Bikini Briefs

by Rhea Cortado
During the wintertime, Angelenos get cabin fever. We’re always surprised by when it’s all of sudden too chilly to wear sandals. I upgraded to my thicker neoprene wetsuit for surfing and keep hearing about friends going across hemispheres to where it’s summer. Because I’m not in possession of a vacation home in Cabo San Lucas, driving up the coast to Santa Barbara and visiting A Tropical Affair lingerie and swim shop is one of my favorite places to detox into a vacation state of mind when everyday responsibilities don’t allow for international border-crossing.

The striped lounge chairs and straw fringe trimmings feel like you’re in a Hawaiian hotel cabana drinking a mai tai. I love that both the lingerie and swimwear merchandise … Read more


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Favorites: Reborn ~ UNDREST

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T-shirt by Keep Me

My number one favorite T-shirt has died. It was in the most yummy modal and spandex blend fabric that was cut to drape just perfectly. But even after taking the best care (hand-washing and hang-drying), you can’t fight the aging from wearing it all the time, year after year. Now it’s in archival status, saved only for special occasions to preserve the threads while I continue hunting for its successor.

Thankfully after my Undrest knit bikini had endured seasons of heat, sand, saltwater, chlorine and sunscreen and it was time for a replacement with snappier Lycra, I could still get that much-loved zig-zag print. The designer, Maria Paz Navales started Undrest as pretty Supima cotton … Read more


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