All posts tagged beach

UjENA Swimwear, Now and Then

Published August 7, 2016 by Maryanne

SAM_0869Age 52

Several months ago I won a $100 gift certificate from UjENA:

I don’t know how this company slipped off my radar over the years, because their swimsuits are truly the best! I should know, I’ve been buying them since I was in my early 20s. And now, just 11 days short of 53-years-old, I’m still a fan!

The suit is comfortable, classy, and age-appropriate. Today at the beach my husband couldn’t keep his eyes off me. He kept saying, “That’s a great suit!”

You too can be the belle of the beach with UjENA! You deserve it! ❤

And now for a little retro action, here I am in 1986, age 22, wearing my UjENA suimsuit!

SAM_5900Age 22

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “Love Cats” available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback editions:

Spring Lake Beach, New Jersey

Published September 20, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_8584Pretty shells

It’s a great idea to get up early and hit the beach. Especially on an overcast day. It’s cool and refreshing after such a hot summer!



All photos by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

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Published September 5, 2015 by Maryanne

Beach DreamDesign by Sarah Miller Geer

Sarah Miller Geer grew up in New York City and always had a love for the ocean.

She remembers her parents taking her to Atlantic City when she was a little girl and walking on the boardwalk, with the beach “right there.”

The Jackson, New Jersey, resident started making beach-inspired jewelry about 15 years ago, at first as a hobby for herself. Then when friends asked her to make something for them, she wouldn’t charge. When her friends wore the creations to work, they’d get orders for Sarah, who said, “I didn’t intend for it to be more than a hobby.”

Her business is strictly online. You can visit her Etsy shop at: or visit her Facebook page at:

Designs are one-of-kind made from items found right on the Jersey shore beaches, like real starfishes — only the dead ones … Sarah loves animals and throws the real ones back into the ocean! She also uses seashells that aren’t broken, sea glass and “sand from Point Pleasant and Seaside.”

Currently Sarah is learning more advanced techniques for jewelry making, such as wire wrapping. She said, “Wire wrapping allows no room for mistakes.”

When Sarah isn’t making jewelry, she loves photography. And the beach is still her major inspiration. She said, “I love to photograph nature, seagulls, clouds … anything to do with the beach.”

Enjoy shopping for your beach dream designs — but not the one pictured, that’s for me! I’ll be purchasing when I meet Sarah face-to-face later this month! 🙂 ❤


Published August 18, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_5727Heading down the beach!

My husband and I got up at the crack of dawn to hit the beach early. It was so refreshing being in the sun several hours and having the beach to ourselves before others arrived. Then you can come home early and still have a whole day ahead of you — relaxed!

SAM_5728Summer Reads!

SAM_5737Making sea creatures!

SAM_5729It’s a beautiful morning!

We’re Having a Ball!

Published January 31, 2013 by Maryanne

Beach Ball 1930sCirca 1930s

Beach ball Elizabeth TaylorElizabeth Taylor

Beach Ball Florida PostcardRetro Florida post card

Beach ball marilynMarilyn Monroe

Yvonne Craig Beach BallYvonne Craig (my favorite!)

Maryanne summerAnd me (Jersey Shore,  2008)

 Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “Love Cats” Kindle and paperback editions available on Amazon:

Going with the Flow

Published October 1, 2012 by Maryanne

Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

Nothing is more refreshing than taking a walk on the beach, off-season.

It’s less crowded. A little cooler so you need a jacket, yet it’s still warm enough to walk around in the sand barefoot and even get your feet wet.

It was a nice weekend all around. After a very hard-working, yet fulfilling week (because I just love all my projects and people I am doing them with) it was well deserved to just turn everything off for many hours and enjoy the pleasures of us, our friends and our own little life.

