Caftans are the classy way to stay cool in summer!

When the weather is hot and humid, it can be really difficult to find something smart to wear that won’t leave you in a sweat!

Caftans were all the rage in the 60’s and 70’s and then they lost favour for a while. Many fashion styles go full circle over time and caftans are very much back in fashion. They are glamorous and casual all at the same time and their loose design and fit makes them the perfect choice for a warm day.

Dress them up with heels and a little bling, or dress them down depending on where you are going. Either way you will look fabulous and be really comfortable. You can choose from full length or a shorter variety that looks great teamed with a pair of pants or shorts.

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‘City Inca’ from SUNFLAIR®

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‘Colour Bang’ from SUNFLAIR®

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‘Sea Fantasy’ from OPERA®

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‘Mumbai Calling’ from SUNFLAIR®

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‘Garden Dots’ from SUNFLAIR®

These are just a few of the beautiful resort wear pieces that have just been released in Australia and New Zealand. They really are so versatile and look great at the beach or out for lunch. The hardest part is picking just one.

For the complete look, each of these caftans has matching swimwear in both bikini’s and one-pieces for a totally co-ordinated look.

Which one is your favourite?

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Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival 2017

Months of preparation and planning are needed to put on a spectacular show like the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival and once again FASH’N SPLASH were grateful to be part of this special 10th Anniversary event.

Showcasing SUNFLAIR® and OPERA® and giving the press and public a glimpse into the new season swimwear that will arrive later this year, benefits all our retailers as it boosts public knowledge of our brands. The extensive press coverage filters way beyond just the local area of the Sunshine Coast.

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It takes a crowd to get our swimwear on the runway and one of the best things about this parade is that models of all sizes and ages are used to really help show the public that you can look fabulous in a swimsuit even if you are not 18 years old and a size 6!

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A few beauties in black ready to shine in SUNFLAIR® and OPERA®!

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‘Sea Dome’ from SUNFLAIR® ready to dazzle the crowd! (left and right)

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A few snippets from the stage, including some very cool SUNMAN®!

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A very big thankyou to all the cast and crew that work tirelessly to stage such a world class event that we are very grateful to participate in. Enhancing the reputation of our brands is vital for all our success and being part of a world class event such as this one is very worthwhile.

Why not get a group of girlfriends together and have a fun weekend away….next year!

Swimwear For Real Women!

It really can be disheartening to see magazines or brochures for swimwear that are full of slim and stunning models. Of course they look fabulous, that’s why they are paid to fun around for hours with very little on, and together with a little photoshop tinkering they look totally amazing.

The reality is that very few women look that fabulous in a swimsuit and most women, no matter what size they are will think they look terrible. Swimsuit confidence can be hard to find but thankfully there are a few things to look out for when buying your next swimsuit that can make all the difference.

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We are all different shapes and sizes and looking forward to going swimming and enjoying time in the great outdoors is much more important than whether you have lumps or bumps.

Just have a look at these amazing women who are known as the Vintage Calendar Girls and they were fabulous models for our SUNFLAIR® and OPERA® swimsuits last month as part of the ‘Bringing Booty Back’ event. This was part of the Horizon Festival and was held in beautiful Eumundi at the Imperial Hotel.

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Tip No 1. Invest in a quality swimsuit.

A cheap swimsuit will save you dollars but the thin fabric will do nothing to give you a nice shape and more than likely will not offer good support for your bust when you really need it.

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Quality fabric is considerably thicker and goes a long way to improving your shape. For exceptional tummy control and waist slimming you can not beat a SUNFLAIR® shapeWear swimsuit that has cleverly concealed panels sewn in to help create a beautiful shape.

Tip No 2. Don’t miss out on wearing a bikini.

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You don’t need to skip wearing a bikini because you are worried about your ‘muffin top’, simply choose a bikini with a more generous cut pant. It will sit closer to your waist and will help hold the tummy in place.

Tip No. 3. How to hide your thighs.

