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When she’s not writing ads in Sydney, Laura can be found indulging her love for all things Summer-related on her blog, This Island Life. If she could, she’d spend her time following the Summer to every exotic corner on earth. Until then, she’ll continue working on her ever-expanding bikini collection while living on the biggest Island in the world.

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Coconut water on tap

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By This Island Life in New Products on Saturday 26 January 2013

My love of coconuts and my recent accident-prone status (I broke my toe surfing) had left me in a bit of a predicament. To open a fresh coconut you need a large, sharp knife that looks like a mini machete. Unfortunately for someone like me, that just isn’t an option. I love coconut water, but I love my fingers more.

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Maui Jim: the best sunglasses in the world (says us)

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By This Island Life in New Fashion on Thursday 24 January 2013

I’ve been known to make outlandish statements when it comes to fashion, but this is no such occasion. Hawaiian brand Maui Jim make the best sunglasses in the world and I’ll tell you why. Created in Hawaii, Maui Jim have developed their shades with island life in mind. Their special patented polarized lenses have been designed to enhance the […]

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Fashion wetsuits by Australian label Tallow

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By This Island Life in New Fashion on Thursday 24 January 2013

Surprisingly, there aren’t many Aussie surf brands around designing wetsuits like Tallow. The ladies behind this Byron Bay-based label tailor their collections to stylish surfer babes who are looking for suits that don’t just fit great, but reflect their style too. This season, Tallow pay homage to the tribal trend with African-print wetsuits in an array of summer styles. We love a bit of crop top action, so we’re crushing hard on both two-piece designs.  Surfing doesn’t get much more stylish than this ladies.

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Get wet with new swimwear label Minimale Animale

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By This Island Life in New Fashion on Tuesday 22 January 2013

With wet hair dripping over bare skin and sand covered curves, summer just got real. After tracking down these ridiculously hot shots, it looks like we’ve got new swimwear label Minimale Animale to thank. Based out of Los Angeles, the label is quickly gaining a cult following for their skimpier than skimpy one-pieces and bikinis.

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Coqui Coqui Tulum: luxury beachfront hotel in Mexico

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By This Island Life in Cool Travel on Friday 18 January 2013

Set on the Mayan Riviera in Mexico, Coqui Coqui Tulum is a boutique beachfront hotel that has us itching to skip the border. With seven rooms, a small shop and a perfumerie, the hotel has an exclusive vibe that surprisingly isn’t reflected in its price. A quick look on Mr & Mrs Smith tells us that rooms start at just $200. The property has been designed with its environment in mind. Cream-coloured stone allows the hotel to blend in amongst ancient Mayan ruins, lush tropical palms, clear aqua water and white powdery sand. So when do we leave?

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Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap: straight from the ocean

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By This Island Life in New Products on Thursday 17 January 2013

There’s a reason why you come back from a beach holiday glowing, and it’s not just down to your newly bronzed skin. One of the best things about spending time in the ocean is the effect that salt water has on your skin. We can’t all live on the beach or spend our days island hopping, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look like we do.

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Artist Sam Holt’s pop-up show in Sydney tonight

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By This Island Life in New Events on Wednesday 16 January 2013

Up and coming Sydney-based artist Sam Holt is having an exclusive one night only pop-up show and you’re invited. Using a palette reflective to his environment, Holt captures mood and feeling in one seriously solid collection of abstract paintings.

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Mara Hoffman goes Hawaiian at New York Fashion Week

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By This Island Life in New Fashion on Tuesday 2 October 2012

Just when we thought we were at peace with missing New York Fashion Week, Mara Hoffman has gone and presented a collection inspired by the islands of Hawaii. A city girl by birth, but an island girl at heart, Hoffman sent models down the runway in tropical-printed swimsuits, short-shorts, maxi-dresses, bustiers and long skirts. With palm leaves as headpieces, the only thing missing from this dream collection was a mai tai with an umbrella in it. Island life in Hawaii never looked so good.

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Tropical hanging plants by Mister Moss

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By This Island Life in New Products on Tuesday 2 October 2012

When you live in a one-bedroom apartment, like me, there are only so many plants you can own. I’ve already got multiple foliage in every room. Heck, I’ve even got a giant palm tree decal splayed across an entire wall. With plants on the floor, shelves, benches and balcony, I thought I’d reached my quota. That was until I came across these cool hanging plants by Mister Moss.

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On a bike tour seeing weird statues in Prague

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By This Island Life in Cool Travel on Saturday 11 August 2012

One of the best ways to explore a city like Prague is by bike. With its cobblestoned streets, spectacular bridges and enchanting castles it’s the perfect way to get a feel for the place. We did a guided tour with the guys at Praha Bikes and had an awesome American girl Kat as our guide. Our tour took us across the Charles Bridge where Tom Cruise was filmed in Mission Impossible 4 and past David Cerny’s peeing and crawling baby sculptures.

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Made By Nike: new boutique tumblr

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By This Island Life in New Fashion on Thursday 9 August 2012

It’s always a challenge to find workout clothes that are both functional and fashionable. Call me superficial, but I’m not about to turn up to pilates in some generic ensemble. I want training gear that reflects my personal style, not every other girl in the gym. For me, that’s teaming basics with statement pieces. While most sportswear labels have the staples covered, there are not many translating fashion-forward designs into their collections and doing it well. So when I stumbled across a new boutique tumblr for women called MADE BY NIKE, I knew I’d found something special.

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Politicians in Bathing Suits

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By This Island Life in New Photography on Thursday 9 August 2012

On our way to visit the Gellért and Széchenyi baths in Budapest, we visited the Hungarian House of Photography to take in an exhibition shot by one of their lifeguards more than 80 years ago. During the 1930s in Hungary, a lifeguard wasn’t the bored person dressed in white at the side of the pool – a lifeguard was a personality.

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World’s Oldest Amusement Park in Austria

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By This Island Life in Cool Travel on Thursday 9 August 2012

When you think of Austria, you imagine rolling hills, classical concerts, art galleries and schnapps with everything. Riding some crazy snake ride with a g-force that turned my dress into a crop top was the last thing I thought I’d be doing in Vienna. Yet, on the night of my very first summer birthday, this how I found myself. And all I have to say is that it was AWESOME!

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Chakra bracelets by Australian designer Tara Wolf

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By This Island Life in New Design on Tuesday 7 August 2012

Australian professional surfer and world number two, Sally Fitzgibbons, has become the face of a new chakra and zodiac jewellery collection by designer Tara Wolf. She makes beautiful string bracelets that reflect the seven chakras of the body and twelve signs of the zodiac. Each chakra bracelet has a different meaning and is designed to remind us about ourselves, our thoughts and our aspirations.

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New fashion by African label Lalesso

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By This Island Life in New Fashion on Wednesday 25 July 2012

African label, Lalesso, doesn’t follow fashion trends, they follow the summer. Their collections are designed for the free-spirited nomadic travellers of our world who seek out warm weather in far away lands. Traditional tribal accessories compliment a kaleidoscope of colour across a collection created for the hottest globetrotting destinations. Flowing split-skirts, loose mini-dresses, breezy playsuits and billowy maxi-dresses in soft, breathable silks and cottons are all waiting for your next adventure. Whether it’s the far ends of the earth or your own backyard, summer has never been so global.

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