The Best Holiday Books of Summer 2015

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Go set a watchmanYou’ve chosen your dream destination and the holiday wardrobe is sorted, so what next?

For many of us a holiday is the one time we can relax with a book so choosing the right one is important.  Most of us grab the opportunity when we can to read, trying to squeeze it in to our busy lives, but on our holiday we can immerse ourselves completely in a good book.  So do you want to challenge yourself with a complex plot or chill out with something light? The choice is yours.

Some people will choose a holiday book set in the location they’re visiting or written by a local author; others want to read something big as a holiday is when they have the time to get through it; others, meanwhile,will stick with tried and tested genres they know they enjoy. Remember to get the best holiday reading experience you need to finish the book whilst on holiday.

Whatever you choose, a holiday book is USGreyalways a bit special. Reading a good novel in a beautiful location can mean you remember exactly where you read it for a long time, possibly even forever. A good holiday book is the perfect way to make your holiday experience truly complete.

These are some of the bestselling books of this summer so far.

Top of the list is Harper Lee’s long-awaited, Go Set a Watchman, set in the 1950’s and featuring some of the characters from her previous novel, the classic To Kill a Mockingbird.

L. James has repeated her success of 2012 with her fourth book, Grey. This time the story is told from the point of view of Christian Grey.

The Girl on the Train – This debut novel from Paula Hawkins is a thriller with many twists and turns and a best seller for this summer.

Us by David Nicholls is the follow up to the incredibly successful One Day. So is it as good?  This one is different, a bit darker, but an easy read and a perfect holiday book.

We would love to hear about your favourite holiday books and your memories of where you read them.  Also, do share with us the way you choose your holiday books and anything good you have read this summer in the comments.


Get The Celebrity Swimwear Look

How to rock a classic black swim set inspired by the celebs…

If you’re after a celeb inspired look this summer but still want all the comfort and fit you need for your boobs whilst on the beach, then we at Bravissimo HQ have the answer. We’ve been checking out what swimwear celebrities are sporting on their holidays and have  matched your preferred celeb style to the perfect Bravissimo swim set so you can get your celeb look with confidence.

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Be sure to pack some totally awesome shades and a big diva hat to truly get the celeb vibes this summer.

Catalina Swimsuit

We absolutely adore Swifty and who doesn’t love a dotty print. Our super stylish swimsuit Catalina is a great all year round swimsuit – perfect for those lazy days at the spa or lounging around on the beach. All you need now is to track down Calvin Harris…

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Milano Bikini  

One of the original super models rocks a truly classic style and looks amazing! Our Milano range is an essential on any vacation or staycation and has been designed with your feedback in mind.

With classic and stylish gold trim effects against the black top and bottoms this set will not only keep you supported and confident but add a touch of glamour and elegance for ultimate holiday confidence.

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Deco Swim Bikini Top by Freya

Diva or not Mariah knows how to rock any style, from the most outrageous one to the old classics. Our Deco Swim Plunge Bikini (FW151) is a perfect match with the cute bow detailing and plunging neckline. This style is perfect for those looking for a moulded style with boob boosting uplift and smooth lines. You can even mix and match the black Deco with the pink Deco for even more options and ultimate confidence on the beach.

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Tunis Bikini 

Now in the Sale! This fabulous Aztec inspired print bikini Top is still available in D – E cup and is now only £27! The halterneck straps, with lightly padded cups and matching rouched bottoms make this a great set  for fantastic uplift and support. Now all you need is a big white diva hat to complete the Scherzinger look.

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The Most Beautiful Beaches & Swimwear For Your Summer

Before you even start thinking about buying your swim set (we have some fantastic styles for you this summer but we will come back to this!), the choice of where to spend your precious holiday has to be made. You might want to jet off to somewhere hot and with guaranteed sunshine or you might be thinking about a staycation, visiting one of the most beautiful beaches that we have here in the UK.Waikiki Beach

So where do you start? Here at Bravissimo we’ve looked at the most beautiful beaches from around the world, whether you’re looking to relax or something more energetic. Here are a few favourites.

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world is Waikiki, Honolulu in Hawaii. With a near perfect climate the beach is great for sunbathing and also renowned for fantastic surfing.  Check out our Hawaiian inspired bikini Waikiki & Honolulu styles – named after the beautiful beaches.





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A bit nearer than Hawaii is Portugal which has some amazing beaches. Try Praia da FalesiaCape Verde, one of the longest beaches in Portugal, which you will find located between Vilamoura and Albufeira. The location is stunning beneath the orange/red cliffs – perfect for peace and quiet!  Make sure you stand out in our Cape Verde bikini!



Nearer still is St Ives in Cornwall. No flight needed for this one but still an absolutely stunning location in one of the trendiest seaside towns in the UK.  Foodies can check out the award winning seafood restaurant, Porthminster Beach Café, after a day of sunbathing, or there’s water sports for the more active. Look fantastic whether relaxing or bathing in our Aqua coloured Portofino swimsuit.Image12







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For traditional seaside fun Filey beach in North Yorkshire is hard to beat.

With its historical promenade and beautiful beach huts there’s plenty of choice for relaxing and if you fancy a change, rock pooling is a popular activity. Stun them in Filey this summer with our flattering Minnie swimsuit.

We’ve given you a few different ideas but, of course, what you really need is the best fitting swimwear so that you can enjoy your beach holiday to the full.  Whether you choose a halter neck for great uplift and super shape or are looking for a balconette or bandeau style to give you a bit more coverage we have lots of great bikinis to choose from. Prefer a swimsuit?We have plenty of those too.

Let us know how you match your beach destination with your choice of one of our stunning styles in the comments!


Beach Tips For You Summer Holiday: Look Beautiful & Stay Safe!

We all look forward all to a well-deserved break and chill out and many will spend all year focused on those precious days in the sun!

You have chosen and bought your beautiful new holiday swimwear and this is one of the best bits about going away. If you haven’t found your perfect swim set yet we’ve just had some new styles arrive.


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Next you need to think about what happens when you get your lovely self to the beach. When you step out into the sand on that first day we know you will be feeling good, but we also want to be sure that our customers stay safe from the sun.

Whether you’re hitting a beautiful beach in the Med or one of our lovely beaches in the UK, the sun can be just as strong. The last thing you want to happen is to get sunburnt so here are a few simple beach tips to make sure this doesn’t happen.


Beach Tips

  • Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 and a UVA brav summerfilter of five stars
  • Make sure your sun cream is not past its expiry date – most have a shelf life of just 2-3 years
  • Apply regularly (at least every 2 hours) and after you swim
  • Try and stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • Protect your eyes with sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat (this will help keep the sun off your face and hair too)


And don’t forget your hair needs extra care when on the beach.  An simple updo (clip or a bun) or cover up (hat or scarf) is ideal; this way the sun can’t reach the ends of your hair, which are older and will be quicker to dry out. Extra conditioning will help keep the moisture in your hair and if you for added UV protection you can use a sunscreen diluted with water before you swim or sunbathe.

Follow these beach tips and have a beautiful and safe holiday this summer and if you are getting away on a last minute break check out our Summer swimwear sale and grab a bargain!