Friday, July 11, 2014

The Perfect Swimsuit | Fashion Friday

Hi everyone!

First and foremost, I want to say thank you for all the love and support in response to my big news. I am so humbled by the amount of messages, texts, calls, and encouragement I've received in the last couple days. I am one blessed girl!

Today I wanted to share something a little different; something that has changed my life! Okay, maybe not my life, but it's changed my summers for sure!  Let me get this out of the way - I realize I'm behind the times. I'm probably the last person in the world to jump on this bandwagon.... So let me explain.

Like probably most women, I loathe bathing suit shopping. No matter what I weigh each season, no matter the shape I'm in, it's always a traumatic shopping experience. Every. Time. I'm short and curvy, which - let's be honest - isn't the ideal body type to be rocking a bathing suit. Every year I wait until the last possible minute to find a new suit, putting myself in a time crunch and settling for the best one I can find (we'll skip over the amount of tears I shed in the dressing room while cursing all bathing suits, which obviously leads to a post-shopping binge on cookies or ice cream). I pretty much always go to Target, sometimes Walmart. Because I hate bathing suits so much, I would never want to invest much money in one. 

This year was no exception. I went to Target a few days before I left for vacation and bought the lesser of the bikini evils. And yes, in case you were wondering, tears were shed. The top just wasn't that flattering. Technically, it fit but I just didn't feel confident in it. Like all my other bathing suits, I was constantly checking, pulling, tugging, lifting, and stuffing things back into place. (I'll let you use your imagination on that one.)

While on vacation, I ventured off to the local mall one evening and decided to pop in Victoria's Secret. Unlike the VS store at my local mall, this one was so large (I'm pretty sure I heard the Hallelujah chorus when I walked in) and they actually carried bathing suits in store. "What the heck?" I thought. Might as well try one on to see what all the hype is about.

...and the heavens opened.

After trying a few, I found the perfect size and was astonished at how I looked and felt. Everything was covered and, well, lifted into place. I was actually excited to go to the beach next day and confidently don my amazing purchase.

It's hard to tell in the picture, but the print has a metallic gold accent. It's gorgeous!

I decided to buy the top only (mainly because I'm frugal... okay, cheap!) and just pair it with bottoms from Target that I already own.

This is the style (but different print) I fell in love with and purchased.

I tried on this style and loved it, but they didn't have my size in stock.

 The Run-Down

Coming in right around $48, this top was more than I normally spend on a swimsuit, but I can honestly say that it's one of the best purchases I've ever made. I can pretty safely say that I won't be purchasing bikini tops from Target anymore! The customer service was amazing. And as if the experience could get any better, they gave me this adorable cooler with my swimwear purchase. Score!

No matter your swimsuit preference, shape or size, I hope this can save you some of the dreaded bathing suit shopping pain that most of us face each year!

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