February 2016 | Mermaid Stilettos

Bikini me crazy





So, as I'm sure everyone knows, Spring Break is right around the corner. Being a college student, the planning for spring break begins in December and the workouts don't stop until the last day of class. It's a "holiday" planned for ages and expected to be one for the books. As for myself, I'm not necessarily a wild "spring break-er". Last year I went to Hilton Head Island with my 4 best friends, the year before I went boating and snorkeling/diving in the Keys with friends, and some other trips in the past include skiing in Beaver Creek Colorado or surfing in Nicaragua. I tend to stay away from the wild cruises or Miami beach parties.


But, whatever you do this spring break, if you're heading somewhere warm you're going to need a bikini...or maybe FIVE?? I've had a lot of friends and followers reach out to me asking about my favorite bikinis to wear, the pros and cons to certain brands and what size I wear in each. So, I figured, why not share some of my favorite brands and let you in on the secrets (quality, fit, price) so you can order one in time for your Spring break, or next tropical adventure? Feel free to email or comment with any questions!

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1. Maaji

I think Maaji is my favorite bikini brand, to be honest. Their bikinis are all reversible so you practically get two for the price of one. They have amazing fabric that feels very soft and drys quickly. And their prints are to die for! Every time a new season is released I'm drooling over my computer debating if I really need a 6th one.
Typical price range: $50-$80 a piece. (but you can find them on major sale sometimes like at Nordstrom rack HERE)
Fit: Like I mentioned, they are all very soft. I love to wear my Maaji bikinis surfing sometimes because of how flexible they are. 
Size: I wear a small top and small bottom. Pretty true to size for the most part! 



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2. TRIANGL


If you haven't ever heard of TRIANGL then you might be living under a rock. This company took off about two years ago and I think almost everyone I know has one or asks me about the brand. 
Their suits are made of neoprene (sweatsuit material) and come in all different colors, usually neon! They're loud, fun, and functional. The neoprene keeps you in tight and dries pretty fast!
Typical price range: $89 for a set! 
Fit: Since they are made of neoprene the swimsuit is a little thicker than others. It's a little funky to get used to at first. However, they are not padded so the thick neoprene material comes in handy when temperatures drop. 
Size: I wear a Medium top and small bottom. Runs a little small I would say. Huge plus, though, you can order different sizes of tops and bottoms to make sure you get the perfectly matched fit.



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3. L*Space

      

L*Space is another brand whose quality and comfort is exceptional. Their Chloe Wrap top feels like a bralette and I sometimes wear it under a cutout tank. All the bikinis come in beautiful colors and prints, and L*space has resort-wear as well, like sandals and kimonos. 
Typical price range: $80 a piece. L*space is a little more on the expensive side. 
Fit: Extraordinary comfort! The Chole top and Estella bottoms are my favorite. 
Size: I wear a Medium top and small bottom. Most do not come padded, however, the Wild child Crochet top and a few others have padding!




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I just LOVE bikinis.
& It all started at a young age....


Mermaid Stilettos Circa 1997
 

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Be mine.

                    


I know, I know. I'm a little late. Valentines day (or Galentines day) is this Sunday!
(either you're really thankful I reminded you, or you're pretty annoyed because it can be the most obnoxious lovey-dovey day ever...)

I'm a sucker for punny sayings and cool graphics- And I really enjoy searching for the PERFECT card.
So, I put together a few of my favorites for you to check out, if you can get it delivered in time! Or, see if they're sold in a store near you, using the store locator option!
Whether you're spending the day with your boyfriend, parents, alone, or your dog, try to stay positive, be thankful, and know YOU are loved. Surround yourself with loved ones and take the day to spoil them...or yourself ha.


Just Add Water

When you make friends with super, creative, talented people... this happens! 
Images by : Christina Cernik Photography Instagram
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shop my look:
TRIANGL Bikini Top (medium) and Bottom (small) // Flash Tattoos 

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Coming out of your shell isn't always easy...
Not everyone is comfortable in their own skin, let alone a bikini. 
Personally, I love bikinis because bikinis mean two (of my favorite) things-
SUN & WATER... hopefully salt water.

Yes, I grew up in NYC. So where did my deep devotion to the sea originate? 
My mom tells me the day before she gave birth to me she was swimming in the ocean, or maybe it was the countless hours my family spent at the beach in Long Island over the summers. Now, calling Palm Beach home, I am able to satisfy my yearning.
Crystal blue waters, sunny days, and desolate beaches...
SO, with the amount of time I now spend at the beach & in the water, I'm in a bathing suit a LOT. 

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...and with some time home before heading back to school my uber amazing and talented friend Christina and I headed to the beach one morning to take some photos in the water. 
It was amazing.
Her camera was like 10 pounds and I was so awkward, but she has such an eye and gift. 
Aren't these awesome? 
I couldn't stop smiling because we were taking pictures IN the water. 
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Some days you feel better than others and some days you just don't want to put one on at all, heck, you don't even want to leave the house. 
With "spring break" coming up, many peers keep talking about getting that perfect body in time.
Articles flood magazines advocating weight loss.
Ad's are photoshopped to create a perfect body. 
Instagram-ers have 500K followers for their bikini posts.

