Let’s get one thing straight: I love the beach.
The salty, sweet scent of the crisp ocean, the songs of soaring seagulls, the warmth of sun-kissed sand caressing my feet, and the soothing sounds of soft waves greatly intoxicate me.
Perhaps it is the tropical blood that flows fiercely in my veins that naturally attracts me to all things nautical, or the fact that I am a watery piscean. Regardless, I am truly my happiest when frolicking at the beach.
For my local escape to beachy paradise, I head to Cherry Grove in Fire Island. I must warn you though, it’s not the easiest place to find. It requires a subway ride, two Long Island Railroad trains, a taxi, and a ferry to reach an island where no cars or traffic exist, but I assure you, the lengthy journey is worth it.
Fire Island boasts plenty of resorts, but unlike the party-loving Pines, Cherry Grove is more secluded.
You can go on a Saturday afternoon and feel like you own the entire island. Only a handful of people, at most, are usually present sunbathing or literally bathing in the sea.
Not only do I adore Fire Island’s tranquility, but it’s this same sereneness that puts me at ease in a two-piece. I am not a woman who feels at her most comfortable in a swimsuit, and I appreciate not feeling judged or gawked at because my figure doesn’t resemble a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Rather, I can just be me and savor the day like a fine rosé. That’s more fun, anyway.
While I do wear two-pieces, I rely on more vintage-inspired high-waisted bottoms.
They suit my curves best and hide any sudden bloats (we are surrounded by salt, after all).
For the tops, ModCloth also has plenty of vivid halters by old Hollywood actress and competitive swimmer Esther Williams.
Wouldn’t you want to be like the “Million Dollar Mermaid?” You can also score some matching high-waisted bottoms by Esther Williams as well. A double win.
Recently, I visited Linda’s Bras, an Upper East Side boutique that offers amazing swimsuit tops in nearly every size you can think of. A proper fitting can alleviate backache, enhance your shape, and give you all the support needed. If you haven’t gotten fitted for a bra or bikini top yet, do it ASAP. It will change your life. Promise.
Cherry Grove in Fire Island is my home away from home. It’s tradition to visit every summer and I’m already thinking about next year!