The Accessories You Need for a Beach Weekend

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Summer is now beginning to draw to a close, meaning that if you were looking to get away to the beach for a weekend, now is the time to plan it. From sunglasses to a waterproof phone case, these are the accessories that you should not forget to pack.

Waterproof Phone Case
Water is everywhere at the beach, and even if you do not plan on taking your phone into the sea with you, you should still consider some extra protection for it. A protective waterproof phone case will not only ensure that your phone stays dry, but it will also prevent any sand or dirt from entering it, leaving you free to use your phone throughout the weekend without having to worry about causing any damage.

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A Beach Bag
A beach bag is absolutely essential to tote all of your belongings around in, but you need to ensure that this properly fastens up, so that your bag will not end up filled with sand. A bag that has separate compartments will always be useful, especially if you are carrying valuables, and you should also try to opt for one that has been crafted from a waterproof material.

Sunglasses
The skin around your eyes is much more delicate than that on the rest of your face, which is why this is often the first area to show signs of wrinkles and fine lines. Since the sun is responsible for up to 90% of facial wrinkles, sunglasses are one of the best ways to protect your eye area from the damaging effects of the sun. Make sure that your sunglasses are UV blocking, and opt for a wraparound style if you want extra protection on the sides of your face.

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A Sarong
While you will likely be wearing swimwear throughout the weekend, there will always come times when you need to cover up, and a sarong is perfect for this. This is one of the most versatile items of clothing out there, as it can be used in so many ways. Whether you wrap it into a dress or a skirt, or use it as a beach blanket, this is an accessory that you will definitely want by your side, and it will also not take up too much room in your luggage.

Flat Sandals
If you are planning a night out on the town, you may want to pack a pair of heels, but, during the day, nothing beats a pair of quality flat sandals. These match with just about everything, and you could even opt for a pair that features elaborate beading or leather straps if you want them to take on a dressier edge. Sandals can also easily fit into just about any beach bag, meaning that you can conveniently swap them for another pair of shoes if you need to.

Deciding what to pack for a beach weekend can be difficult, as you do not want to overpack, but you also do not want to leave anything important behind. From your sunglasses to your sandals, make sure that all of these items have a place in your luggage before you set off.

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Strut Your Summer Style on Your Next Beach Vacay

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Whether you plan on spending time at a local beach, or are heading off for a tropical island getaway, everybody always wants to look their best when strutting their stuff on the sand. From boho chic to feminine and flirty, here is some inspiration for those who are looking to update their summer style.

Boho Chic
For those who are looking to create a boho chic look, a bikini is best, and preferably one that has some added stitching details or embroidery. Crocheted bikinis also fit into this style well, but they often do not hold up properly in the water, so this is something to consider if you were hoping to do a fair amount of swimming or try out some water sports. To complete your boho look, add a flowing beach cover-up, such as a caftan, and top this with a wide-brimmed hat.

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Colourful and Fun
Summer is all about brightness and vibrancy, meaning that it is a great time to put together a fun and colourful beach outfit. Look for a bikini or a one piece that features a bold print, whether this may be feminine florals or statement graphics. For a cover-up, opt for some white shorts and a single coloured tank top, as you do not want these to clash with your bikini, but jazz this look up with accessories, whether this be colourful stacked bracelets or beaded sandals.

Mismatched Two-Pieces
Buying new swimwear each season can be tiresome, especially if you already have a wardrobe full of different styles. This year, rather than purchasing several more, try to mix up your look by donning a mismatched two-piece. Whether this means mixing a printed top with solid bottoms, or a frilly top with bikini shorts, this is a great way to add more of your own personal style into your look.

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Maxi Dress
If you do not plan on baring all of your skin at the beach, then a maxi dress is the perfect style to go for, whether you wear this on its own or over your swimwear. A bright print is ideal for a day at the beach, and can easily be dressed up later on in the evening with a pair of heels and some added accessories.

Tankinis
Tankinis are similar to bikinis, except for the fact that, instead of featuring a regular bikini top, the top section is styled in a similar way to that of a tank top, offering you more coverage. This makes it well-suited for those who do not want to show off their stomach on the beach, but who still want a two piece style. Tankinis are available in so many different styles, colours and prints, meaning that they can be adapted into all of the beach looks mentioned above.

Now that spring is here, this is the perfect time to begin planning your summer wardrobe. Whether your style is boho and down-to-earth or bold and colourful, these ideas will ensure that you look nothing but stylish this summer on the beach.

