Thursday, April 30, 2015

Beach of the Week: Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau Bahamas: Gorgeous.
The beaches of Nassau, capital city of the Bahamas, are 1) beautiful, and 2) varied.  Or, put another way, there’s a beach for everyone, and each one of them is absolutely breathtaking.  

For the party-seeking crowd, there’s Junkanoo Beach, AKA Spring Break Beach.  ‘Nuf said?  Thought so.  On the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s Adelaide beach: more of a locals destination, it has a mellower vibe.  Snorkelers should head to Love Beach (as should romantics), and families will find calm waters and kid-friendly amenities at Saunders Beach.  

For a real beach vacation scene, Cable Beach is your destination (bonus: many think it’s the best beach in the Bahamas).  And for explorers?  Head to Caves Beach and explore the - you guessed it - caves.

What is your favorite beach in Nassau?


Start packing for your beach resort vacation: get your sun hats, resort wear, swimwear, sun protection, beach bags and more at SolEscapes.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Beach of the Week: Rimini, Italy

Lounging on the Beach in Rimini, Italy
Beach Relaxation in Rimini

The European holiday destination of dreams, Rimini, Italy boasts a long stretch of beach and every activity you could imagine.  Color explodes as far as the eye can see, from the brilliant blue sky to the aqua blue water to the seemingly infinite umbrellas and loungers, in every color of the rainbow. 

Catering to the fun loving holiday-maker, the beach is rife with activities, from volleyball and Frisbee to a rich nightlife.  Top rated restaurants abound, along with luxurious spas, and even a promenade, for your evening stroll. 

Ideal accommodation: The Grand Hotel Rimini.  Not only is this palace like hotel beautiful, it’s also famous for being featured in several of Federico Fellini’s (a Rimini native!) films.

Do you have a favorite beach vacation destination in Italy?

Planning a European beach getaway?  Get your sun hats, swimwear and beach vacation essentials at SolEscapes.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

8 Honeymoon Must Have Products

Honeymoon Necessities
Honeymoon Necessities
Coco Cabana Necklaces by SolEscapes  |  UPF 50+ Lace Up Front Dress by Glamourpuss NYC  
Vela Crochet Tote by ále by Alessandra  |  Coco Cabana Stacking Bracelets by SolEscapes

Just Married!  Congratulations!  And to top it off, you get to go on a romantic vacation to a dreamy tropical destination.  Honeymoons are the best!

What to Bring on Your Honeymoon

  1. You'll need a sun hat!  Look as sultry as you want while protecting your skin from the potential damage of the sun's rays.  Santorino, in white with a touch of gold, says "bride", as well as glamorous resort (it also speaks cruise ship fluently).  Oh yeah, it's packable too!
  2. A flattering swimsuit is a necessity for endless lounging at the pool (Weddings are exhausting; lounging is a must).  The Gottex Architecture Skirted Bandeau is simple elegance wrapped up in lovely details.  The internal tummy control does its job while the subtle texturing adds interest.
  3. Vacation jewelry can be tricky; you don't want to overwhelm your luggage, and yet you need some bling to liven up your outfits.  These versatile, go with everything Coco Cabana Necklaces mix, match, and go with everything; wear them separately or together. 
  4. Cover-up - check.  Going-out-dress - check.  This lace-up dress by Glamourpuss NYC is a vacation essential.  It's made of sun protective material, and ideal as a swimsuit cover-up.  Or... wear it with a pair of fun wedges, add some jewelry (see above), and you've got a chic evening outfit.
  5. You have stuff, you need to carry it around; it's a practical need.  Fill that gap with the boho chic fun of the Vela Crochet Tote Bag.  It's stylish and it's the perfect size for carrying your vacation necessities from day to evening.
  6. Don't let your wrists get jealous of your newly bejeweled ring finger!  Adorn them with Coco Cabana Stacking Bracelets.  Combined with their counterpart necklaces, they're dazzling.  Work in some other favorite bracelets, and enjoy the arm party!
  7. We have to say it: please don't get sunburned on your Honeymoon.  Nothing is more miserable than a sunburn on vacation, and on your Honeymoon?  Just don't.  Please.  COOLA Sunscreen is made of super high quality, natural ingredients that nurture your skin while guarding it from the sun with broad spectrum SPF 45 protection.  Also: they have fantastic scents, this one smells deliciously of mango!
  8. You need a towel, but not just any towel: a travel beach towel!  Travel Lux Microfiber Beach Towels are multitasking travel experts.  They pack teeny-tiny (seriously - tuck one in your carry on so you have a blankie for the plane), but fold out to a luxurious 40" x 70"!  They're really handy for beach excursions or even impromptu picnics!
Enjoy your Honeymoon!


Friday, April 17, 2015

Kentucky Derby Hats: Drama at the Derby

Kentucky Derby Hats
Kentucky Derby Hats
Breton by Gottex | Renda by ále by Alessandra | Baja by Gottex | Belladonna by Gottex

It's Derby Time!

The Kentucky Derby is coming up: May 1st and 2nd.  We love the Kentucky Derby tradition, and its outrageous, dramatic hats.  Remember when we talked about the history of Kentucky Derby hats?  So fun!

Have you chosen your hat yet?  Let us help you pick the perfect Kentucky Derby Hat!  

Kentucky Derby Hats

Breton is an obvious choice: its wide black and white stripes scream drama!  Pair with a black and white ensemble... Kentucky Derby perfection.

