May 22, 2011

We Have Swimsuit Confidence! (It’s a thing.)



Ok, Mamas!!  Get ready….it's Swimsuit Confidence Week!  We've teamed up with Lands End and the CurvyGirl's Guide, as well as 20 other bloggers to all loudly proclaim: 


(as I use my cute baby to strategically hide the pooch)

Swimsuit Confidence week was started to celebrate women of all shapes and sizes, and inspire them to have fun this summer! 

So Mamas, let's stop agonizing over bikini season.  Let's stop obsessing over cellulite (unless it's your baby's).  Cankles?  Bring 'em.  Back fat?  Just don't look.  Stomach pooch?  Well…we've earned it.  Let's put our focus this summer in a happier place…and just have fun.  Life is so. crazy. short. and goes by in a blink.  I don't want to waste one more minute looking at the dimples on my bum when I could be kissing the dimples on Pax's. 

With that said, here are my swimsuit confidence pics (and info on how you can win a Lands End swimsuit of your very own)…..

The folks at Lands End were nice enough to send over the Seaside Sheath in red.  I'm in love.  It's flattering, comfy, and doesn't require excess sweating/grunting/puffing to pull it on.  I think the ruching is just enough to do a decent job of pooch hiding.

In honor of Swimsuit Confidence Week, Lands End will be giving away 10 swimsuits a day, as well as a rash of other prizes (including a $500 gift card).  Want one?  Here's how you can participate:

  • Get the Twibbon – This will display the “I have swimsuit confidence!” Twibbon on your Twitter profile photo. Or send a tweet to @LandsEndPR proclaiming “I have swimsuit confidence!” #landsend for a chance to be entered to win a $500 Lands’ End gift card – winner announced May 27.
  • Participate in a Week of Tweets – Mark your calendar each day May 23 – 27, 2011 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CDST so you can join in the series of National Swimsuit Confidence Week events on Twitter. Follow @LandsEndPR and tweet at #landsend for exclusive swimwear promotions and give aways.

Furthermore, all week on Ain't No Mom Jeans, we'll be talking mom-friendly swimwear!  I'll also be on our Facebook fan page Tuesday from 1PM-2PM EST to answer any swimwear questions!

Happy Swimsuit Confidence Week, Mamas!!  Here's to fun in the sun.






  • srg
    May 22, 2011

    You should have swimsuit confidence! You look hot!

  • Tysie
    May 22, 2011

    You are adorable! What a “red-hot” number! Thanks for the inspiring attitude girl…

  • nell
    May 22, 2011

    Summer’s too short in the midwest to not have swimsuit confidence. My only requirement nowadays are no bum creepage or bum cleavage, and no way my toddler can pull off the top (goodbye triangle tops, it was a good run). You look great!
    PS- Per your suggestion, I picked up a Lands End rashguard made of nylon, not polyester with a logo that reads “Great Lakes Surfing” double awesome!

  • Shana
    May 22, 2011

    Awwww…thanks, Girls!!  Nell – I HAVE to get one of those rashguards!  "great lakes surfing"?  LOVE it!
    Sent from my iPhone

  • Lisa | Being An American Mom
    May 22, 2011

    Look at that chunk (the baby). He is sooo stinkin cute!
    And Shana you look great. Seriously. This reminds me I need to sign up put toddler for swim lessons!

  • Vicki
    May 22, 2011

    Ah! Why don’t they have my size? What a perfect swim suit!

  • Audrey
    May 22, 2011

    <3 you and that adorable swimsuit!! You've been such a help/inspiration to me - THANK YOU!!

  • RookieMom Whitney
    May 22, 2011

    You look fab, and Pax is so cute!!!

  • Nicole
    May 22, 2011

    Tell Lands End that when they actually make a bathing suit for a person with hips, boobs, and stomachs……I’ll buy ten! Til then. Whatever. For me it’s not even about confidence. It’s about finding something that fits a chick that is breastfeeding and had a chest prior. Lands End doesn’t have anything that comes close to making me feel even want to leave the house. Meanwhile You look super cute! That suit looks good on you!

  • Still blonde after all these YEARS!
    May 23, 2011

    I love your suit, AND you don’t need that baby to hide anything!
    Here’s me:
    Please stop in and check it out~
    The Chief Blonde!

  • Claire
    May 23, 2011! Thanks for a cheery start to the day!

  • Kay
    May 23, 2011

    OMG I just want to nibble on that baby! Luckily my six-month old is a chunky monkey, too. 🙂
    You look great — love the suit! I don’t tweet but I’m looking forward to this week’s posts.

  • Maman A Droit
    May 23, 2011

    That suit is awesome on you!!! Technically Land’s End doesn’t have any suits for someone with my cup size, but I could probably fake it in one of the ones with a built in sports bra, so I’ll play 🙂
    And I’d love to hear your thoughts sometime on whether specialty swimsuits in cup sizes like G etc are worth it-I’ve never known anyone who had a swimsuit in a cup size instead of a Target/Kohl’s/DepartmentStore/trendy teen store suit right off the rack. I found some cute ones at but am unsure if it’s “worth it”, you know??

  • thehealthyapron
    May 23, 2011

    You look amazing! Totally confident and beautiful! If you don’t mind, I’m sharing a link with my own blog!! Thanks!

  • Becky McBride
    May 23, 2011

    Love it! The whole thing. What a great idea. I think I was born to worship the sun and frolic in the water. So bring on the swim suit! (: Thanks, Shana! And you look amazing! Love your red suit! xoxo

  • Lindsay
    May 23, 2011

    I love that suit! You look beautiful in it!

  • Kate
    May 23, 2011

    Ack! That first photo is too cute for words. A classic! I just want to reach out and squeeze him.

  • Colleen
    May 23, 2011

    You look smokin’ hot!

  • Andrea
    May 24, 2011

    This is so awesome. But I got my swimsuit confidence from p90x during nap time and pre=school. Pain, that’s my secret. LOL!

  • Amanda from MD
    May 24, 2011

    Yay, you look amazing Shana! I have swimsuit confidence too, even in an old maternity suit from 2 seasons ago! Here’s the
    proof, don’t die laughing. My Mom took this video over the weekend of me chasing down my 1st to apply the toxin-free sunscreen (currently 15 weeks prego w/the 2nd). Pax – what a CHUNK, I love him! Great job Mamma, he is such a healthy looking guy!

  • Megan
    May 26, 2011

    I just showed the first picture to my husband since we have notoriously scrawny babies and he said, “That is one big baby and one tiny lady.” Thought you’d like to know that a man found you tiny. 😉
    And I just want to squeeze your son’s rolls–they are too cute!

  • Katie
    June 1, 2011

    YAY. I love this. I love everything about this, and I want someone to do a “postpartum body confidence” week, too.
    You look amazing, and your baby is SO CUTE!!!

  • Gertrude
    June 4, 2011

    I’m not easily impressed. . . but that’s imprsesnig me! 🙂

  • Shana Ostwald Draugelis
    June 8, 2011

    Gang – these comments are just so, so nice to read. Thank you!
    Chief Blond – LOVE your pic! Thanks for sharing!!
    Amanda – Nice bum. 🙂

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