And she wore…

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Bikini – Made by Dawn; Sunglasses – Prada; Earrings – souvenir from Portugal; Lipstick – Sephora

Location: Tortola, BVI

I like the idea of accessorising a bikini as an outfit in itself, rather than just wearing it for tanning and swimwear. Something about the blue velvet of this one (Made by Dawn) makes you feel like you’re wearing something more glamorous than the usual nylon bikini – even if fundamentally it’s still just two bits of material covering up the essentials! The bralette shape of the top and low bottoms are really flattering but I get the sense this bikini is intended as a more romantic statement piece, rather than just being sexy or functional beachgear. The material is really soft, dries surprisingly quickly, and looks amazing in the sunlight, which makes me wonder why more swimsuits aren’t made with velvet! I couldn’t resist matching this look with red lipstick and earrings similar to the ones that Isabella Rossellini wears in Blue Velvet – one of my all-time favourite movies.

And she wore…

San Juan

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Dress – Dante e Maria COTONE MODA; Sunglasses – Dolce & Gabbana; Bag – Fendi; Shoes – Taccetti; Jacket – Jean Paul Gaultier 

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico: another island! I evidently don’t like to be landlocked. We thought we’d skip the beaches this time though (shock horror) and hit the capital, San Juan, instead. The centre, Old San Juan, is a cobblestoney maze of confetti-coloured buildings. Even the cobblestones themselves – made from blue and silver stone – are colourful. Typically Caribbean with its flower-adorned houses and ocean view, its pretty piazzas and ridiculously well-maintained Spanish Colonial architecture also give it (unsurprisingly), a really European feel. It’s a Caribbean/European/American city-paradise!

I love this silk slip/dress from Italian company Dante e Maria; it’s so easy and simple that it meant I could get away with wearing it with this crazy jacket from JPG. I matched it with some orange/bronze heels from Taccetti – another Italian company, which seriously makes the most beautiful shoes ever. Loving the giant bows!

San Juan

South of Zabriskie

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Bikini – Yamamay; Sunglasses – vintage Ray Ban; Cuff – souvenir from Anegada.

Location – Anegada, BVI

One way to get rid of island fever is, naturally, to go and visit another island. Welcome to Anegada, one of the weirdest and most beautiful places I have ever been. Half swamp, half milky-blue Caribbean paradise, it is an eerily deserted and ridiculously cool place. We got there on the tiniest propeller plane ever, which for someone with a morbid fear of flying, (yes I realise this is also a travel blog!) was pretty intense. I even got to fly the plane for a terrifying 10 seconds! The pics were taken on Cow Wreck beach, where a ship carrying cow bones sank last century. Told you it was eerie!

I love the sleekness of this bikini from Yamamay. It’s sporty yet stylish as well as being a really unique design. I also love the pale blue and gold as a colour combination. Very Seventies. The material is slightly shimmery which looks lovely in the sun and looks great against a tan. I matched it with some seventies-looking gold vintage Ray Bans and a mother-of-pearl cuff I found on Anegada.

South of Zabriskie

Dolce Salsedine

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One-piece – American Apparel; Sunglasses – Dolce & Gabbana; Bracelet – Sodini 

Location: Tortola – BVI

Who said one-pieces couldn’t be sexy? Hmm probably no-one ever, but a solid black one-piece doesn’t exactly sound earth-shatteringly exciting and seeing this on a rack/online really doesn’t do this swimsuit justice. The ultra-high cut at the ‘waist??’ makes a seemingly ordinary one-piece really sexy. The in-built underwire bra gives support and acts as push-up too! The straps adjust too making it all in all a really well-made swimsuit. I’m so in love with it I’m really tempted to order it in pink too but..must..resist. The look reminded me of Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita so I accesorized with some tortoise-shell Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses and a chunky solid white bracelet.

Dolce Salsedine