Feeling Cheeky

Alas, summer is in its dusk and I’ve finally (OK, fine: almost) worked up the nerve to hop on the whole “sun’s out, buns out” bandwagon. My ghostly derrière has been begging to have its day in the sun all season, but it took me a few months of seeing seas of various sized, bronzed cheeks at the beach to give in.

Of course, this being California, land of the Indian Summer, I have not lost my chance. After browsing online swimwear sales (one perk to waiting until Labor Day to buy a suit), I wound up obsessing over a new line of bikinis made right in my backyard, in Santa Cruz, Calif: The Pelican House. The company offers handmade-to-order swimwear by designer Justine Willeford, and has both “Cheeky” and “Micro-Cheeky” designs to choose from. (For the seamstresses among us, they even have a tutorial on their website for making your own cheeky bikini bottoms.)

The clincher? Ten percent of every purchase goes to the Santa Cruz-based environmental nonprofit Island Conservation. That’s something worth baring my buns for.