October 2, 2016

Tavik Swimwear

Top: size small
Bottoms: size large
Retailer: Nordstrom Rack

I got really lucky with this bikini and actually purchased it at Nordstrom Rack. I bought the top first about a month before I found the bottoms. I found both of the pieces on sale but had to get large bottoms because they were the only size left. They don't look too big on when dry but it is very obvious they are not my size when I go into the water (they have to be held up the entire time). Besides the size of the bottom, this bikini is extremely comfortable and the top is actually reversible with the other side being solid blue. The cobalt color is my favorite and I love the gold tiger print. The bottoms are a bit more conservative and provide full coverage for the behind.

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August 1, 2016

Moana Bikini Mix and Match

Moana Bikini

I seem to have this thing for Moana Bikini. This red Moana Bikini top is from the previous years collection and is a size MEDIUM. Originally the straps connected to the back strap of the top but it did not stay on very well for me (potential nip slip territory with the straps coming off of my shoulders). I ended up detaching the straps from the back and now tie it around my neck creating a halter type top and it is perfect! It stays on without having to worry about a potential show. 

These bottoms are from the Paradise Found Moana Bikini Collection as part of the Hidden Treasure Crop Set. They are also a size medium. The light blue and shell pattern on the bottoms really compliment any tan and look so good next to the clear blue waters of Miami Beach. These cheeky bottoms are such a cute cut and are very flattering on the derrière ;)
I love that all Moana Bikini pieces can be paired together and still look good 
(like they were, at some point, intended to be matched together).

Right now you can only purchase Moana Bikini's from their website. They are based in Australia so shipping usually takes about 15 days BUT they recently upgraded and now offer express international shipping (YAY!!). Now any order to the US will arrive in just a couple of days! 

July 17, 2016

Moana Bikini Hidden Treasure Crop Set Review

Moana Bikini Review of the Hidden Treasure Crop Set

Finding a bikini that is accommodating to an active lifestyle is not always easy. This high neck crop set by Moana Bikini is the perfect bikini for any beach / ocean / summer activity that involves more than just laying in the sun. The pattern is also incredible AND did I mention it is reversible with an equally unique pattern on the other side!? Seriously incredible!

Moana Bikini Sizing:
I ordered this set in a size MEDIUM. I was between the small and medium but ended up going with the medium. I could have fit in a small (I have other Moana Bikinis that are a small) but feel the medium is a perfect fit and does not cut in anywhere undesired. It is still tight enough to feel secure in the ocean when a wave hits while offering a bit more coverage than the small would. The top has elastic along the bottom with a comfortable and secure fit without feeling too tight or restricting.

Moana Bikini Shipping:
When I ordered this Moana Bikini it arrived in about 15 business days from the initial order. Recently, Moana Bikini updated their international shipping policy to arrive in only 2-4 days from the initial order which is a serious upgrade! The shipping is $21 USD on all international orders regardless of the total purchase. 

Moana Bikini Pricing:
The prices that show up on each bikini on the Moana website are actually in AUD. This means the set is really only $90 USD. 

All Moana Bikini pieces are limited edition and I suggest whenever you see a Moana Bikini you want available online, order it because they sell out quick! Once the next collection is available the past ones are no longer for sale.

April 1, 2016

Moana Bikini Review - Paradise Found

Size Medium

I was able to buy this Moana Bikini Set (SALTY SEABREEZE SET) on Drop #4. I was originally trying to purchase the Hidden Treasure Crop Set but that was the first to sell out in just minutes. (quick update - I was able to purchase the Hidden Treasure Crop Set a couple of months later and the review can be found HERE).  I wanted the crop set because I knew the top would be good for more active ocean adventures. I love sharing my bikini's with everyone and look to help others find the best size/style for them... so with that being said here is my full Moana Bikini Review:

Since I am located in the US and Moana Bikini is based out of Australia I knew it would take a little longer to arrive. I ordered my Moana Bikini February 14th and it arrived to Miami FL February 29th. That is a total of 15 days which was expected. The total USD for this set with shipping came to right under $100. 

Now on to the actual bikini...I ordered a size medium. I have ordered a small bottom in the past from Moana Bikini (found here) but that had more coverage. The bottoms in a medium are extremely comfortable and obviously reversible! As pictured below, one side is hot pink in the center on the front and back and the reverse side is the teal green in the center. I was not sure how the runch bottom would look but I am a huge fan. The bottoms hug your behind and do not cut in at any point. It is minimal coverage but it still feels substantial enough to wear out and about!

The reason I ordered this set in a medium is because of the top. My boobs fluctuate but are generally a 34B (sometimes bigger sometimes smaller). The top is very flattering with the neck strap coming down in the back and tying to keep everything in place. I love the reverse side as well with a purple zig zag design. Even as a medium the top still feels a bit small for me personally. By that I mean it would not be a top to wear if doing anything active. This is a great tanning top but I find that even bending forward I am at risk for an unwanted nip slip. I do love that the straps have versatility and can be crossed, worn straight back or even twisted. 

Helpful Hints & Tips: 
1. When shopping for Moana I suggest sizing up. I generally wear a small in everything and I am glad that I went with a medium in this Moana Bikini Set.
2. All prices online are in AUD. If you are ordering from the US I suggest converting your total with shipping beforehand. Generally the exchange rate has been 1.3 Australian Dollar to 1 US Dollar. This means the amount you are actually paying is about 30% less then you expect. WIN!
3. Both pieces come with removable labels that do not leave a hole or mark once it is removed and a cute ziplock Moana bag to keep your bikini safe in. 
4. The Paradise Found collection has been selling like wild fire and if there is a piece or set you want do not hesitate... BUY THE BIKINI. I can promise you that there will be no regrets! 

I love the vivid colors of this Moana Bikini Set and the creative prints & original designs! As a bikini lover I have a great appreciation for the Moana Bikini team and their ability to break the boundaries of a typical brand and create such a strong and faithful following. It is, as Moana Bikini would say, not just a bikini but a lifestyle. 

January 28, 2016

äkwa swimwear - Cheeky Bikini Bottoms

Bottoms: äkwa swimwear 

Did you guys know that along with all the bikini brands out there that I love, I also hand make my own cheeky bikini bottoms!? Known as äkwa swimwear, I sell them on ETSY and there are about 10 different color combos to pick from. They are fully reversible and always have a black reverse side (because everyone needs a go to little black bikini!!). Technically they can be worn 4 different ways since the front and back are exactly the same - no other cheeky bikinis like them. ;) The best part...they come with a matching bikini bag & some fun hair ties! 

These bottoms are black on one side and zebra on the reverse side. Since the front and back are the same you can wear the slightly different zebra print in the front or back and same with the black side. So many amazing bikini combos in only one bottom!