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Loving the ocean as much as we do, we are always searching for the perfect surf spot on our travels around the world. With a little bit of research, knowledge and a call out to our followers on Instagram and Twitter, we have compiled a list of our favourite surf spots just for you.

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Look I cannot possibly narrow down a surf spot for Mentawai. Having a friend who runs a surf resort and charter from Bali to Mentawai, I get a constant stream of photos that are ever so envious. So lets just give a general shout out the Mentawai Islands for having a plethora of awesome reef breaks. Literally a surfers dream.

Maldives

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What would a surfing guide be without the Maldives? Beautiful scenery, white sand, crystal blue water, stunning marine life and epic waves. Whilst there are many amazing surf spots in the Maldives our favourite is Kandooma Right in North Male Atoll. With an exposed reef break and ideal winds rolling in from the west, Kandooma has been labelled a world class wave. Best thing about it? It is never crowded and if you get bored (highly unlikely) you can walk a few minutes and wave hop until your hearts content.

Indonesia

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Maybe it’s because as a kid I watched The Endless Summer repeatedly, but G-Land is definitely up there. A left hand break, G-Land, also known as Plengkung Beach, is one of the most famous surf spots in the world. Surfed by the greats of our time; Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow, Tom Carroll, Andy Irons, this famous left hand break is a bucket list destination. Divided into several sections the waves can get anywhere up to 20 ft depending on the season.

Combine this with beautiful culture of Indonesia, island landscape and tropical coconuts and you are in our version of heaven.

Australia

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Being one of the most recognisable breaks in Australia, they hold the Rip Curl Pro at Bells for a reason. One of the gems along the Torquay surf coast, with two breaks Rincon and The Bowl, Bells can swell at anywhere between 2-15ft. It may be cold and the water like ice in winter, but put on a 4’3 wetty and you are ready to go. Besides if its flat then you can body surf until your hearts content.

Fiji

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This list would not be THE LIST without mentioning Restaurants in Mamanucas Fiji. With its amazing swell, you must be kind to Restaurants because it will rip you to threads if you don’t treat it nicely. A distant off the ground left hand break, although often inconsistent, when the waves arrive they are too good to give up. Plus Fiji? Destination tropical bliss. When you aren’t surfing you can snorkel, dive, SUP or relax on the beach with a cocktail in hand. Sounds pretty good to me.

So there you have it. Our favourite surfing spots. We have literally only just scratched the surface of what could be an endless list. Now all we have to do is to grab our WAH inspired boards courtesy of Black Apache and hit the surf.

 

Divine Wanderer

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Is not looking like a leathery lizard-face relevant to your interests? Then quit it with all that sun-worshiping.

At 18, I was immortal. My skin was dewy, and when I had a tan, flawless. All summer I would schedule my daily activities around one essential goal: to lie on the balcony, greased with baby oil at noon sharp, also known as prime tanning time. (In Canada the sun puts in a pretty poor effort, so it’s not as awful as it sounds). I also used to smoke, stay out all night and generally abuse my body. Immortality is just super, isn’t it?

Then one day, to my horror, I spotted a line running perpendicular to my mouth. I briefly considered never smiling again, but when I realised that was impossible, I decided it was time to look my mortality in the face and make sure my single wrinkle remained very lonely.

I started to obsessively slather myself with moisturiser and sun screen, I kicked my sun tanning habit, and since moving to Australia, (good hair be damned) I’ve even started wearing a hat. Over the years I’ve fine-tuned my sun protection regime so that it’s a near-perfect work of mastery, and last summer, my efforts were validated: I escaped the season without getting even the most delicate of sunburns. And now I’ll share all my secrets with you.

Sunscreen

Hello. We all know this one. Put it on your face. Put it on your neck. Your hands. Your chest. Your shoulders. The tops of your feet before you put on your sandals. It can all be burned, and it will all get wrinkly if you’re not careful.

