Solas bar celebration for those who want a tan but find Hong Kong beaches a humid hassle

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 July, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 July, 2010, 12:00am

Melbourne-born Alanna Washington has some tips to share with working mothers. Her son is only 16 months old, but Washington has already been running a spray-tan service catering for women around town since January.

'I don't find it hard to balance family and business,' said Washington, who moved to Hong Kong five years ago. 'It's probably the beauty of Hong Kong, you always find domestic helpers, and they help me balance everything.'

Washington and her business partner, British bikini designer Sian O'Brien (left, with Washington), threw a party last Thursday night at Solas bar to celebrate the launch of their mobile tanning service, called Club Etoile.

Four beach-ready models sashayed down a runway wearing O'Brien's Clube Bossa Nova bikinis.

The duo, the only tanning specialists for the brand at the moment, offers the service from 9am to 9pm every day. They say the temporary full-body tan, which costs HK$600, lasts up to 10 days.

'Because Hong Kong rains and gets humid during summer, it's a real hassle to go out and get a tan on the real beach,' said Washington.

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