There are very few parts of Australia that have NOT been given a premature, one-way ticket to summer. Where I live in Queensland there seems to be new spring temperature records being set every day. Beach time has arrived early.
Plus, I’m heading back to Bali next week to celebrate a girlfriend’s 40th. And yes, I’m in full Outfit Planning Mode (OPM if you’re new here) so this week I’ve declared Resort Week on the blog. Each day’s post will be devoted to getting you armed and ready for a beach weekend escape or a planned holiday over summer.
And yes, my lovely readers, we’ll be tackling the dreaded swimsuit purchase too. Head on. If you’ve got any beach/resort style or beauty questions you’d like me to address this week, then leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer.
As is common place here on a Monday, you’ll find me in front of the camera for a Model and Me post. In keeping with the theme of the week, this week’s Model and Me post features a beach cover-up from Brisbane label Solito.
Solito is the product of Brisbane duo Olivia Mills and Mary Zacharia. For the last decade, both have worked side by side in the fashion industry, running their Brisbane fashion marketing agency. The label is a natural extension to that synergy.
It’s only the second summer collection for the label but I’m prepared to go out on a fashion limb here and suggest that there will be many more to come. There’s a Moroccan summer theme to this collection but the piece I’ve chosen to feature is all about the chevron stripe. Because in my mind a chevron stripe may look fabulous on a cushion but show me chevron on a piece of clothing and I’m SO there.
Solito eyelet dress (for a boutique stockist near you, leave a message on the Solito Facebook page; you’ll find a link to an online stockist under the next photo)
Let me count the ways that this dress adds up to a perfect swimsuit cover-up for me.
It’s chevron. It’s cotton. It’s designed for optimal ventilation. It’s also available in orange or black and white.
For me, the length is just right as well – I’m 167cm and it sits about 7cm above the knee. For some that may feel too short but if I’m throwing something over my swimsuit at the beach for a Sunday morning at Nippers then this is generally what length I’d go for.
What also gets a big tick from me is that it doubles as a summer day dress if I wear a slip underneath. The slip provides a slightly longer length and some form of public decency on a windy day – a personal preference once I’m off the beach.
I’ve been booking in about every two weeks for the spray tan I mentioned in this post. I’m still loving it for its natural glow and the fact that it doesn’t wear off in patches. In between, I use a gradual tanner. Bondi Sands Everyday and Bondi Sands Everyday SPF 15+ have been on high rotation at the moment. I’m just not good with at-home tans that are not of the gradual variety but more on that later in the week.
I’ll be featuring more swimsuit cover-ups (for day and night) on the blog tomorrow as they are my go-to resort or beach pieces. For Bali next week, I’m packing one for day and one for night. It makes for easy packing and I know I’ll keep my cool no matter whether we’re sipping cocktails by the beach or recovering pool-side at our villa.
Love chevron? Love a beach or resort holiday? Hit me with resort style or beauty your questions.
* These pieces were sent to me for editorial consideration