Monday, January 30, 2012

Some of My Favorite Blogs -

It's time give some love to the other blogs out there that are devoted to swimwear and the beach lifestyle.  Here are a few of my faves:

Uptake-Beaches  This is a blog about travelling and I like that.  However, what I really like is their section on beaches.  It's very informative and straightforward and includes some wonderful hide-away beaches from around the world.

Bathing News  Author, Tala Kolb, muses about life in a bikini, (I'm guessing that she's in at least one 24/7,)  and travelling the world to far off yonders.  She's beautiful, happy and absolutely adorable and she certainly knows her stuff when it comes to swimwear.

Surfrider Foundation - Jim's Blog  I have always been a huge fan, as well as a minor contributor to the Surfrider Foundation, but I only recently found their blog.  DUH!  Where have I been looking?  At Jim's Blog, you'll get the scoop on the up-to-the-minute status and conditions of our beaches and oceans, even if it's not pretty.  They'll also give you lots of answers on how we can change things for the better.

The Girl Is Down Under  I'm guessing that these prose come from ladies in Australia, but I can't honestly say that for sure.  I guess I'd better read it some more to find out.  Anyway, that's no problem for me, time willing, because I love this quirky blog about trendy fashion and swimwear.

Salt Swimwear Blog  I dig this swimwear line from Laguna Beach, CA and I try to keep up with these girls on their blog.  This line is edgy, sometimes sultry and always beautiful.  California girls do good...yeah!

True American Dog  If you think that this blog might be about dogs, think again!  I have to admit, it's not about beaches, or bikinis.  But, you'll be amazed by the humorous eye candy that is presented on each post!

L*Space - Behind the Seams  Monica Wise keeps us abreast of the comings and goings of her hot, swimwear line, L*Space Swimwear.  I like Monica and I know that she works very hard to do what she does.  Kudos to her!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Crystal Jin Swimwear 2012...Luxury By The Sea

Crystal Jin Swimwear 2012 - Solaire-Varick Bikini
We've been totally entranced by Crystal Jin Swimwear this season...So much so, that we decided to bring the line in, even though we were somewhat late.  We're confident that our customers will love it, once they get a chance to experience the beautiful fabrics, surpurb workmanship and an refined fit.  This line has a delecate quality to it, almost lingerie-like, with a silky, sumptuous, touch of luxe.   The straps are thin, the cut is elegant, the sewing is perfect...these are absolutely gorgeous swimsuits.  So girls, if you're looking for that special bikini to take on a romantic tryste, check out Crystal Jin.
Madison-Chrystie Bikini by Crystal Jin

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 2012...The BIG DADDY

OK, OK...Not to dis the BIG swimsuit issue...we love it too!  There's a lot of hoopla about who's going to make the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover.  We don't know...some people do, but not us....sorry.  But, we will be happy to tell you as soon as we know and also tell you about all the scrumptious bikinis and swimsuits that are featured in this year's SI Swimsuit magazine, calendar, etc.  It's always a huge deal for the designers and we want to give them lots of kudos for making the mag.  You can keep posted about all of this at: . 

~ C.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


We all know about that Swimsuit Issue that is put out by a major sports magazine.  It's very nice and good.  But, the swimsuit edition that we really like is the one put out by SURFING MAGAZINE.  Now, this one is totally devoted to surfing, the surfer girls and the beach lifestyle...YES!  It's about time!  SURFING MAGAZINE was always a constant, reading staple on our coffee table and it certainly and aptly represents the surf culture...girls included.

2012 will be the third year that SURFING has done a swimsuit issue.  This year's swim edition is due out this spring and has been underway since last November, with photographer, Michael Sterling Eaton, at the photo helm.

We're so stoked that several of our new swimwear lines will be featured in the issue.  We can't tell you which ones yet, but we promise...we will!  Just check out our PRESS page when it comes out.  Congrats and kudos to all that have participated in the making of this special issue of SURFING!

~ C.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Acacia Swimwear 2012... Their Super Cute Bikinis are Sailing In on the Trades

Acacia Swimwear shows off its beach confidence  this year with some crazy cute, "cutie booty," bikinis that certainly have "cheeky attitudes."  Naomi Newirth is the designer for this hot swim label, along with good friend,  Lyndie Irons.  Their fresh looks and tiny backsides arrive soon, straight from Maui, Hawaii.  Here's a peek of what to expect:

Haiku-Byron Bikini by Acacia Swimwear

Haiku-Byron Bikini Backside

Kenya-Seminyak Bikini - Acacia Swimwear 2012

Kenya-Seminyak Backside

Montauk-Hamoa Bikini w/Fringe Top

Montauk-Hamoa Bikini Backside

Petitenget-Mumbai Bikini by Acacia

Petitenget-Mumbai Bikini Backside

~ C.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Spring Break 2012 - The Skirted Bikini Trend

