SHAKE what your mother gave Ya! Turn heads with the #RumbaRuffles spaghetti tie bikini. The Ruffles collection was inspired by RUMBA & SALSA dancing. When you are swaying your HIPS from SIDE 2 SIDE, the ruffles accentuate your dance moves & Booty. Available in 7 Tropical Colors. Link in Bio.

SHAKE what your mother gave Ya! Turn heads with the #RumbaRuffles spaghetti tie bikini. The Ruffles collection was inspired by RUMBA & SALSA dancing. When you are swaying your HIPS from SIDE 2 SIDE, the ruffles accentuate your dance moves & Booty. Available in 7 Tropical Colors. Link in Bio.
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G I R L C R U S H @madisonbmurray Rockin' @mynicolita RUMBA RUFFLES Palm #bikini on the beaches of Miami. Did you know that @madisonbmurray Walked the RUNWAY for #NicolitaSwimwear at MBFW and was one of our Booty Detectives?

G I R L  C R U S H @madisonbmurray Rockin' @mynicolita RUMBA RUFFLES Palm #bikini on the beaches of Miami.  Did you know that @madisonbmurray Walked the RUNWAY for #NicolitaSwimwear at MBFW and was one of our Booty Detectives?
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SEA️ SUN️ & NICOLITA #GorgeousGondola #OneshoulderBikini

SEA️ SUN️ & NICOLITA #GorgeousGondola #OneshoulderBikini
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Everybody Clap Your HandsTime to Punch that Time Card! WEEKEND is HERE!!!!#NicolitaSwimwear #CheerstotheWeekend

Everybody Clap Your HandsTime to Punch that Time Card! WEEKEND is HERE!!!!#NicolitaSwimwear #CheerstotheWeekend
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I get a lot of questions from people about How do I start a Clothing Line? & How do I Travel to Cuba️? ………………… I want to answer any questions that you may have. What would you like to know more about?I'll be answering these throughout the weekend. @ Tag someone if you think they might have a Question for me. @nicole_di_rocco

I get a lot of questions from people about How do I start a Clothing Line? & How do I Travel to Cuba️? ..................... I want to answer any questions that you may have. What would you like to know more about?I'll be answering these throughout the weekend. @ Tag someone if you think they might have a Question for me. @nicole_di_rocco
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BowsBowsBows #NicolitaSwimwear #tbt

BowsBowsBows #NicolitaSwimwear #tbt
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When I think of C U B A _______________[FILL IN THE BLANK] ️Love to read your responses ️

When I think of C U B A _______________[FILL IN THE BLANK] ️Love to read your responses ️
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@ppfriends doing what she does best! Visiting amazing Carribean beaches in her #NicolitaSwimwear for @cltravel. So jealous!

@ppfriends doing what she does best! Visiting amazing Carribean beaches in her #NicolitaSwimwear for @cltravel. So jealous!
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Take on MONDAY with some E S T I L O & C O N F I D E N C E. Bold lip & Don't mess with me shades #WorkIt in your #NicolitaSwimwear

Take on MONDAY with some  E S T I L O & C O N F I D E N C E.  Bold lip & Don't mess with me shades  #WorkIt in your #NicolitaSwimwear
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One of the most rewarding things about shooting the Nicolita collection in Cuba is interacting with the people…especially the adorable children. These kids were playing stick baseball ️in the street and came over to watch the shoot. They were beyond excited to hop in the shot and pose for the camera with us. Now looking back at this picture again, I just noticed how much the girls faces were lit up with joy and awe at Dayli, our Cuban model. Setting an example for these young girls to follow your dreams and think big because anything is possible. Pretty amazing to think that 1/2 a yard of fabric (a bikini) has crossed borders, connected families and inspired so many. HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE! #nicolitaswimwear #PastportCuba