Hot Beach Must Haves

While the summer months are a favorite amongst many, they do also present a unique set of fashion challenges, especially at the beach. For those who want to look chic on the sand but still feel comfortable and protected from the sun, take a look at these hot beach must haves.

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Triangle Bikini
Triangle bikinis are timeless, never really seeming to go out of style. With so many different versions of them out there, it is also relatively easy to find one that will suit just about every body type. For a chic and sporty black and white two piece, take a look at the bikinis from Mikoh, while those who are after something more feminine will love the floral triangle bikini from Brynja.

White Onesie
A casual white onesie is ideal for a day at the beach, as it can easily be worn over your swimwear, and by having an all-in-one piece, it will save you time when it comes to putting together your whole outfit. Zimmerman have designed a range of rompers in a variety of fabrics and prints, and their white pieces really stand out. The Belle Bustier Romper has a delicate feminine quality to it, while the Realm Scallop Romper plays with different textures to create a simple yet stunning look.

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Aviators
Aviators always look stylish, and do a great job at protecting your eyes, and the skin around them, from the sun. For those who like to view the world through rose-tinted glasses, the aviators by Victoria Beckham will be right up your street, while those who would prefer a more classic, dark-tinted style, will find this at Givenchy.

Crimson Shorts
Bright, bold colors are bang on trend for this summer, and a pair of crimson shorts will be easy to style with other pieces. For a gorgeous lace pair, head on over to Dolce & Gabanna, while those who are seeking something lighter can opt for the red and white striped shorts from Land’s End, or the even more laid-back pair from Alice and Olivia.

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Sun Hat
A sun hat is always a must-have accessory for the beach, and this season sees some elegant new styles being created by top international designers, making it easy to give your beach outfit a high fashion touch. The New York Cape Stripe sun hat by Kate Spade is a classic black and white, making it easy to style, and is also designed to be convenient to pack, making it ideal for beach vacations. For a timeless floppy straw hat, J.Crew have a design in both black and tan, and is a piece that you could wear for many years to come.

Retro Bikini
It is always a good idea to have at least two go-to pieces of swimwear, and if a triangle bikini is going to be one, a retro bikini can be your other. She Made Me is an Australian brand that has created a range of crocheted bikinis, while Lisa Marie Fernandez has a few retro styles that are truly one-of-a-kind.

Putting together a beach outfit that looks stylish, yet is comfortable enough to wear under the hot sun, can often be difficult. However, if you have a few go-to beach pieces in your wardrobe that are classic and easy to style, you will not have any problems putting together chic looks all summer long.

The Beauty of Ocean Art

Artistic creation made using plastic found in the body of birds

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World Oceans Day fell on the 8th of June, with this year’s focus being on preventing plastic ocean pollution. In support of this, artists from all over the world have created exciting new pieces that make use of marine plastic, hoping that the beauty and exploratory nature of their ocean art will inspire others to think deeply about their individual role when it comes to plastic ocean pollution.

Plastic Beach by Gilles Cenazandotti
Gilles Cenazandotti is a French artist that has created a collection titled Plastic Beach. Featuring life-sized sculptures of various animals, each piece has been created using plastic litter that the artist has found on a beach. Focussing on endangered animal species, each sculpture is extraordinarily detailed, yet draw attention to the large amount of litter that ends up deposited on beaches. By placing these sculptures in natural environments, the artist manages to create an almost dystopian scene, in which animals have evolved in unpredictable ways.

Oceanic by Nick Pumphrey
Nick Pumphrey is a fashion and lifestyle photographer, as well as an ambassador for an Australian organization that deals with ocean pollution. On a recent diving trip to Nusa Lembongan, which is near Bali, Indonesia, the photographer was horrified at what he witnessed below the surface of the ocean and luckily had his camera with him to capture the experience. These powerful images feature marine life swimming through a sea of ocean trash, showcasing an underwater viewpoint that is rarely seen by the public.

Hong Kong Soup 1826 by Mandy Barker
Hong Kong Soup 1826 is a series of photographs that feature the waste collected from over 30 different Hong Kong beaches. Each and every day, around 1826 tons of plastic waste from Hong Kong is dumped into landfills, hence the title of the series and each of the images created has significance when it comes to Hong Kong culture, traditions and events. The artist hopes to raise awareness of the massive amount of waste that Hong Kong creates each day, by creating an emotional response from the public, which could possibly lead to social change.