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If you will not let the world see your thighs and you miss out on swimming because of it, there is always a skirted swimsuit as the perfect option. Every season there is always a selection of stunning swimsuits with the added skirt that will let you look smart and classy.

Most importantly just about every other lady at the beach will think they are not flawless, and really who cares. Embrace every curve and enjoy being able to go for a swim in style.

Thank you to Rich Events Photography for these gorgeous photo’s.

Discover all the natural delights of Broome!

If you want a holiday full of exciting things to do with stunning views as a backdrop, you can’t beat a visit to Broome. This seaside town is famous for being a hub to the Australian pearl industry but there are so many other delights to discover.

PRETTY PEARLS

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Australian pearls are world famous for their quality and size and it is impossible to visit Broome and not get immersed in the luxury of these pretty spheres. There are quite a few places where you can learn all about the pearling industry and purchase the perfect holiday souvenir. 200 km north of Broome is Cygnet Bay that allows you to tour an actual pearl farm at work.

TURTLE KAYAK ADVENTURES

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The pristine waters of Broome are the perfect playground for turtles and what better way to meet the locals than going for a paddle along the coastline for a little turtle spotting. What a fun way to get some exercise whilst on holidays!

HORIZONTAL FALLS

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If you love to pack some adventure into your getaway then this trip will be hard to beat. The stunning natural phenomenon of tidal surge that is Horizontal Falls is amazing in itself, but to experience this you need to hop on a seaplane to Talbot Bay and when you have had an adrenalin packed falls experience, you can meet the local sharks from the safety of a huge shark proof cage. Full on fabulous!

AQUA BROOME

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A visit to Aqua Broome will let you meet ALL the local sea life but you don’t have to get wet! This attraction has lots of displays that feature marine creatures that call northern Western Australia home so you will see some unique fish species.

SUNSET WITH A DIFFERENCE

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As the sun starts to set, why not enjoy the spectacular scene on a gentle walk along the beach on the back of a camel. There are a few companies that offer these tours so you can truly enjoy seeing the sun go down.

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Once the sun has set, the best views are straight up. Astro Tours will allow you to marvel at the most stunning skies with telescopes that will help make the most of the pollution free views that have to be seen to be believed. This really has to be one of the most beautiful ways to spend a couple of hours.

Before you dip your toe into the warm ocean make sure you call into Azure Beach and Resort Wear on Johnny Chi Lane in Chinatown that stock a large selection of our swimwear.

 

 

Fun For All The Family In Port Macquarie

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Port Macquarie is a beautiful coastal city in New South Wales that is home to stunning beaches, rain forest and national parks that is easily accessible by car or plane. You could easily just spend your days walking along miles of beaches and swimming in the sea, but if you like your holiday to include some fun activities, there are plenty of fun things to do.

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GO FOR A RIDE – Depending on the pace you prefer why not try a camel ride along the beach, a horseback ride in the surrounding hills or if you like things super fast you must try Wave Rider. This unique boat will have you cruising around the picturesque waters at 100km per hour for a whale watching tour with a difference.

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TALK TO THE ANIMALS – Not only can you talk to the animals, you can cuddle them, feed them and take lots of cute photo’s with them at Billabong Zoo. There are over 80 species that call this place home and there are lots of interactive activities that you can join in to. Cuddling a Koala should definitely be on your wish list.

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WALK THROUGH THE RAIN FOREST – Sea Acres Rain Forest Centre allows you to marvel at the natural beauty of coast rain forest habitat with a 13km elevated boardwalk that allows you to walk at your own pace as you discover plants and animals that call this place home. You can also join in an Aboriginal Cultural tour and sample traditional bush tucker delicacies.

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MAKE A SPLASH –  Waterskiing and wakeboarding is a fun way to make lots of splashes and Stoney Park is the place to make that happen. Two man made lakes are fully equipped with jumps, ramps and slides and whether you are a beginner or expert, you will have a great day speeding around in a safe environment.

