This is the first year in a while that I’ve actually wanted to volunteer for Swimsuit Selfies and did so without hesitation…and maybe even a bit of excitement?! I haven’t been pregnant in a couple of years, stopped nursing over a year ago…and well, I don’t fit in any of my tops now (because of the fact that I’m not nursing anymore – boobs do not exist. At all), so I kind of needed to find a new suit. Every single one of my tops just sort of…gape now. Not a good look.
The other contributing factor to my exuberance for throwing bathing suit pictures out to the general public is that I’ve also been gluten-free, dairy-free for about 6 months now (not by choice, really. bad digestion issues, so I was forced to)…and hey! I happen to feel very slim and bathing-suit ready. I guess I feel the need to preface this post by saying that, because ummm. I know. I have three kids. Shana already stated that it’s annoying that I have abs right now. LOL. However, I don’t give a damn! I have decided to own this 2018 bod and celebrate this blip in time by taking a whole mess of bathing suit selfies. Makes total sense. I’ll pull them out one day and remember the days when I had abs. That’ll be a nice memory.
I went into Everything But Water with nothing but high hopes…as did everyone else in Charlotte, NC and their mother. It was crazy in there. I had a mission, though, so I made my way through the other ladies with armfuls of nylon & spandex, managing to gather all of the ones that caught my eye.
I was breaking a sweat before I even got into the dressing room.
…& then okay. Trying them on was a full on work-out.
Anyways, I’ll start this whole thing out with a bang. BIKINIS.
My Favorite Two-Pieces
Lacey + High Waistey
This one got me. High waisted bikini bottoms can look odd on me (chop my leg a bit), but…the lace and purple on this one really made this one work. Not too cheeky, but showed just enough. I felt so good in it!
The Hipster Bottoms
I tried on the hipster bottom with this…and well, sold. This is the suit I went home with. Gorgeous.
Bra Top Bikini
Beach all day? Running around after kids at beach all day? YUP.
Oh, hi! I sent this one to my husband with, “the only time my NO BOOBS come in handy”. I really liked this one…really. liked. So did my husband. 😉 The top is all hot and edgy, while the bottom…still edgy…has decent coverage. I like that!
The Ultimate Mom Bikini
Yes. This felt so good on. Comfortable, fun and cute. I could see wearing this all summer long at the pool with the kids. It’s a bikini you don’t have to fuss over.
Itsy Bitsy Bikini
The classic triangle top. Nothing too special about this one, if I’m being honest…BUT. My husband, of course, loved this one. Maybe it reminded him of our college days. ha ha. I used to have boobs, though….but hey. Whatever.
Rash guard Layered Over
I always like the look of a rash guard over bikinis. Yeh, it has nothing to do with functionality. I am not the surfing type or the swimming in freezing cold water type. However, lol…if it looks cute and can be used when things get a bit chilly…I’m all about it.
rash guard: Helen Jon (wearing size S)
A boho look. Very cute! The bottoms are moderate coverage, as well as the top…for any one that actually has something up there.
ADORABLE. Wearing xs top, but could do a small…it was a bit tight in the arms. I liked that the arms didn’t bother me like I thought they would. Don’t ask me what the tan line would look like, but ya know.
My Favorite One Pieces
Might as well start with this one. So…white bathing suit? Eh heh. It’s one of those scary things (in my opinion). Black is slimming, while white highlights EVERYTHING. Right? Just me? lol. Well, I was really surprised with how much I loved this one. I think I could use a bit more time with the sunless tanner, but…I do not hate the white against my pale pale skin. #win
bathing suit: Becca One Piece High Neck (wearing size S/4)
& The Same in Indigo
Apparently I liked this style, because it wasn’t until…well, now…that I realized I actually tried this exact suit on in 3 different colors. LOL. Okay. It really is good, though. The coverage in back isn’t full-on, but it was just enough cheek…for me.
swimsuit: Becca One Piece High Neck (Indigo, wearing size S/4)
Striped Lace-up #
swimsuit: Seafolly’s Inka Stripe One Piece Plunge (wearing size 4)
Another color that scares me, but hey. I really like it! This one is sexy, too…without letting everything hang out. Always a plus in my book. Also, the back coverage is perfecto.
swimsuit: Bleu Rod Beattie’s One Piece Plunge (ruby, wearing size 4)
Taking the Plunge
Had to try this one on, considering it’s a favorite and selling out quickly. The crochet insets make this suit very pretty and I didn’t find the plunge to feel too crazy.
X Back Tummy Toner
A little sporty, a little I’m here to lay out with an umbrella drink in my hand. This one is a tummy toner, btw.
swimsuit: La Blanca X-Back One Piece Tank (wearing size 4)
This one didn’t mesh with me, unfortunately. I wanted to like it, but didn’t. The place where my belly button hit is all wrong – should be like it is on the model…a bit higher, behind that line. Also, it chops my upper body up in a weird way. I think this one could potentially look great on someone with a shorter torso. I mean, maybe…?
swimsuit: Kenneth Cole One Piece High Neck (wearing size S)
Shop All of My Favorites
Below you’ll find every piece I tried on and shared within this post.
Wooooo. Well, OKAY. I’ll take that drink with the umbrella now, please.
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