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How to Properly Take Care of Your Bikinis

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Nothing compliments a bikini like the sun, sand, and sea. However, over time these elements can take a toll on your favorite 'kinis without taking proper care of them. Ensure they stay looking good all summer long by checking out our 5 tips for properly taking care of your bikinis!



Wash After Each Wear
Even if you don't go in the water, sand, sunscreen and your body's natural oils can still wear down your bikini. Extend the life of the fabric by making sure to wash your suit after every wear.

Hand Wash
Sure, it's much easier to just toss your suit in the washing machine (we're all guilty of this) but trust us it's worth taking the time to hand wash! Our bikini washing formula: combine cold water + a capful of gentle laundry detergent. Let soak for 5-10 minutes then rinse. We promise this will do wonders to your bikini fabric!


Be Gentle
Avoid loosening fabric by aggressively wringing out wet suits or drying them on rough surfaces. There's nothing worse than saggy bikini butt!

Don't Dry in Direct Sunlight 
If you're drying your swimsuits outside, stay away from hanging them in direct sunlight. Drying in the sun too long can cause discoloring, and no one wants to wear a faded bikini (yuck)!

Stay Away from Heat
Never (we repeat, never) iron or throw your suits in the dryer! Just like sunlight, too much heat can cause fading or even worse damage to the fabric. Always opt for hang drying to prolong the life of your bikinis.


Why Wear a Bra...When you can Wear a Bikini

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If you’re a bikini addict like us, we’re always thinking of new ways to incorporate our favorite swim pieces into our everyday wardrobe. Here at L*Space, we believe there’s more to a bikini and when styled with the right basics & accessories you can easily transform your wardrobe.

Here’s a look at 3 ways to wear some of our favorite L*Space Bikini Tops beyond the beach:  

ACTIVE

Looking for a bikini top that works double duty for your 4 o’clock barre class? You’ll love our Stacy Top, Haute Tank & Lively Top. Besides the pizza you plan to consume after class, you might actually look forward to breaking a sweat.

BRALETTE

We LOVE our Jaime top for oh-so-many reasons ( just like this one) but perhaps one of our favorite reasons we love this top so much the versatility in and out of the water. The criss-cross strapping makes for a perfect layering piece underneath your favorite tanks & tees. Can’t figure out what to wear with that dress with the plunging v-neckline neckline? We’ll let you do the guessing…

BODYSUIT

The key to nailing this look is to make it look like you’re not wearing a swimsuit (we promise it’s easier than it sounds!) For this look, keep it simple. Let the body suit be the focal point + add basic piece.  We suggest pairing it with a pair of high-waisted shorts for a casual daytime look or with a tight fitted pencil skirt or ankle cropped denim for an evening look. Our go-to picks for this look: Maniac One Piece, Wild Side One Piece & Moda One Piece


Spring Getaway Style

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If you’re dreaming of saving up all your vacation days to take a trip across the globe, you’re not alone! Whether you’re heading to your local beach or jet-setting to someplace exotic this Spring, here’s our super stylish vacation packing guide for 3 destinations we’re dreaming of…

TULUM, MEXICO

This just happens to be the place we jetted off to for our spring photo shoot campaign! And besides an English to Spanish dictionary, these are the only other necessities you’ll need when you’re soaking up the sun on Tulum’s white sandy beaches:

  1. 1.  Lucy Dress:  Remove the liner & throw it over your bikini as a cover up or toss on a belt to pull together a look that takes you from beach to bar!
  2. 2.  New Wave Top: Play camouflage with the sea in this super-cute turquoise bikini top.
  3. 3.  Two Timer Emma Bottom: 2 in 1. You’ll love the versatility of this bikini bottom as it reverses into creamsicle for double the styling options.
  4. 4.  Sicily Sandals: Comfortable + cute, these sandals will take you from the Tulum temple ruins to dinner downtown.
  5. 5. Sunny Days Panama Hat: Protect your skin! Invest in a good hat to keep you shaded from the sun. (Coming soon!)
PHUKET, THAILAND
 

If you’re lucky enough to be jet-setting across the world & find yourself lying on Thailand’s Shangri-La of beaches, here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Maninikini Duet Top:  This top was made for exotic getaways. Cropped + crochet wear it like our Chloe Wrap Top.
  2. Maninikini Duet Short: The cutest pair of crochet shorts you’ll ever own (like...ever). 
  3. Pools & Palms Platinum Top + Charlie Bottom: Blend in with the scenery with our palm front meets animal print bikini 
  4. Soleil Sandal: While you’ll spend most of your time with your toes in the sand, slip on these sandals  when you’re ready to cruise downtown for dinner. 

