The seas of one piece bathing suits have been parted by a new bikini. The last time I regularly wore a bikini was when I was large and in charge (around this time)…. after that… I think it was once (this time). I have a ridiculous, unnecessary amount of swimsuits that I have collected through-out the years. I have some that are at least 10 years old still hanging around in my swimsuit drawer. Yes, swimsuit drawer… it’s Florida, swimsuits are daily attire for much of the year. Before Florida, I lived in Arizona (also swimsuit season, all the time). Before Arizona, I lived on the beach, in Rhode Island (sure it wasn’t during the summer, it was during the school year, but a suit was still pretty key). And growing up, I spent my time between Massachusetts with my mom (no need for suits there) and Florida, with my dad, where I pretty much spent every waking, extra second at the beach.
Well, after pregnancy, it just seemed a lot lot easier to cover up the stomach with a one piece or high-wasited suit. Honestly, I’m still not sure what I feel more comfortable in. I mentioned months and months ago that I joined a gym. Well, I don’t go often. I would love to be able to go a few times a week, but the reality of my situation is… the only moment I have to myself in a whole week is when Alex has Marlowe. So yeah, an hour or two a week isn’t exactly going to make me a swimsuit model (well, let’s be real, no amount of gym time is going to make me a swimsuit model. I’m 5’2″ with hispanic thighs). But whatever, it’s all how you work it, right? Right.
Well, Swimspot contacted me offering to send me a suit (and give you guys a giveaway)… and I thought, “Yes! I’m going to use this opportunity to stop the one piece madness that I’ve been living in for the past year and a half and bring back the bikini.” (It kind of all worked out perfectly, because my high-wasited bikini tan line had been staring at me all week). I think the worst thing was just finding a suit, the site had a million and half suits (even more suits than I have)… there was so many to choose from and I just wanted something that would fit me properly and not look like any of the other suits I have. So… while, I do love my one pieces, I’m happy to finally have a suit that 1. is floral and adorable 2. isn’t going to leave me with ridiculous tan lines and 3. properly fits my post-breast-feeding mom boobs and mom body (whatever a “mom body” is… you decide). Yes, I do love my new bikini… I’m just hoping I’ll find more “me” time in the (near) future for the gym. I don’t love working out… I get bored only working on one thing at a time (I need to be doing at least three things at once, at all times), but I do enjoy how I feel after. It makes me feel a little bit more comfortable in my own skin… and even if my body isn’t anywhere near swimsuit model perfect, it gives me a bit more of a boost to start back up on the bikini wearing. The only thing that could make my new bikini better? If it was denim.
Enough bikini rambling… it’s been raining here all week and M and I trapped inside dying for some sunshine! (I think we’re about to have a 30 minute cloud break now).
To enter: visit Swimspot.com and leave a comment below telling me what your swimsuit of choice is! One piece? Bikini? Tankini? Scubawear? Topless sunbather? Leave a comment with your email address and enter to win 😉
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Contest ends Thursday May 31st at midnight. A winner will be chosen and contacted shortly after! Good luck everyone! Lets all cross our fingers for a beautiful memorial day weekend.
***Swimspot did not ask me to write a post about bikinis or the gym or anything like that. I’m just doing that for rambling’s bikini/body image/ summer time sake, but yes, they did send me my new adorable bikini. They’ve been wonderful to work with. Very good people over there on at that site. Thanks Swimspot 🙂