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Top 10 Travel Bags

Going somewhere soon? Check out these stylish feminine bags to assist you along your journey. We have what you need, from spending a relaxing weekend away or flying to a new place- these bags can make your holiday all that little more stylish!


Beis, Weekender

This attractive bag were designed for experienced travellers. With multiple compartments to keep everything seperate, including a shoe compartment underneath the bag; it’s the perfect device for anyone who likes everything organised. It even contains a zipper pocket which can be undone and transformed into a sleeve to put over your luggage.

Beis, Weekender


 Samsonite, Octolite

This tasteful, futuristic suitcase has unique grooves that are not only there for apperance, but to provide a light weight and strengthening touch to the bag. This bag was made for travellers who want a long-lasting, durable bag that is easy to mauver through busy airport traffic.

Samsonite, Octolite


Cuyana, Classic Overnight Bag

The classic overnight bag is extremely diverse for all your needs. It can transform from being an simple overnight bag with multiple storage compartments, to the perfect bag for a day trip to the beach, going to the gym or even using it in the office. This bag easily stores a ’15 inch’ laptop, and whatever other accessory’s you may need for your daily life, while maintaining a trendy look.

 Cuyana, Classic Overnight Bag


Hudson and Bleeker, Toiletry Bag

This cute, handy makeup bag contains three different little bags within it. This is great for sorting out products into different areas, such as basic essentials for a day out, or slipping into your hand bag. 

Hudson and Bleeker, Toiletry Bag 


 Calpak, Gold Marble Luggage

This Gold marble number has an air of class and refinement, while still being extremely functional. With an expandable feature, this suitcase can cater to any traveller’s needs, from taking a nice summer trip to the tropical beaches in Hawaii, to the snowy peaks of Austria. It can adapt to fit whatever you need!

Calapck, Gold Marble Luggage 


Herschel, Classic Backpack

This classic feminine backpack is perfect for the day out with friends or to use as carry on to any destination. This bag has a light weight relaxed structure that can fit a ’15 inch’ laptop, with large front pockets, that can easily facilitate your phone, wallet or passport for easy access later.

Herschel, Classic Backpack


 Mark and Graham, Concourse Boarding Bag

 Made from vegan leather, this travel bag is durable for long flights while still being ever so fashionable. It has a variety of adjustable straps, which means it can be converted into a weekender style bag, backpack or over the shoulder.

Mark and Graham, Concourse Boarding Bag


Ted Baker, Julis

The adorable gold bow detailing makes this the perfect piece to sit pretty on your dresser, and yet small enough to fit in your hand bag for a night out in the town.

 Ted Baker, Julis


Kapton & Son, Lund Sand Brown

This backpack makes a practical adventure bag with its water resistant canvas, and adjustable sizing to ensure all your belongings are secure. It can hold up to 9 liters in volume and includes a ’14 inch’ padded laptop sleeve. Made from vegan leather this backpack is an essential for adventure lovers.

Kapton & Son, Lund Sand Bag


Away,The Everywhere Bag

The everywhere bag, is specifically designed to be the perfect carry on item, with straps designed to slip over handles of luggage. The bag has room to fit a ‘14 inch’ laptop, and has a removable shoulder strap.

Away, The Everywhere Bag  


Here are our top 10 picks for the perfect travel bags! For your next adventure be sure to consider these luxiours, practical items to assit your travels. 

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March 07, 2019 — Lara Smith
Tags: Travel
Jamie X Ete Launch Event

Jamie X Ete Launch Event

Our Jamie Kidd X Ete Swimwear collection launched this week and we celebrated with a lunch at Little Ruby in Santa Monica, Los Angeles! Here are a few photos from the event. Shop the Jamie X Ete collection here.

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Cathie @darkmintdaisy, Jamie @jamienkidd & Ashley @dancingwithflyingcolors

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Jamie & Blake @blakeysmalls

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Goody Bags with Quay Eyewear, Navy Hair Care, Essie, Ete Swimwear & Jay Nicole Jewelry

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Neghin @neghinadina & Jamie 

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Thats a wrap!! 

Venue: Little Ruby

Goody Bags: 

Quay EyewearNavy Hair CareEssieEte Swimwear & Jay Nicole Jewelry

Find the Jamie X Ete collection here

February 19, 2019 — Jessica Williamson
Tags: lifestyle
Jamie X Ete Look Book

Jamie X Ete Look Book

We have been working with Jamie Kidd (@jamienkidd) on creating our latest collection that is all about comfort and vintage colour palettes. Shot in Malibu, Italy and Colombia, here's a sneak peek at whats launching on the 17th Feb (USA) / 18th Feb (Aus).
Join the Waitlist to be the first to know when it launches with VIP access!
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The collection launches on the 17th Feb (USA) / 18th Feb (Aus).
Join the Waitlist to be the first to know when it launches with VIP access!
Photos by: Jamie Kidd & Alix Rae
February 07, 2019 — Jessica Williamson
Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Christmas for 2018 is fast approaching! Our gift guide is here to help you find something for everyone on your Christmas list or even a special treat for yourself! 

