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!

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!

Boatload of Bikinis!

Living on a boat for a week demands a fairly specific suitcase.

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Bikinis.

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That is all.

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But a serious selection so as to avoid repetition.

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Shan is reversecommuter’s absolute favorite, as has been demonstrated on numerous occasions!

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Australia’s Triangl is set to hit $60 MILLION in sales this year.  Not too shabby for a newly engaged couple who started the neoprene bikini biz after their second date!

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Triangl bikinis are only about $90 US and come in a neon rainbow of styles and colors!

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Marysia Swim is a new line on reversecommuter’s bikini radar.  Scalloped details and brilliant styling make this designer someone to watch!

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Marysia Swim’s founder,  Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves is also a surfer so it is safe to assume that her designs will stay on in the water!

E. I. E. I. Woah!

Summer dressing just got a lot easier!

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Overalls + whatever you want underneath!

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Bikini, tank top, white t-shirt, flip flops, strappy heels, clogs…Mix it up!

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MOTHER denim total drop out overalls (reversecommuter has been obsessing over these) the perfect wash, just the right amount of distressed denim and the perfect boyfriend cut capri combo.

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Not to mention how much fun it will be to style these with suede and fringe in the fall!

O.W.O. City/Beach Style

Ever been to a busy bustling city that has a sandy beach one block away from your hotel?

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reversecommuter is experiencing this strange phenomenon right now in Chicago…and liking it!

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Perfect outfit to take you from surf & sand straight to shopping at THE coolest shop in Chitown?  Shan bikini, 100% Capri linen oversized shirt, Rag & Bone cut offs, Havaiana flip flops and a Panama hat to cover up the post-swim hair!

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IKRAM is a women’s boutique, art gallery and restaurant all tied into one tidy luxe red ribbon of fantastic!

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Click here to peruse the boutique, and all the phenomenal designers that live there.

P.S. Completely addicted to the contents of this bottle.  Harmless Harvest’s Pink, raw, delicious coconut water (did you know it is better than sports drinks to replenish and rehydrate?).  Can you think of a better way to recover from the beach and strengthen up for shopping?!?!?

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“Not As Flat As Her” – O.W.O.

Yup, some lady in a shop actually pointed to me and said that, LOUDLY, when describing to a salesperson the shape of her daughter.  Stellar Moment.

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reversecommuter responded in an appropriate manner for a fashion blogger…

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Nothing like a teeny weeny Italian bikini to make a girl grateful for her “limitations”.