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Sharkwater Creator and Evironmental Champion Rob Stewart Sports his Swish!

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Creator of the revoluionary must see documentary, Sharkwater, Rob Stewart is more than a cute documentarian, he is in essence a revolution starter. His brilliant videography takes us on a global crusade to end shark finning. We at Swish LOVED this Sharkwater. We loved it so much that Victoria flew down to Mexico to give him a custom made Swish free diving suit in 2010 while he was filming whale sharks off the coast of Cozumel.

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Fabulous, all fabulous! Rob's film helped spark world wide pressure and movements to ban shark finning all over the globe. Rob traveled so much speaking about ocean conservation that until this last year he had not been diving in over four years! But he recently got back into his Swish Suit long enough to film his newest documentary Revolution co directed by Gus Van Sant.

 

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Rob is an ecological warrior and also a family friend for years of ours, but what excites us most here at Swish is the growing popularity of being eco we see in the Revolution movement. We often get asked why our suits are so expensive. Besides being the only women's wetsuits that are eco and made in North America, our suits are so expensive because we choose to invest in the future. And because we refuse to make crap. Because we choose mother nature over profit. Because, ultimately, we choose you. Swish Suits

I spent about 5 years traveling the world teaching scuba diving and documenting reef ecology after university from 2008-2013. It literally hurt my soul to watch ecologists get on the news talking about the devastation of giant oil spills wearing wetsuits made from petrol. We are so uninformed about what we put on or in our bodies. So I searched around Asia for two years until I found Yamamoto neoprene which produces neoprene from limestone instead of petrol. I then designed suits in over three different continents before I brought it to the USA. We are currently the only wetsuits made exclusively for women in the USA using this revolutionary material. Our suits are also the sexiest out there on the market and Yamamoto neoprene is known to be the best performance neoprene globally. We pride ourselves as being Eco, Sexy, and High Performance. Despite pressure we will not yield and make anything else lower cost/less eco despite a possibly larger market share. We will never.

We need more revolution, more caring, more responsibility to pay to clean up our environment. And this must happen now or we might not have an environment to save. The UN is predicting by 2048 there will not be anymore coral reefs left. Watch Rob Stewart's documentary, buy an eco wetsuit, stop eating meat, donate to Sea Shepard . Be willing to pay for eco products and stand for our Mother Earth!

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Swish Girls from Around the Globe: Wendy Cohen about her Swish, her Rollerskating, and her Paradise Surf Town!

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If you told me a year ago I would be living in paradise I would have laughed at you - I already lived there. My few days visit to Playa del Carmen, in January 2010, had turned into 4 years of fun, sun, occasional hard work and this crazy town had now become the place I called 'home'. But in January this year, in true Swish spirit, I thought I'd take an adventure to see what was going on in the rest of the world (or at least another part of Mexico!). Bets were made on how long I would last away from my beloved Riviera Maya.

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Cut to 7 months, and many bets won later and I am a proud Oaxaqueña, a resident of the beautiful Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. What changed me from a loyal Playense? Mainly finding a new home at the Hotelito Osa Mariposa. You know that awesome feeling when you meet someone or arrive at a new place and you just know that something in your life is going to change? I found all of that and luckily they asked me to stay and work for them.

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My new life is located right in between the famous surf beaches of La Punta and Zicatela, home of the famous Mexican Pipeline, a Mecca for surfers from all over the world. Thanks to the hostel's amazing vegetarian/vegan restaurant and finally being able to use my roller skates, for the first time since arriving in Mexico, I have never felt healthier.

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On a daily basis I get to hang out with surf dudes, beach bums, yogis, writers, cyclists, skaters, swimmers, divers, backpackers, weekend travelers, four cats and the best little black kitten ever.

A couple of years ago I got my life's philosophy tattooed on my back - "Libérate, Descúbrete, Enamórate, No Mires Atrás". I have no idea how long I will stay here but this current adventure has encapsulated it perfectly.

