SUMMER HOGAN /// BIKINI CREATOR, ENTREPRENEUR, MOM, WIFE & MERMAID
When I first moved to Rincon I remember seeing Seaglass Swimwear around town. A lot of girls were sporting it out in the water. It wasn't until about a year and a half later that I finally met the lady behind the brand, and we instantly hit it off. Summer has a contagious upbeat energy and I was super impressed with her bikini crafting skills as well as her way to find balance while juggling so many roles. She has a beautiful family and they totally embody that island-vibe of mindful, easy living. Her bikinis are cute and unique and have managed to stay on in every condition from Jobos to Wildos to Dogmans and Tres. Summer has been a supporter of Sunburnt & Salty since the beginning and her hard work and positive attitude continues to inspire me today.
Name? Summer Hogan
Where are you from? I was born and raised in San Diego, California, but I consider Puerto Rico to be my home.
How long have you lived in Rincon? I have lived in Rincon, Puerto Rico since 2007. We accidentally bought a house here on my first trip to Puerto Rico.
What do you do? I’m a serial entrepreneur and typically I have more than one business running at one time, but currently the one that I’m most passionate about is designing and making swimwear under the brand Seaglass Swimwear.
How did Seaglass Swimwear begin? My college degree is in fashion design, but that fell to the wayside for many years as I was already running a successful business that I was enjoying. Fast forward many years later to my daughter’s first Halloween where I made her a “Baby Gaga” costume. That was the first time I had ever attempted to sew spandex, and although I was always told that it was very difficult to work with, I found it easy and fun. Since I enjoyed working with the fabric, and lived in a place where I wore bikinis every single day, it was just a matter of time before I set out to make the perfect bikini.
What’s your vision for your brand over the next few years? Eventually, I want Seaglass Swimwear to be an all-encompassing tropical lifestyle brand and to expand into clothing and children’s swimwear as well.
What do you love most about being a Goddess? That's a tough question to answer! What I love most about where I am in my life is: confidence. Although I have a very loose 5 year plan, and sometimes I am unable to plan more than 1 hour into the future, I am completely confident in where I am, right now. I no longer second guess the rash decisions that I make. Let's just call it that Goddess Intuition! Without it, I wouldn't have had the confidence to leave the comforts of a well paying job to start my own business or to pick up and move to a tropical island.
Why do you think it's important for women to support other women? In my experience, I find that women bring so much passion and creativity to what they do. If you can surround yourself with strong, positive women, there really is nothing that you can not accomplish.
You juggle many roles, how are you able to get grounded and stay focused? If I’m stressed out or feeling scattered, running and/or intense exercise will get my head screwed back on straight. If I’m lacking focus, I write myself a short “to do” list that can be completed within the day and this will get the ball rolling in the right direction again (instead of bouncing around erratically, with me chasing it). Being super organized also helps me stay focused.
#1 Daily health ritual that you never skip? A healthy breakfast. I start every single morning with 3 fresh eggs mixed with spinach, cheese and jalapeno, plus a side of whatever is growing in the yard (avocado, starfruit, pomarosa, pomegranate, papaya, etc).
Best advice you’ve ever received? The best advice that I have ever received is: "You can’t do that." My stubbornness had propelled me in the right direction...most of the time.
Best advice that you can give from personal experience? Eliminate all of your debt. I did this 13 years ago and because I have very little “overhead” (monthly expenses) I have been able to live a much richer life and only work when I want to, not because I’m forced to in order to keep up with my payments.
Guilty pleasure that you’re not ashamed of? Taking time for myself. Being married, working, and being the mom of two young children could easily eat up 24 hours of my day, everyday. Setting aside time for myself is a guilty pleasure now, but it’s also a necessity. Lucky for me, my hubby has as much of a surfing addiction as I do, so we both make sure that the other gets to surf when the waves are good. No. Matter. What.
Any last words? You know that saying, "Karma is a bitch?" Well karma is also a blessing, so work your angles and pay it forward.