Indah Clothing Swim | Lush Lily Bikini

Indah is
an enigma.
beautiful, exotic and genius.
made by hand and created with love.
known for climbing trees for the fruit. And the view.
perfume that smells of Kauai.
dreaming in Balinese.
conversing with sirens.
powerfully gentle.
flying with dolphins.
a rock star and a diplomat.
hair loose and unfettered.
a force to be reckoned with.
For women who want to sing their own song. leaving men wanting.
golden skin and a pirate’s smile.
going commando.
a flower behind one ear every day.
an antique anklet strewn with little bells.
a backstage pass for life.
is rich in spirit.
is fluent in nine languages.
blessed by fairies at birth.
blowing on dandelions.
flying without a net.
giving back and paying it forward.
is karma incarnate.
radiating her own light.
fighting for equality.
whole and perfect.
untamed.
one of a kind.
just how you imagined.
now.

So it makes sense to have a cute floral triangle bikini, right?    Welcome to my collection INDAH CLOTHING 
You can order the top from Revolve since it's sold out on ISHINE365, and the bottoms are 
here also at Revolve. I've ordered the Tom Triangle top in a small and the Colin Side Tie bottoms in a medium.  I did originally have the bottoms in a small as per the size chart but they didn't cover enough of my crotch, it was so tiny! Especially when you're paying $116 for just bottoms and $104 for the top. Totally worth it, just make sure you have the right size, I even recommend going up one. I always prefer to get my US bikinis from ISHINE365 with my discount code "MADALYN15" and they have new Indah styles in stock right now!




 

Zulu and Zephyr | Natives Tri Bikini Fall 2017

Zulu and Zephyr have really outdone themselves this season, I'm so in love with the colour pallette and patterns they've decided to go with. They're perfect for autumn in Australia.

I've ordered the Native Tri bikini, in my usual size 10. ZZ's sizing is smaller than average in eyes over the bust. The size 8 fits everywhere but over my bust, it's just a tad bit too tight. 
The Native Tri bikini is made of the usual very soft fabrics and feels like a dream. Will set you back $150AUD

 
 

Zulu and Zephyr | Wilds Tri Bikini Fall 2017

The last bikini I've received from Zulu and Zephyr is the Wild Tri bikini. This one will set you back $140, so it's one of their cheaper designs. It features a smocking design triangle top and seamless styled bottoms. I'm really not a fan of their model they use, I'm glad to see she's not a sick insect but I would love to see them advertise their bikinis on average sized women, or women with a little more curve to them. I'm never one to straight away purchase a bikini with thin straps on the bottoms, always super paranoid that they will dig in and look very unattractive, but these actually don't look too bad. 
I'm waiting to organise a weekend photo shoot so I can go back and add in all the photos from the bikinis I've gotten over the past two months.  

 
 
 

Zulu and Zephyr | Wild Wood High Cut Bikini Fall 2017

Much like the one piece from Myra Swim, this high cut bikini from Zulu and Zephyr also features the tie up bust design. Setting you back $170AUD, it's a must have for this season. I've gone for a size 10 again, you can see what I was talking about when I mentioned previously that the tops from ZZ tend to be a bit tight on the bust on the photo below. The photo is taken from their website directly. 

 
  

 

Myra Swim | Aisha One Piece

Currently sold out in my size is the Asiah One Piece from Myra Swim. It features a seamless, high cut vintage style with a tie up front feature to give the ultimate cleavage boost. I love the tie up style, I've been obsessive over it lately with getting one from Zulu and Zephyr's new collection as well as the older collection that's currently out of stock. It looks to be a very popular style on the busy because everyone is sold out too! 


It looks like a two piece from the front and a one piece from the back. Super flattering with a high cut bottom front to give maximum support to curves.

"DETAILS

  • Adjustable tie front
  • Full coverage back
  • Hardware free.
  • Seamless finish to give a second skin feel. 
  • Super soft nylon/spandex material for silky feel & extra stretch."
Retails at $120 and is only in stock in a large right now. Can't wait to get one, added to my wish list! 
 
 
 

Island Boheme | Velvet Paradise

Island Boheme doesn’t get more flattering than this! The ultimate in comfort, the Gigi top and bottom are a stylish alternate to the conventional bikini. With its double lined design and open décolletage too, the Gigi is perfect for the girl who appreciates the simple pleasures in life, imagine sipping Rosé under the sun or lazing by the pool.

The double lined design makes for a seamless no “cut in” fit. The only thing I can fault this brand on is not responding to emails, I've tried twice now to email them to exchange my top for a smaller size and haven't received a response yet. They only allow exchanges within 7 days of receiving your item and I'm running out of time now, hopefully they respond soon.  I also contacted them on Instagram for an update and they said I should hear from them Monday. I finally got the response! Poor things have been messed around with Cyclone Debbie! 

I ordered a medium top and bottom but the top is massive on me. I'll nearly even consider swapping for an extra small! 

The velvet is a really cool idea, not too sure how it will hold up in water just yet, but they're are a few Insta babes wearing there's in the pool and they still look great. 

 

 

 
 

Khongboon Activewear

This morning I woke to an amazing email that was just too good not to share asap with my readers. 
Khongboon Swimwear has branched out into activewear! The new range is a apart of the Khongboon Group and is conveniently named "Khongboon Activewear"

I've taken a few images from their website to show off my favourite styles. Their range looks to come in sets (how cute is that?!) so leggings and sports bra. 
Their look book is just too cute with all the fantastic yoga poses too. Their prices are in USD so don't get confused when you're making an order. Products are shipped from the Thailand warehouse internationally. 

    
 

Fae Swim | Vada Bottoms Ivory

Tonight I broke the budget again, promised myself only two bikinis a month and I've already gone beyond that! Eeep! 
This lucky purchase was from Fae Swim, they offer a fresh take on timeless swimwear for girls who love their minimal v-cut and g-string styles. Lately I've been really into higher waisted and cheeky cut booties because I'm embracing my body and all my curves to go with it. Made from luxurious Italian fabrics Fae Swim are on the higher end of the $$ scale  and their shipping prices are so expensive. I'm paying $20.00 so I hope it actually gets here in three days! Let's wait and see! It's been advertised that they will take 3-7 business days so they should be here by the end of the week. 

I've ordered the Vada Bottoms in Ivory, one of the newest colour-ways dropped recently. 
The Vada Bottoms are Fae Swim's take on the original 80's high v cut bottoms. The cheeky booty offers a natural booty lift and the best part - they're made from recycled materials. I've ordered the medium in the bottoms, I wasn't too much of a fan of the tops, they didn't look like they would sit right on my chest so I decided to give the bottoms a go first to see how much I liked them. I really wanted to get the musk coloured style but they were sold out! 

Edit- the medium bottoms are way too small, I'm easy a large in this brand. They don't offer exchanges to another size either so think twice before making your purchase. I did email them and they offered to exchange but I had already made an order for 2 more bikinis in a size large (for $308!!)  I was informed that I should have emailed them to check my size before my purchase. 
If your size chart is accurate I shouldn't have to email to double check my size - I should just be able to pick it and purchase and be good to go. Apparently the founder is also an 8 and can wear the small or medium with no problems. Not all women are the same shape and just because they identify in the same size range doesn't always mean those items will fit them too. She's a small 8 and no doubt a hell of a lot fitter and slimmer than me, I'm an 8-10 depending on the cut, so in some cases I'm a 10. Or in this case I'm a large! Waiting on a response now for a refund for the bottoms. This hasn't been a great experience for me, but it wouldn't stop me shopping with them in future - as I said I just ordered 2 more of their bikinis to trial. Someone with the same bust measurements as me was advised to go a medium in the tops - but I went a large because the sizes just seem like they're made in Asia and Asian conversions. If they don't fit they don't fit and then I probably won't go back again. It's almost as if it's the opposite of vanity sizing when you have something made in Asia. Their sizing standards are small than those in Australia or the United States. Their smalls are like an XXS here and that makes a huge difference. When products are like this and women have to size up two more sizes than their normal size it can really effect their self esteem - you're better off having them made on the larger side. I know I feel so much better when I get to order an XS unlike this occasion when I had to order a large. I'm not fat, I'm not even a big girl, so I can't imagine how those ladies feel - they just wouldn't shop with companies like that at all. 

 
  
 

I have included the size chart here. Today I've seen a girl with an 88cm bust or a 10c ask what size she should go - she was advised the medium. But yet the size chart states a small? So let's just wait and see how my large tops go! I would rather more nipple coverage than the models and I'll just pay to have the chest strap taken in professionally. 

 



 

Solid and Striped | Whitney Bikini

 

Good morning lovers, it's not even going 10am yet on a Saturday and I've been up for hours! I love waking up early on weekends, means you have more time to enjoy for yourself instead of spending the whole day asleep. 

Today I came across The Whitney Bikini from Solid and Striped. I am in love! #wishlist 
This is my next perchase for sure, I don't think I'll make it to the end of this post before I make my purchase. To buy this from the Solid and Striped store directly it's $158USD so that's $205 Australian. When you sign up to their newsletter you receive a 15% off coupon - I got "DIVEIN15" - so if I buy it today it's only $175! So tempting. If you can't afford it all in one go The Iconic has a few other styles and also offers Afterpay - the buy now, pay later option. I'm not going to buy it directly from Solid and Striped purely because their international shipping SUCKS. It's $40 bloody dollars to FedEx it. As you can tell I'm typing this documenting my now shopping experience haha, I've ended up at Matches Fashion with free shipping and also free returns, so if I decide I don't want it I can send it back to them! It ended up costing me $187 which I think is pretty good! 
 