One of the most rewarding things about shooting the Nicolita collection in Cuba is interacting with the people...especially the adorable children.  These kids were playing stick baseball ️in the street and came over to watch the shoot. They were beyond excited to hop in the shot and pose for the camera with us.  Now looking back at this picture again, I just noticed how much the girls faces were lit up with joy and awe at Dayli, our Cuban model. Setting an example for these young girls to follow your dreams and think big because anything is possible.  Pretty amazing to think that 1/2 a yard of fabric (a bikini) has crossed borders, connected families and inspired so many. HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE! #nicolitaswimwear #PastportCuba
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Having a photo shoot on the beach can present its challenges…especially in Cuba. Like when the military stopped us and asked us what we were doing with a Cuban bikini model…haha. That was fun. Besides that, there were 5 key things that we had in order to make the Hey Sailor shots come to life. 1. Portable changing room-A MUST have. Easy for the model to change looks in. 2. Portable power source for the flash beauty dish- it's a bit heavy, but so worth it for the lighting to be vibrant. 3. Lots of hairspray- Cuba humidity will ruin any updo. 4. Planning the looks ahead of time- We might not have known what we would find there for the shot, but we did know which bikinis would be perfect for the beach. & 5. Bringing key props like the sailor hat from CA and scouting the area for any props (paddle boat

Having a photo shoot on the beach can present its challenges...especially in Cuba. Like when the military stopped us and asked us what we were doing with a Cuban bikini model…haha. That was fun. Besides that, there were 5 key things that we had in order to make the Hey Sailor shots come to life. 1. Portable changing room-A MUST have.  Easy for the model to change looks in. 2. Portable power source for the flash beauty dish- it's a bit heavy, but so worth it for the lighting to be vibrant. 3. Lots of hairspray- Cuba humidity will ruin any updo. 4. Planning the looks ahead of time- We might not have known what we would find there for the shot, but we did know which bikinis would be perfect for the beach. & 5. Bringing key props like the sailor hat from CA and scouting the area for any props (paddle boat </p>
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PINA COLADAS at 10AM? ………Yes please . #2015ProductionTime #NICOLITA #Bikini #WeekendInHavana

PINA COLADAS at 10AM? .........Yes please . #2015ProductionTime #NICOLITA #Bikini #WeekendInHavana
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WARM UP w/ #NICOLITA on the beach of Santa Maria del Mar, #CUBA. ️️ TAG a FRIEND that needs a MOJITO and some TANLINES #takemethere #LetsGo

WARM UP w/ #NICOLITA on the beach of Santa Maria del Mar, #CUBA. ️️ TAG a FRIEND that needs a MOJITO and some TANLINES  #takemethere #LetsGo
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Ohhh La La! Backstage at The Tropicana. Scrunch Bum Forgiven bottoms available in Black/White Dots & Red/White Dots. #nicolita #nopinchfit #scrunchbum #Cuba #photoshoot

Ohhh La La! Backstage at The Tropicana.  Scrunch Bum Forgiven bottoms available in Black/White Dots & Red/White Dots.  #nicolita #nopinchfit #scrunchbum #Cuba #photoshoot
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Say Cheese!!!! 24 HR F L A S H S A L E happening now! Take 40% OFF plus FREE domestic ground shipping the ENTIRE site. Code: FLASH40 If you have a fit question or can't decide which style to mix and match, call or email us. 866-Nicolita or cs@mynicolita.com

Say Cheese!!!!  24 HR  F L A S H  S A L E  happening now!  Take 40% OFF plus FREE domestic ground shipping the ENTIRE site.  Code: FLASH40  If you have a fit question or can't decide which style to mix and match, call or email us.  866-Nicolita or cs@mynicolita.com
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| D A Y D R E A M I N G | #nicolitaswimwear #nopinchfit @mynicolita @exploremodeling #knottyhalter #knottybottom #instaBikini #bikinimodel

| D A Y  D R E A M I N G | #nicolitaswimwear #nopinchfit @mynicolita  @exploremodeling #knottyhalter #knottybottom #instaBikini #bikinimodel
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| D A Y D R E A M I N G | #nicolitaswimwear #knottyhalter #knottybottom # palmGreen #bikinimodel #nopinchfit @mynicolita

| D A Y  D R E A M I N G | #nicolitaswimwear #knottyhalter #knottybottom # palmGreen #bikinimodel #nopinchfit @mynicolita
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Check out on the BLOG today our Halloween Swimwear Challenge. Trick or Treat in your @mynicolita. It's all about great accessories and a fun theme to stand out at the Halloween party. #BOO

Check out on the  BLOG today our Halloween Swimwear Challenge.  Trick or Treat in your @mynicolita. It's all about great accessories and a fun theme to stand out at the Halloween party.  #BOO
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Top 5 Halloween Costumes to style with your NICOLITA Swimwear

Halloween is just around the corner and I’m seriously racking my brain what to dress up as this year. I usually head down to our local Halloween MEGA store, browse the aisles at the sexy Halloween costume photos pics for adults. Which are quite scandalous at times….haha

Then I came to the realization that most of these costumes at the store are Lycra/ Spandex based and it’s the accessories that really make the costumes look great. I thought to myself, why not re purpose some Nicolita Swimwear styles and transform them into amazing Halloween costumes.

