Coco Riko Ibiza

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An important part of the Ibiza wardrobe is the kaftan or cover-up. It goes hand in hand with all swimwear and is a versatile essential for anyone vacationing on the white isle.

Balearic girls spend their days in bright coloured one-pieces over boho bikinis partying poolside or relaxing on golden sands.  And as we watch as the sun-set on another stunning day, that kaftan becomes the ultimate eveningwear with a simple change of footwear and accessories. Where can we find the perfect collection which ticks both boxes?

Meet a designer with this exact lifestyle in mind. Hayley Wheatley, founder of beachwear label Coco Riko.

Hayley relocated to Ibiza from the UK a few years ago and has made a huge success of her label.

As well as being the celebrity’s choice, this is a collection of on-trend kaftans, flattering maxi dresses and unique waistcoats in an assortment of colours and bold prints.

Hayley’s love of fringing and neon, shines through in this fabulous luxury beach and resort wear collection. Each piece is lovingly handmade –stunning custom-designed prints and beautiful brights that will effortlessly take you from day-to-night.  A label that perfectly captures the essence of Ibiza’s cosmopolitan chic.

Such is the success of Hayley’s range, UK high street giant John Lewis are now stocking CocoRiko’s little sister collection; Riko.

This is ideal for those who want to dress for Ibiza before they get there, or for those who don’t get there at all.

Ibiza Stockists

Atzaro Beach – Cala Nova

Das Ibiza – C/ Manuel Sora 10, Ibiza Town

El Chiringuito Boutique – Es Cavallet

Kurru Kurru – Passeig Joan Carles I, Marina Botafoch

La Boutique – Babylon Beach, Santa Eulalia

Nassau Beach Club – Playa D’en Bossa

White Ibiza Boutique – La Escollera, Es Cavallet

Europe Stockists

Kitch – 1 High Street, Tunbridge Wells, UK

Lewis Andrews Lifestyle Boutique – Almancil, Portugal

John Lewis branched nationwide

Online Stockists

www.etsy.com

www.silkfred.com

www.white-ibiza.com

www.coco-riko.com

LA Collective Ibiza

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The laidback and luxurious Babylon Beach, on Ibiza’s northeast coast has one of the most fashionable pit stops the white isle has to offer. La Collective, the independent label was born from of a love of the island’s famous Balearic style.

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Bohemian hip and stylish new threads for the Balearic beach.

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Peruse the new spring/summer collections and get lost in the rails of colourful, unique bathing suits, bohemian beach tunics decorate yourself with the boutique’s jewellery collection. Grab a cocktail and shop, shop, shop.

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Gracefully embraced by a secluded coastal cliff-line sits Babylon Beach Restaurant, offering the very finest of all things Ibiza, from menu to music to fashion. All day, this magical, starry-lit haven comes alive to the delight of Ibiza’s discerning diners and foodie fanatics with a dash of boho fashion too.

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Fresh, lovingly prepared, organic ingredients come directly from Babylon’s own farm. Absolutely everything (where possible) is sourced locally, from the superb homemade cocktail syrups, right down to the condiments!

Good vibes simply don’t come better. Sun loungers are also available, although early booking is advised!

Expect to see A Listers, models and fashionistas in their fedoras, baskets and kaftans, with that sun kissed tan and coral pedicures.

Zoom Cherry Ibiza

One of the most eye-catching trends in Ibiza 2017 is customized clothing and accessories. And a brand that particularly stands out is Zoomcherry Ibiza.

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Belgian designer Zoom was married on the island and now calls Ibiza home. Having studied art and fashion at the Royal Art Academy of Bruxelles, it was here that she was able to pursue her love of customizing clothes for herself and friends. Demand grew for Zoom’s talents and before she knew it, she had launched own collection and label.

Zoomcherry Ibiza launched in summer 2015, with a collection of limited edition customized jackets. The appreciation on the island was overwhelming, generating copious re-posts on Instagram. Zoom has also been recognised by the infamous New York stylist and designer Patricia Field, best known for her wardrobe work on ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘The Devil Wears Prada’.

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Since then Zoom has been busy building the brand, selling online via the Zoomcherry Ibiza website and taking personal appointments in her showroom on the white isle. She also maintains a very active social media presence, sharing her work daily.

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The Zoomcherry Ibiza brand celebrates originality and creativity. All the clothes and accessories are unique, hand-painted and customized to ensure that your look will be exclusive. She is also able to create designs based on your own ideas and specifications, emblazened on everything denim jackets and handbags to sweaters and t-shirts.

