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Filtering by Tag: Swimwear

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

Here Comes The Sun

Jessica Wagner

Swim Wear: Part 1

First the packing, then the bliss! By-the-sea escapes are full of activities that require specific swimwear.

We leave for our family vacation this week and since we are staying in a house right on the beach, I am literally bringing my whole stash of swimsuits. When in Rome!

With summer winding down, end of season sales are a great time to snag a new suit for a fraction of the peak swim season price.

In this post I shared some tips on how to find that perfect suit, but in today’s post I’m going to highlight three styles that work for different pool and beachside occasions. ( Part 2, here.)

CROCHET

CROCHET: Fun, sexy, minimal coverage.
Crochet and embroidery are gorgeous options for sandy strolls along the water’s edge. This teeny-bikini is paradise worthy for sure. (Rob bought this for me before we left for spring break in Cancun, otherwise I’m not sure I would have been brave enough to try it on!) It’s a low-rise style and very cheeky. The crochet details and shades of blue add to the overall boho-vibe. Soft, comfy and crazy cute. This is the suit for lazing poolside or relaxing in the cabana. While this handmade two-piece is great for lying out, don’t plan on jumping waves or swimming laps.

GRAPHIC

GRAPHIC: Sporty, active, full coverage.
Keep it simple in a solo style. This is the summer of the graphic suit. Off-kilter cool, this one-piece style is everywhere, and the bold graphic options are funny and clever. What I love about this singular silhouette is the easy shape doesn’t feel out-dated. It’s fresh, youthful, and ideal for sun-soaked activities. (You for scuba?) Take a run along the beach, play a game of sand volleyball or dive in and ride the tide. This suit has you covered. It manages to be playful, and dare I say sexy in that 90s Pamela Anderson kind of way. A high impact scene-stealer that lets your legs do the talking.

RESORT

RESORT: Glam, romantic, low cut.
Calling all bathing beauties - tuck a flower in your ear and drink in the last sun-drenched hours in this glamorous swimsuit for poolside pinups. To me this suit is all old Hollywood. Destination: poolside. The deep V, shoulder baring silhouette and belted bow need nothing more than a sun kissed glow and maybe a chic sun hat to help keep you cool. Dazzle from days in the bay to nights by the cape, in a solid color, that shows some skin, but brings an effortless elegance to a summer by the sea. Just add champagne.

So, weather you prefer a suit with a slogan or something a little more strappy, these options are all beach-ready for a summer spent chasing the sun.

Swim Wear Details:

Crochet:
Bikini: Aerie Hand Crochet Teeny Bikini (top sold out, bottoms on sale, also comes in black and white. Also have this pink gingham one) Wrap: H&M (similar here) Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength

Graphic:
Bathing Suit: Glamzelle (lots of other graphic options here, here, and here) Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo

Resort: 
One Piece: Asos, Belted Plunge (similar here) Hat: DIY Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco Arthur