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The Look

Making a Splash!

By: Yohana de la Torre, Chief Editor
Bleu Rod Beattie Swimwear Net One Piece Bandeau

Bleu Rod Beattie Swimwear Net One Piece Bandeau

The mercury is rising and there’s nothing like buying a new swimsuit to bring the heat for summer!

This 2014, there are plenty of new and exciting options to suit up in. Fashions that are fun and ooze flirtiness are always trendy. But it’s not about baring it all; it’s about splashing into the summer with some cutouts, bustier tops, sporty suits, high-waisted bottoms and simple and sweet suits.

For several years now, summer has been about two-piece suits, but a variety of cuts and styles make for a fun selection when suiting up for the warm-weather. Full pieces are coming back with a vengeance, but remember that exuding a breezy sophistication in the variety of summer 2014 is what’s important.

Make a splash with bold cutouts or mesh accents that direct focus front and center! These suits don’t only exude sex appeal; they offer a fresh look at how swimsuit fashion is evolving. As a fashion piece, this bathing suit helps a woman bare skin and cover up at the same time.

This fashion statement suit works best by wearing the trend to make sure the cutouts are emphasizing your best assets. Whether it’s your tiny waist or your flat stomach, this look will wow on your home turf or set trends and stand out on a crowded beach.

Bustier tops, or underwired bikinis, are a trend that is making bathing suits go from boring to sexy. But keep in mind that this style can easily look like lingerie. Therefore, steer clear of neutrals. Stick to bright colors, fun and flirty patterns and bold designs that are steeped in sex appeal.

Summer 2014 also exudes a sports luxe fashion trend. Taking inspiration from hi-tech neoprene fabrics, sports mesh and black lining to enhance swimwear styles, these bold and sporty bikini trends appear highly polished. Channel your athletic side with suits that provide perfect coverage and still look trendy on the white sandy beaches.

Also in the mix this summer 2014 are high-waisted bikini bottoms. This trend is not only curve complementing, it also provides a fantastic vintage-hip look. Crossing the body at the smallest part of the waist, the retro silhouette is surprisingly flattering with full tummy and butt coverage.

Finally, simple and sweet bathing suits are a must to experiment with this summer 2014. A style staple — yet again — is the classic string bikini. A fashion forward look, the classic string bikini is tried-and-true. Perfect in solids, patterns, black or color, it’s hard to go wrong with this trend. Paired with an adjustable tie bottom, which offers moderate coverage in front and back, will turn heads while you strut your stuff poolside.

Sweet femininity is popular too with suits that have ruffles, and the trend is going to be around for a while. Swimwear with ruffles is distinct and ultra-fem. Not only are they H-O-T in 2014 thanks to the whimsical and girlie accessory they provide suits with; they are also perfect for women with smaller chests since the ruffles help add a little volume up top.

As you can see, 2014 has a lot of surprises in the warm sun and promises a trendy summer of wave-riding and sipping spirits along the seashore. So, make a big splash with a suit that is vibrant and versatile.

- A special thank you to Swim’n Sport for the photography. For these and many more swimwear fashions visit Swim’n Sport located at 13499 S. Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers, FL or!


Obsessive Compulsive

Dune Generation Stained Gloss

Dune Generation Stained Gloss

Pucker up for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics heat wave of shade and texture options: Dune Generation Stained Gloss ($18)!

Founded in New York City in 2004 by makeup artist David Klasfeld, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics started with a pair of Lip Balms. As an artist, Klasfeld wanted to develop products that met the needs of artists who weren’t satisfied with the traditional options found on the market, through a commitment to innovation in color, texture and selection. And from Lip Balm, he moved on to one of the first airbrush formulas, nail lacquer, deeply pigmented multi-purpose shimmer powder and finally Lip Tar.

The Dune Generation Stained Gloss line is inspired not by the beach but by the dunes, desert plains and mirages reminiscent of otherworldly vacation destinations, Stained Gloss is OCC’s latest texture innovation for lips. Conjured up to evoke lighting gels and stained glass, the product combines high impact color of Lip Tar with a translucent glossy finish that’s ready-to-wear from its first slick application.

The gloss contains a Short-Handled Precision Lip Brush as well as collectable backing cards for an exclusive mini mural! But that’s not all, striving to be on the forefront of colour cosmetics, while honoring both professional makeup artistry and cruelty-free heritage, OCC is 100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free, as internationally certified by PETA.

- The Stained Gloss collection hits the shelves of Sephora on June 6, 2014. For more information or to get your OCC look on visit,!