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Sweet As A Georgia Peach

Jessica Wagner

The Day Tripper One-Piece Swimsuit 

This weekend we are heading to the lake to celebrate the 4th of July. I can not wait!

I was sick (again) this past week. My energy and usually happy-go-lucky outlook at an all time low… whooooo gets a cold in the summer?! So I’ve been trying to reel it in, take it slow. BUT – I must say, I’m so ready for fireworks under the stars, family BBQs and laughs shared around the campfire (and maybe a trip to the local fruit farm to pick up more of these mouth-watering peaches! They would be divine sitting on the edge of a day-drink or two!)

Lake time also means beach time, which also means: SWIM TIME! I can’t be the only one who gets excited about playing in the water?! I am SO game for jumping off the boat, riding the jet ski (Laura Croft style,) kayaking in the morning mist, and flinging the kids from the swan float in one pounce! This means I get super excited when I find quite possibly THE most perfect swimsuit brand known to womankind.

Swimsuit shopping is probably one of my favorites… and least favorites. It’s hard to strip down and take a long look in the mirror and not critique – I actually avoid the “what my head in the mirror says” and go with what feels cute and comfortable.

Each summer I like to indulge in one new luxury piece of quality swimwear. I have a drawer full suits that are mostly for fun, and over all inexpensive. I like to keep a few around for weekends on the boat, and for when we hang out at my parents hot tub come winter. While expensive swimwear might not be in everyone’s budget, I say it’s ok the splurge when you find one that makes you feel fabulous (and let’s you bend over and to fill up the kids beach bucket for the 1,000th time.)

Have you heard of Albion Fit? Let me share.

I had my eye on this sweet suit since March and picked out as a Mother’s Day gift. It’s a bit more than I would usually shell out for a suit, but I will literally live in this all summer up at the lake (and in the backyard kiddie pool – lets be real.) It’s perfect for playing in the sand with the kids. Which makes me believe it must have been designed by a knowing mama. While I love regular swim bottoms for achieving maximum tan, I much prefer retro high waisted! They have that vintage flair and keep you feeling covered, while giving the illusion of long lean legs. What I especially adore about this suit is the higher neckline. Like I mentioned, it makes bending over, catching a wave, or chasing after a little one easy and carefree. Not to mention the darling print! Peach and white stripes with a clementine floral will make a summer glow sing. Add the double bow tie at the back and you’ve got that feminine feeling I love so much. Albion swimmer comes fully lined (with a built-in shelf bra) plus this one has a removable halter strap if you want to avoid tan lines. Cute and covered and just as every bit charming.

Albion has a beautiful selection of swimwear options that are flattering, uncomplicated, and fitness/leisure friendly. It’s practical! Which is not always my first choice! LOL, but I love when I find it in a garment that makes me feel gorgeous.

I can’t wait to ride out summer chasing those tropical sunsets in this chic and timeless one-piece.

Outfit Details:
Swimsuit: Albion The Day Tripper One-Piece Sunglasses: Chloé 62mm Sandals: Old (similar here) Lips: MAC Vegas Volt 

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Endless Summer

Jessica Wagner

SWIM WEAR: PART TWO

Happy 3-day weekend! I can't believe August is over. We are lake-bound to soak up every last minute of the warm weather. There are plenty of sunny days ahead, which means ample opportunity to show off that end of summer glow.

As follow-up to this post on how to find that perfect suit, I’m going to say so long to summer by breaking down a few more beloved swim styles. (Be sure to check out Part One.) These suggestions will have you feeling covered and confident as ever when it comes time to strip down. 

COLORBLOCK

COLORBLOCK: Retro, sophisticated, mod.
This is a style-statement maker for sure. Anyone on the hunt for a fashion suit, this is the look for you. The colorblock combo, is a classic in a preppy nautical way. This particular suit is feminine, in the blush/navy merger and high halter neckline. While it does not offer much support up top, it does allow full tummy coverage. The high waist is retro, the neckline mod, and the cut-out strappy back keeps things contemporary. The mailott style is always a long, leggy thigh-slimmer. A sophisticated option for whenever and whatever - sailing, sunning or sipping mimosas, this suit is ready for just about every H2O activity.

