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!

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.

Take Cover

Summer is finally here!  Insert “Whoop Whoops” here.


School is out for the bambinis, full time playtime has arrived.  #dogdaysofsummer

This is the perfect time to buy sun protective gear.

SPF a plenty… Skinhealth makes it so easy to stay healthy while still enjoying the sun!

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Perhaps a rash guard or two… Cabana Life has been a fave for years (both for children and adults).

Maybe a fun sun skirt (with a secret built in compression band) that works as a great poolside lounging accessory!


SwimRISE has recently launched this clever creation, and even has a Fourth of July version, complete with stars and stripes  The brand, created by a mother daughter entrepreneurial duo in Florida, is sure to update pool & beachside elegance!

Finally to top it all off, a big ol’ floppy hat to combat the sun wrinkles!  Eugenia Kim is the queen of sun hats.  Also check out Regine Chevallier, her line of hats begs for an accompanying yacht!

Now go, splash, laugh, swim, play, giggle, repeat!

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!

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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Bohemian 2 Go!

Boho is everywhere in fashion – it is like a VW beetle that just won’t rust quietly away at the junkyard.

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Tassles, suede, embroidery, add a little bit of frayed denim and a groovy easy vibe.  Pick the designer and one spectacularly deceiving WOW piece to update your wardrobe.  Boots, Tunic, Suede jacket, distressed denim and a trippy scarf to wrap around your head – the list goes on and on, just like the beat!

The budget can be yours to set.  Invest and update now and enjoy it into Fall 2015.  NYFW is delivering a Bevy of Boho across the runways as we speak (or blog, or read the blog, etc…).

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Gucci’s brilliantly colored fringe collection is drool worthy in any shade!

Just this morning Ralph Lauren offered fringe on the bottom of skirts, boots, fur scarves, purses…

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Calypso St. Barth’s tunic is an easy starting piece.  Great over skinny jeans, add a scarf and date night is redefined.

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Etro owns the hippy dippy kaleidoscope of fashion happiness and if you click here you could too!

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Now the only question remaining is how do I transport that amazingly brilliant azul, partially convertible bug back to the ‘burbs?!?