About Anita McLachlan
At the helm of Sequins and Sand for the past 7 years, Anita has learned a thing or two about what women want and how they feel about getting ready for their precious summer holidays. And it's the 'how they feel' about getting summer ready that she's most passionate about. Helping women who have lost their confidence and in particular their cossie confidence, find the courage and the right swimsuit to get them off the sidelines and diving into truly enjoying their summer, is what gives her enormous joy and purpose.
But it's not all swimsuits and kaftans. Married to the military, moving every 2-3 years and with two gorgeous children, family matters the most to this devoted Mum. In fact, having an online business that could move with her wherever and whenever she did was one of the drivers for setting up Sequins and Sand.
Change is the biggest constant in her life and she thrives on it. Having been a radiographer, project manager (among other things in the retail property development arena), being an online entrepreneur is just another town on her journey so far with plenty on the drawing boards for the years ahead. Seeing more of the world will be a big part of that.
Articles by Anita McLachlan
Win a $250 Cossie Confidence Pack! Just in time for the Christmas Holidays with Sequins and Sand and Style Loving 2.
As much as many of us might not want to know about it, they will be here faster than you can say Santa's Sleigh! Christmas Holidays. For the first time in 8 years, we are taking a 'real' break here at Sequins and Sand. Here's what's happening.
A post about womens' swimwear. Resortwear? No and deliberately not so. Not today.
What a story. A wonderful Australian story about a woman from outback Qld who couldn't find colourful sun protective swimwear for her family, including larger sizes for her mum. Then a soul sucking drought deepened and that was it! She started making them. Not bathers but the outerwear like rashies, boardies, swimshorts and tops.
Having battled with her own body insecurities for years, Clair without hesitation wanted to be part of this day and the Cossie Confidence message. She's such a sweetheart.
When you've been in the swimsuit game for 8 years, you get to learn a thing or two. What my business has taught me is that far too many beautiful women miss out on enjoying so much in their lives because they can't face getting into a swimsuit.
What a find Fiona is! Lenses melted and hearts fluttered when Fiona was filmed on our Cossie Confidence shoot! Such a talent and absolute joy to be with. Most of her teens, Fiona struggled with her body image.
Mum & Grand Mother too, Karen wrote a great article last summer about getting into the right swimsuit and it was so well received, striking a chord with so many women. Karen didn't hesitate when asked to be part of delivering the Cossie Confidence message this year and we are so very grateful that she did.
A lover of the bandeau one piece and thankfully for us, Sequins and Sand lover too! Liz has been a great supporter and when asked to join in on the day took it and shook it.
Katrina is a juggler! Teacher and blogger with a knock-out smile, who knows first hand the challenges of getting #CossieConfidence back after breast cancer. Amazing.
A mighty good woman and one of the most positive 'get in there and give it a go' women on the planet. Energy + and so very passionate about helping others. She's bloody amazing.
Kate shares her Cossie Confidence journey in the video below. A very personal, honest and heart felt story. Kate's a Sequins and Sand brand rep who said 'yes!' to being part of this shoot. Not having experienced such a thing before, Kate dove right in... all the way from Christmas Island, which is no mean logistical feat! She has put her self out there to do this and her passion to encourage others to regain their swimsuit confidence is just brilliant.
There's not much this woman hasn't done and she brings all that experience and zest for life now to Cossie Confidence. Yay!
Preferring to tread a path less traveled, Evie's been a 'Plus Size' model when it was incredibly tough to make it and when Australia wasn't quite ready for her plus size label, she took it to the US...as you do!
Ditch the daggy T-Shirt over bathers this summer once and for all and reach for a fab cover-up from HOLIDAY!
It was so much fun! But behind the smiles there are stories. These gorgeous girls are united by their stories and are very passionate about helping other women to harness theirs. At the heart of it all - Cossie Confidence. Swimsuit confidence.
The new Shanty Corporation resortwear range of kaftans and dresses has just landed and we're bursting with enthusiasm, keen to share the wonders of this fabulous Australian label.