My favourite sunscreen for face is Dermaogica’s Super Sensitive Shield in SPF 30. I put it on under my make-up, and over my moisturiser. I usually let it soak in for a couple of minutes before putting on make-up or else the make-up slides off and disappears.

For body, I’ll use any SPF 30+ that’s hanging around the house, but I love Banana Boat Sensitive. It’s pretty water proof, seems to last all day and it doesn’t leave me feeling like I’ve been dipped in old deep-fryer oil. This is an important consideration when it’s 40 degrees out and no matter how slowly you move, sweat pours mercilessly from every inch of your body.

Hats

I remember when I worked in banking, a ridiculous doctor told me that I should wear a hat whenever I went outside, even when I was working. I could hardly contain my snorts of laughter as I imagined the nasty glances I would get from my colleagues for being so weird as to wear a hat with a suit. It was a moot point, because I worked such long hours I only saw the sun through tinted windows, but these days I spend quite a lot of time outside at playgrounds, so a hat is important, and happens to go much better with my outfits. Take it from me: quitting a finance job has endless happy outcomes.

People have teased me mercilessly about my giant raffia visor, but we’ll see who’s laughing when we’re all 80 and my face is as smooth as porcelain, and they look like iguana-people.

True story: my friend Colin had just finished making fun of my visor when a cool girl passed us and asked me where I got it. After I laughed at him, I forgave him his ignorance of cool sunhat trends. After all, he does live in London. What does he know about the sun?

Sunglasses

I recently lost my treasured Gucci sunglasses in a move. They had transparent dusty rose frames, and were the perfect size for my face. I kept them in wiped down perfection in their hard shell case when I wasn’t wearing them, and now the creep who found them is reaping the benefits of seven years of careful maintenance.

This summer I kept thinking I’d find them, and anyway I couldn’t really afford to spend hundreds on new sunglasses (the only bad thing about quitting a finance job), so I thought I’d go without for a season. Worst idea ever. I found some new lines around my eyes and when I told my husband about them, he coldly informed me that he’s had crow’s feet since he was a teenager. Humph. He doesn’t wear sunglasses, so it serves him right.

I bit the bullet and bought some Marc by Marc Jacobs replacements, but nothing will ever fill the void left by my beautiful lost sunnies.

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Sun dresses are so cute, but crispy-burnt, sun-spotted shoulders are not. I have an awesome, soft chambray shirt that I put on over my sun dresses and tie at the waist. I like to think it makes me look wasp-waisted, but mainly I wear it to hide my shoulders from the sun.

Australia has made me so sun paranoid, I probably have a Vitamin D deficiency, but who cares about vitamins when you can look as immortal as you actually were when you were 18?

If you can’t live without a tan, check out this handy post on how to get the look without the skin cancer and wrinkles.

You can follow me on Twitter @cultofclothes

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It’s no secret that we generally don’t function at WAH HQ without our coffee fix in the mornings. As the saying goes we need coffee to coffee our coffee coffee coffee…um yep that sounds about right. Combine this with a good meal and afternoon thirst quenching mineral water and it’s a pretty good day in the office.

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It seems as though at this years Mercedes Benz Fashion Week our guests agreed with us. With all the fashionistas, designers, journalists, bloggers and photographers running around from show to show, a good coffee and mineral water from our friends over at Vittoria was a saving grace for many at our runway. What can I say? We like to spoil our guests!

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In teaming up with Vittoria again this year, we designed a series of take away cups covered in our latest prints from the upcoming and popular collections. Not only did our guests get their coffee fix using their printed cups, they got to take home their very own We Are Handsome keep cup. We figured… you like coffee, we like coffee, we both love animal prints, lets combine the two loves and make magic. A kind of WAH keepsake.

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Generally with the busy lives we lead, constant hustle and bustle going on, most people are like ‘Hey just stop and smell the roses every once in while’…roses?? I think i’d prefer to stop and smell the coffee. Ain’t nothing like it.

You can follow our friends over at Vittoria by checking out their website, FB PAGE and Instagram @santa_vittoria. Don’t forget to follow our new Instagram feed @wearehandsomeswimwear for daily updates and behind the scenes action at We Are Handsome.

Divine Wanderer

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The very talented illustrator ad creative Erika Rivera has created an amazing rendition of her favourite pieces from our Handsome collections. We caught up with Erika and she told us all about her love for drawing, illustration, design and everything beautiful.

We adore your renditions of our swimwear. Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and what is your background?

Well, I’m originally form San Diego, California where I went to school at FIDM for Product Development. I recently moved to Syracuse, New York to be with my soon to be husband. Moving from the West Coast to the East Coast was a huge change for me especially climate wise. This was going to be my first winter ever I I’m glad to say I’m still alive. Since moving I have really focused on the basic skills for my drawings. During winter I stayed inside most days due to the winter but I found it as a blessing in disguise. I was able to sit down and draw until my little heart was content. I’ve always loved fashion and my friends would always want to pick an outfit for them.

Since I wanted to do something with my fashion background I knew drawing illustrations would be perfect. I get to look at outfits pieced together by bloggers, runway shows, and many brands on the market. I decided illustrating was my way to express myself and put a fun spin on clothes. I get excited whenever a new project lines up because I’m able to share my passion with others. Plus, I love getting the client’s reaction once they receive the final product.

Many artists draw on the elements that surround them for creativity, what are some of your inspirations?

For me to be inspired it starts with a simple walk outside. Just taking in a breath of fresh air gets my wheels going. I try to take in as much nature that surrounds me and then I find that my mind starts creating. Another way I get inspired is to be by the beach. When I was in San Diego the beach was my safe haven from anything that was happening in life. I loved listening to the waves, feeling the sand, and that powerful sun. Even imagining that I’m there will do. Then I start sketching and figuring out the movement of a garment when looking at photos. Earth is my muse.

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When did you first discover you had this creative talent? What made you pursue this?

The very first time I found myself intrigued with art was 3rd grade. We had to draw a picture of a how to get out of a house fire safely. My picture won throughout all the elementary schools and got recognition from the local fire department. This was a huge deal to me. Once I found my creative side I never wanted it to disperse. My dad is very creative and an amazing artist. He would draw my brother and I like it was second nature. He tells me I get my artistic side from him. I definitely agree. As I got older I started getting into clothes and fell in love with the concept of creating yourself from the outside. I was always checking out what the classic pieces were to have in a wardrobe and what to wear during the seasons. Whenever I would go shopping my dad would always be there. He has a lot to do with my artistry. Overall my family was behind my every decision.

How has social and digital media helped you to share your talent? How important has this been?

Oh my gosh!! Big time!! Social media is the main reason I’m able to share my fashion illustrations with the world. Instagram is my biggest help to show what I do. Being able to reach other all over is completely incredible. I’m very blessed to live during a time where technology is mainstream. I love having access to reach out to people in the palm of my hand. Literally. There is a massive support team through social media and reading the positive feedback touches my heart. I also stumble upon other artists and its life a family reunion where you have no idea who anyone is but can connect so easily with them. When I met new artists from any industry I embrace them. And stay connected is so important! I mean we have no excuse to send a thank you or a hello to someone anymore. I’m very thankful to have social media in my life. Sometimes I do need to put the phone down though and be present.

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Do you have a favourite artist? If so who and why?

I would have to say Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCarthy. Karl Lagerfeld has revamped Chanel and added a modern spin on every collection. I never get bored with anything he gets his hands on. He will mix the timeless classics with an unexpected twist. And come on, everyone loves a great plot twist to a story. Now Stella McCarthy perfectly captures what a women is all about…Confidence. The simplicity and femininity of her garments are flawless. You’re able to use a coat from a past collection and pair it with a blouse from her 2014 summer collection. She never misses a beat. I would love to wear everything she’s created.

