Summer and Swimsuit Memories

I can’t think of summer without thinking of my beloved Outer Banks of North Carolina, where beach and bay share the same slim, gorgeous peninsula. I spent 14 summers in OBX with my dear family. My boys grew up on those beaches and kayaked on that bay. Even though we stopped going a few years ago, my memories take me back in a heartbeat – to the white, soft beach where I had my walks – to the view of the bay where I started and ended every day with a silent meditation, to the local farmer’s market and the free pie samples my mom and I used to love, to the fresh seafood, to the house that we loved, and to the joy of being with my family.

And of course, to my swimwear! My clothes are so tied into my memories that I could never separate the two; I bought my all-time favorite black one-piece Lisa Curran Swimsuit for summer vacation at the beach. Feminine yet strong and secure, it fit like a glove and I knew it could handle the trip perfectly. And it did. It’s important to find the right swimsuit because, as completely exposed as you are, you need the suit to fill you with confidence and a little bit of attitude! Of course it helped that this particular suit was named Clare, my mother’s name!

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I Am a One-Piece Kind of Girl!

IMG_3818Even as a teenager I preferred wearing a one-piece swimsuit. I think there was one bikini in my arsenal but I don’t remember it well. For as long as I have been wearing swimsuits, I have been a one-piece kind of girl. It’s a personal choice that I can’t explain. I only know that wearing a swimsuit is one of the most vulnerable things we do because it’s the smallest amount of clothing we wear in public. How we feel in it is everything. Of course, I am no longer a teenager – I am a woman aware of my changing-body. Now more than ever I look to my swimsuit to help me feel the best about myself. My vulnerable self. For me, that is still a one-piece.

I bought this one-piece Lisa Curran swimsuit last year, after owning my others until they were threadbare. Lisa Curran’s attention to detail and use of the finest fabrics provides me the right fit to enhance my confidence.

Wear what you love this summer – any swimsuit style that feels right for you.

Photo by Cheryl Kaplan

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The Pin and The Message for 2015

My lady bug bee pin, by Joan Rivers, paired with a tee by Missoni (for you, Joan)

“The bee pin has been my signature.”  ~ Joan Rivers

As I move into 2015, I look back at TFIO 2014 for the stories and the messages that meant so much to me. I treasure stories like Ilene Beckerman’s who created the book which later became the play – Love, Loss, and What I Wore – as a way to document the clothes and the moments and memories of her life; like Isabella Rose Taylor who as an artist and a fashion designer at 13 was told she was never too young to dream; like Daniel Silverstein, a New York designer who is 100% committed to creating beautiful clothing with Zero-waste technology; like Pro-Age revolutionary Cindy Joseph who wowed me (again) with her outlook on life and true beauty; like Lisa Curran, a swimsuit designer who never forgets the importance of bringing out the best in a woman’s self esteem, and like my dear cousin Drew Ann Rosenberg, who as a Director and Assistant Director of films and television, is a woman working in a male-dominated profession.

But perhaps the single most important message came from comedian Joan Rivers. On Labor Day we heard that Joan Rivers, one of America’s hardest-workers (forget the fact that she was 80 years old!) was in critical condition following a medical procedure, and finally the news followed that she had passed. To honor Ms. Rivers I wrote about her in a piece I titled, “Joan Rivers: Beeautiful!” As a designer for QVC, Joan Rivers had a signature bee collection as part of her jewelry line. With a name like Melissa, which means bee in Greek, I have collected several of Ms. Rivers’s bee pins. But I never understood why the bee meant so much to her until I heard her tell the story: “The bee pin, for those of you who don’t know, has been my signature. It represents achieving the impossible because the bee absolutely cannot fly, cannot get off the ground, the way it’s built; yet it flies and makes the world beautiful. So it gives you hope … When people say, ‘give up,’ … no, no, no, no, no … don’t give up, up and at ‘em, make the world better.”

That is the message that I carry with me into 2015 and I happily share with youDon’t give up, never give up – even when people say you can’t or you shouldn’t. If you believe in it, do it. Do it. And make the world better for it. The bee somehow finds a way to fly. Joan Rivers did it. And we can, too!

