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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!

Death Swim, Swish Chicago Headquarters, and Wild Man Jesse Levin!

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It is officially 7:30 am, cloudy as always in the great north city that is Chicago, and I am awake. Not only awake but already working. Why? Gasp! Would a Swish girl be awake working at such an hour? Ok, maybe awake to surf or yoga but work? What is happening to me here at home? "Chelsea Berg" "Swish Suits"

Never fear friends! I am not afraid of turning into an overachiever. I think I will always be more partial to a laid back vibe than trying too hard at anything. Typical Swish beach bummage dies hard and all that. I am awake now (but will be taking a siesta shortly despite best efforts in an hour or so for sure) as I want to record my morning. What could you call it....experience? More like minor cardiac arrest, a state that I never thought about experiencing rocking through my body. The descriptive words are due to escape me, hence the 7:30 accounting.

So, I swam in Chicago's great Lake Michigan this morning at 5:30 am with the wild man, Jesse Levin. I know Jesse as he is the Senior Cultural Chameleon for Brooklyn Boulders. A rock climbing gym from obviously Brooklyn, NY that is opening in Chicago's West Loop that promises to "offer progressive climbing and fitness experiences while providing an unconventional platform to bring the arts, music, and entrepreneurial communities together." Anyone else excited? So BKB Chicago is still being built and Jesse has been sent here as a Chicago neophyte to break the trail for BKB Chicago. I am still not sure despite spending a tortuous and lovely (perhaps a Jesse specialty?) morning with this community master if his 5:30 am habit of swimming in Lake Michigan in temperatures that only this weekend he claims have gotten warm at a breezy tropical like temp of 17 degrees Celsius (or 63 degrees F for you true Americans), can be called normality for him or spawn from new city boredom. He mentioned over much needed coffee at pretty much the only place open at 6 am after our "swim" that he is pro-gun due to all his time spent running disaster relief programs in Haiti, so I think we can all come to the conclusion that swimming in a freezing lake is perhaps more on the normalcy scale than not for my new friend.

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I got back to Chicago from Miami last week and had texted Jesse to see if he wanted to grab lunch to which he responded, "sure but how about a swim?" I had seen Jesse's "swims" on FB posts and dubbed them in my mind more as "polar soul sucking vortex half drownings." Crazy bastard I would laugh. Oh god, did he mean to ask me to join in one of those? Uff, my hands immediately started to sweat and I loudly announced to my father and sister in the throws of morning coffee Jesse's crazy idea for tropical me. My father told me to "not die" which I thought was ludicrous until I googled findings and indeed two swimmers had just died a couple Wednesdays earlier of hypothermia that takes only minutes to set in in water of this temperature. Now I was not just dreading this, I was actually a little afraid. To put this in perspective though, for those of you that know me, I have accumulated an easy 3,000 submerged hours in the water teaching and otherwise. But all in tropical waters. The coldest water I have experienced was during my brief stint in Egypt working on liveaboards with water about 22 degrees Celsius (71.6 F) and the Cenotes in Mexico get about 24 degrees (75.2 F). 17 C (62 F) was going to be a whole other journey...But I own a wetsuit company so how can one say no? So I said yes and then let it plague me my weekend forward.

The night before our jaunt I had not heard from Jesse and maybe saw glimmers of hope I might be freed of this death swim when I broke down and texted him at 10 pm. Shoot, we were on. I got a text within a few minutes telling me an insulated swimming cap is a good idea. Apparently Jesse swims in nothing else but a cap and swim trucks. Are you starting to get a picture of this man? Needless to say, I had some splotchy sleep and even my dog was not excited to wake up at 5 am. At 5 am this morning Chicago was already a nice balmy grey 54 degrees F so I was already cold coming from Miami and all. I hop into Jesse's car and the vibe is great, I am feeling better. We arrive after a winding trip as I am not sure where we are trying to get to and Jesse is unsure where we are going period. I put on my Swish Wetsuit (www.swishsuits.com) and I see the gorgeous downtown Chicago skyline, the cloudy morning rising over the Drake Hotel. I start feeling jazz music and cognac curse through my veins (I mean I am deep down from here after all). I start to actually get a little excited about this and then......

