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B A H I A

Bright and bold, those are the words that come to mind when we think of the place that encompasses BAHIA, our pre-summer limited edition collection. This collection is inspired by the beautiful white sand coastlines of Brazil, combined with the energetic atmosphere of rich culture and music.

Escape with us to a vibrate state of euphoria that will have you feeling the spirit of Brazil with every print and style. Which includes all new vibrant prints, including five new designs, along with two of our favorite classics.

THE HIGH WAISTED HIPSTER STRAP 
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The High Waisted Hipster Strap is one of our favorite classics and is perfect if you want a little more coverage.

THE MINI KNOT 3 STRAP 

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The Mini Knot 3 strap is one of our top favorites from BAHIA. This bikini is the ultimate pick for a girl who wants to show some skin, or barely anything! It’s sexy and alluring, and pays close attention to detail.

THE KNOT 3 STRAP

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The Knot 3 strap, another barely there bikini. This one is for the girl who wants to keep it playfully sexy; it’s similar to the Mini Knot 3 Strap but the bottom has a little bit fuller coverage in the front with its diamond shape.

THE PADDED RUCHED HIPSTER STRAP

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The Padded Ruched Hipster Strap is another new style. This bikini gives you that hipster strap fuller coverage in the bottoms while offering more support in the top and accentuating all those curves.

THE PADDED THONG BRIEF

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The Padded Thong Brief, another new style. This bikini is for the girl who wants fuller support in the top as well as the tiny bottom Brazil is famous for. A perfect combination!

 THE SPORTS BRIEF

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The Sports Brief, one of our all time favorites! If you love to surf or explore in the ocean, this is the one for you! The bottoms are a little thicker and the top has a cross design with keeps the bikini from going anywhere, unless you want it to!

 THE STRINGY BOW BACK

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The String Bow Back. It’s back & better than ever! This bikini is so playfully sexy, with a sliding triangle halter and stringy bikini bottom with a flirty bow.

Model: Malia Murphey | MUA: Melanie Metzkel | Photographer: Amber Mozo

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M O L O K A I

 

I had been on Oahu for two days when I got the call from San Lorenzo Bikinis that they wanted to send my best friend Amber and I to the island of Molokai to shoot. The moment I got off the phone with SL, I was so excited. I had never been to another Hawaiian island before, and Amber (who’s been to many) hadn’t been to Molokai either. It would be a new experience for both of us, and I was anxious to get there. San Lorenzo booked our tickets, and we were set to leave a few days after. Since we were only staying a couple of days, we packed really light. Here’s what we brought.

MOLOKAI PACKING LIST:

Cameras: Both Amber & I have Canon 5D Mark II’s.
Sapphire& sunscreen: I love this sunscreen because it’s organic and it’s made with coconut oil.
Maui Babe: This gives you a perfect bronzed glow.
LOTS of San Lorenzo Bikinis
Beach towels: San Lorenzo makes the cutest & brightest beach towels.
Good books: My all time favorites are The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle & The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.
Cute beachy clothing & jewelry: Whenever you do bikini shoots, it’s always important to bring accessories and cute clothes to mix it up a little bit.
Tea: Amber & I always try to keep it healthy and detox no matter where we are. Tiny tea by Your Tea is awesome. We bring this everywhere, and we’re always sipping on it.
A good playlist: Amber and I spent some time the night before loading some new songs onto our I-phones. It’s important to have good tunes to listen to on the plane ride. And also to jam to while we’re shooting photos for San Lorenzo.
Journal: I always bring my journal everywhere I go. It’s special to document your life no matter where you are.

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Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 2.09.59 PMAmber and I packed our bags that night and the next morning we were up early and off to the airport. Since Molokai is so close to Oahu the plane we ended up taking was really small. It was only a six-seater plane, and there were only two other people on it with us. The plane ride ended up being a little bumpy since it was windy out and in a small plane you can feel any kind of movement in the air. That’s where good tunes and cameras come in handy! Amber and I distracted ourselves by taking photos from the plane, and jamming out to some good songs.

