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.

The Wide Leg: ASOS Navy Trousers

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Asos-pants-ralph-lauren-topI’ve been reading lots of different fashion articles this week that foretell the end of the skinny jean.  Death to the skinny jean! RIP skinnies!  I refuse to believe any of this of course, since for me and many others I believe, skinnies are less of an active fashion choice and more of a default option.  Skinny black jeans, black heels white shirt – check! Skinny blue jeans, trainers, denim shirt – check!  I tell myself they make economic sense too – less fabric? Check! check!

Despite my love of skinnies, I have for this style post decided to take the wide legged option.

I found this pair of wide legged pants on ASOS. Absolutely perfect for work, they are soft to touch and have a high-rise waist that matches shirts that are tucked in and fitted tops and tees alike.  I did wonder if all the extra fabric would be unflattering – but I think that wearing a heel that exposes the foot is key to pulling this voluminous style off with confidence as it elongates the leg.  I really admire those who can pull off styling where the fabric on the leg almost meets the floor (in the war of fashion vs practicality / comfort etc, be sure that fashion always wins out, though admittedly the rain might have other ideas…)

Are you wearing yours wide yet, Blog Reader?

Wearing: Pants: ASOS. Shirt: Ralph Lauren Denim and Supply. Shot on location at Camyoga by Beth Morton.

Without Music, Life Would Be A Mistake: Surfdome Wesc Headphones

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Surfdome Lifestyle StoreNietzsche said of it; “without music, life would be a mistake.”  Kerouc told us that “the only truth is music.” Rhianna asked for it to never stop and Johnny Depp said “music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.”

I listen to a lot of music – getting ready in the morning; in the car on the way to and from work; during my work outs and at the end of the day when I’m getting dinner ready.  I used to be wedded to dance music but like many* the older I get the more refined my tastes become and the more I want to listen to different singers and styles of music.  One of my favourite music quotes is from Bono who said:  ”pop music often tells you everything is OK, while rock music tells you that it’s not OK, but you can change it.”  I like his thinking – my taste becomes ever more rock focussed as the days go by…!

Surfdome was a recent discovery for me as I was browsing various online stores for some of the bits and bobs I need for my trip to the US next month.  A lifestyle store, Surfdome have a great selection of brands organised according to categories such as holiday and travel, fitness, fashion clothing and even snorkeling.  I found these Wesc headphones which have been on my coveted list for a while now, I already own a retro pair of DJ style headphones but this Oboe style by Wesc is a modern design with a wide headband across the top that is comfortable and made of sturdy material.  The padding on the earcups is also sturdy with a nice soft leathery feel to them. I chose white because it felt the most modern of the colours available but if you don’t like to stand out in the crowd whilst you listen to your music you might prefer black.

Or there is always neon yellow, just sayin’.

If you have a trip coming up or need to replenish your wardrobe Surfdome might be a one stop shop for you if you’re active and sporty.  Click HERE to head to Surfdome.

On my current playlist:

1.Young Americans – David Bowie

2. Selena Gomez – Slow Down

3. Ass Back Home – Gym Class Heroes

4. Crazy Bitch – Buck Cherry

5. Bangarang – Skillrex

6. Bros – Wolf Alice

7. Barefoot Blue Jean Night – Jake Owen

8. For The First Time – The Script

9. Dancing On My Own – Robyn

10. It’s My Life – No Doubt

Photos of me: William Williams.

*I am hoping you are out there. Although this could just be me?!