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Changing up your exercise routine is the ideal way to embrace the beauty of summer. We adore soaking up the sun with workouts that that boost our summer spirit. Perfect for soothing the soul, summer fitness is the best kind. Get moving with these outdoor adventures, which we recommend trying on a fine summer’s day or while you’re on a tropical holiday.

Surfing

Who doesn’t love the idea of being able to ride a sweet wave? Surfing brings out your inner beach babe and is also a killer workout. An invigorating natural stress relief, surfing also improves cardiovascular fitness, shoulder and back strength as well as leg and core strength.

Paddle Boarding

Stand-up paddle boarding is a super fun sport, a fabulous tummy toner and a great arm work out. Paddle boarding is also the ideal way to get out and see some truly stunning scenery. Still water beaches or lakes, lagoons and rivers are ideal for paddle boarding – otherwise you may be in for a wild ride. This worldwide fitness craze is also amazingly uplifting.

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Embracing the great outdoors nourishes the mind, body and soul. Simply hitting the water and swimming laps outdoors is a refreshing and stimulating way to get some cardio into your day. We love embracing our local Sydney beach pools for a breathtaking experience, such as the iconic Icebergs in Bondi. If you’re on holiday, snorkelling is a fantastic way to explore while being active.

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Beach yoga is the ultimate way to develop your flexibility and strength. Practicing yoga on a hot day at the beach delivers similar benefits to a Bikram class, but with awesome visual benefits. The biggest perk of beach yoga is getting to dip in the ocean once you’re done. The healing and health benefits of yoga are endless. Yoga helps to clear the mind and remain balanced while improving your fitness, flexibility, strength and posture.

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Training on the beach is a fun workout escape. Breathing that crisp, salty beach air will make you feel brand new. Our favourites include boxing, sprints, strength circuits and boot camp style training at the beach or your preferred outdoor location. You could also simply go for a long beach run to tone up those legs.

So what are you waiting for? Get active, soak up the sun and enjoy that never ending summer.

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Now you know we love listening to our favourite tunes, in fact at WAH HQ music is an essential in our day. It motivates and inspires us and if anything it keeps us in a  good mood. Nietzsche once said that ‘without music, life would be a mistake’ and we tend to to agree.

Every year at Australian Fashion Week we always choose a soundtrack that represents who we are at We Are Handsome. A collection of songs that fill our guests with good vibes and a beat in their step. This year was no exception. Luckily for you we teamed up with Spotify Australia to create an awesome playlist just for Fashion Week, so you can relive the WAH runway all over again.

You can listen to and follow our playlist from our Mercedes Benz Fashion Week runway here.

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Now all you need is a couch to kick back on….OH WAIT we created that too! We teamed up with Spotify to deck out some very Handsome couches in our favourite prints from our latest collections.

So kick back, chill out and enjoy the We Are Handsome vibes.

 

Divine Wanderer

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It is that time of year again. Yes the time where we look to Coachella Music Festival for inspiration for the upcoming festival season. The festival outfit is something of an art form. Some choose to be outrageous, others indie, some quirky but most festival goers bring the chilled vibes.

Some of my favourite looks from Coachella this year have included: crochet and lace, wide brim fedoras, denim on denim, denim dungarees (yes I am aware of how much I love denim), galactic and animal graphic prints, boho patterns, slouchy print tees and of course a cool pair of shades.

Layering of fine jewellery with delicate crystals as statement pieces were certainly on trend at Coachella this year, as was statement clutches in bold colour choices and the old cow boy boot for comfort and style.

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It seems that even though Coachella is a music festival it has become more famous for its style watch then anything else. Hey I am not complaining. Ahh Coachella, its been a blast, but we say goodbye to you for now. Until next year.

 

Divine Wanderer

Photo Credit: Vogue.com & Fashionbomb Daily

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WESTFIELD DESIGNER LAUNCH

One of things we are most proud of at We Are Handsome is that all of our designs are created and made right here in Australia. Our collections represent the quintessential notion of who we are as a label; happiness, sunshine, adventure, those who seek to create something special drawing on the integral elements of the environment. To be apart of an industry of such connected talented designers, artists and creatives, continues to drive our passion to produce Australian owned quality, luxury swimwear and apparel.

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As a label, it is not only important for us to participate in and support Australian design, but to become a voice that helps foster domestic talent and awareness in the Australian retail environment. This is why along with two other designers, we are excited to be sponsored by Westfield at this years Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. As apart of Westfield’s InHabit Program, we will be creating an installation at Sydney and Bondi Junction, as well as a personalised pop up in Melbourne’s Doncaster centre.

This partnership allows us to reach a wider homegrown audience. We believe that Australian consumers now more   than ever want to see Australian designers flourish. They want to buy local. This is truly a special thing and with the help of Westfield, We Are Handsome and many others both now and in the future will benefit thoroughly

To celebrate this collaboration the talented Hugh Stewart, shot a short film of Jeremy and Katinka, giving you a glimpse into the life of an Australian designer in the lead up to MBFWA.

