31 July, 2011
I love coming back from the beach with salty hair and sun kissed skin, a shower always feels soooo good after a day at the beach. I love cold, icy treats on a hot summer's day and fruity cocktails as the sun goes down. I love getting out on the water with the sea breeze on your face and I love swimming in the ocean, laughing as I get tossed around by the waves.
My gosh, the pressure is on ... dreaming up a fabulous post for the launch of my new blog. Something that will capture everyone's imagination and sums up everything coastal. Well, that's way too hard a challenge as every post will have it's own unique feel and point of interest - how do I choose? Some will be on interior design or great summer fashion, others will be on food and drinks for hot, balmy evenings or just hanging out at the beach, stylish places to visit and summer beauty. So I will just start this new blog with a fresh, summery story, one of many that I hope will lift your spirits and remind you of all the good things that come with summer and coastal living. The previous posts appeared on my other blog 'Scrapbook' which will give you a feel for what lies ahead. I hope it takes you on an adventure. Enjoy!
30 July, 2011
Play with colour in sapphire blue and azure hues. The clear bright blue of the sky at midday on a summer’s day, the cobalt blue accents of a Greek fishing village and the alluring blue of sapphire gemstones. Touch on a nautical theme and team these blues back with crisp whites. Add hints of a marine theme with stripes, blue glass bottles, wooden sailing boats and recycled timbers. Blue and white stripes make for a perfect sea faring fashion combination!
24 July, 2011
Waking up at the beach with the distant sound of crashing waves in the background always puts a smile on my face and fills me with anticipation. After a leisurely start to the day and a relaxing breakfast in the sun thoughts turn to the day ahead. A day filled with laughter, fun, family and friends. Long hours spent at the beach, sun kissed skin, dips in the ocean, beach cricket and exploring the rock pools. It doesn't get better than that!
23 July, 2011
Picture this: a sandy beach track winding its way through groves of coconut palms gently swaying in the sea breeze. A hammock is slung casually between two palms and a ahead lies an of sparkling azure water. White yachts glisten on the water as colourful local fishing boats manoeuvre between them. Local kids laugh and splash in the waves and the beach cafe serves up local fish marinated in coconut milk follwed by freshly sliced pineapple, mangoes and paw paw. This kind of laid back holiday appeals to me where the sun never stops shining and the water is always warm.
22 July, 2011
With summer comes an abundance of fresh, seasonal produce - think ripe summer fruits and the fresh flavours of the sea, perfect for a sunny afternoon of indulgence. Sweet prawns and lobster require little adornment or preparation but are full of flavour with a splash of lime and some chopped chillies. Mussels, scallops, oysters and calamari - the ocean's bounty is a perfect choice for fast, fresh and tasty meals. For a refreshing treat everyone is sure to adore finishing off their meal with freshly sliced fruit and a spoonful of icy sorbet!
15 July, 2011
It's summertime and the living is easy. Cool yourself down with a splash of citrus - think of jugs of chilled homemade lemonade on a hot summer's afternoon or a tangy lemon granita. How about a slice of key lime pie or tarte au citron as the perfect sweet ending to a lazy day by the pool or a sun kissed day at the beach. Lemon and limes also add a zesty tang to summer salads, pan fried haloumi cheese, slices of smoked salmon and freshly shucked oysters.
14 July, 2011
Castaway from the everyday and think of a cool white wardrobe for your next tropical vacation. I always think you can never go past white for summer holiday dressing. Crisp cottons and linen always looks so fresh on a hot summer's day. Lots of loose layers let your skin breathe and the sea breeze cool you down. For a relaxed, casual style mix white back with a palette of neutral accessories like rope wedge sandals, tortiseshell sunglasses and a straw basket or add a pop of colour with bright accessories.
Images via Victoria's Secret
11 July, 2011
So you like the idea of a holiday where there's a late afternoon delivery of ice for drinks and a plate of tuna sashimi canapes are bought in time to watch the sunset? A resort where the complimentary Bollinger champagne is replaced on a daily basis and the private deck is large enough to hold a private party for fifty then the luxury Islands in tropical Queensland such as 'Bedarra' and 'Lizard Island' are close to heaven on earth. These islands are synonymous with luxury as well as beauty, serenity and tranquility where you'll find the service impeccable, the staff discreet, the food gourmet and the scenery breathtaking!
10 July, 2011
With summer comes the promise of pool parties and resort holidays with chic poolside lounging and swim up bars. This calls for elegant and sophisticated swimwear. 'Jets' by Jesika Allen is perfect for such occasions - they have a range of sleek swimwear and stylish co-ordinates perfect for lazing in the sun with a cocktail in hand!
Images via Jets