Sister label to the much loved HOLIDAY, The Shanty Corporation continues to shine as a relaxed lux resortwear offering without the hefty price tag. Last year the Sardinia kaftan dress was a massive hit and this year its back in such gorgeous cotton fabrics that will take your breath away. Joining Sardinia are a few other new styles that are resort and summer holiday perfect.
Sun protective swimwear has never, ever, ever looked so good! SunSoaked is a Brisbane based swim and resort label lead by the lovely Kate Davis-Steer. This year, her range of luxury 'rashie meets one pieces' swimsuits (and other delightful pieces) expands to include sizes 10-20. It's the next step up for this Australian label as it expands and grows. We are very proud to have SunSoaked in the Sequins and Sand stable and know you are going to absolutely fall in love with this season's range.
We have 5 Fab Brand Reps that are putting themselves out there, showing the way in their swimwear (and resortwear), encouraging other women to get out from under that palm tree and dive into their summers...to make happy memories with those they love.
Afterpay is now available at Sequins and Sand for swimwear and resortwear and it's really easy to use. Here's how to use it.
What a range! It's big! New styles, old favourites in new prints and colours. So much to talk about I think this will be part 1!
Five fab women. 3 wondrous months. Decked out in stunning swimwear and resortwear. In different shapes and sizes. Showing the way. Encouraging other women to get back into a cossie and make very happy memories this summer and beyond.
The NEW Swimsuit range from Australia's Curvy Swimwear has just landed and what an absolutely beautiful line up it is! Heavenly prints in sizes 14-26 so includes plus sizes too. Thoughtfully designed for different body shapes there are Bikinis Top, Bottoms, Tankini's and One Pieces to choose from.
Get set for summer with $400+ of goodies from us!
Become a Sequins and Sand Brand Rep! We're looking for 5 everyday women who want to share their love of summer with others.
If that sounds like you, then please…read on!
It's on! Our 70% Off Women's Swimwear Clearance SALE. Onepiece, swimdress, tankini, bikini tops and bottoms in Sizes 10-30. Loads of swimsuits have just been lopped and popped into Clearance and marked down to 70% OFF!
Breast cancer. It's a shit of a thing and anything any of us can to do help, will. Research and awareness are critical. Check those assets yourself, have them checked, get your screening done...stay on top of it and your odds will improve.
But even the most vigilant can be hit when Breast Cancer sneaks on in. That's a cruel knock out.
Winter is never really heavy here at S&S. Being all about getting you summer holiday ready, it's always about Travelwear fabulous clothing to wear on the plane, in transit and for when the weather might turn a little.
This winter we've kept things tidy and tight. Not in the fit, but in the offering. A travel capsule to freshen up your looks and put a pep in your step when you're out and about and heading off on your holiday.
Mums shape us. What they say and do influence who we are and guide us.
Adrift. New to S&S. It just makes sense. We are neighbours here in Brisbane and we are both passionate about helping girls of all shapes and sizes boost their confidence and feel fantastic.
March is about Melanoma awareness and fund raising here at Sequins and Sand. Our mates over at Natural Supply Co have joined us to offer a UPF50+ Rashie and 100% natural Sunscreen pack to give away! Share your Sun Safe tip to join in and win!
Thanks girls! Good luck.
March was all about Melanoma here at S&S. Raising awareness and much needed funds for research - to eradicate this horrid cancer and to give those who have it, more time.
It's Swimear CLEARANCE time at S&S and that means getting great swimsuits at ridiculous prices!
Capriosca Swimwear is an Australian label that takes pride in offering different cuts for all shapes and sizes, up to a 30. Inspired by an Italian summer this season's prints are stunning, colours coastal bright and sunset soft. Trusty favourite styles are back with a few new ones added too! As always, they've been thoughtfully designed with different body shapes in mind. All are available in sizes 10-22 with some up to a 30 and a G cup too.
