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MEET CABANA BABE ABBY!

By Anna Finch

MEET CABANA BABE ABBY!
Shoe expert and fashionista Abby joins us today to answer a bunch of fun questions about life, confidence, and her favorite swimmies! Check out her answers below and then hop on over to Sea Salt & Stilettos to find your next pair of lust-worthy heels!
What's your favorite style of swimsuit and what is your favorite Cabana Anna design? 
I love bandeaus paired with a great cheeky bottom - I always feel the most comfortable in that style!  The open back Apia one-piece is my favorite Cabana Anna design because the gathered "knot" in the front near the stomach is slimming and the multi-way tie fits any size bust! I got mine in Coastal turquoise of course :) 
 

What's your favorite beach in the world (that you’ve been to)? 

Definitely Olbia in Sardinia, Italy! There are seashells everywhere and the water is so clear you can see down to your toes even when you're in up to your hips. It's literally crystal clear. Did I mention it's a nude beach? 😉

That's too funny! Besides lounging in the nude, what's your next favorite beach activity?

I got into surfing this year, which has become my new favorite beach activity. I can even surf in my Apia one piece - it laces up and stays on so well - but look extra cute while doing it!

What are your must-have beauty items on the beach? 

I always bring coconut oil for my skin and lemon juice for my hair - gets me bronze and blonde!

Love those all-natural beauty tips - they're definitely working! If you could travel to one place you’ve NEVER been, where would it be? 

I've heard that Greece has the best beaches in the world.

 Here at Cabana Anna, we're all about female empowerment, body positivity, and loving yourself! When do you  feel your most confident and what do you love most about your body? 

I feel the most confident when I'm in heels. I swear it has a mental effect on my attitude and vibe, which is why I got into blogging about it - shoes have always been my passion. I like my legs the most because I love to run and I feel like they're the strongest part of my body.

What were your goals for 2016 and how did you pursue them?

I started a new job in the new year, so my biggest goal was to just take on the challenge of a newer, more difficult position, do the best I can and hopefully come out on top with a good review at the end of my first year. I have also wanted to start my own blog for a long time where can I write about shoes, traveling and home decor. Lastly, my third goal was to go to Thailand in 2016, it's been a dream trip of mine for a long time.

I have pursued my goals by learning to stop feeling sorry for myself for having to work hard and to give my job 110%. I also stopped making excuses for not having enough time and recently launched my own blog. And lastly, I made a shot gun decision and bought a ticket to Thailand in December. The biggest thing I've learned this year is that if you want something, you have to make it happen for yourself - no one is going to hand you anything and it won't happen over night by itself. 

 

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Halloween Beach Babe DIY

By Anna Finch

Halloween Beach Babe DIY

Happy trick or treating, beach babes!

Enjoy 30% off from now until 11/5/16 with code "BEMYBOO"

DEVIL BABE

What you'll need:

  • Red skinny jeans
  • Devil horns
  • Devil pitchfork
  • Apia one piece in Ruby Rose
  • The highest red heels you own!

 

GODDESS BABE

What you'll need:

  • Gold crown or coronet
  • Gold glitter
  • Gold cuff or wrap-around bracelet
  • Corsica halter top in Snowy Rosebud Lace
  • Gladiator sandals

 

SAILOR BABE:

What you'll need:

  • High-waisted denim or navy shorts
  • Captain's hate
  • Inner Tube
  • Solana bow halter top in Ruby Rose
  • Boat shoes

 

 

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Get Bronzed Like Tash Oakley from A Bikini A Day!

By Anna Finch

Get Bronzed Like Tash Oakley from A Bikini A Day!

Get a beach babe bronze like Tash Oakley (the healthy way!)

If there’s anyone who knows how to rock designer swimwear, it’s Tash Oakley. This Australian beauty’s healthy, gorgeous figure always sports an awesome tan that makes her bikinis POP. Want to get that beachy glow? Here are our tips!

Tash is an advocate of bronzing makeup but we sometimes prefer going barefaced to the beach and building a (safe) base tan in advance with a tanning lotion. Don’t let visions of Oompa Loompas and stripey streaks deter you from your goal – a HEALTHY tan! The process is simple if you follow our instructions and our recommended bronzers will leave you glowing gold, not orange, from head to toe!    

