Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Can't Get Enough Heidi Klein

I know we've said it before, but we soooooo ♥ Heidi Klein!   The woman knows how to make a great fitting swimsuit.  Spend any time on our local beaches and you will see lots of beautiful HK suits and cover ups from Ophelia.   Here's a sampling of our newest options... stop by one of our stores to see more and buy yours before they're gone - again!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


What's more motivating to get your bod in shape for summer than seeing some SI Swimsuit Edition covers?  enjoy...   (or be nauseated, up to you)
Personally, I think our Ophelia models are just as hot!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Summertime Funtime on 30A!

Summer is officially here!  It's so nice to see our visitors who love this area as much as we do and continue their vacation traditions each year.  Of course, a trip to 30A would not be complete without a shopping spree at Ophelia, but there are other "must visit" shops and to-dos around town that we'd like to share.

First off,  check out some of our fav clothing boutiques.
Willow (Rosemary Beach) and Willow+Woods (Seaside) provide a quintessential upscale boutique clothing/jewelry shopping experience.  They carry Tory Burch, French Connection, Cynthia Vincent, Current/Elliott, Frye, Kincaid, Tucker and on and on.  Our friends Celia and Cindy have incredible taste and it shows in every aspect of their two shops.

For beach-inspired bohemian styles, visit Deja Vu in either Seaside or Pier Park.   You may see owner Stephanie in one of her own designs with cowboy boots and a cowboy hat!

Seaside also is the scene for Elliott Boutique, sister store to Village Boutique in Blue Mountain Beach.  Elliott is tres chic and so are the owners Linda and Meredith (mother and daughter).  You will find unique pieces that can take you from day to evening including Linda's own beautiful designs.  For info, call 850.231.1160.

If you decide to venture off of 30A, please visit Kiki Risa - Destin's premier upscale boutique.  You will find brands that include Nicole Miller, Leona, Trina Turk, Theory, Vince and many many more.

For some outdoor fun, rent or purchase a YOLO stand-up paddle board and explore our unique dune lakes.  The sport's popularity has skyrocketed in the past few years and we're so happy to call YOLO our hometown SUP.

Next, if your children are in tow (or even if they're not), you will win major brownie points by going to Duckies Shop of Fun in Seaside.  Owner Stacy has transformed the space into a beach-meets-city-chic toy shop that offers so much more than just toys.

While in Rosemary Beach, don't miss Fitz and Emme or Gigi's.  You will find lovely children's clothing, toys and gifts at Fitz & Emme.  Having two children of her own, Shawn knows exactly what we want, need and don't need!
At Gigi's, expect a hands-on fun-filled experience as you investigate every nook and cranny of the store.

Odds are good you'll need a few things from Publix at Watercolor during your stay.  While you're there, be sure to stop in Little Red at Watercolor Crossing.  Tara has brought "clothes and toys for girls and boys"to us with her expertly chosen high quality items.

And finally, for a spectacular dinner, try our newest hotspot Seagrove V at the corner of 30A and 395.  V offers inside and outside dining with a menu of fresh seafood and produce that's locally sourced.

Come see us at Ophelia first when you get to town but then we hope you'll try some of these favs!   And for more info on our area, don't hesitate to email us at either or   See you soon!  xo

Thursday, June 16, 2011

White HOT

 There's just something fabulous about a crisp white swimsuit in the summer.  At Ophelia, we have everything white:  bikinis, one pieces, tunics, shorts and sandals!!

Tkees French Manicure

Melissa Odabash



Monday, June 13, 2011

OndadeMar Monday!

How about a peek at Ophelia's newest OndadeMar bikini to brighten your Monday?   (We ♥ this suit!  If you do too, call or come by one of our stores before it sells out!)

La Romana by OndadeMar

Friday, June 10, 2011

Kurtas, Caftans and Tunics -- OH MY!

If you're like us, at some point you've wondered what the different terms Kurta, Caftan and Tunic actually mean.   Well, let's try to break it down.  

Kurta:  (per Wiki) a traditional item of clothing worn in AfghanistanBangladeshIndiaNepalPakistan, and Sri Lanka. It is a loose shirt falling either just above or somewhere below the knees of the wearer, and is worn by both men and women. A traditional kurta is composed of rectangular fabric pieces with perhaps a few gusset inserts, and is cut so as to leave no wasted fabric. The cut is usually simple, although decorative treatments can be elaborate.
The sleeves of a traditional kurta fall straight to the wrist; they do not narrow, as do many Western-cut sleeves. Sleeves are not cuffed, just hemmed and decorated.
The front and back pieces of a simple kurta are also rectangular. The side seams are left open for 6-12 inches above the hem, which gives the wearer some ease of movement.

(Looks like Rikshaw Designs hits the nail on the head with their Kurtas!)

Rikshaw Designs Booti Kurta

Caftan:  According to, “A kaftan is a long flowing garment that has long sleeves, and is ankle length. The kaftan in original form was made of either silk or cotton and usually worn with a belt or sash around the waist... Sleeves may be either long or elbow length.”
Many women worldwide favor the caftan due to its versatility and comfort. In the United States kaftans ( caftans in the U.S.) are also called muumuus: loose fitting dresses of Hawaiian origin with bold prints.
Today's styles are no longer necessarily floor-length, with kaftan tunics offering versatility for the beach and the city.  

Shoshanna Caftan

Tunic:  According to,   The word tunic is a near direct translation from the Latin word tunica and is an ancient garment. It was first worn by the Byzantine Greeks, but became most associated with citizens and non-citizens in the Roman Empire. Yet in other countries that had little contact with Rome or Greece until later, like the Norse groups commonly called Vikings, people wore simple tunics. Perhaps the simple structure and design of the tunic is responsible for its spontaneous evolution in several parts of the world.
The first tunic style was simple indeed. It was a long garment, typically about knee length, and usually worn belted with blousing above the belt. It generally featured short sleeves. Roman citizens might wear a toga over their tunic, and Roman soldiers wore tunics under their armor. The garment had an unsewn portion at the head, seams on the sleeve and seams on the side. If you think of a potato sack with a slit to fit for the head and openings on each side to fit the arms, you essentially have the tunic.
(Melissa Odabash has certainly taken the Tunic from simple to SEXY!)
Melissa Odabash Carrie Tunic

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Must Have Delfina for the Weekend

We absolutely ♥ this beautiful bikini by Delfina.  Pair it with the Delfina Navona dress for your perfect beach chic look!

 To see our entire collection of Delfina, visit our stores in Grayton Beach and Seacrest or shop online 24x7 HERE.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Tickled Pink over Lisa Blue

Ophelia is thrilled to carry another fabulous line that supports our oceans.  The Lisa Blue company donates 25% (YES, 25%) of their net profits to help protect whales and dolphins via the Australian Whale Conservation Society.  Lisa's love of these majestic animals is evident in her designs.  You'll see sea-inspired patterns, whale tail embellishments and a sport-friendly fit.  Take a peek then come find your favorite at Ophelia Grayton or Ophelia Seacrest!
Shop online 24x7 here.

Black Lace/white lining. Too cute!

Tribal White halter top with surfer girl bottom. This adorable bikini was featured un US Weekly.

The name of this renaissance print one-piece is the Ophelia. We had to order it!


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