FUN IN THE SUN: Reviews of Becca Etc Swimwear & Tanee Tan Corrector Pen

So it’s officially the unofficial start to summer. LOL.

With the temperatures in the tri-state area hitting the 90s the past few days (seriously if it is this hot already, what’s it going to be like in August?), all I can think about is spending time at the beach. Who wants to be stuck indoors when you could play all day in the sun? I know I don’t.

The Santa Monica Pier & Veterans Memorial
The Santa Monica Pier & Veterans Memorial

Not too long ago, I got to test drive my beach time while I was in California. I got to spend an afternoon in Santa Monica with Black Latina & Fabulous‘ Amaris Acosta and Tanya Sotillo of the amazing new lifestyle portal, Luxe Colore. With the three of us based in New York (which at the time was still on the cool and damp side) we wasted no time getting acquainted with the sands of the Santa Monica Pier.  My California trip also the perfect time to figure out what was going to be my staples in my beach bag this summer. Definitely a great opportunity to review some a new product and a new swimsuit.

The Curvy Socialite at the beach in Santa Monica
The Curvy Socialite at the beach in Santa Monica

So what’s going to be in my beach bag this summer?

BECCA ETC  BLACK CROSS BACK HALTER WITH BUCKLE W/ DRAPED BIKINI BOTTOM

Plus size bikinis are all the rage thanks to bloggers like Gabi Gregg of GabiFresh and Chastity Garner Valentine of Garner Style: The Curvy Girl Guide, rocking “fatkinis” and looking fabulous doing it. Now I admit, I am not always the most daring of girls when it comes to showcasing her curves in an itty bitty bikini, but I have to say that I will gladly due it in this fabulous bikini from Becca Etc.

Designed by Rebecca Virtue, the 2013 collection for Becca Etc is all about options (something that girls of a certain size didn’t have until recently). Full of prints, vibrant colors and interchangeable options (for cut and length), the collection features perfect vacation inspiring names like Sanctuary, Zanzibar and Havana. My black bikini came from the Color Scheme collection which also comes in Peacock (Blue) and Hibiscus (Fuchsia).

What do I love most about this swimsuit? Hands down…the fit. With a fuller figure, my biggest worry always centers around fit. Because my top and bottom are two different sizes I have a hard time finding the right suit. If you’re like me, bikinis/tankinis are actually the best option as they allow you to customize your size. I also have a fear of reprising Nipplegate (Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction during the half time show at the Super Bowl a few years back), I always look for optimal coverage and with an ample top, that can be hard. But the cross back halter from Becca Etc, takes care of all of that. With an adjustable back and support all through the top, the girls aren’t going anywhere! Giving the top a more fashion forward appeal are shirring in the bust and some antique finished hardware (double heart buckle).  Ladies you have a choice of bottoms including skirts, boy shorts and full coverage panties. I opted for the draped bikini bottom which provides a full coverage bottom for comfort without sacrificing style. Retailing for $144 ($86 for the top and $58 for the bottom), this Becca Etc bikini is a must have for the summer.

PS, did I mention that this was the first time as an adult that I wore a bikini????

Shop the 2013 Becca Etc swimsuit collection here.

My beach bag: Becca Etc Cross Back Halter Bikini
My beach bag: Becca Etc Cross Back Halter Bikini

 

Close up of the shirring detail and hardware on the bikini top
Close up of the shirring detail and hardware on the bikini top

 

The 2013 collection in Peacock Blue
The 2013 collection in Peacock Blue

TANEE TAN LINE CORRECTOR PEN

Now what’s going to beach without getting an awesome tan (yes even me with darker skin loved the bronzing effects of the sun)? After spending what seemed like a never ending winter in doors, I was definitely ready for some fun times in the sunshine. I love how healthy sun-kissed skin (with the right protection of course) looks but I HATE tan lines. They just seem to mess up your whole look afterwards.  But, have no fear…there is a fix for that. Introducing Tanee— a revolutionary 2-in-1 bronzer and sunless tanning liquid that comes in a compact cosmetic pen. This little miracle in a pen will temporarily disguise unwanted tan lines until you get a chance to get back in the sun again.  It’s super easy to use– seriously it works just like a marker and it works. Let me just say that if you are a little darker, it may take a few applications to work but it will work on all skin tones.  So no more worries about having tan lines from your day at the beach and trying to figure out how to cover them when you head out that night. Tanee is definitely going to be a staple in my beach bag this summer. Retailing for just under $6, you can’t go wrong.

