A Fun Way to Shop for Summer

** As seen in the June issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine…

Generally, I love the act of shopping for fashion… so much, in fact, that I’ve made a career out of it.  I’m usually excited by the concept of finding new pieces and checking them off my list.  I enjoy the thrill of the hunt… with one single exception.  I absolutely detest swimsuit shopping for myself!  I loathe it, truly.  But since I’ve not yet sworn off wearing them all together, swimsuit shopping I must go.  I’ve developed a system over the years that helps me manage the task in a way that curbs my anxiety.  It includes rigorous psychological preparation by repeating positive affirmations in the mirror and consuming a few adult beverages before the excursion.  It’s exhausting!

This year I decided to try something new and re-imagine the experience… turn it into something I can look forward to.  I held a private poolside viewing party with a few of my girlfriends.  Oh, what fun we had!  I simply got their sizes beforehand and pulled a variety of items from some of my favorite local boutiques (one of the perks of being a stylist).  We tried them on, drank some champagne, rocked the runway, and let each other decide which pieces looked best.  There were no mirrors and no bad lighting, just a group of girlfriends having a blast.  Welcome to the new and improved way I now shop for my summertime wardrobe.  I think we’re onto something here, don’t you?

American & Beyond coverup, $58, DKM
Lilly Pulitzer beach tote, $198, Pink Palm

Citrine Swimsuit, $150, Surf Outfitter
Cabana Life swim pant, $90, Ship Chic
Canvas earrings, $32, Pink Palm

Indie Wild bikini, $135 top, $100 bottom, Surf Outfitter
India Hicks scarf, $58, @indiahickssouthtampa
India Hicks lariat necklace, $80, @indiahickssouthtampa

La Blanca swimsuit, $111, Pink Palm
India Hicks scarf $58 @indiahickssouthtampa
Fan fringe necklace, $38, DKM
India Hicks basket bag, $245, @indiahickssouthtampa

** Photos by Theresa NeSmith Photography

Have a great summer and be sure to stay tuned to Runway Translator for style updates!


About Michelle

I am a stylist and former fashion buyer, and I am obsessed with all things STYLE. I started Runway Translator as a way to share my love for styling and curating head-to-toe looks for women. I love creating interesting combinations by mixing high-end and affordable pieces. My inspirations come from the runways of New York, Paris, Milan, and my own local fashion scene in Tampa, Florida.
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