I love the beach. There is nothing more energizing than the smell of salty sea air, the feeling of soft sand between your toes and listening to the waves crashing on the sand.
Above: Wearing coordinated stripes, Burberry yellow striped top & white shorts on a beach in Bahia, north-east of Brazil.
I was lucky enough to grow up in Brazil where we spent many weekends and summers on our family beach apartment on the top of a hill, overlooking a secluded beach called Tabatinga (Praia de Tabatinga, an hour from Sao Paulo). We would wake up early in the mornings when the tide was low and catch crabs hiding in the rocks and fill our buckets with mussels pulled from the rocks and have a seafood feast with the family. I loved spending my days drinking coconuts on the beach.
Above: Our beach apartment on the top of the hill, on Tabatinga Beach
Above: Coconuts on the beach in Brazil
Well, many years later, now in Australia I am very glad that there are so many stunning beaches around us, I keep exploring more beautiful beaches & getaway spots. I am so glad my son also loves the beach as much as I do, so it has been wonderful to take him on a few beach getaways recently.
My beach getaway essentials always seem to include nautical stripes, I do love all things nautical – from navy striped t-shirts, shorts, striped swimsuits & nautical hats.
Above: Seafolly Australia striped swimsuit, Burberry shorts, Sportscraft hat, DKNY sunglasses, leather bag from Marrakesh (Morocco)
Above: Nautical look on a beach in Brazil (Paraty)
Above: Coordinated striped with mini-me, he wears Rhubarb kids swimwear, Tamarama beach (Sydney)
Above: Mini me enjoying jumping waves
Above: Beach accessories, striped bag, Witchery hat, Le Specs sunglasses and havaianas
Above: Havaianas are a beach essential, coordinated havaianas and sunglasses
Above: In Australia, a beach umbrella is a must to protect from the harsh sun-rays, and in keeping with the nautical style, I love this striped beach umbrella.
Above: Marcs striped top, Camilla & Marc navy shorts, gladiator sandals & Italian leather saddle bag(the Entrance, Central Coast NSW)
Above: Amazing view of pelicans in flight over the lake Entrance
Above: waking up with the fisherman off to find their catch.
I also love to pack a few summer dresses, short & long – it’s a great excuse to wear the flowy summery frocks that I don’t get to wear on a regular day.
Above: White silk dress from Natasha, Burberry belt on Copacabana beach (NSW Central Coast)
Above: Perfect afternoon, sipping coffee and enjoying the view.
In true Brazilian style, Brazilian bikinis are another essential (when I feel like “daring to bare”)
Above: Brazilian bikini (Costa Leste, from Bahia), Witchery hat, Marcs sandals and Ray Ban sunglasses
Above: Daring to bare in a Brazilian bikini
My ultimate beach essential is a sarong (or kanga, as the Brazilians call it), they’re great to lie on the sand and then easy to throw on after a swim on the beach.
Above: Brazilian sarong, Burberry wallet and a good read (Vogue Australia), Country Road sandals, Kate Spade (Escape the Ordinary bangle)
Above: Wearing a sarong after a swim in the beaches of Brazil
Above: in Copacabana beach, NSW
And for the warm evening nights out, I like to pack a nice dress for the dinner date out with Mr Jadorais.
Above: In a bright green Missoni dress, off on a dinner date
“The girl on the beach is quiet, she’s lost in thought. She remembers a time not too long ago when she was not lost nor found.. She was in the middle, where life all around was bound to end up somewhere profound, mysterious.. She loved the beach..” ~ Jaime Saldivar
There you are, a Brazilian Australian’s beach lover’s holiday essentials. What is your favourite holiday style?