5 Luxury swimwear brands you need to know about this summer

Beautiful bikinis and luxurious swimwear is what every woman deserves when they debut their body on a holiday. Sometimes paying a little more, for better quality and long-lasting craftsmanship is worth it. Here are 5 luxury swimwear brands you need to know about this summer.

Solid & Striped

Shipped across Europe and American Solid & Striped is swimwear and après swim like you’ve never felt before. Made from the finest globally sourced fabrics, their swimwear is for the leisurely life, lived in and welcome spontaneity.

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Left to right: The Meghan top and bottoms (bought separately) $86 each, The Elle top and bottoms (bought separately) $86 each, The Anne-Marie $165

Heidi Klein

Launched in 2002, it was a collaboration between two ladies for “the Uk’s first one-stop holiday shop”. Obsessed with colour, textures and finishing touches, Heidi Klein swim and beachwear combines the world’s most glamorous beach destinations with fast-forward swimwear trends.

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Left to right: St Jean De Luz Pom-Pom Balcony Bikini £195, Portinatx D-G U Bar Bikini £230, Harbour Island Wide Bandeau Bikini £195. 

Arabella London

London-based Arabella London has a concept to “reinvent swimwear as a multi-functional garment to be worn far beyond the beach.”

Pieces have been made to have a transitional and transeasonal appeal. With the more relaxed pieces to be worn as lingerie and activewear, whilst the sophisticated pieces can be worn into the evening.Fabrics have been combined, with swimwear, active-wear and ready-to-wear properties.

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Left to right: The 9.2.9 Swimsuit – Plum £255, The Plunge Crop – Ivory £175,  The Modern Bustier – Navy £225.

Araks

Relaunched for Resort 2014, Araks Swim is inspired by the same aesthetic and attention to color and fit that defines the lingerie collection. With a bold color palatte and streamlined silhouettes, this American brand creates unique swimwear that is trend-setting in leading the way for the swim industry.

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Elmar One Piece Peony & Perse $325, Elsa Bikini Top and Bottoms Atlantis Brush (bought separately) $200, $115,  Harley One Piece Liberty Lavender $310.


Melissa Odabash

As a former swimwear model who lived and worked in Italy for many years, Melissa Odabash knows what women want from their swimwear & beachwear. Her debut collection launched in 1999 and is nearly 20 years strong. From timeless pieces designed with clean lines and innovative textiles aim to adapt to all body types – ideal for the traveller amongst us all.

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Left to right: Del Mar cutout swimsuit snake £240, Aruba bandeau bikini wave zest (bought separately) £100 each, Seychelles one shoulder swimsuit khaki £210.

All images are copyright of the swimwear owners/brands and have been screenshotted directly from site. 

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Top Tunes of the Week!

This week I am fully focused on counting down the days until my impending holiday in T-7 days. So, my tunes of the week are all about getting me into the holiday vibe, some relaxing steady beats and the newest party tunes to get me in the mood for a few nights out.

Aeris Roves – Feel Me 

Singer/songwriter Aeris Roves is longing for connection on Two Inch Punch-produced “Feel Me”

The Yorkshire born and bred singer/songwriter has dropped his second song, heavy with caramel smooth vocals and deep meaning. With definite growing potential, he delivers emotionally deep cutting lyrics with his signature croon.

Inspired by Frank Ocean, Aeris spoke to thelineofbestfit.com about the person he looks up to: “I have many inspirations, but his music has been one of them, he pushes boundaries which I feel is important for both our industry and the greater good in.  I’m still trying to find my identity so I’m excited to see how things develop.”


 

 

Catrin and Gethin make up the pop-duo Dusky Grey and they have dropped their latest single into the British charts and it is a hit.

Speaking to popjustice.com Catrin explained the meaning behind the song: ““We wrote the song about being at a house party growing up, and the way everyone tries to fit in, and tries to conform to peer pressure and do things they normally wouldn’t want to do, to look cooler than they are.”


Kiiara – Messy 

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This is the first single I have heard from Kiiara, and actually I hated it the first time I listened to it because of the way she broke down the word ‘Messy’ into ‘m-m-m-m-messy.’ However, it’s an absolute grower, so preserve and you’ll too enjoy this pop bob.

It’s a dreamy synth production with a fairly laid back electronic sound that works so well with her chilled vocal delivery. The track is quite minimalistic, but the vocals are strong and deliver deep lyrics.

 

How to disrupt your Life in 5 Steps

The ‘quarter life crisis’ is not a new phenomenon. But more and more young people are reaching the age of 25 and suffering from a kind of existential panic that was once the sole domain of the middle-aged. Instead of sports cars and extra-marital affairs its mental health crises and fierce competition.