Floating Artifacts by Evelyn Rydz
Floating Artifacts is a series of photographs and illustrations featuring man-made objects that have been washed ashore. The artist collected these objects before examining them under a microscope and then creating her photographs and illustrations, presenting them in a way that allows the viewer to truly see them up close. This close-up view makes each of these small pieces of debris seem almost like shards of ancient pottery, or even sparkling gemstones, while showing the effect that the ocean has had on these various objects over the years.

Art has always had the power to inspire and move people, and with ocean pollution having such a devastating impact on the planet, artists all over the world are focussing on the subject. From the detailed photographs of Evelyn Rydz to the life-sized sculptures of Gilles Cenazandotti, each of these artists has managed to create beauty from ocean pollution, while highlighting the urgency of the current situation.

Happy Mother’s Day

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Held each year on the second Sunday of May, Mother’s Day can be traced back to the 1870’s, conceived with the aim of recognizing and honoring all that mothers do. The idea behind Mother’s Day remains unchanged, and with this special day quickly approaching, here are some one-of-a-kind ways in which you can celebrate, ensuring that your mother knows just how much she means to you.

A Special Meal
It can be difficult trying to arrange a meal at a restaurant that is truly extra-special, but booking a chef’s table for a meal guarantees an experience that your mother would never forget. With a table located in the kitchen itself, your mother will be able to witness meal preparations up-close, while learning more about the chef and the food that is produced. While a chef’s table meal will no doubt draw some excited gasps, there are plenty of other ways to plan a special meal. This can easily be done at home, no matter what your cooking skill level may be, with decorations and fun games to make the evening even more memorable.

Family celebrating Mother's Day

Bring the Generations Together
A huge family get-together, with all of the different mothers in your extended family, is a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. If the weather allows, a barbecue is a great way in which to do this, as it is casual enough for everyone to enjoy, and you will not be limited on the number of guests that can attend.

A Video Chat Celebration
If you are not fortunate enough to be able to physically spend Mother’s Day with your mother, then make the most of technology, and digitally celebrate the day with her. Skype, or any other video chatting software, is a great way to do this, and there are many ways that you can make your video chat session a memorable one. Whether you watch a movie “together”, or cook and enjoy the same meal at the same time, your mother will definitely be able to feel your love and presence, even if you may be on the other side of the world.

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A Daycation
Mother’s Day is the ideal opportunity to take your mother away for the day, treating her to a one-of-a-kind daycation. The location, and activities, that you choose should be tailored to your mother’s interests. For fun and escapism, head to a nearby beach for the day, where you can either picnic under the sun, or enjoy an invigorating hike through nature. For mothers who love to cook, a tasting tour around a nearby foodie city would always be appreciated, while mothers who have a soft spot for animals may enjoy spending the day at a wildlife refuge.

Mother’s Day is all about showing appreciation to your mother, meaning that it does not need to be focussed on extravagant gifts. Instead, take some time to really think about what your mother would enjoy and appreciate, and try to tailor your celebrations to this, as the effort and thought that you put into the day will mean just as much as the celebrations themselves.

Hair Taming Tips for the Beach

As much fun as spending the summer on the beach may be, it brings with it several beauty challenges, with wild, frizzy beach hair being one in particular that drives many women crazy. OROGOLD brings you some of our top hair taming tips for the beach, to help make sure that you never see a bad hair day this summer.

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Hydrating Conditioners
Since the sun can quickly dry out hair, a hydrating conditioner is a must. If you use only shampoo, without a conditioner, this will leave you with much fluffier hair, which will be even harder to tame once you’re at the beach. OROGOLD recommends liberally applying a leave-in conditioning mask to your hair, and then wrapping it up in a scarf while at the beach. This will not only protect your hair from sun damage, but will also give the conditioner plenty of time to penetrate into your hair, as the sun helps it to set, resulting in silky smooth locks when you remove the scarf.

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Moisturizing Oil
After a swim, it is essential that you re-hydrate your hair, as the salt water can quickly draw out any moisture. A moisturizing oil is usually the most effective, and cheapest, way to do this. OROGOLD recommends applying either coconut or almond oil to the ends of your hair to seal the tips, as these are the parts that will dry out the most. Coconut and almond oil also both naturally contain a small amount of SPF, and will give you some extra sun protection in addition to hydration. OROGOLD suggests creating a mixture of coconut oil and water in a spray bottle and taking this along to the beach with you, giving your hair a little spritz whenever you feel that it could benefit from some extra moisture.