Last night we went to a local hotel bar to meet my friend Emily who was in town that I hadn’t seen in about eight years. The three of us had some very insightful conversations about life, music and art. I had known Emily for 10 years now, and we both joked around about growing older — the pros and cons of it all. It was actually the first time I really talked to Emily without the distractions of being in a nightclub together. It was just a pleasant, low-key night that we all enjoyed very much.

Today was a beautiful day. My husband and I slept later than usual, got up, watched a bit of a Queen documentary, which we recorded to watch later. Queen, a band I loved my entire life, mainly because I discovered them at age 12 and they helped me get through so much aggravation of being 12 and 13 — crucial years where most kids go through that awkward period of life. Those two years of growing pains were very long, I must say! While time flies for an 18 or 19-year-old, it drags like hell for a 12-year-old kid. So, thank you Queen for easing the pain of those years.

Just a few hours after a healthy breakfast of organic eggs cooked with raw coconut butter, I caved and enjoyed a blueberry bagel with vegetable cream cheese that I really sunk my teeth into, literally, while driving down the shore with my husband, and no radio, just enjoying each others company.

Our first stop was to visit our friend Ron who runs a punk rock video space at a flea market. We always love chatting with him about music and other cool things. Especially how, all three of us, getting up in years, Ron and I in our late 40s and my husband in his early 50s, still agree that our generation had the best music. Just talking about music inspired me to possibly start yet another book, about all my music adventures from my teen years to now.

Next stop was to Artifacts Boutique, a unique clothing store in Belmar. We discovered this store a few years ago, one day by accident and I’ve been buying great pieces there ever since.

Today Artifacts was having a party for a special occasion. I got the email that after 20 years the store was getting two new women helping out and giving it a fresh new look. When we got to boutique, I asked the owner Liz if this meant she was still going to be there. She said “yes” but that she planned on retiring within two years.

It was a sad thing to hear. I’ve taken such a liking to Liz over the years. She spoiled me for shopping in other places. Liz is one of those rare people who can truly help you pick out an outfit or article of clothing. Liz will tell it like it is. She once commented to my husband that for a tiny girl, I sure had a big bust!

Liz has the most wonderful personality for running a boutique. She’s fun and funky and I just love her style. She always has a great story to tell too. She’s just so down-to-earth and great to be around.

When my husband and I first started going to Artifacts, we had just begun dating. Early on, we stopped in Artifacts when they were having a party during a St. Patrick’s Day parade. It was only our second time in the store, but Liz invited us to her home for corn beef and cabbage dinner! We politely declined, but wow, talk about old school hospitality!

We have so many great memories of that store. No disrespect to the new girls, but it will not be the same when Liz is no longer there.

After I picked out a few pieces of costume jewelry to add to my collection, we hit the beach. As I was walking on the beach, I almost started to become sad about Liz no longer being at Artifacts, which got me to thinking how everything goes in cycles in life. People come and go. Places change. Things change. Some stay the same but you out grow them.

But as I grow older, I am learning to go with the groove of it all — like the waves on the beach. You have no control over life, who comes and goes, who comes and goes, but you can enjoy all the beauty of it — like what the beach washes up to us, all these gorgeous little shells that make up our masterpiece of life.

I thought about how each part of this weekend was kind of like a visit to the ocean, seeing some friends I don’t see too often, but are in and out of my life — flowing like the tide. Then there is my husband, who is like the sun over looking the beach, strong and bright and always there. And then all the little shells, like the picture above, representing every little minute … all the little pleasures, every person that touches our lives, one by one that eventually made up the entire picture.

Because right now I’ve learned what the ocean was always trying to teach me … just go with the flow.

At the end of our walk on the beach, I no longer felt sad about Liz leaving the store, but happy about the fact that she was a part of the story of our long romance. If our life was a movie, Liz would have this amazing cameo appearance for having this store I shopped in with my husband, while he was still my boyfriend just a few short years ago that went very quickly!

What is to become of our movie next? Who will come into our life to fulfill it?

There will definitely be something or someone because the ocean always brings in something and takes something with her.

