My COCO bikini loot

So initially I wasn’t sure I would be able to attend the COCO Lifestyle bikini sale I told you guys about here.  BUT THEN, I entered a competition they were running on my My City By Night where you could win a R500 voucher to use at the sale… and I won!!!  (I never win anything… OK well not never ever… I once won R70,000.00 on an Afrikaans game show on kykNET – true story – it only cost me my dignity. hehe).

Here's my lovely prize... with Love from the COCO people.

To win this baby I had to leave a comment telling them where my favourite place is to wear my bikini.  This was my totally genius answer:

Anywhere where I can totally flaunt it! Be it Clifton, Camps Bay, a swanky pool party or next to the pool at The Bay hotel. Hard work in the gym paired with a super hot bikini needs to be celebrated in style.

I know what you’re thinking… pure talent like mine is just so rare these days. :)  So I shuffled some things around and headed over to St Yves bright and early on Sat because I wanted to be the first person there.  ** Bikini shopping is no joke people – you have to bring your A game **

My plan worked well because there were rails and rails of goodies for me to browse through (even including some cute beach cover up items) and as it was still nice & quiet, I could take my time in choosing the perfect items.

For the record, that girl in the pink arrived after me... I WAS the first customer.

There were lovely COCO girls standing by to help you with your purchase:

This pic's for the boys. You're welcome.

As well as some tempting snacks & drinky-poos to give you an energy boost:

I stayed far away... trying on bikinis with a pot belly is never a good idea... trust me.

And after about 40min of trying things on and contemplating options, I finalised my purchase.  What did I end up getting?   Check it out:

Left: Bikini from the Mermaid range; Right: From the Catch of the Day range.

I decided to get two alternative bottoms for the white bikini – the white bottom being more sexy & slinky and the pink one being more playful.  When showing it off to my girlfriends they were like “You’ll probably get more wear out of the pink one…”.  Then when showing it to the boyfriend, he was like “You’ll never use the pink one, it’s got way too much fabric.”  Go figure. :)

I have to tell you guys that the fit of the COCO swimwear is absolutely stunning and the quality of the fabric & stitching is top notch. I was really really impressed.  Now I’m gonna have to spend a lot of time at the beach or poolside because they deserve to be seen. (Holding thumbs that this CT weather will improve soon)  Anybody want to invite me over for a fancy pants pool party? Anybody?

All together it only came to R800 (thanks to the unbeatable sale prices), which meant with my R500 voucher I only had to pay in a little bit extra.  Such an awesome deal!

And to top it all off, I also got a free Chinese fan which is totally going to come in handy for my MCQP Maid in China outfit this coming weekend:

Ta da!

The ladies from Dermalogica were also on hand to advise you on some crucial items for your summer skin care routine – cause you can only do so much in the gym ladies & gents – the rest comes down to prevention & care. ;)

At first I was like “Ja ja, I love your products, but they’re just a bit pricey” – they quickly set me straight, comparing my usual skin care product prices to similar items in the Dermalogica range and proving that I’m actually already spending pretty much the same, if not more.  I guess it’s just easier to forget about it when you’re putting it on that Edgars account…

They took me through some options which would allow me to slowly transition into the range without blowing the bank and I got a voucher to use at their concept store in Wembley Square on a Microzone treatment.  So that was a really nice surprise.  Thanks girls!  I’m seriously considering making the move now.

Before I ran off I got to chat to COCO Lifestyle owner & designer, Clarisa Nel.  She’s an absolute doll and a regte Afrikaanse meisie like myself.

Clarisa & Karisa - wearing totally colour coordinated outfits. How weird is that!

I’m so glad I was able to pop by in the end.  It totally made my day.  A huge thanks again to Clarisa and co for my awesome voucher.  I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for new ranges in the future.


The COCO Summer launch sale

I’m constantly in search of that perfect bikini… you know the one… the one that highlights all the right curves but at the same time cleverly disguises your not-so-great bits.  I know that’s kinda like searching for a unicorn, but these bikinis do exist… I believe it! :)

This is why I’m so sad that I’m likely gonna have to miss out on this COCO Lifestyle summer launch sale on 10 Dec at the St Yves Beach Club in Camps Bay:

I'm frantically trying to see if I can shuffle some things around to somehow still fit this in... aarrggh...

Who/what is COCO? It’s a proudly South African swimwear brand brought to you by a girl by the name of Clarisa Nel.   Side note:  People can never properly pronounce or spell my name.  Nine times out of ten I’m called Clarisa as well.  I get tired of correcting people, so most of the time I just roll with it.  So if anybody is reading this right now thinking “What? But I’ve been calling her Clarisa for yonks…” – it’s K-A-R-I-S-A, no “l” and spelt with a “K” cause ek is Afrikaans. ;)

Anyhoo,COCO is actually quite a big deal brand.  Clarisa’s swimwear has been featured in Sports Illustrated, FHM and most recently in the Cosmo Swimwear fashion show.

I’ve spent some time studying the various collections on the COCO website and have already selected my favourites:

Prices range from R450 to R950, but remember you can score up to a 35% discount on the day of the sale.  Plus you’ll walk away with some Dermalogica goodies with your purchase – total score!

For more info on COCO happenings, stockists and such, you can also check out Clarisa’s blog here.  Or go and check out their Facebook page and Like away.

And try to get there early ladies.  I know the invite says you’ve got from 10am to 3pm, but trust me, this is something you’ll want to get to early.  The more options you have to try on, the greater your chances of finding that unicorn…