This blog post has been a long time coming.
I thought, re-thought and then thought some more about whether I should do a swimsuit post at the ripe old age of 51.
In the end, after reading these words the lovely Jenni from Styling Curvy, posted on her Instagram account – I decided to throw caution to the wind and just go for it.
The words resonated with me, like never before.
Because when I sat down and thought about it, I have so much to thank my body for.
My body has produced my baby girl.
To get there, my body had to overcome some very tough times.
Some extreme lows. You can read Beckie’s birth story here.
Long story short, many abdominal operations in my late teens and early twenties, meant my chances of carrying a baby full-term, were very slim.
But I never gave up hope.
I always believed I would be a Mumma.
Which for me, is a love so strong – it takes my breath away.
I never stopped believing my body was capable though. I knew deep down in my heart that it was possible. I just had to learn to accept and acknowledge that I was on a different journey to most, to achieve my dream job, as a Mumma.
Yes there was pain and heartache along the way. But ultimately in the end my body came through against all the odds and gave me the gift of life and sunshine.
So this post is about celebrating the happiness my body has afforded me, rather than focusing on the insecurities I pay far too much attention to, on a daily basis.
Righto, I’m taking a deep breath, putting on my big girl pants and talking about me and swimwear…
I was sent a lovely parcel from the girls over at Capriosca Swimwear.
Inside were lots of treasures.
I know, I am a lucky duck.
This gorgeous cossie was in the package.
I’m wearing the Halter One-Piece in Hawaiian Punch *$139.00 Mesh Wrap Skirt* $29.00
Whenever I think I swimwear, it’s all about pattern and colour for me – I know right, who would have thought, the complete opposite of my everyday wardrobe!
I find it more flattering.
What I loved most when I was browsing the Capriosca swimsuits online, was the multiple style options in the same pattern/fabric – which makes perfect sense. Instead of leaving you feeling downhearted by offering only one style choice – which lets face the facts, might not work for you.
I love this principle, because fundamentally its always the patterns and colours that I am most attracted to first anyway. I’ve had so many disappointing experiences in swimwear shops. After the initial excitement of homing in on a gorgeous fabric, my euphoria is often short-lived, when I find out the one swimsuit I’m lusting after, doesn’t come in my cup size.
D E V A S T A T I N G
Now depending on your figure, you may favour a certain neckline that fits and flatters you best…buying great swimwear is akin to bra shopping, with a little patience and good advice, you will reap the rewards.
I found out many years ago that halter-neck is my shape.
It emphasises my shoulders and slims down my top half, at the same time as giving me the feeling of support.
The deep-v also offers the optical illusion on a more streamline me – and who doesn’t want that?
Lastly, the halter also balances out fuller hips – think hourglass, rather than pear – BAM!
The Capriosca’s is designed with the real woman in mind.
There is power-netting for extra tummy support, wider straps and cup sizes up to F for fuller busts.
All in sizes 10-26 – they truly have it all covered.
Besides resizing the pic’s I have not edited them in any way. Images were taken first thing in the morning, with gorgeous light and shade.
Are any of us ever truly body confident? Er…I think not.
Most of us have body hang-ups about different parts of our bodies, depending on the stage of life we are in.
I’ve mentioned many times, about how I wish I had fabulous legs.
But when I look back over old pic’s I’ve realised, I did have the most amazing legs.
In my late teens and early twenties my legs were fabulous – I just never allowed myself to see them.
I got caught up wanting to look like someone else, rather than myself.
So, if age has taught me one thing, its to start loving what I have.
Yes, I could do with dropping a few kilo’s.
But will that stop me from enjoying my life?
No Siree, it will not.
So tell me girls, are you a ‘kini or cossie kind of girl?…Psssst, just secretly, I’m refusing to give up my bikini’s for the foreseeable future.
It Wednesday folks, so that means I heading over to the gorgeous Kimba Likes place to meet up with the Glam Squad.
* These items were gifted to me in accordance with my disclosure policy