“Could you please not?! This is really embarrassing,” I asked the three young men who peeked their heads out of the kitchen backdoor. This was the third time I had caught them staring at the spectacle that I had created in the alleyway.

I couldn’t blame them though.

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One minute I was posing. The next minute I was running to the tripod to set the timer again. Back and forth in my bikini like a trainwreck tennis match, and the restaurant’s kitchen staff weren’t the only spectators. There was also the couple who had finished lunch, the gentleman riding by on his beach cruiser and a man with a backpack full of personal belongings who was trying to access the dumpster on my left.

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The Venice Beach ocean breeze was the only thing keeping me from perspiring while in pursuit of some good shots. For the first time I wondered if blog life would be easier as a suburban housewife whose husband’s hobbies included playing with his DSLR. And then I quickly thought otherwise.

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The reason for enduring this embarrassment? A love interest that started at the beginning of the summer. I had spotted the denim swimsuit on Nasty Gal’s app and when I went to try it on was smitten. Feeling non-committal, I left it sitting on the shelf until I had the balls to buy it.

And then this happened.

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Oh Nicki, you’re so fine. I need to make that bikini mine…

It was like spotting a photo on Instagram of your crush with a hot girl. What was once perhaps a subtle desire is now an immediate need. Admittedly, the only thing holding me back were moving expenses: “Annie, you need wall art; not swimsuits.”

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So, imagine my delight when shopping at Nasty Gal on Friday evening and discovering the denim bikini dangling from the 50% off sales rack. Even though Nicki beat me to it 10 weeks prior, and undoubtedly wore it best, I felt mildly Baywatch-esque as I skipped down the beach yesterday in Marina del Ray.

And since summer isn’t over until the resort pools close, I picked out the swimsuits that both girls and guys still need this year.

Top 10 Swimsuits Girls Still Need

Shop these suits from my Pinterest board: Swimsuits

Top 10 Swimsuits Guys Still Need

Shop these suits from my Pinterest board: Swimsuits

P.S. Yes, I like short shorts.