Exploring the world is an amazing experience but when you find your own paradise, stop a while and smell the roses (or do it Swish style and surf, swim, dive, kiteboard, run, climb, skate and see the roses on your way past).

Besos,

Wendy Cohen, Our Swish Life Mexico Corespondent 

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Dolphin Wakeboarding?

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A new sport? We all wish! We met the lovely and free-spirited Rachel Callhan and her Pro-Leezure crew in the Bahmas in 2012. The Pro-Leezure Crew, which consisted of Rachel and her boyfriend Grom Gormley also a pro kiter and their friend and captain Gary Rhodes . The crew was sailing where the wind may lead them for however long they felt like it trading kite lessons for food or any supplies they might need. We were fortunate enough to have been on the receiving end of one of those lessons.  We soon knew we needed to sponsor her wish Swish!

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Rachel is now also a National Team rider for Best Kiteboarding.

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We keep up with all her competition winnings but perhaps the most amazing thing we have ever seen from Rachel is her magical YouTube video gone viral with 8 million views of her wake boarding with dolphins! What a cool chick, Rachel.

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Biker Chick and Yogi Pat Bailey Rocks Her Swish and Her Own Style!

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It is no secret I have been sneakily adding yoga pics and videos into the Swish brand for a couple years now after becoming an instructor myself in 2011. I found that yoga not only helped me control my breathing underwater, especially adding to my apnea experience but also just my general lifestyle and vibe in a way nothing else has ever before for me. Yoga changed my life, not in the same way as diving did but I feel that yoga was the finesse, the cherry on my sundae of life experience. It drove home and made sense of all the special things I felt underwater. So for the month of July, we wanted to share a very special yogi and athlete with you all, Miss Pat Bailey. We at Swish have been watching her on IG for a year now, but she has grown so #instafamous with a following over 62K that she is now a recommended account to follow by the makers of instagram itself as @patbailey! She was kind enough to send us here at Swish killer photos of her rocking out her Swish ONE Line Jacket in Sporty Yellow.

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Pat started Yoga with PB and is a Bhakti Vinyasa Flow RYT September 2014 with a Moksa Flow Studio Coming in 2014 #moksaflow. She is also one badass biker!

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More on PB just general being amazing.

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We cannot promise that buying our Swish ONE Line Items in Yellow with make you as cool as Pat, but we can promise you might get that little edge you need. So get them 30% Off while you can for July only here.

Swish On for now and much love!

Interested in Swish Yoga? You can check out some of our Swish Yoga vids in YouTube

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Summer Swish Sale, 30% Off for Your Joy this July!

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I am sure for most of you in more Southern areas, the summer kicked off awhile ago, but for us here in Swish Chicago Headquarters it is finally here! I walked around our fulfillment center today and man was it hot!

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(Our Swish Eco Bags made from Recycled Fibers are Free with Purchase)

swish suitsWe here at Swish could really think of nothing that screamed summer more than our Sporty Yellow ONE Line Items.

So we wanted to offer 30% Off all Yellow ONE Line Items for the month of July on:

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Swish ONE Line Jackets in Sporty Yellow

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Swish ONE Line Vests in Sporty Yellow

Check out our Swish Suits Creator doing a little free diving her Swish ONE Line Jacket in Cenote Cristalino in the Mayan Riviera below!

Swish Headquarters Moves to Miami: Will Our CEO Survive the Transition Back to the USA?

