Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Editor's Pick: 3 Ways to Get Back On Track


I don't know about you but I had a great Labor Day weekend! I spent time with family and friends, relaxed out by the beach, and enjoyed some great food and drinks. Probably a little too much if I'm being completely honest. So with summer coming to a close it seems like no better time than now to take some much needed time to focus on recharging and cleansing from such an amazing weekend. Like all things, moderation is the key to success and since I strayed away from that concept this weekend I asked our editors for their top 3 favorite ways to stay healthy and get back on track.  Just a little help so that I can stay swimsuit ready all year round. 

1.) Flavored water - We aren't talking about your regular run of the mill, store bought version. We are talking about home made flavored water infused with your favorite fresh flavors. Try watermelon mint water, it's definitely one of our favorites but try out any combination of fruits and herbs you like. Your personal preferences determine on how much flavor you want. Gently muddle watermelon and mint and add in water, ice and stir. The combinations are endless and the results are delicious, refreshing and good for you. Without all of the added sugar and flavorings from pre made drinks these homemade options will keep you hydrated and guilt free as you drink up.  
2.) Walking - As the heat starts to break, you now have one less excuse to keep you from getting in your daily dose of exercise. Try as little as 30 mins a day to keep year heart healthy and not to mention your waist line. 
3.) Breakfast - They always say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and they aren't lying. Starting your day off with a healthy breakfast will help provide you with fuel to get you through and keep you on track. Our personal favorite is oatmeal loaded up with all of our favorite berries. Oatmeal is a great way to stave off hunger. Is oatmeal a little bland and flavorless for you? Turn it into a tasty treat by adding fresh blueberries and strawberries and turn you morning breakfast into a meal packed full with vitamins and antioxidants. 

How do you recover after a long weekend? Send us some of your favorite ideas!

Not giving up on summer just yet? Shop great new styles HERE

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Say It Isn't So!

We are bummed. Really freakin’ bummed. Why? Because summer is almost officially over and for many of us this traditionally means your bikinis have to find a home in your closet for the winter. If you don't live in Florida, the Caribbean, or any other sub-tropical climate the day you have most likely been dreading is almost here. Whatever will you do? Don't start packing away your suits just yet. The good news is, just because summer is coming to an end there are still great ways to transition your favorite suits into your fall wardrobe. Try wearing your favorite bandeau top under a long sleeve button up shirt or underneath your favorite denim jacket along with a high waisted skirt or pants. Add a pop of color to your fall outfits with a triangle bikini top layered with a crochet tank or pullover. Looking for a little more coverage take your one-piece suit out for a spin under a great pair of jeans and layer with an open jacket. 



Loving the idea of keeping your swimwear in rotation all year round? Then we have even more good news for you. Use the coupon code: LABORDAY to take an extra 15% off sale items. Shop great wardrobe staples like the styles below and more HERE

So don't cry that summer is coming to an end, get excited because fall is on its way! 












Sunday, August 24, 2014

Designer Spotlight: DESPI

With so many great swimwear collections out there it's sometimes hard to stand out in a crowd. Somehow Brazilian designer Despina Filios has not only managed to stand out, but stands heads above the rest.  Despi launched in 2007 and has been taking the world by storm. Her suits have been featured in some of the top fashion magazines around the world. Inspired by the vibrant life in Rio de Janeiro her collections reflect the color, style, and patterns that make Despi one of a kind. They are known for their playful, flirty and sophisticated style with exaggerated detail and embellishments such as leather, stones, crystal and beading. 


One of the things that Despi's loyal customers love about the brand is the coverage options they provide. Their suits come in both Full and Brazilian cut which really caters to the demands for a variety of options when it comes to coverage.


With such a wide variety of cuts and styles picking just one suit from their newest collection may be hard to do. So if you are struggling to decide I say buy them all! But let's just say that you are looking for one great option for now, I would definitely take a look at the amazing selection of one-pieces in this year's 2015 line. From sweetheart necklines, cut-outs and amazing patterns and embellishments these one-pieces will have you looking stunning all summer long. 

