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Bikini, Tankini and One-Piece Plus More



Summer Sunshine Fun




Grace Kelly



Summer solstice is here with all the glory of sunshine, barbecues, pool parties and everything outdoors.  The heat and yellow orb glowing in the sky brings summer excitement along with smiles, happiness and of course questions on what exactly to wear for pool time?  After spending time in Maui, Hawaii under tropical influences the observation of attire was rather interesting. Being a bit sensitive to the golden sun, a 50 SPF cover-up was worn daily along with extra sunscreen, hats and sunglasses for pool or ocean activities.  Alas, the annual sun rash came forth in full bloom. However, not to be deterred from warmth and water delights, the opportunity to relax, gather and assess the best bathing suits for Summer 2017 was indeed helpful.  And, with a fellow mate's, husband's opinion, it was easy to create the ultimate swim guide. 


"The days of tanning are over for obvious reasons.   Covering up plus sunscreen is a must." 


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The Bikini









I.  Bikini Madness:  Let's face it - very few women can pull of the bikini after the teenage years.  The body changes as the time clicks away and along comes a more feminine silhouette with curves rather than a lean and mean youthful physic. Combine having children or stress, work etc., that leaves little time for working out and suddenly the once "skinny minnie babe" of yesterday is a bit soft and rounded.   Even working out often and starving the body of nutrients cannot completely eliminate the new found figure.  Sure, a body can be whittled down to bone and muscle from working out, which frankly isn't that attractive, strong yes, but not the best fit for a bikini. However, do not fret, there are solutions and the most memorable bikini mavens are not wearing less but more.



Halter Top - Popular 




Tommy Bahama Floriana Reversible Bikini Top



Matching Bottom




The Top



La Blanca Nailed It Bikini


The Bottom




La Blanca Nailed It Bikini Bottoms



"I am not that sort of a woman who would wear high heels with a bathing suit. Let's get that straight right now." - Vera Wang


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The Tankini
"Now were Talking" 








II. The Terrific Tankini:  A little bit bikini and a little bit one-piece suit conceives beauty all rolled into one - The Tankini.   Tankini's come is all hues, with ruffles, hipster and or bikini bottoms.  The advantage of the Tankini is the perfect solution for water activities, swimming, ample coverage while providing sun protection. The ease of use is noted and preferred by one-piece swimsuit aficionados.  The effect is show stopping and the styling and comfort is supreme.



Hawaiian Vibe - The Top



Tommy Bahama Tankini



The High Waist Bottom




Tommy Bahama Floriana High Waist Bottoms



The Top - Favorite Brand and Style




La Blanca Tankini Top



The Bottoms





Hipster Bikini Bottoms


Basic Black Bottom - Mix & Match





La Blanca Hipster


"Summer is a state of mind" 


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Sensational One-Piece







III. Stop the Press Swim Wear:  The one-piece swimsuit is by far the most flattering on all shapes and sizes.  There have been several celebrity sightings at a prominent hotel in Maui with both sporting the infamous one-piece.  The first was a blonde beauty in red (Kim Basigner)  and the other held court on the phone and then on the beach in a gorgeous brown number (Maria Shriver).   Fashionistas can never EVER go wrong in a one-piece.  In fact, mystery is evoked while a bathing beauty takes in rays of gold.  Why look at Kendall Jenner in Cannes 2017?  Need more be discussed?





The One and Only One-Piece - Personal Favorite



La Blanca




La Blanca Sweetheart One-Piece



"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different" - Coco Chanel


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Classic Cover-Ups




III.  Cover Me Please:  The cover up is essential for preventing an over baked lobster burn while elegantly sashaying between place to place.  These apparel choices come in many shades and sizes.  Here are a few to protect, to flatter and to keep the skin happy.

MOTT 50 

Sun Protection - Top of the Line - Use a Cover Up




"Sometimes inspiration comes from a single ray of sunshine" 


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Sassy Sandals






IV. Comfortable Pool or Beach:  It is imperative to own a cozy pair of sandals for the pool and ocean.



Tory - So Many Hues!! Timeless and Lasting!



Tory Burch Miller Flip Flop


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The Haute Hat









V.  The Only Hat:  There is only one brand of hats that meets the sun protection bar.  Erik Javitz is the brand to crown the head.  It is essential to protect the face and head from the harsh sun rays.



Pack In Suitcase Hat - Blocks 95% of UV Rays

Excellent for Swimming and Lounging - No Brim at Back of Head




Eric Javits Squishee Straw Cap



Classic



Eric Javits Squishee Wide Brim Hat



Visor




Eric Javits Squishee Visor



Colorful and Fun





Eric Javits Bahia Sun Hat




"Live in the sunshine
Swim the sea
Drink the wild air"



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Must Have Sunglasses








VI.  Warby Parker:  Snap up a pair of Warby Parker shades and be the fashion queen of sunshine.   The eyewear is superior, price is perfect with quality and styling that lasts year after year.



Fun in the Sun Hues


ROCI Sunglasses






Piper Sunglasses Jet Black


"One benefit of summer was that each day we have more light to read" - Jeanette Walls, The Glass Castle


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Flamingo Lounger







VII.  Fabulous Floatie:  The ultimate lounger for summer reading and relaxation.



Sunnylife Inflatable Flamingo Pool Floatie



There it is! The summer bathing suit suggestions along with sunshine essentials to take in the delights of summer.    Enjoy the rays, the beauty and the friendships. 


Until Next Time! 

Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style



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