Masala Baby Swim Styles

Summer is in full swing. Pool days, beach trips, park visits—it’s all become a big blur at this point in time; and we still have another month and a half to go! But it’s true what they say—time flies when you’re having fun. And we’ve definitely been having fun and making the most of the sun, sand, surf, green grass, and cool pool. The season is fleeting, and we want to enjoy every hot, humid, and muggy moment.

I tease, but we’ve also been getting a LOT of use out of our Masala Baby fashion finds. You may remember that we wrote about this incredible collection just a few short weeks ago—and we’re so beyond obsessed with their bohemian kiddie styles, we just had to give them even more love. Made in India, featuring a medley of colors, textures and motifs, Masala Baby’s styles seamlessly blend modern comfort and style.

With a global aesthetic and modern feel, Masala’s kiddie caftans are so gorgeous and equally effortless. This one is soft (100 percent cotton) and easy to throw on when you’re little girlfriend is done splashing around the pool. The beautifully intricate embroidery and pompom detailing makes a simple, playful, and stylish statement.

Likewise, Masala’s swimsuits are intricately designed with fashion and functionality at the forefront. Made with comfort and coverage in mind, they hold up to typical summer wear and tear, and look good by the pool, at the beach, balancing on an oversize flamingo, or even doing somersaults in the backyard. Carefree and vivacious—because that’s what Masala Baby, is all about.

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This Year’s Coolest Jumbo Pool Floats

 

Pool season is almost here! I can’t wait to relax, read a book, and sip a cocktail while lazily drifting in an oversized float. (Just kidding, I have two toddlers–but a swim mama can dream, right?)

Kids and grown-ups alike are loving the giant pool float trend. Kitschy, cute, silly, stylish and totally wacky jumbo blow-ups continue to be all the rage! While the donut, flamingo, and swan will always be popular, we have a few newer and more unique ideas for your pooling pleasure and Instagram-feed originality.

So get on your bikini, your favorite shades, and slather on the SPF… It’s time to casually pose on a giant avocado float… As one does.

Peacock Pool Float, $98

Ice Cream Cone Pool Float, $28

Lips Pool Float, $50

Daiquiri Pool Float, $28

Jumbo Pelican Tube, $15

Double Cherry Pool Float, $24

Avocado Pool Float, $20

Pegasus Pool Float, $40

Giant Cactus Float, $20

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Our Favorite Swim Finds for Kids

Being that we live in Florida, my kids pretty much live in swimsuits all summer long. Whether they’re going for a dip in the pool, splashing around in the surf or simply running through an old fashioned sprinkler, they’re all about getting wet. Haha! So, we have a healthy collection of swim finds that are perfect for any summer occasion where water and/or sunshine is involved.

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A good rule of thumb is to have at least two sets of swim looks (swimsuit and rash guard), in addition to accessories like sunglasses and shoes that can get wet, like our go-to Phibian sneaker sandal from Stride Rite, on hand. That way your kids will be ready for whatever water play may come there way! On that note, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite swim finds for kids. Each and everyone one is on my pool / beach must haves list!

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Swimsuit / Rash Guard…Swimsuits are obviously necessary for water fun and my kids love picking out their new suits each year. My daughter may be a tad bit more into it than my sun. She’s completely obsessed with her Pink Elephant Swimsuit and Rash Top, but I digress…Haha! For swimsuits and rash guard combos, I love Snapper Rock. Their prints are just darling, plus they fit great and wear well. That’s saying a lot considering how much my kids are in them. I’ve also find that they’re perfect for mixing and matching. My son’s rash guard is from Target and it goes great with his Boardies.

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And then there’s function to consider…It can be tough for little ones to tug down a wet swimsuit when it’s time to visit the restroom right? That’s why Fasten Swim created their patent-pending design with hidden magnets that easily come apart with click for mom or kiddo. They’re perfect for diaper wearing babies and little girls alike! The polka dot print was obviously right up my lil’ lady’s alley.