    Miracle Hair Treatment ~ Eleven Hair 

      Know someone who's all about strong healthy hair? They'll absolutely love Eleven's hair care products, especially the miracle hair treatment! 
      This leave-in treatment is lightweight and suitable for all hair types. So you can't get it wrong! They'll be sure to be happy with the results from this multi beneficial treatment. Leave them with frizz free, silky and moisturised hair!


      Sun Tanning Oil ~ Photoskin 

      The sun tanning oil by Photoskin, it's amazing for achieving a natural tan while keeping your skin feeling moisturised and soft. The perfect gift for a beach bum and tan seeking individual!
      Made from premium, organic and natural ingredients. You can be sure that you are providing them with an outstanding tan enhancer while also looking after their skin!

      GlowDry Start Kit ~ GlowDry Australia 

      GlowDry is the perfect gift for any self tan lover! This luxe fake tan drying powder ensures that you are stick and fake tan odour free. Help protect their clothing as the powder acts as a barrier, so no more colour transfer! 

      Keeping the ingredients natural and organic. You can be sure there are no hidden nasties and they'll be sure to be happy with the results. 

      Shop Glow Dry Australia Here 


      Glow Travel Kit ~ Nourish & Fly

        Know someone with the travel bug and struggling to find the perfect gift for someone on the move? We have you covered, with this canvas travel bag filled with goodies. They'll be stoked to receive this amazing travel gift, perfect for a pick-me-up on a long-haul flight. 

        There are a range of travel kits, which can be picked based on the persons travel needs. The Glow Travel Kit is packed with the Purists Collection facial oil, facial toning mist and moisturiser. Sneaky whole-foods beetroot, rose and cacao super bites and purple rain tea by Teassential. 

        Shop Nourish & Fly Here


        Botanical Bath Soak ~ Nina Bailey

        Detox and nourish the skin with Nina Bailey's botanical bath soaks! With three different scents you'll be sure to find something for everyones taste this Christmas. The rose botanical bath soak is definitely a favourite of ours! 
        With 100% natural epson salts and premium quality ingredients, there are no hidden nasties! Give the gift that helps reduced stress, inflammation and enhances mood!


        Face Moisturiser ~ Bare Babe

          If you or someone you know is obsessed with moisturisers, this is a must try item! The Bare Babe face moisturiser is a matte finish with the lightweight  formula ensures you can wear it night or day. Leave the skin feeling hydrated and protected without blocking pores.   

          Shop Bare Babe Here


          Travel Cosmetics Case ~ Olivia & Co

            The holiday season is here and there may be travelling involved! If you know someone going away in the new year, we have the perfect gift idea! The Olivia & Co cosmetic case is a gorgeous travel accessory made from luxurious saffiano leather and delicate monogrammed personal touch. The perfect size to fit all your make-up and skincare products, while you're on the go!

            Shop Olivia & Co Here


            Cici Vintage Handbag~ Ete Swimwear  

              This vintage inspired rattan bag with gold clasp detailing and chain is a great clutch for any bag lover! This bag is perfect for any occasion it can be taken from the beach to strolling the streets while on holiday. 
              Or if you think they'd prefer swimwear but your unsure of style and size. Give them the gift of choice with an Ete Swimwear gift card. Gift cards are delivered by email so are the perfect last minute gift idea!


              La Plage Roundie Towel ~ The Beach People


              Summer is here, so that means beach time! The Beach People have released this stunning new La Plage Roundie towel and just in time for Christmas. This beach towel inspired by the golden age in the South of France with colours of the Mediterranean coastline. Perfect for a person thats bold, loves colour and always at the beach!

              Shop The Beach People Here 


              Capri Earrings ~ Bianko 

                Bianko has the most amazing and unique jewellery designs! A favourite of ours is the Capri earrings. With the gold circular design and feminine touch of the fresh water pearls, they are a one of a kind piece! They are made in three colours gold, silver and rose gold, so theres a design to suit everyones taste. 

                Shop Bianko Here 


                For more Christmas inspo view our blog on our Boho Christmas Picnic

                December 18, 2018 — Afterpay Integration
                Ete Swimwear Boho Christmas Picnic

                Ete Swimwear Boho Christmas Picnic

                Another amazing year for Ete Swimwear! We concluded this great year with a beautiful boho picnic on the beach. Surrounded by the sunset over the ocean, amazing food and great company.