For us here at AWB Despi will always hold a special place in our hearts as it was the very first brand that we carried oh so many years ago. It has been amazing for us to watch their stylistic journey and to see their line evolve and change just as we have over the years. So enjoy a sneak peak of some of our new favorites from Despi 2015 and see why they are definitely a Designer to Love!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Celebrity Trend Alert: Bandeau Bikinis


What do Selena, Ashley, Kate and Rachel all have in common? Their love of the bandeau bikini and the fact that they all looking amazing in them! The bandeau works for a variety of body shapes which is what makes it one of the more popular suit styles. For pear shapes the bandeau top helps to create a more hourglass figure and helps to even out your bottom half by drawing the attention up to the top. For hourglass figures this style of suit really helps to accentuate your curvy figure and draws attention to your slim waist. For rectangle shapes, similar to the pear, this style of suit creates the illusion of a curvy figure by drawing the eye to your top and bottom. Apples are the hardest to fit for the bandeau top as traditionally they have a larger chest with a proportionately smaller bottom half. Fret not as there are still plenty of options for you. Apples need to pay close attention when shopping for tops to find one that offers enough support to keep the girls in place. Stick to options that have side boning, underwear and removable padding so that you are always fully supported and the top is adjustable to suit your individual needs. So whether you are like Selena Gomez and Ashley Tisdale and like bright bold solids or you want to try out something like Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson in fun festive prints the bandeau is a fresh young style that is just begging to be worn!


Shop these amazing bandeau bikinis and more HERE

Friday, August 15, 2014

What Suit Suits Your Style?

Just like the outfit you wear, the shoes you buy, and the car you drive, the bathing suit you wear can tell a lot about what type of person you are and what your personal style is like. So whether you are the sporty type or prefer something more traditionally feminine we have the perfect suit for you. Since it is most likely that you are feminine one day and want to show off your wild side the next don't forget to check out the other categories for more style inspiration. We women are complex creatures and we can't be defined by just one title so why should we be confined to just one suit. Explore all of your varying moods and styles with suits to match! 

Feminine & Sweet

Are you most comfortable in dresses, delicate floral prints, and anything with lace? Then feminine & sweet is probably for you. Look towards suits that incorporate all of your favorite designs such as ruffles, bows, lace, and of course floral prints! Check out two of our favorite sweet suits from Agua Bendita and PilyQ Swim




Preppy & Classic

Next up is preppy and classic. Do you love layering a sweater over your favorite collared shirt? Never met a stripe you didn't like? Look for suits in neutral and solid dark colors as well as great classic stripes. Try these suits from Vitamin A and Despi!




Edgy & Sexy

Is your motto you can never wear too much black? Do you like to add a masculine element even to the most feminine of outfits? If this sounds like you try out these great suits from Vitamin A and PilyQ.




 Vintage & Retro

Do you find yourself rummaging through bins at garage sales and in your grandparents' attic? Is your favorite item of clothing something that has stood the test of time and been passed down through the generations? If so than these vintage inspired suits from Seafolly are for you!




 Sporty & Casual

Do you believe that sneakers can be worn with every outfit, literally. Do you find yourself wondering how could you live with out denim? Does your favorite outfit consist of jeans, a t-shirt and some great accessories? If so then you will love these great sporty bikinis from PilyQ Swim and Vitamin A.



No matter what your style is we here at AWB have you covered. 
Check out the amazing suits above and more HERE




Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bikini Outfit of the Day: Surf's Up:



I hate to even say it out loud but the end of summer is coming all too soon. With that thought lingering in the back of our minds there is no time left to waste. If you haven't already tried one of the many water activities that make summer great, such as surfing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, or snorkeling, it's not too late. Get out there and try any/all of these amazing ways to spend the day in the water. They are all great ways to explore, exercise and enjoy a bit of adventure.

Most of these activities range from mild to incredibly active so finding the proper suit is important. We always like to find the perfect balance between functional and fashionable when it comes to swimwear. With so many great brands creating their own line of active swimwear finding the right suit for you has never been easier. For our bikini outfit of the day we've selected a bikini and rash guard from Luli Fama's 2015 collection. The rash guard is functional and provides coverage from the sun. The mesh inserts in contrasting colors really help to make this garment pop. Paired with full coverage hipster bottoms which are great for staying in place while in motion. The same mesh inserts can be found on the bottoms which give a sexy touch to a simple design. We paired our outfit with classic staples for anyone out and about in the water. An easy, carefree backpack is a great way to carry all of your necessities including sunscreen, water and a change of clothes. The black board shorts work great with the mint and black rash guard and have a pop of color in the drawstring. We finished off the look with classic flip flops, waterproof watch, sport sunglasses, and a woven bracelet.

Now that we have all of our supplies it's time to hit the water!


Shop active bikinis like these and more HERE