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What really goes on on one of our photo shoots… Enjoy!

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Here at WAH we love our jewellery. Rings, cuffs, necklaces, we have a slight obsession. Pair this with an affinity towards animal print…..like you didn’t notice already…and you have the perfect combination.

This year we teamed up with the talented Alex Smyth-Kirk from boutique jewellery label Vera Xane for a very handsome collaboration. First starting her studies of gold and silver smithing at the young age of 17, Alex has always had a passion for jewellery and the creation of beautiful unique pieces. Inspired by pop culture, rock n roll, innovative fashion trends and cultural architecture, Alex took on the challenge of creating her own label in 2011, having nothing but success since.

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Her talent caught our eye so much that we decided to work with Alex to help provide the final touches on our latest campaign shoot Oddessey Rising in The Maldives as well as creating custom made WAH inspired pieces for our runway ready looks at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. The runway collection featured pineapple rings, birds of prey necklaces, cuff like belts with a fierce rendition of our tiger print, tropical palm trees and watermelons for earrings and quirky lobsters to make a statement. Each piece matched the essence of what We Are Handsome are all about and added to the fun, summer vibe of our runway.

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Keep up to date with everything Vera Xane by following the labels instagram @veraxane and jump on the website.

 

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You guys. It’s been a massive week. Scratch that. A massive month. Wrong again. It’s been a massive SIX MONTHS of imagining, dreaming, designing, planning, cat herding, all in preparation for the release of The Catalyst & The Euphoria collections at Australian Fashion Week this past Tuesday. All the hard work, adrenaline-riding and lost sleep was worth it – the show came off smashingly, if we do say so ourselves!

 

Thanks to Clover Moore and the City of Sydney, we hosted the show at the beautiful Paddington Reservoir Gardens. While the Gardens have never seen a show like this, they’re certainly no stranger to WAH folk – our founders had their wedding garden party there. Awww.

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It was one of the last sunny days of summer, and the gardens were kitted out like a tropical oasis, complete with custom WAH-printed deck chairs and surfboards. Our fearless models shared their spotlight with Candy the elegant yellow python, as they grooved down the runway, all sexy smiles and legs for days.

Here are some of our favourite shots from the day, and while you check them out, have a listen to some tunes from the show.

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The looks

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The Euphoria – The Shadow

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The Euphoria – The Hunted

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The Euphoria – The Miasm

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The Euphoria – The Farrago

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The Finale!

If you’re dying to get your hot little hands on some of the looks, you won’t have to wait long. The Catalyst will be in stores this July, and The Euphoria in November. Follow us on Twitter at @wearehandsome to stay up to date. In the meantime, check out our current collections.

You can follow me on the Twitter @cultofclothes

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“It’s pronounced Moldeeves…or paradise” was the response I got when I first landed on the island and even though, out of habit I still refer to it with more of a maal and diives, that gentleman was absolutely correct about the second part, paradise it is! All that you know about The Maldives being idyllic & picturesque is absolutely true and then some!

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As I sit here and reminisce over our glorious week of ‘workationing’, the first thing I’m struck with, is how much I miss it. But yes of course you’re thinking, ‘why wouldn’t you’?!
Well, we live a few hundred meters away from the ocean, so that’s not that part I miss. What has me wistful is the complete serenity, the total lack of cars, the smiling faces, the rainbow of ocean blues and an unhurried schedule the island moves to. That’s what I miss the most.

In a world that has become so small, and interconnected, the Maldives is still very much uncharted territory by the masses – it retains it’s elusiveness through it’s remoteness. It took us almost 24 hours of traveling to reach Ayada from Sydney, but unlike all the other times I’eve traveled that kind of distance, I woke up to the sounds of the ocean lapping below us, threw open the doors to an endless turquoise and cobalt ocean and shared a moment with a turtle we named Roger, who was not even 3 meters from our (over-sea) hammock. Roger just bobbed his head in a knowing way, while I marveled at all that was before me.

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The island of Maguhdhuvaa is located 30KM’s from the Equator and so far from civilization that you can’t help but feel like you’re a modern day Robinson Crusoe. Except where Crusoe had to fashion his shelter, scrounge for food and occupy himself so as not to go mad, at Ayada, your shelter is a 5 star suite or villa with a private infinity pool, the food is varied and excellently prepared and occupying yourself is the furthest thing from your mind.

Traversing the entire island will take you approximately 20 minutes or you could have your butler chauffeur you in a golf cart to and from your meals and massages. We, however, chose for most of our time to ride the island’s simple white bicycles, peddling our way through palm tree lined avenues and down boardwalks suspended over a coral reef teeming with all manner of fish, reef sharks and sea life.

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Incredibly, 99% of the Maldives comprises of water and at no point in the Maldives are you above sea level by an average of 1.5m, but I don’t think at any point on our ‘workation’ were we further from the water by that same distance! The azure hues of the water are like nothing any of us had ever seen before, the spectrum of colours are almost like a painting, perfect and clear and never-ending.

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When one heads to a tropical island you are generally accompanied by your nearest and dearest, in this case Jem and I we’re joined by four of ours, and having done so we would highly recommend turning this romantic destination on it’s head and making it a friends-in-tow getaway. Where, as a couple you may lounge by the pool, sip your cocktails, read a book or two and just ease into relaxation. We spent a lot of the time laughing together, mastering our jumps off the infinity pools edge (shhh don’t tell Ayada), biking from one side of the island to the other and and topped it all off with couples massages for all at Ayada’s fully equipped spa retreat.

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For a couple of days we ventured off the resort and took  a jet boat trip over to neighbouring islands and sand banks where we explored rough terrain, met up with Roger’s buddies while snorkeling a reef drop off that spanned at least 3 KM’s. We also got into the spirit of it all and kayaked half the way round the island, well Margo and I kayaked – the boys occupied themselves with taking photo’s of us and everything around us. We also spent some time surfing one of the Maldives infamous over-reef breaks and then back to Ayada in time for a hearty afternoon lunch.

Since arriving home, oddly enough everyone has asked us about the food and we can absolutely say it was plentiful and sumptuous. Tuna is the Maldives 2nd main source of income (after tourism) and happily it is in abundance on the island. The sashimi lovers in our group we’re so spoilt with the freshest tuna we’ve ever tasted! On our last night we had a celebratory dinner at the Mediterranean themed restaurant Ocean’s Breeze, like everything else on the island it’s all focused on the ocean and as we sat on the deck watching the sunset and the lights of the bungalows twinkle onto the water, the food just did not stop arriving – we we’re quite literally drowning in excellently prepared and presented sea fare. The standout was the scallops, they were soft and buttery and, well, simply the best scallops I’ve ever had.

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Ayada offers a varied array of accommodation, from a beachside villa or suite and of course the quintessential over water bungalow, and having now experienced this slice of bungalow life, I don’t know how I will ever be able to stay in a villa that doesn’t’t have a glass bottom lounge room to watch as the underwater world swims by, or for that matter doesn’t have an infinity pool that stretches over and into an endless blue. I have been totally spoilt by the vistas and serenity of Ayada.

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Every suite and villa island-wide has a private pool (of course) and so we found that through the day most of the guests chose to vacation in their secluded spaces – who wouldn’t’t! Which left the main pool area, swim up pool bar and restaurant, well, quiet – which is an absolute first for any resort I’ve ever been to and we relished the opportunity to do some lazy laps and partake in a couple of in-pool cocktails!

As the term ‘workation’ implies it wasn’t all long lunches, sashimi, cocktails and working on our tans. Our team we’re there to shoot our Pre Fall campaign, which will be released in Mid-May and I say without hesitation that it is the best campaign yet. So much so, we’re having a very tough time choosing from the thousands upon thousands of images we created, but this is the best problem to have after any campaign shoot.

The Ayada team went above and beyond and catered to all our needs, and then some, our model Margo celebrated her birthday with us on the island and the the staff marked the event with a cake and a song! There’s one thing for certain, besides the tan lines and endless memories, the Maldives has left an indelible mark on us all.

 

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Every year I go through this phase. The phase when I get bored with my hair and need to make a decision on what to do with it. So many questions pop to mind. Do I cut it? Do I grow it? Should I change the style? How drastic should the change be? Will I leave it natural or colour it? If so should I go all out and jump on the pastel locks trend? So many questions, all overwhelming! First world problems.

There is is a method to my madness and in my crazy weighing up of decisions, I have decided to dedicate myself to making my hair look as lush and healthy as possible. Perfect runway ready hair so good it looks like I just stepped out of a commercial. Ok not quite, but one can dream.

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Many would doubt my dedication but with our awesome friends over at KMS in charge of our runway locks this year at MBFWA, I have confidence that I will achieve my goal. With their expertise and delicious hair products mine and our model babes locks will be perfectly soft, shiny and voluminous. Not to mention they have teamed up with us to design some very cool WAH print hair brushes and capes! Hair prep in style!

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Someone once said that your hair is a ball gown you never take off…how true that is. Take care of your locks ladies…and gentlemen because you will hopefully have them for the rest of your life.

This year we will be taking you behind the scenes in the lead up to our show for MBFWA, meaning you will be able to see all the cool hair prep going on as we do. Follow @wearehandsomeswimwear on Instagram and be sure to follow @kmscaliforniaau for all the action. For expert hair tips and all you need to know about acheiving luscious locks, jump on to KMS California wesbite and FB page.

Divine Wanderer

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In just under a week, our Season 15 & 16 Collections will debut at australian Fashion Week in Sydney. We’ve got some amazing floral based prints we’ve been working on and wanted to show you a little inspiration of what’s to come!

I’m unsure of the artist on these pics, but they are nothing if not amazing!!

 

 

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