Planet Fashion, one of the nation’s leading fashion media and production companies, has announced its sizzling showcase of next season’s sexiest swimwear as part of a three-night cutting-edge fashion phenomenon featuring today’s iconic designers and some of the nation’s most buzzworthy bikini brands.

Planet Fashion Presents Swim Weekend will take place Thursday, July 20th through Saturday, July 22nd at the renowned SLS South Beach and Hyde Beach, located on Collins Avenue, with doors opening for each nightly runway show at 7:00 p.m. Industry aficionados who descend on South Florida each year for Miami’s Swim Week are already requesting front row seats for the inaugural event featuring exclusive presentations by VersaceCavalli and DSquared2, among other leading national and local Miami designers, whose latest creations will be adorning some of today’s top runway and swimwear models. The weekend will also feature an exclusive Pop-up Shop and Gifting Suite for attending celebrities, social influencers and VIPs, as well as surprise musical performances by special guest artists.

“We’re bringing back the “sexy” to swimwear,” says Celia Evans, founder and owner of Planet Fashion Media.  “Miami’s annual Swim Week has become too predictable and familiar over the years, so we wanted to create something that would turn heads and break the mould of the traditional format that has been tailored for the retail industry. Our three-night Swim Weekend is for everyone – whether you’re a serious buyer, a woman interested in the latest cutting-edge styles or someone who simply likes a fun night of fashion. Our inaugural Swim Weekend will not only showcase the world’s leading designers, but also shine a spotlight on some of our homegrown and emerging talent, who are equally loved and admired by their own followers across the country.  As with all our fashion shows around the world, each night will be full of steamy runway revelry and plenty of energy that Miami is known for in the heart of summer.”

The Opening Night on Thursday, July 20th will feature individual runway presentations by Roberto Cavalli SwimwearNash Beach and the massively popular Revel Rey by Washington based designer, Audrey Swanson.  After making her debut at Swim Week last year with her “Funk n’ Sol” Spring/Summer 2017 collection, Audrey returns to South Florida with a huge following by those who admire her custom and hand painted prints that combine fashion and art in to vibrant and unique bikini patterns inspired by her explorations to places like Bora Bora, Rangiroa and Maui.  Planet Fashion has invited Swanson to give attendees a sneak peak in to Revel Rey’s latest print innovations.

The Main Event on Friday, July 21st will feature runway presentations from VersaceDSquared2, and two of the swim industry’s brightest stars – Karma Bikinis and OMG Miami SwimwearJulienne Worring and Antje Worring founded Karma Bikinis in 2014 through their combined passions for ocean conservation. Their commitment to fair trade standards and sustainability means limited collections are released every six weeks in each design, to eliminate environmental offsets and to keep their clientele at the forefront of the latest styles.  Furthermore, the sisters formed a commitment to donate 7% of all proceeds received by Karma Bikinis towards ocean conservation efforts.  With more than half a million followers on social media, OMG Miami Swimwear is the explosive sensation from the streets of Miami Beach by Andrea Gaviria, who built the company in 2016 after struggling to find a bikini that fitted her well. After making her own swimsuit and posting it on social media with a viral effect, OMG Miami Swimwear was born with the mission of creating fashionable and feminine swimwear from conventional and innovative designs and trends.  Celebrities such as Sofía Vergara have chosen Andrea’s designs for their curvaceous form and function.

The Designer Showcase on Saturday, July 22nd will feature especially selected runway presentations by Just Bones BoardwearHot Miami StylesGabriela Pires and Art Hearts Fashion.  The brand known for “Reinventing The Boardshort” is Just Bones Boardwear, designed by Jennifer Weisman, who garnered attention on the Miami Beach runways last year, when surf style models were showcased wearing her colorful printed boardshorts. In response to retail and consumer demand, Weisman has now unveiled her line of bikinis, which are designed to complement the boardshort collection. Since its initial launch in 2011, Just Bones Boardwear has garnered a huge following, especially in the northeast, for the perfect fit provided by the boardshorts’ patented adjustable waist, suitable for kids as well as men and women.  Gabriela Pires is the luxury beachwear brand by the renowned Sports Illustrated editorial designer from Brazil.  After moving to Miami at an early age, she studied at the Istituto Marangoni of Milan, before starring in her first New York Fashion Week at the age of 21 years old.  The brand was first featured in the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and during the same year Gabriela launched her own line of lingerie, forcing her to open a brick-and-mortar boutique for the brand in Manhattan. Today, Gabriela’s swimwear styles are a force to be reckoned with and still exemplify her hometown roots of Rio de Janeiro.