My Halloween Swimwear Challenge was set and here are my TOP 5 Halloween Costumes to style with your Nicolita Swimwear.

I wanted to start off this Halloween Costume Swimwear challenge with The One, The Only, Carmen Miranda. Honestly, I probably could have selected a ton of more mix and match swimwear style options for this Halloween costume swimwear challenge, but the Rumba Ruffles One Shoulder One Piece in Sol Yellow was the best.

1. Rumba Ruffle One Shoulder One Piece Swimwear ON SALE

I  love how the ruffles on the one shoulder will have great movement while you are shaking your maracas. Click on the above link to check out the back shirring detail. It comes all the way from the bottom. Also, having a one piece swimwear to cover your stomach as a top makes you feel a little more  comfortable too. It will tuck in seamless into that skirt. Similar to a Bodysuit top. If you want to rock a CROP TOP, may I suggest the following that would also look amazing with this Carmen Miranda combo.

I added that RED belt to bring in some more color blocking colors pulled from the hat.

2. Tropical Fruit Hat Costume $22.09 Available with Amazon Prime (Free Shipping)

This tropical fruit hat is probably the MOST important piece to this entire costume. Carmen Miranda was known for her trademark fruit hats and unique lavish costumes.

3. Maracas $7.35 Available with Amazon Prime (Free Shipping)

From my experience throughout the years of photo shoots and fashion shows, as soon as I would hand a model a prop like a pair of Maracas the photos and show would come to life. It’s like you now have something to do with your hands especially when snapping a #SELFIE.

4. Black Ruffle Skirt $22.19 Available with Amazon Prime (Free Shipping)

You can probably select a bunch of different options for the skirt portion, but this black ruffle skirt was cut high enough on the leg and had great ruffles all around. Select something that is waist high and layer a brightly colored belt around too.

5. Red Lipstick FREE probably in your makeup bag. If not, run out to CVS and pick one up for under $5.00

6. Salsa Strappy Heels $25.99

I love these floral heels because since this costume is pretty over the top with color you don’t want the look to get boring on your feet. Carmen Miranda’s costumes had amazing attention to detail and so should your feet.

1. Knotty Nicolita One Piece ON SALE

2. Egyptian Headpiece $12.00

3. Coin Skirt $19.00

4. Egyptian collar $15.00

5. Metal Snake Armband $6.36 Available with Amazon Prime (Free Shipping)

6. Goddess Adhesive Eyeliner Strips $7.95 Available with Amazon Prime (Free Shipping)

7. Goddess Sandals $25.00 Available with Amazon Prime (Free Shipping)

1. Knotty Nicolita One Piece ON SALE

2. Pearl Necklace $22.00 Available with Amazon Prime (Free Shipping)

3. Rhinestone Crown $7.95 Available with Amazon Prime (Free Shipping)

4.  Black Silk Gloves $3.29 Free Shipping

5. Rhinestone Bracelets $11.99 Available with Amazon Prime (Free Shipping)

6. Rhinestone Heels  $19.99

7. Beatnik Cigarette Holder $5.11 Available with Amazon Prime (Free Shipping)

8. Retro Cat Eye Sunglasses $7.02

9. Black Tutu $5.56 FREE shipping

1. Tahitian Temptress One Piece

2. Wonder Woman Gold Crown $24.95

3. Red Cape $11.88

4. Wonder Woman Gold Cuff Bracelets $24.95

5. Gold Rope Laso $9.99

6. Wonder Woman Skirt $26.99

7. Red Pleather Boots $48.12

1. Knotty Nicolita One Piece ON SALE

2. Black Mask $4.90 Free Shipping

3. Cat ears and Tail $8.99 AP

4. Money Bag  $12.99

5. Fur Ankle Warmers $9.46

Do you have any other Halloween Swimwear Costume ideas? If yes, comment below and let me know which Nicolita style you would use?

