#PutOnASwimsuit | With Blogger Champagne & Polka Dots October 07 2016

You may remember that not long ago we hosted a fun and interactive pool party, where we teamed with influencers and bloggers to encourage women to embrace their bodies, enjoy the summer, and to #putonaswimsuit. One of those bloggers was Jenna - aka Champagne & Polka Dots. Jenna is a St. Louis-area fashion and lifestyle blogger who was a not only a delight to work with, her blogger alias fit perfectly with our neutral polka dot print swim separates

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Jenna gave us some insight into the day-in-the-life of a blogger, her beach day essentials, and what joining #putonaswimsuit means to her. 

  • What inspired you to start your blog? My absolute love for fashion and getting dressed every day. If you look good, you feel good. Which is why I enjoy piecing together outfits for the day ahead and sharing them with others to help with someone else's self-confidence and inspire their #ootd. I would also really love to open my own shop someday, and I thought this would a great way to get my name and style out there before opening a storefront or online boutique. 
  • What is the overall focus of your blog or Instagram feed? My overall focus is elevating everyday pieces for the woman that wants to dress stylishly but spend consciously. I believe versatility is key in the items you keep in your closet and it's so fun to re-imagine ordinary pieces and put them to use in unexpected ways.
  • What is your "day job"? I work for my family's material handling manufacturing company, as the Marketing Manager. I work with my husband, dad, uncle, two brothers, and then two hundred other people! My mother is my best friend and I am lucky to be an auntie to eight awesome nieces and nephews! Also, my husband and I are puppy parents to a Doodle named Gus. He's a big 70-pound, puppy fur ball that thinks he's really a lap dog. 
  • The phone app I can't live without is... Google maps! I am always lost. No sense of direction here...
  • What are your beach must-have essentials? A great big beach bag, lots of SPF, sunnies and a sun hat! I have fair skin and burn easily, so if I do not apply at least 30 SPF every couple hours, you can count on me being a lobster. 
  • What is your favorite vacation destination? The Florida keys. It is so incredibly laid back and low-key on nearly every island, which makes it so easy to relax. It's a no-makeup, messy hair and swimsuit every-day kind of place, which I love. I also love boating and scuba diving and you just cant beat the water conditions there!
  • If you could bring your Lori Coulter swimsuit anywhere in the world, where would it be? The French Polynesian! My husband and I have a trip planned to Moorea in a few weeks and I can't wait to relax, hang on the beach and get in the crystal blue waters. We have been planning it for months now and I can't believe it's nearly here. :)

  •  How would you encourage women to #putonaswimsuit? Everyone has their own insecurities, but life is too short to not jump in and enjoy it with others around you! Swimsuits don't have to be a scary situation when they are properly fitted and accentuate your best features. You just gotta know what works best for your body and own it. Also, a great sarong always looks chic! 
  • What is one quote that represents or inspires you? Life is too short to let your insecurities keep you from enjoying life.