to go head first into the bikini selection and NOT a triangle! To my amazement bikinis have come a long way since I last tried on a few different styles. The Seafolly bandeau effect was great, really flattering and stayed in place as I galloped around the bedroom. Helped with comfortable boning and the strip of non slip material. I was equally surprised how flattering the Seafolly Envy Kiara Bustier was. I might also divulge that I’m a D cup so thought I’d be bursting out of that particular style. As far as the pant styles go they are great as there are so many different types to choose from, small, hipster, some with a twist over the top – really nice if your tum is giving you hassle! Others that tie at the side, some with a ribbon effect, some with string effect. Now the biggest surprise of all to me was trying the JETS Dynamic Bikini, this one if I’m honest terrified me – the pattern, the colours and the style of the top – so not me. But low and behold it was fabulous! I don’t think I would have tried this if I’d been in a shop. I’m always concerned about the queue getting longer and longer for the changing rooms, so always end up staying in the same boring style, so I’m quick! The difference is when you’re home you can take all the time in the world on, off, on, off, on, off and nobody knows! So onto another new area for me. The land of the kaftan. As I’ve said I’m normally a shorts and t-shirt girl……well not any more! I tried the CocoBay Colony Club kaftan, a bit safe, as I already loved the colour and print, it felt so easy to wear, the fabric so light it would dry in a heart beat! SOLD! I also tried the Iconique Jersey Cover-up, this was amazing it felt like a little dress, so easy to throw on and perfect for lunch at the beach bar, again would dry very quickly. My last 2 kaftans were a Debbie Katz Modal Tunic and a Maria Bonita Jersey Kaftan. The fact that they cover-up your bikini in such a stylish was an inspiration to me. The slash in the sleeve of the Maria Bonita gave this kaftan a really sexy feel to it. So to conclude I am no longer an online beachwear shopping virgin! I can definitely say that I would buy most of my holiday wear online now as the whole experience was far less stressful and actually really quite pleasurable. I can only see one problem – my beach wardrobe will now double in size and I will be exhausted from looking at myself in the mirror!!!!