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My swimsuit takes me to the beach!

Having fun at the beach with my Lisa Curran swimsuit

Having fun at the beach with my Lisa Curran swimsuit

Missy 2-2Swimsuit designer, Lisa Curran, knows what she is doing. When I sat down with Lisa last April, we talked about swimsuits and body image, and how a good fit can translate to a deeper sense of self-esteem. Knowing how vulnerable a woman feels wearing a swimsuit,  the least amount of clothing one wears in public, Lisa wisely says: “you want to purchase something that you can walk around with and feel comfortable.” This rings true for me. And this week, my perfect-fitting Lisa Curran swimsuit is showing me the time of my life: whether I am active or in repose. In fact, it is taking me to the beach and beyond! Continue reading

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You’re going to want a Lisa Curran swimsuit. I promise.

When I posted this interview with the talented swimsuit designer, Lisa Curran, a few weeks ago, I could not have imagined the deep connection between swimwear and body image. Wearing a swimsuit is the least amount of clothing we wear in public, and with that awareness, comes a feeling of exposure and vulnerability. After contemplating the release of Swimsuits for All’s new calendar, it seemed like this interview deserved a second play. I was impressed by Lisa’s forthcoming point of view and honest exchange with me in this conversation.

After watching, you’re going to want a Lisa Curran swimsuit. Go to the Lisa Curran website, and get 25% off when you use the code: MELISSA2014.

Thank you to Lisa Curran and Stefanie Messercola of Lisa Curran Swim, Lisa Reznik, and Claudine Liss 

Credits: Directed by Claudine Liss; Photography by Lisa Reznik; Editing by Odeon Films

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Here we are … talking swimsuits and body image with Lisa Curran

‘Tis the season for swimsuit shopping, and in this interview with the very talented swimsuit designer, Lisa Curran, we go deeper and talk about the connection between swimsuits and body image. I am impressed with Lisa Curran’s direct and forthcoming point of view, and I value this honest exchange about what matters most when wearing a swimsuit, which, let’s face it, leaves us all feeling vulnerable and exposed.

Credits: Directed by Claudine Liss; Photography by Lisa Reznik; Editing by Odeon Films – Shot on Location at MONDO Summit, Summit NJ

 

 
 

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A swimsuit conversation with Lisa Curran …

Lisa Curran and me during our interview; Lisa is wearing The Beach Party

Lisa Curran and me; Lisa is wearing Lisa Curran Swim’s The Perfect Beach Dress                       Photo Credit: Lisa Reznik

It’s finally spring and we are all starting to think about swimsuits and swimsuit shopping. But first, we must address how we feel about who we are and how we see ourselves. Who better to dish with than Lisa Curran herself, designer and founder of Lisa Curran Swim. Lisa and I met a year ago and today, we are back, recording a video that goes beyond our first conversation; talking about body image and the connection between swimsuits and self esteem, and how women and girls can feel empowered rather than discouraged by shopping for swimwear. Continue reading

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Karie

Lisa Curran Bond One-Piece with cutouts Sexy!

Karie, with Lisa Curran Bond One-Piece with cutouts. Sexy!

Lisa Curran Swim - Classic Tank - Voted #1 fitting one-piece three years in a row by The New York Times. Women love this swimsuit because it is clean and simple and a great fit.

Karie with Lisa Curran Swim Classic Tank – Voted #1 fitting one-piece three years in a row by The New York Times. Women of every age love this swimsuit because of the colors and because it is clean and simple and a great fit.

Karie is an Account Manager and Sales Assistant with Lisa Curran Swim and the hero who helped me when I shopped online for a swimsuit. We had a chance to meet during a Lisa Curran Swim trunk show and I asked her why it’s so hard for women (oh, I mean me!) to find their way past the panic of buying a swimsuit (again, I mean me!). The good news? If you push a little out of your comfort zone there is a swimsuit with your name on it! Here is a part of our discussion:

MKG: How can women feel less panicked when they start the process of buying a swimsuit?