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Not going to take it too seriously! So I am light, basically empty actually at the moment. Or at least my apartment and my social calendar are, having literally gotten off the plane to Miami from Playa del Carmen this Monday with my whole life in nothing but three suitcases (and one was my Biomat, so really two suitcases if you want to split hairs). I thought that moving to Miami, back to my birth country, would be a piece of cake. After all I am deep down American somewhere in there. But I have to admit this transition is kicking my bum. Wow, America, when did you get so big? Swish is an American company, with our proclaimed headquarters in Chicago, IL where we are incorporated (and where us Swish ladies are originally from), but I myself have not lived in the US in over a decade. But I still thought coming back would be one of the easiest transitions I have done when compared to my nomad on steroids diving instructing years. I would cross continents without blinking an eye, waltz up barefoot to one dive shop after another and never worry at all it might not work out. So why such the hard transition now to Miami? Have I spent too long outside the US, country of capitalism at its best and our largest Swish market? I am here as Miami is a huge market for us here at Swish (if you want to carry Swish in your store or be a Swish rep, write me below pretty pretty please, and maybe meet me for a tea....and be my friend.....). We are expanding into retail, but as I sit here typing this on my mattress on the floor as I forgot how expensive it is to live here in the land of plenty so I will have no furniture for the foreseeable future (and I count myself lucky with a mattress, before it was an air mattress), I am worried perhaps too many years spent floating on a paddle board in the middle of the ocean has left me unprepared to navigate my own home country.

Bed is all I got!!!

Case in point, socially I have no idea what is going on. A dear friend of mine back in Playa del Carmen mentioned I should try Tinder, a new networking/dating app you can download to potentially meet people. I am indeed giving it a go in the spirit of getting myself out of my empty apartment and to put some outings on my calendar, but I think more research is needed before releasing myself back out there. For example, on a Tinder meet up last week, my new friend asked me if I like the Heat, as in the Miami Heat a basketball team which I later googled, to which I asked “the sun?". Needless to say, I was mortified. I also used liquid dish washer detergent in my dish washer which I also had to have my neighbor show my how to use so it did not blow up my apartment, it can blow up right?

When in doubt, I hit the beach which looks a lot like my Mayan Riviera so Marley and I feel at home. If you are here in Miami, come find and talk to me, I am the one doing crazy inversions in my Swish bikini with Marley our Swish mascot mini Schnauzer. So will this Swish mermaid survive in the urban jungle of Miami? Please stay tuned, even if rocky I predict my transition will at least be humorous.

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On a more serious note, we are indeed expanding into retail, if you or someone is interested in becoming a Dealer or Sales Rep, please shoot us an email: chelsea@swishsuits.com.

Still gorgeous beach!

Going Green Swish Style is a Form of LOVE: How and why in the face of the trillion dollar fashion industry's wastefulness, we at Swish cultivate and express our personal eco-consciousness

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In an article by Beth Greer in July for the Huffington Post, it is stated that “poor working conditions, minimal environmental regulations, and child and slave labor are commonplace in the $1 trillion garment industry.” One of the largest problems, perhaps arguably the industry's problem period, is us consumers and our attitudes toward fashion and our apparel. We buy and buy to stay “in fashion” and on top of recent trends. In this way, here at Swish, we have sought to first change our own behaviour on a personal level.

 

Swish Ladies Take “Less is More” Pretty Seriously

Obviously being an apparel company, us Swish ladies are and have always been pretty into fashion. But being into fashion for us does not always translate to buying the newest Chanel (in fact I have only bought one designer bag in my life, an Louis Vuitton last year), it may be as simple as cutting up an old H&M shirt. One of our most basic concepts is to buy only items that we LOVE in effort to cut down on the amount we own and our closet turnover (using the bag example further, I have literally three bags: my large everyday amazing LV bag, a small dinner or night out over the shoulder Juicy Couture purse, and a super large oversized beach/all around adventure over the should bag recycled from old kiteboarding kites, this one is my favourite actually).

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(This bag was a gift from the Pro Kiter, Swish Team Member, and all around cool chica, Jessika Winkler, check her out!)

This “less is more” attitude was one of the founding concepts behind our ONE Line. The ONE Line is aptly named as such as you only need one article of the ONE Line to use in the gym, to grab coffee with your friend, or paddle board in the ocean! By making our ONE Line items multipurpose and high performance, you need fewer items in your closet, and we manufacturers need not make three items where one will suffice. A little more about why we love being eco.

