Saturday, 21 October 2017

ss2018 Will Be #Bikinilicous

2018 Is All About The Cut!

Cut-out, high legs and flashing the flash.
2018 is sure to be the year of body confidence and strutting your stuff.  
The bikinis and swimwear will ensure women are comfortable with their bodies and curves. Every woman, no matter what age or size, will find what she is looking for in the ss2018 collections. 

Check out some of Sandstorm's offerings for inspiration.

Mismatched Bikinis

If the cut out look is not your thing, don't worry, you can still be a swimwear shopaholic! Let your creativity run free and mix every print and style with each other. Why not put high waist or string bikini bottoms with a crop or triangle bikini top.

There are no fixed rules!

Let us show you how you can mix and match your own style your own way and inject your personality into some poolside and beach side glamour:

Bralet Bikinis


In 2018 crop tops will be a hot fashion essential.  Take that on trend look straight to the beach with a bralet bikini top. It will be the cutest thing you'll have in your summer wardrobe. This bikini is so versatile, you'll be able to take your look straight from the beach to the club by adding a lace cover or a pair of denim shorts.

All the looks featured in this post visit: www.sandstormluxury.com

Monday, 16 October 2017

How To Make Yourself Feel More Energised By The Right Rites



Susan L. Westbrook, Phd "The Five Tibetans Yoga Workshop"

The 5 Tibetan Rites


Monastic monks in Tibet practice these legendary 5 Tibetan rites every day to balance the energy of the chakras and to improve their vitalities.


The First Tibetan



The first Tibetan is otherwise than the four Tibetans which will follow. It’s more like a series of clockwise spins.

Steps


  • Stand up straight with your arms outstretched from your sides and parallel to the floor
  • Your palms showing to the ground
  • Spin around in a clockwise direction

Breathing

We prefer to breath with the spins, but it takes time to figure out which kind of breathing is the best for yourself



The Second Tibetan


This pose is more difficult than the first one. So, don’t be frustrated if it doesn’t work at the first time! Everything takes time and you can try alternatives for the beginning. It will help you to become more strength.


Steps


  • Sit on the ground with your hands on your sides (they have to show on the ground)
  • Stretch your legs out
  • Raise your hip up
  • Your feet have to stand on the ground
  • Pull your neck back as far as you can, but be careful! You shouldn’t overextend it
  • Now, your body will look like a table

Breathing

Inhale when you raise your hips up and exhale when you move your hips back to the ground.




The Third Tibetan


Steps


  • Kneeling on the ground
  • You can lay the tops of the feet to the ground or just put your toes under
  • Hold an upright backbone
  • Lay your chin on your chest
  • Slide your hands down to your hips (they will look like wings)
  • Go slowly backwards
  • Attention: Your upper back will be more curved than the lower back
  • Return slowly to the starting position

Breathing

Inhale when you go back and exhale when you come back into the starting position 



The Fourth Tibetan


Steps


  • Lie on the ground and stretch out your legs (your feet must be together)
  • Your arms are laying besides your body and showing on the ground
  • Raise your upper body and head 
  • Lift your legs closed to the ceiling and hold it straight and with strength
  • Unfold yourself and go back to the starting position

Breathing

Inhale when you raise up and exhale when you go back to the starting position





The Fifth Tibetan



Steps


  • Place your hands and knees on the ground
  • Stretch out your legs behind you
  • Place your feet so that they have the width of your hip
  • Let your body sink between your arms
  • Let your head and back go backward
  • Push your body up as far as possible
  • Your head should be brought so far down that the chin comes up against your chest. 
  • Your body looks now like a V-shape
  • Go slowly back to the starting position


Breathing

Inhale when you go backward with your body and exhale when you go back to the starting position



Sandstorm Luxury's lifestyle-fitness collection

You don't have the right clothes for your workout? Don't worry, with these colourful tights and tops you will look beautiful in every age or size !


          



For more information about Sandstorm Luxury's Fashion: www.sandstormluxury.com
For more information about the five Tibetans: Susan L. Westbrook, Phd "The Five Tibetans Yoga Workshop"

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Every Day Is A Good Gelato Day!

Sandstorm Luxury visits Delphini's Gelateria

So, let us introduce you to Johan. He is the creative genius behind the most colourful gelateria called Delphini’s based in Totnes, in Devon. In our interview he gives us an insight into his eco business and the healthy world of this beautiful Italian ice cream.

So, what makes Delphini’s so rare and so fabulous… 


Owner of Delphini's - Johan
Johan’s primary concerns for his business are the costumers experience and the world in which we live.

