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Friday, April 15, 2022

5 Trends for Spring 2022

"Competing desires for comforting familiarity and joyful adventure through a range of soothing and timeless colors, along with joyous hues that celebrate playfulness. As we enter this new landscape, one where fashion rules no longer apply, hues for Spring 2022 allow us to mix and marry as we please." Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

summer 2022 colourstory

An easy transition from bold winter colours of Rhodonite, Leprechaun Green, and Root Beer to softer shades in Skydiver, Harbor Blue and Coca Mocha. Even the core classics have softened.

The excitement of renewed festivities will be seen as fashion celebrates bold Innuendo Pink, Poinciana Red - if you wouldn't wear them head to toe - use them as accents or layers under a classic shade.

Prints are also mixing these colours, in itsy bitsy florals or bold sweeping strokes.


Cozy Spring Layers to use all Summer!

Dresses all Season Long!
Shorts and Jumpsuits a Perfect Alternate!

 

As always, fashion that makes you feel great is what you should wear! Your Confidence is Sexy.

Friday, February 11, 2022

Colour Story for Spring 2022!


You start the year with colour, and this year it is Very Peri, such an optimistic tone for 2022. 

Time to "embrace this altered landscape of possibilities, opening us up to a new vision as we rewrite our lives." Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “Creating a new color for the first time in the history of our Pantone Color of the Year .. complexity of this new red violet infused blue hue highlights the expansive possibilities that lay before us”.

Start here, and add the colours of summer ... for comfort and security, but also adventure and excitement! Colours range from dramatic red, bright sunny yellow and ocean blue to soft pinks and harmonious coffee brown. It is definitely the season to play with patterns and express your personality.

summer 2022 swim colours
You will find all these colours in this season's swimwear too. From colour stories in sleeved onepieces, to slashes of pinks that minimize your tummy, or softer colours in bold patterns. Sexy one piece swimsuits continue the new trend, while mix and matching bikini tops with different bottoms is the wardrobe extender that will never go away.

Enjoy your season - buy what inspires you and fits!





 

 

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Best Swimwear for Pools.

When shopping for your perfect swimsuit, you want to ensure it lasts, so consider how you will use it. If you are an ocean or lake swimmer, you don't need to worry about this, neither does someone who sits poolside and enjoys the party.

But, if you spend most of your time in pools or spas, it is worth considering how long your swimwear will last. Chlorine is a necessary for pools and spas, as it helps to kill bacteria and stops the growth of algae in the water. Unfortunately it causes irreversible damage to fabric. Salt water pools are much better, but still not chemical free: the process forces salty water across a special metal cell that is charged with an electrical current creating chlorine at a reduced level, good for those with a chlorine sensitivity, and not as harsh on fabrics.

So what do you choose? How do you find a swimsuit that looks fabulous, and lasts as long as possible? It's all in the fabric. There are two leading fabrics in swimwear design: Lycra blends and chlorine resistant 100% polyester. So, who are you?

Occassional Swimmer or Deck Diva?

Lycra offers the ideal stretch, fit and resilience to be used as a swimwear material, which gives a fashionable fit that hugs your body for a ‘second skin’ feeling and offers the boldest colour choices and patterns. Some of these suits also contain tummy control. When exposed for prolonged periods in the pool, Lycra fabric can deteriorate faster, but you will look fabulous!

Growing Pool Addict?

extra life lycra
Lycra Xtra Life provides the same fashion features as regular Lycra, such as the soft, luxurious feeling and superb fit but also gives your swimsuit extended wear, resistance to fading and ensures the 'saggy bottom' is a thing of the past!

Lycra Xtra Life is 5-10 times more resistant to chlorine and pool chemicals than regular Lycra. This makes it an excellent choice for chlorine resistant swimwear, giving you the perfect combination of comfort and long-lasting swimwear.

 

Gabar Aquafit Chlorine Resistant Swimwear

Water Nymph, can't live without your pool time?

Polyester is a durable material, even when exposed to pool chemicals, which is what makes it ‘chlorine-resistant’. Swimsuits made of 100% polyester should retain their color for at least a year of regular use, and as much as 2 years depending on frequency of wear and washing. Although not as soft as Lycra based fabrics, Polyester blends are undoubtedly an ideal choice if you want to purchase extra long-lasting swimwear. 

Our Gabar swim are produced with innovative Hydrofinity fabric that includes features such as UPF 50+ protection, chlorine resistance, quick dry technology, light tummy control, and a stay put leg. 

 

final notes ...

How about the best of both worlds? Some swimwear manufacturers use a high polyester content but blend in a little bit of Lycra® for an easier fit.

Swimsuits do have rubber and elastic around leg, neck and arm openings and these will likely be damaged by chlorine before the fabric. Rash shirts will last considerably longer as they are made without any elastic. Stitching will also deteriorate over time.

While we all love to sit in front of hot tub jets and soak in the mini-massage, remember you have the chemically treated water pushing through your swim fabric ... this is the quickest way to destroy your favorite swimsuit. Hard as it is to do, use your older suits in the hot tub, and rinse them as soon as possible when you get out.


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Socking Stuffers for All!

 'Tis the Season - share some happiness with those you love - little gifts of thanks or fabulous stocking stuffers! We've collected stocking stuffers for every budget ...

Start Around $20

Protect your kisser for just $5, or pamper your hair and skin. SunBum is a naturally sourced line of sun protection skin care that is safe for the environment too. Full selection in the boutique for stocking stuffers, select items online.

 

click here to shop online

 

Simple absorbent and anti-bacterial bamboo, the Über-soft fabric will keep everyone warm and cozy. Start with crop tops or leggings, check our t-shirts and sweaters too.