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Use a Wide-Toothed Comb
Using a brush on wet hair will damage it, as wet hair is much more susceptible to breakage. A wide-toothed comb will help to eliminate any tangles, preventing your hair from becoming a tangled frizzy mess.

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Shampoo Less Frequently
Shampooing your hair strips it of its natural oils, which you need to keep your hair healthy while at the beach. Using a dry shampoo in between hair washing sessions should help to reduce the frequency at which you wash your hair. If you feel as though your hair feels extra oily without the same amount of shampooing, OROGOLD recommends dabbing a cotton ball that has been soaked in witch hazel onto your scalp, as this will help to dissolve any excess oil.

Nobody wants to have to worry about their hair while at the beach, and OROGOLD’s hair taming tips should help you to keep your beach hair under control, allowing you to concentrate on having a great time. Keep in mind that prevention is always better than a cure, so it is essential that you take care of your hair and keep it as healthy as possible this summer, to avoid having to deal with any damaged hair once the season is over.

Your Summer Vacation Essentials – OROGOLD Reviews

Packing for a summer vacation leaves many of us with the same dilemma; how to pack as light as possible without having to leave much-loved items behind. To begin with, OROGOLD recommends you to make a list of all your basic essentials, such as underwear and a pair of jeans, and be sure to strictly follow your list. Include all the items that you will be packing at the last minute on your list, such as your toothbrush and your phone charger, to ensure that you do not end up forgetting anything important.

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Bathing Suits
If you’re going to be spending your vacation by the beach, you will definitely need to pack more than one bathing suit, as nobody likes squeezing themselves into a wet one. Don’t forget to also pack some cover-ups – a sarong or a stretchy sun dress work especially well if you need to head off to other activities straight from the beach.

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Shoes
A pair of flip-flops is essential if you’re spending time by the beach or pool, and can be paired with plenty of outfits for a casual, beachy look. You will also need a pair of shoes for going out at night, as many nicer places won’t let you in if you are wearing flip-flops. A pair of wedge sandals are comfortable and will work with many outfits. If you plan on doing some outdoor activities, such as hiking or playing a sport, be sure to bring along a pair of sneakers.

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Skincare and Haircare Products
Sunscreen is a must for any summer vacation, and keeping your skin protected should always be your number one priority. The heat of the sun can also dry out your hair, so bring along a small amount of leaveP-in conditioner, as well as a spray that will help to hydrate your hair. Don’t forget about sunglasses, as these will help to protect your eyes from the glare of the sun. Sunglasses are convenient to pack, so it could be a good idea to bring a few different pairs, as sunglasses are an easy way to change the dynamic of your outfit.

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Warm Clothes
Even if you plan on visiting somewhere hot and tropical, you should always bring along something warmer to throw on top of your outfit, just in case it starts to rain or a cool front blows in. Since these are bulkier to pack, consider wearing your warmer clothes on the plane, as this will save you space in your suitcase whilst keeping you cozy and comfortable during your journey.

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Multi-Gadget Chargers
These days, we travel with so many electronics, including phones, cameras, MP3 players, tablets, e-book readers, and much more. Rather than bringing along a separate charger for each, which not only takes up more space in your suitcase but also means you have more to remember when it comes time to return home, purchase a multi-gadget charger, which allows you to charge all of your devices with one charger.

When packing for your summer vacation, don’t forget to leave some empty space in your suitcase for any shopping that you may do. Make sure to also bring a mini travel first aid kit along with you, with items that will have you prepared for cuts and scrapes, colds and stomach bugs, as well as motion sickness, ensuring that no matter what happens on your vacation, you will be able to handle it.

Nautical Home Design – OROGOLD Reviews

The beach-inspired nautical look is one style that never goes out of fashion, and looks great no matter where you live. ORO GOLD believes that bringing the spirit of the ocean into your home in a stylish and classy way is much easier than you would think, and there are many different ways to go about doing so.

A blue colored interior for a nautical home.

A Nautical Color Scheme
Unlike many other home design themes, where you have to choose from a huge array of colors, decorating your home in a nautical style is much more simple. Marine blue is the main color that you should be looking for. White is also essential to balance out the blue, and green accents also help to enhance the dreamy ocean atmosphere. When picking out certain home accessories, such as rugs and other textiles, geometric white and blue patterns will always bring a nautical feel to the room, without looking over the top. Blue is also great as a paint color for your walls, and can be accented with white edges to keep the room looking fresh.

