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Wednesday
Mar262014

Zig Zag Kovey

Zig-zag is a trend that seems to be becoming more of a timeless swimwear pattern, like animal print, and Jessica Gomes wears it well on this blue Kovey bikini in the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.  I love how the bikini matches the water and sea foam.  If you're gonna wear any type of camo, camouflage yourself with the beach...

See more Kovey at http://www.kovey.co.

Saturday
Mar152014

Trend Alert: Sports Bra Bikini Tops

This is a trend announcement that should make some of you fitness lovers jump for joy!  Or breathe a sigh of relief.  If you happen to be the type who was blessed with excessive exercise motivation, and find yourself living in sports bras as you move from your daily runs to pilates to your next barre class, then you, my friend, are in luck.  Swimwear designers are finally picking up on this unanimous love for comfortable activewear, and have started creating bikini styles that are designed after your favorite sports bras.  There are endless variations, but most of them have a sleek front fit, sans embellishments, cups, ruffles, or any bust-enhancing details, and a racerback or criss-cross tie-back that feels far more secure than your average sliding triangle top.  

Meant for active women, these bikini tops are not only super supportive for ladies who actually have boobs-- (and that includes myself)-- they're also pretty stylish, too.  Check out the L*Space top above with the cream macrame racerback.  That bikini set is the embodiment of comfort + style...

1. L*Space Swimwear Wild Child Top and Boho Bottom in Black.  2. Left: Black bikini by L*Space. Right: Mandalynn Swimwear Sophia Top and Sophia Bottom.  3. Coy Coy Swimwear Chelsea bikini.

Sunday
Mar092014

Kai Lani Swimwear 2014

Kai Lani, a Hawaiian phrase meaning "heavenly sea," first caught my attention last year when I discovered their signature "V-bottoms"-- a belt-style bikini bottom similar to my favorite San Lorenzo belt bottoms, with a slight V-shaped front cut and subtle back ruching that flatters the shape of the butt.  The cut is truly genius.  (These are the kind of bottoms that I will always feel the most comfortable in on the beach.)

The Miami-based swimwear line was launched by Jessica Sierralta and Jordana Schulte, two ladies who know a thing or two about South Florida fashion.  Jessica has been working in the industry for 8 years as the owner of a bikini boutique in the heart of Miami called "Mermaids," while Jordana majored in fashion design at the Miami Art Institute, giving the duo years of fashion knowledge, insight, and customer experience to draw upon when designing their collections.

This year, Kai Lani introduced tons of new styles, incorporating braided straps, knots, flutter tops, mesh insets, dainty stringy styles, and plunging one-pieces in flattering colors like cantaloupe (a soft peach) and raspberry (a striking magenta).  The collection also includes shades of navy, light blue, turquoise, solid red, hot pink, and muted rose, so there's an assorment of colors to suit everyone's taste.  

See more at KaiLaniSwimwear.com, or follow them on Insta to keep up with their latest designs!

Saturday
Mar082014

The 2014 Surfing Magazine Swimsuit Ish Takes on Aruba

(Photography by: Jason Lee Perry)

Before we even have time to fully delve into the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and soak up every single image of swimsuit/travel bliss, Surfing Magazine releases their annual swimsuit issue, giving us double the bikinis to adorn our coffee table magazine stacks!  Which obviously yields no complaints from me.  

This year, I'm especially excited to flip through the issue, because the location was set in Aruba-- the last tropical destination that I visited in 2013.  I haven't traveled to nearly as many places as most people have, but I can say that Aruba was pretty incredible and exceptionally beautiful... with some of the most pristine, crystal clear water I've ever laid eyes on.  It was such a cute and friendly little island, filled with magical moments, pirate ships, jagged shorelines, sunny coves, barefoot beach bars, and crystalline water brimming with fish swimming happily about.  At Baby Beach, I think I may have actually taken a picture in front of the same exact tree that the model in the red one-piece is standing in front of in the picture above -- albeit probably not looking as hot.  (The next time I go on a trip, I'm recruiting a friend with at least moderate photography skills to accompany me, instead of my 60-year-old Mom, who has subpar eyesight without her contacts in, and snapped most of our photos half-blind; and my sister, who couldn't care less about flattering body angles.)

ANYWAY.  Seeing pictures of familiar beach spots will undoubtedly evoke some warm and fuzzy memories for me, and leave me lusting for another international getaway... while mentally curating my perfect island wardrobe.  I can't wait! :)  Get ready to pick up a copy of Surfing Magazine's Swimsuit Issue on news stands within the next couple weeks!

Friday
Mar072014

MLLE Mademoiselle S/S 2014

(Photography by: Henrik Purienne)

Bangles, crop tops, plastic hipster bikinis, wrap sandals, and vintage cars are pieced together perfectly against a minimalist white background for the MLLE Mademoiselle Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, which features model, Kim Riekenburg, shot by photographer, Henrik Purienne.  This is the type of fashion photography that makes me wish I could exist within a photograph, where everything is still and a sort of otherworldly perfection.  The black high-waisted bikini (styled with the sunhat) even makes me reconsider my antipathy for high-waisted bottoms.  I mean, in person, they always seem to look ridiculous on me-- but here, the cut-outs on the side paired with a simple triangle top seem to add just the right structural appeal, making it look less like a vintage grandma suit and more like a modern fashion statement. 

www.mlleclothing.com