Assemble your materials:

Exfoliating scrub

Tanning mitt

Foaming tanner or Tanning towels (easier for first-timers)

  1. Ideally do this at night so that you can go to sleep after. You don’t want to get smudged!
  2. Shower thoroughly and exfoliate like a madwoman. We prefer a gentle, natural exfoliator (say NO to microbeads!)
  3. Shave everything you want to have shaven that week – there is no turning back once the tan has been applied because shaving over tanned areas can cause patchiness.
  4. Dry off.
  5. You sure you’re dry? Dry off again.
  6. Put on that sweet tanning mitt.
  7. If you’re using a foam, pump a small cotton-ball’s worth into your mitt. If using a towel, open one packet and remove the towel.
  8. We like to start with our feet first, gradually working our way up using circular movements and blendinngggg thoroughly. Go very lightly over the feet, ankle, knee, and elbow areas, since the dryer skin can absorb more tanner and become dark and patchy (yuck).
  9. Save your face for last and go easy – you don’t want to give yourself an orange moustache! Apply to your forehead, cheeks, nose bridge, and chin, then begin blending outward.
  10. Don’t put on clothes! Start watching cat videos on your phone because you’re going to be drying and waiting around naked for awhile (at least 5-10 minutes).
  11. Go to sleep, preferably naked. Do not sweat, do not shower, do not pass go, do not collect $200.
  12. Wake up bronzed and beautiful ;)

Extra tips: Shower first thing in the morning after tanning to get off residual lotion, moisturize your skin daily and keep hydrated to make your tan last longer, and don't use harsh cleansers on your body!

Tash casually killing it in our Sailor Stripe Solana bow top bikini and our Corazon Side-tie Sweetheart + signature tan:

 

 

 

 

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Meet Cabana Babe Bonnie!

By Anna Finch

Meet Cabana Babe Bonnie!

 

Bonnie is Taylor Swift meets Marilyn Monroe with an extra helping of sunshine and infectious energy. Originally hailing from Jonesboro, Arkansas, this beauty travelled all the way to LA to chase her dreams of becoming an actress and a model! After a gorgeous day on Venice beach shooting with Bonnie and photographer Dale Benfield, we sat down to learn a little bit more about this bombshell – from fashion to self-confidence to inspiration, here’s what makes this LA style blogger’s world go round: 

First things first! We’re water babies at Cabana Anna Swimwear and we want to know what your favorite beach in the world is.

My favorite beach is Destin, Florida. It's the first beach I've ever been to and I have great memories growing up on that beach!

When you’re at the beach, how do you do your VERY best relaxing and unwinding?

I’ll be stretched out on a beach chair with my toes in the sand, sharing a drink and some laughs with my girlfriends! 

What are your must-haves for the beach ?

When I’m on the beach, I love to have a magazine, a cute beach bag (my fave is by Valerie Rene), and Maybelline Babylips Balm with SPF!

If you could travel to one place you’ve never been, where would it be? 

Hawaii!

We love Hawaii! Maui would have to be our favorite island. What kind of swimsuit would we find you in the minute you land in Hawaii?

I love a bandeau bikini top. It's a natural fit, comfy, and you can add straps to change the look up! You can go from the beach to the hills and convert a bandeau easily into a sports bra when you’re on vacation. My fave Cabana Anna swimsuit would have to be the Hermosa bow top bandeau in hot pink!

 

What do you love most about your body and why?

I wouldn't say there's one particular thing I love most about my body, but if I had to choose, probably my height!  I’m 5’ 10”. But when it comes to swim suits I love that my boobs aren't too big lol. I think it’d be more difficult finding the right fit or wearing bandeaus if they were! I'm also a fan of my freckles ;) 

What makes you feel your most confident?

When my lashes look on point and I have lipstick on! My favorites are "they’re real!" by Benefit and NYX "Shocking Pink" lipstick!

 

 

What were your goals for 2016 and how have you pursued them?

