Christmas in February!

Now THIS is the most wonderful time of the year! (Although with all the presents we’ll be buying ourselves it does, kinda feel like Christmas).

The swimsuit edition of Sport’s Illustrated is out, and we can’t stop reading it (for the articles of course 😉 ) The beautiful Kate Upton is on the cover, but the real treasures are inside. We’ll probably be updating about this for days to come, but for now a few of our favorites!

Amazon Royal Blue by diNeila

Pena by diNeila

diNeila is Brazilian GOLD. We’ve only been carrying the line for two seasons now, but they always blow us away! Made with the utmost attention to detail and unique accents, we’ve found that their suits are as flattering as they are fun!

West by Agua Bendita

And no one’s forgetting about Agua Bendita. The beautiful Chrissy Teigen wears the bright neon West bikini paired with a denim vest. We love this idea, and think it’ll be perfect come summertime (and festival season!)

xoxo Molly

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Shine Bright Like a Diamond.

Sequined swimwear is only fitting given that today is New Year’s Eve! 2012 was a great year, and we hope the growth and fun only continues into 2013! New Year’s Eve is always filled with shiny, pretty things– champagne, confetti, sequins and glitter– and the sequin-adorned suits popping up from many of this season’s top designers have us giddy for the countdown!

L: La Ciudad Caftan by THE COLLECTION by L*SPACE

R: Wild Indulgence by LULI FAMA

L: Capri by CHIO SWIMWEAR

Whether you’re ringing in the new year sipping bubbly or watching the ball drop in Time’s Square, these sparkling beauties are hard to resist!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! XOXO — M

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4 Fringe Suits!

Fringe has been extremely popular these last two seasons, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all! This season we’re seeing it on tops, bottoms, one-pieces– in both solids and prints! Sexy, flirty and fun, here are four fringed suits that we absolutely love.

Winter wondland white! From left to right: Ipanema by DESPI, Fringe Bikini by DINEILA

Viridian Snake Audrey Fringe Top by L*SPACE, Bombshell Fringe Bikini by LULI FAMA

xoxo, MOLLY

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7 Days ’til Christmas, 7 Monokinis for your Wishlist!

One week left ’til Christmas! This season tis the season for the ONE PIECE! We’ve been seeing more and more innovative onsies on the runways this season, and now covering up doesn’t have to mean looking unfashionable. Whether you’re just looking for a little more coverage or wanting something for a more active lifestyle, we’re happy to say we’d wear any one of these sexy playsuits!

Honey Comb 1pc by L*SPACE Gorgeous color, sexy balconette style, and flattering black trim!

Sweetheart 1pc by Vitamin A CA Flirty wavy edging and straps that X in back!

Amore 1pc by CHIO A sleek black beauty with sexy plunging neckline and strappy detail on the side.

Isla 1pc by SALT Amazing lace up detail featured on the back.

Tropical 1pc by DINEILA Amazing wrap detail featured on the front! 😛

Fringe 1pc by MARA HOFFMAN Ahh, the fringe that is so hard to resist

Macrame 1pc by DESPI Charcoal grey makes for a still neutral alternative to classic black.

xoxo, Molly

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Fit Guide: Tops II

Yes, tops again. But this time we’re focusing on what can be done to enhance a not-so-full bust. The options might seem limited, but doors open once you know what you’re looking for, so here are some easy style tips to think about when looking to find a flattering top for a smaller chest:

1. The Bandeau – Natural Accenting or Sleek and Chic

Left to right: Cartagena Bandeau by Pily Q, St Thomas Bandeau by Mikoh

Far too often we hear fit specialists tell smaller busted women to ex-communicate the mere thought of trying to wear a bandeau, but we are full believers that as long as the bandeau top fits correctly, it can be flattering. The balconette top at the left is totally wearable, and the three key factors why are: 1. the molded cups will accentuate your natural curves, 2. the sweet heart-shaped neckline gives the illusion of a fuller bust, and 3. it actually has a built in underwire AND pushup structure!

The strappy taupe bandeau just works. No really, it does, and the fact that you have a smaller bust actually works to your advantage here! The style is unorthodox – cut straight across – but we find that many that are hesitant to try it on end up falling in love. The material is ultra soft and the horizontal lines of the cut draw the eye across, creating a fuller look. Let’s be honest though, while the top doesn’t add too much size-wise, we think the look is flattering nonetheless: sleek, chic and model-esque!

2. Details that Add Body

Left to right: St Barths by diNeila, Pearl City by Agua Bendita

Subtle (or not so subtle) details like a ruffle or floral applique can do a lot to add body, as evidenced above. If you’re looking for a more traditional ruffled bikini, this minty green one and cream-colored one also work under the same principle!

3. Bold and Charming Prints

Left to right: Splendid Treasure by Maaji, Fantasy by Cia Maritima

Patterned tops really draw the eye upward, and can be extra helpful when paired with a solid neutral bottom. The fixed band on the Maaji top lifts and pulls together to create cleavage while the strategically placed stripes create the illusion of a fuller bust. The solid piping on the green top outlines your natural shape and the classic triangle styling gives you just the right amount of fabric to do so.

The idea is to not overwhelm a small frame with too much material. Most of the time with a smaller bust, the hardest part in choosing a top is getting the right size.  As a general (but not completely strict) rule, stay away from thicker halter tops, the extra fabric adds too much where there is none and can actually make you look smaller. And when trying tops with molded cups, bring your size AND one size smaller to the fitting room, a lot of the time tops with molded cups run slightly larger than normal and these tops work best when they fit snugly!

XOXO Molly

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