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We The Wild Ones

Music festivals and Aussie babes, two things we love, which is why it should come as no surprise that when we first connected with Lucy and Nikki, the girls behind We The Wild Ones, it was an instant love-fest.

With Splendour in the Grass—our favorite Australian music festival—just around the corner, we wanted to get some pro tips from the babes who know it best.

We caught up with them during their trip to Mexico (margies in hand, natch), and they stayed put just long enough to give us the inside scoop on how best to Splendour.

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Nikki in our Solana Woven Top + Shiva Skirt | Lucy in our Sunburst Headband + Mariposa Off The Shoulder Top

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You seem to have a special sisterly bond. How did you first meet/how long have you known each other? How did We The Wild Ones come to be?

Well… to put a long story short, we’re both from tiny towns in North Queensland, Australia. You could definitely call us bogans! We both moved to Townsville in 2009 for University. We met one day doing promo work for the V8 Supercars (did I mention we are bogans?). I (Lucy) was working at Red Bull at the time and begged Nik to apply for a position in our team because naturally I just wanted to hang out with her more. We’ve pretty much been inseparable ever since. We the Wild Ones started almost 2 years ago. We loved going to festivals and getting dressed up so it was just a natural progression. Now, we’re so lucky to be able to go to festivals and travel as part of it. We’re just stoked that people are interested in following 2 bogans from North Queensland!

Lucy, tell us something juicy we don’t know about Nikki, and Nikki, what’s something about Lucy that we might find to be surprising?

Lucy: Okay so first thing about Nikki is - she is VERY well behaved most of the time. And thank god, because 60% of the time, she is cleaning up my mess ERRY time. BUT... if baby gal wants to sneak into something - a Coachella after party or backstage at a festival for example - she can turn ON the chat. You should see her in force! She's got the serious gift of the gab. Which is funny since the little weirdo barely spoke until the age of 8. Now you can't shut her up.

Nikki: One good thing about Lucy is that what you see is pretty much what you get! Something that might surprise people though is that when she was younger she had quite a flare for acting and once did a monologue of Shmiegel from Lord or the Rings and bloody killed it! The little fashionista even went above and beyond with the costume design by incorporating a streaking cap to give the illusion she was bald with a few loose hairs coming out of the top. MY GURL!

You have both been on the road the past few weeks. Where have you been, and what has been a highlight so far?

Lucy: I started off in California doing a road trip for 2 weeks and then headed down to Mexico to see Nik. My highlight was definitely Yosemite National Park… I don’t think I was ready for how beautiful it is and when we arrived I was blown away.

Nik: I flew into Baja California and spent time there before getting the ferry across to Mainland Mexico with my boyfriend and our trusty van that we’ve been travelling in. From there we have travelled majority of the Mexico Coastline from Mazatlan to Puerto Escondido where I met up with Luc. The whole thing has been so amazing.

Since you are traveling around the globe, living the wanderlust dream, you are actually missing Splendour this year. Which band or artist are you having the most FOMO about?

Lucy: UGH don’t even talk to us about missing Splendour! That’s the one festival we never miss! We both love The XX so it’ll be a shame to miss that!

Nikki: I’m devo to be missing Real Estate - we missed them at Coachella too because we got too LIT haha typical!

When at a festival, do you plan who you’re going to see, or do you prefer to go with the flow?

Nik is much more music savvy than me (Lucy) so she usually makes sure we don’t miss anyone important. Although we have been known to sometimes get too distracted by the bar and miss a few acts (oopsie)

Best on the road/festival beauty tips?

Face/baby wipes - literally your best friend at a festival especially if you are camping.

Splendour is a 3 day event… Start hard or finish hard? What’s your survival advice?

We have a tendency to go a little too hard on the first day! But if you make sure you have a big breakfast (we usually have sausages and eggs at our camp site), you’ll have a better chance of getting through the full three days.

And sunnies are a must - the best way to cover up the fact you have barely slept.

What is one item you can’t Splendour without?

Gumboots and a warm jacket. Doesn’t matter how stylish you think you are, if you aren’t rugged up when the sun goes down, you won’t last long.

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Guide To: Best Bikini Bum

It’s always swim season somewhere :) With summer just about officially here, we’re taking a look through our favorite bikini fits, most importantly, the bum. Whether you have a bootay or a little booty, you can find multiple options that will get you through the heat.