Bamboo comfort from tees to loungewear

 

Gifts Under $50

From oversize scarves to wallets with RFID protection, we have something for every man and woman on your list this year. Everyone appreciates feeling warm and safe.

 

Ideas for HER, and because she loves our one size comfort lingerie (it truly fits both regular and curve sizes) we always have it in stock. No visible panty lines are offered by Chantelle in soft stretch model, and Hanky Panky in patented stretch lace - or just treat yourself. Robes are seasonal for Christmas thru Valentines Day.

Lingerie that fits everyone

 

Decadent Gifts Ideas

Sometimes you deserve to spoil yourself, or someone else, and we have just a few of the Mongolian Cashmere hats and scarves in absolutely luxurious softness to wrap yourself in.


 To make your gifting easier, watch for bonus bundles this year during our 

12 Days of Christmas Promotion.




 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Fall Essentials Begin Here

Years ago we fell in love with plaid jackets - layers easily added in warm fabrics, soft and quickly removed to tie around your waist as the day warms up. In 2021 the fashion statement came back as the shacket = a simple shirt / jacket in a variety of fabrics, solid colours and plaids.

From light shirts to cozy flannel fabrics, a shacket is quickly added to your wardrobe, a casual substitute for a cardigan, and a fun fashion statement.

Layers added underneath will define how warm you get, this bamboo crop top offers great style, without too much warmth. Switch it for a turtleneck, and you toasty.

With button front details & pockets shackets in longer length for pairing with leggings, or a shorter crop style better suited to wear with jeans.

Leggings continue to be a fall favorite - solid leggins with printed tops - printed leggings with solid colour tops, add a vest or shackette for warmer layers. With the changing seasons colour trends have also deepend to reflect "colors that encourage personal expression whether sensible or quirky; colors that embrace the calm and healing as well as express a rainbow of hope and joyfulness."pantone.com"


 Surround yourself in soft layers of colour this fall, enjoy cozy sweaters, vests and leggings. Take a hike thru the fall leaves, enjoy a last coffee on the patio.


 




Saturday, June 5, 2021

Springing into Summer Colours

Why is it so much easier to shed layers than to add them in the fall? maybe it's also about the brighter colours, shorter lengths and possibilities.

"Spring/Summer 2021 underscores our desire for flexible color that works year-round. Infused with a genuine authenticity that continues to be increasingly important, colors for Spring/Summer 2021 combine a level of comfort and relaxation with sparks of energy that encourage and uplift our moods,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

While this fresh pallet will certainly brighten your outlook, and it is easy to imagine your favorite clothing styles in them, what about your swimwear?

Bikinis, tankinis and onepiece suits are easy to wear in these colours, just pick one that suits your skin tone. And while the colours will inspire your confidence, getting the shape that flatters you is also key, but one step at a time.

colour ...

For warm tones (golden or olive) try orange, yellow, or gold, mix with natural earth tones such as browns, deep tonal reds, and rich shades of green. Hair colour is in the mid-range from dark brown to dark blonde.

Cooler skin tones have a bluish undertone and can range from very fair to very dark, with hair in very dark blue-black or brown to light blonde. Colour recommendations range from pastel blues and pinks, soft yellow, or green to bold looks in charcoal, cool blues, and violet.

Still can't see yourself, maybe you are neutral. Blonde hair with ashy streaks or brown with warmer tones. neutral people look great in neutral colors, so shades that fall in the middle of the color spectrum. That does not equate boring, spice up your wardrobe with light peach, dusty pinks, soft rose, peony pink, placid blue, even jade green.

 As always, fashion is fun, wear what makes you happy.

 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Stocking Stuffers to bring Comfort & Joy!

 'Tis the Season - share some happiness with those you love - little gifts of thanks or fabulous stocking stuffers! This year, more than any before, we have collected a delightful collection to inspire you.

Ready for your perusal in the boutique, with curbside pickup (or delivery within 50km), and some items are also available online! Stay safe and find your happy place.

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Start with Gifts under $20

Protect your kisser for just $5, or pamper your hair and skin. SunBum is a naturally sourced line of sun protection skin care that is safe for the environment too. Full selection in the boutique for stocking stuffers, select items online including BabyBum spray sanitizer.

click to shop online, or visit Sand'n'Sea Boutique

We all love the absorbent and anti-bacterial properties of bamboo, from socks to t-shirts the Über-soft fabric will keep everyone warm and cozy. 

Bamboo comfort from top to bottom

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Gifts Under $50

From softly woven scarves to wallets with RFID protection,  there is something for every man and woman on your list this year. Everyone appreciates feeling warm and safe.

Mens and ladies wallets in basics and colour!

 

Sometimes it is all about HER, and she loves our one size comfort lingerie (it truly fits both regular and curve sizes). No visible panty lines are offered by Chantelle in soft stretch model, and Hanky Panky in patented stretch lace - or just treat yourself.

One Size Lingerie that fits like it should

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Decadent Gifts Under $100

Sometimes you deserve to spoil yourself, or someone else, with Mongolian Cashmere hats and scarves in absolutely luxurious fsoftness to wrap yourself in - six colours, only in the boutique :)

Mongolian Cashmere or something similar :)






Hanky Panky partnered with Walton Wood Farms this year bring bundled savings and quenching creams made with sustainable ingredients, while helping to protect the environment for future generations. All the creams are based on the benefits of essential oils, butters, and oils in delicious scents (except the unscented Front Line Rescue).

Holiday bundles that pamper your hands too!

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Wishing you and yours a peaceful holiday season!

From our family to yours, wherever you may be, Merry Christmas. Take time for yourself to relax and breathe, talk to those you care about the most, maybe share a meal over zoom or plan a game night - this year will be different - but we will make new memories and share old ones.

- Ellen & Terry