Hawaii Tips for Aussie Families

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Today we welcome Belinda Eather from Hawaii Tips for Aussie Families –  a great resource for those planning a holiday to the gorgeous Hawaiian Islands (my favourite place in the world!!).

Belinda shares her inspiration for starting her page, and also throws a few great travel tips our way.

Why did you start Handy Hawaii Tips for Aussie Families?

I started the page because I’ve become the ‘go to’ person amongst family, friends and work colleagues for Hawaii recommendations – they call me their travel agent haha. And questions on Facebook are always being asked about Hawaii, so just thought it’s time to share those recommendations in one spot. It’s also not just about Hawaii, it will be about other destinations I am familiar with like Fiji, Canada, America as I have travelled quite a lot and spent many hours researching anywhere I go.

I have been numerous times to Hawaii over the past few years, 4 times with small children. Travelling with kids is a different ball game and I have found some great accommodations, beaches, activities that the whole family will love and on a budget. I also hate seeing people waste money on things that aren’t necessary when there are good deals around, you just need to find them.

In particular, the accommodation side of things in Oahu is overwhelming, there is so much choice and varying prices, it can be very confusing. We are all so time poor these days, especially as parents, so if I can help out in any way it makes me happy.

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Boxing Day Beach Deal Edit

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It’s that time of year when there are plenty of deals to be had due to the Boxing Day sales and many businesses clearing stock for the new year.  Here is a quick summary of what’s on offer from some of the amazing brands on Beachside Collective.

Vienna Woods

There are some great deals to be had on cushions, beach umbrellas and deck chairs from Vienna Woods. Check out their sale here and grab yourself a bargain.

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Sun Umbrella in Tier reduced to $129
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Kakteen & Bermuda cushions each reduced to $59.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pippah Beach Bath Home

Enjoy 20% off store wide with Pippah’s gorgeous range of eco friendly and ethically sourced turkish towels, throws and ponchos. Use the code ‘HappyDay’ at checkout. Click here to shop, offer ends January 1st.

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Designstuff

In their Summer Sale DesignStuff has up to 70% off a stunning range of scandi inspired homewares. Check out the link here.

 

Aquazip

The Boxing Day sale at Aquazip has 20% off all swimsuits. You can check out the gorgeous range here and use code ‘Boxing20’ to get the discount. Ends January 1st.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honeybell Waterwear

There is a huge sale on current stock at Honeybell Waterwear with up to 60% off and free shipping site wide! No code required, just check out the link here.

Ink Swimwear

Our friends at Ink Swimwear currently have 30% off storewide using the code BOXING30. Check out the range here, offer ends Saturday December 30th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sea Tribe

Sea Tribe has discounts across their gorgeous range of bags, cushions and throws until Monday 1st January. Check out the range here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tribal Beach

Huge deals on beach bundles and individual items until December 31st. Click here to buy now.

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We hope this sale edit gives you some inspiration. You can always keep up to date with what is happening on Beachside Collective and future sales, new products by subscribing to our newsletter below.

 

 

 

The Beach Inspired Christmas Gift Guide – Part 2

In today’s second instalment of our Beach Inspired Christmas Gift Guide we have your Secret Santa gifts covered, as well as the best gifts for kids and families. It can be tricky to find quality gifts that are a bit outside of the box, but still awesome value. We hope we can help you with this collection of ideas.

Secret Santa / Kris Kringle Gifts Under $50

Sometimes it’s those stocking fillers or Secret Santa gifts that can mean a lot of running around, trying to find a gift for someone you hardly know. We have attempted to take some of the pain out of that process with these ideas all under $50

For the Food Lover or Entertainer

Palm leaf coasters $9.95 for a set of 4 or Palm Leaf Placemats $9.95 each from Island Collective

These beautiful palm leaf items are perfect for an island style table setting, they look amazing with neutral toned crockery, or blues and greens to bring a calming tropical vibe to meal times! Perfect for that Christmas table style with a coastal edge.

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Palm Leaf Placemat
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Table styling with the Palm Leaf Placemats from Island Collective

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Beach Inspired Christmas Gift Guide – Part 1

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At Beachside Collective we love gift giving, and to save you some time we have compiled a Christmas Gift Guide in the hope of taking a little pressure off your Christmas planning!  We have covered a range of budgets, age groups and interests so we have something for everyone. We hope you find this guide helpful, please let us know if you have any feedback! Here is the first instalment.

Gifts for Her

Beach Towels

Round Beach Towels from Dock & Bay – $69

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Dock and Bay Beach Towels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These great towels are microfibre, drying 3 times quicker than a cotton towel – they come in a range of colours and come with their own carry bag! Perfect for anyone who loves a quick dip. They also have a great smaller range of rectangle towels perfect for the yoga or gym goer.  Buy Here

Brazilian Beach Wrap Towels from Canga Comfy Beach – $39.90 in a range of prints

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Maresias Lightweight Beach Towel
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Posto-9 Lightweight Beach Towel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These towels are a perfect mix between a sarong and a towel, 100% handmade and only weighting 250 grams they are perfect to throw in the beach bag or wear as a wrap to the pool or beach. Canga has an amazing range of prints to choose from. Buy here. 