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Sadly, it was reported in 2012 that “an estimated 17 to 20% of industrial water pollutioncomes from textile dyeing and treatment and an estimated 8,000 synthetic chemicals are used throughout the world to turn raw materials into textiles, many of which will be released into freshwater source,” The Guardian Sustainable Business. It is an interesting question for us here at Swish though, we are an aquatic company and we are using water to produce products for the water. To combat this, we have taken the following steps within our Swish machine:

 

1) All ONE Line and Swish Design Studio's (SDS) materials are located produced and sourced, we do not import anything we use in our Playa del Carmen factory.

 

2) All ONE Line and the SDS's products are locally made by Mexicans, our two factories here are family owned and operated and employ fair trade Mayan and Mexican labour.

 

3) All hangtags and any printing are made from recycled paper.

 

4) All wash care/size labels are made from fabric leftovers from other products.

 

5) The ONE Line principal of you need only ONE means less buying, fewer garments made, less waste produced.

 

6) Our wetsuits are Yamamoto neoprene which is made to order in Japan, meaning the all orders are custom and there is less waste in neoprene made that may sit there and need to be thrown out.

 

7) All our YKK zippers on our products are recycled YKKs.

8) Swish does not distribute printed materials of any kind and ALL business is done electronically.

9) Our internal business structure is global without our physical office presence, meaning less waste and overhead. We communicate via Skype and everything is electronic. We have our office headquarters and our business Swish investor Carolyn in Chicago, a fulfillment centre in Rockford, IL, our wetsuit factory is in Vancouver, CA, our SDS's two factories and offices are in Playa del Carmen, MX, our IT and web designer is based in Germany, and my other Swish Business parter, our South Pacific director and Swish Life Blogger Victoria lives in Thailand

Yamamoto Neoprene: Does being made from Limestone make our wetsuits eco?

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There is some debate out there about companies calling themselves eco and green, when perhaps they are not fully. We here at Swish think this is deprecating and that all companies making any efforts at all to be more gentle in their environmental impact should be celebrated and rewarded! This leads me to the current debate around Yamamoto neoprene and its being a more Eco-consious choice of neoprene. Most of you out there reading this probably already know that we here at Swish use only Yamamoto neoprene, neoprene that is famous for being made from limestone instead of typical neoprene which is made from petrol. Aside from the irrefutable fact that any product not contributing to the oil industry is inherently more eco, limestone mining still uses oil dependent machines and limestone is still a non-renewable source. As Patagonia and Seventh Wave wetsuits put it, ultimately perhaps just using Yamamoto neoprene does not guarantee you are making a fully green wetsuit, but, we here at Swish sure as h$*$% see it as the only green alternative! A little more about Yamamoto neoprene revels that it is a more conscious choice of wetsuit material than its petrol brother:

  1. The limestone in Yamamoto neoprene is mined and heated at high temps, however, Yamamoto states that its production process uses one-tenth of the heat used in refining petroleum. Furthermore, this heat used is created by burning old used tires as well as hydroelectrically sourced from several locals dams. All heat waste is reused at a local eel nursery. Cool eh?
  2. Yamamoto neoprene is also warmer, for example our 3mm is warmer than any 4mm and is often still warmer than many 5mm suits out there. Because of the higher micro cell structure of limestone based neoprene, it means that less limestone and material is used to make the neoprene itself. Now what is not eco about that!
  3. Seventh Wave Wetsuits, make a great point in that since limestone based neoprene lasts 2-3 times longer than typical neoprene, it lowers wetsuit turnover rates and how many suits end up in landfills.
  4. Here is a little more about the material we use and love.

