I am not cut out to be a beach girl - I get hot quickly and burn easily, and my face has freckles year-round, even under the cloudy sky or in a snow storm. But I love swimming and I love experiencing the contrast of the hot sand (or rocks) and cool water. So at least a few times during our short but gorgeous Summer, I make a point to go to one of the many beautiful beaches around Puget Sound to sunbathe and swim.
I often take my daughter with me, sometimes with her friend, throw sunblock, a few tasty bites, a book and a notebook (paper one, that is) in a pretty canvas bag or basket, and we are ready for a full day of adventure! The waters of Puget Sound are fine for splashing and dipping, but quite cold for swimming, and most of the beaches are rocky, not sandy. But once you live here long enough, you learn of a few places where you can get sand under your feet and/or pleasantly warm water, perfect for swimming on a hot day.
So it was this time - Anya and I took our Outback for a ride, and in a little over an hour we arrived at such a place on Hood Canal. We were swimming and sunbathing, reading and chatting, having a bite and taking pictures of each other, and generally had a great fun. I was debating whether to share this photo shoot on my blog or wait till I have an opportunity to shoot with Justin, for a more professional quality of pictures, and decided to share these. Justin was encouraging too, because the happy and playful mood of these pictures is hard to beat, and if I have a chance to shoot this outfit in the near future, I can always make another post! Not only I don't mind posting the same clothing, I even prefer it. It makes me happy to come up with new combinations and see that the clothes I bought get good use.
I splurged for this two-piece swim suit and cover-up from Lane Bryant this year. Last time I bought one, was exactly two years ago (post Off with Your Pants), and I still love wearing it to the beach during Summer and to the pool during Winter (I just really love water!). But I wanted to find something fresh, and this bohemian style attire simply stole my heart. I love the slight shimmer of the olive swim suit and the gorgeous crochet detail, and the cover-up is so glamorous, bursting with tropical blooms.
Above: My lovely photographer.
Below: My dear friend Mila sent this photo of me from our vacation to the Black Sea back in 1997.
I can't believe it was almost 20 years go, seems like yesterday!
By the way, I adored that Italian navy style blue swim suit with contrasting gold buttons and gold tie on the brief.
Anya and I are certainly partly mermaids. What about you? Do you love swimming?
Is there a favorite place you go during Summer?
Swim suit and cover-up - Lane Bryant
Glasses - Christian Siriano for LB
Hat - Old Navy
African basket - from a little local store
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