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Runway Translator: Putting the FUN back into summer shopping!

Generally, I love the act of shopping for fashion, so much, in fact, that I’ve made a career out of it. I’m usually excited by the concept of finding new pieces and checking them off my list. I enjoy the thrill of the hunt—with one exception. I absolutely detest swimsuit shopping for myself! I loathe it, truly. But since I’ve not yet sworn off wearing them all together, swimsuit shopping I must go. I’ve developed a system over the years that helps me manage the task in a way that curbs my anxiety. It includes rigorous psychological preparation by repeating positive affirmations in the mirror and consuming a few adult beverages before the excursion. It’s exhausting!

This year I decided to try something new and reimagine the experience and turn it into something I can look forward to. I held a private poolside viewing party with a few of my girlfriends. Oh, what fun we had! I simply got their sizes beforehand and pulled a variety of items from some of my favorite local boutiques (one of the perks of being a stylist). We tried them on, drank some champagne, rocked the runway, and let each other decide which pieces looked best. There were no mirrors and no bad lighting, just a group of girlfriends having a blast. Welcome to the new and improved way I now shop for my summertime wardrobe. I think we’re onto something here, don’t you?

Photos by Theresa NeSmith Photography

Runway-Translator-Summer-Looks-Thersea-Nesmith-Photography La Blanca swimsuit, $111, Pink Palm 
India Hicks scarf, $58, @indiahickssouthtampa 
Fan fringe necklace, $38, DKM 
India Hicks basket bag, $245, @indiahickssouthtampa


Runway-Translator-Summer-Looks-Thersea-Nesmith-PhotographyMaaji rashguard, $88, Surf Outfitter 
O’Neill bikini bottom, $36, Surf Outfitter 
Straw fedora hat, $20, Sara’s Karma Chic 
Sunglasses, DKM


Runway-Translator-Summer-Looks-Thersea-Nesmith-Photography American & Beyond coverup, $58, DKM 
Lilly Pulitzer beach tote, $198, Pink Palm



La Blanca bikini, $71 top, $55 bottom, Surf Outfitter 
Shiraleah coverup, $58, DKM 
Fan fringe earrings, $18, Pink Palm 
Pompom necklace, $32, DKM


Runway-Translator-Summer-Looks-Thersea-Nesmith-PhotographyCitrine Swimsuit, $150, Surf Outfitter 
Cabana Life swim pant, $90, Ship Chic 
Canvas earrings, $32, Pink Palm


Runway-Translator-Summer-Looks-Thersea-Nesmith-PhotographyLilly Pulitzer coverup, $178, Pink Palm 
Flamingo bag, $48, Pink Palm 
Fedora with bow, $36, DKM


Runway-Translator-Summer-Looks-Thersea-Nesmith-PhotographyIndie Wild bikini, $135 top, $100 bottom, Surf Outfitter 
India Hicks scarf, $58, @indiahickssouthtampa 
India Hicks lariat necklace, $80, @indiahickssouthtampa



Runway-Translator-Summer-Looks-Thersea-Nesmith-PhotographyRip Curl fringe swimsuit, $69.50, Surf Outfitter 
Floral shorts, $10, Sara’s Karma Chic 
Shoshq black and white shorts, $20, Sara’s Karma Chic



Bleu black bikini top, my closet 
Shoshq black and white shorts, $20, Sara’s Karma Chic

Roxy sunhat, $32, Surf Outfitter
Large turquoise sunhat, $20, Sara’s Karma Chic



Charlie Paige anchor rope bag, $24.95, Sara’s Karma Chic




Mar Y Sol straw tote with pompoms, $129, Ship Chic



Banago straw clutch, $58, DKM



AJ Morgan sunglasses, DKM 
Lilly Pulitzer sunglasses, $29, Pink Palm



MacBeth Collection romper, $58, DKM 
Flamingo clutch with tassle, $274, @indiahickssouthtampa



Sail to Sable striped coverup, $148, Ship Chic



Tori Richard palm frond coverup, $104, Ship Chic



Lilly Pulitzer embroidered coverup, $128, Pink Palm

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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