Let’s face it: the old bikini (and the monokini, and tankini, and itsy bitsy string bikini) have given us a good ride and a hefty dose of body scrutiny the past few years, but we’d like to try something new. Thank you to Victoria’s Secret for introducing the natural-looking, maybe even somewhat comfortable push-up bikini before everyone else saw the trend and added floaties to the cups (have you seen those?!), making it near impossible to find a swimsuit top today that doesn’t also suffice as a life vest (practical, perhaps, when the Titanic went down but unnatural and…unflattering.)
Of course, I love a two-piece with personality and as a girl that shamelessly tends to collect bikini tops on sale even when there’s no coordinating bottom to be found, I have to move on this summer. Thankfully, Phoenix retailer Exquisite Swimwearhas heard our cry for sexy, curve-enhancing/curve-creating mono swimsuits and are dishing out some of the best we’ve seen in years. Forgive us for the cliche, but these aren’t your mother’s bathing suits.
Click through the slideshow to see our top choices – and click each suit you like to visit Exquisite Swimwear:
March 1st proved to be quite the day for AZ Big Media staff members. Not only were we running around preparing for the highly anticipated RED Awards (Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine’s Real Estate and Development Awards), but we were also preparing for Scottsdale Living Magazine’s very first fashion photo shoot!
For the Spring 2012 issue of Scottsdale Living, we wanted to focus on swimwear — because we all know in Arizona, it’s never too early to go swimsuit shopping. So that’s exactly what we did, and we received some help from three Scottsdale-popular swimwear shops: Exquisite Swimwear, Beach Bunny Swimwear and Everything But Water. Needless to say, each were incredibly helpful.
After extensive research and speaking with Tricia Apostolos, owner and manager of Exquisite Swimwear in Scottsdale, the trending swimsuit styles for this summer season surprised us. (Keep an eye out for the Spring 2012 issue to find out what they are!)
With our swimsuits and accessories in hand, it was time to head to the Hotel Valley Ho OH pool. Now, this location was entirely too fitting. With the hotel’s vintage, ’60s vibe and appearance, we knew this was the perfect place to shoot. Not only that, but our models were incredibly prompt and cooperative — and looked great in their respective swimsuits! Thanks, ladies.
But that’s not it. We had not just one photo shoot in progress, but two. The Hotel Valley Ho was gracious enough to allow us to shoot in one of their stunning suites for a couple hours. So as the swimsuit shoot was finishing up downstairs, we had the “Painful to be Pretty” shoot upstairs with photographer Adam Truszkowski. (You’ll have to flip through the upcoming issue to read this story as well!)
Check out our behind-the-scenes video of the successful swimsuit shoot. Our multimedia intern, Josh Estes, probably had a field day filming this — and he did a great job:
If you like any of the suits featured in this video, don’t worry; we’ll have everything you need to know about them in the next issue.
Thank you again to Beach Bunny Swimwear, Exquisite Swimwear, Everything But Water and the Hotel Valley Ho for being so accommodating. And to our models, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules and dedicating it to the photo shoot. We appreciate everyone’s help (that includes our photographers, too — Cory Bergquist and Mike Mertes).
We’re beyond excited for the release of the Spring 2012 issue — and we hope you are, too!