Archives: January 2012

estilo: Beyond the Bikini

Take a glimpse into Paula's Estilo – "style" in Portuguese – as we take you
beyond the bikini and into what inspires the ViX lifestyle. From behind-the-scenes moments
to Paula's own interpretation on luxury living, ViX is more than just a bikini.

Destino Brasil: Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro

January 27th, 2012

Imagine a view of the entire stretch of Ipanema beach—from the plush confines of an oversized bed. This is the unique brand of luxury found in Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro. With prime location in the heart of a world-renowned destination, the hotel boasts a contemporary bossa-nova aesthetic as interpreted by designer Philippe Starck.

Experience the modern opulence this Brasilian hotel has to offer: sleek ambience, architectural sophistication and gastronomical delights. It boasts an exclusive rooftop pool with panoramic views of the Two Brothers Mountain, Arpoador and the Corcovado. Perhaps W Magazine describes Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro best ...


Mas Que Nada – Worldwide Groove Corporation

January 25th, 2012

A chilly winter evening makes a quiet night at home seem like the ultimate reprieve. Set the atmosphere right and relax with lounge worthy music. We are fans of Chillodesiac Lounge Fever Volume 1 by Worldwide Groove Corporation. The album has upbeat, easy listening and international appeal with tracks incorporating English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and French.

One song that caught our attention was a remix of the Brasilian classic, Mas Que Nada by Jorge Ben Jor. Having been covered numerous times, most notably by Sergio Mendes and The Black Eyed Peas, this version features group vocals by artists Kenya Evelyn ...


Destino Brasil: Moqueca de Peixe

January 23rd, 2012

Moqueca de Peixe or Brasilian Fish Stew is a traditional dish typical of Bahia, Brasil’s fourth most populous state. This region is known for the rich African influences tied in with local culture, producing the unique sounds of Samba and the martial art of Capoeira. A coastal state, Bahia boasts seafood as a mainstay of the region’s cuisine and Moqueca de Peixe can be viewed as Brasil’s version of American chowder. The recipe includes peppers, tomatoes, onions, coconut milk, palm oil and a white fish such as tilapia. The dish is best served with hot rice, farofa ...


Trend: Statement Jewelry

January 20th, 2012

ViX Swimwear is known for its emphasis on the detail. ViX bikinis are often adorned with details such as 24K gold-plated hardware, leather straps and colorful beading. The memorable effect of one detail is something designer Paula Hermanny always keeps in mind.

Paula carries this sentiment over into her personal style. The designer loves jewelry, especially statement pieces that tell a story and keepsakes that she found while traveling to places like Bali or Paris. She tends to keep a handful of favorites in frequent rotation and they become part of her trademark look. Paula loves gold and precious gemstones ...


Destino Brasil: High Summer

January 18th, 2012

As a general rule of thumb, the seasons in Brasil are the exact opposite of the seasons in the United States. From December to March is a period referred to as “high summer” in Brasil. During that time, Brasilians often go on their summer vacations and popular destinations are bustling with locals and tourists, alike. New Year’s and Carnaval provide the two major events of summertime in Brasil and are a fabulous way to experience South American culture. Another must-do is to bask in a summer time high the Brasilian way - on the beach.

One place of note is ...


Latest From Paula - Osklen

January 16th, 2012

In this “Latest from Paula” post, we want to feature one of designer Paula Hermanny’s favorite fashion brands: Osklen. A Brasilian sportswear line created by Oskar Metsavaht in 1989, the brand initially found its niche in athletic clothing for cold weather sports, such as snowboarding. The first store opening took place in Buzios, Rio de Janeiro and since then, Osklen has expanded into the surf market as well as women’s wear.

Osklen is known for its easy and relaxed style with an eco-conscious way of living. Below are a couple of Paula’s favorite looks from Osklen's ...


Latest From Paula: Holiday in Brasil

January 13th, 2012

Designer Paula Hermanny celebrated this holiday season with quality family time in Brasil. Returning to her childhood roots, Paula spent some time in the exclusive Aldeia da Praia community and basked in the sun on Guarapari beach. Its curving stretch of white sand makes Guarapari a definite must-see whenever the designer visits her hometown of Vitoria.

Buzios, another favorite destination of Paula’s, is a peninsula famous for miles and miles of beaches. Praia dos Ossos, or Bones Beach, is a westward facing beach perfect for romantic strolls at sunset. The enchanting shoreline is constantly dotted with yachts and small ...


Scarf Tutorial: How to Wear a Sarong as a Scarf

January 11th, 2012

Winter is still in full swing but that doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to suffer. Fight off those winter blues with colorful scarves in fun prints—it will brighten any cold and dreary day, plus keep you extra warm!

While meant for the beach, sarongs easily lend themselves as scarves or shawls because of their vibrant prints and fringe detailing. At ViX, it’s all about the detail and this season, we are using our ViX sarongs as a scarf and adding in a bit of jewelry for an instant statement piece. Watch our tutorial below, on how to ...


Latest from Paula: New Year Resolutions

January 9th, 2012

The New Year brings another opportunity for a whole New You! As you take the time to set your goals for 2012, try adding inner wellness to your list. Investing in “me time” allows you to find your center and stay aligned with your truest self and values.

Designer Paula Hermanny knows the importance of investing in quality alone time and tells us that this year, she is “hoping to incorporate meditation in [her] daily life.”

Meditation is a soothing technique and a healthy way to reconnect with your self and body. If even short-lived, a sanctuary of peace and ...


Napa Spa + Resort Look Giveaway!

January 6th, 2012

A New Year, a New You!

Solage Calistoga, CecyJ and ViX Swimwear have put together a post-holiday gift for you to start 2012 off right: a Spa Getaway at Solage Calistoga with complimentary Mudslide Treatments for two, along with a fashionable resort look including a ViX Web Exclusive bikini, ViX cover-up and ViX flip flops!

Solage Calistoga is Napa Valley’s design-focused, environmentally conscious resort, featuring a Michelin Star-rated restaurant, Solbar, and the award winning Spa Solage.

Also based in Northern California, CecyJ is an interior design and lifestyle blog emphasizing wellness and splendid living.

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Giving Inspiration - World Vision Contribution

January 4th, 2012

Though the holiday season comes to a close, the ViX Swimwear Giving Inspiration campaign is something we want to keep year round. We love the idea of giving back, inspiring others to give back, as well as bringing awareness to different charitable organizations. Our series on notable women, including designer Paula Hermanny, highlighted the charitable causes supported by each woman and served as a beacon of generosity.

A devoted mother of two, designer Paula Hermanny will always have a special love for children and aligning with World Vision is a reflection of the causes most important to her. A humanitarian ...


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