As a unique addition to the Friday and Saturday of Swim Weekend (July 21st and 22nd“Swim Pop” will present an exclusive Pop-up shop and gifting suite for invited attendees to browse, featuring an Evian Water BarLa Croix Beauty and Nail Bar, as well as apparel from designers Karma BikinisMasahua and Logophile The Labelamong many others.

Planet Fashion Presents Swim Weekend 2017 will take place July 20th—22nd at SLS South Beach, located at 1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida, with doors opening at 7:00 p.m.  Following each nightly series of fashion shows will be the Planet Fashion After-party at Hyde Beach, the property’s luxe indoor-outdoor hotel lounge with crudo by José Andrés, serving a selection of handcrafted signature cocktails by the bar or for relaxing poolside.  Follow the conversation for regular updates by using #planetfashionswim.

What To Wear: AMI Clubwear Affordable Swimsuits

Buying the perfect swimsuit can be a difficult task.  There’s a conflict between looking our best and feeling comfortable.

AMI Clubwear has a wide selection of fashion-forward swimsuits. The online boutique’s a great option for vacation packing or water activities.

The Tribal Mesh Cut One-Piece (shown below) was an excellent addition to my swimwear wardrobe. It’s lightly padded with adjustable straps. Going to the pool or beach with my kids can be a daunting task without the outdoor attire.

Swimsuit:  AMI Clubwear | Denim Shorts:  Express

Take your swimsuit to the next level with denim shorts or wear a lightweight kimono.

Also, when purchasing swimwear don’t forget to choose the right cut for your body-type; find a color that compliments your complexion and consider the primary purpose or activity.  For example, monokinis are not encouraged for tanning.

Visit AMI Clubwear to purchase a stylish, affordable swimsuit.


What To Wear: 6 Tips for Music Festival Season

It’s officially summer and that means packing for music festival season.  This time of year can be a lot of fun for those who enjoy live entertainment and delicious cuisine.

Before hitting the road and leaving your cares behind, one must first pack for such an occasion. Coordinating looks can be difficult because you don’t want to appear uncomfortable or out of season.

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Take a look at the suggestions below:

  1. Wear on-trend sunglasses
  2. Incorporate comfortable daytime dresses (nothing that includes a shaper)
  3. Do not wear flip-flops; opt for a pair of TOMS, Converse, or Slides
  4. Leave your luxury oversized handbag at home.  Include a Cross body or Backpack
  5. Wear a hat for environmental protectors or after-party antics
  6. Don’t forget your swimsuit, denim shorts, and breathable t-shirts
  • additional items:  flash tattoos, crop tops, kimonos, and rompers

For this particular event you don’t want to spend a lot of money on fashion. Remember, attending a Music Festival is all about good food and fun!

Boutique Mexico: Shake Up Your Style This Summer

Keep your essentials with you this summer in the stylish and stunning eco-friendly bags of Boutique Mexico. With beautiful, practical designs that fit everything you need, the handmade purses and totes of Boutique Mexico are perfect for the heading to the beach, going to work, or running around town.

Made from locally sourced and eco-friendly material, Boutique Mexico takes pride in providing one-of-a-kind pieces designed by talented Mexican artisans. Each piece is a modern twist of an ancient crafting technique to create eye-catching, colorful bags that complement any outfit.

Boutique Mexico totes and pouches are a breeze to carry and come in many different styles:

  • Slip your essentials inside the clever little Coco pouch which sports classic stripes in contemporary hues. Made with 100% soft cotton woven by hand on pedal looms, Coco is both pliable and strong. 

  • Bag your essentials in the stylish Camila, a chic application of Otomi Indian needlework that reflects the culture’s love of fluid design and brilliant color. Feminine and ideally-sized, the pouch is 100% artisan made. 

  • Tote the toughest, little Mia Beach Tote you’ll own that is made from recycled plastic by artisans in Guadalajara. Almost indestructible, waterproof and good looking, the color combinations are rich and unexpected. 

  • Carry a distinctly personal statement of style with the Mini Stella Tote. Utterly feminine, it’s an intimate little accessory that adds flair and high color to any outfit.


