Whether it’s a sophisticated cocktail event in London or a beach party in Ibiza, it’s essential to find an outfit you feel great in every time you put it on. The girls at Austique have selected three of their favorite looks from the #AUSTIQUESTORIES The Event that promise to impress.
It’s hard to believe that we are over half way through August already, and while Summer isn’t over just yet, the Austique girls are already beginning to plan their Autumn/Winter wardrobes in preparation for the coming season. Take a look at our top 3 outfit picks from the #AUSTIQUESTORIES Transeasonal Edit to stay ahead of the curve…
Sun-kissed skin, toes in the sand, fresh sea water on our skin and a cocktail every night with no guilt, is what we lust after when Summer time arrives. Read on as we try our best to forget the changeable British weather, and the Austique girls give you their favourite beach holiday destinations…
RACHAEL – ECOMMERCE MERCHANDISER
OK so I’m going to be controversial and say that I’m really not a big beach holiday fan – #killjoy. The sand that finds its way into every nook and cranny, the salty seawater filled with slimy seaweed, the general public…all in all not my cup of tea. That being said, there is one beach getaway that meets my unreasonably high standards – the island of Formentera in the Balearics. Just a stone’s throw from the White Isle, and with a slightly more relaxing atmosphere, Formentera is a tropical oasis that will suit even the fussiest of beach goers.
NICOLA – ECOMMERCE INTERN
With my family based in Cyprus, I love going to the beautiful island every year. Besides the obvious delicious food and historic culture, the beaches are just as iconic. Clear waters, sandy beaches, water sports and beach bars are found at the resort of Protaras on the East Coast-the perfect location for a mix of relaxation and partying and a hot spot for the locals of Cyprus.
ERIKA – STORE MANAGER
My favourite beach holiday has to be Hamilton Island, one of the Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia. I know it’s a little far flung but it is (as are the rest of the Whitsundays) one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. To put it into perspective when I first arrived I thought I had stepped straight into a Bounty advert! The weather is glorious; you have azure waters, white sand and stunning coral reef. Naturally because you are situated on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef the snorkelling and diving is beautiful. The sailing is fun too so from Hamilton Island you can also skipper a boat or join a tour which takes you all around the Whitsunday’s. It really is just paradise!
ALICE – ECOMMERCE ASSISTANT
The Ionian Islands in Greece have to be my favourite beach holiday destination. Each island has a village, beach or cave to discover and explore. A boat is the best way to get around the islands and find the beautiful isolated coves and caves. Swim ashore and enjoy the deserted cliff-backed sandy beaches that are surrounded by the crystal clear waters and stunning countryside.
With temperatures rising and beach photos filling your Instagram feed, London may not be the most desirable city during the Summer months…Not to worry, here at Austique, we have some ideas of what you can get up to in this beautiful, lively city! Read on to discover things to do now in London…
1. Open Air Theatre, Regents Park
A London landmark, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre provides a cultural hub in the beautiful setting of a Royal Park. One of the largest auditoriums in London, there is a sense of an intimate, buzzing atmosphere. Enjoy a picnic on the lawns or Pimms at the bar under the fairy lights. Dynamic productions run throughout the year, this Summer you can watch the classic production of To Kill A Mockingbird.
2. The Power of Summer, Battersea Power Station
A cinema experience like no other, Battersea Power Station and Everyman cinema have teamed up to bring you screenings of classic films under the towers of the Power Station. Street Feast will also be there providing lots of delicious food stalls from across London.
3. Chiltern Firehouse
A former fire station in Marylebone, André Balasz has created a restaurant with chef Nuno Mendez. A lively, A-lister hot spot and New York-style brasserie with high ceilings, hanging light fittings, large mirrors and a busy open kitchen, guests are greeted by attractive top-hatted doormen and escorted to a garden courtyard to their tables. The restaurant offers a delicious French cuisine.
4. FEAST, Tobacco Dock, London
This weekend, FEAST food festival is back to celebrate London’s diverse and rich food culture with the energetic, high quality food experience that is taking place in East London. FEAST includes butcheries, cocktail-making master classes alongside London’s best restaurants and food vendors.
5. Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts
Spend those rainy days in a cultural ambiance at The Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy which always guarantees to entertain. With a selection of over 1,200 diverse works from paintings to sculptures, it is a perfect way to familiarise yourself with the best artworks in London.
When it comes to holiday packing, being economical with your suitcase allowance is imperative – although admittedly difficult at times! Take a look as we give you a quick run down of our Top 5 Go-To products for your next beach vacation, from your multi-tasking beauty must-haves to the ultimate beach coverup…
HAT ATTACK MADAGASCAR TOTE
The ultimate luxury beach accessory, this gorgeous Madagascar Tote by Hat Attack is large enough to hold all your vacation essentials, plus a few not-so-essentials to boot. It’s hand-woven finishing will offer extra durability on those sandy shores, and also adds an air of supreme quality to this beautiful bag. This piece is sure to become your new holiday must-have, year in, year out.
LUCAS PAPAW OINTMENT
This multi-tasking salve works as a local topical application for boils, burns, chafing, cuts, cracked skin, gravel rash, splinters, open wounds, insect bites and nappy rash – so it’s fair to describe it as a bit of an all-rounder. One of our hero beauty products at Austique every season, Lucas Papaw Ointment is guaranteed to rescue you from any holiday mishap, and the handy 25g tube means that it can fit into even the smallest of clutch bags (or, dare we say, bum bags).
ZIMMERMANN SUNDANCE FRILL BIKINI
A classic two-piece that will never go out of style, this Zimmermann Sundance Frill Bikini is super flattering without compromising on style. The plain black bottoms can be mix and matched with your other bikinis, and offer a slimming cut that will boost your confidence on the beach. For all the sun-worshippers, the bone structure design of the frill top allows the straps to be removed whilst maintaining support, plus the deep V neckline will minimise those unwanted pale patches.
ESSIE DJ PLAY THAT SONG
The perfect polish for the Ibiza closing parties, Essie nail polish in DJ Play That Song promises a streak-free application and long-lasting wear – the dream characteristics of any holiday manicure. This striking purple hue will look gorgeous against a tan, and is a versatile colour that offers something different to the classic French manicure.
LEMLEM BEZEZ TUNIC
Versatile and stylish, this Bezez Tunic by Lemlem can be worn either as a beach coverup over your bikini, or as the perfect pool to bar piece paired with sandals and glamorous jewels by Zara Simon. Furthermore Lemlem founder Liya Kebede’s support of traditional weavers in Ethiopia means that her pieces both look beautiful and are also ethically produced.