You may remember Simpson Travel stepped in earlier this year to assist our Co-Founder, Belinda Robinson, with her holiday challenge. The result was a 2 week holiday booked to Alto Di Pinarello, one of Simpson Travel’s properties in Corsica. Having returned, Belinda gives us the low down.
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!
Lux* Maldives – Behind the Scenes at the 2015 Bikini Photoshoot Coco Bay Co-Founder, Belinda Robinson, gives us the low down on the 2015 photoshoot at Lux* Maldives. You would have thought by now that we would be well practiced at the pre-photoshoot drill but each year it seems to start earlier and take longer as the collections get bigger and the task in hand more challenging! The result – we are on our knees before we even start taking the pictures and this year even more so having also just launched a brand new website and back office system. I don’t even remember the 8 hour flight, I think I was out by the opening credits of the first film of my carefully selected line up and the next thing I knew I was being nudged by a rather grumpy air hostess to get ready for landing. In all the preparation we were so pre-occupied by samples turning up on time and schedules that we had not had much time to get excited about the venue and it wasn’t until we stepped off the flight that the wonderful reality hit home – We were in the Maldives and we were heading back to Lux* Maldives.
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
Havaianas The Celebrity Trend It’s summer’s most casual shoe and there are hundreds of new styles to choose from, but there are flip flops and then there are Havaianas flip flops. For those in the know, it’s the iconic brand Havaianas that are hot to trot this season. No longer just the backpacker shorthand for flip flops, they have become a must have celebrity shoe but without the celebrity price tag. The well known and well-heeled are working these cool flip flops into their wardrobes in every way both, on and off the beach. Havaianas, are super comfortable and come in a vast array of patterns and colours. They can be worn with pretty much anything – ripped jeans, shorts, mini, maxi dresses and almost anywhere – although we’ve yet to spot any on the red carpet. When it comes to celebrity fashion and ladies flip flops, we love the way Gwyneth Paltrow does casual chic, wearing her Havaianas in Carbon Blue teamed with cut off denims, oversize zebra T and huge sunnies. Sandra Bullock oozes style by matching Slim Havaianas in Salmon with a pink and white Aztec maxi dress. While Keira Knightly runs errands in a pair of simple Havaianas in Black. This summer we can all embrace our inner celebrity with one of the trendiest flip-flop brands in the world – Havaianas.
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.
Seafolly Goddess Swimwear The Seafolly Goddess collection is the ultimate swimwear collection by Australia’s favourite swimwear designer, Seafolly. With its classic design, exquisite cut and luxurious fabric, the Seafolly Goddess Swimwear range encapsulates elegance, sophistication and style. At Coco Bay HQ we love the detail in the pleats, twists and ruching that make each piece stand out – wear it and you’ll stand out from the crowd too! This collection includes all our favourite styles including bandeaus, D cups, ruched halter bras, twist band and hipster pants. We’re particularly loving the Boyleg Maillot Swimsuit – think Sophia Loren! With the Spring Summer 2014 collections it’s all about neons and the Goddess Bikini range is right on trend! Choose from Chartreuse (a vibrant green yellow combination – great with a tan!) Lapis Blue, Envy Green and Hot Red vie for attention with the more classic Black, Indigo and White colours. Coco Bay offer next day delivery, free returns and exchanges on Seafolly’s Goddess Swimwear range (and all other beach, swimwear and accessories). Shop Seafolly Goddess swimwear in Lapis, Chartreuse, Hot Red, Indigo, White
Seafolly Shimmer Bikinis Sun, Sand, Sea and now you can add a little Shimmer to your next holiday! The Shimmer Bikini by Seafolly is back again by popular demand for Spring Summer 14. A firm favourite for the beach, this mix and match range of separates will flatter any type of figure. It’s all in the shimmer! Seafolly, have cleverly designed a fabric with a beautiful subtle sheen that will compliment almost every skin tone. Coco Bay’s colour range of Seafolly Shimmer Bikini’s includes, China Blue – bright, vivid and definitely one for the beach and Neon Red – a real show stopping colour – both colours are strong but subtle! Both China Blue and Neon Red come in 7 different style combinations, mix and match to choose your perfect bikini combination or simply create different looks to shimmer in the sunshine! Available in a multitude of styles the Seafolly Shimmer Bikini range including U-tube bikinis, Tri Bra and Twist Bandeaus. Have fun and get flirty in the super cute frilled Hipster Pant or strike a pose in the altogether more classic Ruched Side Retro Pants. Coco Bay offer next day delivery, free returns and exchanges on Seafolly’s Shimmer Bikini range (and all other beach, swimwear and accessories). Shop Seafolly Shimmer Bikini in China Blue or Neon Red
Summer Garden by Seafolly Summer Garden by Seafolly is like a breath of fresh air bursting with colourful blooms. But with a bit of a twist – 2 very different colour options – which one are you? The Summer Garden Mint swimwear collection gathers pretty pinks, deep blues, indigos and gentle yellow flowers entwined against a background of soft pale green. The Summer Garden Black swimwear collection stays with this same theme but with a slightly more retro even vintage edge. The fully blown buds are slighter bolder, brighter and in stark contrast against an altogether more sultry black background. Seafolly’s ultra feminine range includes a bandeau top, moulded halter bra, bandeau singlet, hipster pants, hipster tie pants, ruched side retro pants and a beautifully fitted maillot in both colour options. New to Coco Bay for Spring / Summer 14, this beautifully fitted beachwear will give you just a hint of vintage glamour – but which colour to choose …….? Shop for Seafolly Summer Garden Black or Mint