Tacoola Bikini Review - I Don't Support Them and Why I Won't

I've been a fan of Tacoola Bikini since before they launched, i've been saving my pennies for the crochet collection for the past few weeks. I was tagged in one of their photos the other day and replied back to it saying that i couldn't afford to buy them and it was a shame. Last night i went to have another drool over their items and i realised it was blocked!!



So i messaged them  about it, they said i must have said something negative and that's why they blocked me. How could a brand block someone that's trying to save money to buy their beautiful products? i was honest to God in tears about it last night. I'm upset enough to write a blog post and share my experience with the internet. I try to avoid commenting on instagram to start with because it's a free for all to get blocked by people and people get click happy with the block button.
i'm awaiting their response to me saying that if that's why i got blocked i'm going to be really upset! They've seen my DM's on instagram and haven't responded yet! hopefully it's all one big understanding.


Edit/update: I've now confirmed that they blocked me because i didn't like the prices of their products and won't stand for negativity on their account. I've now been blocked on my secondary account after asking them what the problem was. They said they would unblock me and i apologised to them, saying if i had know it was an issue i wouldn't have done it. Their response - block that account too.
I have written proof that their issue was because i said i couldn't afford their bikinis was the reason they blocked me, it was negative towards their brand. What type of compnay blocks people who can't afford their products? people who clearly don't want my money

update #2 below are the screenshots of the conversation, i attempted to apologise as everyone can see here. I also wish to note that this brand did send me a free bikini after one of their competitions in 2015 for being such a loyal follower to them.  It was from their first release and since then the brand has increased their prices on their products. If this company recognised me to be such a loyal follower and gifted me a bikini as a thank you, then i find it incredibly strange that this has occured after all this time of me following. People are having a go at me and calling me a low life for sharing my experiences are all over my instagram post right now. I don't doubt they're all lovely people for one moment, but i'm so incredibly confused as to why this has all happened. I'm allowed to document my feelings in a matter that isn't defamation, not once has this post defamed anyone. It's simply stated my feelings and screenshots.
I wish i had actually taken a screenshot of my original comment so everyone can see how blown out of proportion i feel this has become.

 

 

 
 
I will actively avoid their brand from now on and i'll never speak about them again.






Moana Bikini #IslandTime Review -


Featuring a minimal-coverage bottom with extra-long, adjustable, braided strap on either side, this set is complimented with a boob tube style top. With added boning in the sides to keep you supported and comfortable, the special detailing on the front, and the braided arm bands (which can be permanently removed if you desire), offer you a stunning and unique look.



This set will give you maximum comfort while looking amazing. This could be a new favourite for the bigger busted girl as the elastic-style band sits under your bust creating a supportive feel. This is matched with a seamless, minimal-coverage bottom.



Tie-Up style bottom is a Summer essential. Seamless and reversible with tie-up sides gives this piece a unique feature that opens you up to ultimate tanning opportunities! This style bottom reverses from an eye-catching print into a vibrant solid.



The Adrift pant provides the most coverage on offer from Moana Bikini. This style of pant is slightly more conservative but still has a cheeky side to it. This style bottom reverses from an eye-catching print into a vibrant solid. - This is the description from the website so i think they're might be a mistake, mine don't reverse to a solid colour at all! 
I ordered a medium and i feel they're a bit too big.  



The Purchase Report | Summer Handbags

If you had to pick between jewellery, a handbag and a pair of shoes, which would you buy?

When answering this question, most of us have to remember how much we have for the week, and how tight our budgets are (think of that dream holiday or that beautiful house on the corner you're dreaming of living in one day) so the best way to approach the question is to think about what is the most practical. What will you get the most use out of? Which of these will you NEED to use every single day? Now, I know it’s not as fun to think of it that way, it's adult and it's boring. Think - Which could you use in a practical way

I'm a sucker for buying jewellery i don't wear, it sits there are gathers dust while i look at it and think i should probably wear that soon, but i never do. The most practical thing for me is a bag. I never used to be a bag person. I hated buying them, i never liked any of them, they were too big or too small or came in a shitty colour that didn't match anything in my wardrobe. Until one day i noticed that my best friend carries a different bag each week and i wanted to do the same thing. 