My goals for 2016 were to not hold grudges, to be quick to forgive, and to follow my dreams. I've done that by being bold in all of my decisions, including moving to LA from my home state of Arkansas!

Why did you move out to LA?

To pursue acting and modeling, to meet people, and to explore more opportunities!

What's been the most exciting thing about moving to LA?

So far it's been meeting people from all over the world through my acting program and getting to model for Cabana Anna Swimwear!

What are some of your favorite LA haunts that you've recently discovered and would recommend to our readers? 

You've got to go to Mauro's Cafe at Fred Segal and get the Fred's Pasta. You've got to hike to the Hollywood sign, it's surreal. And you've got to go to Jessica Biel's Au Fudge to hit up this fun, yummy brunch spot, then spend a day in Malibu with your besties soaking up the sun.  

Who is your biggest inspiration?

Sarah Jessica Parker.

She's definitely my fashion icon since she can put anything on and rock it, and she inspires me because she has the confidence and personality that, to me, make her feel genuine and relatable in a way other actresses do not. 

My Granddaddy would be my other inspiration :)

He's always been a constant source of strength in my life. Loving me no matter what and always there to give me a hug. He has set such a great example for countless people through loving his family, and having a gracious, loyal heart.

 

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California Dreamy Photoshoot

By Anna Finch

California Dreamy Photoshoot

We had a blast shooting our 2016 Summer Collection! 

Dreamy California dappled sunshine, hazy pastels, whimsical details and a little dash of glitter to introduce our new Apia one pieces in petal pink, coastal teal, and pearl white. 

Models: Brooke Butler, Ashton Arndt, Chelsea Briche and Amelia Brazil. 

 

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Cabana Anna Swimwear Parties with A Bikini A Day and FUNBOY

By Anna Finch

Cabana Anna Swimwear Parties with A Bikini A Day and FUNBOY

We had a blast hosting our pop-up shop at Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel, West Hollywood with FUNBOY and A Bikini A Day! Cabana babes Krisondra and Abby partied it up in Cabana Anna Swimwear's new one pieces and photographer Pat Nolan captured every moment. 

Keep your eyes on our Insta for the next Cabana Anna Swimwear Summer pop-up! 

xoxo,

Anna

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What's In Our Bag :: Summer Hydration

By Anna Finch

What's In Our Bag :: Summer Hydration
~ cool stuff we're into this week ~
S U M M E R   D R I N K W A R E

Everyone knows that summertime means a bikini on your bod and a cold drink in your hand.  Bando is our fave one-stop shop for cute drinkware to bring to the beach, in the pool, on the go! Here are some of our faves:

 Eco-friendly Starbucks refills:

Top off your drinks in the most adorable way possible:

How to tell if your friends are fun:

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Beach Waves Like Rocky. Fricking. Barnes.

By Anna Finch

Beach Waves Like Rocky. Fricking. Barnes.

Rocky. Fricking. Barnes. She's hot, she's stylish, she has fantastic hair. Nothing says effortlessly sexy like the bikini babe beach waves she rocks in almost every photo shoot. This tousled "I woke up like this" look is the perfect mix of girly and bad ass. And since it isn't super put-together, you're still totally free to hang out at the beach without feeling guilty about the effort you put into your hair. 


((One of the great things about this look is that your hair doesn't necessarily have to be "clean"- the texture sticks to itself better with dirty hair. However, you can always spray on some dry shampoo if it makes you feel better!))
Here are 5 seriously easy steps to getting perfect beach waves:
1. Whether your hair is clean or not, start out by spraying your whole head with texturizing sea spray. This will help give you volume and make your curls stick together.
2. Split your hair into sections with hair ties or bobby pins. The bigger the section, the looser the wave (and vice versa). 
3. Loosely curl your hair with a wide barrel curler. We recommend at least a 1" barrel so your curls don't come out to tight! Don't worry about your curls falling, that works for this look!
4. Flip your hair over and apply hair spray all over to keep your hair intact and style with your fingers to perfect the look. 
5. Step out into the world looking totally fab!!
See, I told you it was easy (;
xoxo,
Campus Rep Camille

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