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THE EVERYDAY

For those who like more coverage, the Everyday is a low rise bottom with our fullest coverage. Keeping everything in check, this style is what you want if you’re more of a mover and shaker on the beach than just a lounger.

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THE CHEEKY

With its low rise and slightly scooped out back, the bum coverage of this style is in between that of the Skimpy and the Everyday. So if you’re a bit indecisive, the Cheeky is for you.

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THE SKIMPY

True to its name, the Skimpy has a low rise and extreme scooped out back. We love the lifting effect this cut has by showing some extra cheek.

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THE TEENSY

Designed for the sun chaser, this teeny bikini makes for a great flirty tan with its micro back coverage. Definitely our least amount of coverage style :)

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THE HIGH HIP

A new addition to our bikini collection, we like to think this one is for the modern day beach bombshell. It’s high fit is flattering and a bit forgiving, while offering a skimpy fit.

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Photographer: Stefanie Vinsel | Model: Hannah Lord

Making The Collection: Amuse x Flynn Skye Collab

Collaborating has been the theme of the year for Amuse. It’s been so much fun getting to know and work with several other brand creatives.

I had been wanting to do a swim collab. with another like-minded California brand, and who better to, than Flynn Skye. Flynn Skye is a Venice-based, LA-made women’s brand who creates the dreamiest dresses, skirts and tops, however have never dipped their toe into the swim category.

Although I had been introduced to Amber, owner and designer of Flynn Skye, years ago when she had her store Blonde in Venice Beach, we were reacquainted again last year when Kelly, our digital manager, brought up the idea of collaborating with them.

When we reached out to Amber and her team, her casual response of “Sure, lets do it” set the tone for the entire collaboration process. I was drawn to Flynn Skye’s fresh approach to design, as well as her natural ability to promote and celebrate other women. Collaborating with Flynn Skye has been absolutely effortless, not to mention a lot of fun. Amber has such a casual approach to design – she knows exactly what she likes, and is the perfect reminder of to not overthink the process! Every meeting, email, text, and phone call has left a smile on my face. Truly. Together, Amber and I worked on creating a collection intended for the sexy, free-spirited, beach muse. We wanted the line to be equal parts Amuse and Flynn Skye, with a simple color palette, strong stripes, feminine florals, flirty tops, and cheeky bottoms. We love how the collection turned out, and are blown away by the positive response from our customers!

Below are some pics taken during the making of the collection, along with an interview with Amber!

I hope you enjoy it all, xx Mandy

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How did you first get started in the fashion industry? What made you want to start your own label?

I have been in the industry in many different forms. I had a store called Blonde, I have styled and then got asked by Planet blue to come up with a private label. That's how I got introduced to design. Never went to school and have zero formal training. If you saw my sketches you would fall over.

For those who don’t know you personally, I’d imagine most people think you are Flynn Skye. Mind sharing with us who Flynn Skye is, and how it came to be your brand name?

Flynn is my daughter. She is my little muse and pretty much on of my all time favorite people. If I had the confidence she did, I would rule the world.

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Rumor has it that this is your first collaboration. What attracted you to collaborating with Amuse Society?

I just loved the idea of getting to be involved in swim. The good part of a collab is you get to make something with someone who has expertise in that field. Amuse is also a brand that makes sense..

When designing this collection, who was the girl you were envisioning? Describe her to us.

I am always envisioning something for everyone. At this point everything has been done so my hopes is just to make something that I am proud of and that speaks to my customer. Oh and that sparks joy.

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Photographer Cameron Hammond (and his lovely wife/producer, Rachel) took this collection to Belize to shoot the lookbook. Where is your favorite swimwear-clad destination?

I want to go to that beach that has pink sand. I have zero idea where that is but I know it exists from photos. Looks magical.

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What is your favorite piece from the AMUSE x Flynn Skye collaboration?

I love it all. I am so happy with how it came out. Each piece represents a different mood. Am I feeling sporty or girly...I like it all ha ha

What’s next for you and your brand? Any fun plans this summer?

My life is pretty fun. I am excited about the summer collection. It was a really strong collection. As far as plans go I just want to try and give back more and definitely throw some travel in there. Def throw some of those bikinis in a bag and go...

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Shop the entire Amuse x Flynn Skye collection, here.

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