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Why I love Esther Williams*:

• She was a native Los Angeleno, hailing from Inglewood specifically.

• She took on the “male-only” swims, including the breast stroke, and not only won, but set records. She joined the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s medley team and won three national titles by age 16.

• She wanted to be attend USC [a D in her senior year of Algebra prevented her from going] and pursue a degree in physical education.

• She would’ve competed in the 1940 Olympics had WWII not broken out.

• She revolutionized swimwear both in styling and fabrication advancements. After nearly being drowned while wearing, get this, a flannel swimsuit on set, she signed a contract with Cole of California to represent their latex suits. The US Navy even took notice and immediately ordered 50,000 units of the “Esther Williams” style suits.

The lovely Esther Williams sadly passed the other day, but she leaves quite a legacy spanning from sport, film, and fashion. Williams is easily one of my favorite Old Hollywood personalities and it’s not hard to see why. She’ll be missed!

*Some of these reasons may be a bit biased. Whoops.
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I’ve got Christmas music* playing non-stop and considering that we don’t have much for winter weather over here, Colbie Caillat’s holiday album fits the bill perfectly.

That said, I’m also looking at swimwear year-round. My dear friend Paula tipped me off to the brand Jolyn. As a synchronized swimmer, she knows how quickly suits can wear out, fade, and lose fit, so I can see why she’s stoked on the brand. Their versatile basics look like instant core closet items, which makes their skull suit collaboration with Laeken just the icing on the cake. Plus, they’re all made in the USA. Good find, Paula!

*I am fully aware of the calendar, but if Starbucks has red cups, it’s a go.