Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Blue Sky Swimwear review and a #giveaway

I was born and raised in Daytona Beach, where I lived until 2011. I always joked that I owned more swimsuits than business suits. Even in my 30's no longer living on the beach, I purchase 5+ new swimsuits a season. I clearly remember the very first swimsuit I purchased myself. I was 17 years old and saved up $100 to purchase a leopard print bikini from Blue Sky Swimwear. My parents yelled at me because I should have been saving for a car, not spending money on a bathing suit....

My friends and I purchased countless swimsuits from Blue Sky Swimwear which started it's operation in 1995. Over the years, Blue Sky turned it's storefront in Daytona Beach to a national manufacturer who outfits the employees at multiple casino pool decks from Las Vegas to Atlantic City. Blue Sky designs and manufacturers all of their swimwear in Florida. They have many prints and styles to choose from and are always keeping up with the trends. Blue Sky can custom design swimwear to your wishes, bigger, shorter, wider, skimpier.

They didn't have to convince me of how great their product is as I owned my fair share over the years but they did offer to provide me with a new bathing suit, which I happily accepted. The great thing about Blue Sky Swimwear is that you select which print you want, then customize your suit by selecting the style of top and bottoms. I picked out the fabric I liked best, called The Beachside Collection, a colorful striped print.

I knew instantly which top I liked the best, The Slide Top, which has elastic covered strings that tie around your neck and back allowing you to create your own perfect fit. It's a flattering top for many body types.
Picking a bottom was not as easy as picking a top. I am no longer the young 5'10" teenager, weighing 100 lbs. That is the great thing about Blue Sky, they have many different options in the print you decide on. At first glance, I fell in love with the Ruffled bottom, which had an attached skirt. While it is cute on, it was a little low for my style.
I then tried on the banded bottom, which had a very nice fit. You can fold the band on top for a lower cut look if you wish and it was very comfortable with it's elastic free band around the waist. I was about to go with this bottom when another one found it's way into my dressing room.
I ended up with the Scrunch Bottom with fully adjustable strings at each hip, letting you control your side coverage. It's very cute and flattering. Plus I loved the fact that you can adjust the bottoms, giving you more coverage for those not so flattering days.
Blue Sky Swimwear graciously offered one of their suits up to $100 value to one of my readers. The winner can choose to select one of the many swim suits on their website or use the amount towards a custom suit! Let me know in the comment section what your favorite swimsuit was growing up! Make sure you enter through rafflecopter at the end of this post as this is how I select my winner randomly.  If you are unsure how to use Rafflecopter, click here for a short video tutorial

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26 comments:

  1. My favorite bathing suit growing up was the flame print one from Blue Sky! I love Blue Sky!!

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    1. I cannot think of Blue Sky without thinking of that suit!

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  2. Sadly I always wore shorts and t-shirts as I was very shy. Even at the beach.

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    1. Awe :( Well I hope you win so you can get a great suit!

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  3. I actually didn't like swim suits... -Dale M

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  4. I am a bikini queen! Lol. It's really sad though...counted all of them with my friend Lauren a cpl of weeks ago b/c she was laughing at my huge drawer dedicated to only swimsuits...I was donating her a few. I'm truly too embarrassed to admit how many (that still fit and are in style) I have problems too. Us Florida girls...

    Oh..and I'm SUCH a sucker for ruffled bottoms (and I like 'em real low..lol) Such a great post! Thanks for contributing to my problem Megan! Definitely entering this giveaway!!

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    1. I have a bikini drawer too!!! Always have had one. So funny. You would love that ruffled bottom then. Good luck! Glad I was able to introduce you to Blue Sky :)

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  5. I had one of those 80s suits that was like a bikini but connected?! Loved that thing!

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    1. Love it!! Aren't those suits coming back in style?

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  6. My favorite was this monokini type that was black and hot pink by Body Glove. I wore it for a few summers before I finally wore it out!

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    1. OOOOH I had a pink and black Body Glove suit too! It was a two piece with a sports bra style top, with a zipper down the middle. Oh the 80's/early 90's!!

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  7. I always liked the bikinis with the top that somewhat concealed my small chest. It's tough living in the Daytona area and not being able to wear all the skimpy bikinis. I've recently lost 60 pounds and have finally been able to wear a bikini again and just love the new hipster bottoms!

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    1. Congrats on the 60lb weight loss! That is incredible. I was always soooo self conscious growing up. I was literally sticks and bones while all of my friends had amazing bodies. Now, it is the opposite, still self conscious because I am no longer stick and bones!

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  8. I had a care-bears swimsuit! It rocked! To bad it would be totally creepy for me to wear a care-bears swimsuit now.

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    1. HAHAHAHA!!! I am cracking up. I so had a blue care bear one piece as a young-in.

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    2. So Funny, Beth! I had one too with a rainbow on it.....care bear stare LOL

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  9. My favorite bikini ever was this white one that had small blue flower print on it. Loved that 'kini!

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    1. Sounds cute!!! If you win, Blue Sky could probably recreate it!

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    2. Really!? I am loving Blue Sky already :)

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  10. I had a bright orange bikini that looked great when I had a tan. And a 17 year old body. :)

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  11. As a small child I had a carebear suit.... my favorite. :)

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  12. I had a really cute two piece that was aqua and blue. The bottom was a skirt and the top was a halter.

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  13. I have always been a triangle top girl, but lately I have been going for tube tops. No strap tan lines!! I am loving their twist tube top! Super cute!!

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  14. A pink gingham bikini with white eyelet lace

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  16. I had a black one piece that had gold trim and a gold heart on the back. The gold made feel so glamorous and sophisticated!

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