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"I refuse to put my face in, I refuse to put my face in, I refuse to put my face in." I just could not feel my arms, like I know they were supposed to be moving but I couldn't see them move and believe me my face was above water water so I could see them. Then they pretty much stopped moving all on their own. Pinching, what is pinching me? I am getting pinched, put your face in the water Chelsea dammit, move your arms, pinching ouch pinching, I cannot breath, like wow I cannot breath. Is this the beginnings of hypothermia, it is, I know it is. The breathing, why is air not going into my lungs, because at this point I could actually feel my lungs. Every breath entering my lungs felt like getting your tongue frozen to ice. And brain freeze, I had the worst brain freeze of my life, but not in my brain (as I could not bring myself to put my head in the water) but in my heart. I had heart freeze. My heart so far from my Swish tropical waters had just given up. I felt it shrink up to a hard little ball and start moving up to my throat in efforts to escape the cold I can only imagine. And then I was doggie paddling....oh how the mighty have fallen. I actually pride myself on my aquatic abilities and though never have I been much of a swimmer, I can and have knocked out a mile of swimming a few times in my life with moderate effort. But this, this was the beginning of death I am sure. Poor Jesse, I am sorry my friend. After probably 2 minutes maximum I had made it from one lake ladder to the next and I was toast. I shame faced paddled over and got out of the death water. I could tell Jesse was a little disappointed the great Swish CEO and mermaid extraordinare had made it maybe 3 feet as he had a lot more death swimming in him but he was oh so very nice about my failure.

And you know what the truly astonishing and slightly sick part of this all is? I will be back. Maybe it is the mermaid in me that never fails in the water, but something in my death swim struck a cord and I want more. How? I do not know and I am already dreading it. But I will be back Lake Michigan my friend.....I will be back. So you said Saturday Jesse? Any takers?

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.

We Love Water

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

Janzu Water Massage: because us Mermaids like everything in the water the best!

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It is no secret that we Swish mermaids love anything and everything water, so when I was offered an intro Janzu Water Massage as a birthday gift from the beautiful and earthy America Vega Pascual, owner and operator of Relaha, a Holistic Center here in Playa del Carmen, MX, I said “H*%!& Yes!” RelaHa specializes in Water Therapy Janzu Massage, Holistic Massage, Reflexology, and Reiki: Relaha

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(America Wearing her Swish Janzu Jacket in the Ocean of the Riviera Maya)

America had approached me weeks ago, asking if we at Swish could create special jackets for Janzu massage. I didn't know anything about Janzu massage expect that it was in the water. After researching for the making of America's Janzu jacket, I found that water is an amazing place for body therapy. The water not only slows down movement and makes one feel weightless, but the water acts as an isolation therapy, blocking all sound and allowing the patient to fully let go. Many go into a sort of meditative state. Janzu is often seen as a rebirthing therapy, with the water representing the amniotic fluid of the womb, America told me that the Janzu massage will penetrate and release layers of your being and to expect vivid dreams and more sensitivity the following days.

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(Janzu can be done in a pool or the ocean, the most important aspect is warm water as you will be immobile.)

I am personally OBSESSED with massages, I trade teaching a massage therapist's yoga classes in exchange for massage every couple of weeks, but no previous massage prepared me for what I experienced in my Janzu. I felt like I was in a cocoon, and felt a more lasting sleepiness than I ever had. Normally from massage, I will recover within 20 in or so and feel normal, but my Janzu wiped me out for the rest of the day and I slept better than I ever have. I had vivid dreams, perhaps of old things in my consciousness needing to be let go.

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(Beautiful America in her Swish ONE Line Jacket in Purple on the beaches of Playa del Carmen)

America describes Janzu as “the art of letting go and learning to flow, to trust, and to connect with the source and know that everything is going to be ok and life has your back.” I certainly felt like America had my back during my massage with her amazing energy :)! I would recommend Janzu to anyone, and especially to you water lovers out there!

For more info on Janzu and/or holistic centers and therapies in Playa del Carmen please contact America here: vpa1012@gmail.com.

For info on ordering your own Janzu Massage Swish Jacket made exclusively for Janzu, please contact: chelsea@swishsuits.com.

 

 

New Swish Product! Get your leggings on!

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Hello all, We know that we have been teasing you with bikini pics all summer long like this. . .DSC00234

But unfortunately these bikinis are not revolutionary enough yet!  We are still in the process of creating a sexy high performance bikini that will stay on during all extreme sports.  They will be coming out eventually but we do not want to release them until they are perfect so hang in there!

