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“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” —Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Hakuna Wear...It Means No Worries!

Do you remember the song from Disney's "The Lion King"? As Timon and Pumbaa would say, "Hakuna Matata! It means no worries." I always loved that song and what it represents about life. I'm guessing Jessica, the designer of Hakuna Wear, did too. She's an adorable, sweet surfer girl that wanted us to have no worries when surfing (and even while simply wearing a swimsuit.) She's a beauty with brains and used her chemistry PhD to bring us the best swimsuit fabrics out there! 

I had the opportunity to meet Jessica in Miami, Florida where these photos were taken. She lives and surfs in California, where the Hakuna Wear swimsuits are made. She brought us sustainable swimwear where we can be free to be ourselves. Our vibes couldn't be more in sync, especially since that's what my swimwear inspiration blog is all about. I felt very comfortable in my high-waist bottoms and sporty top. I could focus on what I wanted to do, like surfing on an inflatable…

Welcome to the Island Mermaid Tribe!

If you like island-life, mermaids and fishing...welcome to the tribe! The Island Mermaid Tribe was started by a creative Floridian in St. Augustine, Florida. Her family loves to fish and share the mermaid spirit. I do too so, I became part of the tribe with this unique "Mahi-Mahi" print bikini. I wore it fishing and we pulled the boat up to an island. I felt very confident in knowing that no matter what fish we caught my bikini was still the "catch of the day."

Did you know the name for the fish comes from Hawaii and means "strong, strong"? That can build your confidence right there as you wear this swimsuit because we women are definitely strong. The print is an original designed created by the owner and it is brightly, beautiful in person. I got to pick which color strings I wanted and I chose "ocean blue." I also chose the tie-side/triangle-top styles to guarantee a good fit and no weird tan lines. Those looking for coverage will surely appr…

Eco-Responsible Sunglasses by Moonshine Eyewear

I have worn my newest pair of sunglasses every day since I got them! These stylish Moonshine "sunnies" arrived last week in a tiny box filled with candy from England. I like that there was minimal packaging with recyclable materials only. It may not always be sunny in England but here in the Sunshine State we need our shades all through out the year. I have very lightly-colored blue eyes and the sun is harsh year 'round. Luckily, Moonshine Eyewear partnered with a lens manufacturer to assure that the lenses have excellent clarity and UV 400 protection.

A sunny day at the wakeboarding cable park in Orlando, Florida was the perfect opportunity to try them out. I'm wearing the Sundown Second-Life sunglasses in gloss black with gold lenses. There are many different styles, colors and lenses to choose from. All of the sunglasses are eco-responsible; meaning they are made from recycled plastic and eco-friendly resin. They are light-weight yet sturdy with a non-polluting l…

Blue Coral Swimwear video by Erik Jimenez

The Florida Surf Film Festival

It's that time of year again for the Florida Surf Film Festival! I did a poll on Instagram asking everyone what they like to do when it's too cold to go in the water and it was a tie! 50% of my followers said they like to watch movies and the other half said they like to hang out with friends. The great news is that you can do both at the Surf Film Festival presented by Monster Energy.

You can watch inspiring films about surfing, fishing and the water. The movies can be funny, inspiring, dramatic and much more. Mostly, they inspire you to get out on the water! I personally like the documentaries that show the behind-the-scenes of true surfing life, our beautiful planet and awesome adventures in the ocean. (And as everyone knows, I like anything that requires a bikini!) They are short films so, you get to hang out with your friends during intermissions. We've won lots of prizes, received cool swag and there is always a chance to meet surfing celebrities. The Florida Surf F…

My Seafolly Adventure in the Florida Keys!

Always say YES to new adventures! I took my new Seafolly Australia swimsuits to the Florida Keys for the week and it was one of the best adventures I've ever been on. My family and I fished, snorkeled and spent all day, every day on the boat.

I was so happy to have the new collection of Seafolly Swimwear to wear!  I've posted my Seafolly bikinis before because it is positively one of the best brands out there. I didn't have to worry about fixing my swimsuits while living my life to the fullest! My brother caught a shark and brought it on the boat- good thing I wasn't worried about my swimsuit. I also caught a lot of fish and swam with Goliath Grouper! With an excellent fitting bikini like Seafolly, one does not have to worry about what they are wearing. Both of these bikinis fit so good because I had the right size, the fabric lays nicely and I was able to adjust the straps for the perfect fit for my body before we hit the water.

You can also wear Seafolly confidentl…

Spreading Sunshine

A few years ago, I read the quote "If you need sunshine, be the sunshine" and I decided it was worth the try. It took me some time but, I'm proud to say that people now refer to me as spreading sunshine on a consistent basis. I challenge you to try it! Be the sunshine in someone's cloudy day or be the sunshine in your own life. Soon you'll be spreading sunshine or maybe you already do. While you're at it, you can wear some "sunshine" too. That's what I thought of when I saw this bright and cheery "Citrus Banda Bikini" at the 2018 Orlando Surf Expo.

I had the pleasure of meeting the owners of Holahan Designs at the Surf Expo and they brightened my day. They are such nice people with a lot of talent. I found out that my first Holahan suit was inspired by a work of art made by Roxanne Holahan (see previous post "Happy in Holahan!") I also got to see their newest artwork with a beautiful Koi Fish on a one-piece (see below.) We d…
The sky is not the limit. Your mind is.
~Marilyn Monroe

SUP PUP?

Foxy and I have an epic adventure every time we go paddle boarding and you can too! I like different water sports for different reasons. Paddle boarding is great because it's relaxing, it's exercise and it's fun all at the same time. I get to enjoy nature with my little fox right by side. We've seen dolphin and manatee many times together. Animals are dear to most of our hearts and we can have fun while helping them at the same time.

I'm wearing a Salty Dog Paddle boarding shirt to represent my "SUP PUP" and dogs everywhere. Salty Dog Apparel gives 100% of it's proceeds to injured dogs that have been rescued. Since they are made up of volunteers, they do not keep anything for themselves. Salty Dog uses water sports as a way to raise funds and awareness for pets and marine life. Isn't that fabulous? They educate others about the water/marine life on their paddle board tours and provide funds to animal rescues- making them the largest watersports c…