Style: from land to sand

Get inspired by these bathing beauties from past to present.

Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly

It’s ALL about the Head Scarf

Rachel McAdams in one of my favourite films "The Notebook"
Rachel McAdams in one of my favourite films “The Notebook”
Who can forget Darryl Hannah in "Splash"
Who can forget Darryl Hannah in “Splash”
Liz Taylor "A Place in the Sun"
Liz Taylor “A Place in the Sun”
Rihanna getting swallowed up on the cover of "Harpers Bazaar"
Rihanna loves to take chances: on the cover of “Harper’s Bazaar”

That’s pretty much it for today

Do you have a favourite Style Icon?  I mean other than me!

Style at the Beach/Pool – What suits you

Getting ready for a little WINTER GETAWAY?swim2You don’t want to pack too much but you want to make sure you have everything you need.

Canyon Beachwear
Canyon Beachwear

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A bathing suit is always one of the most essential things to consider for your resort/vacation stay… but what about all the little extras that go along with it….like your beach towel, sun hat, after swim cover up and beach bag.  Don’t you love beachy accessories?

It’s weird that I still have a thing for bathing suits even though I have a whole drawer dedicated to them.  I just love a nice swimsuit – either a one or two-piece and I have a collection from various travels.  This time on holiday I took only two – one of each kind but the problem was I didn’t want to ruin either of them in the hot tub.  The hot tub (après swim or in the evening) tends to stretch your suits from their original shape over time. You have to immediately run them under cold water after being in the Jacuzzi.  One time I had to have a designer swimsuit altered a size smaller because the bottom got stretched out. Normally I wouldn’t care but this one was too nice to throw away.

I keep thinking that I’ll take along an old suit that I don’t really care about for hot tub purposes only but I can’t bring myself to wear something I don’t like.  Anyway, I wasn’t planning on it only scheming but I ended up buying a few new bikinis on sale that I planned to use only in the hot tub because the prices were too good to pass up (ha, ha, that’s what I told myself).  Problem was they’re really nice and as I ended up liking them so much I had to limit my time in the hot tub altogether.  It’s not the worst problem someone could have in the big scheme of things. But still…

In Palm Springs I came upon a swim wear store that caught my eye because of their playful display at the front entrance.  I loved the brightly coloured little zippered bags to enclose stuff like sunblock, lip balm and the like and also believe it or not, old fashioned bathing caps.

Canyon Beachwear
Canyon Beachwear

Did I really say that?

Canyon Beachwear
Canyon Beachwear

Bathing caps are normally not something that attracts my attention but these were kind of fun and reminded me of something old time movie star Esther Williams might have worn in “Million Dollar Mermaid”.  Maybe they’re making a comeback.

  Because let’s face it, there’s nothing less attractive than covering your head in one of those ugly stretchy caps and then wearing swim goggles to boot …..nothin!

Unless you're Will Ferrell - of course then, anything will look good on you.
Unless you’re Will Ferrell – of course then, anything will look good on you.

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style: poolside

I’m invited to a pool party this month… 

Me Reese Witherspoon
Me Reese Witherspoon from google images

Finally I’ll get to wear my Trina Turk tankini from Palm Springs.  It’s exactly the kind of piece I’d wear for a party – not an everyday bathing suit.   I’m taking a clue from these world famous pools and what women wear when either swimming or lounging at them.

Here are the 10 CHICEST SWIM DESTINATIONS and ideas for what to wear on your visit. Whether you hang out in The Joule’s rooftop cantilevered pool in Dallas or travel to Bali to swim among the treetops, you can be certain that these will outdo your standard midday dip.

Bondi Icebergs Club - Bondi, Australia
Bondi Icebergs Club – Bondi, Australia
Hanging Gardens Ubud - Bali, Indonesia
Hanging Gardens Ubud – Bali, Indonesia
San Alfonso del Mar - Valparaiso, Chile
San Alfonso del Mar – Valparaiso, Chile
Grace Santorini - Thira, Greece
Grace Santorini – Thira, Greece
Hotel Molitor, Paris
Hotel Molitor, Paris
The Standard Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach
The Standard Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach
The McCarren Hotel & Spa - Brooklyn, New York
The McCarren Hotel & Spa – Brooklyn, New York
The Beverly Hills Hotel - Los Angeles, California
The Beverly Hills Hotel – Los Angeles, California
The Four-Seasons Hualalai at historic Ka-upulehu, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
The Four-Seasons Hualalai at historic Ka-upulehu, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
The Joule - Dallas, Texas
The Joule – Dallas, Texas

Source: style.com for story and photos

Photos: various – Net-a-Porter, Getty Images (Beverly Hills pool photo) and respective hotels.

Which is your pool style?

While I like them all, I gravitate more towards Paris and Beverly Hills (for the love of stripes) & Hawaii.  But I love the lingerie inspired Texas two-piece.