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.

Trend: Neutral Color Blocking

February 1st, 2012

Neon and bright solids abound in the recent color blocking trend for 2012. At ViX Swimwear, we adore our basics as much as we adore a striking hue so much so that we’ve put our own spin on color blocking.

Try pairing off-white and black, cream and navy or warm bone with leather accents. Re-inventing a trend is a talent inherent to designer, Paula Hermanny. “I like playing around with contrasting colors,” she tells us, “because they make a bold statement for a look that is always classic.”

This play on basic colors was also seen in Spring/Summer ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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