 Oh, let's nots skirt the issue...Spring Break 2012 is coming to the shores and the fabulous swimsuits and bikinis will be on parade!  Here are some skirted swimsuit trends that you'll be seeing this year:

It can be ruffled, swathed, or simple.  It seems like every swimsuit designer has done a skirted swimsuit, in one form, or another.  Maaji Swimwear did a cute, skirted bikini that sort of "swags" across the topline.  It's not really a full, skirted swimsuit, but I thought I'd include it in the group, for lack of a better place.  It's very colorful...very young and kinda sexy too!

Night Diving Beauty Bikini

Night Diving Beauty Bikini Back

Karla Colletto went the complete route and did the full, skirted bikini with an underwire top.  This is a lovely pink swimsuit that would cater to a variety of ages.  I can easily see it as  beach bar attire. 
 Ruching Skirted Bikini

Cia.Maritima put together a couple of ruffled bottom bikinis for 2012:  
 Fashion Pink Bandeau Bikini

La Dolce Vita Floral Bikini
 Then, there's Salinas who did a tiny, brazilian-cut bikini with a few flounces of ruffles:
 Arpex Bikini

...Melissa Odabash did a killer, white, skirted, bathing suit number with a bandeau top:
India White Skirted Bandeau Bikini
~ C.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

That Brazilian Thang...Brazilian Bikinis Are Still Hot Stuff

Let's face it, the Brazilians have had a corner on the bikini market for...oh, I don't know...30+ years now.  It's easy to understand why...The Brazilians live in a constant state of passion and they're especially passionate about the beach and their beach bodies.  They love to look good on the sand!  The Brazilian swimsuit styles cater to most tastes from ridiculously tiny and youthful, to the luxurious high end swimwear market, for the more discerning customer.  Here's our list of Brazilian swimsuit labels for this season, starting with the least expensive and going on up:

Salinas Swimwear 
Salinas Swimwear 2012 - Jobi Bikini

Here's one good reason why Salinas has stayed around for so long...their bikinis are very affordable, with the 2012 bikinis starting at only $129.  (We have a few 2011 Salinas bikinis left starting at only $69.  Grab'm while their hot.)  Besides being easy on the wallet, they're pretty darn cute.  This season they did some twisted bandeau bikini tops, sweet ruffled bikini bottoms, moderate hipster styles and, of course, their original signature prints.


Cia.Maritima Swimwear 2012 - Sorrento Bikini

Benny Rosset is the designer for Cia.Maritima Swimwear and he knows just what a young bikini buyer wants...cute stuff, great fit and reasonably priced.  This year, his swimsuits have a starting price of only $139.  He did a few ruffled bikini bottoms and a couple of Brazilian bandeau bikinis.  I especially like the moody, brown, cream and purple fabric he used on this adjustable halter bikini.

Sauipe Swimwear

 Sauipe Swimwear - Bianca Bikini

I stumbled on to Sauipe Swimwear a couple of years ago.  Although, it's not a well-known line yet, I'm sure it will be down the road.  The designer, Marcia Hacker, has a keen eye for beauty, elegance and quality details, not to mention, she's just the dearest person and a delight to work with.  All of her swimwear styles are simply top notch, made with beautiful findings and fabrics, with close attention to fit.  This is definitely a high-end swimsuit line and would sell well in up-scale boutiques and department stores.  We are lucky to be able to offer Sauipe Swimwear to our customers with prices starting at $160.

Ank Swimwear

ANK Swimwear 2012 - Nanga Bikini

This is the first year that we will carry ANK Swimwear.  Their shipment just came in and I was blown away.  Mirla Sabino has created some gorgeous swimsuits!  Like Sauipe, ANK Swimwear is another high quality swimsuit line.  Ms. Sabino takes some chances with some of her swimsuit designs and she pulls it all off beautifully.  She has one bikini top with a high, arched bra cup that looks stunning and ultra-chic.  ANK swimwear prices in our store begin at $169.

Lenny Swimwear
Lenny Swimwear 2012 - Diamond T-Back Brown Bikini

Lenny Swimwear has been in our swim line-up for several years now.  This is a luxe Swimwear line, no doubt about it and their prices reflect that.  All being said, Lenny's fabulous swimsuits are worth every penny.  Lenny Niemeyer is the designer for this swim label and she loves simplicity in her swimwear looks.  There is a cool sophistication about everything that she creates. Prices start in our store at $205, however, you can still pick up a 2011 Lenny swimsuit at starting at only $59.

~ C,