Career Crush: Travel, Work and Friendship
The summer time for many people means that the holiday you booked and planned months in advance is finally near. You get to go out and purchase new swimwear, research the best beaches and finalise your travel itinerary.
We do this because let’s face it; work sucks. Holidays are when you switch off the work email and have fun with friends. But what if your holiday was your job, and your work colleague was your best mate? And you basically got paid to travel? Whaaaaaat?
Well that’s what Natasha Oakley and Devin Brugman, or Tash and Dev as they call themselves, have achieved with absolute perfection, with their blog and brand, A Bikini A Day.
A Bikini A Day Back Story
It doesn’t sound like it was much of a rough starting point to the average girl living in the North East England as such, but it’s definitely a small-time to big-time success story. So, Tash and Dev were living and working in Hawaii shooting look books and videos for local swimwear brands. Sounds like a pretty good job so far, right?
Then they went travelling but kept their connections with the swimwear brands and started sharing pictures wearing said bikinis on the relatively new social network, Instagram. They took this simple idea and turned it into a fully fledged blog with travel and swimwear related content and named it, A Bikini A Day. Amassing a huge following this hobby quickly became a full-time job for both women.
— A Bikini A Day (@ABikiniADay) June 21, 2017
A Day in the Bikini Life
OK so a comparison here would be helpful…
My social media: A snap of my lunch, quick video of my dogs and possibly a picture of my trip to the gym for good measure.
Their social media: exclusive fashion party in the Hamptons, photoshoot on a beach in Turks and Caicos and definitely boat trips off the Amalfi coast. (I would love to share tons of their pictures but can’t because they aren’t my pics to share! – So head to their Instagram here or I have embedded a few Tweets of theirs throughout).
Love that Friday feeling 🌴💃🏼 pic.twitter.com/ONgOUeemv2
— A Bikini A Day (@ABikiniADay) June 30, 2017
This might make some people envious or slightly irritated. But these women are always working. The difference is they have managed to carve a career out of doing something they love and other people want too. In Tash’s own words:
“It’s a full-time, all-consuming job to be constantly creating content.” – Harpers Bazaar, 2016
Moral of the story is: find something you love and turn it into something that’s useful to other people too.
A Blog that Works
With an endless stream of the type of share-worthy content everyone loves; from bikini reviews and healthy recipes, to the best suncreams and stylish beach bags, A Bikini A Day is a blog designed to fuel the ultimate traveller day dream.
Starting out as photographers and bloggers themselves, Tash and Dev have continued to shoot and edit their own blog content, even with an audience well into the millions, located all across the globe.
I’ll have what she’s having… 🌴🍝 pic.twitter.com/qyCwRG1ji7
— A Bikini A Day (@ABikiniADay) June 28, 2017
Tash and Dev now have their own bikini brand; Monday Swimwear. The reason for the name..?
“Because when you’re in a bikini on a Monday, you’re having a good day.” – Monday Swimwear
Fair play. As bikini experts they have managed to source the best fabrics in mix and match shapes and sizing to suit a variety of body shapes (only up to size 16 though I would mention as a downfall). But I really want one. They price at around £120 though, so this is unlikely for me. They also launched an activewear range; Monday Active and have multiple design collaborations with brands including Guess, Revolve and over in the UK, Missguided.
Travel and Life Inspiration
If you’re looking for travel inspiration, or even if you have just booked a holiday, don’t forget to check in with A Bikini A Day blog as they have lots of tips for the best products for skin and hair protection in the sun as well as unique places to visit. Plus, if you have started working on a project with a friend that you love, just look at how it’s turned out for Tash and Dev – anything is possible. Dream big, work hard and have fun.
‘Bout a week ago 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/gjddwpEE4C
— A Bikini A Day (@ABikiniADay) July 12, 2017