Take a look for yourself:

A free taste of Devon
Delphini's cares for the planet
The use of Italian spoons made of potato starch instead of plastic spoons

 Free fill up of water for everyone to avoid buying plastic bottles

Red seats from tractors used as chairs

Recycled table made out of wood

Organic whole milk from the Riverford Farm. (2.7 miles away from Totnes)

Fairtrade “pure Earth” coffee beans

100% compostable and biological “Planet Harmony” coffee cups made from plants

100% recycled serviettes 


 Delphini’s fashionably flavoursome

Delphini's gelato is suitable for everyone



Johan and his team have developed amazing gelato flavours. One taste and you feel like you were in an Italian heaven. There are traditional flavours, such as pure Belgium chocolate, made with organic produce, beautiful fruit sorbets which tickle your taste buds and trendy gelato made with recognize superfoods like goji berries. 

At Delphini’s, they even think about all the vegans and vegetarians. So many of their flavours are made of soya coconut milk. To put the icing on the top of the cake, this autumn Johan has launched his Italian pure hot chocolate drink and a range of flavours which are perfect for this time of the year.

We reckon, Delphini’s is the best gelato store in the UK. You need to try it out for yourself. 
When you’re next in Devon, pop in and say Sandstorm Luxury has sent you.
You'll get a free taster and if you say the magic words before the end of October 2017, "Sandstorm Luxury" you get an extra scoop of gelato when you buy your favourite flavours.


Delphini's has something great for every kind of season


For further info on delphini's visit: https://en-gb.facebook.com/delphinisgelato/
For further information on the swimwear visit: sandstormluxury.com 




Saturday, 30 September 2017

Sandstorm Luxury Sponsors Miss Scuba UK


Alexandra wear - Blue Seahorse Bikini From Champion Of The Coastline Collection


Alexandra wear - Seahorse Swimsuit From Champion Of The Coastline Collection
We're delighted to be working Miss Scuba UK again this year.  


Miss Scuba UK is an annual competition with a difference, it is not solely a beauty or scuba diving competition. Instead it is the merger of the two disciplines. It raises awareness for Marine Conservation and it celebrates the inner beauty of today's' modern women.
Via this competition a woman is chosen to be an Ambassador to; the scuba diving industry both in the UK and abroad, she promotes safe diving practices and she enjoys International travel. 

This year the winner of the competition is: Alexandra Prior from Glasgow. 

Congratulations Alexandra, we're sure you'll have an incredible year being part of an International team who have safe scuba driving and Marine Conservation at the forefront of the minds.

Images by: Scott Ninness

For further information on the competition visit: http://www.missscubaunitedkingdom.com/

For further information on her swimwear contact: lili@sandstormluxury.com or visit: SandstormLuxury.com

Friday, 18 August 2017

Gorgeous Kaftans - Versatile Looks!

Oh how we love a kaftan aka beach cover up!  Something to slip into on the beach or pop on over a tee or little bikini on a cool balmy evening. You can dress them up or down.  Like we said - they are very versatile.

Here's a few our of 2017 faves. The great news is they are all available in our shop. They are affordable fashion  that will make a big impact and create a luxe look in your vaca wardrobe! (most are priced between £22 - £35 so they won't break the bank)



 We're loving lace and boho prints. We've chosen styles and prints which will suit those who love delicate laid back chic, vintage vibes and those who love to brighten up their wardrobe and like the hippie /festival trend.

Check them out by clicking the link HERE


For further information on anything written in the blog email: lili@sandstormluxury.com

Monday, 14 August 2017

Age is but a number - style & beauty is timeless!

Jenny - Ageless, Timeless Beauty - 2017
When we created the in-Visible campaign back in 2015, we discovered a bubbly, vibrant 'lady of a certain age' amongst the group of women who took part in the photo shoot on that day.
Jenny 2015 - in-Visible Campaign

18 months later, after quite a bit of upheaval for her and a milestone stone birthday, we were fortunate to again shoot with her in Devon a few weeks ago.  We were shooting our latest campaign for The Marine Conservation Society and it was the perfect time to work with her again.

Jenny is 70, is a fitness instructor and she is a true advocate for living life with passion.

We're delighted to welcome Jenny on board as our oldest and wisest swimwear model!  Growing older with grace and occasionally throwing caution to the wind, she's an amazing advert for keeping fit and active throughout your life.

At Sandstorm we aim to create and sell products which cross the inter-generational divide after-all, age is but a number and style and beauty are timeless.
The Marine Conservation Society Campaign 2017




JENNY WEARS

 
Flamingo Swimsuit with beading - £78 to purchase click HERE


Champion of the Coastline Swimsuit - £78 to purchase click HERE

SUMMER SPECIAL OFFERS - RECOMMENDED

Delicate Floral with mesh insert - £35 - to purchase click HERE

Graphic Palm Print with zip - £35 - to purchase click HERE

For further information on the in-Visible Project or see see more of our beautiful one-piece swimsuits, check out our website: SandstormLuxury.com


Saturday, 22 July 2017

Champion of the Coastline - Sandstorm Luxury collaborates with Marine Conservation Society UK

It has taken a little while to set everything up, but we had to get everything right with our contractual agreements. Now, we're delighted to announce that we have linked up with The Marine Conservation Society UK.