The Prince’s Trust recently published research revealing young people feel more stressed and hopeless about their futures than ever before. And unsurprisingly 47% admitting to having suffered from a mental health problem.

It’s understandable. The world is a scary place right now, especially if you’re young. Everything is constantly changing and we’re not being given the chance to adapt. You’re likely broke, directionless and wishing you’d invested in Bitcoin five years ago. Perhaps you’re four years deep into a soul crushing job that’s sucking your social life out of you as slog away to get that promotion you were promised 12 months ago.

Here’s how you can disrupt your life, take control and find your happy place.


Step 1 – Panic!

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Unsplash – Photo by Jakub Kriz

Perhaps you’re struggling to find a job straight out of university, you may feel in control with regularly applying for jobs, but then it hits you. The wave of panic and uncertainty; how are you going to survive the next few weeks until rent is due? Maybe you’re a few months away from your 25th birthday, and you’ve no longer realised your in your early twenties and able to use that as an excuse for your continued incompetence.

Freaking out is good because if motivates change. It allows you to take control and choose the next step.


Step 2 – Stop Drinking and Partying

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Unsplash – Photo by jens johnsson 

These few words are perhaps not what you’d hear a 20-something-year-old saying but hey, drastic action needs to take place here.

Quitting drinking – or even just cutting down your weekly intake – can be a real game changer in terms of disrupting negative patterns in your life. And partying generally allows you forget life for a second, but when you’re having a life crisis there’s a time to stop buying your head and face facts.

We all know alcohol brings out the best and worst qualities in all of us. Not only does it reduce the quality of your sleep, it can alleviates your worries about money, as well as taking a hefty chunk of your salary each month. It might make you feel happy momentarily, but it’s also a depressant.


Step 3 – Scare Yourself

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Unsplash – Photo by Jakob Owens 

Facing your fears will reaffirm your confidence in your ability to survive. Do something that scares you – whether it’s skydiving or reading in public, having done it you’ll probably notice a new appreciation for life.

Getting out of your comfort zone and doing something that you’re terrified of can be an effective way of establishing lasting change.


Step 4 – Travel without a Plan

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Unsplash – Photo by Simon Migaj

Whilst I’m not suggest a full on ‘gap-yah’ but generally travelling has a positive effect on mental and emotional wellbeing. Ditching the itinerary is what can potentially change the average holiday experience into a transformative life-changing, memory-making experience. Abandoning plans and going with the flow means you’re more likely to listen to your instincts and have fun. Get to know people, become distracted by anything that catches your eye, and immerse yourself in the culture.

You may have the occasional setback because of your lack of planning, like jumping on the wrong train or forgetting the essential mosquito spray. But going with the flow allows  life to dictate you and not you dictating your life.


Step 5 – Just Say Yes

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Unsplash – Photo by Tim Foster

Become that person who says yes to everything without thinking. (Of course don’t say yes to anything that could get you into danger or trouble, be sensible please.) Be open to experiences that you would usually reject. When you say ‘yes’ life becomes instantly more exciting. You meet new people, learn new things about yourself, and do things you never thought you’d do. It’s always better to regret doing something, than regret not doing it at all.

Met Gala 2018: Best and Worst Dressed

Last night the Costume Institute sanctified its love of fashion as presented this years Met Gala.

The theme was: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

“Designed to create a dialogue between fashion and the masterworks of religious art in the museum’s holdings, the show was presented in a trinity of locations: the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the medieval galleries at the Met’s Fifth Avenue location, and further uptown at the Cloisters.”

Crosses, veils, mitres, all things religious were in full display. Alongside that it was a display of figures, as celebrities battle it out to showcase what God had given them.

Some went all out with the theme in mind, whilst others simply failed to present any resemblance or similarity to the chosen theme.

Let’s take a look at my best and worst dressed from the 2018 Met Gala ball.

Best Dressed

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Rhianna stole the show, wearing Maison Margiela by John Galliano. A true ode to the Catholic religion, this heavily embellished gown with matching Mitre was an absolute show stopper.

Although the dress is not screaming the theme, super model Gigi Hadid, wows in a two tone one-shoulder-cut-out floor length gown with thigh-high split.

In a gorgeous rich blood red velvet, Priyanka Chopra’s gold head and shoulder jewel detailing looked every inch elegantly and sophisticated.

Taking the theme and Catholic religion with full seriousness, Cara Delevingne and Greta Gerwig kept it classic with black.

With contrasting criss-cross lacing and solid black panels, Cara not only fulfilled the theme’s brief with a nod to the Catholic religion, but she perfectly displayed her fine figure.

