Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Just In: Brasilia Resort Bag

Gorgeous Brasilia Tote Bag shown with Rich Pitch Sun Hat

Check out this stunning new addition to our beach and resort bag lineup: Brasilia!  The Brasilia bag is full of good looks, beautiful embellishments, and useful features.  The body of the bag is made of seagrass straw, in a warm, natural color.  It’s adorned with a gorgeous flower applique made of exotic colors and resplendent with shimmering details.  The handles are pretty, with red beading at the base, which ties in nicely with the floral applique. 

The Brasilia bag’s size is just right.  It is large enough to hold pool, beach, and other necessities, but not so big that it will become cumbersome.  The 10” handles will allow you to comfortably carry Brasilia on your shoulder.  There’s a zipper at the top, to keep your valuables from spilling out, and a genuine coconut button adds a bit more security and a lot of flair.  Inside, you’ll find two cell phone pockets as well as a zip pocket on the back wall of this fully lined tote bag.

Where can you take Brasilia?  So many places!  To the pool, certainly.  Load it up with sunscreen, a water bottle, a trashy magazine and a packable sun hat, and you’re all set for a day relaxing poolside.  Similarly, Brasilia would be perfect for a day at the beach; there’s even room for a travel beach towel.  Going shopping with girlfriends?  Brasilia will look cute with a stylish outfit, and will gladly tote your necessities as you hit the shops.  The Brasilia tote bag also makes a great “Mom bag”.  Brasilia will hold your necessities as well as the kids' sippy cups, snacks, crayons and hot wheels... all while maintaining your fashionable looks.

Brasilia measures 20" wide (across the top), 11" wide (at the bottom), 7" deep and 11" high.  $69 by Global Glamour.  

How would you use a Brasilia Resort Bag?

Brasilia Bag at SolEscapes

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Holidays: Halloween, Tropical Style!

Let’s celebrate Halloween Tropical Style!  Just put a beachy twist on Halloween stand-by’s, and turn your Halloween into a spooky, fun, seaside-inspired celebration. 

Pumpkins are a Halloween requirement.  Use one of these clever twists to give ol’ Jack a tropical makeover.
  • Carve a grouping of pumpkins with understated sea life for a classy look, like these at Coastal Living.
  • A glowing tropical sunset right on a pumpkin, like the one at  Beach Bliss Living.
  • Tacky lawn flamingo meets pumpkin in the genius mash-up at Paper & Fox.
  • Give a pineapple the jack-o-lantern treatment for a whimsical, glowing character (above)
  • Take your pumpkin carving to the next level with an underwater pumpkin carving contest (via people)!  

Costumes with a beachy twist are nothing but fun.
  • A hula girl – grass skirt, coconut shells and a flower lei – bam.  For an elaborate twist – this hula girl in a snow globe is too fun. 
  • A fun group costume: the characters of LOST.
  • Surfer dude – floppy bleached hair, puka shells, sunglasses, baggy shorts, and a board!  Attach a stuffed shark, just for kicks. 
  • Tropical bird – start with intricately made up eyes, add colorful feathers and wings (look at these gorgeous eyes from Maryam Maquillage).
  • Pirate – Arrr, the classic villain of the Caribbean is a Halloween favorite.  Get a group of swashbucklers together for a great group costume.  
  • Carmen Miranda – attach plastic fruit to a turban, don a vividly colored ruffled skirt and top, and samba the night away. 

Cocktails, the Tropics and Halloween: a fabulous (and slightly dangerous) combination.

Spending Halloween at the beach?  Lucky you!  Make it extra special with some spooky, sandy activities. 
  • Gather seashells, spookify them with some paint and even glitter.  This pumpkin (via Completely Coastal) is adorable, or maybe a ghost?
  • Sandcastles become jack-o-lanterns with some sand sculpting skills (via Corona Del Mar homes). 
  • For a simpler approach, draw a pumpkin shape in the sand, and decorate it with beachcombed objects like shells, seaweed and driftwood.
  • For a kid friendly activity, give classic sandcastle building a Halloween twist by use an orange pail, and adorn it with spiders and other creepy crawlies (see above photo).

Decorate your Halloween home with a tropical, beachy vibe.
  • Put a dome on it.  Inside a domed cake stand, add touches of the sea such as shells, starfish, driftwood and coral and some Halloween elements like pumpkins (see a great example at Completely Coastal).  Leave it there for a classy Fall look, or take it in a scary direction with the addition of bats, skeletons and creepy cobwebs.
  • Fill a large vase with sand, seashells and miniature pumpkins - look at the pretty example at anythingology.  If your Halloween décor leans to the yukky side, add some plastic rats and flies!
  • Prop up a few starfish in a tray of sand, then add tiny witches hats and brooms.  A miniature cauldron completes the look (photo above).
  • Skeletal Lawn Flamingos.  Tacky, spooky, fabulous.  Find them at Amazon and beyond.
  • Turn a starfish into a spiderweb with some string and black spray paint.  See the tutorial at The Artful Life.

How will you give your Halloween a tropical twist?