Escapada Living Review!

Planning a trip to the tropics? Escapada Living creates flirty, beach-ready designs for the modern, ageless fashionista. Hailing from Charleston, South Carolina, the resort and beach wear line offers ‘luxe for less’ with this year’s hottest trends including palazzo pants, maxi-dresses and tunics. Bikini Fashionista intern Shekinah Johnson loves the ever so flattering ‘Ava‘ design, featuring oversize bat-wing sleeves, and a cinched tie waist.

The printed, lemon colored frock is perfect for a cruise to the Caribbean or a night out in Miami Beach. Showing just enough leg and leaving much to the imagination, Escapada Living stays true to its youthful, tasteful client base. Bikini Fashionista intern, Shekinah Johnson, absolutely loves the “Ava” top,  a definite resort wear favorite, this top is more than versatile and can be worn in many ways!  Sport it, as a dress or a tunic with leggings and accessorize it in many ways, this is a quintessential beach item to have in your closet for Beach-Spring 2012. Comfortable & classy by the poolside!

Escapada launches their best collection yet with Resort & Beach 2012 and is available in stores in FL, PR, Mexico, Tahiti, Honduras, and the Caribbean this November and can be found in other parts of the US in January. Visit to preview the latest in warm weather fashions. Contact to find a store near you!

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Shekinah Johnson for The Bikini Fashionista

Amber Watkins at OFW – SS 12!

The Bikini Fashionista went to Ottawa Fashion Week to view the Amber Watkins swimwear show and absolutely loved her latest collection!  Fun & juicy  colored swimsuits dashed down the runway lifting the mood with great energy, a tropical fever mixed with a tribal edge collided in Amber Watkins’ latest collection of bejewelled swimsuits. Amber Watkins’ collection is perfect for the bikini fashionista who loves to remain glamorous by the pool side.  Amber designs swimsuits to flatter all curves, offering universal swimwear cuts for every type of silhouette. The Bikini Fashionista is a huge fan of Amber Watkins, we absolutely love her designs and highly advise all you swimwear fanatics to check out Amber’s  SS 12′ collection!

Swimwear designer, Amber Watkins

Amber Watkins paired her designs with local favorite, Pica jewelry – fierce combination!

Colors that lift the spirit – emerald green, electric blue, tropical orange -  perfect to wear at the beach!

Amber Watkins introduces hints of  50′s mod  in her latest collection, the high waisted bottoms are universal and translate beautifully on a variety of body types.

Sassy tribal edge – you can never go wrong with fringe, The BF loves this look, very bodacious!

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Photo Credits: John Smith

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.

Talk Style: Escapada Living!

Fresh resort-inspired prints, body skimming shifts and vintage ease make up Escapada Living‘s summer collection. Bikini Fashionista intern Shekinah Johnson talked humble beginnings and ageless style at the Delano Miami Beach with creative director & model Jesse Vickers. Former assistant to Escapada designer Natalia Castillo, Vickers is now the face of the always chic brand. Fashionable for women of all generations, Escapada Living is sold all over the US and the Caribbean.

Creative Director & Model of Escapada Living, Jesse Vickers!

The Bikini Fashionista loves Escapada Living‘s designs: Sassy, chic and fashionably functional!

Escapada Living‘s fashions are perfect for your resort vacation. Retreat in style and stand out beautifully!

Shekinah had a posh time at the Escapada Living Showroom, very chic!

The Bikini Fashionista absolutely loves this ruffle neck romper by Escapada Living, perfect for bikini fashionistas heading to the beach!

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Saha Swimwear!

The Bikini Fashionista spotted the “Papillon Peacock” swimsuit by Saha Swimwear and knew it was love at first sight! The bold print and beautiful colors emote influences of exotic nature. The assymetric neckline is beautiful and is adorned by a shoulder ruffle, last of all the bottoms have a sexy hipster cut, that is flattering to the silhouette!

Saha Swimwear will be at The Swimwear Show, July 16th-19th – Booth 474!

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Ole Unlimited!

Ole Unlimited is a unique online shop and gallery featuring the best Latin American designers! On Ole Umlimited you can find a plethora of  jewelry and great clothing designs that will appease to your taste. Shop the unique and carefully picked designers and discover items that will add spice to your swimwear! The Bikini Fashionista is a lover of Ole Unlimited and highly recommends all you swimwear divas to check out their website. Erika Yelo is a featured designer on Ole Unlimited and we absolutely love her designs – chunky, bold and perfect to wear with a fashionable bikini!

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Coco Riche Swimwear!

Coco Riche Swimwear is classy, luxurious and stylish – a definite favorite of the Bikini Fashionista! Coco Riche Swimwear is all about offering unique swimsuit designs to all you fashionistas who like to be in vogue at the beach.  The designer duo – Karen Connell and Jade Richey are the exquisite talents behind this resort and swimwear company. Check out their sexy beach creations at!

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Napi Designs!

The Bikini Fashionista loves this bikini by Napi Designs! This cute frilly number with polkda dots is dainty & feminine and will make you stand out at the beach! Napi Designs has  a unique variety of swimwear designs that emote influences of the “rockabilly” style!  Wear Napi Designs at a pool party and get noticed! Retail: 74$ US -

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Diane Von Furstenberg Bikini!

String Bikini by Diane Von Furstenberg, 92$ US – Buy it here: Shop Bop

This string bikini by Diane Von Furstenberg is my pick of the day! It’s funky, girly and quirky. It is ideal for the bikini fashionista who is fun, flirty and has a playful personality. The color combination is unconventionally sweet and will peak interest at the beach! Retail: 92$ US

Vintage Style Swimwear!

In light of Miami Swim Week quickly approaching, I felt like wearing a burst of color to the beach this weekend! I picked out this bright & juicy swimsuit for my personal retreat. This lace number by Asos is sassy and will definitely keep heads turning at the beach. A hint of vintage and a touch of class is perfect for a day by the pool. Retail: 44$ US

Lace Print Plunge Swuimsuit by Asos, 44$ US - Buy it here: