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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Seafolly Swimwear At Coco Bay | How To Look Chic At The Beach!

Seafolly Love Bird Wrap Front Booster Bikini
A beach day is looming on the calendar.  You've got an old swimsuit in your drawer from last year you haven't dared yet try on in case it cuts you in half, you can't remember the last time you had a pedicure and this is 100% not going to be one of those 'chill by the water and eat sausage rolls' kind of beach trips.  For whatever reason, you want to look good - you want to look chic.  Relax, I've got you! Keeping in mind comfort is key and less is (definitely) more, it's much easier than you'd think to put together a stylish look for a day on the beach.  Notepads and pens at the ready...    
Poole National Trust Beach Sand Dunes


Needless to say, the first item to tick off your list is a gorgeous new bikini.  A large part of looking chic is feeling confident.  If you're not feeling fabulous about your upcoming beach day, maybe last year's swimsuit just doesn't do it for you anymore?  If so, it's time to upgrade.  I've long been a fan of Seafolly swimwear thanks to the flattering fits and gorgeous prints, though this Seafolly Love Bird Bikini via Coco Bay is hands down my favourite bikini in my collection now.  Swoon.  Unsurprisingly, the print was inspired by French 'old world charm and romance' and is also available in more modest forms including the Trapeze Singlet Top and Wide Side Retro Pants.  But, considering I need as much help tanning as I can get this summer, I've opted for a skimpier version!  The cups are actually double layered featuring two different patterns, and concealed within are a couple of sneaky booster pads.  No complaints here!  
National Trust Secluded Beach in Poole
Seafolly White Crinkle Twill Beach Shirt Fashion Blogger
Seafolly Swimwear Bikini at Cocobay Fashion Blog Review
National Trust Secluded Beach in Poole


Bikini - Seafolly Love Bird Bikini c/o Coco Bay Swimwear

Shirt - Seafolly White Crinkle Beach Shirt c/o Coco Bay Swimwear

Sandals - Dune


B E A C H W E A R 

But what about when you're walking through the car park?  When you're eating?  When you catch someone leering through the sand dunes?  Then, my darlings, it's time for a stylish beach shirt.  Long gone are the days of throwing an old t-shirt over your bikini!  This crisp white beauty is also by Seafolly and available at Coco Bay Swimwear.  I can promise you, this will be coming with me on any  and all other beach trips this season.  It's a dream to wear and genuinely has you feeling like Cameron Diaz in The Other Woman.  Kind of.  Hey, a girl can dream!
Fashion Blogger Swimwear Bikini Collage
Coastal Photography Sand Dunes in Summer


Okay, so what's next?  Jewellery!  For the love of God please don't wear your jewellery into the sea unless there's absolutely no chance of it coming off.  RIP all the gorgeous Monica Vinader rings and Pandora bracelets we've lost over the years and are now sitting at the bottom of the ocean.  It must be like one giant jewellery box by now.  I adore chain belts right now, worn in the middle of the waist (as opposed to the hips).  They serve as a great way of balancing out gold chain necklaces, and also cinch in the waist fabulously if you're wearing a beach shirt.  Remove the shirt and you've got a Christina Aguilera thing going on.  Ooh... anyone else live and breathe her as a teenager?!  Anyway, other accessories include comfortable sandals, wide brim sunhat, colourful visors and a spacious beach bag.  There are some gorgeous trending wicker designs around right now, although another option includes digging out one of your old fave totes that you no longer use for everyday wear and could now double up as a beach bag!
Fashion Blogger Dreamy Seaside Coastal Photoshoot
Beach Style Gold Belly Chain Belt

B E A U T Y 

With regard to beauty, it's best to keep things to a minimum.  You'll probably sweat it all off anyway, right?  Though one thing you can pay some extra attention to is your nails.  A neutral, matching manicure and pedicure will go a long way in bringing your beach look together.  Then of course there's the usual suspects of exfoliating, epilating/waxing and giving your hair an extra deep condition a couple of days before the beach day (especially if you plan on venturing into the water!).  And of course, I don't need to remind you to slather on the sun lotion...  
How to Look Chic and Stylish at The Beach 2018
South England Secluded Beach in Poole Bournemouth
How to Look Chic and Stylish at The Beach
So, there we have it!  My guide to looking chic at the beach.  I'd love to hear what you usually wear to the beach?  Have you bought any new swimwear yet this season?  Let me know in the comments below!

Liked this post?  You might also enjoy >> How To Look Like A Bond Girl!