But here is some news to cheer you up! Swish Suits is developing a line of leggings that can be worn out or to the gym!  Chelsea is hard at work at the sewing machine and the yoga studio creating and testing this product slatted to launch this fall!  So stay tuned.

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Thank you swish fans!

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Swish Suits Spring Photo Shoot and Bikini Sneak Peak with Giella Cosmetics: By Chelsea

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Hola all you lovely readers out there! I have heard that a few places more north on our dear planet are not having a very nice spring.....in our Chicago Swish Headquarters spring has definitely not sprung. In the ever hot Mayan Riviera our second Swish home, spring has sprung a little too violently.....the spring has become more of a scorch!

 

Anyway, wether you are scorching or freezing it is Spring and as such we here at Swish decided to do a Spring Swish Shoot in some of our brightest flirtiest ONE Line Items and some of our soon to be released (yes, I know we always say this but they will be out this summer 100%) Swish bikinis, http://swishsuits.com/product-category/womens-exercise-clothes/!

 

We had the great pleasure of partnering up for this spring shoot with Giella Cosmetics, the amazing new custom blend cosmetics company, http://www.giella.com/. Giella Representative for the Riviera Maya, Martina Carrino, is a personal friend of mine and the CEO at The Best Moments, an amazing wedding planning company here in Playa del Carmen, https://www.facebook.com/TheBestMomentsWeddings. It was to date our easiest and most laid back photo shoot ever thanks to Marina and crew!

 

We at Swish are officially hooked on Giella! This makeup is not only custom blended to your own skin but it also is super light weight and durable, aka perfect for the beach! Or, well the beach lounge ;). All Giella makeup we used was perfect for Swish, it gave our models a nice natural look that was professional but not overdone.

 

The shoot started at 5:30 am, with us all meeting in Marina's gorgeous flat in Playacar. I am pretty sure most of the success of the shoot can be attributed to Alex Corbanezi, a sweet and super talented makeup artist from Brazil.

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Giella Blend Cosmetics and Makeup by Alexandre Corbanezi, https://www.facebook.com/alexandre.corbanezi?fref=ts

 

We got some great beachy spring shots of Swish's ONE Line!

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Spring Swish Bliss!

 

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Swish ONE Line Crop Top in Flirty Pink, the perfect top for your Spring exercise!

 

I was also super lucky to have my beautiful and talented boyfriend, Alex Nava, wake up at 5 am, drive us around, video the entire experience, and then put everything together in post production to produce a killer video for our new Kickstarter campaign (we will keep you posted, we are launching next month)! Gracias guapo!

 

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Sooooo.......bikinis anyone? You amazing Swish followers have been after us for while to release our sporty/sexy/eco bikinis and they are coming, they are coming! Promise! These bikinis are great for the girl that needs something sexy and high performance rolled into one suit. Something with a great flattering cut that is also perfect to throw a wetsuit over and jump in the surf. For those you (like myself for soooo many years) that are unable to find anything but the annoying and never flattering full bottom bikinis, despair no longer! Your bum will celebrate :)!

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Swish Suits Bikinis Out Summer 2013!

 

All in all, I have to admit I am sort of obsessed with photo shoots! In general I love the pics, the posing, the makeup.....catching it all Swished up in a moment. As well, we here at Swish use our friends as models. There is never a deficit of fit pro-athlete girls on the Swish Team! For example, two of the models we used in this shoot are yoga instructors here in Playa.

 

All in all.....enjoy the beachy spring shots even if you are fighting a cold northern spring, check out Giella Cosmetics (you will be glad you did) www.giella.com, and stay tuned and with credit card in hand to get your Swish Bikini this summer!

 

Ciao for now and Swish On,

CB

 

For more info on Giella cosmetics contact: martina@giella.com

 

Kim Kardashian Loving Her Swish Suit: Perez Says "Fabness!"

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The popular reality TV show, "Kourtney and Kim Take Miami" recently got swished! On this week's episode, Kim went paddle boarding and sported a swish suit!

We think she looks great in her swish and we are not the only ones. Gossip king and ruler of the celebrity blogosphere, Perez Hilton, wrote about the day and it's "fabness!"

Good on you Kim for trying new sports and getting out there in your Swish!