The plane ride was so quick; we landed in no time at all. After Amber and I landed we had to get groceries since we were staying at a house, so the first thing we did was drive to the grocery store. The whole ride there was so beautiful. Molokai is known for how reserved and untouched it is. We enjoyed a 30 min peaceful ride to the store, and maybe saw 1 or 2 cars the whole drive there. Thanks to Google, we were able to find a really cool all natural grocery store owned by a sweet local of Molokai. We spent about fifteen minutes there and loaded up on a bunch of fresh fruit. Fruit is great because it’s so healthy, delicious, and it’s even good to use for props while shooting. After we stalked up on fruit we went to the other main grocery store to get a few more necessities. There we found a little farmers market, and we bought a few more healthy snacks such as avocado and a pineapple. All the locals in Molokai were such sweet, down to earth, loving people. Amber and I loved their energy and how welcome they made us feel.

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After getting all our groceries Amber and I got back on the road and headed towards the house we were staying at. The whole forty-minute drive there, Amber and I listened to good music with the windows rolled down. The island was so raw and beautiful. It felt like we had gone back in time to some of the earliest days in Hawaii, there was no traffic, no buildings taller than a palm tree, dirt roads. Even the beaches we drove by were vacant of people. As we were getting closer to the house, we drove down this very narrow road that curved around a black sand beach, it was so beautiful and untouched I could hardly believe it. We were in for another surprise when we arrived at the house. Where we stayed was a hidden glass cottage that not only had outdoor bathtubs overlooking the ocean but it even had it’s own secret beach. Amber and I were in heaven. We spent the majority of our days lounging in the warm bathtubs, shooting photos around the house, laying out on the private beach out front reading good books, and exploring the other beaches on Molokai. No matter what we did, we were always in a San Lorenzo Bikini. The weather was off and on, and it was rainy and stormy for most of the trip but that didn’t stop us! We adventured around the island, found some stunning beaches, a cool palm tree grove, and tried to capture the simple and raw beauty of Molokai the best we could.

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I’m so thankful the San Lorenzo team sent Amber and I to this gorgeous island to shoot and explore. It was an experience I’ll never forget. Molokai really taught me to appreciate natural & raw beauty, and I’ll always remember the Aloha the locals there showed us.

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I spy with my little eye, Surfing Mag feature!

What a beautiful way to wake up with the Hawaiian sun shining, those island trade winds blowing and the astonishing Alexis Ren wearing San Lorenzo Bikinis in the 2015 Surfing Magazine Swimsuit Issue. Grab your issue today to see for yourself!

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful woman to grace the pages of Surfing Mag in our bikini on a gorgeous beach in Cancun. Alexis is wearing the Nu print High-Neck set from our 2015 Ilha de Coco runway collection. An all-reversible set that flips to the Melancia print.

Want to get the stunning look for your next sun-bound rendezvous? Visit the following retailers online or in-store to snag this reversible silky soft set before it’s gone!

Swell                                The Girl and the Water                     Bikini Slayer

Nubia Swimwear – Capitola, CA

Curves n’ Waves – Miami, FL

Shop other prints of the High-Neck style from our Ilha de Coco collection at the following retailers.

Revolve Clothing            I Shine 365

Slo Swim – San Luis Obispo, CA

Bikini Factory – Summerland, CA

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Feed your Wanderlust: Amber Mozo’s Essentials

If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook you’ve probably been inspired, enthralled and even emoji heart-eyed by our girl Amber Mozo’s photographs. Her travels are frequent and thank the Sea Goddess Heavens, because our thirst for wanderlust is never fully quenched. We are so lucky to have Amber on our team to document the true SL lifestyle that she lives day-in and day-out.

Since Amber travels so often we asked her to create a packing guide for fellow travel bug inhabitants of the world. This list contains her absolute essentials that she’s learned (the hard way) are necessary for tropical destinations frequented by merbabes like yourself.Amber Mozo's Fiji Packing List (Revised)

Don’t have the time or bank account to plan an exotic escape right now? Well, you’re in luck because Amber is currently in the process of curating a photo-journal of her journeys from lands as far away as Africa to the shores of Greece and hidden lagoons of Thailand. In order to have a piece of visual mysticism on your nightstand, we have to support Amber on this project! Please visit Kickstarter to back what will surely bring you serenity on a busy day, beauty to look forward to in the world, and most importantly a smile on your face. So proud of our babe Amber for always following her dreams and living so passionately while following her dad’s foot steps. She lives to travel the world, spread her good energy and inspire others through her photography. Let’s all help Amber make her dreams and vision a reality! Share this project and pick up a copy of her book by March 31st.

