10 Tips to Rock Your Beach Look This Summer 

The warmth of the sun…

A drink in your hand…

Your toes in the sand…

The beach – the staple location of “summer.”


With the warm, fresh air, the slight breeze from the ocean, and just the overall relaxing nature of the atmosphere, I can almost taste a Piña colada now just thinking about it.

It is the perfect relaxing getaway, a quick way to get a dark tan, and the perfect place to rock some of the hottest summer looks.

However, the beach has its own dress code. Most likely, you won’t find many people rocking Nordstrom’s Topshop Clear Mom Jeans that sent the internet into a frenzy earlier this year.

You will find beach-goers rocking more laid back and light outfits.


So, whether you are hanging out in the sand or just headed out for a casual dinner by the beach, here are 10 tips for rocking your beach look this summer:

1. You can’t go wrong with the floppy hat
From the immense amount of shade provided to the fact that you basically don’t have to do your hair if you wear it all day…
Just throw in the added bonus that it is absolutely adorable and you just can’t pass up throwing a staple floppy hat into your beach look this summer.
Perfect for on the beach soaking up the sun, off the beach enjoying some fish and chips, or even later on when it is Derby time – you are sure to be rocking this staple beach look even once summer is over.

2. Make your favorite kimono your new swimsuit cover-up
When you’re going to the beach, it is no secret you are looking for something light and airy, but also something that shows off a little skin since you spent all year working on your summer body.
Remember that kimono you bought last spring to wear with skinny’s and a cute tank? Time to pull it back out because it doubles as a simple and fashionable bikini cover-up.

3. The iconic white dress
Everyone girl who has been to the beach for years in a row probably has a family – or individual – picture in a white dress.
A solid white dress is a staple beach look every year. Grab one now and save it for next year, too! It is the outfit that just keeps giving as you use it year and year again.

4. Shop for the crop top
Crop tops are a trendy way to beat the summer heat. Try pairing it with your favorite floral maxi skirt for a cool and fashionable formal look.
These make a great pair for a night out!

5. Printed palazzo pants
The loose-fitting style makes them super comfy, while still being super fashionable.
These are great for when you just need to slip something on super quick but still want to look like a million bucks.

6. Graphic tees
Graphic tees are probably not the first thing that come to mind when you think “summer beach look,” but…
The quirky labels found on them can be beach-related. Find a graphic tee that expresses how feel about the beach so you can sport the beach even when you can’t be there.



Visit wunderlabel to get some ideas or find an inspiration.

7. Big, button up
Like the kimono, a button up that is just a size too big can make the great bikini cover-up.
It is light and can be buttoned all the way up to protect your upper body from sun rays or left unbuttoned to show off your swimsuit while still shading your shoulders.


8. Jean shorts
Jean shorts are just a summer staple in general. But, they are even better for your summer beach look!
Throw a pair of jean shorts over your swimsuit and leave them unbuttoned for a casual, trendy beach look.


9. White pants
White pants and the staple white dress go hand-in-hand. If dresses aren’t your thing, then the white pants are a beach picture must-have.


10. Large handbag
Once you have your outfit just right, it’s time to focus on getting your towel and shades to the beach.
Grab a large handbag to double as a purse and a beach bag. Large handbags without any dividers in the middle are the best so that you can just throw everything in it without organizing it.

This guest post is written by Annabelle Short blogger of wunderlabel

Behind The Scenes of Viv Magazine Volume 9

For Viv Magazine’s February-March 2015 edition, we decided to shoot with Wild and Free Baby Wear for the fashion editorial.

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Melanie Brierre wearing her own creation

 

Wild and Free Baby Wear
Wild and Free Baby Wear is a classic bohemian line of outfits for little girls (and now little boys) ages newborn to 12. The brand stirs from the traditional pink dresses and embraces the freedom and wilderness that children often carry and reflect. Created and designed by Haitian-Canadian mother Melanie Brierre in 2014, the garments  are designed and handcrafted in Haiti. The pieces are “envisioned in a rain forest, on a beach, or on a lazy barefoot setting” explains Melanie, “I want my daughter A’Sya to get her hands dirty, to dance in the rain, to fall and pick herself back up. That is the ‘wild and free’ I want to celebrate and nurture”.

Wild and Free Baby Wear is available for sale at Abako store in Petion-Ville.

 

The shoot
To complete and emphasize the wild and free theme, we opted for Wahoo Bay Beach Resort as our location on a sunny Saturday morning. Unlike most shoots, this one was a particular challenge since it was our first time working with kids. As you can imagine, our “young models” preferred running around playing with each others instead of standing still under the beating sun. However the super moms who were present along with the Viv team did an awesome job and the outcome of the shoot came out beyond incredible.