Port Macquarie offers accommodation from budget through to luxury, extensive shopping and dining opportunities and so much natural beauty that you could spend weeks there and not get bored.

Before you get wet make sure you get a beautiful new swim suit from PCHI Resort and Swimwear, Shop 9 at Port Central.

 

 

Magnetic Island, the perfect island holiday for any budget!

One of the best ways to escape the winter blues is to run away to a Queensland Island, but many of them can put quite a dent in your bank balance. If you think you can’t afford it as most Queensland Island holidays are quite expensive, this might be the perfect solution.

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There is a large variety of accommodation that you will certainly allow you to be able to find something to suit your budget. Magnetic Island is a large island with beautiful beaches, lots of national park space and they average 320 sunny days per year!

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Located just off Townsville, you can fly in and transfer to Magnetic Island via passenger ferry in approximately 20 minutes or you can drive and use the vehicle ferry and take your car with you, which makes it easy to get around whilst you are there.

If spending your entire holiday lying under a palm tree seems a little too boring, there plenty of things to do to help fill those sunny days.

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  • If you like things fast paced, then a jet ski tour around the island will fit the bill.
  • Enjoy a sailing adventure and enjoy the sights above and below the water.
  • Hike through the natural beauty of the national park and find your own secluded beach of which there are a few and only accessible on foot.
  • Try your hand at fishing or just enjoy watching the fish with a snorkel and mask.
  • Hire a sailboard, canoe or aqua bike and get in some fun exercise.
  • Take a trail bike for a spin.
  • Enjoy some shopping time with plenty of shops from food to fashion.
  • Ride a horse.
  • Enjoy a variety of restaurants.
  • Take a guided sea kayak and meet some of the locals, such as dolphins or turtles.
  • Play a round of golf at the championship level course.
  • Hire a colourful moke and take a spin with the warm tropical breeze in your hair.

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With all the watery fun that you will have on Magnetic Island you will definitely need a new swimsuit or three. Fortunately we have a stockist on the island that can help fit you with beautiful new swimwear.  Call in to Magnetic Touch at Harbourside Plaza, Nelly Bay.

 

 

Pretty Places To Go Swimming In Darwin!

It is always hot in Darwin, and if the temperature dips below 30C the locals will think it is cool. There is not shortage of beautiful beaches in Darwin to discover, but there are many months throughout the year where it is not safe to swim thanks to jellyfish who call that area home.

Thankfully there are some fabulous places that you can visit to help you find relief from the heat and you also get to enjoy some stunning scenery at the same time.

LAKE BENNETT

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Lake Bennett is a comfortable day trip from Darwin with just under 100km each way. This large lake is a safe place to swim, but also has the benefit of a resort situated on the waters edge so you have access to a restaurant and bar plus you can hire canoes and go paddling around. The lake is teaming with Barramundi, so this would be the perfect spot to try your hand at fishing and see if you can catch one of those delectable creatures.

BULEY ROCKHOLE

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You will need a very full day to visit Buley Rockhole as it is located about 2 hours out of Darwin. In return for the effort, you will be mesmerised by the beauty of Litchfield National Park that is worth exploring on foot. When you need to cool down there are a selection of water holes with cascade features that will do the trick nicely.

LAKE ALEXANDER

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This safe swimming spot is not far from the city centre and is located right next to the beach. Enjoy a walk along the sand and then cool down in the lake during the months where it is unsafe to splash in the ocean. There are plenty of walking and cycling paths around the lake, a playground to keep the kids happy and BBQ facilities if you want to make a day of it.

BERRY SPRINGS NATURE PARK

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Just one hour out of Darwin and you are in a little of nature that is perfect if you love a good long walk before a BBQ lunch. The water is safe to swim in and crystal clear. Pack a pair of goggles and you will be able to do plenty of fish spotting whilst you get relief from the heat.

Before you head off for a nice dip, make sure you have a swimsuit!

You can call in to our local stockist Splash on Knuckey, 56 Smith Street, Darwin to find a stunning new swimsuit.