Ahh summer, the season of romance and wine. Where birds chirp merrily and the skies deepen into a deep, cloudless blue. There’s a cool breeze wafting through the summer haze and as the children queue up for another endless round of ice cream on tap, I sit and smile from afar. Summer is coming and while I am a ‘spring girl’ at heart, there is something so quintessentially magical about summer. Long walks on the beach turn into campfire cookouts while shooting outside in your bikini is as common as drinking beer in open gardens. But there is one ‘asset’ that summer has to offer that perhaps other seasons dosent and that is ‘swimming outside’. For those of you who don’t know me, I was born in the UK to Portuguese parents, hailing from the island Madeira. With warm moderate temperatures, stunning scenic views and breathtaking natural volcanic beaches, I hail from an ancestry that practically grew up on the beach. I remember spending summers riding the waves, feeling the warm spray of ocean water drench me and laugh like I was carefree once more. Although I have been to beautiful beaches in the UK, it is going abroad to places like Madeira that make me nostalgic for my ‘summer holiday’ years.
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I was often dubbed the ‘fearless one’ when it came to swimming although I actually didn’t learn to swim until I was 11 or 12, after nearly drowning as a young kid. The bug hit me hard once I’d learnt though and while many of my friends or family preferred lounging on the beach until they turned a delightful shade of ‘tomato red’, I was much more a fan of diving into the deep blue sea which I called my ‘mermaid paradise’. I was always the first one to jump into the sea and whether I went alone or with others, the childish feeling of elation would never fail to make me feel like I was ten years old again. It was bliss and just thinking about the warm haze of the sun and basking in its golden sensual glow is enough to make me long for the days where rent was non-existent and my income disposable. There were no bills lurking in the shadows, nor was the rent man tapping on the window to collect what he was due. Instead I was free to spend my money on what I pleased, oh how I wish I had that sort of income right now. In fact the last time I went on holiday was nearly four years ago, which is far longer than I would like to admit. As you grow older you make sacrifices and many luxuries like ‘buying clothes’ or holidays become a rarity, while the money that you earn quite literally goes on rent, bills, travel and food.
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Still I remain optimistic that one day I will actually buy that lottery ticket that I keep telling myself I will buy and that ticket will win me enough money to treat the ones I love and myself too. But for now I dream, having a serious case of wanderlust as I flick through my favourite Instagram accounts. I might not be going abroad anytime soon but the wonderful team at Prezzybox decided to send me some treats that would make my ‘swim into summer’ a little easier, even if that ‘swim’ will probably end up being in the UK. Although I am a beach girl at heart and love nothing more than riding the waves, there is a natural easiness about swimming in pools. Whether they be indoors or outdoors, pools are a safe space where you can be free to swim without the fear of sharks gobbling you up, drowning or being swept away with no sense of destination. When I go swimming in the sea, I tend to go without any cool unicorn floats or whatever fad is the flavour of the month as I am always conscious of how unpredictable the sea is. Besides the best thing about swimming in the sea is witnessing the unbridled energy that the beach has to offer and just letting go. In the pool however I feel like I am about 5 learning to swim again, with all my cool kickass floats. I am still searching for my magical unicorn to whisk me away into another dimension but for now my trusty swan, bag of popcorn (yes really) and massive love heart are the ‘cool’ factor I need to rock the pool scene.
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Here is where the issue lies, while most bloggers would conduct their ‘swim shoots’ at the beach, with shots of them swimming, frolicking and making love to the sand , as a ‘visual artist’ with a street art orientated aesthetic you can imagine how hard it was to shoot candid photos with a swan in the middle of the street. I must admit it did make me giggle as hordes of drunkards would jump into photos and even tried to get into the swan with me while others started laughing and asking me ‘what the f**k I was doing’. I must admit it probably looked quite amusing me walking down the street with a giant swan’ and all the other floats in tow, but this was one of the most enjoyable shoots I have ever done. After all whats not to love about a giant swan and finding a ‘beach themed wall’ to match?
But it wasn’t just the floats that had me in the mood for summer; you might remember that I was a tad obsessed with the ‘pineapple trend’ last year and this year watermelons seem to be my thing. Watermelon juice is so refreshing but aesthetically the watermelon trend has been one I have lusting over these last couple of weeks. Not only do I have the cutest watermelon one piece swimming costume arriving soon but this now sold out watermelon cooler bag was a bag that would be perfect for my summer trips to the pool and I can’t wait. I would have chosen it regardless of whether it was a cooler bag or not but the fact that it can keep my drinks ( read mojitos ) nice and chilled is enough to get me excited about swimming into summer. So whether you fancy swimming with a mother freaking unicorn or want to indulge your sweet fancies with a sweet ass donut, make sure your ‘swim into summer’ is as cool as mine. After all FOMO might exist but who says you have to go abroad to have fun?
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I received PR samples for the purpose of this review but all stories, thoughts and research are my own.