Check out some pictures of the shoot:

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Photos by Frederick Alexis for Viv Magazine

For more about Wild and Free Baby Wear visit http://www.vivmaghaiti.com  

Welcome to the South

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About 2 hours south of the capital, lies the city of Jacmel. Known for its yearly carnaval and miniature bananas, the city offers a typical Haitian province experience to tourists with its sandy beaches and artisan presence.

Although it was a quick weekend trip, getting away from the dynamism of Port-au-Prince and changing scenery was much needed.

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Wearing ASOS top, maxi skirt from XOHO boutique, and Society Misfit cross body bag.

FLASHBACK!! Throw Back Thursday: 1960’s Retro Swimwear

imageThis summer throw back to the summer of 1963 and try on a retro 1960 style swimsuit!

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Bathing suits from Southbeachswimsuits.com, Norma Kamali, Mara Hoffman and Nanette Lepore.
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Taylor Swift in a high waisted 1960’s style swimsuit. Source: US magazine

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Beyonce for H&M

BEYONCE KNOWLES: THE NEW FACE OF H&M.

beyonce-hm-01_vogue_12apr13_bEarlier this year, it was reported that Beyonce would be partnering with H&M. The singer features in the Swedish retailer’s summer collection modeling a couple of bikinis and beachwear adding her personal touch of glamour and drama to the brand.

beyonce-hm-10_vogue_12apr13_b_426x284The shoot took place at the beginning of the year in the Bahamas and adverts will be launched in both prints and billboard images as well as a television commercial featuring her new song Standing On The Sun.

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Source: Vogue.co.uk

December Fashion

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In previous posts, we’ve mentioned that the month of December has sort of it’s own fashion show in Haiti. This year we got to snapshot a few of these fashionista(o)s’ outfits…

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Gray V-neck with harem pants
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Yellow pants with a plain white V-neck and a scarf
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Gray jacket with black lapel
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Blazers and more scarves !
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Blue pants and distressed boots
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December 24th men chic !
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Bow tie !
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Siblings in style on December 24th
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swag spotted at Magdoos restaurant
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well dressed at Vanity Fashion Show
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2 of Ayiti’s fashionistas at Vanity Fashion Show
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December 24th chic
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Sisters in style
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Backless beach dresses
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Beach attire

Accessories:

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BOOTS!
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Even more Boots !
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Embellished collar and funky clutch
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Pumped up kicks
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Spiked ring !
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Handmade Haitian necklace from Mountain Maid (Mission Baptiste) Fermathe Haiti.
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Canvas boots to the beach
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HAT !
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And more hat !

W3T / Sunkissed

Lo and I spent the weekend at the beach in the beautiful Cotes des Arcadins in Haiti.

Saturday night was the 3rd annual WET party where girls modeled in sexy bikinis and cover-ups. Despite the mass of people present, we managed to spot some very risqué, yet elegant beachwear: a deep-V one-piece suit with cut out sides, a crochet knitted back monokini, a strapless animal print, many colorful Brazilian bikinis, and some very sexy sheer beach tunics.

Our outfits for the beach?

Black shorts, white vintage tank, red espadrilles and black Fedora hat
Cut-off denim shorts, sailor laced back tee with black patent leather flip flops

Here are a few pictures of ” île de la Gonâve” (La Gonave island) where we spent the day on Sunday.

View leaving Cotes des Arcadins (mainland) to go to the island

The perks of living on an island: tropical sun, great friends, good laughs and the gorgeous Caribbean sea … Awesome weekend.

MEN MUST HAVE: BEACH WEEKEND

Summer may be over but it does not mean the weekends at the beach are!
Here are 9 items every man must have while enjoying the sun:

1- A Pair of bright and colorful swim trunks

2- For daring men: Try shorter and tighter swim trunks in navy blue. The ladies will love it!

3- White Tops: Try a classic White linen shirt or a White V-neck Tee.

4- A Fun Duffel

5- Fun and Sexy Shades: you can never go wrong with metal aviators!

6- Ditch the flip-flops and get a pair of fun colorful rubber loafers!

7- Straw Fedora Hats: Perfect Beach Accessory

8- Towel for two: Get a “Drap de plage” for you and your special someone

9- Suncare: This is probably the most important item on the list. Get a waterproof continuous spray sunscreen like Coppertone Sport 30SPF and after hanging in the sun all day, remember to use after sun care!

Have a GREAT beach weekend guys!

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