HOLIDAY, TALISMAN, SHANTY and BRAVE AND TRUE. Rayna and the team have introduced amazing fabric, new prints that will blow you away and in styles that are relaxed chic on a stick. At home or away you will feel fabulous in new HOLIDAY.
Mist. It's loved very deeply by its devotees and very sought after here at Sequins and Sand. This year, the unique prints are just as beautiful and the colours are stunning. Summer dresses in soft pinks and blues mix it up with lush tropical greens and...black! Yep, I think this is the first time we've had a black based Mist dress in store!
Summer 2016/17 has begun with the arrival of new swimwear and it's Curvy!
When most people think about sun protection, the first thing that comes to mind is a bottle of sunscreen. When we head out to the pool and beach, we throw on a rashie. But this amazing range of clothing goes well beyond that. Here's how.
Thanks Jan. Getting ready for your summer cruise is not that unlike a resort holiday - perhaps just with more activities on offer, on board and on shore. So think of your ship as a floating resort that occasionally sails into town. Here's our packing guide to staying stylish on the high seas.
Getting ready for your summer cruise and no idea what to pack? Think of your ship as a floating resort that occasionally sails into town. Here's our complete packing guide to staying stylish on the high seas.
Pack for a humid heat in Fiji and take fabrics that breathe and feel cool on, in styles that allow air flow and are built for comfort and relaxation. Don't skimp on the splash of glam, after all these holidays are precious so why not feel fabulous whilst away!
Summer. It’s eagerly anticipated and much loved in Australia. Summer holidays, very precious. Days at the beach, in the pool, a chance to relax and have fun. But for many women, it’s laced with fear, shame and insecurity. This summer, our mission is to get more women feeling fabulous about themselves in a cossie. If they can do that, they have the ticket to enjoying their summers and more importantly, making beautiful memories with their families and friends. And, for themselves. Welcome to CossieConfidence.
Who knew that the swimdress would make a return to Australian swimwear wardrobes? Embrace your shape and just get out there; try one on and see!
A Crossover One Piece swimsuit is a fabulous all-rounder. A very clever swimwear. An eternal classic for a very good reason. Think crossover dress and you start to get the idea.
Natalie contacted us with a dilema recently and it's not uncommon. After breastfeeding her last child, her boobs that served her so well have failed to bounce back. They're flat and floppy. She's off on holiday soon and wants to get swimwear to have a great time away in and wants to know what style she should go for.
For some women, throwing a few kaftans and swimsuits together is all it takes but for many, packing for a week away on a tropical holiday is a pain, particularly if you haven't been there before. Port Douglas in Qld's tropical north, is a popular destination particularly in winter. This little Holiday Look Book is your paracetamol and will ease the packing pain by showing you easy looks for every day and night and at the same time, save your summer suitcase from unnecessary overload.
Hello girls! Welcome to the first Ask Anita post where we answer the questions that we're asked often here at Sequins and Sand. This one is about a Tankini and comes from Cath in NSW.
Whether you're heading off to fabulous Vietnam or returning for more, these quick Top 10 tips are worth checking out, and ticking off. Courtesy of the fab team at Travelfish.org. Thanks guys!
Vietnam Holidays must include a sunset cruise floating through Ha Long Bay. Getting measured up for a suit in charming Hoi An, belting through Saigon by cyclo. Trekking in the northern hills of Sapa. Just a few gems of advice from the most amazing team at Travelfish.org. But wait, there's so much more....
Celebrate being a woman in the new home grown Australian swimsuit label, Curvy Swimwear!
Flabby belly, Ceasar scars, big belly, big boobs, small boobs, wide hips...the list goes on. We all have body bits that we wish were better. And what is regarded as 'a problem' is completely different for everyone. But it's really not the bits that bite us, it's our mindset.
Don't waste your hard earned cash buying a new sun hat every time you go away. And certainly don't sacrifice your beach holiday look by leaving your much loved wide brim at home. You can travel with a Hat. It really is a snap!
Planning a break in beautiful Fiji? Breathe-easy fabrics, flowy loose-fitting styles are your friends. Kaftans and summer dresses, the perfect packing partners. Take the humidity in your stride and keep your tropi-cool with these 5 top tips.
