TOLANI: The Celebrity Must Have

June 4th, 2011 | By | 3,636 Comments


One of my guilty pleasures is celebrity gossip, and what they are wearing. I hate to admit it, but I can read US Weekly from cover to end. We all know there are some celebrities out there who make us raise an eyebrow and say “What the hell is she wearing…is this a joke??” But there are others who really are style icons, with their cool effortless looks. What I would give to raid Sienna Miller, Nicole Richie, and Alexa Chung’s closets!!

Enter one of my new favorite brands Tolani:
Tolani has created a line based on global cultures as inspiration. Their prints, intricate detailing, and delicate silk fabrications have become a favorite amongst Hollywood “it” girls. Celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, Nicole Richie, Hilary Duff, Leighton Meester, Taylor Momsen, Rachel Bilson, Shenae Grimes, Sienna Miller, Miley Cyrus, Ashlee Simpson, Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Christina Aguilera, and Lauren Conrad have been spotted in Tolani.

I am so excited to introduce the line to you on SWELL! And for those of you who cannot wait, we will be launching
Tolani scarves in July!
Check out Tolani HERE. I hope you like it as much as I do…leave a comment and let us know what you think!


About the Author: If buying girl’s apparel were anything like garage sale shopping, Hannah would be the one knocking at your door at 5am, trying to score the best picks. Spot this dog surfing enthusiast with a longboard and lifejacket-ed Golden Retriever.

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Black Out Bill’s Band of the Week – Deer Tick

June 3rd, 2011 | By | 2,888 Comments

Deer Tick -

Deer Tick is an American indie folk band that hails from Providence, Rhode Island. This neo-hillbilly concoction is made up of four scruffily reticent young fellows that definitely know how to guzzle whiskey and slam beers. Although ostensibly an alternative country act, no amount of emulated steel guitar bends or folk fiddle breaks are going to disguise Deer Tick’s indie-rock core.

Review of the Week

June 3rd, 2011 | By | 2,739 Comments

Review of the week goes to…
This guy, who prompted us to send out a warning to every hitchhiker in and around the Dallas, TX area.

P.S. Did Samwell and the double rainbow guy have a love child? What, what…


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Inflatable Wetsuit – XXL Tech: PFD Integrated Wetsuit from Billabong

June 3rd, 2011 | By | 4,809 Comments

Shane Dorian and the Inflatable Wetsuit Photo Credit: Billabong via Transword Surf

Shane Dorian’s worst wipe-out of his life inspired this self inflating wetsuit with a ripcord for bigwave survival. After a year of mournful loses in the big-wave community, Dorian describes it as an “absolute game changer.”

Watch the evolution of XXL surf technology.

The Billabong V1 wetsuit inflates with a shoulder-mounted rip cord that uses a replaceable CO2 cartridge to instantly fill an air bladder at the back. Dorian used this device while paddling into his record breaking wave at Jaws last year. The V1 wetsuit helped Dorian make a quick an easy recovery form the enormous wave that eventually earned him both Monster Paddle and Monster Tube recognition at Billabong’s XXL Awards last April. At the time of his big ride, Dorian declined to comment to spectators and photographers about the peculiar lump on his back. However now that the patent is pending, Dorian and Billabong have made the official Press Release and are ready to equip the big wave community’s elite with this device.

What do you think this wetsuit means for the future of big wave surfing?

Let us know in the comments section below.

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