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January 22nd, 2014 | By | 12 Comments

Meet Your Maker | L*Space Founder Monica Wise

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Here at SWELL, we love bikinis. I mean, we LOVE bikinis. So naturally, we adore the woman behind one of the top bikini brands out there, L*Space. With six (6!) “Best Swim Brand of the Year” awards and iconic swim styles to spare, founder Monica Wise is the ultimate role model for aspiring designers and beach beach babes from coast to coast. We had a chance to stop by L*Space HQ and get a sneak peek into Monica’s success and next season’s bikinis. Sadly, there was no room filled floor the ceiling with bikinis to dive into a-la Scrooge McDuck, but we did find some pretty rad stuff searching for the mythical dream-room. Read on for a photo tour of L*Space and interview with the woman, the myth, the bikini legend…

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January 17th, 2014 | By | 74 Comments

DIY: Pallet Organizer

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Get a head start on Spring cleaning! Make room for sunny new additions to your closet by utilizing your wall space. Instead of drilling in hooks into the wall, give yourself a little freedom to swap things around with this insanely simple pallet organizer. Hang hats, bag, jewelry, or shades – whatever the season calls for. You can even use it as a shoe rack by sticking the toes between the panels. If you’re the fancy type, give it a touch of paint (ombre would be pretty killer), or go industrial with the au naturel wood. Read on for the how-to… (more…)

January 17th, 2014 | By | 6 Comments

SeaMade: The Budget Surf Trip | San Diego Edition

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Need some outdoor inspo? If you’re in San Diego, it’s right in your backyard…
I was one of that kids that liked sleeping in a tent in my own backyard even though I had a perfectly good bedroom inside the house. That desire continues now that I live in Encinitas and have the camp vibes of San Elijo Campground down the street from me. It is truly glamping at it’s finest (glamorous camping for all you rugged outdoorsy folk). Waking up on a cliff above the beach where there are a bunch of fun surf spots and tons of beachy things to do doesn’t sound too shabby to me. Not to mention all the good grinds and cafes nearby to fuel up. It’s a non-commitment, budget-friendly vacay that you can plan the day of (outside of the high season that is). Nowhere near San Diego? Find your closest campground and reserve a spot now. Go on…give yourself a break from the usual four wall structure and take a neighborhood glampout to get in on the luxurious beach-camp vibes. Read on for the SeaMade guide to camping in North County San Diego… (more…)

January 10th, 2014 | By | 259 Comments

DIY: Bleach Tie Dyeing

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Wish your basics were a little less…basic? Create unique pieces out of your colored essentials with bleach! This idea is especially useful for saving items with accidental bleach spots from hitting the rag pile. You can use this technique to bring life back to items with stains or paint splatters on them as well. Read on for the 10 minute how-to… (more…)