Do you over pack when taking a summer holiday? Lucky to wear half of what you take and the rest feels like a waste? Hardworking, versatile resort pieces like kaftans and summer dresses are the key. Here's how to bring it all together and do more with less.
Fabulous food, vino and a view makes for a great holiday. Add people you love and a light as air kaftan and you've pretty much got it made. Sometimes though, things can be a bit hit and miss. If you want to eat the best at a good price, then simply go where the locals do. Here's 12 of the best from much loved locals and our fabulous Facebook fans.
Ditch the mum at home and office outfits and loosen up. Take advantage of this precious week away with the girls and frock it up in Bali!
Buying your swimwear online can save huge amounts of time and hassle - but how do you know exactly what size and fit to choose? Use these top tips for finding the perfect piece.
Traveling to a tropical island means being humidity savvy. Keep your cool and enjoy your break with these 5 top top 'what to wear' tips when packing for your resort getaway.
On the plane or in the lounge. The test of any worthy travel clothing is that it will let you travel in comfort and arrive in style? Travel clothes that won't look crushed but feel luxuriously soft to the touch. Ultra fine cotton knits and super soft jerseys, a must.
You don’t have to workout around the clock to get in shape for your short winter-sun break. The right printed kaftans and summer clothes will cleverly mask what lies beneath. Here are 4 simple tips to help you find the right prints. Prints that will have you looking and feeling fab on your quick trip away; no fuss, no bother.
Flabby bellies aren't a good look but so many of we women have them. If you love the flexibility of swimwear separates, a long line tankini is both clever and stylish and a great swimsuit for taming a tummy.
Does getting out the door to go to the beach leave you a quivering ball of stress? Ever arrived on the sand to find you've left your towel at home? Kiss goodbye to stressful exits and forgotten sunnies with our no-sweat beach bag checklist.
Does your curvy figure make you feel self-conscious when summer rolls around? Don't despair. With the right clothes and accessories you can walk tall and reclaim your natural confidence.
Reclaim your beach confidence this summer. What ever your size or shape, Capriosca Swimwear Australia offers affordable, figure flattering swimsuits, in prints and plains, up to a size 26 and F Cup. This year, the mood is both rich and bright and delicately subdued in florals, intricates and a dash of retro.
Finding Swimwear with the right fit is so hard. Capriosca Swimwear is thoughtful, styled with real women in mind. Be it a One Piece, Tankini, Bikini or a Swimdress here are top tips for finding that perfect Swimwear piece.
You know we adore Australian Traveller (AT). Kate Perkins finds out how to holiday like the rich and famous, when money is no object and you allow yourself to dream.
The ‘forgotten demographic’: women aged over 35, looking for stylish yet age-appropriate resort wear
The ‘forgotten demographic’, women aged over 35, looking for stylish yet age-appropriate resort wear, is abundantly accommodated at a Brisbane-based retail website. [Press Release]
Pack light and right for you next summer vacation. These 7 simple tips will help make sure you don't over pack again, and what you do pack, actually works!
Whether it's the baby bump that never went away or an attack of hormonal high-jinks, taming that tummy with swimwear that fits right is the ticket to looking your best this summer.
Travelling to a warmer climate particularly if it’s a humid one, can take you by surprise if you don’t get it right. Keep your cool with these 5 top tips.
Summer holidays are eagerly anticipated events. Getting one organised can be time consuming and frustrating. Take the pain away and 'Tripit'. I said "Tripit...Tripit good!"
Don your silk kaftan and escape to the exotic. How many of these can you tick off your list?
Cruise Holiday Must Do's: Top tips for packing right, for day & night so you can really cruise like a princess
Cruising to a summer place when it's winter is magical. Preparing for one if you've never done it before can be stressful. Top tip..pack the least to look your best. Start with versatile resortwear and a kaftan or two AND never pack anything you couldn't stand losing forever!
