SwimSpot brings high fashion poolside by amassing a collection of designer bikini and one-piece swimsuits by brands such as Athena, Guess, and Nautica. Each swimsuit and cover-up incorporates contemporary trends such as asymmetrical cuts or tropical colours to create stylish silhouettes, and a fit-specialist service provides body-shape searches and remote one-on-one discussions with experts to find a flattering suit for any shape. Lauded in the pages of People Style Watch, Lucky, and Seventeen, an online bikini builder enables the beach bound to build their own ensemble by mixing and matching tops and bottoms using a tool that yields more than 1,000 possible combinations. In addition to providing detailed descriptions and material breakdowns, each swimsuit offered in the online store is modeled in a video that offers a 360-degree view, allowing customers to get a better idea of what they’ll look like as they run into the surf or slowly back away from a sleeping bear.
In 1981, Maggie Morgan and her daughter, Maria, opened a clothing boutique together in South Wales. They two fair-haired women named their shop Blondies, and in its window, they displayed a replica of the taffeta gown that Princess Diana wore when she became engaged to Prince Charles a month earlier. Maggie passed away due to lung cancer in 1999, and after moving to the United States, Maria decided to honor her by opening a lingerie shop with the same name as the boutique the two had shared. Additionally, she decided that the newest incarnation of Blondies would hold events throughout the year to benefit cancer research.
Blondies' patrons browse lingerie from 15 manufacturers and bras in sizes 30A through L that Maria custom-fits to ensure they don't fall into the majority of bra-wearers who sport an ill-fitting size. She also embellishes bra straps with Swarovski crystals and designs flowing, jewel-encrusted scarves that can be worn in a variety of ways.
Lina Latief—owner of 818 Skincare—is a one-woman beautifying powerhouse. In 2007 she kicked open the doors to her own studio, after working a stint selling French beauty products. Her apprenticeship paid off. Armed with a fistful of certifications and the epidermal insights she gained during that time, she revamps exteriors with all kinds of treatments. In addition to customized Ultimate Facials with cocoa enzymes or organic peels she’s expanded into the realm of body wraps, spray tans, and microdermabrasion.
The knowledgeable staffers at Planet Beauty stock the store’s shelves with enough top-quality beauty products to outfit a regiment of beauticians. Guided by experience as aestheticians, stylists, and makeup artists, they help guests navigate the roster of premium brands, which includes bad-hair-day-banishing products from Frederic Fekkai and Kérastase. Skincare potions from Dermalogica and Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.
The aestheticians at Asava Medi Spa cleanse complexions with 12 kinds of facials, but their services don?t just run skin-deep. In addition to fighting signs of aging and acne with Yon-Ka skincare products, technicians administer Botox injections and laser hair removal and work to slim curves with VelaShape treatments that don?t require incisions or knowledge of how a carburetor works.
With a verdant variety of shrubs, trees, roses, and vines, the friendly plantologists will help you wade through the veritable ocean of foliage. Beginning green-thumbers can take advantage of a jumbo planting kit, including ample plant food, vitamin B1, and planting compost—everything a person needs to lure an unsuspecting plant into captivity ($15.97 for the regular kit; $29.97 for the jumbo kit). Advanced yard-enhancements abound in the form of trees and shrubs, such as a selection of 5-gallon citrus trees, good for accenting a living space and forming a focal point for the worship of the Lemon Pledge gods ($34.99). Armstrong can also help organic gardeners reach full-flavored nirvana with a bevy of 3-inch plant varieties ($2.99; selections vary by season and location).