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Swim Baby Swim

Paradise Swimsuit by Faubourg in red palm

Paradise Swimsuit by Faubourg

If you saw the recent footage of David Walliams’ epic swim of the Thames for The BT Sport Relief Challenge, you couldn’t help but be impressed. He doesn’t fit the bill of a typical athlete, but the endurance he showed was quite staggering. He started the swim on the 5th September from near the source of the Thames in Lechlade, Gloucester. The water he swam in was colder than The English Channel. David swam 140.54 miles in total, being waved and cheered at, and supported all the way. But boy did he suffer! He picked up a bacterial bug, which nearly put an end to his brave challenge. He eventually crossed the finish line at Westminster on the 12th September to be greeted by his wife Lara Stone, a whole host of celebs and of course the great British public. David Walliams raised over one million pounds for charity. WOW!

Not many people could complete a challenge like that, not many of us wouldn’t want to. But it does show you, David Walliams is just a very strong swimmer, not an Olympic swimmer. Swimming is a great all round exercise and no, it’s not a good idea to take a dip in a fast flowing river, but taking up swimming in your local pool is a great idea if you want to get in shape. It’s kinder to your body, your boobs are supported by the water, so the bounce that you get when you take part in aerobic exercise is eliminated before you even start. Swimming will boost your metabolism, it firms all of your muscle groups and burns calories. And the best bit? It doesn’t put any stress on your joints as it creates weightlessness, so you can swim happily everyday without injury. Swimming can also help keep you young, research shows regular swimmers are biologically up to 20 years younger than their actual age.

So if you need any more reasons to take it up, how about Bravissimo’s brand new styles of swimwear that are in our stores now. They are so gorgeous, you will be happy parading up and down at your local poolside. The Paradise Swimsuit by Faubourg in red palm is a stunning swimsuit, the tropical print is based on the Kashmir Swimsuit from last autumn. It is underwired and very flattering with a sexy plunging neckline, it has adjustable ties at the neck, this swimsuit is exclusive to Bravissimo.

The Monroe Halter Swimsuit by Panache will look fabulous in the pool or at the beach, it has a fifties look and is on trend with its lovely polka dot print and is available in chocolate/cream. This swimsuit is super flattering and is underwired and will flatter your shape also giving great support. It has a cream panel, which sits under the bust creating a nipped in waist.

The Premier Ultimate Swimsuit by Speedo is a great sports swimsuit if you are a serious swimmer, it has a supportive built-in bra and is a very flattering fit. The fabric used is chlorine resistant and is very comfortable. We have received wonderful reviews on this swimsuit, it is available to buy in, aqua/black, black/pink and ink/pop pink.

Come on in girls, the water’s lovely.

The end of summer sale

Summer is coming to an end and we have been dismayed how dark it’s getting much earlier in the evening! We are still seeing some warm days, however as soon as the sun goes behind a cloud, you can feel autumn in the air. The end of the summer also means the end of Bravissimo’s summer sale. The good news is that now the best bargains are up for grabs, there is some fabulous lingerie, nightwear and swimwear on offer. So if you are savvy, you could have your swimwear sorted for next summer, new nightwear bought in preparation for the colder nights and stunning lingerie purchased as a treat for yourself or as a Christmas gift for a friend (I know, I know, we mentioned the C word).

Paige Bra by Miss Mandalay

Paige Bra by Miss Mandalay

The Paige Bra by Miss Mandalay is a gorgeous bra in fantastic hot pink. It is sexy, fun and flirty and would be suitable to spice up any evening. It is half sheer on the cup, so that gives it lots of sex appeal and it is contrasted with a bright yellow lace trim. This bra is an underwired balconette, with a slightly fuller cup, which offers a bit more support. It is available to buy with matching briefs or the utterly cute frilly thong.

The Magic Triangle Bikini Top by Freya is a stunning triangle bikini, it is black, with a metallic printed stripe in silver and white. It is based on the popular ‘Vodkatini’ design and is wire free, lightly padded and creates wonderful cleavage and great shape. This is such a classic bikini, it will never date and you will feel confident that it will always look great.

Lounge Hoodie by Bravissimo

Lounge Hoodie by Bravissimo

So the nights are drawing in and it is getting chillier, it is really important that we feel comfortable and warm when relaxing in the evening and in bed. The Check PJ Bottoms by Bravissimo and Lounge Hoodie by Bravissimo, are just the thing to see you through autumn and winter. The pyjama bottoms are made from cotton, so will keep you warm, without making you too hot in bed and they can also be rolled and buttoned up. The hoodie is wonderfully soft, it has a deep-V and front pockets and is available in French navy. A perfect top for cosying up in front of the TV.

