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!

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!

Memorial Day Denim

The first official looooooong weekend of summer is almost here!

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Distressed boyfriend denim – check!  Really loving MOTHER denim’s The Loosey Party Crashers.

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As if magically tuned in to our needs, MOTHER denim just announced their very first sale!  Click here!!!!!!!!!  Now all reversecommuter needs is for MOTHER denim’s Overall Dropout to go on sale #soobsessedEIEIO!

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Relaxed sneaker style – check!

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Shan bikini at the ready – check!  If the sun actually comes out #evertheoptimist

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Fur Snow Repeat

Even in the after glow of the Pats Superbowl Win (YAYZIES!!!!), the snowstorm that is currently dumping mega inches of white stuff is affecting my fashion thoughts.

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Winter freakin’ wonderland chez moi

 

Trending in the mind of reversecommuter today…Fur Boots.  Mukluks with sass if you will.

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Chloe’s Danny Boot

 

Chloe’s Danny Boot with fox fur is my personal front runner.

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Liska’s sable boot

 

If you care to slum it a little, Liska’s sable fur boot is on sale for $3K.

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Manola Blue Wedge Boot

 

Manola blue fox wedge boot over at Gorsuch (who doesn’t squeal out loud when that catalogue arrives?!) is beyond description.  Navy.  Fur. Boots.  !!!!!!!

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Maybe it is the Canadian in me but I couldn’t not include Manitoba Mukluks in this list.  The Tall Wrap Mukluk with rabbit fur is a little more budget friendly but still furry and fabulous.

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For the Faux Fans how about this $45 deal for faux mink mukluks?

Now if you will excuse me, three awesomely mischievous children just DARED to challenge me to a snowball fight!

 

 

 

O.W.O. DenimSquared

O.W.O. (one weekend outfit) is all about denim.

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reversecommuter used to steer away from denim on denim for fear of being one acid wash accident away from tragic.  Picture it.  Shudder.

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Designer’s have upped the denim game, the cuts, the colors, the styles, the textures, the rips and whiskers, all have cured me and now the possibilities are endless.

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Think about it – overalls, denim jackets, jean shirts, layered, interspersed with accessories to play up the look and deepen the blues’ hues.

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Fashion & Finance Friday!

Sunshine plus the end of the week = giddy fashion blogger!

DSquared2 (the beyond brilliant line by twin Canadian brothers Dan & Dean Caten) is about to open a store in the U.S., finally in my humble opinion, on Rodeo Drive.

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reversecommuter has loved/obsessed over these designers since waaaaaaaay back to my very first job, retail shop girl for Ports International when Dan & Dean were the head designers.

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DSquared2 presented their Spring 2015 show yesterday in Milan and it did not disappoint! They are mad geniuses (or is that genuii?) for denim – their jeans are the truest form of beauty that no other denim designer has ever touched.

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Add to that their shoes, bags, hats, dresses, trenches, not to mention leather and this line is truly one to be VERY excited about.  Not to mention, all the models were sporting eyewear that matched the twins – adorbs!

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Etro and Missoni presented at Milan Fashion Week today and reversecommuter is now dreaming in technicolor gorgeousness!

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Even in Fall Collections both of these houses work in bright rich tones, a perfectly timed reminder to embrace the rainbow as we slowly enter the colder months.

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Nothing makes black, grey and blue pop more than a hit of brilliance!

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Stella does it again!  Stella McCartney presented her Green Carpet Collection, highlighting a sustainable evening capsule collection and it not only makes the world a better  place, it also for quicker heart rates amongst fashion lovers!

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“The green carpet is the most sought-after validation in the fashion world for sustainability and excellence,” and this collection is so pretty it is easy to forget it is all eco too!  Like falling into a decadent bowl of highlighter bright sorbet!

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In a time of mass production, copying and reproductions and disposable fashion, Stella McCartney has once again risen to the tippetytop of designers.  FAB FAB FAB!!!!!!!!

Celebrate that which makes you pop like a champagne cork this weekend – but do it in a Milan Fashion Week worthy outfit!

xo reversecommuter.com

 

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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