Shan Meeting!

Ever met someone you worship?  Someone who has captured your attention for a really long time and has definitely achieved hero like rockstar status?


reversecommuter recently met the Founder and Ceo of Shan Swimwear.  Can you tell in the pic that I am completely geeking out?!

Chantal Levesque is literally my Mick Jagger.  Her swimwear and designs have mesmerized me for over a decade.  


I saved up to buy my first Shan bikini (red, kind of James Bond-ie) to take on my honeymoon.  My husband recently bought me a new red Shan bikini and told me it reminded him of the honeymoon one.  #whattheheckisbetterthanthat  #hunkahunkaburninglove


​Shan swimwear is that good.  The styles and designs are impactful and beautiful.  Chantal knows what women like to wear, and how it should fit.  “Quality and design are always the most important details of the line”, this is not only Chantelle’s mantra but it also delivered in every collection.  


Trust me, I have bought from almost every Shan collection over the past fifteen years! 


Chantal has built up the company from the early days when she herself pulled the pigments out of the prints to create the colors for the collection.  “Sometimes it took at least 5 attempts to pull the perfect hue.”  Now she has “a great team in place” and doesn’t need to work around the clock.  But she still overseas the pallet and colors pulled for each collection.

Shan Spring 2017 might just be her very best.  One collection, “Do You think I’m sexy” is sumptuous, luxurious and subtly infused with classical French couture allure.

Moves like Jagger!

Style Mafia Bella!

Miami Swim Week.  What part of that statement doesn’t deliver excitement? 


A beach lined city of pulsating music, bikini clad models strutting the newest swimwear lines on floating swimming pool runways, Latino energy and fashion, fashion, fashion.  


I may never go home.  Seriously.

One event reversecommuter was lucky enough to attend was Coast’s rooftop party presenting a handpicked lot of designers and their incredible lines.  Designers included Acid NYC, Luxchillas, YannaK and Style Mafia.

Style Mafia is a Miami based line of beautifully designed clothing, incredible craftsmanship and seriously ridiculous-in-the-good-way pricing.  


Ruffles, pinstripes, off-the-shoulder tops, cropped frayed pants, scalloped tanks and tops, flirty crop tops and nautical striped flowing tops in a clever color assortment.


Valeska and Simmonett Perera are the mother/ daughter masterminds behind Style Mafia.  Creating a line that didn’t break the bank yet still delivered trend on fashion was the absolute goal.

No exaggeration, I saw the Maeve top in yellow and thought it was Fendi.  The price on the Maeve top is $69.  

Valeska (on the far left), having just returned from traveling abroad to Lebanon and Columbia, was not exhibiting any jet lag at the party, but rather was warm and friendly towards the crowd of Mafia Style fashionistas!

Two Piece Too Good

Bikinis.  The two piece wonder of swimsuits.


Simple in design, complicated in embracing.  Too many women give up the bikini after having children.  Too many women give up the bikini after a certain age.  “Pshaw” I say!  Go get yourself a bikini, own it with your sassy self and add an extra minute to your morning plank as bikini incentive!

Swimwear designers are people too, predominantly the female kind.  Shan, one of reversecommuter’s faves is founded and run by Chantal Levesque.  Click here to see previous posts!

Her designs are flattering, the vibrant prints and colors more enticing than a brand new box of crayolas, and Shan provides numerous options for both bikini tops and bottoms.


Triangles, over the should support, pads, high waist, full butt coverage, medium butt coverage, etc.  Chantal understands the Shan customer, and what a  Shan bikini needs to deliver in both cut and style.


MarysiaSwim is a new found love of reversecommuter’s.  Maria Dobrzanska Reeves founded MarysiaSwim based on a love of both surfing and style.  


Her trademark scalloped edge bikinis offer a sleek new take on the bikini.  Brilliant colors, hypnotizingly sexy prints and limited collections make purchasing MarysiaSwim pieces an absolute hobby! 

The Mott bikini is everything.

Décolleté over-exposure is so over.  Cover up your über sensitive skin with this design, and still look beyond fabulous!