GINGHAM

GINGHAM: Darling, dreamy, youthful. 
Gingham is literally the cutest summer trend (ever.) A nod to the 1960s bombshell, vintage inspired beachwear is for the timeless babe. This charming pink gingham two piece and low-rise bottoms are the ultimate for a girlie Bardot look. Flirty and summer-perfect, gingham print is fresher than ever. Equal parts cool and confident, sweet and retro. Accent this classic with girlie counterparts, like straw hats, bows and cat eye sunnies. Bikini bottoms with thick ruche side details allow beach booty coverage. Strut your stuff in this style, but be prepared for some major head turning (as I’m pretty sure this push-up style adds about 1 cup size.) 

SURF

SURF: Active, feminine, protective.
DUDE, the minute I entered this little boardwalk surf shop in Ocean City, I knew this rashie was meant to be mine. <3 I mean doesn’t this just scream ballerina/surf chic? Plus, a femme rash guard is way cuter than sunburn. These particular bottoms are excellent for surfing, and sit straight and low at the hips. Bonus: they are also a two-in-one, reverse stripe print (sadly, I do not have photos, I forgot to make the switch!) Not to mention, the dark floral print is as seductive as those black sand Hawaiian beaches. A long sleeve swim shirt lets you avoid sunburn and chafing while remaining highly fashionable while in extended exposure to the sun. Warm, comfortable and figure flattering, you really can’t lose with this UV protector. Surfs up babe, you’re ready to play all day underneath that hot summer sun. 

Swim Wear Details: 

Colorblock:
One Piece: Forever21 (similar one here and love this high neck scallop style here) Sunglasses: Style By Girl Cat Eye Wrap: H&M (similar here) Pretzel Float: C/O World of Wembley Bracelet: Arm Candy (follow their Facebook page here and insta account here) Nails: Francesca's Always a Bridesmaid Toes: China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy Lipstick: Stila Liquid Stay All day in Baci

Gingham:
Top: Aerie Emma Push-Up in Starlet Pink Bottom: Aerie Wide Band Bikini in Starlet Pink (also love this one, on sale now, and this one piece) Hat: Anthropologie Melodie Lilac Stripe Straw Sunhat Shirt: Springfield Shoes: Basket: Eliza Gran Sunglasses: Le Specs 'Flashy' 51mm in Cotton Candy Kerchief: Vintage Lipstick: Nars Schiap Nails: Francesca's Always a Bridesmaid Toes: China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy

Surf:
Rash Guard: Billabong Festival Floral Black Sands Bottoms: Billabong Festival Floral Hawaii Black Sands Reversible Bikini, also here and here  Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lips: Anthropologie Albeit in Rosewood Nails: Francesca's Always a Bridesmaid Toes: China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy

Waltzing In Blue

Jessica Wagner

Full Maxi Skirt


Everyone should have a flowy floor length maxi skirt- if for no other reason than to flit around in it like a dancing water pixie.

Maxi skirts are a classic wardrobe piece that can be relaxed or curve hugging. While floor length skirts might conjure images of spinning circles at a grand ball, this item need not be reserved for formal occasions.

A full maxi skirt can add a touch of frolicsome whimsy to any outfit, and when styled just so - screams forever summer. Just add a golden tan, a cute crop top and oversize sunglasses.

When I spotted this drapey nautical blue and white striped dream I immediately fell in love with its French Riviera romantic charm. A great summer/ vacation piece for any wardrobe. Imagine fashionable afternoon spent collecting seashells, picnicking by the shore.

I was originally trying to create a  ‘Gwyneth Paltrow circa The Talented Mr. Ripley’ feel to this look, but ended up somewhere between elegant and vintage Sailor Jerry seaside leaping enchantress. I couldn’t stop swishing its full parachute of fabric from side to side. Crisp and airy, this look is perfect for an exotic destination with cocktails and dancing at sunset. It’s really THE look for a seaside soiree.

Maxi skirts come in all colors, fabrics and prints. Find one that suits you and your occasion. This style can be streamlined or flouncy and bohemian. No matter what your height, you can wear this look; it just takes choosing the right material for you and matching it with the proper top. I prefer them breezy with a high-banded waist for a flattering silhouette. If you like to skip around, the more flowy layers the better. 

The stripes in this maxi keep it informal, as sometimes floor length can feel stuffy. Long skirts are a great holiday beach look, and are super cute with a button-down knotted at the hips. You can dress it up with heels and a lace top, or dress it down with sandals and a simple solid tee.

Toss on your favorite maxi and feel yourself transform water-siren as you find your way down to the blue to sway, whirl, frolic, leap, dart, and flit where the sun meets the sea.

Outfit Details:
Skirt: Mix Nouveau New York (also love this one) Top: Vanilla Star Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Hat: BP Lips: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Beso Nails: Francesca's Colletions Always a Bridesmaid