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Having budget friendly options is also great. I know I can always count on The Children’s Place for adorable swimwear and coverup looks. We’re partial to watermelons in our house these days and their watermelon one-piece swimsuit is too sweet for words. We’re going to keep it on the car so we’re always prepared for a swim! See what I mean about having at two swimsuits? An extra really does come in handy.

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real kids shades

If we’re going to be out enjoying the beautiful Florida sunshine, we clearly need sunglasses! And not just any sunglasses. We need sunglasses that WORK! Real Kids Shades offers a slew of fun styles like the polarized Storm and Breeze styles that my little ones are wearing and the wrapped look offers protection from peripheral light. I’ll do anything to protect those precious peepers!

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Finally, we have hair care. Sunscreen is a given, but have you thought about the products you’re going to use to wash the chlorine and sand out of their hair? I’m big on natural products when it comes to my kids, so I was thrilled to be introduced to the Sharkey’s botanical hair care line. You can feel good about using everything from their shampoo to their all in one wash because the 100% vegan formula is paraben free!

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So, there you have it…some of my favorite swim finds for kids. Hopefully my little tips and tricks will help you get ready for a summer filled with all kinds of fun! See you at the beach!

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Our Favorite Pool Floaties for the Family

Warm weather. No school. That can only mean one thing – POOL TIME! Whether you are hitting the local lake on your summer holiday, are rocking your afternoons at the neighborhood pool, or are lucky enough to have a pool in your own backyard, we’ve rounded up our favorite pool floaties to satisfy the whole family.

Pool Floaties for Babies and Tots

For Babies and Toddlers

For water babes, we love pool floaties that provide a safe surrounding and sun protection. The Swimways Baby Spring Float Activity Center for babies 9-24 months has an adjustable canopy and a built-in interactive play station with lots of activities to keep little ones entertained while the Speedo Kids’ Begin to Swim Fabric Baby Cruiser with Canopy rides higher in the water to keep babies hands from sitting in the water and can be used from 6 months up. We’re always looking for baby gear that multitasking and designed to last. The Swim School Grow With Me 4-in-1 Swim System can be used with kids 18 months to 3-4 years old and transitions from being a baby float to a Kid Cruiser and eventually into a Kick Float and Kick Board. Finally, older tots will love this Giant Sea Turtle. With two air chambers for added stability and two handles for support, this sea turtle is downright adorable has plenty of room for pool play.

Poo Floaties for Kids and Adults

For Big Kids and Adults

I’m just going to say it – everyone needs a this giant inflatable swan to ride on. The International Leisure Giant Swan offers 75″ of inflatable fun, room for two adults or an endless number of piled on kids, is under $40, and is sure to make a scene at your next pool party. I’m pretty sure that my kids and my husband would be fighting over these next two. The Giant Inflatable Shootball hoop can make any pool or lake into an impromptu basketball game while the Log Flume Joust Set will definitely bring up some video-worthy competition between my boys – ha! Meanwhile, I think you’ll find me laying on this ridiculously oversized Cabana Shirt Floatie with a watermelon slushie in the drink holder and one eye open for nearby cannonballs.

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You Need This: Best Swimming Accessories

I’m an avid swimmer. My exercise of choice has always been swimming, and yes, I swim even in the winter. I love the flexibility swimming affords and that it doesn’t do damage to my joints. Because I’ve been doing it for so long, I felt like I needed a little bit of a change. I found some incredibly cool accessories that totally upped my swim game and also provided a new physical challenge.

They key to jumping in to any new sport/exercise routine is having the proper gear. My advice on the suit: get something that fits tight. You can test your suit’s fit easily: while wearing, grab the straps on your shoulders and stretch up to your ears. You should be able to pull them up with a little effort. If they go up easily, it’s too loose. My favorite suit of all time is this one by Finis. There’s some style thrown in to the classic “workout” suit as they have pretty crossing lines in the back.

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Check out these zoomers also by Finis. The short fins promote proper kicking and are appropriate for competitors or novices alike. I had never used them in my personal workouts, but now they are a staple in my swim bag.