The MarysiaSwim bandeau is magical.  Clearly when a swimsuit line is designed by an active mom with exceptional style and taste, the bandeau stays up even when you jump in to save your iPhone, which of course your child wanted to see if it could swim.  It can’t by the way.

Weather or not…

Spring 2016 is the East is chilly, as in freezing cold!  

Allow reversecommuter to turn chilly lemons into lemonade.  

Spring collections are seconds away from going on sale.  No need to feel blue about your frozen baseball bleacher trapped body parts.  Warmer weather is (hopefully) just days away.

Retail is a strange business.  Fall 2016 collections will be on store floors & websites by mid June.  


Happily that means the spring collections need to be cleared out at discount prices!
Swimwear 2016 included.


Coveted designer labels such as Marysia Swim are already dropping prices online.

Dresses, on sale too.  Alexander Wang just sent out their VIP private sale announcement yesterday, and this awesome striped racer back dress is 40% off.  Ahoy there!


Sandals, ditto.


Yup, even the tassels magical unicorn of shoes (sexy, high heeled and comfy!), Aquazzura‘s wild thing!

A clever strategy right about now would be to go to all your favorite online shopping spots and fill up your wishlist basket.  


Then sit back, pour yourself a lovely glass of rosé and wait for the email to arrive trumpeting the beginning of the sales!

Don’tcha just love a happy ending?!

Simkhai & The Beach!

NYFW is in full swing and reversecommuter is at the beach.  Literally.

The timing of fashion week always baffles me.   The middle of the coldest winter month, which also coencided with my children’s school break.  How is this blogger supposed to sneak away to New York during THAT week?

  
Happily Vogue, Tim Blanks, Instagram and the Internet are all willing to work on my behalf (lol) and keep me posted while I focus on swim, sun, surf and all things beachy!
  
Jonathan Simkhai presented his Fall 2016 Collection yesterday and dare I say it was one of THE best presentations!  

  
Jonathan has created a niche using geometric cuts and lace in his deliciously designed dresses and knits.  Fall 2016 continued this but in a more wearable way.  His dresses were less crop top more hot wives who lunch.  Wearable but with a major statement of style and strength.  

  
Movement was everywhere in this collection, with fringe, tassels and unfinished ends that seemingly danced down the runway.

  
Furs, neutrals, knits, navy (don’t think I am not ABSOLUTELY buying this complete look!!!) and suiting cut to perfection. 

  

Bustiers and slip dresses complemented with luxurious furs delivered fantasy level date night outfits.  His romantic sensibility met body conscious sex appeal in every piece, by adhering to the age old adage of keeping somethings left to the imagination.

  

Bikini Squeeze

No, this is not a posting on a fashion blog with pictures of a woman who has had 3 children.  #PHEW

It is a posting on a fashion blog about how summer doesn’t end until September 21, and the weather is all about bathing suits and not so much about suede and wool.  So why not do a little bikini shopping to help soothe the sadness you are feeling over the kiddos going back to school today?  tee hee


reversecommuter was recently in Italy and THE trend is all about the ruffle bikini with a flossy bottom!


Bikini Lovers from Italy (seriously, could there be a better name?) is a GORGEOUS line of brilliant prints and bright fun happy colors sprinkled throughout a phenomenal bikini line of ruffles and butt floss (start doing those squats while reading this!).


There is even an accompanying diaper cover baby bottom line – adorable!!!!


Almamia from Columbia is a line that every woman should buy from.


Not only are the bikinis BEYOND BEAUTIFUL but they are hand made by an army of 80 single mothers, how ridiculously amazing is that?!


Oh, and this is what they create.  #WOAH


Get that new suit, lather up the SPF and go outside and play!


Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me, I won’t tell the children this is what we mamas really do when they are at school!

Sarong SO Right!

  
The next time you find yourself longingly stroking a scarf or sarong

  
thinking that yet another purchase would be “so wrong” (tee hee)

 
think lovingly of THE easiest, chicest beach outfit option, and swipe that credit card like a boss! 

T-shirt, espadrilles or flip flops and GO Beach Baby GO!