The Best Thing in 1954 Was the Bikini

Published June 22, 2012 by Maryanne

Me on the beach, and in my 40s. Not perfect, but enjoying myself. You should too!

A blogger I follow wrote yesterday that she favored the one-piece swim suit over a bikini and put up amazing photos of beautiful women in one-piece bathing suits. She felt that a one-piece is more flattering to a woman’s body.

I beg to differ.

To me, if you pick out the wrong one, a one-piece bathing suit can look as uncomfortable as your grandmother’s girdle!

Some may argue that one-piece bathing suits are more practical for swimming sports, but you can have an “oops” moment with a one piece too as it rides up your ass if a big wave hits you the wrong way. And breasts can pop out of any bathing suit, as well as halter tops and other summer wear, not just a bikini. What the hell, shit happens, give an old man a thrill.

If modesty is an issue, I’d like to see women wearing Victorian swimsuits, which are hot as hell. And if a designer chooses to bring the old Victorian suits to the masses, I am so there.

But until that happens, I’m sticking with the bikini.

In my humble opinion everybody looks good in a bikini! Face it, a bikini is the closest thing you can get to public nudity, and I think most men (and many women) would agree with me that there is nothing more beautiful than a nude woman no matter what her shape, size or age is.

Last night I was on the beach with my husband. There was a woman, in her late 20s/early 30s, romping around in a bikini. She had a big belly with a huge scar underneath her belly button. She was sexy as hell! She didn’t look like what the fashion industry considers a model or someone you’d see on the cover of Sports Illustrated — I thought she looked BETTER! I couldn’t keep my eyes off her. She represented freedom and she looked very happy. There wasn’t an ounce of insecurity in her gorgeous body!

Being a beach fan, I’m always checking out different types of women and you can’t deny how enticing the bikini is. Whether it’s worn by a proud gym-going goddess or someone who obviously likes her beer, it’s ALL GOOD!

I’ve seen stunning women who were very old wearing bikinis — and wow, with a nice tan, a smashing sun hat and ultra chic sunglasses, you hardly notice the wrinkles! Old women really have a knack for working their inner movie star!

Little girls and babies wear bikinis  — hooray for them. I wore one too when I was a little girl and I liked it better than a one-piece because it was easier take off when I had go to the bathroom. I once worked with a woman who thought a bikini on a baby was “disgusting.” I firmly said I disagreed and there was nothing wrong with it.

When the woman left the room, a man who was the father of twin baby girls whispered to me, “I’m glad you defended babies in bikinis. My girls wear them!”

That must have been adorable!

Bikinis are liberating and going to the beach or pool is probably the only time most of us will wear one. And a trip to the beach or pool should mean being comfortable (not sitting around freezing because your wet one-piece suit is making your belly cold because you can’t dry it!). People shouldn’t have to worry about being scrutinized for what they look like, whether they have a belly, scars, a baby bump, tattoos, varicose veins and/or stretch marks.

In other countries women of all ages go topless and it’s okay. Why are we Americans so prudish and mean, hurting others by making catty remarks about who or who doesn’t have a “bikini body”? It’s just so unnecessary. I HATE those tabloids that make fun of actresses who gained weight or have stretch marks. Who cares?! They’re HUMAN!

People are on the beach to get sun, relaxation and exercise. Going to the beach should be a HEALTHY experience, not a time for worrying about fashion, what you look like, and who is judging you. (Mind you, I’m all for fashion, but definitely not taking it too seriously, because it’s not the end all!)

So ladies, please stop picking on other women. Instead, embrace how great it is that God created us all in our very special beautiful ways. Men are easy on us, so let’s be easier on ourselves. And easier on others too!

And if you’re really uncomfortable wearing a bikini, that’s okay too. Just don’t feel pressured into NOT wearing one because of standards set by shallow people.

Just remember, for every shallow person, there’s an artistic person out there (male and/or female) who appreciates all forms of beauty! So, you go girl!