Eco is a Form of Love

To us Swish ladies, the whole concept of green and eco lies in our hearts. When you live the lifestyle that will demand the least you can from our earth, being eco is a mode of self expression! I am sitting here at a small family run cafe, I have with me one of my only three purses, my doggie, this macbook that I have had for 5 years, a glass used Voss water container I carry water around in, and my mode of transport which are my sandal-clad feet jeje! There are soooo many wonderful ways in which we can all do more with less, embrace it and get creative. Express your love and concern for our beautiful earth in your own unique way :).

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I bought a car this year, but since 2010 I used bike as my only means of transport, I used to bike from fabric market to our factory, to our silk screener a few times a day transporting all our ONE Line Items with me!

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Solstice: 108 Sun Salutations with Swish Suits

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4NH2MJSLS8&list=UUyEijdG1sKcwebSTQeJtoIg&index=1&feature=plcp[/youtube] The Summer Solstice celebrates the first day of summer. This year Swish Suits went to the "Fiesta del Sol" hosted by Andana Yoga in Playa del Carmen. All the yogis in Playa congregated on the rooftop to do 108 sun salutations in unison to honor the sun which sustains life, and illuminates our hearts and minds.

In case you do not know, a sun salutation is a sequence, or a flow in yoga. You start in mountain pose standing up, fold forward, jump back into a plank pose, lower down, move into a back bend, then up to downwards dog, and finally jump forward feet to hands, then stand. Whew! Sun salutations really get the energy flowing in your body!

The ceremony started with song and dance in sanskrit to celebrate the sun. Then members of the Mayan community came out to deliver a blessing. It was beautiful. We then did 54 sun salutations facing the ocean and 54 facing the jungle.

Afterwards our bodies were tired, but our minds were very energized. During the last few salutations, the rain started to gently fall.

What a beautiful ceremony!

Swish Suit's Guide to Our Favorite Beaches!

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Everyone has that fantasy, don't lie we know you have it too, you know the one where you step out of your door in the morning looking rumpled and impossibly fresh, and your backyard is the most beautiful beach in the world. This fantasy also has it's standard add in's such as an other attractive person, coconut cocktails, hammocks, extreme sports that we make look effortlessly easy, and beach party's with more attractive people in skimpy clothing. We know this fantasy, we have had this fantasy, and luckily we have been able to live this fantasy on our better days.  As such, we decided to make yours a reality and compiled a guide to the sexiest, most beautiful beaches we have been to for you reading pleasure. This is just a list of places we have been to, tell us your favorite beach in the comments area!

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Tulum, Mexico:

Description: Bourgeois Hippie Chic

Tulum is host to a stretch of dramatic white sand beaches that goes for kilometers, sometimes punctuated by rocks and Mayan ruins. It is a great place to get away from the hustle of Playa del Carmen and Cancun, and a particularly great bonding spot weather it be among friends, family, or significant others. The beaches in Tulum have been saved from the beach front development that has plagued the rest of the Yucatan leaving them with little pollution and smell. Nudity is not uncommon, nor does anyone seem to really care. Beach bars crop up normally as a part of the bungalow style hotels. Papaya Playa hosts amazing beach parties with techno music spun by world famous dj's; however, the vibe in Tulum is always very accepting. It is a truly magical place

Sports: Mostly just kiteboarding. You can also count in trendy drum circles.

Attire: Whatever you feel represents your inner aura! People tend to steer to bikinis, head scarfs, and tribal like jewlrey. Stylish without trying.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico:

Description: Party with attractive ones.

The beach in Playa del Carmen is host to some of the most attractive people I have seen.  Hailing from Mexico, Central America, South America, Italy, and the States, these gorgeous ex-pats know how to party. There is generally a beach party every week, and Playa hosts several large festivals every year, the biggest being BPM festival in January. This year Playa was host to Richie Hawtin, Nicolas Jaar, Benoit & Sergio, plus many others. The party pumps at beach clubs up and down the strip, some can go all night, and some are very chilled out and civilized.  From fine dining, to reggae, to rock, to techno, to chilled out, there is something for everyone on this beach as the restaurants and bars are numerous.

