If you don’t have a one of a kind, custom, handmade swimsuit in your life, then look no further! I had a chance to catch up with the fabulous Brooke Hauguel founder of “Peace Of Paradise”custom made bikinis.
In between fawning over a wide variety of fabrics and prints she was kind enough to let me do an exclusive interview!
Read on and be sure to check out https://www.etsy.com/shop/PeaceOfParadise and create your own masterpiece.
First off you're so talented & I’m loving your suits!! What made you want to get into making suits?
I wanted to get into making swimsuits, because I felt there was a very big need out there. Everyone wants to be fashionable, especially on a budget. I personally love custom and unique pieces, and love having "one-of" pieces. Therefore, I really love going to boutiques, but they do not offer many sizes, and they are extremely expensive. I started my business, by realizing that gap needed to be bridged.
How do you want girls to feel in your suits?
I want them to feel like they are the wearing something that no one else will have, and that they had a hand in styling it, so it is unique, and they are able to add a bit of their own personal flare to their kin. Plus I strive to make suits that will make you feel sexy and comfortable at the same time, for a price that won't break your bank.
Do you have a favourite fabric to work with?
I mainly work with swimwear fabrics, which are spandex/lycra blends. But I love bright colors and funky patterns most! I think my absolute favorite fabric was this bright highlighter pink metallic swim fabric! It reminded me so much of Barbie.
How long does it take to make a custom suit?
Processing time varies, depending on the season. The winter months are actually our busiest time, due to people going on vacations and spring break. So processing time can take as long as 8 week, but generally it is closer to 4-6 weeks. We are working on getting our processing time down though, as well as offering pre-made ready to ship items as well.
What are some suit designers / brands you love?
I have a really great fitting kini from that Gap, that is the only other brand of swimwear I wear. Mostly due to comfort. But my inspiration is Dolce and Gabbana, they started as swimwear designers, and I have always been drawn to their designs, photos, everything. They are my number one brand I idol…except for the tax evasion!!
You have customers from all over the world, have you always lived in Hawaii ?
I grew up in South Bend, Indiana, and decided I had to attend the University of Hawaii-Manoa on the island of Oahu for college. It was the best decision of my life, and I hope to never have to leave this beautiful state. I have been living in Hawaii for 6 years and counting.
What's your favourite Hawaiian word / saying?
My favorite Hawaiian word is Puakenikeni, which is the name of my favorite flower. It is extremely fragrant, and it is sometimes used for leis. It always makes my day when I come across them.
Any plans to travel or where's your favourite spot to travel too?
I would love to travel more, unfortunately it is extremely expensive to travel from Hawaii. But my list of destinations I am working towards going to includes Eastern Europe, Thailand, Bali, Tahiti, Tonga, and Central America. So essentially, I want to go just about everywhere. Unfortunately, I am so busy solely running my business to be able to take time off, but those are my goals of places to visit in the future.
Speed Round & Random:
Day or night ? Night
Book or magazine? Romance books (this is where all my spare time goes to)
Dolphins or Whales? Whales
Coffee or tea? Tea, HATE coffee
Bracelet or necklace? Bracelet
Scrambled or fried? Fried
Antique or brand new? Rare antiques
Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise
Call or text? Text
Sky dive or bungee jump? Neither, i'm a chicken
Stripes or solids? Solids
Every Relationship You Have Is With Yourself
Brianna Wiest - Thought Catalog
It’s interesting enough that human beings are the only (known) species that have relationships with themselves, but it’s even more to consider the fact that human beings are the only species that have relationships with themselves through other people.
That is: our perceptions of other people’s mindsets largely dictate how we see ourselves.
What binds us in love, in companionship, in friendship? Familiarity. The sense that you understand each other at a visceral level. It’s just being able to see yourself in someone else, and more importantly, being able to change your inner-narrative when you know, see and feel that someone else loves and accepts and approves of you no matter what. Ergo: you can do the same. (It’s a survival mechanism, I’m pretty sure.)
The most meaningful relationships tend to be the ones in which we’re completely reflected back to ourselves, because this is what relationships serve to do: open us. We only recognize this in the big, overwhelming, usually heartwrenching ones, but it’s true of every relationship. And it’s the crux of our issues beyond basic survival: how we are in relation to other people. How we are in relation to ourselves.
The relationships we tend to be most happy in are the ones in which we adopt that other person’s supposed narrative — what we think they think of us.
We feel most loved when we feel understood, when we are thinking that someone else is thinking in alignment with what we need to hear and believe. We feel most loved when we think someone thinks highly of us — their efforts and displays of affection serving to prove this.
This is why not just anybody can affirm for us that we’re okay, only people to whom we’ve placed meaning. Someone to whom we already feel a physical or psychological connection. Someone we are looking at as a partner for ourselves, someone who is like us, someone who understands us.
It’s why “loving yourself first” is the most common, the most confusing, and yet the most profoundly solid advice anyone can give. Because it’s not really about feeling love for yourself, it’s being able to feel stable enough that your mindset doesn’t rest in the narrative of a supposed other’s.
This is why things hurt so badly when we identify with them. All hatred is self-hatred. This is why we become so goddamned heart broken. We cannot lose people, we can only lose ourselves in an idea of them. We decided how we felt about ourselves through them — for better and for worse — so when we perceive that their mindset changes from loving us to loving someone else, our own stability goes out the window too.
The most freeing, liberating thing you can do is to realize that we are all a collective one and that each fragment of a bigger light refracts on one another in just a way that reveals what you need to see and understand. But that the light is always your own. Every relationship you have is with yourself. Every person in whom you feel you return “home” to is just coming back to yourself.
It’s always yourself you find at the end of the journey. The sooner you face you, the less you need other people to fill voids (you cannot squeeze someone into your brokenness and expect that to make you whole.) The sooner you face you, the sooner other people’s actions don’t affect you negatively — your mindset doesn’t depend on them. You don’t depend on them. Relationships do not serve to give you eternal, perpetual happiness. They serve to make you more aware. The sooner you realize that said awareness is your own, the easier everything else is.
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