Easter holidays are a great chance to duck off and get away. Resorts are perfect for a short break. With everything at your finger tips, you won't waste a single precious moment!
Great experiences to share with your kids before they turn 10. Nod knowingly, laugh out loud and pay attention to Dad's Tips in this fantastic article. Thanks Australian Traveller magazine and Dorian Mode, it's an absolute pearler!
Beach Holiday Travel: Leave the city wear at home! Here's the perfect travel wear for a summer break
From the moment you leave home, you should be in beach holiday mode. One of the best ways to get you in the groove, is to wear stylish yet relaxed summer clothing before you get on the plane.
Does the thought of packing for a trip make you break out in hives? Take the panic out of preparation by following these four simple rules – wherever you're going, and for however long.
A Classic Colour Palette for me immediately evokes images of crisp, cool whites and clean classic lines...sails furling gently in the breeze.
It's reassuring to know that when you shop on the internet, the people you are dealing with are real and are there for you.
We ship worldwide and to any place in Australia and have tried to make shipping charges as simple and easy as possible to understand and pay for. Here we go...
Here are my tips for helping to overcome the swimsuit sizing dilemma! We stock Australia's Capriosca Swimwear because we think it's stylish, thoughtfully crafted, great value and the sizing is generally 'true'.
Get the Look
Yes you can get to the beach in no time at all. If it takes more than 4 minutes, we're not interested (bikini line preening not included in that time). This look is brought together with Coral being the hero colour. Do this with any colour that's in your cossies. We love this kaftan for its cool, light fabric. Layer over a cotton slip for lunch at the surf club or casual dinner out with the family. Thanks Clair for showing how fab it looks!
Happy summer holiday Beach Bunnies!
Fresh and so very summer holiday. White and blue are the classic colours of summer. Add a splash of black to the mix and you've got an eternally stylish look. Easy as. Happy beach days girls! Anita x
Long sleeves are essential for some girls in the summer sun. A dress that is light enough and versatile to wear over togs then out and about is a must for any summer suitcase. Pack light and right with this deep indigo blue dress from Australia's Holiday.
There is something so very summer about a white dress. And this clever one will take you from the beach over togs, to out out lunch at the surf club and on to that BBQ with friends. Love what you've teamed it with Fiona! Finally, that beach bag turned up. Happy holidays Beach Bunnies! Ax
Just add water. And this fab easy wear, do more with less beach dress. In soft as striped green fabric keep cool and stay calm these hot summer holidays. We've picked up the black stripe and teamed it with slate greys. Beach, poolside, lunch at the club, spot of shopping with the girls. Your go to dress is here. Thanks Adrift Clothing and Fiona for showing us how easy it is to do.
This is why kaftans are so popular. What happens when your beach day is done and you need to get ready for drinks by the pool before dinner? Here's what you do! Thanks Fiona. Love the 'reverse' look. Easy as, yet again. Happy holidays. Make mine a G&T please. Anita x
Go on. Every now and then it won't hurt. Get a bit classy for the beach and add a bit of bling. This kaftan has gorgeous pretty beads and sequins along the neckline. So lovely. For beach and beyond. Happy times.
Easy Peasy. That's the vibe on a family holiday. By the time you take care of the kids and all their gear, there's not much time for you to get yours together. Throw on this beaut beach dress over your togs, all a bag and hat and...quick as a flash, you're done!
Summer parties, cruise holidays, destination weddings to that tropical paradise. These occasions and more call for a maxi dress and this light and cool maxi is certainly the ticket. Fiona wears it with a simple heel and a smile. Oh! it also comes with a matching navy cotton slip dress too. Available in sizes SM, L/XL and 2XL/3XL it will fit from a 10-22. Fiona is a 16/18 and wears the L/XL.
Happy cruisin' Beach Bunnies!
Nothing screams summer party and beach wedding like a maxi dress. A bright floral maxi kaftan dress with yellow high lights and blue tassels - simply stunning.