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2015 SI Swimsuit Edition

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

That’s right ladies, the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition has finally graced us with its presence, which means we finally get to flip through pages of beautiful locations, beautiful babes and of course, beautiful swimwear.

We couldn’t be more excited to be featured for the fourth time in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Creating swimwear that brings together Hawaii’s Aloha spirit and South American flare for babes around the world is our passion and we are so lucky to be able to do this every day.

But enough about that… how ‘bout them babes & bikinis?

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As you flip through the pages, you’ll notice that our Shorebreak and Sunset print from the        I Dream of Eden Collection stole the spotlight.

Chrissy Teigen and Irina Shayk are both seen wearing the Shorebreak Sunset & Aqua Thong Belt  while Chanel Iman wears nothing but the Shorebreak Sunset & Aqua Braided Thong. What a rebel.

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Here, Chanel Iman wears the reversible Sunburst & Electric Galaxy Two Strap Thong. We love how they twisted the bandeau and created a new look for this already vibrant bikini!

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What did you think of the swimwear featured in the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition?  We can’t wait to see what designs and trends will be featured in 2016!

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Eighteen with Greta Rose Evans

We are so honored to announce that our very own SL girl Greta Evans has released her 2nd book. Eighteen, a photo journal,  was launched yesterday and let us tell you, this isn’t just a story about a number. This is a story about everything that comes along with it.

Some of us have been there and lived through the trials and tribulations of growing up, this book will take you back or give you a keen insight into being 18, even if for a second time. Turning eighteen held a year of excitement and challenges for Greta and couldn’t make you feel more humbled about your own experiences. Moving out of her parents home, falling in love, going to college, traveling across the world with SL & overall learning how to live on her own as the new adult she was becoming.

We take pride in you for achieving your goals and loved being along for the ride. Happy birthday Greta!

Have some burning questions for our babe?? She will hold a Q&A throughout the weekend HERE on the blog. So, ask away!

Her book will be available in stores early December!

Follow @greta_rosee for more about her adventures & her book

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MELT AWAY

Baby it’s dark outside, the moon light is shinning on us, lets show off your perfect tan.

One of our all time favorite photographers, Daniela Quinlan, was craving a candid, colorful, yummy shoot with our forever-muse Mahina Garcia. Colorful and bright? Then to incorporate the Heat Wave pt 2 collection was a no brainer!

Daniela was inspired by a photograph of Natasha Poly where she was eating ice cream for Vogue magazine a few years ago. Instantly she thought adding a fun fearless twist. She thought that a midnight dip in the ocean would be a great addition to what she had in mind.

It was fun and bright night, until Mahina suddenly rushed out of the water because she saw A SHARK in the water. Oh, that’s the island life!

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Photographer: Daniela Quinlan

Model: Mahina Garcia

MUA: Kecia Litman 

 

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Hamptons, you romantic you

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Although New York has a reputation for ruthlessness and a knack for cold encounters we are here to show you that there’s more to this beautiful place than just the Concrete Jungle.

Taking you back to the Hamptons, our girl Casey Evans and her SL bandits show you The Hamptons’ romantic, warm side.

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Even NY babes yearn for summer’s everlasting touch. From sand and sawgrass to light breezes and blue skies, this is where the gypsy soul finds serenity.san_lorenzo_06san_lorenzo_03 Kona Lillie Gardersan_lorenzo_04   Kona Lillie Hipster Strapsan_lorenzo_13    Lime Braided Hipster Strap

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Tell us it will last forever, hold us tight with closed eyes — this endless summer that lives always in our souls.

New York, you son of a gun, I think we’ve fallen in love.

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Models: Gabby, Ariel

Photographer: Chloe Gifkins

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Exploring French Polynesia

One of our favorite photographers, Shannon Cummings & her friends went on a trip to the French Polynesia for an adventure of a lifetime. 21 days, countless hours in the crisp Polynesian ocean & great memories. We think that for you to feel what she experienced,  Shannon will have to tell you herself:

“Picture this: a palm tree or three swaying to the beat of the oceans waves. Mountains green and terrifyingly jagged. Sand so white and powdery that it makes you wonder how long it took to get that way. AND BLUE. Lots of blue. Turquoise blue. Dark blue. Light blue. I really like these blues. This is French Polynesia. This is Mo’orea. I live on Oahu and like to say I’m an expert in adventuring and going with the flow but that would be a lie. I like to plan all my adventures at least a few days in advance. There is something about the way the people live on Mo’orea. We did not plan. You move slow. It is hot so that could be why… Anyway, I did not know what was going to happen each and everyday and I loved it. My friends and I relied on the kindness of strangers. French Polynesians are extremely kind. They are so kind that they’ll go out of their way to take you to your destination if hitching a ride. We also relied on the kindness of fellow travelers. No one stole my camera equipment while staying in hostels or carelessly leaving it on the beach. We made an excellent friend who translated French for us and even saved our lives while snorkeling out to sharks – we had to worry about the killer boats and currents in this instance. My best advice for traveling to these islands is to know of a few things you’d like to do. I knew I wanted to swim with sharks and visit Teahupo’o. However, after learning from other travelers I realized that I did want to visit Rangiroa and scuba with the “Wall of Sharks,” and I did want to see Marlon Brando’s atoll called Tetiaroa. I didn’t even know this existed until talking with other travelers. I researched before my trip but there is so much information that it can be overwhelming. Talk to people while you’re here. Make friends. You’ll get a lot of great advice on what to do and what to avoid. Tag along and don’t be afraid to open up…unless you get a creepy vibe. Then of course you need to be careful and trust your gut. I was traveling with two other beautiful ladies so we had protection in numbers. Trust the advice of the islanders. It’s not like Oahu where everything is a warning for those who aren’t used swimming or hiking or being outdoors. When they say there is a strong current, there IS a strong current. When they say you need a guide for a hike, you do. This isn’t Disneyland or even Hawaii. You are going to sweat a lot. So much so that you’ll just want to go almost naked. I only wore my San Lorenzo bikini and a pareo I picked up from a street vendor and washed this every night with shampoo and hung it out to dry for the next day. I did this for almost three weeks. Gross? No. Practical. You really don’t need clothes here. It does get chilly at night though but that is my opinion. Most of the time you’re sweating. Eat poisson cru. I like to think of this as the poke of French Polynesia except that it has coconut sauce. SO ONO. Drink all their juices. Day and night. We didn’t stay in a swanky hotel but we were able to use their WiFi for free (thank you, Hilton Mo’orea)! Check out those places by walking through or going to their happy hour. If you are privileged enough to stay at one of these fine hotels, then I recommend for you to go out of your comfort zone and stay at a pension aka a hostel. You’ll meet more people that way. Traveling is about meeting people.                                                                                                                                                   Mo’orea and Tahiti, maruru roa. I’ll see you again very soon”

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Shop the looks: Deep V Monokini | Braided Hipster Strap | Fringe Ruched Brief 

Photography by Shannon Cummings | www.memoriesaquatic.com

Meet Sacha Kalis: This Week’s Mermaid Inspiration

 Meet Sacha Kalis aka Bahamas girl – born on a little island in the Bahamas. There’s a list of things why Sacha & her mom, Elena Kalis inspire us so much. They bring out the beauty of the bluest blues from the Bahamas, and get the most beautiful dreamlike underwater pictures.

Sacha, tell us a bit about yourself, how did you get into underwater modeling?                                      

 I was told that I would swim before I could walk and spent more time in  the water than out, then when I was 8 my mother Elena Kalis got into photography and I became her model. I’m 16 now so that has been going on for over half my life really. Recently I have started work with other photographers and models such as Kristi Bisaria, Bobby Brown, film producer Tom Low, and modeled with/photographed with Jay Alvarrez.

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So, you are our ultimate mermaid inspiration. What inspires you?                                              

I think that most of our inspiration is drawn from around us, I know mine is from the ocean and from life but my mother, she will just be doing something and then randomly jumps up saying “I have an idea!”.

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 I love living in the Bahamas, I was born and raised here and have grown up pretty much in the water. My favorite part is living by the beach and getting to go whenever I want, whether it’s modeling, tubing, wake boarding, surfing, or just having fun and hanging out with friends.photo 5Tell us something that we may not know about you                                                                    

Well I have been home schooled my entire life, I have ten cats and one dog, I love to snack on dried seaweed crackers, and whenever there are waves I love surfing! 🙂

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I used to love to dance when I was younger, so the flow and the poses come relatively easily. Modeling above water is very different that modeling under, under you have to be more creative with the poses stranger and not always graceful to make them work.

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Follow Sacha Kalis for more about her beautiful life & her momma, photographer Elena Kalis