                We had the most amazing set up by Perth Picnic Hire, blooms by The Start of May and food by Grazing in CompanySaint Isadore, Macs by Dree, Roar Mode and Rok Kombucha, plus the most amazing custom cookies by Nina Marie Sweet Designs

                Table & Cushions by Perth Picnic Hire

                Blooms by The Start of May

                Macaroons by the Macs by Dree

                Grazing platter by Grazing In Company

                Custom Cookies by Nina Marie Sweet Designs

                Chocolate covered strawberries by Saint Isadore

                Kombucha by Rok Kombucha
                 Protein Balls by Roar Mode

                Remi wears the Monterey Top  & Jess wears the Hali One-piece 

                Thanks to all our loyal customers and friends who have been a massive part of our journey this past year! We cannot wait to bring you more amazingness in 2019.

                Love, Ete Swimwear xx


                Images by Bianca Tuzee

                December 10, 2018 — Jessica Williamson
                Tags: lifestyle
                Honeymoon in Paradise

                Honeymoon in Paradise

                What a magical way to tie the knot... a perfect sunset wedding by the sea. I don't know about you but this sounds perfect to me! We recently worked with our friends Greta Wolzak @gretawolzak, Paige Nowrouzi @paigennyc and Freek Florals on a dreamy wedding shoot.
                Paige is wearing our Hali one piece swimsuit in White embroidery.
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                For more inspiration read our Hawaii Travel Guide
                November 13, 2018 — Jessica Williamson
                Top Eco-Resorts In The World

                Top Eco-Resorts In The World

                Are you looking at destinations for you next holiday? Be sure to continue reading to find out about top eco-resorts around the world. Experience a new form of luxury that allows you to appreciate and see the beautiful forms of nature around you without disturbing the environment.   

                Misool Eco-Resort ~ Indonesia  

                  Hidden in the remote Raja Ampat, Indonesia. You’ll be able to experience a true tropical getaway. Where you’re surrounded by sandy white beaches and pristine oceans. Options for accommodation include water cottages where Balinese inspired villas are built on stilts over the ocean or villas hidden away in the jungle under wild almond trees. When you stay at the Misool eco-resort you enable the enrichment and revitalisation of the natural surroundings and communities.

                  Things we love about the Misool Eco-Resort:

                  • World class shore dives.
                  • Traditional Indonesian cooking classes. 
                  • Misool Foundation ~ safeguarding biodiverse reefs on Earth. 

                  Misool Eco-Resort

                  Daintree Eco-Lodge ~ Cairns, Australia

                    Eco-lodge and spa in the Daintree rainforest offers sustainable luxury. Offering luxury suits on the rainforest floor and canopy. Ensuring you’ll get the best view of your surroundings and relax in comfort and style. The lodge produces renewable energy, with 13% coming from solar panels and partnering with Rainforest Rescue to plant new trees. It’s definitely a place to get back in touch with nature. 

                    Things we love about the Daintree Eco-Lodge:

                    • Daintree spa ~ harnessing pure water from the onsite waterfall. 
                    • Julaymba cooking classes. 
                    • Sustainable veggie patch ~ fresh produce for guest meals. 

                    Daintree Eco-Lodge

                    Soneva Fushi ~ Maldives

                      Soneva Fushi is the place to stay if you are looking for sandy white beaches and untouched nature. Located on an untouched island in the Maldives. The accommodation is tailored to the experience you want. If you’re into snorkelling a sunset Villa is the way to go. If you’re looking for more privacy the sunrise side is for you. Relax while knowing you’re supporting the education of Maldivian children water safety and environmental education.

                      Things we love about Soneva Fushi:

                      • First "castaway" resort in the Maldives, pioneering the back to nature trend.
                      • Free diving experience ~ discovering the underwater world on a single breath. 
                      • Proceeds from their water program provides 750,000 people with clean drinking water. 

                      Soneva Fushi Resort

                      Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef ~ Cape Range, Australia 

                        Beachside safari camp in the dunes of the Cape Range National Park. The hidden gem offers wilderness tents overviewing the Ningaloo Reef. Each of the tents are raised off the ground and provide a wonderful view of the surrounding environment. If you are looking to unplug, this is the perfect place to stay. Due to the remote location there’s no internet or mobile connection. Nothing but you and nature!

                        Things we love about Sal Salis:

                        • Dark sky experience ~ uninterrupted views of the milky way.
                        • Almost 100% of the power is generated from solar panels. 
                        • 5% of the business's turnover goes to WA's department of environmental services to assist in conservations.   

                        Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

                        Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain ~ China 

                          Six Senses Resort is located at the gateway to the Qing Cheng Mountains. The resort is close to the amazing Panda Valley, offering the opportunity to get up and close with pandas. While offering luxurious amenities the resort strives to enhance the guest experience by showing respect to nature.

                          Things we love about the Six Senses Resort:

                          • Six Senses Spa ~ locally inspired treatment. 
                          • Tesla electric car is used for airport transfers. 
                          • Purifies and mineralises their own drinking water with re-usable glass bottles.