 Since we're all trying to adult and all are sticking to a budget i'm writing this post for a handbag lovers with a good eye for a bag that will be back each summer for many years to come, these are bags that i find affordable (disclaimer: i did actually save a few pay cheques before purchasing some of them) and would love to share!



The Casual Bag

I love a detailed bucket messenger bag, they're cute and dainty but totally casual. Mine is from Valley Girl, they currently don't have accessories on their online store so i can't give the link. It's very affordable, i can't remember the exact price but it wasn't more than $24.95AUD.





The Date Night Bag
This little beaded velvet bag stole my heart when i saw it online. I'm not sure if it's available international any more as it is sold out online, i had my personal shopper in America track one down for me and ship it over. It hasn't arrived yet but it should shortly! it was $34.99USD.




The Night Club Bag
Yellow is not my favourite colour, but seeing this Zara bag on eBay i had to have it. The bag itself was only $49.00 but shipping added an extra $30.00. You can shop this bag with the four remaining ones online. I had spent hours looking for another cheaper option but this is the only one here. For the record i have them in each colour, i got the other two colours from my local Zara store for $59.00 each.





Drinks with the Girls Bag
 Okay so this may look exactly the same as the Zara bag mentioned above, but it's bigger. I feel like when you're out with the girls you'll need a little extra space for your beauty products or your girlfriend's belongings if they're not taking a bag.  This cute studded style called the Nola Crossbody bag was $99.95 but i found mine on a 25% off sale.




The Shopper Tote
This is my old faithful bag, my go to, my use for every occasion when i can't be bothered picking a bag. It matches most of my outfits so i never have to worry about it not going with anything, black is always on trend. It was $32.00 and you can shop it here.



Personalised Bikini? Yes Please Alt Swimwear


swimwear just got personal
made by alt, designed by you



Okay this must be one of the most raddest finds i've come across on instagram this year. Personalised monogram bikinis. alt swimwear is an Australian based brand made from the highest quality luxe Italian fabrics. Each piece uses unique tailoring with the highest attention to detail.
The alt girl is a sun seeking, summer loving, free spirit, who proudly wears her individuality. This is why we offer custom embroidering, so each piece becomes your very own.
alt has a minimalist aesthetic and seamless finishing, allowing each piece to embrace the female body in all the right places (whilst providing just the right amount of cheeky). What more could you want? Oh express shipping too? yes please!


 This bikini will cost you $139 plus shipping but it's totally worth it, the material is super soft and fits like a glove. I'm wearing a small and it's a perfect fit.
You can pick three letters to have embroidered in gold on the back of the bottoms - i picked my initials MJM because who would pass up an opportunity to have their name on their bikini? I love how flattering the bottoms are, they're slightly Brazilian so they're not too cheeky and the sides are adjustable. I wear mine slightly higher on the hips but it can also be worn lower.

The top is a bralette style with a tie up adjustable back

Because of the simple classic style you can easy mix and match it with other styles and colours. It's currently available in black with white on pre-order.

Now i just have to decide what to get on the back of the white one!








New Mermaid Swimies Lolli Swimwear


Ever wanted to be a mermaid? now you really can dress like one in the new Lolli Swim Resort 2017 
The new collection is making all our childhood mermaid dreams come true, the featured bikini is hand crochet and absolutely gorgeous.




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Behind the Brand: Cami & Jax

As we creep further into springtime, temperatures are starting to rise! We've got to rely on plenty of goods to keep us looking cool, calm and collected.
We're always on the hunt for a great bathing suit, and i'm loving all the bikinis from Cami & Jax 2016 range which is still available and currently 30% off on their website, 25% off a bigger range on the Girl and the Water, it's also available at Revolve - which is where i buy mine from since they're always cheaper.
If you hadn’t heard of Cami & Jax yet, it was only a matter of time. The swimwear company, launched by Camille Brady and Jackie Brady in 2014 and has been growing ever since.

