Tell us your story… How did get to where you are now?
I grew up on Maui and spent most of my time as a kid on the beach in a bikini. I loved swimwear from a young age and knew designing was something I always wanted to do, but thought starting my own line was something that would happen much later in life. When I started modeling for Sports Illustrated, the editor there really encouraged me to start my own line. So I decided to listen to her and take advantage of the opportunity at the time.
What’s special about your suits? What do you think they’re known for?
My suits are known for their fit. I use a special ruching technique that makes the suit hug a woman’s body in all of the right places. My suits are also seamless, and they are double lined so they have a very strong and rich feel.
What inspired your new collection?
My new collection was inspired by South American deserts, South of the border Latin towns and cities, as well as Mexican surf spots and beaches. The natural beauty you find in these places like cactus, succulents, snakes, blue water, and sandy beaches inspired me.
My new collection was inspired by South American deserts, South of the border Latin towns and cities, as well as Mexican surf spots and beaches.
Why did you start the Keiki line?
The line was inspired by my daughter, Ryan. There is nothing more I love than matching with my little girl, I love our mommy and me moments!
There is nothing more I love than matching with my little girl, I love our mommy and me moments!
Where do you see Keiki headed?
This year was our first year of adding clothing to the Keiki line. There are many ready-to-wear pieces now that match “mama” which was so fun to design!
Are you a big fan of matching mommy and me suits/what’s your mama swim style with your daughter
Matching with my baby is one of the best parts of having a little girl! I love wearing matching bikinis and the matching cover ups.
Something you can’t live without?
Chocolate and red wine. One of my favorite combos once the little one goes to bed. My mommy vice.
What beach beauty products are in your bag?
Sunscreen, water, lip-gloss
Any summer beach beauty tips? You have such gorgeous blond hair how do you care for it in the summer
Thank you! I wash it every other day or sometimes every 3 days. In between washes I always rinse my hair in the shower and put a good conditioner or mask on my ends. I also don’t brush my hair; I do that in the shower when it’s wet or a run a comb through it when I have conditioner in it.
I also don’t brush my hair; I do that in the shower when it’s wet or a run a comb through it when I have conditioner in it.
What do you like best about what you do?
I love that I get to design and create which is something I enjoy and really love. My swimwear line is a huge creative outlet for me, which is something I really crave and need in my life.
Best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Now is the time, if not now- when?” I have always kept this is mind and remind myself daily that life is short, so what are we waiting for?
Now is the time, if not now- when?
How has becoming a mama changed you?
I thought I knew what love was, but really I had no idea how much I could love another human! It has been the most rewarding thing and I know there are more moments that I have yet to experience. My daughter has made me so happy and has allowed me to see life in a whole different perspective. Children are so full of life and love, I am inspired daily.
What’s the biggest challenge you face as a working mama who travels a lot?
Being away from my daughter. I wish I could always be with her and take her with me on all of my work trips, but I have realized that traveling is really hard on little ones with time changes etc. The past few years have been challenging but very rewarding. It’s been difficult to find a healthy balance at work and being a mom. As much as I love what I do, I love being a mother more than anything else and my daughter always comes first. I have had to learn how to juggle taking care of Ryan while still being focused with work related things, be a wife, a chef, and then find some me time. Although it can all be exhausting, I love every minute of it and wouldn’t change a thing.
As much as I love what I do, I love being a mother more than anything else and my daughter always comes first. I have had to learn how to juggle taking care of Ryan while still being focused with work related things, be a wife, a chef, and then find some me time.
Do you travel a lot with your daughter? What’s been your favorite trip with her?
Yes I take her everywhere! She loves to travel and fly on the “big airplane”. I loved our trip to Bali last year. It was her first time out of the country and it was so fun to show her another culture. She loved the monkeys and elephants!
What are your favorite beaches in the world?
All of the beaches I grew up going to in my hometown on Maui. Ironwoods, Napili Bay, Kaanapali. I also love the beaches on the North shore of Oahu.