The Perfect Beach Cover Ups

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With summertime coming to an end and one big holiday weekend left, it’s time to try on your favorite beach cover-ups and show up at your Labor Day beach BBQ in style.  We just love this casual tube Volcom dress (pictured above) with a little high low hem, perfect from throwing on over your bikini and looking hip!

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Another one of our favorites is this playful white O’Neill beach cover-up featuring the tube top style with corchet inset at hem.

Surf Bikini Brands in 2014

Some of my favorite surf bikinis in 2014 are from the surf inspired brands like RVCA, Roxy, Rip Curl and Billabong.  You don’t need to be a surfer girl to enjoy the comfort and sexy look from some of these top swim designers!

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The 2014 collection of Rip Curl bikinis are at the top of our list.  They have really perfected the design and style of their swimwear.  (pictured above)

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For the surfer girl who isn’t afraid to show off her tan bum, Roxy is making some amazing bikinis that will help you catch that perfect wave and tan!

RVCA a surf brand known for their artistic style has really stepped into the swimwear industry as a leader in fashionable and flattering pieces.  Their 2014 collection of swimwear has some fabulous animal prints and will be sure to attract the attention of others!

 

2014 Maaji Collection

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We just love the 2014 collection of bikinis by swimwear designer Maaji.  The colorful prints and attention to detail on these pieces makes them a swimwear lovers favorite, oh and did we mention they are reversible!  The fun reversible prints by Maaji are a great feature for switching up your bikini design while on the go or vacation.  You basically get two bikinis for the price of one :)

Caribbean Inspired Bikini

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We just love bikinis and bronzing on white sand beaches!  Everyone needs that perfect bikini for honeymooning or vacationing in the Caribbean.  This colorful Caribbean inspired bikini by swimwear designer LSpace will get you looking your best for relaxing on the beautiful white sand beaches of the Caribbean.  (Photo Credit:  L*Space)

My Favorite Fringe Bikinis

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There has been a lot of great fringe bikinis introduced into the swimwear market over the last few years, but my favorite fringe designer still remains to be L*Space Swimwear.

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The designs and styles of fringe bikinis that L*Space has created are timeless and classy.  From the sexy one-piece fringe to their famous Fringe Audrey Halter top (pictured above) the styles will remain popular for years to come!

Best Places to Buy Bikinis in California

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California’s diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west, to the Sierra Nevada in the east, from the Redwood forests of the northwest, to the Mojave Desert areas in the southeast.  But the main attraction surrounding California and the people that reside here are the beautiful beaches.  With so many amazing beaches come so many amazing places and boutiques to buy bikinis!

Here is a list of our favorite places to buy bikinis in California:

Sundance Beach, Goleta CA

Butterflies and Bikinis, Santa Barbara CA

Beach Candy Swimwear, Corona Del Mar CA

Mission Beach Swimwear Boutique, San Diego CA

The Bikini Factory, Summerland CA

 

Women’s Bikinis and Boardies

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To all the surfer girls out there who don’t always want to be wearing bikinis while surfing.  Why not throw on a pair of boardies over your bikini and be comfortable while looking stylish!  A lot of the top pros on the ASP Tour wear boardshorts over their bikinis because it gives them coverage and extra protection.  Most of the top women’s surf brands like Roxy, Billabong, Volcom, Rip Curl and O’Neill have women’s boardshorts available in many different styles.  You just have to try a few on and pick the one you feel is most comfortable for you!  Aloha!

How to Care for Your Bikinis

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Here are some helpful tips to properly care for your favorite bikinis:

1.Rinse your bikinis in cool water every time you wear one, even if you do not get wet. Rinse your bikini in cool water immediately after swimming in chlorinated (pool/ Jacuzzi) water or salt water.

3.  If your bikini is new, wash it separately until any excess dye washes out. It is normal for most bikinis to bleed a little the first couple of times they are washed.

4.It is best to use a specifically formulated bikini cleaner as cleaners neutralize damaging chemicals and will extend the life of your suit. If you don’t have a bikini cleaner, use a mild liquid soap, and rinse well. Never use bleach!

5. Always squeeze out any excess water after washing your bikinis. Do not leave rolled up in a wet beach towel or in a gym bag. Moisture left in your swimsuit for extended periods of time will lead to unwanted odor and swimsuit failure.

6. Hand wash and hang to dry only. Do not use a dryer, or an iron on a swimsuit as it will slowly destroy it.

7. Avoid oil based suntan lotion. Oils are harmful to swimwear and elastic and can even stain some fabrics.