At one with the ocean

Good day to you my sea faring style icons, 

I am so excited to tell you all that for the last fortnight I have been undertaking surfing lessons much to my absolute delight. This is not my first foray into surfing; in 2011 I went on a yoga and surfing retreat so had a few lessons then although not with much success I may add. This post I am dedicating to that wonderful natural wonder – the deep blue sea. 


(Image courtesy of google images)

When I decided back in the earlier part of 2016 that I was going to be moving to Australia, I already was dreaming of summer days at the beach – surfboard under one arm and my waterproof camera on the other. As soon as I was settled I started researching surf schools on the Gold Coast and amongst the seemingly endless selection I found the Learn to surf in paradise school. I just immediately loved the no fuss website and the instructions about where to meet for my lesson were super easy to follow. On my first lesson there were only two other students and our Brazilian instructor immediately put us at ease and after learning he had been surfing for 20 years (although only being a year older than me) his experience really showed. With our lessons being held at the Spit beach, the rock wall on one side and the pier on the other really makes for the perfect waves for beginners. 

 

On my second lesson, it just fully clicked and I was standing up so many more times than wiping out (which believe me is such a relief because wow does that salt water sting after the 20th time haha) The feeling of just being you and the board out in the ocean gave me a similar feeling to being out on my bike on a triathlon training session or on an early morning run. It is so peaceful and so rewarding feeling that awesome wave pick you up and carry you towards the shore.

It really is a chance to let your fashion flare go to town as well. I love hitting the surf shops in town like Billabong, Roxy or City beach Australia to check out their new selection of rashies and board shorts. I recently just purchased a striped Roxy rashie which I pair with my black board shorts and my trusty Havaiana flip flops when I hit the surf. I also am on the market for my own surfboard too. The styles, sizes and colours vary so much dependant on your experience level, height and confidence but a good starting board is usually between 7 and 8 foot long with approximately 3 inches thickness to it to help with balance and being able to stand up efficiently when that wave comes along. 


If like me you have always been a water baby and enjoy the beach, salt in your hair and having ultimate peace and “you time” then just bite the bullet and sign up for a lesson today. Don’t just take it from me, find your own version of paradise ❤️

Until next time, take care

Keya x

Summer loving. 

Good afternoon my high street heroes and heroines,

Firstly, sincerest apologies for my late posting of last weeks blog, I have just got back from a lovely vacation so I am suitably well rested and energised whilst writing this entry. 

  
As my last few posts have been geared towards high end brands, I thought for this weeks entry I would fill you in on my favourite high street stores and online sites which I swear by for all my fashion needs for those highly anticipated summer holiday outfits 😊

As the weather was amazing in stunning Spain, my case consisted of vest tops in every colour mainly from H&M or Uniqlo as they really last well when faced with the elements (no one likes an out of shape top after only one day at the beach!) 

I love my jean shorts from Espirit and Miss Sixty – they are a low slung boyfriend fit which look awesome when paired with my array of bikini’s. The below shorts are one of my all time favourites from French Connection – the colours are so bright and fun, and look even better with a golden tan. 

For the evenings, I usually will wear either easy throw on dresses I have managed to find in fabulous Sunday markets on my trips through Europe or I love Mango/ Massimo Dutti who have some amazing shift dresses which suit my frame perfectly and can be dressed up or down dependent on your evening’s antics 😀  

 For suitable footwear, on the sandal side, I love the embellished styles seen at Guess and Nine West and for wedges – my go to shoe on holiday for chic drinks out on the sea front (I am sure most women can recount a treacherous stiletto plus cobble stone story – absolute no-no) I love my trusty black leather ones from River Island and my tan ones from Dune.

Bikinis are fab this season in H&M, Roxy and Quicksilver – the floral and fluoro trends look incredible on swimwear – especially with your retro coloured lense Ray Bans wayfarers – so beach chic 😀

For that holiday season it really is about looking laid back, individual and above all not too try hard! Every outfit looks better with that glowing complexion, relaxed wavy hair and a wonderful umbrella clad cocktail in hand 😊

  
Bring on Summer 2015 😁

Until next week, take care Keya x