my bikini verdict!

leaving to my graduation trip to the beautiful and crazy island of koh samui, I have began my packing for my 9 day trip of intense partying and extreme hangovers, at least I’ll be able to sleep them off by the pool!

The island of koh Samui is off Thailand and is known for its full moon party. In Asia it’s seen as the place to go for graduation trips, and as I’ve now graduated it’s kind of a ritual for me to be going, and so I’m off to board my 9:00 am flights with a suitcase packed with many bikinis and other beach and holiday essentials!

it seemed like the best thing to blog about before I left was my packing, and more importantly bikinis! Summer season is here (for some people), it brings: happiness, freedom, relaxation and heat! A swimsuit under your clothes is a perfect choice, you never know when you’ll want to let loose and go to the beach or pool. Although I’m only going to koh samui for 9 days, I’m bringing 10 swimsuits… Just because I’ll wear some during the day and then when I go out at night I’ll probably wear a bikini or two! I’ve split up my chosen bikinis into a few types, hope you enjoy!

1) The branded.
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The ‘branded’. While sometimes over rated, branded swimsuits like these above, the ‘triangl’ bikini, are normally worth the price. These bikinis cost me around 700 hkd each, it seemed a bit much at first but I love these bikinis. I’m not going to lie, there is some social satisfaction you get from wearing a branded bikini, but I guess that’s what you pay for. Especially triangl, the brand is well known through the teenagers (both male and female), and I must say every time I wear them I feel a bit more confident then when wearing others. These bikinis are made from neoprene (the same materials as wetsuits), they are of a great quality and fit onto your body well! They are thicker then most bikinis. The bikinis also come in matching coloured bags which i think are so cute! As you can see I got two, traditional triangl style in the light blue and then also the bra style, which has a bronze bottom, and oh my am I in LOVE with the bottoms!! They shine and sparkle and reflect upon every sunray, it’s gorgeous!

2) the triangle tie bikinis.

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The classic bikini really, two triangles and tied together with strings! I opted for two bright and interesting bikinis, for a party and summer holiday you don’t want anything plain! These two come from hnm and primark!

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Bandeaus are the perfect bikinis to tan in. They allow for the most amount of skin to be exposed and don’t create wacky tan lines! I don’t advise them for walking around in because they have the least amount of support! without having neck straps they can fall off so easily! For bustier girls I wouldn’t wear many bandeaus, at least I don’t think so. They don’t compliment your body shape as much, they give no support and hide your assets! But they are the best for tanning in!

4) the full pieces!
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Here I have three full piece bikinis, like I said I’ll be going out a lot and this is a great choice! You can simply pull on a full piece and a pair of shorts, if you feel like that’s too little pull over a chiffon top, beach top, kimono, anything! They are comfy and give a lot of support!

So I hope you enjoyed, these are all the suits I’m bringing with me on holiday, I can assure you that I will be blogging LOTS about my trip so please stay stunned! It means a lot, and don’t forget, always have a little friend helping you pack! Here I have one of my dogs who snuggled up to me as I was folding everything in!

Amber.
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the travelling throwback!

so, these past few weeks (and next upcoming too) have really made me miss summer and the feelings of freedom and serenity it brings with it. being locked up at home and just dreading the next weeks where i have to go through the IB exams i can’t wait to get away. and with my upcoming koh samui trip and trip to the UK and paris, i CANNOT wait to travel again!

last summer i went to greece for about three weeks and i ABSOLUTELY loved it, and i simply cannot emphasis enough my recommendations for you to travel to greece and experience the amazing culture, gorgeous scenery, amazing beaches, and also spectacular food. in greece i stayed in the obvious, athens for around 5 days and did all the basic tourist things – i then travelled to the gorgeous island of paros for less than a week and then finally off to mykonos for another few days/a week ish. athens was all about the tourist go to things, paros was about the calm cultural more ‘holiday’ feel while just exploring different places, and mykonos was again the calm lounging by the pool the day and then hitting the night scene of mykonos and enjoying the crazy party life it has to offer !

here are some photos from athens to show you!

in front of the truly incredible acropolis! and the crazy view from the top of it, the intense density of the urban areas was truly the most spectacular view i have seen! these two panoramas below can barely show the amazement of it.

i was lucky enough to be able to stay in such an amazing hotel which had a roof garden with two jacuzzis which so happened to face the parthenon and allow this to be my gorgeous view. as you can see at the top is the acropolis.

 

next up is paros! i stayed in these gorgeous white villa kinda buildings, very grecian style! just a 15 minute walk into the town made it close but yet not too close to the busy areas. paros was truly amazing, the more authentic feel it had was so great to experience.

 

lastly, but certainly not least, was mykonos! i think my favourite place just because i’m young enough to enjoy the city and night life but still enjoy the beautiful scenery and gorgeous beaches along with great food and culture.

 

i’m sorry if this wasn’t very detailed haha! i just was looking through some of my greece holiday photos and fell in love all over again so wanted to share some of my many photos! i hope you enjoyed and see some the beauty of greece, i truly advise you to go there for your next holiday.

 

much love, amber. xo

beach inspiration

so i really haven’t been doing much since i’ve been home, trying to, revise for my up and coming exams! and i really want this blog to stay up so although i’m not going to be posting about things directly relevant to the daily happenings of my life i will be blogging about trends/fashion/interior design/art and crafts/inspiration and so on! like my previous festival fashion inspiration post, this post is going to be kind of similar, when i’m not having much stuff to blog about i’ll use online or things i’ve seen to blog about instead… if that makes sense which i hope it does.

anyways, today my inspiration is beach houses! i’m getting so excited for summer and i’ve always craved to live in a beach house, at least have one somewhere to be able to live in during the holidays and maybe rent out when i’m not using it, seems to me like a great investment 😉

 

so, part a – the exterior!

there are two ways you could do up a beach house,

1. the traditional, rustic, slightly run down but still gorgeous old and more naturally resourced exterior! the cool colour accents of the house fit perfectly with the atmosphere and scenery. the natural aspects which are incorporated with materials and slowly fade into with the actual characteristics of the natural world like the sand of the beach.

2. or the modern, and much more high tech and minimalistic design. i can’t quite decide which one i like better, the modern vibe, although gorgeous and absolutely to die for – seems like too much effort to keep up. it feels as if i was to live in one it would always have to be perfect and i wouldn’t be able to let loose and actually live in the house. but trust me, i am drooling over them.

 

now, beach houses utter simplicity and ease of life. with their calm and simple exteriors (sometimes) and also interiors. the thing i  love about beach houses is the open plan and the incorporation of the natural world. small incorporations of wood, shells, glass and so much more, so here below are some of my favourite photos of interiors of beach houses.

now i know this has been a crazy amount of photos but i simply couldn’t choose! but anyway, i hope you enjoyed and possibly found some inspiration as did i.

amber, xo.