Sports: Swimming, snorkeling, Kiteboarding in Playacar, dancing, PEOPLE WATCHING!

Attire:  Day- Your tiniest bikini, over-sized shades, and some large jewelry Night- Slinky dresses showing off your tan and sparkly flats.

West Bay Beach, Roatan

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Description: Diver Chill

 West Bay Beach is the best beach on this dive centric island. Enjoy a massage after snorkeling and diving or a drink at the Bananarama bar. Hammocks and white sand await.

Sports: Diving, Snorkeling

Attire: Anything breezy. Roatan is a very chill island.

South Beach, Miami

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Description: Art Deco meets Miami Vice

Transport yourself into the glitzy scene of SoBe. Shallow, why yes! But deliciously so. Made famous by Miami Vice, South Beach is known for it's white sand beaches right of of the hotel strip. Lounge about on chairs by the pool that over look the ocean at the Ritz Carlton, Lowes, and the Delano which exhibit old art deco in it's finest. There is not much to do on South Beach except sip fancy cocktails and gossip saliciously. You can have your Mensa meeting another time. . .

Sports: Some volleyball. You can bring your own paddle ball etc.

Attire: Anything from the resort collection of the hottest designer. Prints and colors are big here. Don't forget the neon manicure

Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas

Description: It's pink, yo!

This beach is really pink. Situated on Harbor Island in the Bahamas, the pink beach is visually stunning. It is not excessively long, but lovely for a stroll or a picnic. It is never busy so it can be the perfect spot for that dreamy sunset with someone wonderful. It is also a spectacular place to hit on your morning run before breakfast at the local cafe.

Activities: Running, walking, picnicking

Attire: It is the Bahamas so either resort wear or your yachting wear

Asia/ Pacific

Freedom Beach, Koh Tao, Thailand

Description: Lagoon Bliss (complete with drunk scuba instructors)

Freedom beach is located on the bustling dive island of Koh Tao. This beach is tricky to get to as it is on the far side of the island.  Pack a picnic (no restaurants on the beach) and head for a chilled out day with lagoon like waters. Most people tend to spend the day sitting in the shallow turquoise water nursing a beer.  Like everyone who comes to Koh Tao, this is a great place for chilling out with your dive instructor that you swear you are in love with. . . for the moment. However on freedom beach it is a beautiful moment.

Sports: Lounging. Possibly kissing. ..

Attire: It is on tiny island in Thailand. No shoes, no shirt. . . maybe a pair of cutoffs if you are feeling fancy.

China Beach, Vietnam

Description: Quiet in Vietnam

The US Army used to send it's troops to China Beach during the Vietnam war when they needed rest and recovery. The beach is located outside of Da Nang and has a surfer chilled out vibe. Kate and I arrived here for her much needed beach therapy after years in Northern China. The beach is calm with midgrain tan sand. During the on season you can see surfers headed out to catch the waves in the early morning.

Sports: Surfing

Attire: It is Vietnam so a little more conservative. The sun can be deceptively strong so please use sunscreen.

Padang Padang, Bali

Description: Rocky Beach Shredding

Padang Padang is on the peninsula of Uluwatu where surfing rules life. This beach was made famous by huge surfing competitions by the likes of Billabong. It is a very dramatic setting. You walk down a rock stairway onto a beautiful beach with rock caves and lush foliage. Grab some bintang and Balinese grub from the little huts set up and watch world class surfers hang ten.

Sports: Surfing, paddle boarding, body boarding

Attire: Bali is very hippie chic or surfer. So either pile on the ethnic jewelry and rich sarongs from your travels, or put on your bright aviators and boardshorts.