An ode to a Catholic sister, with cuffed bell sleeves in contrasting cream material and plain black chiffon dress with a cinched waist, Greta nailed the theme.

Stepping out with Shawn Mendes and confirming their relationship, Hailey Baldwin looked sensational in a drop-shoulder, bustier fit and flare pale pearl dress with a full skirt and thigh-high split.

Topping her look with a diamond encrusted crown, Hailee Steinfeld looked regal in a satin cream dress with diamond detailing. Tousled bed head curls, layered necklaces and a dark red lip sealed this look as a winner.

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In classic a gold figure-skimming, floor length gown, with embellished cross details, Kim Kardashian wore Versace. Keeping hair and makeup smokey and sleek, her body and dress did all the talking. Another killer look from Mrs KKW.

Worst Dressed

Poor Cardi B, Rhianna stole the show and your look! Whilst it may seem great minds think alike, the simplicity of her dress has won the hearts. Whilst Moschino was on the right tracks, the final look is all a little too pomp and circumstance. Less is always more.

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Jeremy Scott and Cardi B wearing Moschino.

It’s strange how Versace can wear such a stunning gown for Kim Kardashian, yet make Katy Perry look ridiculous. Sarah Jessica Parker however, needs to think again about the choice of designer. Whereas other celebs pulled this look off in an elegant manner, the yellow gold and giant red hearts chosen just look tacky.

Whilst I understand the concept of Ariana Grande’s dress – having cherubs and angels printed on the fabric – the final look is not executed well. Amal Clooney however, it might be a beautiful dress, just doesn’t fit the theme. Another ball perhaps.

It seems the other two sisters from the Kardashian-Jenner clan didn’t get the theme memo! Whilst both Kylie and Kendall look amazing in their black vs white ensembles – I fail to see the theme envisioned anywhere on their outfits.

(All images have been taken from British Vogue )

The Ideal Work Wear for the Summer, Come Rain or Shine

Hot sweaty tube rides? Cool, air conditioned offices? Cool summer breeze at lunchtime? As Britain had it’s first wave of sunshine last week, it can be a real challenge planning an outfit for work when there are so many weather conditions to consider. Here is a selection of perfect every-day office wear outfits.

The colours of summer are soft, powder blue and vibrant, bold red.


Steal of the Season

ZARA wins the steal of the season with this comfortable and stylist pleated dress.

An ideal length for the office, hitting at the knee, this versatile dress can be worn bare legged or over jeans or culottes. Vertical thin stripes elongate the body and with three alternating colour-ways, suitable for all skin variations.

Team with a pair of box white fresh trainers, chunky black ankle boots or court shoes for the boardroom meeting. A bargain under £10.

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ZARA – Multicoloured Pleated Dress – £9.99

Mini, Midi, Maxi

Dress are an ideal way to keep cool and perfect layering. The wrap dress is especially a favourite this season. Working well for small to bigger busts, nipping you in at the waist and flowing delicately over curves.

Featuring v-neck openings, choose floral patterning and opposite colour beading to create hour glass illusions.

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Newlook – Bright Blue Tie Front Flutter Sleeve Dress – £24.99, River Island – Yellow Floral Frill Tie Waist Wrap Midi Dress – £60.00, Topshop – Piped Kimono Maxi Dress by Glamorous Tall – £40.00

Trousers

Loose wide fitting trousers are great to keep you cool if you’re not willing to bare all and get your legs out. From soft silks to light linen, this season we’re seeing soft florals, statement colours and thick paper bag tie waists.

Choose a wide strap plain top, or a oversized t-shirt tucked in one side at the waist. Trainers are a great choice or sandals for a summery feel.

 

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Mango – Satin Palazzo Trousers – £49.99, Bershka – Linen Paperbag Culottes – £25.99, ZARA – Wide Leg Linen Trousers – £29.99

Shirts and Blouses

A cooler alternative to a t-shirt, loose fitting oversized shirts are a great way to stay protected in the sun but not over heat. Opt for lighter blues, pinks and whites. Stripes are a definite must!

Cute floral frills and wrap around blouses are a pretty alternative to pair with cut off denim jeans. Embroidery and lace are also popular choices, pick white as your base colour to reflect the sun and pretty florals to decorate. Wear tucked into a denim skirt and add sandals.

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H&M – Oversized Shirt – £17.99, Nobody’s Child – Red Rose Ditsy Wrap Top – £20.00, Topshop – Linear Floral Ruffle Blouse – £29.99

Skirts

If you fancy giving your legs a little air, don’t be afraid to wear a skirt – length appropriate of course. The top three skirt trends are pleats, longline denim and body con.