It can be a materialistic work. A world many people can only see from the outside. 
A trap easy to fall into.

However, I believe it's what's on the inside that matters most.
You were "fearfully and wonderfully" made.
Do you have two legs? Can you see? Are you alive and breathing this beautiful Friday morning?

If you too can truly believe this you'll be rocking that bikini rain or shine. 

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1 Samuel 16:7  But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.



Morocco Trip Pt. 2


Sharing more pictures and stories from my trip to Morocco. . . 


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Miles Traveled


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The Food
The main dish in Morocco is the Tagine dish. It is named after the special pot in which it is cooked, and is usually couscous, a type of meat, and vegetables all piled into this pot then set on coals and cooked at a VERY hot temperature. With lots of spices. It's delicious. But we did get a little sick of it after a few days...ha.


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The climate
The climate
I expected it to be a lot warmer than it was! While in rabat the desert, temperatures dropped near the 30's/40's at night and would only reach to about 65 degrees during the day! However, when we got to Taghazout, it was a lot warmer, bikini weather.

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The culture
The people are so nice! We never had a strange or uncomfortable or unsafe situation with a Moroccan. They cherish their tourist's since tourism is a huge part of their economy. We felt taken care of and safe. 
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The best part
Surfing and riding camels in the Sahara AND on the beach

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The worst part
Getting sick! Not sure how but I caught the bug. It was just 24 hours, but it was miserable. Up puking all night...need I say more?

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Cities visited

Rabat : 
Is the capital of Morocco.We flew into Rabat and were here for three days, staying with friends. It’s on the ocean so it was a little chilly. We explored the old city, the medina, and had tea on a beautiful boat in the river 




 Where the new Mission Impossible was filmed 
 Mesmerized

The doors in the old city of Rabat is partially painted blue and has some festive doors!



The Sahara:
Then we had hired a driver for the next few days that drove us for hours through the atlas mountains to reach the town of Rissani. Rissani is a small oasis town in Morocco founded in 757 AD! We had a tour of the mosque and the "souk" (which is an open-air marketplace) where we bought some amazing natural “medicines” at the local pharmacy- including rose water and mosquito repellent perfume.

Then later that day we were dropped off to travel in jeeps to the Sahara! We booked through a travel tour company, travel source, and spent the night in Moroccan tents, after traveling on a camel through the desert. It was absolutely amazing. The tents were HUGE with carpets everywhere. We had a fire with music, food, tons of blankets and each had our own bed. It was five star. And we woke up early the next morning to watch the sunrise over the dunes. My dad and brother woke up around 5 am to travel to the top of the dunes and sand-surf down. Crazies. 




wore this kimono everywhere !!





Marrakech :
After the Sahara, we were off to Marrakech. Another long drive through the Atlas Mountains, but thank God we had our driver, Ryad (ryadtrans@gmail.com). Not only was he a pro at navigating but during the long drives he has so much info and knowledge to share with us about morocco, the culture, religion, traditions, etc. If you ever do make it to Morocco and you really want to see all of Morocco I highly suggest booking a driver/tour for part of your stay. It’s a big country and if you’re going to go all the way there then you’re going to want to see it.

We arrived in Marrakech, to our hotel Riad Les Jardins Des Lilas, around dinner time so there wasn’t much light or time to explore. I had really been looking forward to our time in Marrakech because of all the pictures I had seen, fashion designers who had credited their inspiration to Marrakech, and bloggers who had visited- like Sincerely Jules. That night we studied the map of the city and planned where to go the next morning. After having an amazing breakfast on the roof top of our Riad, we headed out to “Jardin Majorelle”, a garden bought by Yves Saint Laurent in 1980. It was beautiful and is definitely an amazing oasis in the middle of the hectic busy city. We then went and walked around town, went for tea and pictures at La Mamounia hotel, and walked around the Koutoubia Mosque.

It was a beautiful day, but unfortunately, I didn’t like Marrakech as much as I had hoped to. It was so crowded, vehicle fumes everywhere that really bothered my allergies, and it was a pretty dirty city. I just wasn’t “amazed” to be honest.

Marrakech was the last stop with our driver, so my parents rented a car for the remainder of the trip. Brave, I know. Crazy? Maybe.










Taghazout : 
We drove east to the ocean to a town called Taghazout. It’s a surf spot with small surf hostels, hotels, tons of surf rental/lesson shops and restaurants along the ocean. We stayed here for 4 days! We stayed at Surf Maroc, Hash Point Surf camp and La Source Taghazout.

Our days were filled with surfing, walking around town, eating a LOT, and getting HOUR massages ( they're very cheap in Morocco). Taghazout is an awesome place to visit and stay. Everyone is so laid back and relaxed, the sunsets are amazing, and the hotels/hostels are unique.





We then drove all day to Rabat to spend the night before our early flight the next day. We got pulled over, but no ticket thank God. Stopped for gas and had lunch, they have mosques and pretty decent restaurants at gas stations! It’s odd.

We flew home on the new air France double-decker A380. It was insane.

When we finally made it home I was pretty happy! Exhausted, but happy. We had been traveling for over 13 hours and there's NOTHING like home!

Feel free to email me or comment with any questions!

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Check out my photos from the trip on  Instagram





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