Viva bespoke Zoomcherry creations!

www.zoomcherryibiza.com

whats app : 0034 638 872 032

Email:zoomcherry@yahoo.fr

Instagram :@zoomcherryibiza

Facebook:zoomcherryibiza

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So I’m just back – and almost recovered – from my birthday celebrations in Ibiza. One of the huge pluses of having been a summer birthday

I stayed at The Purple Hotel in San Antonio, which is a Gay hotel – but everyone with the right attitude is welcome.

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The staff are so friendly and attentive. On arrival at 11pm, I was serenaded with “Happy Birthday” by the team, along with the obligatory champage cocktails.

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Rooms are modern, clean and chic, as well as the all important cool, pool area.

I had a feast of Fresh fish and vegetables cooked by the chef who personally served us.

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The manager made us a jug of the best Sangria Con Cava.

I can’t recommend The Purple Hotel enough, and you are with walking distance of the Sunset Strip, Ibiza Rocks and Eden. 10/10 on the Purple chart.

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Onto this week’s instalment, and we ask Alexa – Does my bum look big in this? Kate Moss is immortalised in a sculpture named ‘MILF’ and the best selling basket bucket bag for your Balearic break.

It’s all zipped up for you.

Alexa – Does My Bum Look Big In This?

Soon, Amazon’s voice assistant will be able to answer your most burning question: Alexa, does this make my bum look big in these jeans?

Enter Echo Look, a $200 voice-activated camera that will take full-length pictures of your outfits, by using the command “Alexa, take a photo.” It can also take videos — “Alexa, take a video” — to let you check yourself out from multiple angles, through a live feed beamed to your smartphone.

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It is, essentially, a high-tech alternative to an honest friend. Or a mirror.

Its records will be accessible through the accompanying app, although they are stored locally and in Amazon’s cloud. Users will be able to delete images at any time.

Amazon has done a great job of creating a prime digital destination to do your errands. But it hasn’t quite established itself as a fashion authority yet, and Echo Look appears to be a bid to occupy that space.

And yet, it is hard to see how the device does much to help Amazon on this front, because its functionality would seem to appeal to such a narrow slice of women. What real-world woman needs to start each day with a professional-looking, head-to-toe photo? It’s solving a problem that isn’t exactly universal.

It also lets you keep an archive of all your outfit photos — a feature that caters only to our self-indulgence, not one that does anything to make shopping or getting dressed meaningfully easier.

Then there’s the Style Check feature, which offers advice on which of multiple outfits to wear based on machine learning and “advice from fashion specialists.”

The company says it will take into account trends and what is most flattering. But it is difficult to imagine women using this tool with much regularity: Who has time for this kind of consultation and deliberation around everyday dressing?

In response, I do. At last – an honest opinon of my backside in a pair of Freddy jeans.

The Milf Sculpture

Kate Moss has been immortalised in a nudehyper realistic sculpture entitled “MILF” by celebrated artist Edgar Askelovic, unveiled at London’s prestigious Opera Gallery, where it will go on sale for £25,000.

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The gallery’s director, Jean-David Malat was impressed by Askelovic’s controversial Diamond Dog-inspired sculpture of David Bowie – as half-man, half-dog – and asked the artist to create a piece, depicting Kate Moss as a combination of Venus, icon and mannequin – a goddess of the fashion industry.

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Askelovic spent four months meticulously hand-crafting the 80kg sculpture from photographs alone, using top quality platinum silicone, with eyes made from eerily realistic, UV-resistant Polyurethane Resin.

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As my personal fashion goddess, I’m so pleased to see her immortalised. Plus, it looks so real – unlike the waxworks at Madame Tausauds.

The Muun Bucket Bag

You know an item is a big deal when fashion editors are proud to all wear it at exactly the same time. Think back to last year, when the front row was a lineup of Gucci loafers and bucket bags were everywhere.

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My latest love is the square basket bag from Muuñ, with a striped pouch tying into a large decorative bow. And it turns out I’m not alone.

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So what is Muuñ?

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The label, which has just this month been picked up by Net-a-Porter, specialises in Instagram-worthy basket bags, which are hand-woven in Ghana, and then adorned with bows and finishing touches in an atelier in Paris. Just like the Mansur Gavriel bucket bags, these can’t be restocked fast enough, as they have sold out at Matches, Net-A-Porter and Moda Operandi.