With love,

Gabrielle x

Thanks to Coco Bay for working with me on this post!



  1. What a beautiful swimsuit! I love both the cut and the pattern. It's a gorgeous swimsuit indeed and it looks great on you. Your tips for looking chic at the beach are wonderful. A bit of body chain goes a long way. I do like that white shirt you threw over your bikini. Lovely bag and sandals. You certainly look divine! and very fit!

    I can't believe that I still haven't been to the beach. I really have no excuse, especially since the weather has been warm since the end of April...I could have hit the beach a hundred times, but I just didn't manage to find the time...I ordered some new swimsuits and they haven't arrived yet, but that's not the reason I haven't been to the beach because I have a dozen perfectly fine swimsuits at home. I need to get better at time management.

  2. You've taken this post to the next level Gabrielle! I especially like the layering touches you did with the photos and how you added fun elements like a paint swatch or stars on a photo. This was a very creative choice on your behalf and was an excellent one. Your tone in your posts, especially in the first paragraph, always puts a smile on my face. It's so clever and VERY relatable. You always have us taken care of for any occasion. I really like the idea of adding body jewelry to a look. I think it's a very fresh and different idea and will make you stand out from everyone else :)

  3. This bikini was made for you! The print and the colour looks great and all the details too. I love everything about this post: Very nice photos.
    xo Yvonne

  4. That beach is amazing! I love the look of it, I did read the text but maybe I missed it, what's the location? You also look stunning! I think your moles are a unique trait and they look pretty, not to mention your body is fantastic, Gabrielle! Great bikini!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  5. This bikini is so beautiful, love the print and the color.

  6. Love the print of this one. Of course it's covering in foliage if you're wearing it haha I am obsessed with that body chain too! My last one broke because I wore it into the ocean... Oops. Will have to read your blog first next time haha

    life + style blog

  7. First of all, DANG lady, you look amazing! And of course, you're styled to a T. I am scoping out some new suits for our upcoming Barbados trip since I haven't bought any in forever. Cheeky Carly Swim is my new favorite brand! Buuuuut then I always throw on shorts and a tank. I need something way cuter like that cover up. And thank goodness I came to my senses after my teen years and learned how to put on sunscreen. YIKES.
    Also, Christina Aguilera was everything when I was a kid haha. That was one of my first CDs growing up!

    Susie |

  8. That is a gorgeous swimsuit, Gabrielle! I desperately need a new pair myself, the last time I bought one was a decade ago!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  9. This bikini is so stunning and you are so so beautiful! Loved you in this look sweetie <3 Wonderful post dear <3
    Beauty and Fashion Freaks

  10. Body goals please!
    I definitely love your swimsuit babe and even, you still look chic

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  11. OMG this bikini is amazing babe!

    Mónica Sors

  12. you look amazing. I love that body chain.
    Wonder Cottage

  13. This swimsuit is absolutely beautiful. The print is so cute and I love the personal touch that the belt gives to the look!

  14. Again, I love your beach and all year round body! Your beauty spots are so cute. You do look very chic at the beach. It clearly sounds like a whole ritual routine. The last time I was at the beach with a swimming costume, I was probably playing with a bucket and spade in the early 90's...So long ago. My swimwear is reserved for the leisure swimming pools, boring I know. I've never been into a two piece, as I would feel like i'm in my underwear ( I was born a granny) I do have a love for 50's swimsuits. So I usually wear shorts, flip flops and a cute top, glasses essential (also bucket and spade lol) Yours looks gorgeous as do the photos, flaunt Gabrielle : ) xo

  15. Love that shirt as a cover up! :) Beautiful bikini on you too, I really like the print. It's great it's beach weather for you! I'm sitting here all layered up as it's winter and so cold - the coldest winter days of the year they said - I'm hoping that so not 'so far' and that it will only warm up from here, ha!

    Hope that you are having a great week so far! I've lost my voice so it's an interesting week for me, ha!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  16. I never look as stylish at the beach, and I tend to opt for a bright orange SPF 50 protection shirt as coverup, but I must admit that you are probably a much bigger attraction.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

  17. Love the idea of giving the nails some extra love when on the beach! Definitely a cute idea to match it with a chic bikini! These photos have the perfect summer vibe and I can't wait to follow haha! Xx

  18. Yessss Gabrielle, you absolute beauty!! Love the styling, you look beyond gorge xx

  19. This has to be the chicest beach look!! I absolutely adore that swimsuit and that white shirt! It looks so casual and feminine!! I can't go to the beach without a hat and a pair of sunglasses but I still need to buy a nice beach bag!