    AMALFI COAST, ITALY

 
  • From daytime strolls through town to sunset rose in Positano, here’s what to pack when visiting the Amalfi Coast:
  • 1. Sunday Funday Hat: Coming soon!
  • 2. & 3. Rocky Top + Monique Bottom: Take a dip in one of the grottos along the coastline while looking totally chic

    4.  Rimini Maxi Dress: Light + breezy, this is the perfect maxi dress to take you from sunny-beach lounging to quaint evening strolls through the city.

    5.  Iris Sandals: There’s lots to see in Amalfi!  Slip into these sandals when cruising the cute cobblestone streets of Positano or Sorrento!

    Where are YOU headed this Spring? Tweet at us @lspaceswim to share your getaways! 


  • How to Choose the Perfect Bikini

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    If you struggle with finding the perfect suit (we all do) that fits your personal style & flatters your figure…read on! We asked Monica Wise, our Creative Director & founder of L*Space to give us her expert tips when it comes to choosing the best bikini. 

    When it comes to choosing a bikini, “It’s important keep the 3’s C’s in mind. ColorCoverage & Cut. Utilizing Monica’s 3 C’s, here’s how to break it down + pick the perfect suit. 

    COLOR

    Everyone knows what colors look good on them, so this is always a great place to start.  For darker skin tones, stick to bright + poppy colors.

    Monica’s color picks: Garanium, Sorbet, Sapphire + Pool are perfect hues for you!


    @caribbean_travel_ wearing the Tanzania Wild One Top + Monique Bottom 

    For olive skin beauties, stick to earth-tones & neutrals that bring out your natural glow.

    Monica’s color picks: Fern, Pebble, Ice + White 


    @gypsylovinlight in the Nantucket Stripe Top + Gazebo Bottom 

    Light + fair skin beauties, stick to dark colors such as black, charcoal + denim. Dark & rich colors always complement lighter skin tones. Plus, you can’t go wrong with black!

    Monica’s color picks:  Black, Charcoal, Denim + Pebble 


    @hannamontazami wearing the Lexie Top + Soleil Bottom + Summer Breeze Robe 

    COVERAGE

    Fuller-coverage isn’t always the best option for those of us with a fuller derriere.  Instead of reaching for the suit with the most fabric, consider a cut that flatters your figure rather than hiding it. Remember…friends don’t let friends have baggy bikini butt!


    @emmavsimmons in our Monique Bottom  


    @pursuitofshoes wearing our Chloe Wrap  Top + Estella Bottom  

    CUT

    Know your cuts( or where a bikini would land along your waistline/hipline)! If you’re petite & have a small torso, look for a suit that elongates your mid-section. Monica’s pick: The Monique 
    For those who have longer torsos and want to accentuate those curves, slip into one of our high-waisted bikini bottom options. Monica’s pick: High Waist Bottoms


    @pursuitofshoes wearing the New Wave Top + Valentina Bottom 

    Finally, if you’re looking for a universally flattering top that accommodates tiny tatas to big cha chas…slip into the JAMIE!


    @maude.stamour wearing the Jaime  Top + Monique Bottom


    @cammymumu wearing the Jaime Top 


    @kattanita wearing the Jaime  Top + Ivory Coast Pareo Wrap 


    Lover's Getaways

    WONDERLUST

    In the spirit of Cupid’s favorite holiday, we’ve got 4 dreamy destination ideas for you and your lover. Sure, candy and flowers are nice, but a plane ticket to one of these dreamy destinations is just what Cupid has in mind.

    Bora Bora, French Polynesia The definition of escaping reality, Bora Bora’s colorful sunsets, soft sands and gorgeous tropical flora & fauna are enough to never want to return home. Golden hour picnics + candlelit dinners are just some of the romantic activities you can do on this big blue island.  Krabi, Thailand Amongst the limestone karsts and mangrove forests, Southern Thailand is the idyllic setting for a romantic rendezvous. Whether you go for a boat ride along the coastline or lounge on Krabi’s white sand beaches, you and your lover could explore this majestic town for days! Lake Como, Italy The view of Lake Como’s scenic crystal blue waters set against picturesque 12th-century city walls will have you falling in love all over again.  Grab a glass of vino + take in the spectacular views of this colorful town.  Provence, France A list of romantic destinations wouldn’t be completing without France!  Located in the South of France, Provence’s dreamy lavender fields and nearby river canyon, The Verdon Gorge, are sights made for lovers!  From cruising cliff-top roads to laying out on the beaches of Cote d’ Azur, Provence, France is sexy, sun-drenched + irresistibly seductive.