                          Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain

                          The Brando ~ French Polynesia 

                            The Brando resort is found on the private island of Tetiaroa the French Polynesia. The resort offers luxury in the middle of pristine nature while the design reflects the culture and lifestyle of Polynesia. Get back to nature with one of the many outdoor activities offered at the resort. See the resorts Ecostation in the works, including education, conservation and creative science in regard to the ecosystem.

                            Things we love about the Brando Resort: 

                            • Scuba lessons in the lagoon.
                            • Whale watching with naturalist guide and professional scuba diver. 
                            • Romantic evening on the beach ~ private dinner and Tahitian dance show.

                            The Brando Resort

                            North Island Resort ~ Seychelles

                              Luxurious private island resort. With only 11 villas on the island there will be an abundance of untouched beaches, for you to find yourself soaking up the sun. The North Island resort allows guests to spend time with their environmental team or the ability to explore the island by yourself to understand and see first hand the work that has gone in to rehabilitating the natural environment.

                              Things we love about the North Island Resort:

                              • Private sunset cruises with the opportunity to see dolphins swimming.
                              • Noah's Ark Conservation and island rehabilitation program. 
                              • Guided walk ~ up Spa Hill to the best view of North Island. 

                              North Island Resort

                              The Bardessono Eco Resort and Spa ~ California

                                The Bardessono Eco Resort and Spa located in California in the heart of wine country. At the Bardessono there is always something to do with the guest experience always coming first. Multiple activities available at the resort and events in the town close by. The resort prides themselves on a mindful approach to the good life, by acting on environmental values.

                                Things we love about the Bardessono Eco-Resort: 

                                • Napa Valley bike tours.
                                • Minimising water waste ~ low water flow and drought tolerant plants.
                                • Underground Geothermal systems heats and cools guest rooms. 

                                The Bardessono

                                Bangkok Tree House ~ Thailand

                                  Located on the banks of Chao Phraya River the 12-room resort is on the outskirts of Bangkok. The range of rooms over look the amazing Bangkok jungle. Built from reclaimed wood the resort strives to obtain a zero waste goal by eliminating all types of waste by following their 6 “R’s”. The Bangkok Tree House offers a unique dining experience at Reflect where the ingredients come straight from the farm to you enjoy and experience organic cuisine while overlooking the river.

                                  Things we love about the Bangkok Tree House:

                                  • Beautiful and sustainable bamboo structures. 
                                  • Floating Markets ~ Bang Nam Peung Market for handcrafted gifts and food.
                                  • Bangkok jungle bike ride ~ explore the lush vegetation and exotic flora and fauna. 

                                    Bangkok Tree House

                                    The Whitepod ~ Switzerland

                                    18 luxurious domes located in the heart of the Alps. The domes adapt to their environment, changing colour to go with the season. Find yourself sitting in a white dome surrounded by beautiful white snow during winter. With the controlled used of energy and water the pods are striving to bring hospitality and environmental conservation together.

                                    Things we love about the Whitepod:

                                    • Amazing dogsledding tour along the frozen forest and snow covered field. 
                                    • Paragliding with a certified pilot. 
                                    • Biodiversity ~ raising guest awareness of the surrounding flora and fauna and limited lighting at night. 

                                    The Whitepod

                                    For more travel inspo read our Q&A with Lara Kamnik @your_passport

                                    November 01, 2018 — jess craig
                                    Tags: Travel
                                    Q&A with Raeann @raeannlangas

                                    Q&A with Raeann @raeannlangas

                                    Get to know more about the beautiful Raeann @raeannlangas. A model, lifestyle blogger and body activist. Known for providing style inspiration to women of all sizes. Read on to find out more!

                                    Tell us a little about yourself.

                                    I am a curve model, lifestyle blogger, and body activist.  I am currently living in Los Angles with my boyfriend of six years and my scruffy pup named Angus. I am all about helping women realise that you don’t need to be a size 2 to be stylish and that our value can not be measured by the size we wear.

                                    Raeann wears the Venice one piece. 

                                    You have such an amazing sense of style. How would you describe it?

                                    My style changes based on my mood. I love fashion because one day you can portray one aspect of your personality and a totally different one the next. I like taking classic pieces and mixing them with more of-the-moment trends.

                                    How did you get into modelling?

                                    I started blogging three years ago and as I worked with different photographers and became more comfortable in front of the camera it's just brought me so much joy and I knew modelling was something I wanted to pursue. I signed with my first agency two years ago and only moved to L.A. to pursue it full-time about a year ago so I still feel like I’m at the very beginning of my modelling career.

                                    What does body positivity mean to you?

