Last year, I decided to indulge in the creative, resort side of swimwear. This year, the theme has been all.about.comfort. In more ways than one. I want to be comfortable in my clothes enough to forget about them and enjoy my life. Especially when I'm at the beach.
button up: Michael Kors / bag: Segada Weaving / sandals: Birkenstock Gizeh
Truthfully, swimwear fails to excite me beyond the fashion, styles and the amazing art of it.
To actually wear a swimsuit has been a chore ever since I can remember. When I finally squirm my way into one, all the interest and joy I have for the concept of a swimsuit is pretty much squeezed out of me, leaving me monitoring my stomach indefinitely and making sure all skin and body hair is immaculate at all times...
Who needs that?
So I say, screw it.
Life is too short to be self conscious at the beach!
swimsuit: American Apparel
Since previously, I used bits and pieces from my Tiny Closet to dress for the water, this Summer I went out and bought myself a brand new suit for a new look and feel.
Worn for easy lounging, splashing and let's face it, looking fabulous in, yes?
This suit is everything. The chicness that I feel when I put it on is right as rain. Simple, understated, classic. Everything I myself secretly want to be all the time in my clothes. Miraculous that I feel this way in swimwear. And in public.
Anyway, I've been to the beach and the pool more in these past two years than I have in my entire life and I've noticed I've formed some preferences along the way...
perfume: Tocca Stella / lotion: Burts Bees Royal Jelly / hair product: Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Finish / bangle: thrift
At the beach, the salty sea breeze is even spicier when I spritz my skin with Tocca's Cleopatra perfume. The sweet and salty florals and jasmine blend so well in my surroundings as I heat up under the sun. Mmmm.
I like to get lost in a magazine I haven't read yet - like Vogue's A/W 2014 collections!!! I love each page.
My skin I call my ebony splendor (ha!) and I've been using Burt's Bees lotion with royal jelly and mica for a while now more exclusively at the beach. Why? Because it has a gorgeous gold shimmer, which is fun to show off :)
My hair dries out pretty badly under the sun, especially with the salt and I noticed my Morroccanoil Glimmer Shine helps it to look not so fried.
button up: Faconable / top: Gap / bottoms: American Apparel / espadrilles: Steven
While the beach is an experience I relish to be surrounded by, the rooftop pool in my apartment complex is where I have my me time. I tune out the world below with my gigantic headphones and Spotify, I strip down to practically undies and a bra, have something cool to drink and pretty much go to sleep. In this circumstance, it's not about looking good. But that's when it's most fun to experiment!
After seeing myself a few times undressing after working out, with my sports bra and high waist undies, I've kinda been digging that ultra-casual, sporty hybrid style of Olivia Newton John's "Physical" look and Kelly LeBrock's outfit in Weird Science. Look it up. What a hottie!
So while I was in American Apparel eyeing my swimsuit, I decided to pick up some actual undie-like swim bottoms as well and combine my post-workout look with a poolside style.
I am finally beginning to settle into this very unusual and luxurious lifestyle here in California. I obsess over comfort, lounge-friendly costumes and the pure simplicity one enjoys when constantly around the sea. From the beach to the pool, I've been enjoying this Summer, styling myself daily for an occasion that really is so versatile!