 
 
 
 

Sommer Swim

Hey ladies, welcome Sommer to the swim roster! I’m crushing hard on the simple yet sexy collection and the solid colour-ways are spot on, also can never pass up a vintage style bikini.
The styles and cuts vary anywhere from 80s to low riders depending on your preference and the fits are practical done the right way so you still feel confident because you don’t have to constantly keep adjusting the ladies or bum. Perfect right? I've worn these bottoms pictured above - the Iman bottoms in the ocean before and barely had to adjust anything

I wear a medium in the bandeau top, can wear a small in the triangle shape tops and small bottoms since they can be so tall in the crotch. You're looking at $77AUD for each piece and they're all sold as separates. If you spend over $150 you should get free shipping too. Mine took less than a week each time to arrive too.












Be More With Less | How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe


Are you are sick of closet chaos or just interested in dressing with less and simplifying your wardrobe, or do you just want to have all your beautiful clothes fit on a rack like this to display it all? (Secretly that's me) i've written this up to help you lovers deal with your chaos or your curiosity! 

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What is a capsule wardrobe?

  • a collection of clothes and accessories that include only items considered essential
  • a person’s basic collection of coordinating clothes that can be used to form the basis of outfits for all occasions
  • a set of clothing, normally around 24 items, which can be mixed and matched to create a wide variety of outfits.
Okay so 24 items is totally not enough for me so mine is probably a little bigger then it should be. But you need to make sure that you include clothing, jewelry, accessories and shoes that encourage you to wear your favourite things every day (not the trendiest things, the most stylish things, or the perfect things … your favourite things). This helps when you pop them all up on a rack to display your beauties. 

As there are 4 seasons in a year, i say you should have 4 seasonal capsules, one for each season.
But saying this, i believe that half of your items will appear in all of your capsules.

As i wrote before, there are a few reasons as to why you've ended up here today to read this, you want to display all your beautiful clothes, you're sick of the clutter or to reduce decision fatigue.


How to Build Your Capsule Wardrobe

1. See

Put all of your clothes, accessories, jewellery, and shoes on your bed. All of it. If it’s on your bed, you’ll be motivated to finish the project before bedtime.
Seeing what you have is an important step in building a capsule wardrobe. Look at what you’ve acquired, what you’ve spent, and what you never wear.

2. Sort

Move the clothes on your bed to piles on the floor with a ruthless first pass sort. Don’t give it too much thought, just go with your first reaction. Sort items into the following piles:
  • Love: I love these items.
  • Maybe: I want to keep this but I don’t know why. (you know you have those items)
  • Donate: These items don’t fit or aren't suitable.
  • Trash: These items are just no good any more and well passed their due date.

3. Choose

Make a list of your  items by category. Start with the items you already use every day, and your go-to clothing items. This list may change over time as seasons change, or work/life situations change.






Be More With Less | How to Clean Out Your Wardrobe




Now that it's a new year, it's time to take a step back and reorganise yourself. My favourite thing to do at the beginning of each year is to go through my wardrobe and figure what i wasted my money on the previous year, and swear to not do it again. Closet purging and de cluttering can be a life long battle. I've just cleaned out my wardrobe 5 times in the past 2 months taking big black garbage bags out with me. I’d go through my clothes, move things around, take a little out and then go shopping to celebrate a new season. Notice the vicious circle pattern I’ve got going here?


When i'm standing in front of the sliding doors i often feel these three emotions and it's hard to battle against them.

  • Guilt asked, “Why did you spend so much money on things you don’t wear?”
  • Frustration asked, “Are we going to have to do this again in 6 months?”
  • Fear asked, “If you let go, will you have enough to wear?”
1. Empty it all out onto your bed.

2. Sort them into piles, be blunt and honest with yourself.
  • Love: I love these items. They fit me well and I wear them frequently.
  • Maybe: I want to keep this but I don’t know why. (let's be honest, you know you have those items)
  • Donate: These items don’t fit my body or my life.
  • Trash: These items are in poor condition.

3. Pack the first 2 piles back into your wardrobe all neatly folded and hung.


Be More With Less | French Inspired Autumn Wardrobe











Hello my lovers, it's been getting cooler in the evenings already that i've decided i'll start getting ready for Autumn. This involves putting my dream collections together on Polyvore and going shopping at the same time!


I've just recently discovered SheIn, an online store that features affordable contemporary clothing. That's why my capsule below has some really cute designs from there!  French Inspired


Long sleeve v neck dress
49 AUD - oasap.com


Chicwish white summer top
58 AUD - chicwish.com


Gray pullover sweater
19 AUD - shein.com


Uniqlo crew neck top
8.06 AUD - uniqlo.com


Jaeger long sleeve coat
505 AUD - johnlewis.com


J Brand skinny leg jeans
260 AUD - farfetch.com



ALDO faux suede booties
96 AUD - aldoshoes.com


Essie shiny nail polish
25 AUD - macys.com