Whitehaven Beach

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Description: The Most Beautiful Boring Spot in the World

Set off the beaitful Whitsunday Islands in Queenslands, Whitehaven beach has been on every top beach list that comes out. The sand is 98% silica which gives it the bright white color and the tides change the swirl patterns on the beach. As an actual beach to go sit on, I do not find Whitehaven that impressive. There is nothing much there and from the ground level it does not look as it does in photos. However, the Birdseye view is AMAZING. Even better than professional photographs. Take the hike to lookouts and spend your day there watching the tides with your camera. You will not be disappointed.

Sports: Bring a frisbee.

Attire: Sunscreen, a hat, and some hiking shoes! The sun is impressively strong and there is good hiking on the island.

Europe

Barcelona

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Description: Tapas at Sunset with the Euro Jet Pack.

Barcelona is one our favorite beaches for a sunset picnic. It is quite fun to head here for your fist spot on your bar and tapas tour. Pick up a bottle of cava and some olives and go sit on the sand with the rest of the locals.  You might meet some friends who continue the tapas crawl with you.

Sports: Looking good. . . in black. . . Cava drinking. . . attractively (it is tough)

Attire: Classic black  one pieces with beautiful design and big classic shades for day. European casual at night (ie designer jeans, scarf, leather jacket)

Amalfi Coast

 Description: Italian Riviera Chic

The Amalfi Coast is stunning. Unfortunately the food is so good you might have trouble fitting in your swimsuits. Luckily the coast is set upon dramatic cliffs that overlook the sea and you can work off that cheese and wine by climbing up and down to reach the beach. Spy on attractive Italians as you sip limoncello (popular in the region).

Sports: Soccer, Brocce

Attire: Simple and chic.

So that concludes Swish Suit's Guide to Our Favorite Beaches. I know our guide will grow as we continue to travel, but in the meantime fill me on your favorite beach and why I should go there in the comment section below.

Ciao and go get that dream.

Green Parties: Swish's Eco Tip of the Month

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Who doesn't love a good party? We love entertaining ourselves and others here at Swish so we have compiled a short list of party specific tips to help you keep it green at your next get together. Remember, Eco is sexy! Picnic: What better way to keep it green than to hit the beach, park, or great outdoors? Grab your blanket and go! Here are a few tips to keep to keep it green along the way.

1: Avoid takeout: home cooked food almost always tastes better anyways and can be packed in reusable containers eliminating waste. It also gives you control over what ingredients you put in your food, and allows you to use sustainable locally sourced ones. Yummy!

2. Carpool: Or bike, or walk! Picnicking is about getting together to enjoy nature so why not enjoy it on the way over as well? If it is too far, start the party early by cranking some suitable tunes in your carpool lane.

3.  Use reusable utensils: Use reusable plates, cups, and cutlery in order to reduce waste. Yes it might take a bit longer to clean up but it will be worth it. If you do use something non-reusable just make sure to recycle. Most picnic sites have a recycling bin.

Bar: Meeting at a bar is convenient for everyone and does not leave someone with the nagging chore of cleaning up after the guests have departed; however, it is hard to control the effect a bar has on the environment, but there a few tricks that help.

1. Say no to straws!: Most people grab their drink and chuck the straw creating unneeded waste. Just kindly ask the bartender to ditch the straw while they are mixing.

2. Re-use your glass: Do you really need a new plastic cup? Does your glass need washing? How would you feel at home?

Home: It is always nice to host people or to enjoy someone else's hospitality. Here a few tricks to host an eco party.

1. Evites: No muss. No fuss. No wasted paper.

2. Colorful food: Skip the greasy catering or frozen egg rolls and create a beautiful table of fresh local produce. Your guests will love crudites and dip, fruit salads, seasonal gazpacho in little cups, mini sandwiches, grass feed beef burger, and a pasta salad with local produce.

3. Creative Elegance: Save all of your interesting wine bottles from previous occasions, you can then use them as vases for local flowers, or as candle holders.

Have a great time at your next bash and remember: Green is elegant, and eco is cutting edge.

Love,

The Swish Team