suit up! (part one)






When I’m packing for a beach vacation, my bikini selection is of utmost importance (it’s a good thing they don’t take up too much space!). But let’s be serious: a bikini that fits well and makes you feel comfortable (even on a crowded beach) can be a hard thing to find. What it comes down to is the ability to enjoy your time at the beach or pool without worrying about how you look in your suit. Without adjusting (and readjusting) bottoms that are too tight on your hips, or that ride up in the back as soon as you move. And, of course, avoiding that awkward moment when you realize the triangles on your bikini top have migrated.

When I was introduced to i love koi, a brand that recently launched in the US after being established in the Philippines, I immediately liked the bright colors and unique details – pretty pleats, frills and knots. There are tons of styles to choose from, in colors that are super vibrant and flattering. Also, the quality of the fabric is worlds away from what you find at Target and Forever 21 (and I’m not hating on those brands – I own plenty of their bikinis!), but you can be sure that i love koi bikinis will hold up summer after summer. This particular style has a structured, ruched top that’s flirty without being scandalous.

Anyways, swimwear is a weird and tricky area for every woman – and because of this, I felt a little ambivalent about posting bikini pictures on my blog and simply being so…exposed. But I honestly felt comfortable in this suit and wanted to share my thoughts on a newly discovered brand. I’ll be posting another beach look tomorrow, so check back then! 

Outfit details:

Button-down: J.Crew (similar here) // Shorts: Forever 21 printed shorts (same style, different prints here and here) // Bikini: c/o i love koi Rive Gauche in lilac // Bag: unknown brand from TJ Maxx (similar here) // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviators (with green flash lenses) // Sandals: Sam Edelman ‘Ginger’ gladiators

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  1. says

    abs! yeah, girl.

    also, pretty sure i sped by you when you were walking into your apartment near lincoln. didn’t realize until after that it was YOU!

    let’s get a drink. double date? majorly overdue.

    allie at

  2. says

    I find this piece very compelling. It’s talungrair shape works for me formally, calling to mind the trinity represented in the church, yet the shape of the leaf is paganistic, like the Birth of Venus. It makes me very melancholy and nostalgic, as if it’s reminding me of a time when religious idols and sexual attraction weren’t divorced (something we now are forced to find in pop-idols). I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the face in the window. But I do know that it’s necessary. It’s what upsets the gentleness of the image and keeps me enraptured. Nice.


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