                                    I think the term “body positivity” is a term that is thrown around a lot in the fashion industry today. The hashtag has been used over 2 million times on Instagram alone. I think through all of this, the meaning behind the words has gotten a bit lost and misunderstood.  From the start, it was simply changing your mindset and seeing your body in a positive way rather than always thinking about it negatively. For me, it's understanding that your value as a human being does not come from what you look like on the outside. It's a constant journey of learning to accept your body for what it is so that you don't let your insecurities hold you back from living life. It's also striving to be your best self. I think being body positive looks different for everyone because we each have areas about ourselves that make us insecure. For me, that was my weight and my size. It has been a long journey to feel confident and happy in my body but I'm also striving to do better. I want to give my body the love it deserves through exercise, diet, and mindfulness.

                                    Raeann wears the Malia bikini top and Beau high-waist bottoms. 

                                    Have there been times in your life when you’ve struggled with body image? If so, how did you over come this?

                                    I have struggled with body image most of my life and still do! The relationship with your body is like any other relationship you have in your life. It takes work every single day and there will be times where is great and times where it is not so great. Whenever I am struggling I focus on three areas:

                                    Mindfulness- It is so easy to focus on the parts of your body that you hate or want to change. My first tip is to shut out the negativity. The second you start thinking negatively about your body, tell yourself something you love about it.

                                    Self-care- Find an activity that you love. Whether it’s yoga, cycling, swimming, or walking, you name it! Just do something that gets you up and moving. Fitness is a part of my everyday routine. I don't do it with the goal to lose weight, I do it because it makes me feel good and it makes me healthier and stronger. 

                                    Social Detox- I'm sure that you've heard the saying, "who you spend time with is who you become." Surround yourself with positive role models in real life but also on social media. Find women who you admire and are also on a journey to love their body! My self-love journey started when I saw more curve models in the media around me. Seeing diversity in the media has been a huge way I've learned to love my body and understand that beautiful bodies come in all shapes and sizes.

                                    As a model you put yourself out there frequently, how do you remain body positive in the digital and social media age?

                                    Just focus on you and doing what makes you happy. Don’t compare yourself to others. Understand that your best self looks different than someone else’s best self. It’s about not trying to compare yourself to someone else, and just being the best version of you.

                                    Who are some of your favourite people to follow on social media?

                                    A few of my favourites are @alexmichaelmay, @fittybrittty, @the12ishstyle, @ashleygraham, @jengotch, @lateciat and so many more!

                                    What tips would you give to someone about embracing the body they have?

                                    Start small, embracing your body is a journey and it’s not going to happen over night. Strip down and stand in front of the mirror, take a moment to really look at your body and speak words of affirmation to yourself.

                                    What routines or rituals do you do to help you love and take care of yourself?

                                    As I touched on earlier, it’s about mindfulness, self-care and focusing on positive role models and relationships. Don’t let yourself think negatively about your body, exercise, and surround yourself with positive role models on social media and in real life.

                                    You’ve been wearing some our new swimwear collection. What are your thoughts?

                                    I am always blown away by the quality and fit of your swimsuits. I know when I put on one of your suits I’m going to feel beautiful and confident.

                                    Raeann wears the Malia bikini top and Beau high-waist bottoms. 

                                    To help support the Positive Body Image movement, we are donating 100% of Profits from the sale of our Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful T-Shirts to the Butterfly Foundation and ProjectHEAL - Shop the T-Shirts here (as worn by Raeann). 

                                    See more from Raeann on her instagram @raeannlangas and blog  

                                    For some travel inspo check out our Hawaii Travel Guide. 

                                    October 28, 2018 — jess craig
                                    Tags: q&a
                                    Hawaii Travel Guide

                                    Hawaii Travel Guide

                                    Ete Swimwear Founder, Jess Williamson, has just returned from her Hawaiian adventures so we caught up with her to find out all the top things to see and do on your next #EteAdventures.

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                                    Luana bikini top & Beau High-Waist Bottoms in Blue Floral Print

                                    Hawaii truly is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. The beautiful beaches, natural landscapes and great food, there is so much to see and to explore. I have always loved Hawaii and wanted to take my boyfriend Chris to see how amazing it is because he’d never been to Hawaii and last time I visited I didn’t get to do nearly close to everything I wanted to, there’s just so much! Below you can find out all about our trip and my favourite things to do while in Hawaii!

                                    WHERE TO STAY IN HAWAII

                                    We visited the island of Oahu, this is the main tourist island of Hawaii. We decided to stay at Waikiki beach which is where you’ll find the majority of the hotels, restaurants and shops. A city skyline is probably not the first thing you think of when you think about a vacation in Hawaii but staying in Waikiki was super handy for getting around the island. All busses & tours leave from Waikiki and also its quite close to many of the main things we wanted to do and was easy to find a place to eat each day, there’s just SOOOO many restaurants (I’ll tell you my favourites below).

                                    If you are looking for a more laid-back atmosphere then the North Shore maybe more your style.