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I don’t listen to a ton of music, but like anyone else who works out, the power of the playlist is strong. Just because you’re in the water doesn’t mean you have to give that up. My favorite little gadget is this underwater iPod that swimming mama Drew Barrymore turned me on to. It comes with headphones and a case, plus a floating device in case it ever comes off your suit/cap while swimming. The other little splurge? The engraving. I love to personalize my things, but this really made sense in case it ever got lost or confused with someone else’s. (At least, that’s how I justified it)

waterproofipodSome other things that aren’t a bad idea to have on hand are lycra swim caps, a hair primer (I put this one by Pantene on my head before and after a swim) and a cute zippered pouch to carry them in. I love the colorful prints on these bags by baggu and they are my go-to for stashing stuff.

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Gear Girl: Sun Smart Clothing for the Family

Sunscreen is important, but you can add an extra layer of SPF protection for you and your kids with these sun smart clothing options that are constructed out of fabric with built-in SPF – note that on fabric it’s called UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor). Check out some of our favorite UPF looks from One Step Ahead and Coolibar.

One Step Ahead Sun Clothing

One Step Ahead’s SunSmarties line has cute mix-and-match separates and one-piece options for kids from 6 months to 5T, all of them with UPF 50. {1. Bandana + Rash Guard + Skirt | 2. Trunks + Rash Guard | 3. UV Terry Romper | 4. UV Zip Suit}

SPF swimwear for kidsCoolibar’s collection of UPF sun and swimwear offers sizes down to 3 months and and UPF of 50. Who’s ready for the beach? {1. Beach Romper | 2. Ruche Swim Shirt Coral Polka Dot Outfit | 3. Long Sleeve Surf Shirt Fire Coral Outfit | 4. Crab Swim Romper | 5. Treasure Map Romper | 6. Long Sleeve Shirt Bonfire Heather Outfit}

sun protection clothing for momsCoolibar also has a great selection of UPF options for moms. Whether you’re looking for a cover-up at the beach, sun-protected workout wear or a cute outfit for everyday, Coolibar has your covered – literally. {1. Antigua Tunic | 2. Resort Cover Up | 3. Coastline Dress | 4. Women’s Gingham Outfit | 5. Long Sleeve Rash Guard | 6. Ruched Tee and Wide Leg Pants }

 

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Lands’ End #Getaway Tour

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Memorial Day is right around the corner. That means swimsuit season has arrived. While finding the most flattering and perfect fitting swimsuit should be effortless, most women find this challenge to be humbling, discouraging and well, disheartening. Good new friends! Lands’ End is putting the fun back into shopping for swim.

Lands’ End and Glamour have paired up to offer the ultimate swimsuit experience through a series of events taking place throughout the US and in Canada. From May 17 to June .The Lands’ End Getaway Tour will make stops in Atlanta, Boston, Toronto, Chicago, and Madison, WI and right here in NYC. The tour will offer one-on-one professional swimsuit fittings with a Lands’ End Swim Fit Expert and expert advice from Glamour Glambassador Kendall Farr, a fashion stylist and top-selling author!

The New York City stop will take place on May 21st from 11:00am – 5:00pm at the Flatiron Plaza (23rd and 5th Avenue). If you are in the area, make sure you stop by and join me – the Lands’ End Swim Fit Experts will be offering complimentary professional swimsuit fittings! The first 100 attendees will also receive a CIP gift bag, complete with summer essentials and a great summer read from Random House. This is something you definitely wouldn’t want to miss!

Pick the perfect Swimsuit

For those unable to attend the event, Lands’ End has created on online destination at http://www.landsend.com/getawaytour/. The site brings the event experience to life through videos on how to create a professional swimsuit fit experience and swim style tips from Glamour. There is also an opportunity to enter the Lands’ End Getaway Tour Sweepstakes which provides one winner with one-week trip for four to a luxurious Wyndham Vacation Retails beach house!

To enter, simply apply at: http://www.landsend.com/getawaytour/.

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For more chances to win great prizes, share a photo of your favorite Lands’ End swim styles on Instagram or Twitter and use hashtag, #GetawayTour for your chance to win a $100 Lands’ End gift card, a summer reading library from Random House, and other great prizes!

Follow @LandsEnd along with the fun on social media with the hashtag #GetawayTour 

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