I hope everyone has a safe and FUN Halloween. Please TAG @mynicolita on Twitter and Instagram wearing your costume. Can’t wait to see.

Besitos xo,

Nicolita

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We need our beauty rest for tonight. #SaturdayNight #party #salsa #dance #letsgo #DrinksOnMe

We need our beauty rest for tonight.  #SaturdayNight #party #salsa #dance #letsgo #DrinksOnMe
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CUBAN VINTAGE POSTERS – Where it ALL Started for NICOLITA

Before I started Nicolita in 2003, I was on a personal quest to learn what Cuba was like when my parents were living there. Because we were not allowed to visit Cuba before 2009 legally, it became a burning desire for me to get to know the Cuba that my parents left behind.

I had grown up looking at their vintage black and white photos and fell in love with that era and nostalgia in Cuba. As I was researching more about Cuba, I came across some vintage magazines and newspaper clippings that my parents had. The magazines and newspaper clippings had a few fashion and travel advertisements that were so cool.  Before I knew it I was hooked on all things Vintage Cuba and I was on a hunt to find more of these advertisements and posters.

INSPIRATION CAN COME FROM ANYWHERE…EVEN ON CALLE 8

It was during a trip in Miami one summer, I was walking down Calle 8 Little Havana and found this great store called, SENTIR CUBANO. I came across this book:

Cuba Style: Graphics from the Golden Age of Design

It’s a historical collection of Cuban designs from the 1920s to the revolution in 1959. Primarily vintage posters that promoted travel to Cuba, music album covers, and magazine covers.

I was OBSESSED to say the least. I felt like I hit the JACKPOT of  Cuban vintage posters!

HUGE VISION WALL

This book became a NICOLITA road map to our initial logo design, catalog layouts, website and overall brand feeling. I loved looking at these posters so much that I made color copies of every single page and created a decoupaged wallpaper of all of the posters on one of our office walls.

It truly was a source of inspiration for me and officially turned my little office and factory into NICOLITA’s design studio. Whenever I needed a little spark of creativity, I would stare at that wall and notice a trim detail or cool font that helped create one of our famous NICOLITA designs.

This year for our trade show booth at the Miami Swim Show, I wanted to recaptured that original collage wall design and reconnect with NICOLITA’s humbled beginnings.  I set forth on this lengthy task of designing printed wallpaper that looked just like my original office walls. (I was NOT going to decoupaged it again. That was fun, but this was the less messier option.)First I scanned EVERY single page in the book, cropped each image so it was just the poster without the text and then layered the images in Photoshop. I created a 4 ft x 8 ft panel image size in order to fit the back wall of the booth. Each panel had a little different layout of the images so the repeat on the wallpaper would not be noticed. I sent 3 panels to get printed.

So in the above picture of the booth, you can see the vintage poster collage on the back wall. (8 ft high x 12 ft wide) Putting up this collage brought back so many memories of starting NICOLITA over 11 years ago! Wow time flies!

The reaction to the booth design was so AMAZING! Everyone would stop and either comment on the wallpaper or my PINTEREST inspired Vintage Marquee Letter Lights. (I’ll post about making those too.) Overall, I am so happy with how the booth came out and also being able to bring back a little piece of what inspired me to start NICOLITA in the first place over 11 years ago.

Sometimes you forget why you started something and need a fire to reignite your passion. That photo collage was EXACTLY what I needed to get my fire burning again for me to create the NICOLITA 2015 collection!

Here are some of my favorite Cuban Vintage Posters from the wallpaper.

“Cuba – Holiday Isle of the Tropics” Vintage Travel Poster Reproduction 16.9 x 25.5″ Appr.

 

 ”Carnival Havana, Cuba 1952″ Vintage Cuban Travel Poster

Visit Cuba – Native Cuban Dancer with Maracas – Vintage World Travel Poster by Conrado Walter Massaguer c.1935 – Fine Art Print – 11in x 14in


Varadero, Cuba Art Poster Print, 9×13

So, I would LOVE any feedback on what you think about my collage wall.

Also, are you feeling the need to reignite your PASSION again? Have you lost the fire of why you started a project a couple months ago and just stopped?

Maybe this will help you:

*Make a VISION board of something that inspires you or a bunch a inspiration images. PINTEREST is a great way to get this started.

Check out my personal profile NICOLE DI ROCCO OR NICOLITA SWIMWEAR
to get inspired.

xo

 

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