Team it with a sun safe parasol so your hair do stays fabulous and yo are special occasion set! Oh! And don't forget your clutch. A girl should never be clutchless.
Play with prints and stripes. Create a sophisticated beach holiday look with a twist. Make it your own. Glad you got it together Fiona! Love it! Kaftan dress in Lantana print from Holiday. SunSoaked Lucie black and white zip up one piece. Blue bag by Holiday. Striped hat by Kooringal
A happy blue kaftan dress in a relaxed fit style that looks as good as it feels. Wear it over you bikini and then out on the terrace with wedges and a splash of brightly coloured bling to welcome the sunset in.
When Kate wants to lift her summer holiday looks she reaches for a little leopard print. Teamed with coral and black this is a va va voom poolside look. Add a lovely lariat and heels and take this creation out for lunch. Easy as! Thanks Kate.
Katrina loves a 3 tier one piece on her shape. She's a bit tummy shy. And that Garden Party print! Very spring and happy. Complete the look with a sky blue kaftan cover-up, add a sassy mid brim hat and don't forget the bugs! No summer is complete without bugs. Thanks Katrina from Sista with Style. Awesome!
When Karen heads off to the beach she does it with a splash of summer style. Not over the top, still relaxed in her summer bright kaftan over the top of her figure flattering togs. Wide brim hat a in a neutral tone to go with anything and a big beach bag for all those essentials. When it's time for lunch, it's a dash to the surf club and no need to feel any less fabulous. She's Chardy set! Thanks Karen!
When Fiona wanted to head out for a meal with the family, fussing about just wasn't going to happen. On holidays, less is definitely best. Relaxed. Easy. and Stylish. Kaftan dress that can be revved up or kept casual THE best resortwear piece in your summer suitcase.
Classic colours for a classic summer holiday look with a boho twist. Black kaftan over black and white check swimsuit topped off with a mid brimmed fedora in caramel. Easy to throw together. Easy to mix n' match with so many other resort pieces in your summer suitcase.
As Evie wraps up her day on the beach she's heading out to late afternoon drinks with friends. This trusty black kaftan is just the ticket. In her relaxed vibe, Evie just wants to switch her beach thongs for sparkly heels that say 'party time!'. Low fuss, maximum impact. That's how we like our summer holiday dressing to be. How about you?
Beach days and lazy long lunches. Cottesloe. Simply sandy chic.
Simple, cool with a splash of colour. Kaftans are hard to beat in the heat - it's all that air flow! Relaxed Bali breaks by the pool and on the beach.
White washed walls. Brilliant blue skies. Relaxed. What is your Greek Island dream?
Poolside chic. Walks on Four Mile Beach. A Port Douglas getaway is all about good food, great views and relaxing.
Palm trees kissing the sky. Crystal blue water and warm sunny days. Oh and the hoola!
Sail away to Fiji. Divine sunsets. Drink cocktails out of coconuts and walk on pristine beaches. Light cotton casuals are the go. A top over bathers then pants for when the wind picks up and night falls. A carry all for that towel and extras. Love. Fiji.
Anita & The Girls xx
Roam the countryside and hide in cafes. No need to think black pants and short sleeve knit revved up with a tiger strip tunic and soft warm wrap scarf. Add your boots and you're done!
Click on the link here for tips on how to bring it together!
Mint slice inspired? Maybe. Think rich blacks, chocolates and bronze with a hint of mint to lift and have them begging for more. Black mesh cover-up, black retro onepiece, mint scarf and cuff. Top it off with a black and white hat and a metallic clutch. Stunning!
Turquoise seas and summer sun. A simple jersey summer dress over swimwear and then out to lunch.
Island escapes and warm summer night have you out and about, so dress to impress. Kaftan, necklace, slip dress and cuff. Ole!
Fabulous Fiji. Relaxed. Sunny. By the pool. On the reef. Kids are safe and it's time to step out for the night! Kaftan, onepiece, hat, bling and colour!
Step off the plane and hit the tarmac running. Set for a luxury spa day or a cool soothing cocktail at the pool bar.