Bodies and Bikinis: Swimwear 365

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Swimwear365_bikini4I’m sure you are all expecting Fall / Winter posts from me, but right now all I can think about is how much I miss the sun.  No layering or wrapping up here – I pretty much only took swimwear with me to The Canary Islands last month as my one holiday wish was to lie on the beach and by the pool.  That wish was granted, and actually, Blog Reader, this is quite possibly the most tanned my English skin has been for a while!

I stayed in Gran Canaria, along the south of the island.  The resort could be really windy at times, but on this occasion when I managed to drag my husband to the beach at sunset for these photos in my Lascana bikini from Swimwear 365 the weather was still and the whole island was barely waking up.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading for work about body image and body confidence: the extent to which these things are inherited and learned by our attachment relationships vs affected by our experiences.  I know many women who won’t wear a bikini, ever, and whilst I’m all for choice when it comes to dressing for one’s shape and knowing one’s style, it seems such a shame that so many women feel the need to cover up.  I wrote a little something for a New Zealand style magazine on body image and the media and I hope to share that with you soon.  In the meantime, Swimwear 365 have an excellent selection of swimwear for all shapes and sizes so do check out their site if you are lucky enough to be on route to some winter sun, and want to find the perfect swimwear for you.

Coming up on the blog this week! An exciting project with Reiss Fashion and some ‘straight talk’ with GHD about creating the perfect straight hair with their styling tools. Do check back in soon!

Wearing: Bikini by Lascana from Swimwear365. Photos: @societemember.

Barre Fitness: Kore Wear (Fit To The Kore)

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When you find a method of exercise that works for you, you sick faithfully to it because you see the results and have fun doing it.  Barre Fitness has become this for me, a unique method of cross-conditioning that utilizes the most effective aspects of ballet, pilates, flexibility and strength training.  In a typical class you will do a warm up, spend time at the ballet barre and do mat work – being led through a low impact, high intensity workout with lots of movements designed to challenge your core and lengthen and tone your body (no tutus required).

The benefits of the barre: Strong core and back muscles; increased flexibility and mobility; sculpted arms, abs, bottom and thighs; improved posture and balance; increased co-ordination.

I love to wear a bodysuit and leggings to Barre Fitness – though tight clothing is not a requirement, I think this style of outfit helps me focus on every muscle in my body and remember to engage my core (ballet studios are enveloped by mirrors – no body checking allowed, use them to focus your movements!)  Here I’m wearing my favourite bodysuit from Kore Wear and leggings from Zella at Nordstrom.

Are you a fan of the barre? Or does it bring out the ‘black swan’ in you? Leave me a comment below…

Photos by Beth Morton taken on location at Camyoga studios.  Wearing: Kore Wear Flora bodysuit; Zella leggings.

Innerwear, Out-to-wear: Murmur Clothing

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Murmur Clothing 1Season after season, Murmur Clothing create a collection of lingerie inspired dresses, accessories and separates with a lot of innerwear as out-to-wear potential.  Their signature collection stay faithfully with bodysuits and sleek, ‘body conscious’ dresses designed to enhance the bust, waistline and hip. Femme fatales might be interested in these styles from their Spring Summer collection – the dramatic Dusk Dress (above, left) created in silk with bondage details is a piece truly apt for a twilight entrance; the second-skin like Figure Dress (middle image, left) carries with it a stretch lining designed to mould a flawless silhouette.

Murmur asked me to style a piece from their Spring Summer collection for StyleOnTheCouch. I chose the Tetris Skirt, in black, to show that Murmur’s designs can fit into an everyday wardrobe.  This is a very flattering figure-hugging skirt that even gives petite-moi a little shape. Available in both black and nude, you can view this piece along with the entire Murmur collection, HERE.

Wearing: Murmur Tetris Skirt. Top: Amoralle. Heels: LK Bennett.