Lace, bikini and pool side grace

There’s only so much you can do in the heat of high-summer in the south if France. Sun by the pool, read a book while sunning by the pool, swim in said pool, or, to really mix things up, frolic at a nearby beach. I love water, I love swimming, but such repidity bores me stiff. So while spending part of my summer in St Tropez, I put down the book (a borrowed copy of Bukowski’s Pulp) and picked up a camera. The beauty on hand was Doina Ciobanu‘s, the fashion, samples from Jessica Choay‘s spring 2014 collection.

And then I got in the pool.

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Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14

It’s hard not to want to be water-immersed in St Tropez. That’s true even of those moments when a single misstep threatens to bring the life of the Canon 5D Mark III you’re holding to an abrupt and watery end.

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The risk was outweighed by the opportunity to photograph, in such beautiful surrounds, designs otherwise unseen. Plus it gave me the opportunity to get precisely what I need from any summer holiday – relief by water alongside something engaging to do. Active holidays are my thing. I’m saving the poolside lolling for when I’m old and grey.

You can see all the photos I snapped by clicking the thumbnails. In the photos, Doina Ciobanu of The Golden Diamonds wears;

Nostalgia lace dress from Jessica Choay – email info@jessicachoay.com for pre-season orders
Bikini from Marina Yachting
YSL heels
Vintage Giorgio Armani sunglasses from Lucca
Hat from Zara

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