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The price point is reasonable (ish) too, as they start from around the £100 mark.

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It’s mid June, and for me that means two things. My birthdayin Ibiza, on 21st June so no blog next week, and the onset of full-on wedding season.

Are you still single but desperate to get married? Do you like the idea of committing to one person for the rest of your life?  Well, what if that one person just happens to be you?

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There’s a new wedding trend gaining popularity. A trend that results in no arguments over whose family sits where, which mother of the happy couple gets to wear their favourite colours, and absolutely no debate regarding choice of honeymoon destination.

Sound good? Well SOLOGAMY is the way to go. That is, if you want to eliminate all those compromises that make organising a wedding that stressful you end up wondering why on earth you’re getting married.

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In case you hadn’t guessed, sologamy is the act of marrying yourself. That’s right, you say ‘I do’ to yourself and you promise to love, honour and cherish….yourself.

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It’s not actually as narcissistic as it sounds. The idea is to give yourself a commitment that values self-love and self-compassion and supporters of the practice claim it leads to a happier life. The bonus is that you don’t even have to change your name.

There was an episode of Sex and the City that aired in 2003 when Carrie Bradshaw, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, announced that she was marrying herself.

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The catalyst for her decision was that, while Carrie was happy to celebrate her friends’ life choices, they never celebrated her choosing to be single and childless.

I’ll leave you to ponder on the single life conundrum, and crack-on with this week’s instalment of Zips It Up. We check out Gingham, the must-have slogan tee and investigate a Menswear microtrend that has us saying yay or nay?

Sexy Chest Swimwear

Ever wished you had someone else’s body, whilst making your way from the lounger to the pool? Or dreamed of making everyone by the pool woof whistle as you sidle on by?

Well, you your wishes can (kind of) come true. A US company is offering one-piece swimming costumes – with a hairy male torso print. Hmmm.

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The $44 (£35) costume, designed by Beloved Shirts, is available in different skin tones and has been revealed to the company’s 105,000 Instagram followers.

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The ‘Sexy Chest One Piece Swimsuit’ comes with the slogan: ‘Make the pool boy say “WTF!”‘ and is the latest in a string of quirky designs from the company, whose tagline is ‘Yep – they’re real!’

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The costume is available in sizes from XS to XXL and is offered in ‘dark’ and ‘tan’.

Unsurprisingly, the photos, uploaded to the Beloved Shirts Instagram page, have caused more than a few ripples. This is definitely one for the Magaluf hen party.

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The swimwear, called ‘Sexy Chest One Piece Swimsuit’ is digitally printed with the torso of a hairy male. And in case you were wondering, it’s an image that continues round the back but not ‘down there’… The hair stretches from around the nipples to down the not-quite-a-six-pack abs. Meanwhile, behind, there’s a lower back gap in the hairiness before normal service resumes towards the buttocks.

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While many of those on social media questioned whether the outlandish swimwear was actually a joke, created in Photoshop, it seems that hairy chest swimming costumes are a real thing. They can be purchased via the company’s website.

And if you want a full hairy body tracksuit too, you can bag one of those while you’re there too – a snip at $119.

It’s All About Gingham

Forget picnic blankets – the catwalks have put gingham prints firmly back on our fashion radar for summer. Not sure how to pull off the trend? Make sure you stick to these style rules.

  • A gingham top will effortlessly update your wardrobe. Just look for modern style details, such as belted waists, scalloped detailing, statement sleeves or embroidery.
  • Don’t go bonkers with the print. Wearing too many pieces at once will only leave you – and everyone else – square-eyed.
  • A gingham dress is perfect for a whole host of occasions. From garden parties to office meetings, you’re sure to find one to suit.
  • Tone down your chequered prints with sleek white separates for a more grown-up look.
  • Accessories will gently break you into the trend. The gingham block heels (above right) will look great with a denim shirt dress.
  • Embroidered top, £16, F&F at Tesco

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    Swimsuit, £16.50, Tu at Sainsbury’s

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       Block heel, £19.98, Stradivarius

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       Sandals, £19.99, New Look

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      Skirt, £24.99, New Look

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       Bikini top, £28Briefs, £20, Figleaves.com

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     Wedges, £31.20, Miss Selfridge

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      Trousers, £38, Next

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Blouse, £45, White Stuff

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 Dress, £65, J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams