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Bikinis for 2014

Summer is here and despite the rain, cold weather and the fact I’m still wearing my coat to university, summer holidays and hot trends are coming fast. Bikini’s are one reason I love summer and this year, yet again there are some fabulous two pieces out there. Whether you’re jetting off on a fun filled trip with your friends, a chilled get away with your family or even a trip to your local lido… a hot bikini is essential this summer.

15.49 www.surfdome.co.uk

£15.49 www.surfdome.co.uk

 

Surfdome is a new online shop that I’ve come across and quite frankly, I wish I’d come across the beauty a few years ago. Being a true girly girl, I love all things pink and floral so this bikini is perfect for me. I find the twisted bikini top very flattering and have a variety of patterns and colours. Frilly knickers are also great as they give a cute, feminine look. I suggest you take a look at this site now or avoid disappointment.

34.00 Topshop

£34.00 Topshop

Topshop have yet again created some beautiful bikinis and this one is no exception. Don’t be quick to think that high waisted pants are for people who are insecure about their body…No, this style is extremely flattering and gives an almost 50s look. Halterneck and underwiring will ensure that you look as good as Michelle Keegan on the beach… Well okay, maybe not that good but no other human being could possibly be as great as her.

£18.00 Boohoo.com

£18.00 Boohoo.com

 

If you prefer simple styles rather than a mayhem of patterns, then online shop Boohoo is great for you. They have a few styles but in a variety of different colours and mixing and matching is available. This gorgeous mint green will look great with a tan and at £18.00, you could afford to get a couple. Colours range from bright to pastel, but whatever you choose you’ll sure have eyes watching you on the beach.

£14.50 Fashion house

£14.50 Fashion house

Like a nude bra, everyone needs a black bikini. Flattering and versatile, I particularly love this one from Fashion House… although tan lines may be a problem. Miss guided also do a great selection of black bikinis which you should definitely check out. The great thing about this colour is that accessories can be glam and brightly coloured kaftans are a must. Check out accessorize for beach belongings.

£28.00 Freemans

£28.00 Freemans

If plain black isn’t for you, then jazz it up with a print. Freemans are great for busty girls as they underwire their cups and again the use of halterneck straps are safer and flattering. With this bikini, I’d wear a simple white throw over and plain flip flops. When your bikini is jazzy, keep the rest of you simple.

River Island and Kelly Brook’s range in New Look are also great places to look. Matalan had a great range last year but this year, its somewhat disappointing. Similarly if you can still fit into what girls call ‘triangle’ tops then primark has some lovely sets for £4. B for Bargain and B for beach babes.

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St Albans favourites deny rumours of new High Street in the sky

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New St Albans High Street

Late on Tuesday night, three high profile businesses in St Albans were forced to release statements denying involvement in the launch of a Super High Street above St Albans.

Three of the so called St Albans ‘Big Six’ – Chloe James Lifestyle, Must Wine Bar and Mad Squirrel – have all put out statements denying rumours they plan to create a new St Albans High. The remaining three are expected to make statements in the next 24 hours.

The announcement of a new St Albans High Street has caused enormous uproar across Hertfordshire and beyond, with near universal disbelief from shoppers, local residents and politicians – including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Unconfirmed plans suggest a monorail system will be constructed to take shoppers from the iconic clock tower to the yet-to-be confirmed new St Albans High Street somewhere above St Albans Cathedral.

New St Albans High Street

Entrance to St Albans’ proposed new Super High Street

Donna Nichol, owner of the popular independent fashion store Chloe James Lifestyle has issued a statement.

I have absolutely no idea where this has come from and ironically, I cannot see it getting off the ground. We have been welcoming back our customers and have enjoyed the buzz of a busy shop. Why would I want to move my store 30 feet above St Albans?

I have just recently updated the shop window with a new French brand called FRNCH – how will anyone see it? Ignore the rumours and find us where we have been keeping St Albans fashionable for the last ten years.

Chloe James Lifestyle prepares for lockdown reopening

Mad Squirrel St Albans have also put out a strong worded statement in response to news of the Super High Street. General Manager James has gone on record and said “Of the 25 beers we have on tap, nothing is that strong”.


We have been here in St Albans for almost two years and whilst we are accustomed to hearing the occasional bit of nonsense in the taproom, this idea is farcical. Beer and heights don’t mix so we will remain on the ground floor of St Albans in Heritage Close serving the finest beers to St Albans residents.”

Mad Squirrel has quickly established itself as one of the predominant beer destinations in St Albans. With access from the footpath towards the Abbey, it would seem a strange decision from management but when you are around beer all day, anything can happen.

Mad Squirrel St Albans

Mad Squirrel staff claimed to not have seen the plans

Local resident Isabelle Ringing who we interviewed shopping in St Albans said the idea was nonsense. “St Albans is unique and residents love it the way it is. Why? a monorail? I just can’t get my head around it – we don’t need this nonsense in St Albans.”

Have a glass or two at Must Wine Bar Harpenden

Must Wine located on George Street were also quick to release a statement in regards to the rumours. Wine Steward and c0-owner Mike Nuttall explained, “I get the idea – great minds drink alike and the concept of tasting the finest wines with breathtaking views of Hertfordshire is idyllic.

However, the individual who came up with the pour decision of running a monorail above St Albans is clearly on cloud wine.” Must Wine will continue run wine tasting classes on George Street.

As these rumours of a break-away high street continue to spread, the TrendLife team will continue to keep you updated with facts instead of fiction.

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St Albans’ favourite Chloe James Lifestyle prepares for reopening

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Chloe James Lifestyle prepares for lockdown reopening

As one of St Albans’ favourite destinations for all things haute couture, we are excited that Chloe James Lifestyle have announced they will be reopening this coming Monday 12th April.

Regular St Albans shoppers will know Chloe James Lifestyle has been a fixture on High Street St Albans for over 10 years. Despite being extremely busy preparing for the reopening, Owner Donna Nichol has shared her thoughts on reopening Chloe James Lifestyle and what changes fashionistas can expect.

Chloe James Lifestyle owner Donna Nichol

Chloe James Lifestyle owner Donna Nichol

What are you looking forward to most at Chloe James Lifestyle?

Personally, I’m really looking forward to the buzz of a busy shop again – lots of chat and laughter and the general feel good vibes of helping people look and feel their best. Nothing beats it! When we reopen, we are going straight back to our normal hours i.e. 10-5.30 Monday to Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday. We can’t wait to open the doors again and welcome our customers back in!

What new changes can we expect at Chloe James Lifestyle?

The shop has had a complete refresh. Every single inch has been cleaned and there are lots of new products for our customers to enjoy, including great gift lines and a new jewellery brand as well as our Spring fashion collections. One of my personal favourites is a new French fashion label called FRNCH which we are currently featuring in our window – the colours are just stunning!

We love what independent businesses bring to St Albans. How do you think shoppers will respond post lockdown?

I believe there’s going to be a real return to shopping small. After all, we are the ones who have carried on throughout the pandemic, finding ways to adapt to our customers’ needs, offering Click & Collect and always being at the end of a phone to help find the perfect birthday gift. We’ve even personally delivered them on a specific date when it was possible!

We’ve also kept our windows vibrant to cheer up the daily walk and many people have said how much they loved this. It’s become apparent to everyone how much small independent businesses add to their community and we really must make sure they don’t disappear!


About Chloe James – Chloe James Lifestyle is an elegant lifestyle boutique based in St Albans specialising in fashion, art, stylish interiors and beautiful gifts.

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AKILA have joined forces with techwear designer Charli Cohen

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LA based eyewear brand AKILA have joined forces with UK based techwear designer Charli Cohen to create Halo. A special limited edition capsule collection, AKILA x Charli Cohen Halo drops this Easter Weekend.

LA based eyewear brand AKILA have joined forces with UK based techwear designer Charli Cohen to create Halo. A special limited edition capsule collection, AKILA x Charli Cohen Halo drops this Easter Weekend.

AKILA Eyewear are designed to last & handcrafted from eco-friendly plant-based cellulose acetate. Unlike most other eyewear brands, Akila frames are made from cellulose acetate — an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum based plastics.

CHARLI COHEN

Charli Cohen was born out of a need for evolved clothing and progression within the fashion industry. They specialise in NEXTWEAR: a concept that looks to the future of fashion, aesthetically, in terms of technology and in terms of sustainability.

ABOUT CHARLI COHEN

Charli Cohen manufacture limited quantities of each style in London, Leicester, Porto and Shanghai. Using premium, responsibly produced technical textiles from Milan, as well as upcycling from military surplus and tacticalwear, Charli Cohen is a brand to follow.

This frame boasts a retro industrial look that combines hard-edged style with ergonomic comfort. Featuring a wrap-around shape, all pairs include a barb-wire chain retainer which can be attached to metal eyelets on each temple or worn as a necklace.

This capsule collection drops Friday 2nd April at AKILA

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