Where to from here? What big plans do you have in the mix?

Well, I’m going to continue practicing everyday. I want to make sure I’m persistent in enhancing the basics of my skills. I want to work with other brands, designers, and fashion bloggers to create illustrations that will be very special. When I make my place in this fashion world I would be thrilled to work with magazines and have my illustrations hanging up in a museum one day. Could you imagine!? I want to show girls that dreams can come true with hard work and never saying No! Collaborating is what I love doing. I want to create, inspire, and imagine everyday.

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From all of your renditions of We Are Handsome (all are amazing) which one was your favourite to sketch and why?

My favorite rendition to sketch was the Landing Scoop one piece that shows the backside. I usually illustrate forward and three-quarter poses but this backside is my favorite. It’s playful, sexy, and fun. The colors of that swimsuit were my favorite. The way the plane is about to land with the palm tress around it reminds me of home. You can pair this one piece with a fabulous floppy hat and look stunning by the poolside, beach, or relaxing in a hammock.

If you had to choose one print/design to wear from our latest collection what would it be and why?

Hands down the Aloha string bikini. Love the colors, print, and everything about it! I’m a bikini kind of gal and this screams Erika! It would be perfect for my honeymoon coming up in a month. Plus, I think my fiancée would love to see my strutting my stuff in this little number. Incredible!

How can we find and follow you?

My coming along website: www.erikalynndesigns.com

Follow me on Instagram: @erikalynnrivera

 

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No doubt one of my favourite runways of this years Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. From the styling, the hair and make up to the execution of each look on the runway, Bianca Spenders ‘The Universe Next Door’ collection can only be described as perfection and one of her best collections to date.

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I often consider make-up a good investment. I have my reasons. I am not a morning person at the best of times, scratch that, I am not a morning person at all. So when I have to get up early, its unavoidable that I wake up with dark circles under my eyes and that not quite coherent look on my face.

A good make-up can fix all my worries and have me transformed from half asleep to wide awake in no time. An application of mineral powder, a layer of mascara and a pop of colour on my lips and I am ready to go. Without a doubt I on a daily basis, including those early mornings, Maybelline NY has my back. Trustworthy, old faithful.

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For Bec and Bridge, this years collection ‘Due North’ pushed beyond the boundaries and redefined the labels direction. Balancing innovation and tradition perfectly, Bec and Bridge produced a captivating collection of detailed designs.

Still maintaining the influence of simple structures we often see from the designer duo, a boho chic almost desert safari vibe resonated throughout the collection. A monochromatic palette was used to pair draping with bodice hugging racer neck lines, as well as pastel blues representative of desert skies.

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You’ve had our Handsome Pops of Froyo and yes they are delicious, but we are currently obsessing over chocolate coated ice-creams. Not just any ice-creams. Connoisseur dessert ice-creams. HEAVEN!

Whether we are in the Maldives shooting our latest campaign, working hard at WAH HQ or running around backstage at our Fashion Week Show, Connoisseur ice-creams are our favourite snack to keep away the hunger and give us some energy to keep going.

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The best part is, it never gets boring. So many flavours…! Personally on any given day I will choose Vanilla (I like the classics) and if I want to spice it up I will head on over to Salted Caramel (TO DIE FOR) but if I wanted something new, there would be no issue. The only problem is stopping myself from splurging and eating all the flavours in one day. With WAH HQ’s freezer full of ice-cream, it tends to be hard not too.

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We thought that we should share our obsession this year with our guests at Fashion Week. All of our guests were given the opportunity to try their favourite flavour whilst watching our latest collection hit the runway. A delicious way to enjoy the show. We certainly think so.

As children our favourite and most exciting snack was always ice-cream. The sound of the ice-cream truck in our streets sent us crazy, the excitement we got when Mum or Dad yelled ‘Dessert time’  was unparalleled…..I guess now that we have grown up…nothing has changed.

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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.

 Swim

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.

Beach run

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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