A pleated skirt provides soft lines and makes a beautiful addition to the spring summer season. Many fall at the knee or below, making it a great piece for all body shapes. Add a pair of ballet shoes or strappy heels for the ultimate feminine look. Go bold with trainers and a boxy tee.

Denim skirts are a wardrobe staple and an essential item you need for your summer work wear. Make sure you choose a skirt that is an appropriate length and opt for structured styles in darker shades, without rips or frays for a smarter look.

Need to be comfortable and cool? The midi body con skirt is the ultimate piece. If you’re worried about sweating pick darker colours. Team with a denim jacket and you’re good to go.

 

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Boohoo – Neave Crepe Pleated Midi Skirt – £20.00, Warehouse – Patch Pocket Denim Skirt – £32.00, Prettylittlething – Red Side Tape Midi Skirt – £ 15.00

 

All images are copyright of the owners – all images have been taken from the brands websites. Prices and availability are subject to publishing date. No endorsements of brands have been taken. 

Top Tunes of the Week!

This week the women have the power. Five amazing artists with equally incredible music, taking us is different directions.

Carlie Hanson – Only One

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Apparently we’re all going to be “obsessed” with Carlie Hanson soon. An independent singer, she first came into the spotlight last year, when she released the single “Why Did You Lie?” – delivering a certain darkness and confidence topped with catchy lyrics.

This year she’s back. Only One is a collaboration with Carlie’s writing partner Dale Anthoni, an LA based writer and Canadian duo House Of Wolf. The song is apparently about a person who she tried to trust, but wasn’t loyal. Relatable.


King Princess – 1950

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The young talent form Brooklyn, King Princess turned down her first record deal at aged 11. Named as a musical prodigy, her single 1950 explores the experience of unrequited love through queerness, with King Princess singing and playing every instrument on the track.


 

Anne-Marie – 2002

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With the release of Anne-Marie’s long awaited debut album Speak Your Mind dropping this week, the British pop star is back with her new single 2002, co-written with Ed Sheeran.

“‘2002’ is a breezy, guitar driven, laidback pop tune on which Anne-Marie reminisces about a crush she had in her early teenage years.” A Bit of Pop Music


Ashnikko – Blow

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Making a huge introduction last year with her debut EP Sass Pancakes, the now London-based American artist returns with a new found confidence with her brand new track Blow.

Her independent attitude remains fierce and even more focussed than previously. The single is ignited with her in-your-face rhymes, laced with messages of female empowerment.

“The song starts with ‘Take it off and show them how much you want it’, which is poking fun at the culture of women being exploited in music. I’m tired of being brainwashed that my body is my biggest asset. And it’s me saying to myself that I will never exploit myself in a way that doesn’t empower me, I will try to stay authentic. Me having my tits out is my choice, I’ll do it if I feel like it.” Ashnikko 


 

All images have been taken directly from Google.

5 Great Podcasts to Get Hooked On

How do you spend your morning commute? What do you do on your lunch break? Or perhaps you fancy a change from the office radio.

Dive into five great podcasts that will grip you from the very first second. Laced with humour, gripping facts or darkest evidence, give the following a listen!


Guys we f@#ked

GUYS WE F@#KED is a weekly self-produced podcast, produced by New York City-based stand-up comedians Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson. The episodes see the two friends interview men they’ve slept with, titans in the comedy and sex industry, as well as discussing sexual taboos. Their aim? To create a sex-positive environment for their million plus listeners worldwide.

Serial

Where was Hae Min Lee for 21 minutes after school one day, before she was murdered in 1999?

SERIAL is a podcast that examines the death twenty-year-old murder case in intense detail. Sarah Keonig, the show’s host, discovered that the trial covered up a far more complicated story than the jury – or the public – ever got to hear. She makes it her mission to unveil to find answers.

Dear Sugars

“The universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick.” DEAR SUGARS is the radical empathetic advice show hosted by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond.

This podcast fields all your questions — no matter how deep or dark — and offers the best options to move forward and heal.

Who

Who even is Millie Bobby Brown? Ever wanted the low-down on A-Z list celebrities?

WHO is an essential podcast to decipher everything you need to know about pop culture’s greatest (and not-so-greatest) Whos and Thems.

 

Flash Forward

Mass famine! The end of coffee! World economic collapse! What would happen if honey bees went extinct? And how likely is a honeybee extinction anyway?

FLASH FORWARD is a podcast about the future. Each episode the possible (and not so possible) future scenarios are discussed in great depths. Super fascinating.