Sun, Sea & Silk: Marina London

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MarinaLondon_styleonthecouch_2There once was a time when I didn’t give a second thought to fabrics if the style worked and fit.  These days checking the quality and fabric type of the styles that I buy is often foremost in my mind: Will it feel good against my skin? How will the fabric stand up to the cleaning process? Is the fabric a quality fabric (am I getting the most out of my money here?)

Designer Marina Guergova of Marina London, who I recently posted about HERE, designs almost exclusively in silks.   Silk is both luxuriously soft and relatively robust – it has a beautiful, delicate appearance and can be warm and cosy in the winter as well as comfortable and cool come summer time.  An all-climate fabric in a wear-anywhere style here, in this versatile vest from the brand.

Being near the sea tends to prompt me to wear nautical colours – I lived in a great deal of blue and white on this holiday, colours that served me well – blue is the colour of the sky and the sea, symbolic of trust, wisdom, depth and stability; white is safety, purity, cleanliness.  We all need a break from our hectic lives now and then; this last vacation was a detox from a busy schedule.  I’m trying to slow down a little in the run up to Christmas – it’s my birthday next week, Blog Reader, so I can’t promise anything before then, but after, I’m going to wear blue silk again and take it easy.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend … StyleOnTheCouch xo

Wearing: Vest from Marina London; Panama Hat, Laird Hat Shop, Cambridge. Pants: Bought in the Canary Islands. Sandals: Zara.

 

Fly Away: The Canary Islands (Gran Canaria Travel Guide)

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TheCanaryIslandsWhilst it seems a distant memory, here are some snapshots from my September trip to The Canary Islands, along with a few brief tips on making the most of this island getaway. Since most of my holiday was based in and around my hotel – such was the lazy two weeks I had hoped for – there is little by way of activity and nightlife recommendations here. The Canary Islands was a perfect lazy getaway for me and Captain America to briefly escape our busy lives, so if you’re looking for a lot of sun, relaxation, and plenty of choices for eating, drinking (as well as activities), it’s a fabulous location a short hop from the UK, with a wonderful climate.

Gran Canaria Top Tips:

Lounging: Maspalomas Beach: a beautiful stretch of sand on the south tip of Gran Canaria, you can spend the day here lounging near the sea, with plenty of drinks stalls along the beach to quench your thirst in the heat.  The beach is framed by rolling sand dunes, giving it a desert feel.  Word of warning – watch out for the strategically placed nudist sections alternating alongside where the ‘regular’ people sit.  Be sure to take in the weather forecast, the tip of the island can get windy, and no-one likes sand in their margaritas.

Get nautical: plenty of organizations offer boating trips and tours, including dolphin spotting.  Braver souls may wish to embark upon the MTV Boat Party (you did not hear this from me I never went honest guv’nor).

Fill up: If you are a sushi fan head to Sakura III situated in Playa des Ingles. Beautifully presented sushi and so much choice on the menu I didn’t know where to begin.  Their sake had a wonderfully crisp taste.  For paella, try El Senador, situated on Maspalomas beach.  Fish lovers might also like to try their house special: sea bass cooked in salt.

Wake up: Along the south of the island, sunrise was around 7-8am and the light was beautiful for photos on the beach.  I miss that kind of light here in England!  Get up early and make the most of it, no matter how lazy your vacation may be.

When is summer again, exactly?

Wearing: (Main images) Dress, ASOS.

Rigby & Peller Swimwear

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RigbyandPeller_swim_swimsuit_onepiece_1Just before my vacation to the Canary Islands earlier this month, I made time to pick up some pieces on my vacation-wish-list at (and have a much needed catch up with) Rigby & Peller and I also heard about some of the exciting new developments at the label.  Predominantly a lingerie brand and retail destination both online and via their beautifully laid out boutiquesI admire them for their passion about fit and expert styling, which you can read more about HERE.

Rigby & Peller have expanded to offer a swim collection, including their own label designs.  Overall what you will find is a super flattering collection of one pieces and bikinis where loving attention has been paid to support and lift.

I picked this azure one-piece out from the Conduit Street boutique’s swim collection and it was something I truly loved wearing on holiday.  Created with a sweetheart neckline and ruched panels twisted across the torso and adorned with gold clasps,  it was the perfectly accompaniment to the summer sunrise.

Azure blue is said to be the colour of ‘true contentment’; something that inspires determination and ambition to achieve great things, and a sense of purpose in striving for goals.  This is also what a two week vacation can do for you, but the suit really did give me the head start :)

To see more Rigby & Peller swim click HERE.  Photos: @societemember