Sporty Chic

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How long has it been ? Almost four months since my last post, time really flies huh? I decided to take a little break from blogging over the summer however, that break lasted much longer than I planned for. These images were taken a few weeks ago as Shane and I were going on our usual adventures.

I’ve been obsessed with baseball caps as of recently, I throw them on with anything and they also conceal any bad hair day. I received this Gypsy Sport  one  for my birthday from one of my best friends Junior and he couldn’t have picked a better gift, the white leather and denim is literally to die for! Keep reading for more details.

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Meet the Jerome Dreyfuss Martin bag. My new favorite classic day to night bag!

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Shoes by Atelier Mercadal

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I paired these light denim boyfriend jeans with a sleeveless blazer for a more casual look, along with a white tank top and a gold cuff for a touch of sporty chic.

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Photos by Shane Eastmond.

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Comfort Zone

 

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When it comes to comfort I’m a huge fan, being drawn to light fabrics and oversized pieces; it becomes easier to transition most looks with a pair of heels or wedges. Which takes it from ultra casual, to daytime smart.

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The indigo sweater I’m wearing is actually pretty cool for any warm climate as it’s made from linen, this can be paired with so many things and should be a wardrobe staple.I’ve also been obsessing over stripes lately, so of course I’m completely in love with these cotton and satin blended trousers.They are a dream!

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Bag: Ralph Lauren Sunglasses: Prada

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Thank you Ralph Lauren Barbados for all of the amazing pieces! Love, Love, Love! Visit them in store for these pieces and more! Also check out their 75% off summer sale!!

Photos by Shane Eastmond

Asst by Dre Decarlo

Mermaid Style

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At 27 years of age Isabelle Baulu, who resides in St.James Barbados, is the designer behind the swimwear company Sea Reinas. Her mission is to put women of all ages and physiques in swimsuits which they can feel confident and comfortable in, while maintaining a minimal yet nostalgic edge. I spoke with Isabelle about the journey of starting up her own company which happened to be very intriguing. I also got the chance to style this photo shoot with her as the model, which was shot by celebrity photographer Alex Jackson. We all combined our ideas, included a little adventure of course and got fantastic results. Read below and be sure to check out Sea Reinas if you are ready for some serious beach fever.

SM: What inspired you to start your own company ?
IB: I was studying in Argentina and was just finishing up my internship at the UN. After I received  my  Master’s  degree in  Latin American development Economics, I realised my interest in fashion had grown and I knew that working for myself would not only sculpt my future, but fulfill my dream.

SM: What is the story behind the name?
IB: ‘Sirena’ is Spanish for Mermaid. As I’m fluent in four languages ‘Sea Reinas’ happens to be the result of my whimsical take on the origin word.

SM: Did you encounter any major hurdles while starting company?
IB: In 2012, I faced a huge obstacle, I was swindled in brazil which resulted in me losing everything that I had invested , at that point I had two options give up, or try again. The following year I made a fresh start in Colombia and now, in 2015 Sea Reinas has celebrated their third birthday.Sea Reinas - 2

SM: Where do you hope to take the company in the next five years?
IB: I hope to have five franchises in Sydney, Hong Kong ,Paris, New York and Barbados of course! It may not happen within five years but it is definitely something you have to positively think about, while owning a business.

SM: Describe a typical workday.
IB: In the morning I exercise, just to clear my mind, then I start working on emails and orders. Sea Reinas is also available in a small selection of boutiques across Barbados such as, Starfish Boutique and Butterfly Boutique, they are also available at boutiques in The Coral Reef Club and The Sandy Lane Hotel. I am usually back and forth between the boutiques or conversing with the stockist in Miami and Manhattan. My days are very active so I’m fuelled on lots of coffee.

SM: If you’re out of a size or colour, how can customers know when you’ll restock?
IB: I do a preview collection at  Miami swim week, then I restock in November. I love to keep the designs current and limited, however over the next two years I plan to condense the brand, as I’m hoping to do three collections and a look book per year.Sea Reinas - 3

SM: Since you’re such a swimwear aficionado, do you have a favorite style?
IB: Yes, I do! I really like simple low back whole pieces and lingerie inspired silk kimonos or kaftans.

SM: What are your go-to beach essentials?
IB: Sea Reinas swim of course (laughs), a turkish towel,sunglasses, infused water and sunscreen.

SM: What advice would you give to someone who has just started their own company?
IB: Never give up on your dreams and always celebrate the little achievements to appreciate the big ones!

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Photos by Alex Jackson.

Swimwear

Visit www.seareinas.com for more!

Embroidery & Murals

 

Apologies for my recent pause from blogging, because of the flu I was very under the weather and had just been in an awkward  lull.During my hiatus I got some amazing pieces from Ralph Lauren Barbados’s summer collection 2015 , ( which probably had a lot to do with my getting better) and I’m just over the moon with everything.

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I’m always a fan of skirts with a drawstring , as it automatically adds the illusion of a smaller waist to my frame.I just love the  embroidered detail on the bottom of this one and the movement of the fabric, it’s so delicate and flirty! I paired the skirt with a sleeveless military styled gauze shirt, which is perfect for these hot summer days, complete with the mini ribbon saddle bag (also from Ralph Lauren).

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Very often, Shane and I drive pass this Mosaic tile mural, he has always expressed how much he loves it and I have now discovered how beautiful it really is up close.

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Photos by Shane Eastmond

Thank you Ralph Lauren  Barbados for all the amazing pieces! I can’t wait to show you guys more looks from the  2015 Summer Collection.
Also, a huge thank you to Dre Decarlo  & Ronald Agard  for assisting me, I’d love to work with both of you again.

Get the look below.

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The shirt dress

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I’m pretty sure by now everyone knows how I feel about button down shirts.So what is better than a button down shirt?A shirt dress of course, it’s chic,classic and perfect for every body shape.When I spotted this pale pink one at Metal Boutique I was quite happy. Even though they had a few other colours the choice came down to pink or army, after making my decision, I have still been dreaming about the army. Honestly, I can be so indecisive at times, however these small things make us who we are.Initially, Shane and I started off shooting in the electric blue Zara heels, of course I changed my mind and switched to the floral print Dr.Martens which were a gift from my friends at L A B & iD, they are so comfortable and perfect for summer.In the end I liked both which just goes to show how comfortable and versatile the shirt dress can be.

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Photos by Shane Eastmond.

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