Picture of a kitten hiding behind a piece of driftwood.

Driftwood
Driftwood is wood that has been washed onto shore by the tide, and is always spectacularly textured, with every piece being unique. Many artists use driftwood to create impressive sculptures, both large and small, as well as many other objects that can be used around the house, from shelves to seats.

Beach Decor
Bringing beach inspired décor into your home is always fun, as you have the option of finding the items yourself rather than having to purchase everything from shops. Shells are a fun addition to any home, but need to be properly cleaned, and even varnished, if you have collected them yourself. There are many ways to display them, from lining them up on shelves and tabletops to stringing them up along a wall. You can also fill glass vases of any size with layers of sand, pebbles and shells, bringing the beach into your home in a clean and sophisticated manner.

Nautical Motifs
Nautical motifs, such as sea creatures and anchors, are an obvious choice when designing your home in a nautical style. They are a great addition to any home, but need to be kept quite subtle. Choosing cushions with nautical motifs printed on them are a good option, as are framed paintings or photographs that feature sea-related images.

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Recycled Sailing Objects
Re-using old sailing objects as decorative items is a unique and creative way to add some nautical style to your home. Old sails can be turned into fabric coasters, and since the material is already waterproof, you don’t have to worry about staining them. Rope is also used on all sorts of boats, and can make a great addition to any home when used in the right way. Wrap clean white rope around large candles to create beautifully textured candle holders, or wind some rope around a simple mirror, leaving extra length at the end so that the rope can be used to hang the mirror up on a wall.

With a bit of creativity, incorporating the essence of the beach and the ocean into your home is simple, as well as fun. Keep obvious motifs subtle, and make use of sea-inspired colors and textures. Look for inspirations in all aspects of the ocean, and you will find that you will soon be coming up with many unique ideas for your own personalized nautical style.

Get Ready for a Day at Sea – OROGOLD Reviews

Looking chic at sea can often be hard to achieve, as the hot sun and salt water sprays can play havoc on hair and makeup. To help you avoid this, OROGOLD Cosmetics has put together some great tips that you can use when getting ready for a day at sea, ensuring that you look and feel your best throughout the day.

Woman with natural makeup lying on a beach.

Makeup – Less is More
Wearing a full face of makeup is not usually a good idea if you are spending the day at sea, but, for many people, having a completely bare face is also not an appealing option. Instead, opt for a makeup look that is natural and as minimal as possible. Many products have SPF built in, meaning that they will protect your face whilst giving you a good base. A waterproof bronzing cream is a good product to give your face a golden glow. It is also important to protect your lips from the sun, to save them getting chapped, and a tinted lip balm or lip stain with SPF is a necessity. Avoid lip glosses, as these will just slide off your lips as soon as the water hits your face. When it comes to your eyes, avoid any heavy eyeliners. Find a good waterproof mascara, swiping it quickly through your lashes to give your eyes some definition without making it look as though you are wearing a thick layer. If you plan on being quite active in the water and don’t want to risk any black streaks on your face, then a clear mascara would probably be best.

Woman with a beautiful tan lying on a beach.

A Healthy Tan
It goes without saying that tanning your skin by lying in the sun is not going to do the quality of your skin any favors, but a bit of color can make the world of difference. An airbrush tanning spray would be the perfect solution, giving you a healthy looking tan without any of the dangers that come from exposing your skin to the sun. Purchase a lightweight formula that will not only set quickly but is also water and transfer resistant.

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Hair Products
Salt water is one of your hair’s worst enemies as it dries it out extremely quickly. A leave-in conditioner will help to protect your hair from the water, keeping it healthy. You could also apply a conditioning mask the night before to towel-dried hair, before twisting it up into a bun. Let it down the next day for gorgeous natural-looking waves. The heat from the sun will also open up your hair cuticles, allowing the conditioner to penetrate deeper, saving you from a frizzy-haired nightmare. Don’t spend too long fixing your hair into an elaborate style, as it is likely to be quickly blown out of place. Keep your hair looking as natural as possible, embracing any curls or waves with a texturizing hairspray. A scarf is also useful, as you can tie this around your hair to keep it out of your face.

Looking stylish at sea is all about embracing your natural features. OROGOLD recommends you to always use products with a built in SPF, ensuring that your skin and hair will be protected. Try to avoid any complex styles, so that you will be able to fully enjoy your day without worrying that your hair and makeup might be out of place.