Swimwear at MBFW SS ’12

Custo Barcelona

Custo Barcelona was a definite favorite at MBFW – psychedelic tribal & cutting edge designs.

Tommy Hilfiger

Classic preppy look with a dash of tropical flare.

Tracey Reese

Dainty, floral & feminine resort & swimwear designs that will blossom on the beach.

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Photos courtesy of  Style.com

Travertine Spa at Luxor Media Lounge!

In the midst of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week buzz in New York City, bikini fashionista, Mel had the chance to make a halt to her busy week and head to the Luxor Media Lounge hosted by L’élite magazine & Travertine Spa at The Empire Hotel for a moment of luxury and ultimate pampering. Travertine Spa was at the lounge and offered a soothing experience to attendees! Travertine Spa is known for their fantastic natural products, free of preservativs & chemicals  for the the bikini fashionista who only wants the best for her skin and likes to have that special glow.

Celebs such as Philip Bloch, Michelle Williams and Real Housewife of New York City, Alex McCord swear by Travertine Spa products!  The Bikini Fashionista is definitely a fanatic of Travertine Spa and highly recommends all you fellow BFs to treat yourself by using their products!

Travertine Spa Ceo, Terry Carter made the Travertine Spa experience memorable for fashionistas at the Luxor event, as he mentions “it’s all about treating yourself well”.  The Travertine experience made you feel as if you were in a sanctuary, buzzing fashionistas were invited to enjoy massages, facials and product sampling! At the Luxor Media Lounge, fashionistas were greeted by sweet treats, JJ’s rocking cupcakes and Voss water, which was pure bliss. We caught up with Terry  and chatted about his newest product – The  Tuberose Shea Hand and Nail cream. Upon trying this new product, we absolutely fell in love with it, your hands feel immediately soft and silky, the infectious rose scent is also light, which is perfect. The Tuberose Shea Hand & Nail cream heals your hands and restores your skin effectively!

Travertine Spa CEO, Terry Carter  & Mel

A moment to de-stress, L’élite magazine offered members of the fashion industry a soothing place to relax and recharge themselves.

The Travertine experience is all about maintaining yourself and relaxing which is what a swimsuit fanatic loves to do – lounge and relax by the pool side…

Here are the top Travertine Spa products  a BIKINI FASHIONISTA should have!

After hitting the beach, a bikini fashionista should use a Travertine Spa botanical body wash, which is perfect after a sun filled day to soothe your skin. The calm essentials oils in these body washes will revitalize and calm your senses.

The Travertine hydrating body mist is a MUST for a bikini fashionista. Spending alot of time in the sun will cause your skin to be irritatetd, using this versatile spray on lotion automatically soothes your skin, this product can also be used as a scalp conditionner and a lip balm!

At the Luxor Media Lounge, clothing brand, Taylor had a surprise showcase of their Spring 2012 collection, we absolutely love this dress!

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Photo Credits: Melanie S.

Aqua Di Lara – MBFW Swim 2012!

Emerging from Canada, Aqua Di Lara’s designer Reyhan Sofraci showcases memorable swimsuit designs that are tantalizing to the eye. Edgy cuts,  striking patterns and gracious body fitting fabrics characterize the successful swimsuit brand that Aqua Di Lara is today. Reyhan Sofraci  knows what a bikini fashionista wants in a swimsuit. At MBFW Swim 2012, Aqua Di Lara stunned Miami’s fashionable crowd with her latest collection.

The Aqua Di Lara runway show featured edgy cuts that accentuate a woman’s curves.

The Bikini Fashionista loves the cowl neck halter bikini top!

The nude snake skin print seen in many Aqua Di Lara looks is sultry, cutting edge & high-fashion!

Pyschedelic prints seen in the Aqua Di Lara show, embodied fun & spice on the runway!

Aqua Di Lara’s swimsuit cover-ups are dreamy and feminine, perfect for every bikini fashionista!

Our ultimate favorite look by Aqua Di Lara at MBFW Swim 2012!

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Photos Courtesy of: Zimbio

Aquarella & Daniela Millan!

Aquarella Swimwear + Daniela Millan Jewelry = Fierce at the iconic white tents of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012 in Miami Beach. Daniela Millan’s pieces dazzled down the runway, complimenting French designer Véronique de la Cruz‘s sexy swimsuits and cover-ups in fresh hues and watercolor designs. Bejeweled headbands, belly chains and delightfully oversized earrings set each beach ready outfit apart, each ensemble screaming “Bikini Fashionista”!

Bikini Fashionista intern Shekinah Johnson‘s favorite look? The elongated gold link chain with gold medallions paired with an open aqua and coco hoodie, so chic!

After 10 minutes of never before seen fashion enchantment, we went backstage to congratulate the designers for a gorgeous show!

Véronique De La Cruz,  designer of Aquarella Swimwear!

Daniela Millan, Shekinah & Lorena Millan

Read our full interview with Daniela Millan here!

Shekinah Johnson @lovethycloset.com and @fashionbikinis would like to give a very special thanks to the Daniela Millan team for their hospitality at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012! Thank YOU!

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Runway photos courtesy of: Zimbio

Daniela Millan Jewelry!

At The Lifestyle Retreat Lounge, we got to know jewelry designers Daniela and Lorena Millan of Daniela Millan Jewelry. Sisters and business partners, the Millans birthed their one of a kind jewelry line out of Daniela’s college dorm room. Officially launched in 2009 and based in Mexico City, Mexico, the inspiration behind the line stems from the designers love of multi-culturalism and hand-crafted elegance. Their designs made with ever-refined artistic wire, each piece is hand-made to perfection by the designers themselves. A lover of fine jewelry and sexy swimwear alike, The Bikini Fashionista asked questions for every fashionista:

Who is the Daniela Millan woman?

The Daniela Millan woman is classic, sophisticated and loves to be chic! She isn’t afraid to take risks and experiment with color. She has a style of her own!

What is Daniela Millan’s best selling piece?

Our leather bracelets are a client favorite starting at $83!

What is trending in jewelry designs at the moment?

Big stones and statement pieces are trending and can be seen on every runway this summer season!

Describe Daniela Millan in 3 words…

Sophisticated, unique, feminine… That’s our client!

Daniela Millan designs are every bit of sophistication as the collection is known for the use of intricate techniques like crochet. Available at OleUnlimited.com and Isa Boutique in Midtown Miami respectively, Daniela Millan is making waves in sunny Miami Beach and beyond. Stay Tuned for more exclusive coverage of Daniela Millan at Mercedez Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012. Visit: www.DanielaMillan.com

Shekinah Johnson
for The Bikini Fashionista


Daniela Millan Jewelry!

The Bikini Fashionista loves to discover fresh jewelry designs! When I came across Daniela Millan jewelry, I knew I had to get a jewelry piece from this collection. Daniela’s jewelry pieces are soft and earthy with a twist of edge. These organic pieces featuring precious stones, leather and beautiful intertwined wires create such a bold fashion statement. Wear Daniela Millan jewelry to the beach and add a dash of modern flare to your swimwear! Her jewelry line offers a wide range of colors that will complement all beach looks. Every bikini fashionista should treat herself to Daniela Millan jewelry!  www.DanielaMillan.com

Purchase Daniela Millan jewelry at Ole Unlimited!

Daniela Millan will be showcasing her jewelry designs with Aquarella Swimwear at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Swim Week in Miami on July 18th 2011!

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