Want one for yourself? By the Tanee here.

Tanee Tan Line Corrector Pen
Tanee Tan Line Corrector Pen
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SUMMER 2012 KICKOFF: Vueve Cliquot Polo Classic (June 2, 2012)

How does a New York socialite kick off the summer? Why, with the annual Vueve Cliquot Polo Classic, of course!  Debuting at its new location at Liberty State Park (previous events were held on Governor’s Island), the Polo Classic brought some of the tri-state area’s most famous and fashion forward folks together for a super exclusive event.  Proceeds benefit a different charity annually with Work to Ride (a non-profit that teaches the next generation life skills through caring from horses) serving as this year’s beneficiary.

Joined by fellow blogger and friend, Amaris Acosta of Black, Latina & Fabulous, I headed out for a day of champagne, summer fashion and the horses.  After a short ferry ride and a scenic stroll down the promenade (with the New York and Jersey City skylines as a backdrop), we laid down our blanket and prepared for an afternoon picnic, polo and “sightseeing.”

The founder and co-host of this year’s ticket-only affair, Nacho Figueras, took home the MVP award as he led his team, Black Watch, to victory over team Nespresso. Co-host, Clive Owen was joined by a line-up of celebrities, including Minka KellyJason Wu, Alek Wek, Zoe Saldana, Padma Lakshmi, Rachael Zoe and Coco Rocha. The day was all about extravagant outfits, funky hats, carts of champagne and a polo match somewhere in between.

Minka Kelly, Zoe Saldana, and Padma Lakshmi (Courtesy of Guest of a Guest)

Fun was had by all and new friends were made. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event.

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RED CARPET GLAM– How to wear this season’s trends on your curves

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the 2012 NFL Draft Classic event at the Bryant Park Hotel in New York City. I was part of a glamified crew of women of all shapes and sizes that brought their A-game with their amazing red carpet style. Each showcased how to look your best in some of the season’s hottest trends and colors.

Model and New York City’s current Perfect Miss title holder, Shekinah Monee shows off her super fit curves in this beautiful Amirah Creations by Nailah Lymus piece that is all about the hi-low trend.

Shekinah Monee, model & New York City's Perfect Miss in a Amirah Creations by Nailah Lymus original.

Amaris Acosta, a former Miss New York United States, and currently one of the top pageant coaches and entertainment personalities in New York,  shows off her hour glass figure in this beautiful electric blue and black dress from ASOS. Blue is big this season from runway to red carpet to everything in between.

Amaris Acosta, former pageant queen and entertainment personality, sports this cute little number from ASOS.

Who said a curvy girl couldn’t do sequins? Asia Mone’t shows that even full figured girls can sparkle on the red carpet in the Embolden dress by plus-size designer, Qristyl Fraizer.

Plus Model du jour, Asia Mone't, shows that sequins can look good too on a curvier body in the Embolden dress by Qristyl Fraizer Designs.

So you say you’re afraid of wearing prints? Well why not pair a bold print with an amazing solid item for balance. Check out with celebrity stylist, Shatonia Amee of Pink Suede, Inc. did here with this neon-printed dress and black leather jacket.

Celebrity Stylist Shatonia Amee of Pink Suede Inc, shows us how to work neon colors and prints in this amazing dress!

So you got the outfit down, but what about your face? Take some cues from Asia Mone’t and celebrity make up artist, Bishaeba Swain on how to all about the face. Asia shows us how beautiful a soft natural look can be paired with and balances out a “blingy” outfit. Bishaeba showcases the classic smoky eye and nude lip. Bishaeba’s advice….pick your best feature and play it up!

Glamazons, Asia Mone't and Celebrity Make Up Artist BiShaeba Swain, show us to do the beauty thing on the red carpet

Thanks ladies for showcasing your amazing style!