Each piece of swimwear we have designed and the other items we also sell in the Champion of the Coastline Collection will generate a donation which we'll forward onto MCSUK. 10%  profits of our profits per item will go to helping them carry on their great work in research, education and promoting the action needed to help us all save our seas and marine life.

We're very excited about the collaboration and as we consciously build our brand we hope our customers will also consider purchasing their other products and services from other brands and businesses with an ethical business model.




Our pledge is to manufacture as much of our collections as we can in the UK.  To source our products and services from ethical practitioners and to continue our own research and development into recycled materials so that we can create a collection only using ethical practices and circular economy principals whenever and where-ever possible.

To see our Champion of the Coastline Collection please click HERE For further information on our campaign please email us: enquiries@sandstormluxury.com

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Top 10 Health Benefits of Coconut Water!


For centuries, people from tropical regions have known about the amazing health benefits of tender coconut water, which comes from young green coconuts.
It is a delicious and refreshing low-calorie natural beverage. Tender coconut water contains more nutrients than mature coconut water.
It’s packed with antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C and minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and zinc.
The micronutrients in coconut water help boost the immune system. Plus, the plant hormones called cytokinins in this health drink exhibit anti-aging, antithrombotic and anticancer effects.
To reap the maximum health benefits, opt for fresh and pure coconut water over the bottled version. You can drink a few cups of coconut water a day or add it to your smoothie recipes.
Here are the top 10 health benefits of coconut water.

1. Rehydrates the Body
Coconut water is an excellent thirst quencher to beat tropical summer thirst. Because of its electrolyte composition, coconut water is also used to rehydrate the body in case of dehydration and fluid loss due to diarrhea, vomiting or excessive sweating. A good source of carbohydrates, it also helps lift your energy level.
Research suggests that coconut water can be used to rehydrate the body after exercise. In fact, a 2012 study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that coconut water has a similar positive effect as sports drinks.
In addition to boosting rehydration, coconut water is also easy on the stomach and thus is used to soothe tummy troubles like indigestion, acid reflux and gastroenteritis.
2. Lowers Blood Pressure
Coconut water is considered good for controlling high blood pressure, thanks to its vitamin C, potassium and magnesium content. Potassium, in particular, helps lower blood pressure by balancing out the negative effects of sodium.
A study published in the West Indian Medical Journal in 2005 also found that coconut water helps control hypertension.
To help reduce high blood pressure, drink a cup of fresh coconut water twice a day. Bottled coconut water, however, may not be very beneficial as may be high in sodium.
3. Heart Tonic
Cholesterol- and fat-free tender coconut water offers cardio protective benefits. It helps lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL or the ‘bad’ cholesterol) and increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL or the ‘good’ cholesterol) levels, thus reducing the risk of heart disease.
According to a 2012 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, both tender as well as mature coconut water have beneficial effects on lipid metabolism to counteract increased total cholesterol, very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL), LDL and triglycerides.
Plus, coconut water has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti platelet properties and helps improve circulation. Thus, it helps reduce plaque formation in the arteries and lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
4. Relieves Hangovers 
Coconut water is also a great natural remedy for hangovers. Alcohol robs your body of hydration and this dehydration causes your morning-after booze blues. Coconut water replenishes the electrolytes in the body and boosts hydration, thus making you feel better.
Also, the antioxidants in this revitalizing health drink fight oxidative stress caused by indulging in too much alcohol. It will also help settle an acid stomach.
You can make a smoothie by blending 2 cups each of unsweetened coconut water and ripe mangoes, 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 fresh mint sprigs and ½ cup of ice.
5. Promotes Weight Loss
Coconut water is an ideal drink for weight loss. It is low in calories and easy on the stomach. In fact, this light and refreshing drink contains various bioactive enzymes that aid digestion and boost fat metabolism.
Plus, coconut water is rich in potassium, which helps balance out sodium. Excess sodium in the body tends to cause water retention, contributing to water weight. Thus, coconut water helps flush out excess water as well as toxins from your body.
You can drink an 8-ounce glass of this health drink 3 or 4 times a week to facilitate weight loss. Do not drink coconut water in excess as eventually it may add more calories than you want.
6. Treats Headaches
Most headaches, even migraines, are triggered by dehydration. In such cases, coconut water can be of great help in supplying electrolytes to the body and boosting hydration.
Coconut water is also rich in magnesium. People who suffer from migraines often have low levels of magnesium. Studies also suggest that magnesium can help reduce the frequency of migraine attacks.
7. Balances pH Levels
Stress, toxic load and a diet high in acid-forming foods, such as processed fast foods, often contribute to acidic pH levels that cause low energy and reduce the body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals.
Plus, an acidic pH contributes to problems like stressed liver function, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure and immune deficiency.
Coconut water has an alkalizing effect that helps restore a healthy pH in the body. It also helps alkalize the acidic pH levels caused by acidity and heartburn.
8. Regulates Blood Sugar
Coconut water contains amino acids and dietary fiber that help regulate blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity.
It also helps with common issues faced by people who have diabetes. It helps manage your weight. As it helps improve circulation, coconut water is also good for reducing symptoms like numbness in feet and a tendency to develop atherosclerosis.
A 2012 study published in the journal Food and Function studied the therapeutic effects of mature coconut water and found that it helped decrease blood glucose levels and oxidative stress.
9. Natural Diuretic
Coconut water acts as a natural diuretic. Thus, it promotes urine production and flow, cleansing your body of toxins. It also helps prevent problems like urinary tract infections.
Due to its high potassium content, coconut water helps alkalize urine and dissolves certain types of kidney stones to eventually flush them out of the body.
To increase its effectiveness, add a pinch of sea salt to a cup of coconut water and drink it once or twice a day. In addition to its diuretic properties, coconut water has antibacterial properties that help fight bladder infections.
10. Slows Down Aging
Coconut water contains cytokinins that have anti-aging effects on cells and tissues. This reduces the risk of developing degenerative and age-related diseases.
Refreshing and clear green coconut water also nourishes and hydrates your skin to keep it soft and smooth. In addition to drinking coconut water, you can mix sufficient coconut water with 2 teaspoons of sandalwood powder to make a paste, apply it on your skin and rinse it off when it dries completely to maintain younger-looking skin.
Warnings
Do not drink coconut water if your kidneys do not function properly and you have high potassium levels. Coconut water may not be suitable for those with nut allergies.
It may cause bloating and mild stomach upset in some people.
Do not drink coconut water for at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery as it may interfere with blood pressure control during and after surgery.
People with kidney dysfunction should consult their doctor before including coconut water in their health regimen.
Resources:
http://www.top10homeremedies.com/news-facts/top-10-health-benefits-coconut-water.html