So get these great items before they go and don’t miss out on much more fantastic lingerie, swimwear and nightwear in the end of season sale.

Last of the summer sun?

Bali Bikini Top by Free

Bali Bikini Top by Free

It’s the last day of the bank holiday weekend, hopefully we are all waking up to blue skies and bright sunshine. It would be good if nobody is reading this, meaning everyone is out and about too busy enjoying themselves! In the hope that the sun will be shining for all of our Bravissimo ladies and keeping everything crossed that there might be an indian summer, we must just mention our new swimwear that is currently online and hitting our Bravissimo stores. Our new bikinis will look great next summer too, as both are in classic prints, which will be fashionable year after year, so either one will turn out to be a great investment for next year’s summer wardrobe.
The new Bali Bikini Top by Free is a gorgeous two piece, which manages to combine a sporty style with a bohemian print, and a little bit of sparkle. The print is a striking paisley with a mixture of white, aqua, purple and violet with some added silver embellishment. This bikini is an underwired halterneck balconette with ruching at the sides, which can be adjusted depending on how much coverage you require. To match the top you have a choice of bikini brief or bikini short, both equally fabulous.

Another great new bikini, is the Eden Bikini Top by Freya. This is a fantastically vibrant bikini, again it is in the balconette style with underwiring, creating those enviable curves and clevage combined with great fit and support, that makes Freya a long time favourite with Bravissimo customers. This bikini contrasts right on trend – florals with a cute polka dot print. The colour is paradise, which is a mixture of fuchsia, purple, emerald green, soft pink and white. It is available to buy with matching fold briefs or bikini shorts. Equally you could contrast it with some plain bikini pants, picking any of the vibrant colours from the top.This two-piece would look just as good on a white sandy paradise island, as it would grabbing those last summer rays in your back garden.

Enjoy those last few days of August whether you are hitting the beaches or not.


Morocco Mix Triangle Bikini Top by Free

Morocco Mix Triangle Bikini Top by Free

Where are the long warm summer days and the balmy summer evenings we dreamed of? Damn you British weather! It is enough to make a girl scour the web for last minute holiday deals in search of the sun.

If you haven’t yet been away or if you have a weekend away planned, (somewhere you can eat alfresco without getting drenched!) we can help you find some last minute swimwear bargains in our fantastic Bravissimo sale and also give you some top tips on getting your body buffed and beautiful, so you are happy and confident when you hit the beach.

A couple of days before you go away, book yourself in for a leg and bikini wax, this will give your skin time to heal before you have to start using sun protection or a tanning product. If you feel your skin is too pale and you want a hint of colour before your strip off, then try one of the moisturising tanning body lotions. These products build up colour gradually, they work differently to self tan, and the effect won’t be so dramatic. Because they are more subtle, you won’t be left with orange hands or ankles. Remember to buy one that is suited to your skin tone, they usually come in ‘fair to medium’ and ‘medium to dark’. You can also use this product whilst you’re away, post-shower as a moisturiser, and it will continue to enhance a natural tan.

Body oil is a holiday essential and it will keep your arms and legs wonderfully moisturised, nourished and smooth after a day on the beach (again, use it after a shower). Don’t forget a professional pedicure or manicure, or just get a friend to do it for you. When choosing a nail color, go for something vibrant and summery that will look great against a light tan; tangerine, coral, bright red or fuchsia are good choices, or you could choose something really on trend like turquoise.

Lastly don’t forget your hair, summer hair is actually very easy to look after, just run some conditioner through your hair before you head for the beach and choose an easy style like a ponytail or braid.

So now you are looking beach beautiful, take a look at our pick of the best sale bikinis on offer. The Morocco Mix Triangle Bikini Top by Free is a gorgeous ethnic inspired bikini, which comes in lilac and cream. The tie briefs are available in a polka dot lilac print with a lovely bead feature on the side ties. The bikini top is a wire-free triangle bikini. The Havanna Bikini Top by Free is a very stylish bikini, it is an underwired bandeau style top in a check print, available in blue. The top can be worn as a halterneck, or strapless if you want to tan without strap marks. And finally the Circus Bikini Top by Freya is a really fun bikini, with its pop art multi-coloured print. It is a soft triangle top with light padding and has two options for bikini bottoms, bikini briefs in blue with a white spot print or a fold brief which are a contrast of white spot print and multi-coloured print.