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                                    BEST BEACHES ON OAHU

                                    First things first, let me tell you about the beaches! We went to so many beaches during our trip and they all were so different from each other and amazing in their own ways. Here are my favourites:

                                    Let’s start with Waikiki Beach! Waikiki Beach is right in the middle of Waikiki with hotels lining its shores. If you are lucky enough you maybe staying in one of the hotels right on the beach, but for us we were about 2 blocks back from the beach, only a 5 minute walk. We didn’t really swim or spend much time at Waikiki beach because its so crowded being in the main tourist area however it’s known for great surfing and the beautiful view of Diamond Head Crater. In the evenings we sometimes took a walk along the beach before dinner and some nights we sat to watch the sunset along with the other million people there haha! The great thing is that its super central and close so you don’t have to go far to reach the beach.

                                    Hanauma Bay is a nature preserve is amazing for snorkelling and is only about 15 minutes from Wakiki by car or around 50 minutes by bus. We took the bus to get here which leaves right from Waikiki beach and is only $5 for a full-day pass. Before entering the beach you will have to watch a short video which explains you on how to interact with the nature and how to treat the sea life and you will have to purchase an entry ticket for $7 per person to help preserve the beautiful bay. The bay is beautiful, the water clear and turquoise and it’s perfect for snorkelling, we saw so many fish!

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                                    Wearing the new Malia top & Beau high waist bottoms in blush embroidery at Lanikai Beach.

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                                    Lanikai Beach is on the east coast, a little further from Waikiki but so worth it! The water is the most turquoise green water I have ever seen and with two mountains in the water the views are very scenic. The sand is super white and soft here, other beaches the sand is a bit more shelly and coarse. Lanikai was the most picturesque beach I have seen! Luckily we took an Uber here so our driver showed us how to get to the beach because it’s in a residential area, there are little alley ways between the houses to reach the beach.

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                                    We took a drive up the east coast one day and happened to discover so many cute and private beaches so we stopped along the way (sorry I’m not sure what they were called). My favourite was this tiny beach with a swing in the trees. We also came across Chinaman’s Hat which is right near Kualoa Ranch if you’re planning on going there.

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                                    We rented a Jeep for a few days and took the opportunity to drive up to the North Shore for 2 days and visited a few beaches while we were there. Sharks cove was perfect for snorkelling, we saw so many huge fish! Waimea Bay is good for cliff jumping OR to watch others jump, but on the day we went, the waves were huge so we just relaxed on the sand. We also went to Turtle Bay but didn’t see any turtles so maybe we were in the wrong spot haha!

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                                    Coco Bikini Top & Coco Bottoms white embroidery

                                    Waimea Falls is also in the North Shore, right beside Waimea bay. It is a botanical gardens with paths all the way through the beautiful gardens, leading to a natural waterfall at the end where you can swim in the freshwater.  

                                    HIKING ON OAHU

                                    Wow! The hikes in Hawaii were beyond incredible, the views and natural environment is like nowhere else. Here are a few of the hikes we did:

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                                    You can’t come to Waikiki and not hike Diamond Head Crater! This is just 5 minutes from Waikiki and is the old volcano crater that you can see from the beach. We woke up super early one morning to get to the crater by 6am which is the time the hike opens. We wanted to experience sunrise as we hiked, and it was so worth it! It was quite a busy trail with a lot of people plus it was mostly paved or stairs but at the top it has a breath taking view over Waikiki and the beaches nearby.

                                    Manoa Falls was the second hike we did. This trail looked like a scene from Jurassic Park, it was so luscious and green! It was about a 20 minute car ride from Waikiki and is in the mountains so it’s quite a wet trail so make sure you wear good shoes. It took us around 1 hour to hike to the end where there is a large waterfall.

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                                    The Pillbox Trail is one of the most rewarding trails because the hike up is only about 20 minutes and the views are breath taking. The view at the top is looking over Lanikai beach, where you can see the 2 mountains in the most turquoise clear waters!

                                    Last but not least, this hike was a last minute search on Google where we found Kuliouou Ridge Trail. Wow! This hike was something else… it was the most versatile hike, going through the valley and up to the top of the ridge of the mountain we saw tropical plants, a pine forest and the most amazing views! This hike was by far my favourite and most rewarding. It took us around 3.5 hours to reach the top because we stopped to take so many photos, there was a new view everywhere you look and it just kept getting better the further we went. Once we reached the top, we were as high as the clouds, the view speaks for itself! This was more of a quiet trail with mainly locals and an unmarked path at some sections, which made it more authentic and fun.

                                    Helicopter flight

                                    One of the greatest experiences was seeing Waikiki from above. Chris got us tickets for a sunset helicopter ride for my birthday because he knew how much I love sunsets so one afternoon we took to the skies and had an unforgettable helicopter ride. We were so lucky the sunset that night was just magical and seeing everything from a new perspective was one of my favourite things we did.

                                    Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden

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                                    While we still had the Jeep we took the opportunity to take a drive to Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens. The botanic garden is beautiful and you can easily drive through the stunning nature. I would recommend going here with a car as the gardens are quite large and it means you will get to see it all.

                                    BEST FOOD SPOTS

                                    Tucker & Bevvy Picnic Foods: I am going to say this is the BEST Acai Bowl on Oahu, probably the best one I have ever had! We went here about 5+ times for breakfast and got the Acai bowl every time. Tucker & Bevvy have all sorts of healthy foods and sandwiches for taking on a picnic. There are 2 locations and we were lucky to have one right across the road from our hotel, perfect for breakfast.

                                    Cheesecake Factory: Don’t hate me for this one but we went there 3+ times! It has so much variety on the menu, the meals are insanely huge and they are super fast at service so its great to eat there before going for an activity. It does get very busy and there will be a long wait for dinner so we always went for lunch or at 5pm for an early dinner to beat the ques. Chris and I actually shared an appetiser nachos and could not eat one more thing, the meals really are huge! Which makes it a cheap dinner J And don’t forget the cheesecakes.

                                    Sunrise Shack: The cutest food shack in the North Shore! How can you not go here when it is super cute and super tasty! They serve Acai and smoothie bowls that are so pretty!

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                                    Top of Waikiki: This is the only revolving restaurant on the island! Before dinner we went to the rooftop bar just below it and had a fruity cold drink while we waited for our dinner booking. We timed it perfectly to watch the sunset from on top of Waikiki. It was such a beautiful view and delicious dinner!

                                    Banán: Banán has acai bowls in cups, bowls or papaya - it kind of looks like a soft serve. They have a few shops on the island but we went to the one in the centre of Waikiki which was down the alleyway with all the surfboard right at the beach.

                                    Haleiwa Bowls: It’s in the heart of the North Shore and they serve Acai bowls. It’s super convenient to go to, so we had breakfast here before heading to the beach.


                                    We didn’t really come to Hawaii for shopping but a tropical storm came in one day and since everything is outdoors in Hawaii we decided to do a little shopping. There are a lot of different place for shopping near Wakiki! We decided to go to Ala Moana shopping centre, its still outdoors but has the biggest range of shops! If you are looking for some bargains you can go to the Waikele Outlets, this is about a 20-30 minute drive from the centre of Waikiki. The main area around Waikiki beach is where you find all the restaurants and touristy shops as well as lots of high end stores.

                                    Overall, Hawaii was so amazing and we will certainly be back!

                                    For more Travel inspiration read our Bali Travel Guide

                                    October 10, 2018 — Jessica Williamson
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                                    Blossom Look Book

                                    We have been working on creating our latest collection that is all about romantic textures, colours and comfort. Shot in beautiful Byron Bay, here's a sneak peek at whats launching Friday 14th September!
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                                    September 11, 2018 — Jessica Williamson
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                                    Q&A with Charlotte @luluescapes

                                    Q&A with Charlotte @luluescapes

                                    Get to know more about the stunning Charlotte Louise @luluescapes. A blogger traveling the world, escaping from her day-to-day life. In order to experience and discover somewhere and something new! Read on to find out more. 

                                    Tell us a little about yourself.

                                    I’m half English, half French and was born and raised between London, Ibiza and Madrid and I’m now currently living in Paris. In January 2018, I quit my job and my Paris life to go travelling full time around Australia and Asia on my own for over five months. It was an incredible experience and I will cherish it forever. I got to see so many beautiful destinations and I met some wonderful, kind people on the way so I never really felt alone. Each destination was incredible, and I didn’t encounter any problems whilst travelling which is why there's not a single thing that I would change.

                                    I’ve always loved travelling which is why I started my travel blog two years ago to inspire and encourage people to travel as much as possible because life is too short, and the world is too big! I also wanted to have a place to share all my travel tips and recommendations for people to use on their future trips.

                                    You've travelled to many amazing places. Where was your favourite place and why?

                                    This is always one of the hardest questions to answer because for me, every destination I’ve visited has been magical and has had some wonderful places to visit. I just love the diversity of landscapes, architectures, languages, cultures and food when travelling to different countries. There are some destinations like the South of France, Ibiza and Mallorca which I go to every summer because I know them well and because they’re simply stunning. Then there are other places far from Europe such as Indonesia, Mexico, Australia and the Philippines that have left me with some lovely memories and where I hope to go back to one day soon.

                                    With travelling so much you must have picked up on some travelling and packing tips. What would you suggest?

                                    With all my travelling, I’m still someone who always say I’ll pack light on a new trip and end up lugging around a heavy suitcase with me… Packing light is not one of my strongest attributes unfortunately. One thing I’ve started doing recently is rolling my clothes to pack them in my suitcase and I find it's a great way to gain space and not crease your clothes. I also tend to travel with miniatures of all my beauty products. 