Renda plays the coquette, in case you're going for a demure look.  This wide brimmed raffia hat is a real head turner.

Baja is bold and begs to be seen.  The oversized bow and gold color make a boisterous, yet stylish statement, and will be right at home at Churchill Downs.

Belladonna is your go-to glamorous picture hat.  That theatrically wide brim and deep scarlet color... well that's sure to win the roses.

Altamira is the hat you want to wear when you're sipping an icy cold mint julep. It's as feminine as you need it to be, with a long black sash.

Ciel is a real lady... a lady with a secret, perhaps?  Made of intriguing Sinamay straw, Ciel will be a special accompaniment to any Derby day dress. 

Kentucky Derby Hats
Kentucky Derby Hats

Altamira by ále by Alessandra | Ciel by Gottex

Find a gorgeous selection of Kentucky Derby hats and sun hats at SolEscapes!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ále by Alessandra Hat Collection in Ocean Magazine

See pages 12 and 13 for Alessandra Ambrosio's feature!


Alessandra Ambrosio is interviewed in the Spring 2015 issue of Ocean Magazine.  In the interview, Alessandra answers questions about designing her ále by Alessandra lines of clothing, swimwear and brand new hat collection.  She talks about how important it is to her that her creations are imbued with her own personal style.  Well done, they’re gorgeous!

Featured are two choice hats from the ále by Alessandra hat line.  Cabo is fab fedora with a lot of personality.  While the lines and band of the hat are traditional, the fantastic texture boosts it to beach, bohemian chic.  Altamira has a ladylike vibe, with a wide brim and long black scarf wrapped around the brim.  The Altamira sun hat will bring style to the resort, beach, or wherever you happen to be.

Find the ále by Alessandra hat collection, as well as ále by Alessandra bags in the shop!
ále by Alessandra hat and bag collection
Alessandra Ambrosio's Hat Collection

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Beach of the Week: Elafonissi, Crete

Pink Sand Beach on Elafonissi, Crete
Pink Sand Beach on Elafonissi , Crete

We’ve highlighted a gorgeous white sand beach, and this week we’re visiting the beautiful pink sand beaches of Elafonissi near Crete.

Elafonissi, or “Deer Island”, is a small island off the coast of Crete.  It is a popular destination for those vacationing in Crete.

The blush hues of Elafonissi’s sand get their rosy glow from coral.  The shallow, clear Mediterranean water lures you from the warm, pink sand, inviting you to wade out and take an leisurely swim.  This special place shows up on many “Most Beautiful Beach” lists, so you’ll probably just want to spend the day soaking in that beauty as you relax in paradise.

Have you seen a pink sand beach before?


The best cure for Spring Fever is a tropical getaway!  Stock up for Spring Break with stylish sun hats, cover-ups, swimwear and more! 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

So You're Going to a Beach Wedding...

What to Pack for a Beach Wedding
Packing for a Beach Wedding

Lucky you!  What could be better than a destination Wedding to somewhere terrifically tropical and beautifully beachy?!

Packing for a Beach Wedding means you need to remember beach resort essentials for yourself as well as a few unique items for the Special Day.

What to Pack for a Beach Wedding


1. Sun Hat -  You'll need one at the pool, you'll need one at the Wedding.  Chic lines, a wide brim and packability are in order!
Shown: Gottex Belladonna Sun Hat in Ivory.  See more Beach Wedding Sun Hats here!

2. Swimsuit - Pool, beach, and everywhere in between; find a women's swimsuit that flatters and inspires fun. 
Shown: Gottex Dreamweaver Bandeau in Black

3. Sunscreen - Don't let a sunburn get in the way of this once in a lifetime event.  Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects your precious skin from UVA and UVB rays.
Shown: COOLA Continuos Sport Spray in Pina Colada  

4. Cover-Up - Better yet, a cover-up that doubles as a dress, tunic or top!  Travel friendly clothing should be versatile and look fabulous.
Shown: Glamourpuss NYC Bond Girl Tunic in Cabernet 

5. Jewelry - Versatility is key (see above), and resort jewelry is the best jewelry to pack for vacation.  A piece that will go with everything and liven up neutrals.
Shown: SolEscapes Calypso Necklace

6. Clutch - No need to pack around a large purse while on holiday.  Bring a fun clutch; just the right size to carry your essentials for an evening out.
Shown: Kayu Pina Straw Clutch in Green

7. Hostess Gift - Odds are there will be someone working extra hard to make this Destination Wedding exceptional.  Show your gratitude with a beautiful gift.  A resort scarf will be favored during the vacation (it's a wrap, a sarong, a dull-outfit-brightener!), and for years to come.
Shown: Profile by Gottex Royal Peacock Scarf

8. Tote Bag - Whether you're carrying towels and snacks to the beach or hauling around Wedding decorations, a Tote Bag is essential for any beach vacation.  You'll want a resort bag that's stylish, large and packable.
Shown: Global Glamour Grand Cayman Raffia Resort Tote Bag

9. Wedding Gift - Bring the happy couple something fun that they'll enjoy now, during their Wedding celebration, and also for future adventures.  Travel Beach Towels are a necessity; they pack super small, but unfold to a generous beach towel size.  
Shown: Travel Lux Microfiber Beach & Pool Towels in Turquoise Blue and Fuchsia Pink.