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Behind the Brand – Jack + Jules

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This week we catch up with lovely Jackie and Julie from Jack+Jules! These ladies create gorgeous yet functional lifestyle bags, with all of their designs inspired by the colours of the Australian landscape. Their Coastal Beach Bag has an in built sand release zip where you can shake out the sand without the bags contents - it is genius! Who doesn't love stylish and smart design! We hope you enjoy this edition of Behind the Brand.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself?

We’re two American women who met at our children’s primary school in Melbourne. We had both immigrated to Australia with Australia partners and, learning we had so much in common, developed a friendship from there.

2. Why did you start your business?

Julie- I was a practicing attorney in the US and I jumped at the opportunity to create something from scratch here that would allow me greater flexibility with my family.

Jackie- Prior to Jack+Jules, I worked for somebody else’s small business and it inspired me to start something that I could call my own. When we realised we had similar visions of our future, it made sense to collaborate.

3. Where do you get your inspiration?

Our first product was a line of reusable market bags- very practical and very convenient and on target in regard to our concerns about the environment. They are still one of our favourite products, but the process inspired us to continue with other functional bags that were also fun and vibrant, and all in tones of the Australian landscape.

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Behind the Brand with Dock & Bay

We caught up with Ben, Bondi based co-creator of the world’s first quick drying lightweight beach towel.

Dock & Bay was hot on my hit list when I created Beachside Collective, not only are their towels stylish and chic (I mean stripes are simply timeless), but more importantly they are innovative and practical. This brand is going places and we hope you enjoy learning a bit about Ben and Andy, their inspiration, and some exciting things happening like their TV debut!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself?
We are Andy & Benno from Dock & Bay. We are mates who used to work together in London in the corporate world. Now, I (Ben) am back home in Sydney (Bondi, where else for a beach towel brand) and Andy is based in London.

2. Why did you start your business?
Working in the corporate world was great for passing time, making friends and learning a bunch of interesting skills. But there didn’t seem to much of a sense of purpose that I gained from it. There was always something inside me that wanted to break free and try some new ideas, do something different to make a living and maybe even use a successful business as a vehicle for making positive change in the world.

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Father’s Day Gift Edit

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Last Minute Father’s Day Gift ideas for the beach loving Dad!

Father’s Day gifting can be quite the headache as really how many pairs of socks or patterned ties does one Dad need? So we have pulled together our top gift ideas to make you help you hunt for the perfect item for the Dad’s in your life.

The Active Dad – Gift idea: Beach Towel

If you know a Dad who loves to get out and about to the beach or the pool, then having a decent beach towel is a necessity – but so many dad’s we know use a towel they were gifted in the late 90’s or just take a regular bathroom towel for a quick dip

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‘Chillin’ at the beach in Winter

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Bondi Beach in Winter

Our essentials for enjoying the beach in cooler weather

There is a different vibe at the beach in Winter vs the chaos of Summer sunshine. Gone is the crowded Summer haze of bikinis, beach tents and towels. In contrast it’s relatively quiet and you can enjoy a relaxing stroll on the sand & some well needed solitude!

In order to get the most from your Winter Beach days, we have compiled a list of our essential items for cooler days in the sun.

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Beachside Comfort and Inspiration

There is a magic that seems to come alive at the beach.  The gentle ebb and flow of the waves at the water’s edge and sway of the palms ignites a mystical enchantment that fills those who allow it with a sense of purpose.  Others may feel relaxed or a sense of comfort or be inspired.  The beachside seems to have a positive effect on all who experience it.  Whether it is a walk along the sandy shores, a swim in the ocean or just a chance to sit and enjoy the breeze, the reassuring comfort that you can feel is wonderful.

Keeping our Lives in Perspective

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Living the Carefree Existence

It’s Monday morning.  The business suit is on with the stockings and heels.  Make up applied and hair tightly contained in a bun.  Ready to face the day ahead, you tackle the traffic to the carpark, then jostle your way through the people onto the crowded train and head to the city.  Your head is pounding before you reach the office with the sounds of the busy streets and the hustle and bustle.  The office is a continuous rumble of chatter and clatter throughout the day.

At the end of the day, you smile quietly to yourself.  You know that you are returning to your gorgeous relaxing, carefree existence.  The train ride home seems a little less cramped. The traffic seems a little less congested.  You pull into your driveway and your smile deepens.  Home, with its beachside inspired furnishings, the colours reflecting your recent seaside getaway.Continue Reading →