Boutique Mexico is on a mission to give back to the community by partnering with native artisans in Guerrero, Hidalgo, Puebla, Chiapas, and Oaxaca to help them earn a living and preserve the ancient crafts of weaving and embroidery that have been the creative expression of their communities for generations.

Boutique Mexico is now officially sold in selected Anthropology stores.  Purchases can be made directly online at Boutique Mexico.

Beach Style: Selecting The Perfect Cover-Up

Raise your hands if you’re excited about summer! A few more glorious weeks until vacation and we will have the chance to press the reset button. When it comes to beach style, it’s easy to get it wrong; not all sarongs can be worn on the sand and crochet sundresses can’t protect you from sunburn! It’s time for the cover-up to get a makeover because beachwear is about more than kaftans!

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Denim Mini

While we know you love cut off shorts why not give them a well-deserved rest and show off your suntanned legs in a faded denim mini skirt. The mini skirt arrived in a blaze of glory (in the sixties) representing freedom and self-expression as thousands of young women discovered its sex appeal! These days, mini skirts come in various styles, shapes and colors. A faded denim mini is cute, comfy, and an easy way to infuse your outfit with a festival vibe. Think beach wave curls, minimal jewelry, flip flops, and a white tank top for a pretty, natural look.

Open Kimono

Kimonos has stormed the catwalk to become a much-loved fashion staple. A beautiful, silk kimono dresses up a pair of jeans, cold shoulder or lace tank top while being a fabulous alternative to a coat or jacket when the weather’s warm. Kimono’s also look gorgeous over a bikini and act as an instant cover up. They inject glamour into the most basic outfit. Thanks to their silk ties you can either wear them open (for sunbathing) or loosely tie them so you can see a hint of cleavage.

Statement Jumpsuit

If you only pack for one night, make sure it’s a silk or linen halter neck jumpsuit. Why? Even an upscale restaurant won’t say no to a trendy jumpsuit worn with strappy heels and diamond jewelry. Looking for glamorous inspiration? Grab a glossy magazine and see how the rich and famous do beach beauty. Looking to treat yourself to some right-hand bling before vacation? Head on over to to learn about diamonds and get a quote on your dream ring!

Jumpsuits are also a fantastic way to show off your sun-kissed skin and the perfect alternative instead of wearing a top, skirt or trousers. This lilac jumpsuit is a stunning option and will look amazing with deep cork wedges.

White Button Down

Looking to hit the beach bar? A white button down will not only give you coverage but it’s still fashion-forward and classic. Make sure you pick one that comes past your thighs and not too flimsy for a chic dinner.

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La Perla SS17 Presentation that took place Friday, September 23, 2016, at Palazzo Clerici, in Milano MI, Italy.




Julia Haart, La Perla’s new creative director, interpreted the concept of liberation in every aspect of her first season. The designer approached the collections with a deep connection to the brand’s founder, Ada Masotti, a corsetière who opened her own lingerie laboratory in Bologna in 1954. Ada Masotti designed lingerie with attention to how women wanted to feel: sensual, beautiful, and comfortable with themselves. As a female Creative Director, Julia Haart shares these values. Among her fixed principles is the desire to liberate women from sacrificing for beauty: curves are intrinsic to feminine identity, and clothes must begin with an understanding of women’s bodies. In the women’s ready­-to­-wear collection, the designer created clothes with lingerie-­expertise inspired by the brand’s close­-cut know how. Clothes embrace the body like perfectly fitted lingerie, with fabrics that feel as good on the inside as they look outside. The pieces can be worn by all women on all occasions.

Julia Haart envisioned a journey of liberation through flowering blossoms, geographic maps and colorful, shimmering silk forms as the visual thread that runs through the ready­-to-­wear collection. The beautiful designs rendered in soft bi­-stretch fabric move as the wearer moves, revealing an expert understanding of the female form, the real DNA code of La Perla.

