I promised you a second part of my trip to Miami Swim Week earlier this month so here it is! (read part I here!) I did so many things while I was there that it wasn’t possible to put it all in one post. And you sure want to know how my pregnancy shoot on the beach went and my little encounter with Draya Michelle, right?

I started my Saturday by having breakfast at Rosetta’s Bakery right across my hotel. I wanted to go early to the trade fair in the Convention Center so I opted for a quick brekkie and for that Rosetta’s Bakery is the perfect place. This was my first time at the trade fair and I had high expectations. It was so nice to finally meet the team behind the brands I’ve worked with so far!

My goals for my visit to Miami Swim Week and the trade fair in particular was to meet new people, expand my network and work on future blog collaborations. And I can say that I definitely accomplished it! I stayed at the fair till late in the afternoon and decided to go for an early dinner since my evening was packed with runway shows again.Miami Swim Week | My Bikini MusthavesMiami Swim Week | My Bikini MusthavesMiami Swim Week | My Bikini MusthavesAfter dinner I headed back to my hotel for a quick shower and wardrobe change before I headed to what I call my second home during my stay: the Funkshion Tent where a lot of the runway shows were hosted. It was time for the Tori Praver show.

I spotted a couple of social media celebrities front row like Kaitlynn Carter, Brody Jenner, Rocky Barnes and of course the ABAD girls. But about the show. There were very strong solids in the collection just as clean cut one pieces and two-tone color combinations. What I love about the Tori Praver collection is that she offers a lot of choice when it comes to bikini bottoms. Of course she said hi after the show and my god, she looked amazing after giving birth a couple of weeks before!Miami Swim Week | My Bikini MusthavesMiami Swim Week | My Bikini MusthavesMiami Swim Week | My Bikini MusthavesClean cuts and solid styles at the Tori Praver show

Next was the long anticipated Luli Fama show! I was sooo looking forward to this show because it’s always one big party. They opened the show with a beautiful campaign movie while playing Beyonce’s new album Lemonade (bonus points!). We saw a lot of dazzling, bold prints that Luli Fama is known for. Also a couple of active wear styles on the runway. It looks like more and more swimwear brands are getting into activewear, don’t you think? See my favourites here by the way.

After the Luli Fama show I was so tired that I skipped the Indah show (sorry!). But I still had to wait almost an hour before the show would start and I was so tired, my feet were killing me because I was wearing high heels and I couldn’t ease the pain with a cocktail since I’m pregnant. Story of my life.Miami Swim Week | My Bikini MusthavesMiami Swim Week | My Bikini MusthavesLuli Fama 2017 styles

Sunday was crazy. Like CRAZY! I’ll try to sum it up in one short paragraph… In the morning I had breakfast with a business acquaintance and after that we went straight to the trade fair for some meetings till the afternoon. After that I had to quickly buy an extra suitcase -yes, I did- and straight to a photoshoot on the beach. I had to shoot 3 different bikinis on a packed beach down at the Miami Pier. Then back to the hotel, change, visit shows (Keva J & Maaji) and interviewing Draya Michelle about her new Mint Swim collection. Exhausting. But so much fun!

I interviewed Draya backstage at the W hotel right before her show. It surprised me how calm and relaxed she was. She was so sweet and even gave me a few tips for getting back in shape after birth. I will post the entire interview soon! After a few virgin drinks at the W bar I called it a night and headed back to my hotel.Miami Swim Week | My Bikini MusthavesMiami Swim Week | My Bikini MusthavesMy pregnancy shoot at the beach in between meetings and shows. No biggieMiami Swim Week | My Bikini MusthavesMiami Swim Week | My Bikini MusthavesMiami Swim Week | My Bikini MusthavesMaaji 2017 runway showMiami Swim Week | My Bikini MusthavesInterview with Draya Michelle, designer of Mint Swim

I flew back on Monday late afternoon so I still had the morning to do the last things. I decided to visit Hammock in the W hotel since I still wanted to meet a few brands. The vibe was great and I loved the setup in all the different hotel rooms and suites. I met so many nice people again! But then it was time to collect my bags at the hotel and head to the airport…

My first Miami Swim Week was amazing! It truly was. And although it was a whole other experience being pregnant, I’m so glad I did it and made the most out of this trip. It was hectic, it was crazy. And I honestly don’t know what I’d have done without Uber during these days! But I would do it again in a second.

Miami, see you next year! Can’t wait!

Love, Gala