Karie: “It’s a mindset. You can’t have a negative mindset. It’s better to keep an open mind and remember that there is something for every body type. I suggest working with someone who will first answer questions and make recommendations, and then bring the swimsuit(s) home to try on in the comfort of your own environment. Continue reading

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Considered online swimsuit shopping??

My Lisa Curran Swim One-Piece - "Clare"

My Lisa Curran Swim Clare One-Piece

Shopping for a swimsuit is a tricky business. The thought of stripping down and exposing yourself to the harsh lights that laugh at your every dimple is daunting, to say the least. Perhaps that’s why I have hung on to my tried-and-true swimsuits for a few years, even when they are clearly past their prime, preserving them and treating them with great care so that I can avoid the process just one more year. But all the gentle care in the world can’t change the fact that I need a new swimsuit – and fast, because the weather is warming up quickly. Isn’t there another way to shop? …

The answer is: yes! You can shop for a swimsuit online. I have never considered online swimsuit shopping; like many other women I simply braved those harsh fluorescent department store lights and small, cramped dressing rooms – hoping for the best. But this time I wanted to try something different and the thought of shopping in the comfort of my own home was enticing. I also wanted something specific: a swimsuit from the Lisa Curran Swim collection. I met Lisa last fall when I interviewed her and was inspired not only by her personal story but also by her desire to design the highest quality swimwear for women of all shapes and sizes … Continue reading

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Lisa: A Visionary

Lisa ImageAre we ready for warm weather already? Lisa Curran is the owner and creator of Lisa Curran Swim, founded in 1997. An entrepreneur in the truest sense with a passion for fashion to match, Lisa is always visualizing ten-steps ahead. Lisa was a young girl who practically lived in a swimsuit growing up on the beaches of Cape May, New Jersey, who later dreamed of making a difference as she would discover a void in the design of women’s swimwear.

I sat down with this extraordinary woman. Here is Lisa, in her own words:

“I always loved fashion, since I was a little girl, but I was more interested in the artistic side of fashion. I’ve always been drawn to that, rather than owning something with a label …

I started as a student at FIT which was near the old Barney’s downtown (New York). On my lunch break, I loved checking out the windows at Barney’s. At that time, they featured small and up-and-coming designers …

It turns out that my first job was an assistant buyer for Barney’s. It was a special experience for me. Barney’s was still owned by the Pressman Family and there was an intimacy about it then; they were truly interested in promoting brands. After my time at Barney’s I became a buyer for Gucci, just six months after Rose Marie Bravo hired Tom Ford. It was an exciting time to be in fashion. I could easily have stayed there and I loved my job, and yet, I always wanted to do a swimwear line …

At that time, I was newly married and without children. I knew that this was my moment to make the leap: I couldn’t understand why the swimwear industry wouldn’t sell separate pieces, and I saw a huge void in the market. Women come in all shapes and sizes, and swimwear separates needed to reflect that. I left my secure position at Gucci and in 1997 I began Lisa Curran Swim. I soon discovered that my previous business experience helped me to better understand what to do and what not to do. I began by shipping to three-to-four stores, and soon caught the eye of Sports Illustrated and Elle Magazine. That is when my business started growing …

Today, I am a mother with three children. I have created two separate collections for Lisa Curran Swim: the world of bikini separates and one piece bathing suits for moms whose needs may be changing but still want to look and feel sexy. I have always used the highest quality fabrics and linings, and everything comes from Italy. No other swimsuit company is doing that. We also design our own prints. My customer knows what she is getting when she purchases a swimsuit from the Lisa Curran Swim collection …

I continue to push myself and strive for perfection in all that I do. I have a great team. It is a nice-size business and remains privately-owned. I love working and I always have my eye on the next challenge …” ~ Lisa Curran

We are so glad that you do, Lisa. On behalf of women everywhere, thank you for thinking of us when designing the one article of clothing that can make us feel the most vulnerable. We’re glad that the little girl on the beach grew up to see her dreams come true!

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You can find LIsa Curran Swim at Bloomingdale’s and coming shortly to Everything But Water in Short Hills, New Jersey.

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Lisa Curran Collection

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Lisa Curran Collection

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Lisa Curran Collection

 

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