Prints in the collection are eye­catching: the topography of a fjord is transformed into micro and macro motifs, blooming roses reveal entrancing maps nestled amongst their petals in a classic stripe, and dazzling colors illuminate cascades of floral bouquets. The prints adorn close­fitted jackets, and high­waisted tailored shorts paired with bralettes and vests that take cues from bustiers, but enhance curves without any traditional wiring. Three show­stopping long dresses anchor the collection’s red carpet appeal: a shirt collar is the perfect counterpoint to a high slit, the fjord print is dotted with hand sewn sequins, a calligraphy­esque “Autografo” motif embroidered over stretch silk with black inserts emphasizes the décolleté, and silk georgette embellished with soutache inserts plays with sheer detailing at the sides and neckline. These looks are dazzling and refined, but move with stretch to adapt to the female form on the body.

Special attention has been dedicated to Essentials that truly meet the core needs of women’s wardrobes. A bi­stretch, cool wool Corset Jacket is the undisputed protagonist of the collection, embodying the feeling and support of lingerie with internal cups and finely tailored darts, sized according to bust for the perfect fit inside and out. It fastens with a row of hooks and can be worn without additional undergarments: they are built in. It can also be worn as suiting in its dress version, or paired with new soft wool leggings.

Iterations of the standout jacket are also shown with high­waisted slim cut pants and loose, flowing silk pants. The very same tailoring strategy is at the core of shirts shaped to the body and T­shirts designed and cut for the feminine form, made from silk, cotton and stretch.

Embroidered tulle, Leavers lace and macramé are La Perla heritage fabrics and form the starting point for a collection that has been updated with modern silhouettes like the boy-shorts. In particular, Julia Haart focused on variations of the bra, such as the non­-wired push­up bra or the triangle bra with a plunging V neck, which offer unprecedented possibilities for wear and an entirely new feeling of freedom. Alluring macramé reveals its talent for flirting with sheerness in the babydoll, alternating with nude tulle and silk georgette inserts. This fabric becomes the star of not only bras, bodysuits and briefs, but also of a silk dress into which lingerie style codes have been flawlessly translated.

The “Autografo” embroidery is reminiscent of calligraphy that has been sketched over the body, created by an impalpable nude stretch mesh, embroidered with seductive motifs. Here, the bodysuit takes center stage, creating the illusion of being a set thanks to the invisible tulle inserts.

There is no short supply of versatile pieces that elegantly toe the boundary between lingerie and clothing: graphic tops, bodysuits in soft, stretch­silk yarn wrap around the body like a caress.

COLORS: black, silky white, nude, sky blue and red.

Cascades of pearls outline the curves of the body, transforming one­pieces and bikinis into garments begging to be worn both on and off the beach. The color block trend has been freshly interpreted in geometrically­-shaped pieces inspired by the allure of the unforgettable bikini worn by Ursula Andress in her turn as a Bond girl in the 1960s. Vivacious energy exudes from these pieces, adorned with stylized starfish, brushed stripes, city maps and colorful plastic panels.

A sensual back is emphasized with cut­out accents, while plunging necklines and boy-shorts reveal a new side to swimwear’s personality. Bikinis and one­pieces are offered alongside a versatile RESORTWEAR collection conceived to be the 24/7 vacation wardrobe. Fluid bi­stretch, crêpe and georgette silks, soft viscose and fresh cotton emphasize the effortless femininity of each and every piece.

An elegant cape with contrasting trim and a two­tone dress with paneling contributes to the casual glamour of the collection’s rompers and shorts, all of which can be worn at the beach, on a yacht or at a pool party. Special attention has been paid to warm­weather jumpsuits, which flow over the body, making them the perfect alternative to an evening dress. Cotton stretch seersucker cover­ups with multi­colored mosaic print that echoes the color palette of the bathing suits are designed with white bands that emphasize shape, and curve around the body. The same mosaic design found in the print transforms into a seductive spider web in the collection’s block­color knitwear.

COLORS: cobalt, lagoon blue, red, fuchsia, purple, nude, white and black.

D’Orsey sandals are coated in sparkling sequins and also feature shimmering reflective accents on the shiny upper. Leather platform sandals with criss­cross straps boast sleek, ultra­-feminine lines. Pumps and booties feature a surprising accent: lacquer heels with streaks of color. Perforated leather mules adorned with floral motifs – inspired by the precious decoration of the signature Petit Macramé collection – represent the extension of lingerie style codes to the realm of accessories. Flat leather sandals with a chain accent and a hand enameled suspender­ hook complete the collection.

