SwimWays Will Match Your Operation Smile Donation Until April 30th

Now through April 30th, we will match your donation, doubling the impact of your gift, and help save twice as many children

 
Did you know that we’re a corporate partner of Operation Smile? Since 2007, SwimWays has helped provide over 5,000 new smiles to kids through this partnership. If you’re not familiar with Operation Smile, it is a wonderful not-for-profit organization that shares our vision that all children should have the chance for a smile and a better life. Operation Smile provides free surgery for children suffering from facial deformities around the globe.

Unfortunately, children with a cleft lip or cleft palate have a higher mortality rate because they can’t nurse or eat properly. With your assistance, we can help Operation Smile provide lifesaving nutritional support and surgeries to these children. If you decide to donate to Operation Smile by April 30, 2014, SwimWays will help double your impact so together we can save twice as many children!

What are you waiting for? Give a lifetime of smiles to a child today!

Find out more about our partnership with Operation Smile.

Spring Break Travel and Packing Tips for Families

by Tracy Kunzler

From the editor: Our relaxation expert presents a series of tips for the upcoming spring break. Do you have vacation plans? Leave a comment – we’d love to know where you’re going!

Spring Break Packing and Travel Tips

Spring break marks the first time many of us will visit pools and beaches this year as we head south for a much-needed “latitude adjustment” after the cold winter months. The thing I hate about going on spring break is wondering what to pack. (That and having to come back home!) Following is help with the “what to pack” thing. (As far as the “coming back home” thing, maybe you can Google “faking a kidnapping?” You’re on your own there!) The really great thing is, since spring break often occurs over the Easter holiday, many of these things can double as Easter gifts kids can use on your trip! Following, a checklist of things that will take up minimum room in your suitcase and provide maximum fun on your trip near the water!

Check out the links below for Tracy’s series on spring break travel and packing tips!

Tracy Kunzler - Relaxation Expert

Tracy Kunzler knows relaxing like no other! She has devoted her life to the field of relaxation and is incredibly disciplined in the subject. Tracy lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she regularly relaxes and entertains beachside and at her backyard pool with husband Neil,their twin sons Cole and Duke (when not away at college), and their beloved mixed breed Bogie. Tracy’s Book

Beach and Poolside Fashion and Color Trends for 2014

SwimWays Spring Float Graphic Prints

Are you ready for summer? It’s just a few months away! We know you water lovers are thinking about it – especially with the bitterly cold weather we’ve all experienced lately. Just imagine it… the warm sun on your skin, your favorite ice cold drink by your side, and your toes in the water. Have you thought about your poolside style yet? Well don’t worry, because we’ve gathered poolside fashion and color trends from around the web so you can enjoy the fun days of summer, stylishly.

For the Gals

The good news is that this season there’s no particular print that’s on trend, we’ve seen nautical stripes, polka dots, tropical/floral prints, paisleys and crochet textures (and everything in between) in a variety of hues and styles for all shapes and sizes. You’ll be happy to learn that figure flattering vintage styles, ruched materials, ruffles, and fringes are still in. You’ll also see lots of color blocking by way of pattern and solid color mix and match, and graduated color blends. Ultimately you should wear the style you feel most comfortable in, a swim suit style that really suits your body shape and spice it up a little by embracing some of this year’s vibrant colors taking the fashion world by storm.

Accessorize your swimsuit with a brightly colored pool float

Pool floats: SwimWays Spring Float SwimWays.com, Tomato and Cream Scallop Swimsuit TopShop.com, Dot Underwire Tank JCrew.com

Polka dots on navy are hot again this year, so accessorize your swimsuit with a colorful tote and sandals. Remember, accessories don’t have to match – contrast is great!

Bright solid colors meets vintage polka halterneck bikini

Bag:Pineapple Jute Bag TommyBahama.com, Bikini: Freya Calamity Bandeau Swim Top BareNecessities.com, Sandals: Bare Traps Delia Flat Sandals Macys.com

If a one-piece swimsuit is your style, and you’re not a huge fan of patterns, why not opt for something in a bright solid like turquoise and pair it up with bohemian themed accessories with like color accents?

A little bit of bohemia goes well with this bright solid one-piece

Bag: Billabong Geary Trips Zappos.com, Swimsuit: La Blanca Ruched One-Piece Swimsuit Nordstrom.com, Sandals: Grazie Scorch Sandals Zappos.com

And for the Guys

As we’ve seen in recent years the main trend for swim trunk length is still just above the knee, boardshorts are still very popular and flattering for most and are available in a variety of rises. Bright neon colors, earth toned solids and mixed prints are hot this year. From Hawaiian prints and wide checks to graduated stripes, there’s something for every taste.

Graduated stripes and bright neon colors for the guys

Pool foats: SwimWays Spring Float SwimWays.com, Rip Curl Mens Boardshorts Mirage Aggrotrippin Lime HansenSurf.com, Billabong Mens Boardshorts All Day Bright Green HansenSurf.com

For a convenient vacation style, go for a neutral colored trunk so you can effortlessly transition from pool to restaurant with a nice light linen or cotton shirt in a contrasting color – white always works! Don’t forget to dry off first!

Earth tones allow for easy transition from the pool

Left: Billabong Mens Shorts Reggie PX Silver HansenSurf.com, Sea Glass Breezer Short-Sleeve Shirt TommyBahama.com, Clarks Swing Sky Sandals ClarksUSA.com. Right: Rip Curl Mens Boardshorts Stoker Navy HansenSurf.com, Scott Hawaii Mens Sandals Pui Brown HansenSurf.com, Sean John Shirt, Short Sleeved Linen-Blend Macys.com

Our 2014 Color Favorites

This year our products feature a host of bright, vibrant colors that you’ll love. Great for pairing with your favorite swimwear and poolside accessories.

SwimWays Color Trends 2014

Check out our Beach & Pool Style board on Pinterest for more pool and beach style inspiration! You’ll find pool and beach fashions in addition to color and trend reports for the upcoming season.

What fashion and color trends will be your summer favorites?

Follow SwimWays’s board Beach & Pool Style on Pinterest.