Introducing: Queensland

Imagine, if you will, a young girl off on an adventure in the wild and wonderful land of Australia. Imagine her, if you will, frolicking in frothy waters, delighting in delectable, exotic fruits, and enjoying her first kiss with a studly Australian rugby player. On the beach, no less!

I wish I could tell you this girl was me. (Alas, my first kiss was in a stairwell. A good kiss, but the location could have been better.) I can tell you, however, that it was none other than Ms. Athelia Woolley, your Shabby Apple owner and designer extraordinaire.

And, all these years later, those magical months in the Land Down Under have inspired Shabby Apple's new swim line, Queensland.

Are you hungry for more?

Here's another sneak peak:

And so, we are off to Australia! For the rest of the week we'll be bringing you all things Oz, from beach guides to how to master a surf board, to how to speak Australian. And probably a lot more.

In the meantime, here are three more tips to get you in shape for these amazing suits.

1. Add seafood to the menu.
Fish is no-calorie and high protein, so shoot for five servings a week. And some seafood, like salmon and tuna, are also packed with omega-3 fatty acids, healthy fats that make you feel fuller and help regulate hormones for optimum weight loss.

2. Tone your body.
Work on big muscle groups. Adding muscle burns more calories than fat and helps your body look more tonesd. Try some squats, and use machines with pushing or pulling movements, such as a rowing machine.

3. Do exercises you love.
Maybe it's hip hop dancing, maybe it's biking, maybe it's the flying trapeze. As long as you are active doing what you love, you'll keep doing it. Keep your energy up with small meals throughout the day.


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