Signature details and a sleek design mark the distinctive look of the new python leather Hook Bag with hand enameled metal suspender hooks. The slight curvature of the front stitching meets the iconic hooks, reproducing the sensuality of suspenders. The rubber­effect matte black and glossy electric-blue are each versatile. The glazed horn charms bearing the letters “LP” feature as an exclusive detail on all the bags.

This precious detail also characterizes the Ada Bag, an homage to Ada Masotti. Its ageless modernity was inspired by the vision of the brand’s founder. This on-the-go model comes in different versions of python or in black calfskin. The leather clutches are veritable mini universes that will hold everything you could need for a special evening. The handcrafted bead­and­sequin detailing creates reflections and harkens to the floral feel of the ready ­to­ wear collection.

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Lybethras Brazilian Bikinis for your Labor Day Weekend

With Labor Day steadily approaching, now is the perfect time to figure out what you’re going to pack for the long weekend in the sun! If there is one thing you will need to ready your vacation wardrobe, it is a swimsuit. Luckily, we have Lybethras’ Brazilian Bikinis to help you rock the long weekend. Here are some of our favorite Lybethras swimsuits that double as swimwear and equally chic fall street wear.

Julia Pereira One-piece Bodysuit

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If you like to stay simple and classy, there’s nothing like a great black suit to get you through the Labor Day weekend. With so many dazzling swimwear options, black is perfect for every personal style. This Julia Pereira one-piece bodysuit features a deep neckline, a statement tie up back and fitting silhouettes. It works as a chic poolside piece or layered as a bodysuit for day and night – even during the fall.




Summer is upon us which also means FULL EXPOSURE on all those places we’ve been covering up in the cooler months. Keeping up with a polished bikini line, legs and underarms can be a lot of work and huge hassle! Spruce and Bond specialist, Kristen Rogers breaks down the differences between wax and laser, so that your decision-making process will be smooth-sailing.

· PROCESS: The hair follicle is pulled out of its root, which can cause ingrown hairs.
· EFFECTIVENESS: Most effective on people with dark, course hair as it is easier for the wax to grip and pull out.
· COST: $75 per treatment for bikini, $50 for bigger areas like arms and legs, and $25 for smaller areas like upper lip. As time passes you don’t need to wax more than once in 2 months.
· RESULTS: Post waxing, your body is likely to remain hair-free, smooth and silky for about 2 weeks and the hair grows much finer if waxing is done regularly.

· PROCESS: Coarse dark hairs are selectively targeted while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. It can even diminish ingrown hairs altogether.
· EFFECTIVENESS: Hair will be absent for a longer period of time than waxing, but could come back fairly quick depending on the thickness of your hair.
· COST: $1,500 per treatment for bikini, $1,000 for bigger areas like arms and legs, $750 for smaller areas like upper lip and $250 for touch ups until complete hair loss (This varies from person to person)
· RESULTS: Hair will grow back finer and lighter (but varies from person to person). Overall, you are hair-free after 3-7 treatments.

Tampa Beach Dining and Shopping – Mini Vacation Recap

A wise woman once said, “Don’t wear your real studs to the beach.”  This wise woman’s my super feisty mother! (smile)

Last weekend, I took a mini “mommy” vacation and flew to Tampa, Florida.  The trip was long overdue because aside from this website my life has been pretty hectic.  Due to this perspective alone, I grabbed a flight and my cute bags for some pre-summer fun.


I grew up visiting Florida and knew what to expect in terms of the beautiful scenery and coastal breeze.  My mind was swirling because this trip gave me the opportunity to put a lot of things into perspective and relax near the ocean.


Aside from the meditation, I enjoyed delicious seafood from Oceancatchers Restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.  Leading up to the restaurant was a walk-way of Palm trees (that light up at night) and customers can dine inside or sit near the coast.

The next day we ventured to Clearwater Beach.  I grew up taking family trips to Pensacola, so this brought back several memories.  The sky was crystal clear and the ocean was radiate!   I’m not the one to shy away from the sun because I love a bronzed complexion.

I decided to wear a high-waist bikini which was totally out of my element. I wanted to show moms that you can be attractive and fashionable on the beach.

The reality is that giving birth is a beautiful process.  It’s also an opportunity for self-love and personal growth.  You may not look the exact same but internally you have been renewed in strength.

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The trip concluded with a visit to International Plaza; walking around to view the local stores.  I’m always fascinated with how people dress in different regions.  Overall, I enjoyed my visit and looking forward to the next summer adventure!