Friday, 2 September 2011

Another day in paradise - The Freya 'Eden' bikini

  Whether your ideal summer holiday involves jetting off to sunnier climes or staying closer to home, every girl wants to look and feel fantastic in swimwear! With everyone in search of their ultimate piece of holiday paradise, I felt like I had discover mine in the form of the Freya "Eden" bikini...

Eden Underwired Bandless Tri Bikini Top – Pink £27
Eden Reversible Tie Brief - Pink £23
  The "Eden" range forms part of Freya's more recent Summer swimwear collection and it offers up a stunning variation on their hugely popular, polka dot "Pier" bikini (Review found here). As a huge fan of my red "Pier" bikini, I was very keen to try the "Eden", which mixes pink and white polka dots with vibrant florals. By mixing two key Summer trends, Freya has created a very individual and fashion-forward bikini, which has the look of a designer piece, at just a snip of the price!

  Although the "Eden" comes in an underwired balcony style (back sizes: 28-40 and cup sizes: D-HH), I was much more drawn to the underwired triangle bikini top, as pictured above. Although the "Eden" underwired triangle bikini comes in a less wide range of sizes (back sizes: 30-38 and cup sizes: D-FF), I fell in love with the plunging 'V' cut of the triangle style. To my delight, the fabulous Simply Beach kindly sent me a 30F in the "Eden" bikini top and a size small in the matching tie-briefs to try.

  As you can see, the "Eden" is a real colour-burst of vibrant shades: from hot pink to light pink, purple, green and white. The bikini cups and back are covered with pansy, cherry blossom and chrysanthemum patterning, offset by pink and white polkadot trim, which runs along the top of the band, cups and up the halterneck straps. The "Eden" triangle bikini top presents a sexy alternative to the more 'full coverage' Freya bikini top styles, showing off your cleavage to its best advantage. Despite being a triangle bikini, it is fully underwired, giving you total support and lift where curvy girls need it most! I also fell in love with the bandless centre (with its sexy cut-out detail) and the double-tie halterneck straps, which can be tied as tight or loosely as desired. 

  The tie-side bikini bottoms (xs-xl) are also extremely comfortable, whilst adding inches to your legs as if by magic! My favourite thing about the briefs is that one side boasts a floral and polka-dot print, whilst the other side is bright pink with white polka dots. The fact that the briefs are reversible adds to their versatility and makes them great value for money - for example, if you already own the Freya "Pier" in pink, you can mix and match it with the "Eden" set!

  As with all bikinis, the best way to 'wear test' them is in the water, so when I was whisked away by my boyfriend recently to a hotel which had a swimming pool, I could not wait to put the "Eden" to the test! I was initially a bit nervous about the sizing of the bikini top, as the 30 band felt a bit loose on me, but it stayed on perfectly in the water (jumping about included!) The tie side briefs also fit a treat and there was no worry at all that the ties would undone. All in all, the "Eden" was a great success, so much so that they surely must have contributed to my boyfriend proposing to me that very weekend...! 

  Although the "Eden" triangle bikini does not come in a 28 (Freya, please take note!), for all of you girls that are a 30-38 band, this is a beauty! High quality, comfortable, supportive and with a great design to boot, what more could a girl ask for? The biggest temptation that the "Eden" holds? Trying not to buy everything in the whole range!

  To see more of Simply beach's great swimwear selection (including Freya, Panache, Pour moi, Fantasie and Seafolly to name a few), please click here. (Postage is £1.99 with free returns and exchanges!)

Kitty xo

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