Can you believe Summer is slipping away already? Seems like I just wrote my first post for the season, giddy with excitement and now here we are with a couple weeks left and I still have so much more to share like today's retro-swim look.

Admittedly, this look was challenging to shoot while vacationing in Panama. It was the first swimsuit look I shot while there but unlike my Turbans & Toucans tropical poolside glam, I didn’t have the pool all to myself. We didn’t realize how crowded the pool at Central Hotel got after breakfast and by the time we got upstairs all the lounge chairs were taken, and lots of people were swimming. There was very little room to shoot and at first I didn't feel like taking any photos, but where there is a will there is a way so we made it work. 

I know that little story may seem trivial but I shared it because the underlying principal is how I go about everything in my life and tackle challenges. If something isn't working out the way I assumed it would, I usually start off by fussing while making some unpleasant but hilarious faces then I go at the situation from a different perspective.

The face you make when the pool is full 😂 

The face you make when the pool is full 😂 

Personally, I believe it's important to be adaptable and open to change in one's life. That mindset has been useful in my personal relationships, while working in a fast-pace Tech environment and even when I'm tackling event design projects. There are valuable lessons in seeing how you react under pressure and less than ideal circumstances can teach you so much about yourself. 


For this poolside look, I wanted to mix animal and fruit prints so I opted for a little (snow) leopard & lemon combo. I got this suit last Fall and love that it looks like polka-dots at times too. The style is a modern take on a 1940s style and I was extremely tickled to come across a photo of Ava Gardner wearing a very similar suit but in polka-dots.


 I included lot's of fun pieces inspired by this look so be sure to scroll to the end of this post to snag 'em.