The Look: Underwater Wonderland

Beneath the Ocean in North Queensland, Australia, comes a uniquely breathtaking, majestic universe...


As we get older, we learn to face up things we fear. This weekend, on my 24th Birthday: I faced two of them... 
Number one: Being underwater. A few years ago I had a scuba diving accident that turned my love and admiration of being underwater to something that haunted me at night. The stunning Great Barrier Reef helped me to overcome this fear. It feels like you have been transported to a dream world; it's so peaceful and everyday worries of the real world just seem to drift away. On Friday I also fully submerged myself underwater for the first time since my accident and took these underwater pool shots; which brings me to my second, 'fear'. Not so much a fear, but a huge discomfort, is my body in a bikini, having struggled with body image for most of my adult life. Never when I first started this blog did I imagine posting pictures of myself in my favorite swimwear, but I thought 'what the heck! You only live once!'

Enough about me.... I bet you guys want to hear all about the stunning little corner of the world in which these pictures were took. 

For my birthday my partner Jake took me to Magnetic Island, a beautiful tropical island in North Queensland off the coast of Townsville. Think tropical sandy beaches, stunning koala-dotted hinterland and the reef just a short boat ride away. It's an absolute mecca for animal lovers: I saw wild koalas, rock wallabies and even petted the cutest little possums. 
To sum it up in one word: paradise!

Where's your favourite holiday destination?

Rachel
xoxo

26 comments:

  1. wow, amazing photos! this looked like a really great vacation!

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  2. LOVE the blue and black bikini! So jelly, looks like you had a WONDERFUL time!!!!

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    1. Haaha it was so awesome- wish I was there now xxx

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  3. Well first of all, happy belated birthday!! :)
    I seriously love your photos! You look seriously gorgeous in that swimsuit!!! So jealous because I am literally freezing here in Chicago as I type haha.


    XOXO, HaeMin

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wish hun! Thanks, it was such a good vacation :) Aww I miss the cold, sending you sunshine. xxx

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  4. Paradise indeed! These photos are so gorgeous-- I snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef two winters ago and it was absolutely stunning. And happy belated birthday Rachel! I love being 24 :) Cheers to a wonderful year ahead!

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    1. Its so beautiful isn't it? Thanks Daisy :) xxx

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  5. man oh man, moving to the UK to australia must have been *quite* the change! But yaaaay, no more brutal winters ;) Chicago is already getting its first snow and I'm already anxious for April to roll through. The air hurts my face. Why do I live in a place where the air hurts my face? Haha which makes me super jealous you're swimming in a bikini right now. And good for you for conquering both fears in one fell swoop! That accident sounds very scary- I'd be put off from water for a while, too. And I think everyone has body image issues, so a huge round of applause your way for throwing them out the window! That suit is adorable- I love the bright colors :)

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    1. It was such a immense change and it was a total accident too. I actually really miss Winter, like the coal fires and hot chocolates and of course, the snow! So jealous it's already snowing there, I used to think that exact same thing all the time when I was walking around my university campus back in the UK. Thanks for your lovely comment :)

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  6. Happy belated Birthday! I'm glad you have overcome both fears. You look great in bikini. When I started my blog, I didn't thought of posting pictures of myself and now I publish outfit posts. Well done!

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    1. I was the same Jasmine, I never thought I would ever post an outfit post. Wooooop for us!! xxx

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  7. Beautiful outfit! you look gorgeous!

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  8. looks like you had a fabulous vacation time! great pics!


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  9. You are indeed in paradise! Amazing photos and you look stunning in your bikini!

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  10. How beautiful - I'd love to visit the GBR one day!

    Currently I really want to go to Cinque Terra in Italy, but Croatia is definitely a favourite destination (and it has to be since I'm from there ;-))

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    1. You should! Ooo I really wanna go to croatia, it looks lush! xx

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  11. Beautiful shots of the coral, love diving! :)

    Love,
    Whitney

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  12. Oh lovely pics ^^

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  13. love the bikini! looks like a fun holiday :)

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