Monday, 2 January 2017

Champion of the Coastline!

2017 and beyond. We are delighted to be working with the Marine Conservation Society and be in a position to donate funds and raise awareness of their great work.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the voice for everyone who loves the sea. They work to secure a future for our living seas, and to save our threatened marine wildlife before it is lost forever.
Our campaign for Marine Conservation centres around a the story of a champion of the coastline, a woman who is an everyday hero who looks to make a difference to her environment and the people around her.
To this end we worked with illustrator Christianna Vale to create a comic character based on our model Daisy.
More news to follow - check the website, blog and social media for new updates.
For further information email: lili@sandstormluxury.com



Tuesday, 29 November 2016

ebook - a perfect little Christmas gift!


Confidence issues are something that women of all age deal with.  Read how 'ladies of a certain age' dealt with this issue. Their words in cute little book featuring images from the Sandstorm photo shoot in 2015. It's heart-warming and gorgeous and only 26 pages long. A perfect quick read with a cuppa.

Click on the link above for a preview!

Friday, 11 November 2016

It's all about the bass!

 They say it's all about the bass, bout the base, bout the bass (so the song goes)!

Apparently men like a little more booty to hold at night (again not our words but the lyrics in a famous song)!
Soooooooooooo, we've created some gorgeous little hotpants/swimshorts and leggings to workout in in our 2017 signature prints - seahorses!  Hope you like them. More designs will be released on the website over the coming weeks. 10% profit on all items sold will go to Marine Conservation Society.










Monday, 31 October 2016

Miss Earth England - Luissa Burton

When we were approached by Miss Earth England 2016 to be the sponsor of her swimwear for the Miss Earth International finals, we were more than happy to help out any way we could. 

Luissa Burton is a thoughtful and inspirational model who is keen to promote an ethical and healthy lifestyle where you consider the environment and our place on this beautiful planet. 

Afterall #greenisthenewblack

So we discussed our up and coming campaign with Marine Conservation Society with her and we agreed to create a beautiful bikini highlighting the plight of seahorses in a wow colour combination which was England i.e. Red!  
We took Luissa's measurements and created a bikini specific to her personal needs.  
And the results ........ they speak for themselves. Luissa looked sensational in the resortwear competition (we watched her live streamed online).  Not only does the bikini look amazing it is functional and can be worn in water (afterall that's what bikinis are for).


 
For further information on  pricing for bespoke bikinis please email: lili@sandstormluxury.com