This bikini is the latest one i've ordered from Revolve, setting me back just over $115 with express international shipping. I've ordered a medium top and bottom and hopefully they'll fit.


 I'm never quite sure what size to get in Cami & Jax because i have one of their tops in a large and it fits like a dream and another in an extra small and it fits really well too, i worry that this top will be too small too! luckily Revolve have a great returns/exchange policy. 
Taking inspiration from the 80s and 90s, Cami & Jax have several suits that are reminiscent of the Bay Watch era, with high cut sides, low cut backs and intricate detailing that make the suits unique.

Sneak Peak Oct 28 at the Capsule Show
I'm super glad to see the reds coming back into their newest season and keeping some of the great designs they already have. Now i just need them to bring back the Anna top in red for me too! 

Cami and Jax Brady
You can see in the background of this photo here some of the colour pallet the designers have chosen to go with for the next season.  Fingers crossed that the prices stay the same (or drop lower - even better) so that us Aussie's can get them shipped over here. No other sneak peaks have been given as of yet so stay tuned!


Behind the Brand: Ohana Swim

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Who is the person behind Ohana Swim? 
Two sisters, Vrindy and Ramana Benson founded Ohana Swim 1 year ago.

Where did the idea of Ohana Swim come from? 
The Idea came about whilst tanning on the beach. Discussing the optimal minimal bikini to tan in.
Where is Ohana Swim manufactured? 
We have one manufacturer in china that produces our more affordable range and one manufacturer in Indonesia Bali (LA LUXE RANGE) for those who love luxurious swimwear.


What do you think made your brand so popular? 
We try to cater to all girls as we have some affordable bikinis that move up to the more expensive bikinis. They are also very minimal and basic. The vaycay essential.

What can we expect from Ohana in the future? 
We have big plans to expand our ranges, from cheeky minimal to more coverage catering to the hot summers. We also planning to work along side a charity for the homeless in Melbourne. Oh and also to take over summers world wide hehe.


Do you have Afterpay? 
We know so many bikini babes are raving about it so far! We currently have after pay! its so great we love that all babes are able to afford and purchase Ohana Swim.

Do you have any tips for all of the young entrepreneurs out there who are daring themselves to do what you have done with your brand? 
of course! GO FOR IT. It can be very challenging and you will make a lot of mistakes but it will be worth it. And also We have developed and app called FOUNDER that will be available on your iPhones in the coming months. This is a start up kit for people to jump and and help them start their business's or pursue there creative dreams.


Thank you again Vrindy and Ramana for taking the time out to answer my questions, i know you're super busy prepping for the best line yet to be released S16/S17. I've picked a few of my favourite shots from their instagram sneak peaks to share!











Floral and Flirty with Rocky Barnes Bikini



If there is one thing i love, it's the start of bikini season in Australia. Where all the brands down under release the look books of their latest designs and we're left creating very expensive wish lists. My latest addition to my collection is from Cotton On Body. It's been a few years since i shopped here last, but with the 2 for $30 swim separates sale i couldn't say no!
While the top is sold out online - it looks to be in stores still to grab yourself one.


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Neo Blanket Triangle Bikini Top
 Be a bond girl in the Neo Blanket Triangle made with dual bonded speciality fabric. James approves the sleek lines, attention to detail and the spectacular fit. Match back with the complimenting Blanket Hipster Brazilian bottom.


