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!

Photos by Cheryl Kaplan

 

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OOh, I have to have that!!

Ooh, I have to have that necklace!

Ooh, I have to have that!,” I say, as I pass a window: I have said it so often and in front of so many windows that I am abnormally great at it. If I look back at my life I realize that I have purchased my most precious things after passing them in windows. Not just for what they are but also for how they make me feel. I bought my white down coat by Searle 20 years ago when driving past a window in NYC – I got home, called the store and had it shipped to my house in NJ. A few years ago, while on vacation in my beloved Outer Banks, I saw a simple black summer dress by Splendid in the window – tried it on and bought it on the spot. Five years ago, when I was trying to push through my fears and start exercising it was seeing these super-cool pink camo yoga pants in the window at Lululemon that caught my eye and got me moving. When I bought them I took my first step to changing my health. And it was this necklace that has become my all-time go-to; while walking the streets of Soho, New York, I saw this unique accessory and I knew that I had to have it. I had never seen anything like it before – the textures and fabrics were a unique combination that drew me into the boutique. Of course it was the only one of its kind and I bought it! I always get comments when I wear it – it is a conversation starter.

Windows are the gateway to our dreams, what happens when we press our noses to the possibilities and make them our own. When you see something in a window and buy it, you take the unobtainable and will it into your closet. To literally window-shop is to make your imagination your reality. It is no wonder that all of these purchases are my favorites.

Photos by Kendra Olson

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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

P1000515Saying good bye to your vacation is a melancholy affair. First, It takes a few days to settle in and unwind, and just when you feel relaxed and de-stressed, you begin to realize it’s almost over. Then, before you know it, you are driving home. My family has been traveling to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for the past 15 summers. Charming painted horses are a mainstay along this beautiful strip of land, and bring out the cowgirl in me. This cowgirl may look happy, but on this last day of vacation, she definitely has the blues …

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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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