Friday, February 24, 2012

Swimwear Trends 2013

Swimwear trends that we're already seeing for 2013:

A lot of what was just emerging in 2012 will come front and center for 2013.  Here's are some continuations that we are spotting:

High waisted bikinis - The shape is, curvy and close-fitting, accentuating the hips and waistline

Bra tops - Thin, tiny straps going over the shoulders

Lots of lacing and criss-cross straps - Graphic, visually appealing

Cheeky bottoms - Hey, if you've got the bitty bottom, then go for it.

Neon Colors - Boys + Arrows did some this year

Non-Conforming Shapes - Especially tops that are different, overlapping, criss cross, low cut, etc.

Non-Urban looks - Ethereal looks, whisps of mesh fabric, sheers, romantic, swept away look
...Think of desolated beaches far, far away...lotsa grunge

Hawaiian designers - Aloha from Acacia Swimwear, Tori Praver, Sea by Gypsy, Terra Christa

California designers - Look for more from Salt, Boys + Arrows, Cali Dreaming, Minimale Animale

Aussie designers - Anna&Boy, Kooey

~ C.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cali Dreaming On the PCH...

I'm looking over the swimsuits for Summer 2012 and Cruise 2013 and I'm really liking the neutrals that Cali Dreaming did this year.  Perhaps we'll offer a few of their styles in our store.  Here's a mini preview:

Cheetah Mesh Bandeau Bikini - Cali Dreaming Swimwear 2012

Striped Bra Top Bikini - Cali Dreaming Swimwear

What do you think?  I love them!

~ C.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Been super busy selling swimsuits...My, the season has started early this year!  Here's our top selling bikinis to date:

Helen the Hussy Bandeau Bikini by Boys+Arrows

Tiffany Blue Bandeau Fringe Bikini by L*Space

Havalah the Homewrecker Bikini by Boys+Arrows

Lily bikini by Tori Praver

We're already starting to look at the 2013 swimwear collections.  There are a few, new swimsuit labels emerging.  (I'll have to keep you hanging and tell you about them as soon as I'm allowed to.)  Lots of new swimsuit shapes and styles for fresh and exciting! Keep an eye on Boys+Arrows, Acacia, Cali-Dreaming and Undrest by the Sea.

~ C.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Who, What Where...The 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Rundown

Ok...we told you yesterday who would be on the cover of this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition: That sweet li'l Kate Upton.  (Have you ever seen a smaller bikini?  Yikes!)  Now, for the other stuff...the models, the swimsuit labels, etc.

There were a few swimsuit labels that really stood out.  We have carried most of the brands at one time, or another.  Currently we have Tori Praver Swimwear.  They had several swimsuits featured in SI Swim.  The Lily Cage Bandeau, the Shyla Bikini and a few others that I wasn't familiar with, but my, they were sure lookin' good on the pages.

L*Space made their mark in SI with a version of their Fringe Bikini Top in Lime Green .  Gotta expect that...fringe is just so sexy!

I was so glad to see Tyler Rose Swimwear make the pages.  Although, due to budget limits, we are not currently carrying this brand, we do love it.  They had quite a few swimsuits featured.  Anne V modeled a purple bottom with braided sides (sans top.) 

Salinas Swimwear made the cut again, this year.  We are still searching through the online images to find out just which bikinis were featured.  AH!  found it!  It's a B&W bikini.  we don't carry that print, but we do have the same Salinas style.

Other labels I see recognized: Karla Colletto did a colorblock scuba number, Cia.Maritima delivered with a purple croc bikini, Acacia Swimwear did a red and black version of one of their swimsuits.  There's more...I'm just too tired to look through it.  I'll post again on this subject soon.  Love to all!!!

~ C.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition comes out tomorrow....

(Nose smashed against window..."Open, Open, Open.")

Check back with us tomorrow to give a row about who made the cover, which swimsuits are the cutest, who's swimsuits made the pages...yadda, yadda, yadda....see you soon!

(Should we stay up all night to wait for it?)

(Ok...I know who made the cover...should I tell'm?)

That cute Li'l blondie from Florida, Kate Upton!

(I told'm...but I didn't tell which swimsuits made it...check back tomorrow for more updates.)
~ C.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

From One Beach To Another...

As many of you know, we've recently moved.  I can't say that I've moved a lot in my lifetime, but enough to leave a trail in the sand.  Here is my retrospective look back on some of the beaches I have intimately known:

 Zuma, Point Dume, Santa Monica - I grew up on these beaches

© dustinfike -

© chris jewiss -

Newport Beach - Spent summers with family here

© trekandshoot -

Santa Cruz Island, Catalina Island - Sailing adventures, explorations

© daskleineatelier -
© golden coast charters
Hanalei - Came of age there, met hubby, my life forever changed

© bonniemarie -

Kilauea - Wedding bliss at lightouse, built our home there

© iPics -
 Gaviota - Summer camping, now it's my kids' beach
© DavidMSchrader -
Jalama - Go there to get away and get a feel for what it was like long ago
© butacska, Google EARTH
Ventura - PEARL is docked there, awaiting a new adventure

 and now the Mendo Coast - My new home...once again, paradise found


I've been lucky enough to travel the world.  These are certainly not all of the beaches I've been to, just the one's that changed my life for the better.
~ C.