Features;
• Classic triangle bikini shape
• Removable foam cup inserts
• Elastic under the bust
• V neck shaping
• Adjustable strap sliders for a personal fit
• Rear-snap back closure
• Features rose gold coloured hardware
• Blanket stitch edging
• Active stretch dual bonded fabrication
• Fully lined


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Neo Blanket Hipster Cheeky Bikini Bottoms 
The Neo Blanket Hipster Cheeky made with dual bonded speciality fabric. Featuring sleek lines, attention to detail and the spectacular cheeky fit. Match back with the complimenting Neo Blanket Triangle.

Features;
• Cheeky butt coverage
• Hipster cut, sits perfectly on your hips
• Blanket stitch edging
• Active stretch dual bonded fabrication
• Fully lined

I've always worn a small in Cotton On's bikinis, because this bikini is made out of 88% Polymide, 12% elastine and the lining is 100% polyester it will stretch when it gets wet and with wear.

Mix and match this bikini with a pair of denim shorts, white button up cotton top and a straw hat for a chic look before and after the pool or beach.


Moana Bikini 2017 Sneak Peak




I've been looking forward to the release of 2017 of Moana Bikini since my order from 2016 arrived with my Pipping Poppy Spaghetti top and Skittle bottoms. They're my go to bikini when i know i need to look my best out on the water or the beach.
I got mine in the first release of 2016 last year and this year i will be counting down the days till the rest of the 2017 collection is released in Hawaii!

I've put together a few snaps from the past week or so for us to drool over while we wait. I'm just so excited already! I'm loving the bottoms below that Karina is sporting on her snapchat on 11/9/16, i love the black and white triangle pattern, i've been hunting for a bikini like this for months but i haven't found the perfect one yet, fingers crossed it will be this one!









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Karina giving us a sneak peak on 11/9/16 on her snapchat

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What do you guys think? Write me a comment below!




Sneak Peak Acacia Swimwear Release November 2016





 Bikini Goddesses and creator of Acacia Swimwear Naomi Newirth and Lyndie Irons have released a sneaky flat lay of what's to come in the Resort Range in November 2016 on the Acacia Swimwear Instagram Page

What do you think? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Victoria Secret Swimwear Review






A few weeks ago i posted about the Victoria Secret annual/closing down sale and the two bikinis i've purchased. They've both arrived and it's now warming up so i can wear them on my days off!

I love the neon nectar colour of this tie dye bikini. It looks so good on both pale and tanned skin tones.












I mix and matched my Orchid Woodstock Itsy bottoms with a bright pink teeny triangle top also from VS.


















This hot pink bikini top is one of the softest bikini tops i've ever bought, and the straps are a little shorter than normal so they don't get tangled easily. Again it's perfect to mix and match it with so many cute bottoms - like these smocked ones from Nookie.








This season i'm totally digging the side braids with flounce off the shoulder tops. Keeps your hair put of your face but looks super cute and a great way to show off tattoos - just like i have in this shot.






These bikinis get my big tick of approval and i'm ready to buy more! ebay ha such a huge selection of VS bikinis - i usually find the out of stock items i'm looking for there.













Follow me on instagram for more updates as they come @madalyn.mitchell



Where to Get Gigi Hadid's Pink Palm Bikini

These past few weeks we've seen some amazingly cute posts from Gigi on her instagram account, these three below being my favourite! Scroll down for more info on where to get this bikini featured on her Instagram in these photos down below. 


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You can find Gigi's bikini - if not a very very similar bikini from LOlli Swimwear, but let me tell you, international shipping is the biggest pain in my ass right now. $52 bloody dollars for shipping to Australia. It better be here next week with me paying that much!
I had to wait till the 50% off sale to even be able to consider buying one of LOlli's bikinis not from eBay. I'm justifying this purchase by remembering that this bikini is reversible too.

This is the Palms Sunshine top and Hugs bottom in Blush reversible prints, currently on a 50% off sale on LOlli's website which makes it $37USD a piece. 
I've ordered mine in a medium with advice from the LOlli team, so hopefully the size is accurate. My other LOlli Swimwear bikini that i purchased a few years ago is a small so fingers crossed i won't have any issues with the sizing.