                                    What is one thing you can't travel without?

                                    My camera! I’m so used to taking it everywhere I go that I feel empty without it. I love taking photos and it’s never the same when I use my phone, so I definitely can’t travel without my camera.

                                    Are you planning another trip soon. If so, where are you heading?

                                    I’ve always been a last minute planner so new escapes pop up all the time when I least expect them. Since I got back from my big trip in Australia and Asia in May, I have been enjoying my summer in Europe whilst being based in Paris.  I recently escaped to Sicily and Ibiza and my next trip is going to be a hike in the Spanish Pyrenees for a few days.

                                      See more from Charlotte on her instagram @luluescapes and blog

                                      For more travel inspo check out our Bali Travel Guide with Somewear Elsewhere. 

                                      August 28, 2018 — jess craig
                                      Travel Beauty Must Haves

                                      Travel Beauty Must Haves

                                      Are you heading off on your next adventure soon? Be sure to read our list of products you should definitely be taking with you! Whether they are to be taken on the plane or to be used when you retreat back to your hotel. All of these products will ensure that you enjoy your holiday fully as your beauty needs are covered. 

                                      Nutrient-Charged Water Gel ~ Murad Skincare 

                                        The perfect product for long haul flights! Your skin will be in need of hydration while you're jet setting to your next adventure. This product is perfect for all skin types, guarantees moisture and the perfect size to fit in your luggage. 


                                        Natural Sun and Body Oil ~ Boracay Skin

                                          Be sure to take this with you on your next summer adventure. It's the perfect addition to your luggage as it will enhance your tan while you're soaking up the European sun. Plus, it's a great body moisturiser after a long day in the sun!

                                          Natural Sun and Body Oil.


                                          Elysian Pink Crystal Sea Scrub ~ Santorini Skin

                                            Want to make sure your skin stays in perfect condition while on your vacay?  Well you need this body scrub. Revitalise your skin with this luxurious and nourishing scrub. All natural with no chemicals or nasties all bundled in a small transportable sleeve ready for you to take on your travels.  

                                            Elysian Pink Crystal Sea Scrub.


                                            Like a virgin ~ Coco and Eve

                                              The last thing you want while travelling is frizzy or dry hair. Be sure to avoid this  with the use of this amazing hair mask. It'll give your hair a deep conditioning and tame the frizz in about 10 minutes. 

                                              Like a Virgin Hair Mask.  


                                              Coffee and Coconut Exfoliating Mask & Face Moisturiser~ Bare Babe

                                                If you've had a long day of exploring while on holiday? Treat yourself with the amazing face-mask and moisturiser when you retreat back to your hotel at night! Both packed with organic, natural and raw ingredients. The face mask to revitalise and cleanse the skin and the matte moisturiser to hydrate. It'll leave your skin feeling nourished and glowing for your next day of adventure. Definitely must pack items for your next holiday!

                                                Coffee and coconut mask & Face Moisturiser. 


                                                101 Ointment  ~ Lanolips

                                                  This is a must pack item for your next trip! There are so many uses for the ointment and it's perfect for any climate your in. So be sure to use it to keep your lips, dry skin patches and nasal passages moisturised. 

                                                  101 Ointment.


                                                  Coconut Wipes ~ Cocobetty

                                                    Take Cocobetty's coconut oil wipes with you on holiday. They are individual wrapped to make it easier for you to take on your travels. Removes make-up easily while also nourishing the skin.  

                                                    Coconut oil wipes.


                                                    Travel Pack ~ Onne 

                                                      You'll want to pack this travel set in your carry on luggage. It'll be perfect for a long haul flight where you'll want to freshen up. You get a complexion cream, balancing body balm, clarifying cleanser, towel and cute carry bag. Ensuring that your skin is nourished and glowing for when you arrive at your destination!  

                                                      Onne Travel Pack. 


                                                      Hydrating Skin Tonic~ Born Again Body


                                                        Are you heading to the beach on your vacay? You'll definitely need to keep the Hydrating Skin Tonic close by! It's a lightweight body spray that can be used as a daily moisturiser, best used after sun exposure. So if you're soaking up the European sun on your trip be sure to use the spray to replenish your skin!

                                                          Hydrating Skin Tonic. 


                                                          Rose Gold Elixir ~ Farsali

                                                          You definitely would have seen the Insta-famous Farsali. The fast absorbing, lightweight oil, infused with 24k Gold. Perfect for all skin types to add more moisture and replenish the skin. A great addition to your travel luggage to ensure your skin is in the best condition!  

                                                          Farsali Rose Gold Elixir. 

                                                          For more travel inspo read our Q&A with Lara Kamnik @your_passport

                                                          August 22, 2018 — jess craig
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