    Hope you are having a lovely week Gabrielle!


    Seize your Style

  20. You look absolutely stunning Gabrielle, the swimsuit is gorgeous, love the print on it & I love the gold belt body chain!!! <3

    Have a lovely rest of the week hunny!

    Serene XO

  21. Oooh I love this post! The photos are absolutely divine as always and you look gorgeous. The points are all absolutely spot on - but that one mentioning not taking jewellery into the water spooks me a lot because my boyfriend recently bought me a promise ring. I refuse to admit that it's slightly too big (I didn't want it too tight lol) but also refuse to take it off - so going away on holiday to Spain for three months and swimming daily isn't going to go down too well I don't think :)))))

    Amy; Wandering Everywhere

  22. I've heard incredibly things about Seafolly swim wear. They have the best pieces. You look gorgeous and the print you chose is super pretty.

  23. You look absolutely stunning, Gabrielle. I adore this swimsuit, it's so chic, especially with that coverup. Such an elegant seaside look!

  24. That is one beautiful swimsuit Gabriele and don't you just make the most glamorous beach bunny ;) I recently picked up the cutest scallop trimmed one piece which I can't wait to wear.

  25. Love the bikini! It's such a nice print

    Narhee | Made in Mauve

  26. I love your two piece swimsuit. It's super pretty!
    I love a cute cover up as well and jewelry pieces, which unfortunately I always have to take off because I'm scared to loose them in the water. But hey, you can always look chic even at the beach!

  27. I couldn't agree more with you Gabrielle. Feeling chic is all about being comfortable in what you got on. You look sexy in that nice two piece. Love the summery print going on.

  28. Beautiful bikini! I always feel better if I've fake tanned, and have a nice cover up to throw on when needed. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  29. Fantastic style,these pics look like a perfect photoshot <3 I love them :)

  30. Babe, you look stunning! I absolutely love your bikini, so sexy and pretty on you!

    Jessica |

  31. What an absolutely beautiful combination from the bikini to the jewellery - it is just stunning! Have wonderfull weekend ahead, Gabrielle!

    Miriam xx

  32. Girrrrl you look absolutely amazing here! I adore the print, the botanical theme is right up my street! I'm not sure I ever really manage to look chic at the beach, I've never really thought of adding jewellery!
    Amy xx

  33. Woo this is such a gorgeous post - I love the bikini you're wearing and absolutely love the style of it, it's just gorgeous! Also - loving the addition of the chain too, that's beautiful and I love the way it adds an extra luxe touch with the shirt - beautiful!

    What camera do you use for your photos - they're absolutely beautiful!


    1. Thanks so much Layla :) I use a Canon EOS 100d for most shoots!

      Gabrielle x

  34. You have styled this so beautifully and you are so gorgeous hun, inside and out Mwah xx

  35. This swim look is so lovely! I just adore that coverup!

    District of Chic

  36. This bikini is gorgeous! And the print is totally you haha. I never thought about wearing accessories at the beach as I end up looking like a mess with the wind and the sand haha, but it definitely looks more put together and adds that little something that makes you look chic!

    Julia x
    Last Post: Summer in Bath, UK |

  37. I love Seafolly, it's an Aussie brand that is getting really popular now worldwide. I like the print and design of this one that you're wearing and you look really fit dear. Have a warm and fun summer.

  38. An adorable bikini for this summer
    I adopt it very willingly, ...
    I like a lot, very chic!

  39. Love this suit! So beautiful!

    xo Emily & Elizabeth

  40. You look so stunning and I love that swimsuit! This reminds me to buy one for my beach trip next month. I always wear shorts because I'm paranoid tat my bikini would be taken off me but your post makes me want to just wear a bikini.

    Rox | Transcendent Light ��

  41. That bikini looks amazing on you! Great tips, girl!!
    Xo Noor

  42. This beautiful bikini from Cocobay is just gorgeous and love the green colours, seriously you look gorgeous and talking of bond girls? Your figure very much looks like one! I think you look incredible that's for sure.

    Glorious photographs, craving the beach. I absolutely love the feel of sand on my toes it's one of the most amazing feelings in the world isn't it?

    Thanks for sharing some great beauty tips, for the beach I tend to simply wear a good Waterproof mascara, waterproof eyeliner, a little beach stick from Charlotte Tilbury and a bit of lip balm :)

    Laura xo

  43. Your style is the best.
    Georgeous look! Thanks for the idea, dear!

    Alexandra | Favorite Summer Maxi Dresses


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