Bond Girl: Tom Ford Aviators & ASOS Swim

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Style on the couch canary islands gran canaria maspaloma holiday sun beach pool bikini swim swimsuit sexy palm tree tropical paradise panama hat tom ford sunglasses asos bikini-3548

Style on the couch canary islands gran canaria maspaloma holiday sun beach pool bikini swim swimsuit sexy palm tree tropical paradise panama hat tom ford sunglasses asos bikini-3597Whilst New York Fashion Week has been and gone (I hope you caught my series for Spring Summer 2015, if not scroll down after this post!) I’ve been having a wonderful break in The Canary Islands.  I’m flying home this weekend, and before London Fashion Week kicks off I wanted to post the second of my beach outfits from the vacation (I have mostly been living in swimsuits and bikinis, which has considerably lightened my suitcase – good news for me since I am usually the one bemoaning the extra kilograms of luggage charges at the airport).

I think it is increasingly acceptable, in fact encouraged these days, to mix ‘high’ and ‘low’ fashion.  My new rose gold Tom Ford Marko Aviators have been a great asset this trip. Since the lenses are polarized, they eliminate reflections and glare (great if you are spending a lot of time near the sea, or perhaps on a boat).  They also offer some additional protection from the harmful UV rays, not to mention they look pretty damn chic.

The shiny rose gold frames really stood out when I wore the aviators with my black cross front wrap halter bikini from ASOS.  As bikinis go this is a great sporty style though probably for smaller bust sizes only – I find the halter neck style really flattering for my shape (a swimsuit version also exists, click HERE.) A Bond Girl moment for me on my trip! To quote the memorable scene from Dr No. where Ursula Andress (Honey Ryder) emerged from the sea in her bikini:  ’Honey: Are you looking for shells?;  007: No, I’m just looking.’

Wearing: sunglasses from smartbuyglasses.  Bikini, ASOS. Photos: with thanks to @Societemember.

MIKOH Swim

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Mikoh_Swim_StyleonthecouchA two week holiday in the sun is without a doubt the perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of modern life.  I’m remarkably good at doing nothing for someone whose job is to think, reason, critically analyze and never take ‘knowledge’ without question. Give me some sun, a pool, an iPod loaded with my favourite music and a copious collection of swimwear and I’ll be right at home…

For my current trip I packed incredibly light.  Quite unusual for me! However movement only between pool, sun lounger, pool bar, and apartment does not require special dresses and high heels.  So for this holiday series you’ll see a lot of swimwear, some shorts and tops, and well, maybe one long flowing dress (I am a fashion blogger, after all).

Wearing: Barbados top and Miyako bottom from Mikoh Swim.

The Blue Lagoon with Kore Swim

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Blue Lagoon Iceland

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Blue Lagoon Iceland

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Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa situated in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland. About 45 minutes drive from Reykjavik, I stopped off at the spa during my trip to Iceland last month.

The Blue Lagoon is man-made, fed by the water output of a nearby geothermal power plant.  Superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity.  After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal water heating system.  Then the water is fed into the lagoon for people like me to bathe in – rich with minerals such as silica (reported to improve skin elasticity) and sulphur (used medicinally since ancient times, rich in keratin, which gives you strong hair, nails, and skin) – giving it a silky feel and a rich and gloopy appearance.

At an average temperature of around 38 degrees, swimming (or rather, wading) in the lagoon is a delightfully blissful experience.  I wore my new maillot from Kore Swim during my time there: an architecturally designed one-piece with high neck, cut-out back straps and sleek black gloss accents, this Minerva maillot was perfect for the spa as I wanted more coverage than I might in a swimming pool or on a beach.   Kore have a wonderful selection of one-pieces right now, and this maillot has recently been released in blush pink/black as well as white/black scale print.

Those seeking a fun spa experience should consider Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. If you are making the trip,  be warned – the scent of sulphur needs some acclimatizing to, and you are required to go through a rigorous showering process before you get into the spa itself – once those things are done then all you need to do is sit back in the warm waters and relax….

Read more about Iceland’s Blue Lagoon HERE.  For more on Kore Swim, visit their website.